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SBS 2003 to 2011, Post Mortem

There's been good response to my earlier post (really, July?!?) about upgrading a client's server from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 -- people want to know how the story ended.  So, forgive me for taking so long to finish up.  So, this will be short of details since I didn't take notes and am relying on memory.

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Sometimes it’s quicker to upgrade…

Visited a client today who was complaining of computer sluggishness among other issues, so I check the Microsoft Security Essentials and it says it's a few days out of date, but a manual attempt at updating failed with an error.  So, of course, I worry about infection getting in the way of doing updates, but it occurs to me he's still on MSSE 1.x and I upgrade him to 2.x and all is well, he can take updates again.

Upgrading SBS 2003 to SBS 2011

So, we're at a client's and we have to do a migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011.

We're relying on Microsoft's instructions to get us through the night.

It's 7:31 pm on a Friday night.  The air conditioning in the office has been turned off, so it's a bit sultry.

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Upgrading SQL Server 2008 R2 from Evaluation to Licensed

As a Microsoft partner, we have access to software resources to help us do our jobs while getting ourselves familiar with the MS family of products.

We had an in-house project that needed SQL Server, so we installed SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise in Evaluation mode, since we didn't have the product key handy.

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When FIXMAPI.EXE Doesn’t Work…

Quick tip: Sometimes running FIXMAPI.EXE doesn't solve the "Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook MAPI32.DLL is corrupt or the wrong version. This could have been caused by installing other messaging software. Please reinstall Outlook" error. If it doesn't work for you, try renaming the MSMAPI32.DLL file to something like MSMAPI32.OLD and then restart Outlook.

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Exchange 2003 Meeting Requests v. Exchange 2007

I've been working with a client who has been reporting emails that haven't been going through to some recipients.  He was getting frustrated because he couldn't reliably send to personal or professional contacts.

He sent:

More failures.

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I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That, Dave: When Firewall Upgrades Go Wrong

A client called this morning saying "I clicked on a security alert and now I can't get on the internet..."  Of course, my spideysense said "Ah!  Classic Malware!"

However, when I got on-site, there was no malware on the machine. 

A quick glance over the Autoruns turned up nothing out of the ordinary, MalwareBytes turned up nothing, doing a netsh winsock reset did nothing to improve the situation.

Connecting to SQL Server 2008 via TCP/IP on Windows 2008

Recently installed SQL Server 2008 on a Windows 2008 box and was happily adminsitering it from the console of the local server.  When I fired up SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) from my development machine, it wouldn't connect.

I turned the firewall off  and still couldn't connect.

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Back Up Microsoft Virtual Server Images…

This article first appeared at the now-closed Win32Scripting site. Since I find it useful, and my bookmark no longer works, I have been unable to reach its author, Jeff Trumbull, so I hope he doesn't mind that I've archived it.

Author: Jeff Trumbull

Description:
Backup files that make a Microsoft virtual server with only about 1 minute of down time.