Renewing your Self-Signed certificate in SBS 2008

If, like me, you’ve used a self-signed certificate for an SBS 2008 server there might be a time where you wonder: “How do I renew that certificate?” Maybe might is the wrong word, as your certificate will expire at some point. The internet offers a lot of options to renew your certificate, but none of them seemed to work for me. The solution that DID work, was surprisingly simple. Open the SBS Console Open Network then click the Connectivity tab. Start the Fix my Network Wizard; you can find this to the right side under Connectivity Tasks. The Wizard will … Continue reading Renewing your Self-Signed certificate in SBS 2008

Windows Live Essentials 2011 requires SP2

  At some point in my blogging career, I had created one blog too many.  It was no longer convenient to update my / Blogger blogs by logging in and writing my posts in the back-end.  So, I started to look for a solution, and I found a “fix” in Windows Live Essentials. I quickly fell in love with Windows Live Writer.  It’s the best blogging tool out there.  Compatible with WordPress(.com), Blogger, Typepad, Sharepoint(!) and Joomla(!!!) it’s hard to find blog software that isn’t compatible with WLW.  It allowed me to update my blogs from a easy to … Continue reading Windows Live Essentials 2011 requires SP2

Full mailbox rights for administrator

This article explains how you can grant Full Mailbox rights (to an administrator) when running Exchange 2003 / SBS 2003 Doing the same is easier when running SBS 2008; we’ll do an article on that later. If, for whatever reasons you might have, you need Full Mailbox rights to a user mailbox when running Exchange 2003 you might be out of luck if you’re using the Administrator account.  By default, these rights are explicitly denied by group policies / Exchange policies. If you don’t feel like doing lots of work, there’s an easy fix to get access to the mailbox: … Continue reading Full mailbox rights for administrator

Trend Micro issues when creating Hyper-V VM

When you are creating a new virtual machine in Hyper-V, you might see an error resembling this: “Microsoft Synthetic Ethernet controller couldn’t be used”.  (Note: you might run into a bunch of other errors that are related, as well) If you see this error, it basically means “game over” as your VM will be “broken” before you’ve even started it. One evildoer that causes this error is Trend Micro.  I first read about it at Technet; and verified it myself: Trend Micro can cause this problem. How to fix the problem: Fixing this problem is pretty simple: 1)  Disable all … Continue reading Trend Micro issues when creating Hyper-V VM

Should you disable IPV6 on my SBS server? No!

Today, I learned something the hard way.  While most post on this blog are the result of research to meet an interesting challenge, today’s entry is the result of frustration.  I was troubleshooting my SBS 2008 server, and while running a self test in Exchange 2007 I saw an error with IPV6.  I made the mistake not to do some research first.  I was in a hurry to fix any problems present – last week, I’ve seen more computer / server / software probems than in the past 3 months – so I thought it would be a smart move … Continue reading Should you disable IPV6 on my SBS server? No!