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Microsoft Windows Anytime Upgrade

October 18th, 2012

 

If you are upgrading from a small Microsoft Windows peer to peer network (Home Network) to a dedicated Microsoft Windows Server based network you are likely encounter some compatibility and connectivity problems if you are still running Microsoft Windows Home or Home Premium.

 

This is because Microsoft Windows Home operating system isn’t designed for a Microsoft Windows Server environment and the cost of the Microsoft Windows Home operating system is reflected in the price of the computer or laptop at the time of purchase.

 

Generally when comparing the price of new computers or laptops, you will generally see that machines with Home versions of Microsoft Windows will generally be cheaper than ones which come preinstalled with Business or Professional versions of Microsoft Windows.

 

If you are a business and intend to use your Windows computer on a business network, we would recommend that when purchasing a new computer or laptop; always choose the Microsoft Windows Professional or Business version and not the Microsoft Windows Home version.

 

If you already have an existing computer or laptop preinstalled with Microsoft Windows Home and need your computer to work properly on a Microsoft Windows Server based Network, then there is a ‘Windows Anytime Upgrade’ which you can follow which will allow you to upgrade your version of Microsoft Windows Home to a Microsoft Windows Professional version as long as you are happy to provide your credit card details to make the ‘online’ purchase.

 

 

 

This problem will affect you if you are running any of the following Windows Server operating systems

 

  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2003
  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2008
  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2011
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008

 

For further information, please contact us on Tel. 023 8007 0101

 

Century IT Services are based in Totton, Southampton. Hampshire and can help you with the installation or on going I.T support of your computer, server and network. We offer a broad range of I.T services covering, internet, email, anti-spam, anti-virus solutions, we are experts in virtually anything Microsoft Server based and have extensive troubleshooting skills.

If you have an ever growing list of I.T niggles or need a server, or network installed, you have come to the right place. You can contact us on Tel. 023 80 070101 or email us at sales@century-it.co.uk for a confidential, no obligation discussion of your requirements.

 

SBS 2008 – Default Gateway is lost after a server reboot

June 11th, 2011

We have seen problems with several different installations of Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 (Microsoft SBS 2008) where upon a server reboot, the server becomes disconnected from the internet, losing email flow to/from the internet and users mobile and remote access stops working.

Users on the local area network (LAN) don’t seem to be affected and otherwise all other server functions e.g. shares, printers, Exchange 2007 still seem to work.

After investigation we have found that for some bizarre reason the setting for the (D.G) TCPIP default gateway on the SBS 2008 server has been lost for no apparent reason. Re-inputting the default gateway again or running the ‘Connect to Internet’ SBS wizard seems to resolve the issue until the server is restarted once again and the ther cycle of repair begins again.

 

After some investigation we have found that this is a known bug and Microsoft have available a hotfix which is only available upon request rather than a Microsoft Critical Update. You can review this Microsoft article KB973243

The fix will involve installing a Microsoft hotfix and making some changes in the SBS 2008 server registry.  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973243

 

Our experience is that once the hotfix and registry changes have been applied the issue does not re-occur.

 

 

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Providing Computer Support & Network Support to businesses in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire, Sussex & Berkshire.

Send Arcserve & Backup Exec Email Alerts Through SBS 2008/Exchange 2007

December 16th, 2010

Emailed backup alerts from Arcserve or backup Exec will not be delivered through Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 due to the fact that  Exchange Server 2007 has improved SMTP relay security when comparing the earlier Microsoft Small Business Server 2003

Microsoft Small Business Specialist

You will need to an a customer SMTP recieve connector within Exchange 2007 even to recieve backup alerts from the same server.

1) Exchange Management MMC

2) Server Configuration, Hub TransportNew Recieve Connector, Recieve Connectors

3) Create a new (Internal) SMTP Recieve Connector and set the IP address of the server in the ‘Recieve Mail From Remote Servers IP Addresses’

4) Set ‘Externally Secured’ under Authentication’

Job done

Microsoft Partner

We have since found a useful article on the C.A website  detailing the changes

 

 

 

Century IT Services – Getting IT Right
Providing Computer Support & Network Support to businesses in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire, Sussex & Berkshire

 

 

Exchange 2003 Database Size Limits

January 18th, 2010

By default, Microsoft Exchange 2003 is preconfigured to limit the size of the Exchange Data file size to 16GB. If you have Microsoft Exchange 2003 SP2 installed you can use the registry to alter the 16GB limit to a larger size, anywhere up to 75GB. You can also add further registry keys that can:-

 

  • Warn you when the Database size reaches a preset limit

 Microsoft Small Business Specialist

  • Configure the preset time of day this Database size check occurs

 

All of the Registry Changes are made in the following location:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeIS\<SERVER NAME>\Private-013e2e46-2cd7-4a8e-bfec-0e4652b94b00

 

 

For More Information, Visit Microsoft Technet at:-Microsoft Partner

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998066(EXCHG.65).aspx

 

 

Century IT Services – Getting IT Right
Providing Computer Support & Network Support to businesses in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire, Sussex & Berkshire

Firewall service stopped because an application filter module C:\WINDOWS\system32\msvcrt.dll generated an exception code C0000005

October 5th, 2009

You may find you have intermittent Microsoft ISA Firewall crashes on a Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition that has Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Backup Exec Installed.

 

When Symantec Backup Exec is backing up, an event is is displayed in the Application Event Viewer (see below) and users lose connectivity to the SBS 2003 server:-  

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Microsoft Firewall
Event Category: NoneMicrosoft Small Business Specialist
Event ID: 14057
Date: 29/09/2009
Time: 08:32:08
User: N/A
Computer: Server-SBS
Description:
The Firewall service stopped because an application filter module C:\WINDOWS\system32\msvcrt.dll generated an exception code C0000005 in address 77BC6F76 when function CompleteAsyncConnect was called. To resolve this error, remove recently installed application filters and restart the service.For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

 

 

To resolve this problem you will need to add some exceptions to the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager – Centralized  Exceptions Policies.

Add some exceptions to exclude Microsoft ISA Server data directories from being included in the Symantec Endpoint Realtime Scanning.

 

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Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager Console

 

  

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Symantec Endpoint Protection - Centralized Exceptions

 

 

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Symantec Endpoint Protection - Exclude ISA Cache Folder

  

 

 

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Symantec Endpoint Protection - Add Exception for ISA Log Folder

 

 

 

Century IT Services – Getting IT Right
Providing Computer Support & Network Support to businesses in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire, Sussex & Berkshire.

ISA 2004 / ISA 2006 – Bypassing Web Proxy

August 18th, 2009

Microsoft Small Business Specialist 

You might find some of your network users cant access certain sites when behind a Microsoft ISA 2004 Server.

 

 

These sites could be online banking, ecommerce or other web site which doesnt like parts of its web site being accessed through a proxy server.

 

 

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The trick is to modify your ISA 2004 configuration to add certain sites to a ‘Directly Access’ list.

 

You can find this setting in configuration, networks, internal network. If you double click on the ‘Internal Network’ and choose the ‘Web Browser’ tab, you can add your list of domains or internet addresses that you want to bypass the ISA 2004 Server Web Proxy.

 

isa 2004 support

 

Useful Links

Microsoft ISA Server

 

 

 

Century IT Services – Getting IT Right
Providing Computer Support & Network Support to businesses in Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, Wiltshire, Sussex & Berkshire