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Exchange Disaster Recovery - Lessons Learned
I had the unfortunate opportunity yesterday to come in to work only to find that all of our Public Folders had been deleted from the our Exchange 5.5 site. It seems the administrator from another site had finished migrating from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003. He decided he didn't want “everyone else’s” Public Folders showing up in his tree, and since he couldn't see the content of the folders, figured they were local copies only. Delete. Whoops. This had happened once before, when ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 29, 2005 10:18 AM

New Cell Phone - Samsung SCH-i730
I got the specs on my new cell phone today – the Samsung SCH-i730 from Verizon. I have been using a Blackberry in its various incarnations over the past four years, my current model being the 7250 with Bluetooth which is a very nice unit. I am curious to see how the Windows Mobile experience compares. Unfortunately it comes stock with Windows Mobile 2003 instead of Mobile 2005. Hopefully it will be upgradeable. There is also a debate looming on the forums if it has its wi-fi disabled or only ......

Posted On Monday, June 27, 2005 3:45 PM

5 Ways to Get More Done in Meetings
This is taken directly from an article at the Microsoft website about improving meeting efficiencies with the Tablet PC. You can also find lots of great Tablet PC testimonials and conversions talked about at Robert Scoble’s site, thetabletpcweblog and tabletpcbuzz. The article’s author has a book out on the subject too which might make for some interesting reading as I get more in to the IW perspective. Why not a laptop in a meeting? Here are the reasons I prefer my Tablet PC to a conventional ......

Posted On Monday, June 27, 2005 8:40 AM

Blogging My Way to the PDC
Okay, so I need to write a post that will impress upon the fine folks at Channel 9, including Jeff, why I need to get a free trip to this year’s PDC. Well, I should start with the obvious, I cannot spring for the conference fee, airfare and hotel myself. And even though my new employer seems to be awesome, I am not in a development discipline, so I cannot see them footing the bill either. So I am left to throw myself at the mercy of Microsoft. Now, I am not a developer. Okay, you’re not ......

Posted On Sunday, June 26, 2005 1:22 PM

On a New Adventure
I am excited to announce that I am embarking on a new journey! I have decided to change jobs! I am leaving my current employer, Kao Brands Company, where I worked for four years as the Global Technology Leader. Starting on July 5th I will be joining Berbee Information Networks. I am looking forward to the change of pace as I enter the professional services field again. Berbee is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in several disciplines including advanced infrastructure, information worker, security ......

Posted On Saturday, June 25, 2005 8:30 PM

Exchange ExBPA v2.1 Released

You Had Me At EHLO...

Posted On Friday, June 24, 2005 4:59 PM

Microsoft Anti-Spyware Refresh Available

This gets you past the July expiry of the previous version. Contains updates as well. This is not Beta 2.

Download Microsoft AntiSpyware Refresh Update (Build 1.0.613) Download MS AS Refresh.

Posted On Friday, June 24, 2005 2:06 PM

ISA Patch Caching
Here is another good post from John Howard’s blog (can you tell I like it?) discussing the upcoming filter for ISA Server 2004 that will cache patches downloaded from Windows Update so each user is not hitting your WAN connection for the request. This is especially useful in a shop that hasn't (or isn't going to) deployed WSUS yet ......

Posted On Friday, June 24, 2005 11:14 AM

Microsoft's Branch Office Infrastructure Strategy
Microsoft has a BOIS Link detailing their Branch Office Infrastructure Strategy (BOIS). This is a set of guides for architecting a remote office infrastructure. The guides include strategies and which Microsoft technologies best leverage those ideas. Like the branch office-friendly options built in to the new R2 version of Windows Server 2003 and ISA Server 2004. There is also a write up of it on John Howard’s excellent blog which I highly recommend subscribing to if you are an IT Pro ......

Posted On Friday, June 24, 2005 9:00 AM

Commercial Flights in to Space
Who will be the first to launch a commercial flight in to space? I have heard the first rounds are only going to cost $200,000 a pop. And apparently 70 or so people have already put their money on the table. Research has also shown that if you can just cut the price in half, an order of magnitude will result in those willing to pony up the cash to fly in to space.

Posted On Thursday, June 23, 2005 2:46 PM

Microsoft Drops Support for Domino on Unix

I love it!

From Mary Jo’s Microsoft Watch:

On the same day that Microsoft announced it completed its purchase of anti-virus software vendor Sybari Software, the company also revealed that it plans to discontinue immediately new sales of Sybari's Antigen for Unix and Linux.

Posted On Thursday, June 23, 2005 12:45 PM

Configuring Exchange SMTP Gateways at Microsoft

Description of how Microsoft IT custom configures its SMTP servers to make its mail flow more securely and manageably. Download here.

Posted On Thursday, June 23, 2005 12:32 PM

Tech·Ed 2005 Webcast Series: Learn, Solve, Grow
The best of the Tech-Ed breakout sessions are now available online as webcasts. Click this link: Tech·Ed 2005 Webcast Series: Learn, Solve, Grow. I highly recommend Steve Riley’s: Security Policies? Ugh, Just Give Me a Firewall and Scott Schnoll’s: Exchange 2003: Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts ......

Posted On Thursday, June 23, 2005 8:33 AM

Zen Micro Remote Control Tricks
Okay, I love the Creative Zen Micro. This makes it even better. Let’s get some Bluetooth in there and then I will never have to touch it again!

Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2005 4:55 PM

Blog Your Way to PDC05
Normally I’m not a fan of giving myself even more competition, but there is a way to write code or an impressive blog entry and win a trip to PDC05. Hallelujah!

Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2005 3:30 PM

Microsoft Starts OneCare Beta
From the web site: At this time, participation in the Windows OneCare Live Beta is limited to invitation only. Throughout the next few months, however, we'll be expanding the beta to include more and more participants. If you are interested in becoming a beta participant, please visit the Microsoft Beta site and fill out the Windows OneCare beta nomination form. When prompted for a Guest ID, type in OneCare (case sensitive) ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2005 1:16 PM

How Microsoft Secured TechEd 2005
This paper looks to be a sweet read for anyone with an Infrastructure background. Especially if you were able to attend TechEd. It is interesting to “pull back the Emerald Curtain” and see what was going on. Now all they have to do is triage the wireless situation and get it fixed and we will be golden next year.

Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2005 11:16 AM

New IE Security Advisory Posted
Read about it here in the Security Response Centre's blog.

Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2005 10:24 AM

TechEd Vendor Exhibit Hangover
Like the morning after a night of out-of-control drinking I am now experiencing a TechEd Vendor Exhibit hangover. Of the email variety … I made a vow after last year’s post TechEd SPAM deluge that I would use a bogus email address … and forgot all about it. I woke this morning to about 20 email's starting with “we saw you at TechEd 2005 in Orlando”  . . .

Posted On Tuesday, June 21, 2005 1:50 PM

Microsoft meets the hackers | CNET

Microsoft meets the hackers | CNET

This is a great article talking about when Microsoft invited a bunch of Hackers to the Redmond campus for “BlueHat.”

Posted On Monday, June 20, 2005 4:12 PM

Sloppiness With Design and Implementation
I should, at some point, set up a link blog. I don't want my blog to simply become a “hey, look at this” but when I am too busy to post content, I like to also pass along some great stuff that I come across. This is one such article on a health check done by Mark. Grab the defibulator …

Posted On Monday, June 20, 2005 12:37 PM

Differences Between Virtual Server and Virtual PC

Posted On Monday, June 20, 2005 12:22 PM

Using the ADC Tool to Create Connection Agreements
Here is a great article from the Exchange Server blog on why you should use the ADC to create your connection agreements. I have run in to a couple of these problems myself; especially when migrating in the Exchange 2000 days. Since using the ADC exclusively I have been golden.

Posted On Monday, June 20, 2005 12:19 PM

Webcast: Security Myths
Even though it is only a 200 level webcast, watching Steve Riley talk on security is a true treat. This might even be worthwhile to have other ITS and business stake holders watch if you are trying to pound home the value of security in your enterprise.

Posted On Saturday, June 18, 2005 10:46 PM

The Business Value of Security
This is a great article by a security MVP on the Business Value of Security. It is written by Martin Kiaer, a principal consultant for WM-data in Denmark. It discusses the process involved in turning security from a cost to a business enabler. I wont rehash the whole article here, it is short and well-written.

Posted On Saturday, June 18, 2005 10:42 PM

On Vacation
I am on vacation this week so there won’t be many posts. I decided to take advantage of being in Orlando for Microsoft’s Tech*Ed and bring my family in for a romp at Disney World. I am staying at the excellent (if you have kids) Nickelodeon Hotel.

Posted On Wednesday, June 15, 2005 12:01 AM

Building Smart Clients
Check out the details here.

Posted On Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:42 PM

Tech Ed Attendee Party
After some serious navigational challenges, our bus finally arrived at Universal Studios. Our driver got seriously lost and then tried to convince us he was dropping us off at the right place. Luckily, a few of us were at Tech Ed the last time they went to Universal and knew something was amiss ( I don't think were supposed to get dropped off in an alley behind the Hard Rock Hotel). After an assist from another bus (follow the SQL Server bus I said ...) we got there. I had a fun time with all the ......

Posted On Friday, June 10, 2005 12:11 AM

New Version of MSN Search Has Tabbed Browsing
The latest version of MSN's Desktop Search and IE Toolbar has tabbed browsing. I had to uninstall the old version to install this one, but all of my settings were carried over. Just to be safe, if you use their pop-up blocker instead of Window XP's, export your safe list in case it goes away.

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 5:03 PM

Another D@#n TabletPC Winner

Okay, so I’m sitting in the MS Exchange cabana area and not 15 feet away today’s lucky Tablet PC gets given away to the guy behind me wearing the Tablet PC button. Apparently there wasn’t anyone in the Tablet PC cabana and he wandered in. Doh! So close and yet … 

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 4:43 PM

Virtual Server Performance Tips

I found this great article on getting performance out of virtual server. I always forget about using virtual SCSI disks instead of virtual IDE disks. 

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 4:24 PM

Tablet PC Winners
Here are some pictures of the lucky blighters that won TabletPC's at the Tech*Ed show. Maybe I can get the keys to their hotel rooms . . . ;)

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 12:09 AM

Longhorn Betas in July
I heard a rumor that a Longhorn Server beta should be available in July. Apparently it was discussed in one of the Tech*Ed breakout sessions. We already have a late June target for the client beta. Speculation abounds on whether the Longhorn Server beta will have any new Active Directory bits ...

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:53 PM

Videogame Vixens
Okay, is this a FOX website?

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:48 PM

Speaking of Security ...
I had a Steve Riley moment at my hotel this evening. He gave several examples of lax security in his breakout session today. Guards helping him carry servers out to his car without seeing if he should be taking them. Managers leaving supply room keys in a desk drawer for anyone to use “as needed.” I accidentally locked myself out of my hotel room. My wallet was inside as well. I went to the lobby to get a new key. The lady at the front desk did good and asked for identification. When ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:40 PM

Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 Best Practices
I had the pleasure of getting to Bruce's breakout session this afternoon. He went over all the great configuration he and his team gathered from many experiences installing Sharepoint Portal Server 2003. The jokes were good too, even in the back of the room. I will have to try to see him again once he gets his voice back. What does a Sharepoint Portal Server do? Aggregate, organize and collaborate. Sharepoint is not a file repository. Sharepoint is not a CMS. Sharepoint is not DM. Sharepoint is collaboration ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:33 PM

Sybari Releases Antigen Management Pack for MOM 2005
Sybari announces the release of a management pack for MOM 2005 targeted at its Antigen product. I hope more and more ISV’s will follow in this trend. I know Veritas has one too for its Backup Exec product. Microsoft keeps a list of all the available management packs here. ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 3:59 PM

Drop My Rights
I am in Steve Riley's security breakout session (kick butt as always) and he mentioned a cool tool developed by Michael Howard (another great blog) called Drop My Rights. If you must run as an administrator, this tool will allow you to run applications (like Outlook) with regular user privledges. Very cool . . .

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:23 AM

Citigroup Loses Customer Data

Citigroup discloses that UPS lost a box containing tapes with tons (39 million customers) of customer data. This is the latest in a string of personal identity loss. I wonder if this has been happening for a while and we are only now noticing it.

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 10:38 AM

ISA Server BoF
My second Bf was wonderful as well. Working with ISA Server 2004. We talked over some good things. There were two people there who work at an ISP in Trinidad. They said they get a lot of grief as everyone wants to put a “hardware” firewall in front of the ISA server . . . fine. As Bud remarked, “let it filter out all the noise.” The attendees from Trinidad note they leave it all open anyway! Heh. Bud is also working on an ISA Server Pocket Guide for MS Press. I am going to ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 10:55 PM

My Favorite Keynote Moment

I thought this was very funny . . . I think I go through this weekly.

Developer vs. IT Pro . . .

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 10:41 PM

6:30 BoF Session: IT in Small and Medium Sized Businesses
I just finished my BoF session on how IT Pros work in small and medium sized businesses. My intention was to cover shops with 0-500 desktops. It was amazing to see the range of IT staffs represented. We had 1 person, 2 person and 0 person (all outsourced to “on-call” consultants) staffs. The conversations flowed very nicely and it was again amazing to see the contrast between the needs of each staff go up and down in dollars and complexity depending on the size of the supported workforce. ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 8:36 PM

Cincinnati Broadcast News Station Offers Podcasts
I would have never thought Cincinnati to be a first for this type of stuff, but one of the local news stations, WCPO - ABC, Channel 9 is offering Podcasts of its news broadcasts. That is very cool. And they blog too. Scoble would be proud ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 8:25 PM

Power to the People!

I dont know who else complained but: (login required for link)

Hot Breakfast Added!
We have adjusted the breakfast menu to accommodate your requests. Hot breakfast items will be available each morning.

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 11:48 AM

Tech*Ed On Site Wireless Networking Issue Being Addressed

Read it here

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 1:54 AM

Tech*Ed 2005 Day One Keynote Address WebCast

See it here

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 1:11 AM

WSUS Final Handed Out at Tech*Ed Keynote
And I almost completely overlooked the final bits for WSUS that was sitting on my seat prior to the start of the keynote. This is another item I am eager to get on my virtual servers and put through its paces. Microsoft also announced today that the latest version of Windows Update is also live. ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 12:48 AM

IBM Officially Announces Tablet PC
Today IBM officially announced its new TabletPC ThinkPad. It was shown off at Steve Ballmer’s Tech*Ed keynote address as well as at the Lenovo booth during the vendor exhibition. I played with it for about 15 minutes and this thing rocks. It is very thin and light. And it has all the things you love about a ThinkPad in a tablet: good form factor, solid hardware and it is nice and sturdy despite its thin build. How can I get one? Hmmm, are you thinking what I’m thinking? Sure Brain, but ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 12:43 AM

Once Again Tech*Ed Wifi Blows
Don’t get me wrong, I love Tech*Ed. I have been to eight of them now. It cannot be beat as a highly concentrated source of information for IT Pros working with Microsoft technologies. However, for four years running now, the wireless access provided at the show has been a joke. I understand it will be a challenge. I understand there are eleven thousand plus techies here. But seriously, do it right or don’t do it at all. Surely you know that with every passing year more and more wireless ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 12:29 AM

Tech*Ed Day 1 Vendor Bonanza
The vendor exhibition kicked off today at 6:00pm. I have always been curious why they have a “big to-do” at 6:00pm when the exhibit was already open from noon to 3:30pm? There isn’t any suspense or anticipation about what we are going to see, unless you count which appetizers they might server this time. The usual collection of suspects were there with the usual collection of swag to give away. Notable exceptions were Sybari (outdoor adventure equipment) and Sunbelt Software (tricked ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 12:23 AM

Tech*Ed Geek Dinner I
I would like to give a big thank you to everyone that made it to the Tech*Ed Geek Dinner (for history see the Scoble Geek Dinner). There were 11 of us at Bahama Breeze talking technology, swag, coding (or lack thereof) and Tech*Ed. It was a blast to finally meet Gretchen and Kevin as well as all the new faces. I love that by blogging you can create an online community and sometimes it translates in to real life. I also have to mention one of the neatest techie stories told: Brian Hoyt works for an ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 12:12 AM

Posting Issues Part II
Apparently my blog only hates it when I post regarding this morning’s keynote at Tech*Ed. I have written it from scratch, twice, used a different subject, pasted in from notepad, OneNote and WordPad. I have submitted it via NewsGator. I always get the same error. Every other post, however, appears to be working … go figure. JOtherwise, I am loving the new blog. ......

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 11:51 PM

Session SVR 316
From the syllabus: Ever wondered how Microsoft IT manages and operates its AD infrastructure? Think Microsoft employees are any more accepting of downtime or performance issues? Microsoft has the oldest production Active Directory in the world (happily authenticating users since '99), so come listen as they share their best practices on everything from domain controller placement, performance monitoring, and change management, to disaster recovery, tools, and 64-bit DCs. This session rocked and I ......

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 11:46 PM

Posting Issues
I am having some issues posting to my new blog. Something an guru could figure out I am sure; unfortunately that is not me ... please bear with me while I resolve this.

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 10:50 PM

My bus was late by 30 minutes this morning, so I got up nice and early for nothing ... Once I downed some cold breakfast (what happened to the eggs and sausage - economic cutbacks I will assume) I headed over to the HOL. I tried the Server Infrastructure track first. I found the available topics to be a bit obscure. But I guess they are the things you wouldn't normally get to try in the workplace. I love the scripting for admins HOL. Very nice walk through for a non-coder like myself. Now I am off ......

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 8:44 AM

Bags and Swag
So I got my swag-filled bag yesterday ... some people catalog all the swag on their blog, but for me there was too much and not enough time. :) There were several CD's (about 10) including Windows Server 2003 EE x64, Beta 2 of VS 2005 and a beta of the System Center Data Protection Manager. I want to fire that up on a VM. I think it has some really great features and will make managing my tape-farm\backups much easier. The bag itself is okay. I was hoping for a messenger bag or backpack. This type ......

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 8:39 AM

Batman Beyond Skin for WMP 10
Download a really cool  skin for WMP10 here. There is also a cool Middle Earth LOTR skin I hadn't seen as well . . .

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 12:08 AM

Laptops Outsell Desktops for the First Time
For the first time, laptops have outsold desktops accounting for 53% of the market according to research firm Current Analysis. Up from 46% from one year ago. It should also be noted that the NYTimes reported the same exact thing in May of 2003 . . .

Posted On Sunday, June 5, 2005 11:45 PM

Tablet PC
There is a new Tablet PC blog here. I have been subscribed for about a week now and it is great. I am continuing in my quest to obtain a Tablet PC. Win one or convince my boss why I need one. As an IT Pro and an IW, I believe it to be an invaluable tool ... There are a couple of Tablet PC contests here at Tech*Ed so maybe I will get lucky!

Posted On Sunday, June 5, 2005 11:40 PM

Tech*Ed Day One
I caught my plane out of Cincinnati at 1PM today and arrived in Orlando greeted by a thunderstorm. There is nothing like coming in from above the clouds expecting palm trees and sunshine and instead getting dark thunderclouds and pounding rain … and here I thought I might work on my tan too. I made my way to the hotel (I am at the Wyndham) and checked in. I then went over and caught the bus to the OCCC. I haven't been here since the last Tech*Ed. I think the convention is in an entirely different ......

Posted On Sunday, June 5, 2005 11:28 PM

Geek Dinner Final Details
Bahama Breeze (within walking distance from the OCCC - 8849 INTERNATIONAL DR. ORLANDO FL 32819 (407) 248-2499 ) at 8:30pm on Monday night. I hope to see everyone there! Jam sessions to follow ......

Posted On Sunday, June 5, 2005 11:04 PM

Tech*Ed Grok Talks
I was really looking forward to the GrokTalks (and not because I am a huge Stranger in a Strange Land fan). Then I discovered they are all developer-oriented. Aren't there any RD's that are knowledgeable in Infrastructure? Hell, I would be happy to give a talk on AD, Exchange, ISA Server, Presence, etc. ... I remember the days when the development and "IT Pro" tracks at Tech*Ed were separated, each to its own four days . . . we walked up hill, barefoot, both ways! :) ......

Posted On Sunday, June 5, 2005 11:18 AM

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