Friday, March 31, 2006

Meet the Team!

And so it begins. Over on the Official SBS Team Blog we're starting a series of "meet the team" video. Taking a lesson learned from the Channel 9 dev folks, we're using home videos to introduce you to the SBS product team.

Yes, that means you can ask us about our favourite food at the next event we attend.

Currently our Group Program Manager, Tracy has the first video. Other videos are in the making!

Check out what Tracy's favourite feature of SBS is, or his dream vacation. :)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Changing the Storage Location of your E-Mail and Attachments on your Windows Mobile Device

As you can probably imagine, here at Microsoft, we get a little bit of mail. Let's just say if my rules break, I get roughly an e-mail every 10 seconds. With my rules in place, it's more like an email every five minutes. That's a fair bit of mail.

Now I'm the type to stay somewhat on top of my mailbox, perhaps I don't have as many meetings as others, or perhaps I'm just a junky. Plus, I'm a fan of keeping the inbox clean. However, some folks keep their inbox far less clean than mine. It's not wrong, it's just how they choose to work.

The problem is that Windows Mobile Devices, by default store all this email and attachements in the main memory of the device unit. That means those 2GB miniSD cards are of no use to you, except to store your massive mp3 collection.

Well, Mike Poulson tells us how to Modify the registry to store email and attachments on the MiniSD card. The steps are copied here for completeness:

I have my 2125 (aka HTC Tornado, aka HTC Faraday, running Windows Mobile 5) and one of the things I needed to do was to store my email messages and attachments on my Mini-SD card.

I posted about an app that one could install that would do this a few weeks ago. But that app is broken (sets the wrong reg key).

So I thought I would just post the reg Keys that one needs to change to get outlook mail to store on their mini-sd


AttachPath String “\storage card\\mail\\attachments” (no quotes)

PropertyPath string “\storage card\\mail” (no quotes)

Now you can store that massive inbox on your device and keep more mail!

Thanks Mike!

(Old but) New Official SBS Blog!

Kevin, your SBS community Program Manager has been working extra hard with our Customer Support Services, and the Product Group (my team) to bring you the The Official SBS Blog!. Mark has been running this site as the Official support blog in the past and has been doing such a fantastic job, we turned in into the official SBS blog. Check out the Old but new re-launch post.

I've updated my link on the side-bar on this website, and I hope you'll all subscribe to this blog for the official Small Business Server information.

Thursday, March 16, 2006 gets a new look!

My First Blog Post was back on the 4th of October.... 2004!!! That's over a year that this blog has been in existance. And with this being the 234th post (I know, Susan does that in a day) I finally exit the 90's look and feel and push forward into the present day UI.

Yep, Square edges are out and Rounded corners are all the rave.

So, rounded corners you shall have. So, for all you RSS feeders out there, be sure to click on the track back for this one and check out the new look and feel. I still have some kinks to iron out (Google is right, I can't remove the search bar at the top... CURSES!), and I've got some painting issues (yes, painting is a dev term. It's the one you used to swear at when the Exchange server went down and Outlook 2000 just stared you blankly in the face, with a huge white square in the middle of it's UI. I can't say I miss those days)) to work out.

But for now, the look is new, it's fresh, and according to the Internet "Cool" squad, it's got rounded corners. 21st Century, here I come!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

OneCare in SBS?

At Microsoft, we're encouraged to try as much as we can of our fellow teams products, even if it doesn't directly relate to our working area. Admittedly most people don't need encouragement to try new things. :)

One of our newest products is Windows Live One Care. Some folks have been wondering if it works in SBS environments. Of course it does! I'm actually running it on my client at work, which is joined to our server, and low and behold, I have the green check.

I was able to use or disable the client backup (I disabled it because everything on that client is re-directed to the server and it would have been redundant). My firewall is up and running and my automatic updates (provided to me by WSUS) show nothing but a green check.

So have fun, check it out and enjoy the safety!

Monday, March 13, 2006

ISA 2006 Beta!? Sweet, let's SBS'ize it.... or not.

Dear Early Adopters,

It has come to my attention that ISA 2006 Beta is available. Furthermore, it has come to my attention that people are antsy to get this installed on the Small Business Server 2003 boxes (hopefully not the production ones).

While I don't normally post "future" things on this blog, I figured now would be a good exception to that rule. I hope to continue to break this rule in the future, of course, within reason.

Anyways, back to the ISA 2006 topic. I'm not sure why Small Business Early Adopters are trying to install ISA 2006 on SBS as the feature set is limited for Small Businesses. As noted on the ISA 2006 website, most features are targeted towards large or enterprise customers and have no functionality or need in a small business: but as an early adopter myself, I know there are you guys 'n gals out there who just want to be first.

Well, I beat you. :o)

ISA 2006 cannot be configured by the Small Business Server tools. Those tools include:

  • Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard - yes, the "fix everything wizard" will not work.

  • Remote Access Configuration Wizard

  • Change IP

These tools error out as they are not configured to work against the new API set provided by the ISA team.

Bottom line is the Beta of ISA 2006 does not work on SBS 2003. More information will be posted on the Windows Small Business Server 2003 F.A.Q. later this month on how much support will be provided for ISA 2006 on SBS.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Making Calendar Requests More Visible in your inboxes

I personally like to keep no more than 30 messages in my inbox, it's somewhat of a todo list for me. However, I know this is only one school of thought.

Some folks like to keep tons of messages in their inbox, or perhaps they get so much mail, they can't possibly keep up with everything that comes into their inbox.

So, a lot of folks around here are using Outlook Search Folders to make sure they don't miss meetings with their overly busy inboxes. So, we're creating search folders to keep those calendar requests visible!

Here's how

  1. In Outlook, right click on Search Folders and choose New Search Folder

  2. Scroll to the bottom and choose Create a Custom Search Folder and choose Choose to define the custom criteria

  3. Give the search folder a friendly name, like Calendar Requests.

  4. Choose the Criteria by selecting Criteria

    • Select the Advanced tab.

    • Drop the Field dialog down, mouse over Mail Fields, and select Message Class.

    • Change Condition to is (exactly).

    • For Value type in IPM.Schedule.Meeting.Request

    • Choose OK, and OK again to add it to the list of criteria

  5. Click OK until you're back in Outlook

Great, so now you have a Search Folder, next you'll want to drag it into your Favorite Folders so you can see it easily.

Finally, your goal should be to keep this folder empty (aka, you have no outstanding meeting requests in your inbox, and they are all on your calendar). Thus you need to right click on the Calendar Requests folder and choose Properties. On the General tab make sure you select the Show total number of items, to make sure you always know if there is a calendar request, read or not.

Great! that's all there is to it, now you'll always appear on top of meetings and be the first to reply.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

New Whitepaper: Deploying Windows Mobile 5.0 with Windows Small Business Server 2003

Yep, a second one today, The SBS/Mobility UA team rocks!

If you've got your hands on a Windows Mobile 5.0 device and your having problems getting it to work against your SBS 2003 server, you'll want to check out the Deploying Windows Mobile 5.0 with Windows Small Business Server 2003 whitepaper.

I've been told that one of our great MVPs also helped out with this document. Thanks Michael!

Enjoy the reading