March 2010


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Archive for March, 2010

Catching up

Posted in Life on March 26th, 2010

So, been pretty busy with life lately, and my writing has fallen by the wayside. My apologies, etc., etcetera.

I may have mentioned this before, but the general consensus is that our SCA family is going to sit this year out as far as events go. The last few years we have been going to the Pirate events, of which one has gone away to be replaced by a new event on the same weekend, and we’re just tired of the other one. This all means that we would have to pick new events from the actual SCA calendar to go to, and we’re not really happy with those choices either.

Plus the fact that over half the family has spent most of 2009 unemployed, and you can see where this is all heading.

Fortunately for myself and Da Roomie, business has been mostly quite busy – unfortunately, this super-busyness has led almost directly to the loss of an important client. It’s a long story, but the gyst is we weren’t paying enough attention. Then there was the client that hired us, bought a ton of hardware and spent some 50 or 60 hours of labor, and then went completely belly-up. Yee-haw, that was fun.

In the same vein but with a different vector, we lost one more client today because the owner opted to go for a ‘merger’ with another company, that has resulted in the next best thing to ‘they got bought’. The ‘buyer’, of course, has their own IT setup and doesn’t want to deal with us.

This one is a bummer, because the client is the first one I brought in. They called us one day because their server went tits-up, and I came in and sold them not only a new server, but the management package as well. The folks in the office have always been great to work with, and they’ve been very good about not breaking things – almost a perfect client, really :) I’m going to miss them.

Okay, that’s enough moping. Onward!

Fix SBS 2008

Posted in Geekery on March 5th, 2010

So, there you were, enjoying your SBS 2008 server and all the things it can do when ploooie! Something goes to hell and drags you in along with it. You spend the next 4 hours desperately searching the Internet for any sort of repair guide, only to discover that everything is written for Server 2008, and using those resources will severely screw up your SBS box.

At least, that’s what happened to me. Luckily, I work for a company that has a Gold Partner membership with Microsoft, and was able to call the support line. They guy on the phone said “haven’t you seen the SBS Repair Guide?”

Why no – because the damn thing doesn’t show up in a Google search until I specifically asked for it by name. (Two days later, the damn thing shows up under nearly every search I run. Maybe they rebuilt their metas?)

Anywho, here it is: The Windows SBS 2008 Repair Guide

May the Force be with you.