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Server 2003 Service Pack 1

by BearyAnn In reply to A TeddyBear in CybearSpac ...

I would like to hear from people who have installed SP1 on Server 2003. I notice on the discussion of TR that questions are raised and cautions are given, but not many comments on successful implementation. I installed it on 1 of my 15 servers as a requirment to obtain an SSL for that server. I have no noticable issues as yet, however, I am cautioned by many others to delay installation on the remaining servers. I noted in the knowledge base at Microsoft, there are many issues.

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Server 2003 Service Pack 1

by reedracer In reply to Server 2003 Service Pack ...

I like SP1 and your blog!

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Server 2003 Service Pack 1

by reedracer In reply to Server 2003 Service Pack ...

I like SP1 and your blog!

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Grocery Store Wars

by BearyAnn In reply to A TeddyBear in CybearSpac ...

Following the Star Wars craze, check out this fun film. I laughed all the way through it. http://www.storewars.org/flash/index.html

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The Vendor Makes All The Difference

by BearyAnn In reply to A TeddyBear in CybearSpac ...

<p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times new roman" size="3">Our company has grown technically by leaps and bounds over the past year. I?d like to share with you.</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">We had used Company X for several years managing our 3 Windows NT servers. They offered us a chance to testdrive CITRIX to determine its usefulness for our users. We had good results and installed Citrix Server Number 1. One of the servers was upgraded to Server 2003. All went well.</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">Now it is time for more users to jump on board with CITRIX so we add #2.<span>  </span>Some problems are now occurring.<span>  </span>The vendor tells me it is because we haven?t made all the upgrades yet. We add CITRIX 3, 4, 5 and 6!!! Upgrade all servers to 2003, add more file servers for specific programs the Exchange 5.5 is upgraded to Exchange 2003.<span> I am now up to 15 servers.  </span>All should be wonderful according to the vendor and white paper.<span>  </span>In fact, the final upgrade was Exchange and last Server which now brought in Active Directory.<span>  </span>(?once we go to A.D. all will be working fine? says Company X)<span>  </span>In fact, the tech making the final change tells me it will take no more than a day and a half and that the email will be down no more than a couple of hours. Famous Last Words!!!!</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">Three weeks later some users still had no email and CITRIX logins were flakier than ever. My brown hair is slowing turning gray and Excedrin is making a fortune from my purchases.And now they want to sell me Exchange Enterprise because our email size has exceeded 16GB; something that went unnoticed a week prior. We said no to <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Enterprise</st1:place></st1:city> and had everyone clean out their boxes and set mailbox size limits. We get it down to 12GB</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">Call in Company Z on my very first day of a much needed vacation. No thin clients can log in. After investigating the configurations it is determined that every server has a different DNS entry. No 2 servers are configured alike. And for some reason, instead of utilizing the built in ICA Locator, each unit had to be configured by hand to point to the servers.</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">First order of business, fix the DNS on all servers and immediately logins become much more stable AND we don?t need to configure each <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">ICA</st1:place></st1:city> connection, it works as it is supposed to.</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">Next order of business, we are shut down with email again because we exceed 16GB. We run the totals, no way we are near that.<span>  </span>Company Z comes in and finds that Company X set Exchange to retain all deleted messages for 2362 days ? (6.47 years).<span>  </span>He wipes that out and restarts and cleans out the deleted items to find we are at 6GB; a savings of 10GB and the thousands of dollars we don?t need to spend on enterprise edition.</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">Company X worked in a manner that required them to continually be called back.<span>  </span>They left no documentation so we could not even trace what they had done in a quick manner. Company Z explained in word and in writing all the changes made and did so in a manner that kept us up and running and to call them when needed.</font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">I will not give company names, I have no desire to harm Company X, I just know we choose not to do business with them any longer. </font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><o><font face="Times new roman" size="3">Thanks to proper settings on the servers all is working as it is supposed to, my gray hairs are not coming in quite as fast and my Excedrin use is down. </font></p>

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Norton calls its updates a "medium risk"

by BearyAnn In reply to A TeddyBear in CybearSpac ...

<p>What is wrong with this picture? Norton advises blocking it's own definition updates?</p>
<p><img alt="" src="http://www.bearwitness.org/images/pics/norton.bmp" /></p>
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Make a Photo DVD

by BearyAnn In reply to A TeddyBear in CybearSpac ...

<p>My sister is about to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary so her daughters and I are putting together a DVD of memories.  The first and most time consuming part of the process is scanning in over 200 photos on my <a href="http://www.lexmark.com/uncomplicate/product/home/63/0,7044,204816596_238081724_242251071_en_0_1,00.html">Lexmark 3150</a>.  From here I renamed each photo and put them in the order desired in a Windows folder. Next I downloaded <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx">PhotoStory 3</a>. Here I could move photos, change display time, add music and text. This can be saved and viewed with Windows Media Player but I didn't stop there.</p>
<p>A free download of <a href="http://www.cheetahburner.com/BurningaVideoDVD.html">Cheetah DVD Burner</a> converts the file.  Now the file is burned to DVD with <a href="http://ww2.nero.com/enu/index.html">Nero Digital</a>. Everyone enjoyed the memories and now we have to get one ready for other family events.</p>
<p>The whole process is very time consuming but the smiles made it worth the effort.</p>

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Citrix Presentation version 4

by BearyAnn In reply to A TeddyBear in CybearSpac ...

<p>I watched a webinar on Citrix Presentation version 4 this week and it looks good. </p>
<p>The only major problem I have experienced with version 3 is printing and that sometimes profiles do not hold data but the problems are sporadic and have reduced as we have improved the server configurations.</p>
<p>Remote scanning is supposed to be a feature. This will be great if we can make it work with our current medical software package. I can put thin clients at front desk positions and save a lot of hassle.</p>
<p>My husband says his office is upgrading this fall. I can wait and learn about pitfalls from them :)</p>
<p>Problem:  How do I convince the boss to upgrade ?</p>

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Lock the Doors, but leave the keys in the lock

by BearyAnn In reply to A TeddyBear in CybearSpac ...

<p>I sat down at a users' terminal and found, neatly typed and taped to the monitor, step by step instructions including username and password.  Unfortunately, I have found the same on other units as well.</p>
<p>When I ask for an explanation I am told "I can't remember the password" or "that's for when other people fill in for me" and even "I am too busy to be bothered by passwords and logins, why don't you just take them off the system so I can get to work".  </p>
<p>Everyone has a keychain they have to hold on to. Here you find a house key, a car key and often a mailbox key....at the very least.  Usually there is more than one of each type for various other doors. Why do we have these keys? To allow us to lock up our personal valuables and prevent unauthorized persons from entering.</p>
<p>So what about the user. The data that system is able to access is very valuable. Thus we use login name and password. Posting this information would be similar to buying a brand new Jaguar with all the amenities, locking the door and leaving the key in the door lock so the driver won't lose it. </p>
<p>Other than nagging everyone, I don't know how to convince everyone to remove these postings and start to remember their information. My personal choice is: if it not important enough for you to lock up, then perhaps you should not be allowed to hold the position that requires you have access to the information.</p>
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Making a Photo DVD even easier

by BearyAnn In reply to A TeddyBear in CybearSpac ...

<p>Last month I blogged about a photo DVD I made for a friend's graduation party.  This week I am making one for sister's 25th anniversary and I have found an even easier way to complete the process.</p>
<p>I use <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx">PhotoStory3</a>, a free download from Microsoft. With this program I can add all the pictures I want, change transition motions, times, etc. I can add text to photos and include music or narration.</p>
<p>To complete the process I have now purchased <a href="http://www.estore.sonic.com/enu/photostory/default.asp">Sonic DVD</a>, a $19.95 plug in for PhotoStory that converts and creates the DVD from within PhotoStory.<a href="http://www.windowsphotostory.com/Guides/Photo-Story-3-DVD/how-to-create-a-Photo-Story-3-DVD.aspx"> I have found excellent documentation on its use online</a>.</p>
<p>If you want to impress your family and friends with your video creation abilities, this is the way to get started.</p>

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