Whew! The finale of volleyball (pt. 2 – long)

So arriving on Saturday morning the final match brackets are posted. For all of Friday’s matches, officials are rated by the coaches, their partner, and observers/raters. I was extremely honored to be selected to down ref (umpire/R2/whatever) the 2A championship match (with Alan, my partner from Friday morning). Several people congratulated me, and honestly I was…

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Whew! The finale of volleyball (long)

Warning – this post has nothing to do with SBS, computers, or Microsoft. Those who work/live around me know that between the end of September and Thanksgiving I’m almost always on the move. Between work and the fall volleyball season I’m pretty much on the move from 8am – 8pm or later. So the playoff…

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Catching up – SBS Beta and Watson

Some people have been asking where the hell I’ve been. Well, life got a little busy. The short short version: I went home to the east coast, visited family, then drove cross-country with my girlfriend on a week long trip. Came back, had family visit, dealt with a lot of stuff, got a dog, blah…

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Even more on licensing

Wow, I didn’t realize I was entering such a hornets nest when I started making comments about licensing enforcement. Apparently there’s a lot of misconceptions about how we enforce licensing in SBS. I understand licensing with Microsoft is in general a Twilight Zone/black hole of information/confusion. I’ve heard from lots of people in e-mail and…

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More on Licensing Notification

Someone made the excellent point that the Messenger service that SBS uses to notify users of a server in violation of the licensing restrictions of SBS is slated to be disabled in updates such as XP SP2. This is true for the client side – the service is not yet disabled by default on the…

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Hockey

Peaboy asked what I think about the Flyers draft options. Just as an FYI to everyone: – I grew up in Philadelphia (after living in Ohio for a while) where I became a hockey fan that was reinforced by going to school in Pittsburgh and watching Lemieux play for the Pens (when he was good)…

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SBS and Licensing/Shutdowns

Deep 7 posted asking why it is that SBS shuts down the server “without warning” when we detect that you are using SBS in violation of the licensing. In general, because SBS is such a deal (I mean, really, Windows + Exchange for <$1000 USD is pretty good) we needed to make sure people didn’t…

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Whoops – didn’t quite get all of it

That was kind of weird – my last post didn’t have my ending comments. What I meant to add in was that since I didn’t have much to report on, I was interested in whatever questions or other suggestions/comments people wanted to send my way. I’d like to think of this as an opportunity for…

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SBS fixes

The SBS Exchange SP1 QFE is now online and available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0fe89c95-e767-428c-8621-6a586c655ee3&DisplayLang=en (and is now available in all 18 languages – sorry for the delay in that). The other big update that is in the pipeline is our XP SP2 compatibility fix. This is in testing right now – we’re investigating making this update available through…

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Random recent SBS notes

In recent days, I’ve posted about the issue with Exchange SP1 and SBS. (Susan copied it excellently in her blog) We’re working to get a patch that resolves those issues out ASAP, but we want to make sure we only do it once. We’ll be asking a small # of folks to try it out…

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