Outlook users can wreak havoc when you move to new Exchange

I came across a very weird problem this past week that had me scratching my head for a bit.  I had just finished helping a non-profit customer migrate to a net-new Windows domain after they had suffered through a “broken”…

Know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em

All of us in “the IT biz” have war stories about the things that have gone horribly wrong at one time or another and we all have the battle scars to show off to all and sundry as proof of…

SBS Essentials and Office 365. Good enough for the masses?

We (itgroove) have held back a bit on implementing SBS 2011 Essentials for any of our customers while we waited on some of the dust to settle around Office 365.  Now that 365 has proven itself to be a worthy…

One little AD “trick” to completely screw up Exchange OWA

I came across this little “gem” at a client today.  After I spent quite a bit of time getting their Exchange 2010 up and running (see earlier post about RPC 6001 errors) I was back on site trying to figure…

SBS2011–a second go at the migration perspective

We just wrapped up another SBS2003 to SBS2011 migration and we once again made use of the SwingIT migration kit.  This migration was a bit more complicated as the source SBS2003 system was a complete mess as there were many,…

SBS2011–a post-Swing migration perspective

We just finished migrating one of our customers to SBS2011 Premium and I thought it might be worthwhile to share some of the experience with you. This was not a simple migration a la SBS2008 –> SBS2011 or even a…

Secure Remote Access Options for SMB

A big chunk of the customer base I deal with at itgroove are small offices that have single or dual server infrastructures.  In many cases they want to allow their staff to remotely access systems and resources at the office. …