SMBKitchen at the SMBTechFest
Posted by amy on 25 September 2013 11:12 AM
We’re putting on a show with the SMBTechFest on October 19th! You can join us in-person or remotely. The content of this event is all about the future of supporting Small Business. Ideas for adjusting your IT business for continued success, training on implementing advanced solutions that your clients need for their on-premise solutions, and understanding the issues around security so you can bring these high value solutions to your clients. We’ll be diving into a discussion on what’s new for Small Business in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 too. Like all of the events that Third Tier does, it’s going to be a day packed full.
As Third Tier, we’re also going to bring you some extras too:
Join us the morning before (at 10am) for a tour of the Equus Computer Systems manufacturing facility. We’ll get to see how a $100 million dollar company builds servers and laptops from end to end. Later that same evening join us for a pre-party at Dave and Busters and we’ll buy the beer or soda. Come hang out with us and get to know your fellow attendees and speakers before the big day. Finally, Boon Tee is giving a copy of Windows Server Essentials Administrators Companion book to all attendees of the SMBTechFest!
That’s a lot of value. It’s $99 for the general public and $49 for SMBKitchen members. Get signed up here: http://www.smbtechfest.com/thirdtier
Vision of the Future
Hyper-V Configurations for SMB with Replication
Hyper-V Configurations for SMB with Clustering
The state of SMB Security
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 p.m.
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Online Remote attendees
SMB TechFest leverages today’s technology to offer a full online learning experience. You will learn and participate from the convenience of your local location. No travel required or the expenses. You will view live presentations including the speaker’s screen, voice, and video. Included is also chat to ask live questions of the speakers.
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SMBTechFest with the SMBKitchen Crew
Posted by amy on 21 August 2013 12:20 PM
On October 19th in Orange County California the SMBKitchen Project will be providing all of the technical content in this special edition of the SMBTechFest. Registration is open. This event will sell out so I suggest signing up immediately.
At SMBTechFest We have a great 10 hour day planned with 5 educational sessions, breakfast, lunch, expo hall and vendor social. Here’s what we’ll be speaking about:
Vision of the Future
Hyper-V Configurations for SMB with Replication
Hyper-V Configurations for SMB with Clustering
The state of SMB Security
We’d love to see each and everyone of you in Irvine California at our private party and the SMBTechFest but if you really can’t make it we’ve made arrangements to broadcast all of the sessions and provide powerpoints to you as well. Registration is at http://www.smbtechfest.com/thirdtier
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Windows 8 patch prevents Essentials Server join
Posted by amy on 10 July 2013 02:52 PM
***This post comes from Susan Bradley, member of the SMBKitchen Project and SBS MVP***
July’s Windows 8 update has Essential server impact
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM: If you upgraded a Windows 8 machine with the pro pack and then attempted to join it to an Essentials network the connect install process would fail or say “not responding”. Upon investigation into the log files you would find that the error message in the log file:
3876] 121107.194235.2285: ClientSetup: LookupAccountSid (computerName = , sid = [S-1-5-32-544])
 121107.194235.2285: ClientSetup: NetLocalGroupAddMember (server = , groupName = [Administrators], sidMember = [S-1-5-21-452769647-1665919795-2316062235-1116])
 121107.194235.3067: ClientSetup: LookupAccountSid (computerName = , sid = [S-1-5-32-555])
 121107.194235.4318: ClientSetup: !!!FATAL!!! Unhandled Exception: System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0×80004005): No mapping between account names and security IDs was done
at Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.ClientSetup.NativeMethods.LookupAccountSid(String computerName, SecurityIdentifier sid)
at Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.ClientSetup.ComputerMgmt.GroupAddUser(SecurityIdentifier groupSid, SecurityIdentifier memberSid)
These errors pointed to a lack of a particular SID. This SID group was the remote desktop users group.
THE FIX: Is now included in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2855336 the July Windows 8 update. Included in KB 2855336 is the documentation of this problem:
When you upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro by using the Windows 8 Pro Pack, the following local groups are missing:
Access Control Assistance Operators
Network Configuration Operators
Remote Desktop Users
RESOLUTION: To resolve this issue, install update rollup 2855336
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TechEd: Server Essentials 2012 R2 Announcement
Posted by amy on 06 June 2013 02:49 PM
This post is from Susan Bradley a member of the SMBKitchen Crew. Look for her detailed how-to later, when NDA’s will allow her to talk about it, in the SMBKitchen Project knowledgebase.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Announced at Teched 2013 in New Orleans is the next version of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. From Microsoft the following was announced:
R2 Essentials will give the option to be a Role
New Deployment Options
“In addition to the feature improvements which are available with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, there are two new deployment options that can greatly expand the ways in which the product and its features can be leveraged.
The Windows Server Essentials Experience role.
The value-added features which were previously only found in the Essentials edition of Windows Server have been encapsulated into a new server role, the Windows Server Essentials Experience (WSEE). This role is now available with the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server. The greatly increases the deployment scenarios that can now take advantage of these features, including in larger organizations and those with branch locations. When deploying the role on Standard or Datacenter, the server is able to join a pre-existing Active Directory environment for more scalable management. Also, because Standard and Datacenter utilize the Windows Server Client Access License (CAL) model, it is possible to have more than 25 users with access to the Essentials feature set. It is also possible to have more than one Standard or Datacenter server in your network with the WSEE role turn on; for example, this could be done to increase the scalability of client PC backups for your environment.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials as its own Hyper-V host. With previous versions of the Windows Server Essentials edition, it was necessary to obtain a hypervisor separately in order to run as a virtual machine—options included the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server or using Windows Server Standard edition to run Hyper-V. With Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, the product licensing terms have been expanded to enable you to run one operating system instance on the physical server in order to run Hyper-V, plus a second instance on that server in order to run Essentials as a virtual machine. Installation wizards have also been created to simplify the process of deploying as a virtual machine by automating the steps necessary to set up and configure the host server environment. This makes it easier than ever before to take advantage of Hyper-V and its features, such as Live Migration and Hyper-V Replica. “
RWA now available to mid-market clients
What does this mean to you?
In addition to new ways to deploy the Remote Web Access role to your existing clients still on SBS 2003 this role will also support a number of clients and devices above the limit of 75. Microsoft has not stated the maximum amount of supported devices and computers at this time, but they have said that it will now be a role, it is targeting Remote Web Access to larger firms and medium sized firms.
The public preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials (as a stand-alone product) as well as the Essentials Server role included in both Standard server and Datacenter edition will be able to be viewed with the public preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 which will be out around the time of the BUILD conference the end of June.
Look to more information and ideas from the SMBkitchen crew around that time frame as well.
Resources and links
TechEd 2013: Recapping Yesterday’s Big Announcements – In the Cloud – Site Home – TechNet Blogs: http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/06/04/teched-2013-recapping-yesterday-s-big-announcements.aspx
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The Future of Small Biz IT and Fava Beans
Posted by amy on 29 April 2013 09:50 AM
Fava Bean Recipe …Or how technology can touch any small business
Susan Bradley has written a fun piece for the SMBKitchen Project. I thought I would share it here because to me and I think to Susan it exemplifies that we all love about working for small businesses. I hope that you enjoy the article and will subscribe to the SMBKitchen Project, not for Fava Bean recipes but so that you can continue to grow you small IT firm well into the future and continue working in this amazing corner of the IT world.
by Susan Bradley, SMBKitchen Crew
It all started when I stumbled on a concept called “Community supported agriculture” or CSA. I had come across a web site that listed local growers all around the United States and showcased how you could sign up with a monthly fee and receive a box full of locally grown seasonable fruits and vegetables. Then this year when I went into my local Target and WalMart and saw all of those cellophane wrapped packages of fruits and vegetables grown many miles away from me, trucked many miles to me and picked when they were not ripe and mechanically forced into looking ripe, I knew I wanted to start eating better and eating fresher. After all, I live in the fruit and vegetable basket of the world in Central California. Why was I buying vegetables that had driven more miles than I do on a regular basis? More importantly for me as a small business owner myself, I wanted to ensure that I focused on buying locally and supporting my local small business owners.
So I signed up for my first box of Community supported agriculture (CSA) box. In picking up my box of fresh vegetables through the CSA site I also found a small firm that was using technology. It had a web site, was on facebook, and accepted credit cards through Square.com.
Figure 1 – my first box of CSA vegetables – Scarlet Nantes carrots, Romaine lettuce, Green kale, Yukon gold potatoes, Red Potatoes, Tomatoes, not shown Broccoli
Every week I get an email asking me what I want for the week in my order. In week number three I decided to be adventurous and try Fava Beans. Yes, THAT Fava beans. Of the Silence of the Lamb Fava beans. Like any good geek I found a recipe online that used Fava beans. I tried it out and loved it!
So what does this Fava bean recipe below have to do with technology? Absolutely nothing at all. This article is merely an oddball extra bonus and not a true subscription document to the SMB kitchen project. It’s merely a teaser I’m using on my email tag line advertisements.
But consider it a kind and gentle reminder that there is life outside of technology and you need to stop sometimes and eat the Fava Beans. It’s also a reminder that one finds technology being used by small businesses in all sorts of places and in all sorts of ways. Even the most old fashioned of businesses – growing food that we eat – has found a way to capitalize on a web presence, a social network and an email domain. Furthermore, I think as small business supporters and as small businesses ourselves we should try to remember and to seek out ways that we too can support local small businesses, gain more of a one to one communication with the businesses that may ultimately seek out your services.
So here’s my favorite (so far at least) fava bean recipe from Fine Cooking. I hope you enjoy it too!
Susan – one of the chefs of the SMBKitchen
This quintessential springtime pasta includes lots and lots of fresh herbs, as well as leafy greens. The specific vegetables and herbs used are up to you; choose what looks best at the market. Serves six.
Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil and cook the fettuccine, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 6 minutes. (While pasta is cooking, scoop out 1-1/2 cups of pasta cooking water.)
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until softened and fragrant, but not browned, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup of of reserved pasta water. Add the sliced vegetables and peas or lima beans (if using fresh). Cover and simmer until the vegetables are just tender, about 3 minutes. Add the cream and lemon zest along with any fava beans or thawed, frozen peas or lima beans (if using). Bring to a simmer.
Drain the fettuccine and return to its cooking pot. Toss with the vegetables and cream sauce, pea shoots (or watercress or arugula), Parmigianino, all but 1 Tbs. of the herbs, and the pepper flakes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If necessary, adjust the consistency of the sauce with the reserved 1/2 cup pasta water; the sauce should generously coat the vegetables and pasta. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining fresh herbs and the pine nuts.
How to peel Fava beans:
Though they are a bit of work to prepare, fresh favas are a fleeting spring treat worth seeking out.
Let’s be up front about it: Favas are a bit of work. But their rich and complex flavor is so delicious, they’re worth the effort it takes to shuck the floppy pods and then peel each bean.
Favas are nutty and slightly sweet, with just a hint of bitterness and a discernible and intriguing taste of cheese. Cooked until tender, they turn buttery and can be added to soups, salads, or pastas, braised as a side dish, puréed for a dip, or eaten plain out of hand as a delightful snack.
Technically, the fava isn’t a bean at all; it’s more closely related to peas. But this vegetable has been called a bean for hundreds of years, and the appellation continues to stick. Fresh favas are a spring favorite in England (where they’re called broad beans), and both fresh and dried favas are eaten throughout the Middle East. In North America, fresh favas are considered a specialty vegetable and can be hard to find, but they are well worth seeking out. Small to medium fava beans are more tender and sweeter than large beans, which are starchier.
Showcase favas’ flavor simply
Peeled favas (directions in “Getting to the heart of the matter” below) need to be cooked just until tender, anywhere from several to about 12 minutes, depending on size and freshness. Most fava recipes call for braising, starting by warming the favas in a little oil or butter and then adding liquid and cooking until tender. For soups, add peeled favas during the last quarter hour of cooking, so there’s time for them to get tender and for the flavors to meld. Or you can boil peeled favas in salted water until tender and store them in the refrigerator (for up to a week) to use cold in salads or to add to risottos and pastas near the end of cooking. In the sidebar at bottom right I’ve included some ways to use favas when you don’t have a lot. If you find yourself with 3 pounds or more in the shell, though, make the versatile and delicious Fava Bean Purée or try one of the suggestions in the panel “If you have lots of favas.”
Favas’ flavor is enhanced by onions, garlic, and their kin and by cured pork, olive oil, butter, cream, and cheeses. Good herb companions include rosemary, thyme, savory, chives, dill, and mint. Classic vegetable partners are those that are in season at the same time—artichokes, asparagus, peas, beets, new potatoes, spring onions, and fennel. Lemon and vinegar add zip.
Getting to the heart of the matter
Favas grow inside bright green, fleshy pods that have a thick, white, cottony lining. Each flat fava is encased in a pale, fairly thick skin, which becomes thicker and bitter as the favas grow larger. It’s this double shelling that gives favas the reputation of being labor-intensive.
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SMBKitchen Authors Chat
Posted by amy on 22 April 2013 07:52 PM
Tonight, April 22nd we held the April edition of the SMBKitchen Authors chat. We are holding these once a month for subscribers to the SMBKitchen Project. At these chats we talk about items recently published, those coming up and we answer questions from the subscribers. Susan Bradley, Kevin Royalty, Phillip Elder, Boon Tee and Amy Babinchak were the authors on hand. Susan talked about April’s rather dramatic kb releases and how this is one of the very rare times that Microsoft is saying to uninstall a patch even if you aren’t experiencing problems. She also discussed her upcoming wireless security publication. Kevin chimed in during the Exchange portion talked about the build day that he just ran on installing Essentials with a side server of Exchange. He’ll be publishing some configuration tips on making that work. He also has a printer management and terminal server policy documents in the works. Phil published his Windows 8 hyper-v lab setup video and will be following that up with a couple of Hyper-V client proposals documents. One on consulting discussion and the second actual hardware scenarios. Boon let us in on his upcoming documents on hyper-v configuration best practices. We discussed a bit about Kerio, Linux deployments, Office 365, Lync Calling, MultiPoint and Storage Spaces. It was a jammed packed hour that really flew by!
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This chat occurs in both audio and text. The content of these chats are more audio than text but he’s a slice of what we covered. If you are a subscriber the audio portion of this chat is available in the knowledgebase (or will be very shortly).
Susan Bradley [6:10 PM]: I’m working on a BYOdevice/securing wireless doc up next. Now they need to repeat all over the place
Rusty Brown [6:12 PM]: I am new here, Did Philip get his Hyper-V proposal doc uploaded?
Boon Tee [SBS-MVP] [6:12 PM]: Upcoming: Working with HyperV and Essentials Best Practices Recommendations
Donald Elam [6:17 PM]: Has anyone been updated to the new Office 365 upgrade? Neither my acount nor my one Office 365 customer have been upgraded yet. Thanks.
Amy Babinchak [6:18 PM]: Some of my clients have updated to wave-15 O365 but unfortunately my account hasn’t yet. Frustrating…
Rusty Brown [6:18 PM]: Amy do you have plans to get more in depth on Office 365, I am fairly good with Office 365 and tools but one thing that that I have not been able to get working is linking outside tenants. Some of my installs would like to Lync call each other. You talked about DNS settings at the Sac IT Pro meeting, other than the ones show in the admin portal have you found others? I have over a dozen upgraded Office 365 clients and have 6 more this week
Philip Elder [6:19 PM]: We have Wave 15 O365 on our in-house hosted accounts (MS Partner stuff)
David [6:19 PM]: Can we get those KB #s typed in here?
Susan Bradley [6:19 PM]: kb2823324
Amy Babinchak [6:20 PM]: Rusty I’ll talk about that in a few minutes here.
Susan Bradley [6:20 PM]: 2808735
David [6:21 PM]: Are these listed as Optional or recommended?
Susan Bradley [6:24 PM]: 2823324 has been pulled off of the update servers, 2808735 is a security bulletin, but I don’t feel the attack threat is great enough. Boon is now talking about hyperV replica docs he’s working on
Victor Camacho [6:24 PM]: Boon – Anything on storage spaces config with hyper-v?
David [6:26 PM]: Excuse the ignorance, but what are storage spaces?
Susan Bradley [6:26 PM]: recommended book I just got that I just started reading – http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Server-Hyper-V-Installation-Configuration/dp/1118486498/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366669538&sr=1-1&keywords=windows+2012+hyperv
Boon Tee [SBS-MVP] [6:26 PM]: Storage Spaces is a new feature introduced in WS2012.
Boon Tee [SBS-MVP] [6:27 PM]: I like the way Susan has all these links ready to paste and go at her fingertips +1 for the HyperV book. However, one needs to filter out what are Enterprise features from what will be useful in SMB.
Victor Camacho [6:29 PM]: I thought storage spaces was software raid.
Rusty Brown [6:29 PM]: I thought Storage spaces is the grandson of windows home server ‘drive extender’ and we know what happen with that on v2
David [6:31 PM]: Much like these NAS drives that Netgear and other vendors have?
Susan Bradley [6:32 PM]: Also found out that Refs is not supported to be backed up to Azure online backup
Rusty Brown [6:32 PM]: I can
Susan Bradley [6:36 PM]: I think they are porting MSN more over into Skype
Amy Babinchak [6:37 PM]: I do Drobo for a couple of clients. runtime.org GetDataBack tool
Donald Elam [6:41 PM]: I was told by Office 365 support that they were upgrading the smallest customers first. My small 2 mailbox account and my customer’s 5 mailbox account haven’t been upgraded yet, so they must be using other criteria in addition to size. It is very frustrating.
Victor Camacho [6:41 PM]: Yes Philip, I agree. I assumed storage spaces was along the way of zfs.
Rusty Brown [6:42 PM]: Philip I was looking at your Hyper -V video, what motherboard did you use? and how were the SSDs connected?
Philip Elder [6:42 PM]: @Rusty Intel DX79SR
Susan Bradley [6:42 PM]: play now
Philip Elder [6:42 PM]: SSDs are hooked into the primary SATA controller using RAID 5 (software)
Victor Camacho [6:43 PM]: I have been able to take a set of 4 drives out of one server and restore that storage space on a different system. I have found it cool.
David [6:45 PM]: Just coming in on SMBKitchen, so this may have already been discussed. Right now, the only migration path for SBS 2003 to SBS 2012 is an interim step to SBS 2011; is that correct?
Philip Elder [6:45 PM]: @David … just VM 2008R2 and Exchange 2010 SP3
Susan Bradley [6:45 PM]: David – no, and you mean Windows 2012 essentials?
Philip Elder [6:46 PM]: @David – assuming you are talking about the Exchange portion that is
Susan Bradley [6:46 PM]: David = to go to Exchange 2013 from Exchange 2003 you need to go through Exchange 2010, but it doesn’t have to be SBS 2011
Rusty Brown [6:49 PM]: thumbs up on Migration Wiz just completed at SBS 2003 migration this last weekend, they can be used to move on premise too
Rusty Brown [6:52 PM]: Kevin, have you found a way do Virtual Desktop with a hosted MSP2012 (vm)?
Keithc [6:55 PM]: Anybody using Kerio?
Amy Babinchak [6:55 PM]: Keith Third Tier uses Kerio on Linux
Keithc [6:56 PM]: Sounds like Exchange standalone may be just too big for the SMB. Any thoughts on Kerio instead?
Susan Bradley [6:56 PM]: depends on the number of employees, my Kerio guru folks say less than 25 is okay, bigger than that, Exchange shines
Philip Elder [6:57 PM]: Exchange 2013 is awesome. I _really_ like the changes in management and features.
Susan Bradley [6:57 PM]: it depends on the size of those mailboxes
Rusty Brown [6:58 PM]: VDI for Win7, cool
Susan Bradley [7:00 PM]: VDI for MultiPoint 2012? (just trying to figure out what you meant by MSP 2012?
Rusty Brown [7:01 PM]: yes, needed Win7 Virtual desktops and looked at MPS but ran into a problem when I needed SBSe and MSP on the same hardware. Ended up using ThinSoft on a Win7 desktop and HP Thin clients
Susan Bradley [7:02 PM]: Multipoint vdi is limited vdi deployment
Victor Camacho [7:03 PM]: Amy – which Linux are you using. I still have a client using Novell Suse Linux and mail is Groupwise.
Susan Bradley [7:04 PM]: Big red books!
Victor Camacho [7:05 PM]: Yes, Susan I remember the Big Red Books:D.
Rusty Brown [7:06 PM]: Amy I would like to see how your Lync Online is setup
Amy Babinchak [7:07 PM]: Sure Rusty, I can send you a couple of screenshots. As I said at the usergroup though, check you DNS. And after you’re sure it’s correct have another look becasue there’s probably something not right about DNS.
Anthony [7:08 PM]: I have exchange 2013 on premise installed but keep getting the following warning 6002 MSExchange Mid-tier storage, 1035 MSExchangeFrontEndTransport, 1023 Perflib and 1012 MSExchangeIS
Amy Babinchak [7:08 PM]: We have a saying at Third Tier “It’s always DNS”
Rusty Brown [7:08 PM]: I really want to get Bob to using Lync for the meeting the tool he has now is painful, thanks
Amy Babinchak [7:08 PM]: I think he might be seeing the light soon. Lync is a good meeting tool
Anthony [7:08 PM]: Does anyone know how I can stop this event warning
Philip Elder [7:09 PM]: @Anthony, Exchange 2013 is really noisey in the logs … especially after CU1
Susan Bradley [7:09 PM]: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/exchangesvrgeneral/thread/d79b3278-46b5-4497-ace9-933b6f64f1c9/ that’s what it’s pointing to there as well
Philip Elder [7:09 PM]: So far though, CU1 has resolved a lot more than it created.
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