Category: Technology

Why SBS 2008 is better than SBS 2003

Actually, let me rephrase that title. I think it should be "Why? Is SBS 2008 better than SBS 2003?" There are few if any people on the planet more familiar with Small Business Server than Microsoft’s Sean Daniel. Sean recently posted a feature comparison between SBS 2003 and SBS 2008. What strikes me about this […]

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Posted in All, SBS, Software, Technology on Aug 8th, 2008, 5:44 pm by David Schrag  16 comments   

Give MS your feedback on volume licensing (or try to, anyway)

You’ve read my rants about Microsoft licensing for years. Now you’ve got a chance to tell them what you think. One minor problem: they may not be listening. I submitted my feedback this morning, and here’s what I got in return: Your message did not reach some or all of the intended recipients. Subject: What […]

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Posted in All, MS Licensing, Technology on Jul 31st, 2008, 7:39 am by David Schrag     

Mojave Experiment = Pepsi Challenge

In his brilliant book Blink, Malcolm Gladwell describes the tremendous impact that the Pepsi Challenge had on the soft drink industry in the 1980’s (see pp. 155-159). Pepsi was trailing way behind Coke in market share, but it looked like there might be a sea change. Pepsi began running ads featuring the Pepsi Challenge. The […]

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Posted in All, Business, Software, Technology, Vista, Windows XP on Jul 30th, 2008, 3:26 pm by David Schrag  4 comments   

Np, I dudnt grt ab iphpne. I got a Q.

I was fully prepared to wait an hour or more in line, and even to return on another day if necessary, to get an iPhone. The timing was right. My wife’s phone had just died and it was out of warranty. We were at the end of our contract with Verizon Wireless, and we were […]

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Posted in All, Hardware, Technology, Windows Mobile + PPC on Jul 21st, 2008, 7:51 pm by David Schrag  2 comments   

Nifty script to list all Exchange e-mail addresses

It’s harder than you’d think to produce a list of all the e-mail addresses that are on your Exchange server. I found a Visual Basic script that will produce such a list. A sample entry for a single user looks like this: cn: David Schragmail: david@schrag.netProxy Addressessmtp:David@schrag.localsmtp:dschrag@schrag.netSMTP:david@schrag.netsmtp:dave@schrag.net (I really should have replaced the @ symbol […]

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Posted in All, Exchange, Software, Technology on Jul 15th, 2008, 1:43 pm by David Schrag  1 comment   

Maybe Response Point needs a second look

Microsoft Response Point was announced sixteen months ago. Today — maybe! — it’s worth checking out. As I noted last November, the initial release of Response Point had a very 1.0 feel to it and was lacking many features already present in competing phone systems. Just this week at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced […]

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Posted in All, Hardware, Technology, Telephony on Jul 11th, 2008, 7:00 am by David Schrag  2 comments   

I do like coders with a sense of humor

I had to create a support ticket at Dreamhost. I like their style. Here are a couple of the questions they ask, along with the options available in the pop-down menu: I’m not sure how well these responses work for people whose first language is not English, but I definitely appreciated the effort.

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Posted in All, Business, Entertainment, Services, Technology on Jul 9th, 2008, 8:32 am by David Schrag  1 comment   

Take Windows Vista … Please!

Microsoft really, really wants small businesses to start buying Vista instead of XP. For the next three months, they’re offering “Windows Vista Small Business Assurance,” which gives free support and “one-on-one coaching” from “specially-trained support agents.” Support is available 10 AM to 7 PM Pacific time, or 1 PM to 10 PM Eastern. (In case […]

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Posted in All, Software, Technology, Vista on Jul 8th, 2008, 9:06 pm by David Schrag     

Block that SharePoint Log!

I narrowly averted a serious problem on a client’s server today. I got an alert from the server that the C: drive was down to about 50 MB of free space (and falling). That’s very bad. It turned out that the problem was caused by an expanding log file created by Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. […]

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Posted in All, SBS, SharePoint, Software, Technology on Jun 24th, 2008, 11:52 am by David Schrag  1 comment   

Replacing an SBS’s expired SSL certificate with a brand new one for the same host name

Problem: The SSL certificate for mail.myclient.com expired. The certificate had been purchased from GoDaddy and was installed on the server by a former network admin. No one had any idea whose GoDaddy account had been used originally, and GoDaddy couldn’t tell us for security reasons. So there was no easy way to renew the certificate. […]

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Posted in All, SBS, Software, Technology, Windows Mobile + PPC on Jun 13th, 2008, 2:11 pm by David Schrag     

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