How to Migrate Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 to SBS 2008

Prepared by Ian Matthews July 13, 2009, last update Unlike the SBS2000 to SBS2003 upgrade process, the SBS2003 to SBS2008 procedures are clean.  The first thing you need is new hardware.  NOTE: This process below is offered with no guarantees and we accept no liability.� To keep an otherwise complex process simple, it is provided in a terse point form. SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration Process PREWORK Backup the Existing SBS 2003 Server Clean…

How to Stop Programs (like Google Update) From Starting Automatically

Prepared by Ian Matthews June 6, 2010, updated August 28 2010 If you have ever wasted hours trying to figure out how those clever “people” at Google managed to have GoogleUpdate.exe automatically startup even after you are sure you disabled all there was to disable, this page is for you. WHERE PROGRAMS STARTUP FROM: STARTUP FOLDER: START button, PROGRAMS folder, STARTUP folder if you want to remove something from here just right click on it and…

HOW TO SOLVE VISTA “ACCESS DENIED” WHEN TRYING TO “POINT AND PRINT”

Written by Ian Matthews November 7, 2007 PREAMLE: Because it is theoretically possible to disguise a Trojan as a print driver, Microsoft has configured Vista to block domain users (or any standard, non-administrator users) from installing new or updated printer drivers.  After more than 11 hours of work with Microsoft techs and 6 hours on my own over the course of four months, I finally stumbled on the answer. PROBLEM:  A non-administrator user attempts to…

MICROSOFT RELEASES VISTA 2006 BETA 1 (FORMERLY “LONGHORN”)

Update August 31 2005 by Ian Matthews of Up & Running Technolgies Inc Here are the quick facts and screen shots of Windows Vista. RELEASE DATES: Beta 1 was released in August to MSDN and TECHNET subscribers. Beta 2 is should be released in January 2006 to anyone is wants it. Beta 3, RC1, RC2, and Gold should be released in quick succession through spring and summer 2006. Release to Manufacturing is expected in the…

How to Control Skype in a Corporate Setting

Prepared by Ian Matthews – June 4, 2010 As usual these instructions and notes are written mainly for me as a cook book to use at various clients. There is no warranty or guarantee express or implied in these notes so be careful.  If you are a professional network administrator you know that you need to check and often control the software that in your environment.  Skype, while common for personal use is seldom used in…

How to Evaluate and Buy a Firewall

By Ian Matthews January 31, 2006 If you have ever been responsible for purchasing a firewall you know it can be quite intimidating.  There are lots of buzzwords and lots of fast talking salesmen.  This document is intended to provide a simple grid for you to evaluate competing products.  For home users, almost anything will do but for small and medium business more critical evaluation is required prior to purchase and that is the real…

Email Problems with McAfee 8 Enterprise

Prepared by Ian Matthews May 24, 2005 After dealing with several odd problems that have been caused by the seriously enhanced security provided by McAfee version 8 I thought I should document the solution. Problem 1: Can not send email from servers Backup Software called Vital Vault Problem 2: Can not email information from forms on FPSE2002 extended IIS6 server Problem 3: Can not send email from a CRM product called GoldMine Problem 4: Can…

Excel / Word Opens But No Table Grid, Numbers or Text Appear

By Ian Matthews I have seen Office 2000, 2003 and now in 2007 in Word and Excel open “blank” several times over the years.  If you have this problem there are four ways to view the data in the file you openned: Click VIEW, then select FULL SCREEN.  All other views show no nothing. PRINT PREVIEW will show the contents of the Word (or Excel) file Start Excel (or Word) FIRST, then click FILE (or OFFICE BUTTON), OPEN…

A Newbies Guide to Configuring Exchange – ADVANCED TOPICS

By Ian Matthews, Up & Running Technologies Inc, Sept 1, 2009  Last Updated March 14, 2010 You should know three things before you start: I am a definite newbie to Exchange, which is why this I thought I could do a good job creating this documentation for newbies. I am writing this primarily for myself as a cookbook for future Exchange installations.  It is provided WITHOUT WARRENTY OR GUARANTY OF ANY SORT.  USE AT YOUR…

2 Hour Exchange 2007 SP1 Single Server Install

By Ian Matthews, Up & Running Technologies Inc, April 19, 2008  Last Updated October 1, 2009 You should know four things before you start: I am a definite newbie to Exchange, which is why this I thought I could do a good job creating this documentation for newbies. I am writing this primarily for myself as a cookbook for future Exchange installations.  It is provided WITHOUT WARRENTY OR GUARANTY OF ANY SORT.  USE AT YOUR…

Office 365 & Hosted Services

OFFICE 365: Hosted Email + Office 2016 on Your Desktop Click HERE to start a no obligation free trial of Office 365 for Business today. With Office 365, you get the latest Office applications – and much more. Office 365 customers receive an always up-to-date version of the Office desktop applications. Never buy a new version of Office again! Each user can install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs Save to the cloud for…

Vista SP1 – What are the Notable Changes

Hardware Ecosystem Support and Enhancements · Adds support for new UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) industry standard PC firmware for 64-bit systems with functional parity with legacy BIOS firmware, which allows Windows Vista SP1 to install to GPT format disks, boot and resume from hibernate using UEFI firmware. · Adds support for x64 EFI network boot. · Adds support for the 64-bit version of MSDASQL, which acts as a “bridge” from OLEDB to a variety…

Office 2003 Student & Teacher Edition Converts to Office 2007 HOME Edition

Why should you care? Because Office Home is WAAAAY cheaper than other versions at about US$160 CDN$190. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/HA101655301033.aspx Do I need to have a student in my household in order to qualify to purchase and use Office Home and Student 2007? No. Are there license restrictions to Office Home and Student 2007? Yes. Office Home and Student 2007 is licensed only for noncommercial use by households. It cannot be used in commercial (business) situations. As…

Optimize BIOS Settings Explained

TomsHardware.com CPU Level 1 Cache: Enabled. CPU Level 2 Cache: Enabled. Quick Power On Self Test: Enabled. This will skip the repetitive memory count that occurs when you turn on your PC; chances are that if you really do have bad memory, this basic test won’t catch it anyway. First, Second, or Third Boot Device: Set your boot order, and disable any boot device here that you do not want to boot from. Boot Other…