Microsoft Online and SBS 2003

I have been working with the Microsoft BPOS aka Microsoft Online guys in Enterprise accounts for a while to help big companies migrate to BPOS dedicated.  Don’t know what that is?  Check out www.microsoftonline.com.  To sum it up, it is hosted Exchange, SharePoint, OCS, LiveMeeting, and a few other offerings.  For bigger businesses, Microsoft sets…

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Windows XP/XPe and Remote Desktop Services Single Sign On

This week I was working with a retail customer that has plans to place HP Windows XP Embedded devices at their many retail stores.  Applications will be served up either locally on the XPe device, through a remote desktop, or through Remote Applications. There is a slight challenge with this setup because technically Microsoft supports…

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Exchange 2007 – Snags during my upgrade

This week I had some time to spend in my lab at home, so I thought I would catch up on some overdue projects,  My biggest project was to get my lab up to Exchange 2007 from 2003.  The complication here is that although I have a rack of “real” servers, I don’t have any…

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Vista RTM + 1 week

If you have read some of my previous posts around Vista, you know that it was one of few Microsoft products during this “wave” of products that I wasn’t getting excited about.  In fact, I had so many issues with B2->RC1 builds that I stopped using it on my tablet back in September. Well, I…

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Why I need Office 2007

I am back to running XP because Vista 5456 just didn’t like my wireless device in my laptop and kept toggling to connection on and off.  But, I can’t seem to live without Office 2007. I like the ribbon, and quickly adjusted to it.  I really like the contextual stuff like when you have highlighted…

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Windows 2000 to XP Upgrade Nuances

In the process of helping a customer upgrade their remaining 5,000 desktops from Windows 2000 to XP, I have found a couple entertaining and frustrating issues with the upgrade process.   First of all, this only applies to an unattended upgrade of Windows 2000 Professional but it might also affect servers as our internal bugs…

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Updating drivers from the command line

So, I am off doing a desktop migration for a customer of approximately 5,000 desktops.  Vista you ask?  No, not that sexy.  Just trying to help one of our core telco customers get everyone off Windows 2000 onto XP.  And by the way, get in infrastructure in place like BDD using OSD with SMS (it’s…

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Changes to SharePoint 2003 Installs

I recently worked on another SharePoint project where we did unusual things with SharePoint.  But, this time we actually used some of the core SPS functionality like search to index about 5,000 documents for a call center.   We built out Production last week and were doing some testing and discovered that search was broken. …

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Get a third admin RDP session for FREE!!

Many administrators have missed that there is a “hidden” third connection that can be made to Windows Server 2003 servers.  I often work with system administrators that are swearing in their cubes because the two admin connections are used up and they can’t connect.  I ask them why they don’t just connect to the console…

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