Thursday, April 02, 2009

SBS 2008 migration wizard not running?

We got another weird error yesterday on another migration yesterday from SBS 2003 to Small Business Server 2008.  Folks I can’t say it enough…this migration process just isn’t as easy as some may think.  We’ve not had one single migration go according to the plan as of yet.  Active Directory errors are the most prevalent but other items are appearing as well.

Here’s the latest:

We ran the migration and everything seemed to be fine.  However when you try to run the SBS 2008 migration wizard you get the following error: "The migration wizard only supports migration from Windows Small Business Server. For more information, including supported versions and minimum requirements see the Migration Guide"

What the??  Our source server has and always will be a SBS 2003 machine.

So here’s the response from the newsgroups.

Based on my research, the problem may occur if the source OS is not

detected. Please follow the steps below to test the issue:

1. Go to C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Data folder on SBS 2008.

2. Open the info.xml file in an editor.

3. Search for "sourceservertype" and replace "Others" with "Sbs2003" (case sensitive).

4. Save the file with the original name.

Then, try to run the Migration Wizard again.

Hope this helps.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

New Web Site up and running

Time to knock out some quarterly goals and one of the biggest was a new website for www.taznetworks.com.  Check it out and let me know what you think of the new design.  The colors are more based on our logo and the predominant red that our logo includes.  Email me your thoughts at tpatterson AT taznetworks DOT com.

One thing that we decided to do and I’m really happy about is putting our website on a content management system.  We’re using the open source Joomla system and I’ll say right now it rocks.  We can easily add and edit articles, have newsfeeds or RSS and easily edit menus and the like.  It will allow us to create a more dynamic web site that clients and users will be able to pull content from rather than going to.

We have whitepaper downloads now and will be expanding that in the future for more information.  We created a FAQ section as well for some questions we get regularly around here.

One major item next to our logo you’ll see is our new slogan that defines what I think technology should be all about, “Business Excellence Through Technology”.  It all boils down to that.  The client relationships, the hard work and all the new technology.  If our clients aren’t seeing better businesses through the use of technology then I better just go join AIG for a bailout or something.

All in all I think web sites are always works in progress but I’m pretty happy with the way this one turned out.

The Last Techy test for me? 70-653 SBS 2008

So yesterday I took what could be one of the last technical certification tests that I may take.  As I do more and more of the business planning and focusing for the future of TAZ Networks I’m trying to do less of the technical work.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a techy at heart but doing the day in day out work on tickets is not where I should be focused.

We’ve been working with Small Business Server 2008 for about 8 months now with all the betas and so forth.  We’ve done several network migrations as I’ve detailed before and although I haven’t done as much of the work I’ve looked over the shoulders of the guys doing it and obviously played around in a test environment because as I said I’m a techy at heart.

So without really “studying” I walked in and took the 70-653 test yesterday at our local Prometric testing center.  After about an hour of waiting for them to get the dang test ready I finally took it and got through it in about 45 minutes.

What are the takeaways?  Definitely the biggest thing on the test is to know the Microsoft terminology of where items are at in Small Business Server 2008.  There was a high emphasis on the migration process from SBS 2003 as well which I give high praise to the test writers for.  That’s something that everyone should know.  Not just how to set up the product from scratch but how to do the migration from SBS 2003.

If you’ve worked with Small Business Server 2008 for some time you’ll definitely be comfortable with this test.  After working with SBS in some flavor for the past 9 years I certainly was.

Oh yeah and I passed with a score that even surprised me since I hadn’t really studied.  Who am I kidding…I live for this stuff.

April Fool Joke? Nope, Windows Server 2008 Foundation is real

So today is April Fool’s day but Microsoft announced something that will no doubt affect small businesses.  Windows Server 2008 Foundation is a server that is focused on the smallest of small businesses with 15 PC’s and under.

I haven’t seen all the specs on this beast yet but it sure sounds like just plain Windows Server 2008 with a hard limit of 15 connections.  Will this hurt the Small Business Server market?  I have to think it will.  Especially if the price is so low.  This server is only going to be sold by OEM manufacturers so if HP and Dell really ratchet down the price of servers including this software we’re going to see a proliferation of small businesses that have it.  Especially when it’ll be the featured product on their home pages, much the same as we see a proliferation of small businesses buy that $299 desktop that is woefully underpowered.

Will TAZ Networks work with it?  Sure we will, but will we lead with it?  No we won’t.  Small Business Server just has too many good features from remote control of your desktops (again I’m not thinking this will be included in the product) to the best email system on the planet today, Exchange 2007.  The list goes on…but you get the idea.  You get what you pay for.

Now will we end up supporting it?  I’m sure we will because as small businesses grow they come to us for computer support and we’ll see them have this Server Foundation.  Great to build on but maybe not something that will work moving forward.  At that time a real discussion will have to be had on the pros and cons of moving forward to another solution.

The other option is that businesses that want a prime repository for data space but will use the cloud or Exchange hosting services for email will use a server like this.

Most of the companies that use us for outsourced IT or computer support have a real commitment to technology.  There is a real cost to that and to be most effective you have to use the best products at the right price point not the cheapest products at all cost.