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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

One for the boss to learn from

If you have BES Server and you add a new Mailbox Database to the Exchange 2010 Server then do not forget this command to make sure BesAdmin can SendAs for the users in the database.

Get-MailboxDatabase | Add-ADPermission -User "BESAdmin" -AccessRights ExtendedRight -ExtendedRights Receive-As, ms-Exch-Store-Admin

This post is dedicated to the tireless work and commitment of the one and only Dave Brown.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

When to say No and make it a Yes

Saying yes is important, it opens doors to new opportunities in life, say no and you close a door. Or do you?

Sometimes when we say yes to something we are actually saying the opposite to what the person asking the question wants to hear.   As our business grows our clients expect that we will want to do more, sell more and make more.  That is a given, it shows good business acumen.

But what about when you over promise?  What if you agree to do something and you can't really do it and your client knows it too? What does that say about you?

Clients are not fools, they know what your business can and cannot do, they want you to succeed but they will not accept you risking their business for your growth.

So if a client asks you to do something and you are not geared up for it, or you know you cannot deliver it, do not be the old school sales man and say yes.  Say no. Explain why, may be you just need a week longer, may be their time scales are too short, may be their price point is too low.  If you cannot do it then say so, they will respect you for it and it you have a great relationship they will say "OK, so what do we need to do?"

They may ask you to do something that they know is not possible to see if you say yes to everything, to see if you really have their interests at heart.  If you do not see this, your yes becomes a no. If you do see this your no becomes a yes.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

How To - Uninstall Windows Internal Database

If you have replaced WSUS on a SBS Server 2008 and you are removing Sharepoint Services 3.0 then you will need to remove the Windows Internal Database and the associated files.

1. Windows Internal Database Files


The file location for the Windows Internal Database in SBS Server 2008 is C:\Windows\SYSMSI\SSEE\MSSQL.2005\MSSQL\Data Here you can see the highlighted files that are taking up useful disk space on the server, these were the databases for WSUS and Sharepoint Services 3.0

2. SQL Server Studio Express


If you have SQL Server Studio Express installed you can open the application as Administrator and connect to \\.\pipe\MSSQL$MICROSOFT##SSEE\sql\query and then you can see the Database files.

3. Uninstall Windows Internal Database


The uninstall for the Windows Internal Database is performed from the command line. The syntax is

On 32-bit platforms: msiexec /x {CEB5780F-1A70-44A9-850F-DE6C4F6AA8FB} callerid=ocsetup.exe
On 64-bit platforms: msiexec /x {BDD79957-5801-4A2D-B09E-852E7FA64D01} callerid=ocsetup.exe

The Microsoft article on this is found here.

4. Uninstall


Accept the uninstall warning.

5. Database Uninstalls


6. Delete Database Files


You can now safely delete the SQL Server database files.