Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Troubleshooting Remote Desktop and Printer Redirection

This is a topic that still generates a good number of calls for the SBS team, the following post from the Enterprise Platforms Windows Server Performance Team covers the most common issues that are seen every day so we wanted to bring this to the attention of our blog readers.

http://blogs.technet.com/askperf/archive/2007/08/24/terminal-server-and-printer-redirection.aspx

Migrating Windows Small Business Server 2003 to New Hardware Whitepaper Released

This document solution WILL help you:
  • Install Windows SBS 2003 on a new computer
  • Join the new computer to the existing Microsoft® Active Directory® directory services domain
  • Migrate Windows SBS 2003 settings and data from the old computer to the new computer

Download this whitepaper here: http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServerSolutions/SBS/en/library/62e2094e-ad4e-4227-b20e-97a716ed7c861033.mspx

Windows Server "Centro" Is Now Officially Windows Essential Business Server

Windows® Essential Business Server is the new Microsoft server solution for small to medium businesses, with 50 to 250 client computers in their organizations. Windows®Essential Business Server offers a standardized server configuration that is designed to meet the needs of most midsize businesses. The configuration is optimized to meet the currently recommended practices for networking, security, collaboration, and remote access. The tightly integrated Windows Essential Business Server simplifies setup, migration, and licensing for Microsoft infrastructure server products that a midsize business uses most frequently. Most network services and resources are managed through a single Windows®Essential Business Server Administration Console, which is accessible from anywhere on the network or remotely over a virtual private network.

Windows®Essential Business Server is installed on three physical servers. These are referred to by their primary roles in the network:

· Windows®Essential Business Server Management Server – Centralizes management of your Windows Server "Centro" network. Enables and manages worker collaboration and network services.

· Windows®Essential Business Server Security Server – Manages security, Internet access, and remote-worker connectivity.

· Windows®Essential Business Server Messaging Server – Provides messaging capabilities and manages network services.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

CrossLoop - Simple Secure Screen Sharing

CrossLoop is a FREE secure screen sharing utility designed for people of all technical skill levels. CrossLoop extends the boundaries of VNC’s traditional screen sharing by enabling non-technical users to get connected from anywhere on the Internet in seconds without changing any firewall or router settings. It only takes a few minutes to setup and no signup is required.
http://www.crossloop.com/index.html

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Real Estate

www.redfin.com - real estate for selected cities. Easy to use and map.

System Memory check utility

http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php - run this free utility, click on the memory and SPD tab and you'll find everything you need to know about your system memory.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Common DNS mistakes

During setup be sure to give the DNS entry the static ip of the server. Once installation is completed, configure DNS to query the ISP's DNS servers by setting up forwarder's.

How to move Exchange databases and logs in Exchange Server 2003

To move log files
1.
Start Exchange System Manager.
2.
Click Administrative Groups. Note If Administrative Groups does not appear, it may not be turned on. To turn on Administrative Groups, right-click Exchange Organization in Exchange System Manager, and then click Properties. Click to select the Display Administrative Groups check box.
3.
Locate the storage group where you want to change log file paths, right-click the storage group, and then click Properties.
4.
Click the General tab, click the Browse button next to the Transaction log location box, and then specify the new drive or folder location for the log files.
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To move databases
1.
Start Exchange System Manager.
2.
Open the administrative group that contains the database that you want to change.
3.
Under Storage Group, right-click the mailbox store or the public folder store that you want to change, and then click Properties.
4.
Click the Database tab.
5.
Next to the database that you want to change, click Browse, and then specify a new drive or folder location for the files. Notes

With the databases, you can decide to move the Exchange Database (.edb file), the Exchange Streaming Database (.stm file), or both.

If the databases are still mounted, you receive the following message:
You are about to perform the following operation(s): - change Exchange database locationTo perform the requested operation(s), the store must be temporarily dismounted which will make it inaccessible to any user.Do you want to continue? Click Yes to dismount the database automatically and move the location.
6.
When you finish moving the databases, remount the databases manually. You can move the log files and database files to any folder that you want to create. When you move logs and database files, you may want to create the Exchsrvr\Mdbdata file structure for consistency reasons, but you are not obligated to do so. You must grant the following default permissions to the new Mdbdata folder that contains the log files and database files:

Administrators: Full Control

Authenticated Users: Read and Execute, List Folder Contents, Read

Creator Owner: None

Server Operators: Modify, Read and Execute, List Folder Contents, Read, Write

System: Full ControlNote Only assign permissions to the Server Operators group if the Exchange server is a domain controller. Otherwise, assign permissions to the Power Users group. Only domain controllers should have permissions to the built-in Server Operators group. Stand-alone and member servers should have permissions to the built-in Power Users group.You may also have to grant the following permissions to the root drive that contains the new Mdbdata folder:

System: Full ControlDuring the process of moving log files and database files, your store is temporarily dismounted. Because the store is temporarily dismounted, it is inaccessible to your users until the process is completed. Moving log files or database files invalidates all existing incremental and differential backups; therefore, make a full backup after these changes.Do not delete or rename the Old MDBdata Folder path after you move the Exchange database. If you want to delete the old MDBdata folder, make sure that the following working directory parameter in the registry points to the new location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeIS\ParametersSystem Value name: Working Directory Value type: REG_SZ Value data: C:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\Mdbdata