Wednesday, November 30, 2005

SBS Show Number 6

Our fearless leader from the Orlando Florida SBS Users Group Invites the Microsoft SBS Support Team for a visit.

The subject, troubleshooting Small Business Server.  Bonus subject, using the performance monitor wizard to find botlenecks and benchmarking your server.

SBS Show Podcast #6.

Posted by Stevereno on 11/30 at 01:14 AM
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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Windows XP Pro x64 On SBS - Trials and Tribulations, Continued?.

Outlook Can’t Access SBS Exchange Server When Installed on Windows XP x64.

I have another surprise. Outlook can’t access the SBS Exchange Server when installed on Windows XP x64. Start up Outlook 2003 and it shows you the mailbox, with folders, only the folders are empty. This is not a real good way to impress your customer.

Turns out, it’s an RPC problem on the ISA 2004 Server. You can chose to turn off the RPC filter in ISA or go get the patch.

Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 Standard Edition RPC Filter Blocks Outlook Traffic from Computers Running Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Sure it says Windows Server SP1, but guess what?  Windows XP Pro x64 is also SP1, the features of XP Service Pack 2 are incorporated in x64 but thats it. It’s at SP1 and seems to be more of a kin of the 2003 server than it is to Windows XP.

I still have some drivers to track down for this system. If you are a manufacturer, what’s holding you up? Systems are starting to push toward 64 bit processors but the x64 version of Windows XP is severely lacking in the driver department.


Posted by Stevereno on 11/27 at 08:50 PM
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Windows XP Pro x64 On SBS - Trials and Tribulations

I recently installed Windows XP Pro x64 on a Windows Small Business Server 2003 network. The install went smoothly with a few exceptions. When I ran the Connect Computer Wizard I received an error from the Fax Client and the ISA 2004 Firewall Client was also missing when I was finished. Apparently the Client software is not compatible with the x64 version of XP.

I was able to setup the Fax Printer using the software from the x64 CD and that seems to work fine. A search of the Internet brought bad news on a x64 ISA Firewall Client, It doesn’t exist yet. Not a real deal killer because it will connect with IPSec just fine. According to Dr. Shinder of fame a x64 version of the ISA Firewall client is coming. 

Before Installation I had found the basic drivers I needed for the PC and burned them to a CD. They installed without issue. The system had a raid array which proved to be a bit of a challenge finding the pre-install drivers. The community user group for the x64 addition of XP was a lot of help locating a suitable driver.

The network has a Samsung ML-2251NP network printer that has no drivers for the x64 version of XP at all. Drivers seem to be a big problem for x64 and the hardware vendors are really out to lunch on making them available.

There was a x64 driver available for a Samsung 2050 printer so I used it and it is working. The secret, install it on LPT1, tell it not to check for auto configuration settings, then change the port to a standard TCP/IP port pointed to the IP address of the printer.

One of the pleasant surprises during the install was from Computer Associates antivirus.


On install it detected the OS and installed the 64-bit Edition of the anti-virus software. Nice touch CA. Small footprint, daily updates and a x64 version??. Sweet!




Posted by Stevereno on 11/27 at 08:38 PM
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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Podcast Sunday, Vlad Mazek Presents…........... The SBS Show

Vlad is our fearless leader from the Orlando Florida SBS Users Group. Check out his blog here.

Not to be outdone by the SBS Support team Vlad has created his own podcast, called the SBS Show.  Each week he brings Small Business Server experts together to talk about best practice, issues and solutions for SBS. This weeks show, episode three, is all about disaster recovery.

You do have a disaster recovery plan don’t you?

Posted by Stevereno on 11/06 at 11:07 PM
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Microsoft SBS Support Team Does Podcast #7

If you are reading the news groups about Small Business Server then you most likely know that the Support Group for Small Business Server does a podcast once a week about relative break/fix and other solutions for SBS.

Today from the Official SBS Support Blog comes podcast number seven. If you haven’t checked it out I urge you to at least give it a listen once. You’ll be glad you did.

I have found a ton of valuable information in these podcasts.  You can e-mail questions that you may want answers and call in during the podcast. Check it out.


Posted by Stevereno on 11/06 at 09:12 PM
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