Saturday, February 28, 2009

IP6 and SBS

I've read numerous posts where people who mean well recommend disabling the IP 6 stack in SBS 2008 as a troubleshooting measure.

If you're considering a move like that, don't do it unless you really know what you're doing. The Microsoft SBS Support Team in Las Colinas has a great post explaining why you should not turn it off.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Adding a Windows 2008 shared fax printer driver on a Vista or 2008 terminal server client

It's not the same as with Server 2003 and XP.

In the Control Panel, click on Printers, then Add Printer. From the dialog that appears, click  "The printer I want isn't listed".

Click on "Select a shared printer by name" and type the UNC (i. e., \\server\fax) for the shared fax modem or click the browse button and navigate to it. Click next.

Select the "Set as the default printer" box check as desired and click next and click Finish.

Open a file to be faxed. Select print, select the shared fax driver and click on Print.

The Fax Setup wizard will appear. In the Choose Fax Server or Modem field, select "Connect to a fax server on my network".

In the Type the Fax Server Location field, type the server's UNC (i.e., \\server) and click Next. (We made the mistake of entering the complete UNC path to the fax.)

In the Type a Name That Will Help You Identify This Server When Sending a Fax field, type a useful name to identify the fax server (i.e., Fax). Click Done.

The Windows Fax and Scan applet will appear. Complete the cover page, fax recipient number and subject fields and click on Send. The outbound fax may be monitored in the Windows Fax and Scan Outbox folder.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lost Network Connectivity with SBS 2008

The SBS Support Team in Las Colinas announced that SBS servers may lose connectivity with a SBS 2008 server when a driver that uses TDI has been installed. TDI (transport driver interface) is being phased out, but is still used in third party security products such as Trend Micro's server product.

MS has a hotfix, but it has not been regression tested so only install it if this directly affects you. Download the patch here. Per MS, use the Vista 64-bit version for SBS 2008. For the SBS Team's complete article , click here.

Mapping Drives With Group Policy

The Group Policy Team at Microsoft has a great post describing how to map drives using group policy instead of a login script. Check it out here.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

DCOM Error 10009 on SBS 2008

We came across a Vista SP-1 workstation that threw this DCOM error hundreds of times every day:


Event Details: DCOM was unable to communicate with the computer XXXXX.xxxxx.local using any of the configured protocols.

When we checked with MS PSS, they told us it's was a local firewall issue. Allowing Windows Remote Management through resolved the issue.