Remote Wiping a Device With No User Input

[Today’s tip comes to us from Peter Gallagher.  Yes that Peter.]   If you have installed the Exchange 2003 ActiveSync Web Administration Tool (also known as MobileAdmin) you probably played with the Remote Wipe feature. You may have noticed that the user must click “OK” to wipe the device. Well, that may not fit your customer’s… Read more

Using SharePoint Database Explorer on SBS

[Today’s tip comes to us courtesy of Ed Walters.] Administrators often need to extract a small number of files or even a single file from a SharePoint database, and may not necessarily want to go through the process of an entire disaster recovery to retrieve them.  SharePoint Database Explorer can be useful in cases where… Read more

Updated: SBS CAL Activation Failing

We’ve had several reports of SBS CAL activations failing.  We’re currently looking in to the situation and will post an update here as soon as we have more information.  This only affects CALs at this point, server and all other product activations are working properly.   Update 12/14/2006 9:00 AM: The back-end problems with CAL… Read more

Using a Nokia device to sync with Small Business Server 2003

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Peter Gallagher.] Since Microsoft has licensed the ActiveSync protocol to 3rd parties for implementation, we are seeing a wide variety of devices that are sync’ing with SBS’s Exchange Server.  Mail for Exchange is Nokia’s implementation on certain Nokia devices (the E-Series phones).  Cingular is currently offering the Nokia… Read more

WSS v3.0 Installation on SBS 2003

[Today’s tip comes to us from Ed Walters.  This a companion piece walkthrough of the offical documenation available at]   The latest version of SharePoint technology, Windows SharePoint Services Version 3, can provide enhanced features within your SBS network. However, because SharePoint version 3 differs markedly from version 2 (which is integrated into SBS 2003 SP1,… Read more

Using CompanyWeb from within WSS 3.0

There’s been a good deal of interest around installing WSS 3.0 on SBS.  As we’ve previously noted on this blog (here), upgrading CompanyWeb to WSS 3.0 is not supported.  There is a way, however, to display CompanyWeb (or any other WSS 2.0 site) from within WSS 3.0.  This post describes a rather simple manner to display… Read more

WSS 3.0 on SBS White Paper Released

Fresh on the heels of the WSS 3.0 release is the “Installing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on a Server Running Windows Small Business Server” white paper.  If you are considering installing WSS 3.0 on your SBS server, please, please read this paper and test it thoroughly before attempting this in a production environment.  The steps… Read more

Windows PowerShell Released!

As those of you who have been preparing for Exchange Server 2007 know, Windows PowerShell (aka Monad) is going to be an integral part of the generation of Microsoft server tools.  You can download the bits today (free) at: Once you’ve got the bits, it’s time to figure out what to do with them.  I… Read more

Demoing Systems Just Got Easier

If you’re like most IT pros, you’ve mastered the setup.exe -> next -> next ->next->finish method of installing applications.  When you hear about a new technology, you want to get your hands dirty…now!  If so, this program is definetely something you want to investigate: Microsoft is now offering free VHD downloads of eval software.  I… Read more

Remote Web Workplace (RWW) Part II – Controlling portal access

[Jim Martin weighs in this week with a deep technical dive of RWW.  This is the second part of the series.  Part 1 can be found at]   RWW provides a single point of access from the Internet to SBS features such as OWA, client desktops, terminal servers, the internal Sharepoint site, etc. for… Read more