Feb 15

Update Rollup 2 for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Hi all,

In a continuing effort to improve the quality and functionality of its products Microsoft released its second update rollup for Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.

With this update rollup Microsoft decided to include the Office365 integration module, which was previously available as an additional download only. As explained by the Microsoft SBS team: “The Office 365 Integration Module is an additional feature that is available for Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials. This add-in feature simplifies the management of Office 365 by integrating the administration experience into the server Dashboard, which is the command-and-control center for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.”

No less than 14 major issues have been resolved with this update rollup, greatly improving the quality of this newbee in the Small Business world. Although Most of the solved issues can ben found on server side, Microsoft released an update rollup for the client side as well which is automatically and silently deployed once the server update has been installed.

More information about this update rollup can be found on the following pages:

Please note that this update only applies to Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, this update cannot be applied to the Standard SKU.

Happy updating!

Didier D’Joos

Feb 04

Samsung Omnia 7 and bluetooth carkit

Hi Everyone,

Sometimes the most difficult, annoying and most bugging issues come with the easiest fix ever. That same is true for using my Samsung Omnia 7 phone together with my build-in car kit from BMW. If you’re fed up with the cracking noice while making a call over bluetooth, or with the lost bluetooth connectivity at the moment you’re ready to pick up your call, grab your phone while you’re reading this and do exactly the following:

– Unlock your screen and go to SETTINGS
– Switch off your WIFI connectivity

Et voila, it’s as simple as that…

You cannot imagine how long that I’ve been struggeling with this issue. I searched the internet for many hours trying to look for a fix, bluetooth update or that one little thing that would fix my issue. Fortunately I’ve got a colleague with the same phone who came up with this idea.

Didier D’Joos

 

Jan 14

browsing your crashed AD with dsamain.exe

I’m sure every one of us encoutered this problem once: a server crash with no working backup of Active Directory, thus, no way to recreate the users / security groups…

Luckily, Windows 2008 (RTM and R2) introduced a nifty little tool, that enables you to virtually load the crashed domain onto another server. That way you can peak into the previous configuration, and take over all necessary information.

All users/groups/… are stored in a single file: ntds.dit. First, we need to make sure that the integrity of the file is good. In many cases, this will not be the case, as a crashed server often will be shut down unexpected. Following commands can help you troubleshoot and solve this:

esentutl.exe /g “c:pathtontds.dit”
this command checks the integrity of the database file

esentutl.exe /p  “c:pathtontds.dit”
this command repairs any errors in the database file

When all this ends successfully, you can start with the mounting process.

dsamain.exe -dbpath “C:pathtontds.dit” -ldapport 5532 -allownonadminaccess -allowupgrade

-allownonadminaccess: needed to be able to access the database with another set of security credentials than defined in the virtually mounted domain
-allowupgrade: needed if you try to mount a ntds.dit file from an earlier version of windows (e.g. windows 2003)

If all goes well, the command will return the following message:

Now you can use your preferred Active Directory Management tool to connect to this mounted domain controller, using localhost for the host portion, and the defined ldap port as the port option.

If you want to connect to is using ADUC, you right click the root hive in this window, and choose for “Change Domain Controller”

Using the information in the above example, you fill in localhost:5532 and press OK. You will now be able to browse the mounted domain.

Feel free to comment if you have any questions

 

 

 

Jan 10

upcoming technical audience events MSFT Belgium

Feel free to attend one of these live meetings, or Usergroup events !

Microsoft Live Meetings

12
Januari

TechNet Livemeeting: Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)

Learn more about how the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) family can help you manage a modernized desktop. It is my pleasure to invite you to the AGPM livemeeting on covering the enhancements in AGPM version 4. We will also cover all basic concepts, the overall architecture and the GPO management approach taken with AGPM to provide real change management. This livemeeting is +/- 80% demo-dri Meer lezen

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17
Januari

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

ZTI, LTI, UDI, Thin, Thick, Hybrid,… all this image terminology what is it all about? Do you want to see how MDT can help you with your Windows 7 image approach? Do you want to know why you might consider this to integrate with SCCM? Do you want to learn some best practices? Long story short, if you want to learn about MDT you cannot miss this session. Meer lezen

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19
Januari

Migrating to SCSM 2012

Upgrading to the new version of System Center Service Manager must be evaluated and prepared like any other product upgrade. This session will give you a starting point to prepare your environment for the new release of SCSM 2012. The upgrade scenarios that are supported, important items to keep in mind for the upgrade and an overview of the new functionality in SCSM 2012.  Meer lezen

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19
Januari

ConfigMgr 2012 Settings management – The M in DCM truly becomes Management

ConfigMgr 2012 extends the desired configuration management feature to remediate the settings. Whereas the previous version mainly focused on monitoring desired state, and leaving the remediation over to the ConfigMgr admin. In this session we’ll look at the underappreciated DCM feature and see what is feasible with this extension to the DCM feature.  Meer lezen

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26
Januari

Office 365 Identity Management / Federation

In this session we will talk about identity management in Office 365 and go over the different steps from planning to implementing identity federation. We’ll discuss some real-world scenario’s in order to answer some common questions you might get, like: – What is AD FS and do I need it? – How will my user’s experience this Single Sign On? – Is it secure? – Does Microsoft need a copy of my AD? – … Meer lezen

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2
Februari

TechNet Licensing Live Meeting – System Center 2012

Get an overview on how System Center 2012 will be licensed.  Meer lezen

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21
Februari

What is MDOP and what are the advantages

If you are using Windows Intune, or if you are a SA customer, you need to have a look at the MDOP products. In this session, we will show the different products and demonstrate what added value they can give to you. Meer lezen

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Microsoft Offline Events

14
Februari

TechDays 2012 – Double Digit Edit10n

Celebrate 10 years of Microsoft TechDays in Belgium! Year after year thousands of technology professionals come together to network with peers and experts, while diving deep into Microsoft technologies and learning about the latest products and solutions. TechDays is the biggest technical event in Belgium & Luxembourg and not to be missed! Meer lezen

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Community Events

25
Januari

Technine: SBS20XX – Notes From the Field

The first in-person event of the recently founded Technine User Group (focusing on technologies for SMBs) will be held at the Microsoft offices in Zaventem on January 25 from 18h00 till 21h00. Topic of the event: SBS 20xx(x) Notes From The Field. Six SMB Pro’s will tackle some common issues while maintaining SBS 20xx. Meer lezen

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26
Januari

SCUG: System Center Authoring

Agenda: 18.00 – 18:30 (Welcome and Pizza); 18.30 – 19:30 (System Center Service Manager Authoring by Kurt Vanhoucke); 19:30 – 20:30 (SCOM and Opalis Qik Authoring by Alexandre Verkinderen)  Meer lezen

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Jan 06

TechNet Virtual Labs: Windows Small Business Server

For those thatdidn’t know this existed: TechNet Virtual Labs: Windows Small Business Server

These virtual labs give you a chance to test drive Windows Small Business Server (SBS) and explore the simplified management experience as well as walk-through a complete migration from SBS 2003.

Step into the Windows Essential Business Server Virtual Labs for Free

It’s simple: no complex setup or installation is required to try out Windows Server running in the full-featured TechNet Virtual Lab. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks any time.

Windows Small Business Server 2008

hope this helps !

//Bart

source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs/ff465366

Jan 06

Setting Message Size Limits in Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007

Note to self: every now and then you need to enlarge the default 10MB message size limit on your exchange server to allow large attachment emails.

I have this link in my favourites as a “help” guide so i don’t forget to configure it on all the correct places where limits can be set.
http://exchangepedia.com/2007/09/exchange-server-2007-setting-message-size-limits.html by Bharat Suneja.

hope this helps

 

 

Dec 25

outlook 2010 shows wrong icon in the taskbar in a remote desktop session

outlook 2010 shows the powerpoint icon in the taskbar in a terminal server session: see the screenshot

luckily there’s a hotfix for this problem:

Hotfix: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2519550/en-us

download and deploy…

Dec 02

First user group meeting jan 25 2012

Our first in-person event will be held in the Microsoft offices on januari 25 -from 18h00 -till 21h00

SBS 20xx(x) Notes From The Field

Six SMB Pro’s tackle some common issues while maintaining  SBS 20xx.

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