Migrating from SBS 2003 to Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2

Just as a heads up, most of the Technet articles I found on doing a SBS 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials migration cover Server 2012, not 2012 R2 and they all mention installing the server in "Migration Mode" and grabbing the "Server Migration Prep Tool" from a folder on the DVD called supporttools.

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Installing Chrome on a Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server

Chrome is a pretty fantastic browser; in fact, I'm using it right now!  However, it wants to live in your AppData directory, and that's a drag for users on Terminal Servers since administrators can't easily install the application into that location, and users can't install it themselves if they're not administrators.

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Backing Up To Multiple Removable Drives in Windows 2008 R2

These days, we use a dock that accepts SATA drives as a target for backing up client systems.  It allows for the most flexibility as data resources grow, easy swapping of media, etc.

However, Windows 2008 Server Backup doesn't like this arrangement.  The wizard wants all targets present at the time of configuration.

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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.

Using Access and Outlook to Send To Mailing Lists

Perhaps the most popular article on the site explains how to send email to a bunch of people using Access and Outlook.

It has garnered its fair share of comments and emails, and one came in today that I figured I'd share and then elaborate on.

The mail reads (in part):

I have a following question: How to modify this module to be able to send messages to various mailing lists that I predefine in respective queries? In other words, I have in my database 3 categories of customers (in 3 different queries) andI want to address them with a different message.

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Installing Windows 7 for Testing

A client asked me how to best install Windows 7 for testing. His son is interested in it, and he thought his son's machine could afford being wiped to install the new OS.

I instead told him to use VirtualPC to do the job.

A quick Google later, and I pointed him to these directions as they were as full featured and complete a set as I've seen.

Programs We Like: Artweaver

I'm a HUGE fan of Photoshop, but when I have lot of programs open and am running low on memory, it's sometimes tough to justify the long startup time to do a quick edit or convert something to JPG.

I stumbled upon Artweaver as a freeware equivalent of Photoshop.

Importing and Exporting Mail and User Accounts in Outlook 2007

Outlook 2007 did away with the export account information that was present in earlier editions. So, if a user with one account moves machines, it's often faster to just recreate the account on the new machine. However, if a user has 8 accounts (like one did today) it's time to find a better way.

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Bettr Spelling Through Firefox

Firefox, the browser of choice for those of us running Windows at Jephens Tech., has built in spell checking for big text areas. That doesn't do us much good for these blog headlines and other one-line input fields... but the good folks at Mozilla HQ let us tweak Firefox to our hearts' content, so there's a very simple way to turn the spell-check on for single line input fields.

Stop the Beeping!

On my laptop, every time I connect to a wireless network, the Intel software pops up a notification window telling me that I've connected, but it is accompanied by a loud BEEP -- even though my speaker is muted and I run the "No Sounds" sound scheme.

Turns out that BEEP is a service; but a service that's hidden from almost all user interfaces.

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