Saturday, September 27, 2008

SBS 2008 requires 64-bit hardware

It won't be possible to upgrade a Small Business Server 2003 installation to one of the new 2008 editions. You'll have to perform a migration to 64-bit hardware.

Why?

It's all because of the Exchange 2007 component included with SBS 2008. Since it's 64-bit only, the Windows 2008 version must be 64-bit as well. And because of that, you won't be able to insert the install DVD and have it upgrade the existing 32-bit OS. (Even if it worked, you really wouldn't want to do that on a server anyway.)

More on migrations and SBS 2008 to come.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Certificate issue/domain name ownership

This week we were working on what we thought was a web site certificate issue when it dawned on us - someone altered the DNS records for the domain without our knowledge.

How did this happen? Because the company's domain name is not registered to the business. It's registered to a third party. And we see this more often than not.

Since the third party owned the domain name, important entries were removed without any notification. You'd think they'd check with the user first to understand why the entries were there.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Updates for the iPhone 3G and iTunes 8

This week saw two updates from Apple; update 2.1 for the iPhone was released and a fix for iTunes 8 came out.

The iPhone update fixes phone reception issues, backup speed and improves battery life. You must have iTunes 8 installed in order to get the update.

And that's where the problem comes in. iTunes 8 installed a buggy USB driver that caused blue screen errors on PCs. From what I've heard, the problem cannot be resolved just by installing the new version over the old. The existing version must be uninstalled before the new, updated version is installed.

Sounds a bit laborious, however I'm certain many believe it's worth the trouble. Anyone for a cup of calming, relaxing iTunes Tea? (grin)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Missing IE7 Start Menu icon

After installing Internet Explorer 7, its Start Menu icon in Windows XP changed to a generic program icon. Did some quick research and found the answer here.

Go to HLM\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\DefaultIcon

The value is probably this:
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe,-7.

Change it to this:
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe,-32528

Restart the PC. As with all registry edits, back up first and YMMV.