SMB Nation – SBS Presentation

So I just finished my presentation on SBS 2003 SP1 and R2 at SMB Nation, and got a lot of great feedback. Fortunately we had a lot of SBS team members there as well to help me out and take feedback from the partners there. I try to time my presentations so it’s 2/3 me,…

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Episode III: The Backup Strikes Back

Somehow I managed to get home, crawl into bed, get 6 hours of sleep, and then get up to immediately drive back to the business site to be there by 9:30 AM. Fortunately my morning schedule was pretty open, so I felt that I could hang around for a couple of hours to make sure everything…

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Hanging out at SMB Nation

So before I continue my saga on my experience as a partner, I thought I’d post a quick comment about the ongoing SMB Nation conference currently happening on the Microsoft campus at the Microsoft Conference Center. So far it’s been great as a Microsoft team member to get out and talk with customers and partners…

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Life as a Partner: Part Deux

When last we left our intrepid SBS Release Manager, he had been humbled at the all mighty task of trying to upgrade a pre-existing server box to be able to run SBS. After much consternation, he had gone off and gotten a BIOS upgrade for the machine, and re-scheduled a time to go back and…

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So this is what life as a partner is like

For the past several years I’ve been having a personal experience of the movie “Groundhog Day”, only it happens every year when I go to visit my accountant. It would go something like this: Me: So are you still using that Linux file server, which requries you to create your own batch files that copy…

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What does RTM/RTW mean? (Part 2)

When last we left our intrepid release manager, we had a Bill of Materials for all of our SKUs. Now the development team has finished writing and testing the code – what else is there to do, you ask? Plenty! First, in order to get the software team to the point where they even can sign…


It’s dangerous this time of night

When you’ve been up and working late for several weeks, late at night is a dangerous time to be posting to the web. But it’s late, I’m playing poker (in ahem… Canada) and so I figured the thome of silence should end. Susan Bradley, in her Mountain Dew caffeine enhanced awareness state she’s always in,…

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Update on lockouts and SP1

My colleague Sean Daniel reminded me that in SBS SP1, we’ve enabled a new feature in Exchange SP1 to reduce the viability of performing a directory harvesting to get usernames on your SBS server. This feature (documented at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;842851) allows us to slow the response of the server for every e-mail address request made. This…

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More from the mailbag – user name lockouts

Dan asked (a long time ago, sorry Dan) that he was getting notifications of accounts being locked out due to invalid password attempts. Dan’s assuming this is because someone is trying to hack into an account and wanted to know how to stop SBS usernames from being “broadcast”. Unfortunately, the question makes a fundamental assumption,…

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Your questions answered!

I often get the complaint that I don’t post to my blog often enough. (Somehow Eugene even mentioned he got comments about this too – I’m not sure when my blog posting frequency became something that popped on his radar, but oK…..) Well, today is question answering day! I’ll go back through questions asked so…

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