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February 27, 2008

The Perpetual Licensing Machine

I have a hundred licenses! I have a hundred licenses plus INFINITY!

As suggested by Carlos

If you want a never ending supply of virtual licenses for Windows Server, then you should be looking at one of these beauties…

Windows Server Datacenter = Host + Unlimited VMs

Windows Server Itanium = Host + Unlimited VMs

Think of these like a magic bag of holding, except for your servers!

|| posted by chris under business, freebie, it pro, more cowbell, virtualization || comments (0) || ||

February 27, 2008

Virtualization Rights In Windows Server 2008 Standard

I said VIRTUAL machine, not visible machine!

One thing that stood out from the Server 2008 launch today was a small, but key, enhancement regarding virtualization rights under Windows Server 2008 Standard.

Under Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard, the license permitted the following…

A single Standard Edition license server permits you to run one instance of the software in either a physical or virtual OSE on that server. You need to assign a Standard Edition license for each running instance (in which case you may want to choose a higher level edition).

The key word is the or in the first sentence separating the words physical and virtual, which means if you want to virtualize a copy of Server 2003 R2 Standard, you still have to pony for the host OS.

With Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise, the license was much more liberal…

An Enterprise Edition license grants the right to run one Enterprise  server in one physical OSE and up to four simultaneous virtual OSEs. If you run all five permitted instances at the same time, the instance of the server software running in the physical OSE may only be used to run hardware virtualization software and software to manage and service the OSEs on the server.

Most people get all hung up on the 4 instances, but the real benefit here is that the licensing for the host OS is included in Enterprise.

Since Microsoft has already publicly stated that Server 2008 Standard includes the ability to run 1 physical instance and 1 virtual instance, I see that as meaning Server 2008 Standard will have the same rights as Enterprise, but with a 1:1 P-V ratio, as opposed to the 1:4 P-V of Enterprise. As such, I’d fully expect the physical instance of Server 2008 Standard…

 May only be used to run hardware virtualization software and software to manage and service the OSEs on the server.

Now, here’s hoping those selfsame rights will extend to Small Business Server 2008 too. Especially Premium Edition.

Any and all Microsoft folks with the authority to do so should consider this an open invitation to confirm or refute this post…

Which is tagged as an opinion, in case you’re wondering.

|| posted by chris under business, freebie, hardware, it pro, motorsports, opinion, virtualization || comments (1) || ||

February 27, 2008

BarCampBirmingham2 Slated For April

This could be the last BarCampBirmingham EVER! So don't you DARE miss it!

Finally, the second iteration of BarCampBirmingham is a GO!

I was peeved beyond all measure at missing the inaugural BarCampBirmingham. I don’t plan to make the same mistake again.

BCB2 will take place from 9a-3p on Saturday, April 12th at the phenomenal Innovation Depot.

Just like last time, there will be a pre-event mixer from 8–11p on Friday, April 11th at the Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q in Five Points. 

For those of you who’ve never heard the term BarCamp before, well…check this out. And if you want to know Why? As in WhyBarCampBirmingham2, well…click here.

In the spirit of BarCamp, I’ve already started working on my merit badges…

  • Made the banner above using current BCB2 logo elements. Anyone who wants to use it for BCB2 promotion is free to snag a copy.
  • Made a couple of iCalender files for folks who want to quickly drop the mixer and/or BCB2 on their scheduling tool of choice.

I expect to be whipping up a few more trinkets and doo-dads here and there for BarCampBirmingham2 between now and April.

|| posted by chris under business, community, freebie, funlab, it pro, mobility, more cowbell, robot, rx, tech hand, thumbs up, travel, virtualization || comments (0) || ||

February 25, 2008

While You’re Working On Remote Wipe

Let's see...I'm relying on a thief to confirm the application of security policy BEFORE the remote wipe gets applied? Do I call that a data hole? Let me ask you this...is the Pope Catholic?

Don’t forget to prime your Windows Mobile device for remote wipe.

Otherwise, you just might find that when you need Mobile Admin to wipe a lost device in the worst way…

It won’t.

|| posted by chris under mobility, rx, utility belt || comments (0) || ||

February 25, 2008

403 Error Using Mobile Admin

It’s good to see so many folks getting serious about securing their Windows Mobile devices. Or at least realizing they need the ability to put a hit out on their mobile devices remotely.

Concrete shoes...cyanide...TNT...DONE DIRT CHEAP!

So with all these new installs of Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync Web Administration Tool AKA Mobile Admin, I’ve been seeing more incidents of 403 errors being reported when trying to use it.

Specifically, if you see the following error when clicking Wipe inside Mobile Admin…

Server Error in ‘/MobileAdmin’ Application.
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The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.
Exception Details: System.Net.WebException: The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.
Source Error:
An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below. 
Stack Trace:

[WebException: The remote server returned an error: (403) Forbidden.]
   System.Net.HttpWebRequest.CheckFinalStatus() +680
   System.Net.HttpWebRequest.EndGetRequestStream(IAsyncResult asyncResult) +74
   System.Net.HttpWebRequest.GetRequestStream() +234
   Microsoft.Exchange.AirSync.Admin.Mailbox.propFindRequest(String deviceUri) +240
   Microsoft.Exchange.AirSync.Admin.Mailbox.getDevices() +194
   Microsoft.Exchange.AirSync.Admin.Devices.refreshDevicesTable() +135
   Microsoft.Exchange.AirSync.Admin.Devices.Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e) +190
   System.Web.UI.Control.OnLoad(EventArgs e) +67
   System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +35
   System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain() +750
 

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Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.2407; ASP.NET Version:1.1.4322.2407 

Here’s the way to permanently fix that…

  • Uninstall Mobile Admin using Add/Remove programs
  • Backup the IIS metabase
    • Right-click servername in IIS
    • Navigate to All Tasks->Backup/Restore Configuration
    • Click Create Backup
    • Type backup name, then click OK
    • Click Close
  • Open the properties of Default Web Site
  • On the Web Site tab, note the current IP address setting for Web site identification
  • Set the Web site identification IP address to All Unassigned, if needed
  • Run MobileAdmin.exe to install
  • When finished, reset the Web site identification IP address of Default Web Site back to its original settings, if needed
  • Disable SSL directory security on the ExAdmin virtual directory
    • Open the properties of the ExAdmin virtual directory
    • Click the Directory Security tab
    • Click Edit in the Secure communications area
    • Uncheck Require secure channel (SSL)
    • Click OK twice.
  • Restart IIS Admin service

You should be able to uninstall and reinstall of Mobile Admin without any interruption of service.

|| posted by chris under freebie, it pro, mobility, rx, utility belt || comments (1) || ||

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