Migrating SBS2003 using the DCPromo method and Virtual Server

Well, that is sensationalism at it’s best!  I am going to be “OOF” next week (Out Of Office) so this blog will sit idle for about 10 days (yeah, like it hasn’t done that before).   I do have some good stuff coming in January.  I am going to migrate my SBS install at home…

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Open relay on Small Business Server 2003 when the config is perfectly correct

    Interesting call today.  The customer was reporting that his Exchange Server queues were full of “bogus” email and that he was an open relay.  He also stated he had followed http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;324958 to make sure he was not an open relay.  He stated that the article had him telnet to the SBS box from…

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Trip to the "Mothership"

Well, it has been about a month since my last post.  Apologies…  My time was spent preparing for a trip to “campus” (Redmond) to attend an “Exchange IT Fellowship” which was an in-depth course on how Microsoft does “IT” from an Exchange perspective.  We have our own internal IT department that manages our own Exchange…

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A quick "How To" install/configure a PocketPC Emulator

So you are a consultant selling/supporting SBS2003.  Wouldn’t it be cool to demo a PocketPC/SmartPhone/PocketPC Phone Edition without having to shell out $200-$500 for a device?  Well, you can!  You can install a PocketPC/SmartPhone/PocketPC emulator on your laptop and do a real world demo of the functionality of the Microsoft Mobile platform and SBS2003 (assuming…

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Clients unable to logon to the domain

Today was a tough issue (from a time perspective).  I am kicking myself for having taken soooo long to fix this issue.  Ok, clients cannot logon to the domain.  Basically if the clients were able to “logon”, it was with cached credentials.  New users on computers they have never logged onto would get an error…

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HTTP_500 with a PocketPC device trying to sync with Exchange

An HTTP_500 error on the PocketPC is a very generic error.  It typically means IIS passed something to Exchange, Exchange went off to do what it is supposed to do…but Exchange failed, Exchange then turns around and reports the error to IIS (like, “hey, I can’t find that mailbox”) and IIS says, “huh?  I don’t…

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Error 126: The specified module could not be found

Today was a weird one…   Nothing changed on the server but the following services were stopped and could not be started: Simple Mail Transport Protocol SMTP  FTP Publishing Service Microsoft Exchange IMAP4 Microsoft Exchange POP3   When we tried to start any of the above services, the error was the same:  Error 126:  The…

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Unable to send email to some domains

Today I worked on an issue where the SBS2003 server could not send mail to some domains.  The NDR when sending to the Microsoft.com domain was similar to: 5.7.1 <Your e-mail was rejected by an anti-spam content filter on gateway.  Reasons for rejection may be: obscene language, graphics, or spam-like characteristics. Removing these may let the…

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Servers locking up and crashing…

Today I had the “hardware problem bit” set to 1!   First, I worked on an issue where a server was randomly rebooting with a *BSOD*.  It would create a memory dump each time.  The problem was that each time the server crashed it was a different stop code and error code.  This renders the memory dump…

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LSASS error on boot 0xc00002e1

  Ok, I am realizing that a “once per day” post is a bit ambitious!  My new restated goal is once every 2-3 days.  The issue of note this week (that wasn’t covered in today’s podcast http://blogs.technet.com/sbs) is the often criticized and under appreciated LSASS error on boot.   In this case, there was no…

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