Posts Tagged ‘SBS 2003 Premium’

TN4SMB – Managed Services – The Easy Way

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

This presentation was one I gave around Australia in Feb/Mar 2007 as part of a roadshow with ARN, Trend Micro, Microsoft, IBM and Netgear.

Managed Services – The Easy Way.pptx

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How to put a recycle bin in Companyweb / Sharepoint Services v2.0

Friday, January 19th, 2007

A question from a fellow SBS MVP today made me realise that I’d not posted here about the fact that you can add a Recycle Bin to SBS’s Companyweb even while it’s running Sharepoint Services v2.0.

Alternate methods also exist to recover information from Companyweb such as restoring the site from backup (but that overwrites the existing site), or using the stsadm command line to create a scheduled backup of Companyweb to a flat file and then restoring that to an alternate WSS site called Companyweb2. I’ll document the later shortly and post back here when done.

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Limit SBS 2003 MSDE Services

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

The attached scripts limit the SBS 2003 defined instances to 128MB RAM each – this helps prevent excessive memory usage.

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SBS2000 to 2003 Upgrades – a checklist for success

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Ok – my preference for installations of SBS2003 is to do a totally fresh installation. However there are times when this is not possible due to budget contraints or time limitations. I’ve had two such customer scenarios this week that needed to have the inplace done, one for budget reasons, and the other for time constraints. So we’ve used the inplace upgrade method. Before using the in place upgrade method I’d considered a few things.

1. Did I install SBS2000 on this system? I look at this as I want to ensure that it’s a system that I’ve controlled for it’s life. If I didn’t install it then there may be a heap of underlying issues just waiting to bite me.
2. Is the hardware capable to run SBS2003 for the next 2-3 years. In the case of the systems I’ve done this week, both were for 5 user sites, one was a 2.4Ghz system with 1GB RAM which was fine, the other was an 800Mhz system with 1GB RAM which was at the very low end of what I wanted. I advised the 800Mhz customer of this and he was fine – wants to replace the server next financial year anyway.

So here’s the process I followed in these upgrades this week. Both of them had RAID 1 using software mirroring, so we disconnected the mirrored drive before we commenced as our utlimate backup plan, and then later once it was done and we knew the upgrade was 100% we reconnected it and reconfigured the mirror.

Preflight Check these can all be done prior to the day of the upgrade to minimise the downtime
Check workstations if any Win95 or Win ME then upgrade can not proceedCheck SBS2000 Service Pack levels must have SBS 2000 SP1 installedMinimum 2GB Free on C: DriveEnsure ISA SP1 is installed (v3.0.1200.50 if no SP, v3.0.1200.166 SP1)Install hotfix for ISA for W2003 Server (ISAHF255.exe KB331062)Download and unpack the latest supportpaq from HP for the serverClean up drives, delete files not needed and empty recycle binDefrag drives (if time permits do this remotely)Verify backups are good
Rollout ProcessEnsure the Internet NIC is disconnectedDisconnect the mirrored hard drive (if it s a dual drive mirrored system)Remove any UPS cables to the serverRemove Exchange IMRemove Admin toolsRemove AV softwareRemove Scanmail for ExchangeRemove Trend Client from the serverRemove OfficeScan Corporate Edition from the serverRebootNote any specific config options that need to be reinstated later
a. Exchange forward all mail to specific hostCHKDSK /f on all hard drivesSave and clear event logsReboot serverCheck event logs note / decide on action about ANY errorsInsert SBS2003 CD1 and commence setupDuring the W2003 installation portion of setup, if it asks you for drivers for the HP/Compaq server, insert the SmartStart CD as it has the drivers the system needs.Phase 2 of the SBS SetupReboot and complete the To Do listDo not do step 6 of the to do list Import Files as we don t use this optionDetune ISA securityRemove the authenticate all users from the outbound web listenerWindows Update & rebootReview loginscripts to ensure that they are correct and do not have any additional characters in themTest one workstation on LAN verify access to email, files etcInstall ISA FP1, ISA FP1 URLSCAN (isafp1ur.exe), ISA SP2Install Trend AV & configureInstall GZIP Hotfix, E2003SP1 and Post SP1 SBS HotfixModify hardware firewall to add additional ports and protocols443,444,4125Shutdown and configure the mirror the original hard drive
Workstation rollouts Assign applications to all workstations from the SBS console wizardsRemove old AV & rollout the new AVAdd users to be able to logon remotely via RWW on the desktop computers
Verify all AV clients are seen in the AV console

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SBS 2003 / Sharepoint Services presentation from TechEd Australia 2006

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Dean Calvert and Stuart Applegate presented this session on Windows Sharepoint Services at TechEd Australia in 2006

TechED 2006-de-mystifying WSS in SBS.ppt

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SBS 2003 Mobility Presentation from TechEd 2006 Australia

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Dean Calvert wrote and presented this session at TechEd Australia in August 2006


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SBS 2003 Exchange Disaster Recovery

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

TechEd 2006 Australian presentation on Disaster recovery for Exchange server. Henry Craven wrote and presented this session


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Exmerge 6.0

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Exmerge 6.0 for Exchange 2000

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Small Business Server Disaster Recovery Myths, Mystery & Magic

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

TechEd 2006 Australian presentation on Disaster recovery. This presentation was originally prepared by Jeff Middleton –

SBS 2003 R2 Disaster Recovery.ppt

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SBS 2003 R2 more than just patching

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

TechEd 2006 Australian presentation on SBS 2003 R2 Presentation

SBS 2003 R2 – More than just patching.ppt

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