Passive FTP errors with ISA 2004

When you implement ISA Server 2004 on a connection, by default, it blocks all traffic.  Other than the hidden system rules, you’ll see only one firewall access rule and it denies all traffic in either direction.  In order to use a FTP client, you’ll need to create a firewall rule that allows the FTP protocol. …


Offline Address Book (OAB) Head On Collisions

We all know about the kinetic energy of a head on collision.  I have a corporate Exchange mailbox.  I also have a hosted Exchange mailbox.  Each time I log on to either profile and retrieve new email using a “Send/Receive”, the current Offline Address Book (OAB) gets whacked by the incoming OAB data. Unlike a head on collision with…


Windows Server 2003 SP1 Slipstreaming

We’re currently delivering some sessions on Windows Server 2003 SP1 and SQL Server 2005.  The last demo of the Windows Server 2003 SP1 session takes an existing Windows Server 2003 i386 directory and slipstreams SP1 into it.  If you dig around on, you’ll be hard pressed to find documentation on how to do this. …


Does anyone use MS Reader?

I’m sure several years ago, many of you installed and used MS Reader to some degree.  I really like it because I love ClearType fonts.  I also like Reader because it has a Pocket PC version and gave me another excuse to justify having a PDA.  I purchased a few books and took advantage of…


What should I run? SBS 2003 Premium SP1 or individual components?

I’m fortunate enough to live in a place where I can get one of those kewl new fiber optic connections to the internet.  It’s called Verizon FIOS and has been steadily rolling out in North Texas and other parts of the USA.  This coming week I am converting my 15meg/2meg residential plan to a static…


Halo 2 Update Releases tomorrow 4/18/2005

Well at long last there is an update coming for Halo 2 and it will be available on Xbox Live tomorrow.  The update will fix a number of multiplayer exploits and that is welcome news for many of us that love the game.  In addition to the multiplayer fixes, the developers are changing some of…


Microsoft Updates The Virtual Server 2005 Support Policy

Great news! I just started catching up on the email and noticed we have released new information on the products now supported inside a Virtual Server 2005 VM. See for the latest information. See for the products not currently supported within a VM. Enjoy!


Windows Server 2003 SP1 – firewall program exceptions

One of the questions that comes up at each of our Windows Server 2003 SP1 seminars is around the new firewall, and specifically how it handles program exceptions.  One of my attendees asked when the ports for a program are enumerated.  Are they discovered when you add the program and click OK or is this…


Comparing blogs – decisions decisions

It’s been fun but decision time is rapidly approaching.  I mean after all, how many blogs can a person afford to invest time in?  I’m tempted to keep the blog totally work related and have everything else (family, hobbies, rants) on my personal domain blog.  What do you do? During the blog adventure over…


Converting .DVR-MS to MPEG4 for use on a Playstation Portable (PSP)

Do you have a Sony PSP?  If you are also lucky enough to have Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, you might be considering converting a few of those recorded television programs into a format that can be viewed on your new toy.  Fortunately, there are a number of ways to do that. The biggest challenge…