Installing WSS v3 on a Member Server in an SBS Network

Windows SharePoint ServicesIf you’ve got a member server in your SBS network (especially if that server is a beefy SQL box) it may make sense from a performance standpoint to install Windows SharePoint Services version 3 on the member server instead of directly on the SBS box.  This is actually a pretty straight-forward process, but in case you’re not totally comfortable with WSS v3 yet, the procedure is documented below using a combination of a Microsoft e-book and the WSS on SBS instructions Chad came up with for SBS. 

Note:  This free WSS v3 e-book is NOT the whitepaper Chad mentions in his article.  This is a digital book: "Deployment for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Technology". (189 pages – published May 2007)

There are two downloads on the page (the second is for an upgrade scenario).  Choose the first install (1.1 MB).

Once you’ve downloaded the Deployment e-book, jump to page 23:

  1. Install Internet Information Server (IIS) 6.0 from the Windows Server 2003 CD 1.
  2. Disable "Run WWW server in IIS 5.0 isolation mode"
  3. Install .NET 3.0
  4. Enable ASP.NET v2.0.50727
  5. Install WSS v3

    (Select Advanced Install, Select Stand-Alone server type, Choose your data location)

  6. Run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard.

    (This may require a restart of the services IIS, SharePoint Administration Service and SharePoint Timer Service.)

  7. The default web site will be http://servername/default.aspx
    Credentials to access the site should be in the format DOMAIN\user_name and the normal domain password.

    >>This is where we switch from the Microsoft e-book to Chad Gross’ "Companyweb & SharePoint v3 – Part 4" instructions <<

  8. Following Chad’s original instructions in WSS v3 Part 4, starting with "(insert cheesy on hold music . . . )"

    Login to the SBS server and create the new Host (A) record for http://intranet that points to the private IP address of your member server, and be sure to create the associated pointer (PRT) record.

  9. Follow the rest of Chad’s instructions on that page to extend the default site to http://intranet (you may have to delete the ":80" port from the URL at the bottom of the configuration page so the final URL is http://intranet and not http://intranet:80)

    >> Now leaving Chad’s instructions <<

  10. If you refresh IIS you’ll notice that the SharePoint – 80 default site is gone.  However, your old "Default Web Site" (the http://servername) is still there.
  11. Right-click the Default Web Site, click Properties, click the Home Directory tab, select the "A redirection to a URL" radio button, in the ‘Redirect to:’ text box type "http//intranet". Click OK.


  12. Right-click the Default Web Site and start it.
  13. Now http://servername and http://intranet should both take you to http://intranet (be sure to test it from your SBS box as well).  If the link isn’t working, make sure you flushed your DNS cache in step 8 above.
  14. Login to your http://intranet site, click Site Actions / Site Settings / Title, description, and icon / rename your site "Intranet"
  15. Download and deploy your templates from the Fabulous 40 collection. Be sure to read the readme.txt enclosed in that download.
  16. Last, but certainly not least – BACKUP!!

    Chad mentions backing up your old WSS v2 http://companyweb site in Part 3, but the stsadm for WSS v3 is located in a different position, namely:

    – WSS v2 uses ..\60\bin
    – WSS v3 uses ..\12\bin

    The command I use to backup the WSS v3 http://intranet test site is shown below (yours will vary depending on the target location of your backup files):

Start / Run / CMD / Enter

CD C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\bin <Enter>

stsadm.exe -o backup -url http://intranet -filename "E:\WSSv3Backup\intranet_backup.dat" -overwrite <Enter>

Of course, you can use the system timer to schedule that backup daily if you like. 

Once you get past getting your feet wet with WSS v3, be sure to check out the section, "Administering backup and recovery for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 technology" on TechNet (especially if you’re running SQL as your database engine) before rolling out WSS to client sites.

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2 Geek Networking Events Tonight

Just a friendly reminder, there are two GREAT geek networking events happening tonight, Thursday August 23, 2007:

Louisville Geek Dinner v.0.3
Date:  08/23/2007
Time: 6:00 PM Eastern
Where:  Louisville, Kentucky USA
Venue:  Fox and Hound Pub & Grill
Address:  302 Bullit Lane, Louisville, KY 40222

High Tech Happy Hour – Sixth Anniversary Celebration
Date:  08/23/2007
Time:  5:00 PM Central
Where:  Madison, Wisconsin USA
Venue:  Orpheum Theater
Address:  216 State Street, Madison, WI 53703

I’m in Madison this week, so I’ll be at the HTHH event.  Both events should be a great chance to get your geek on! 

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You’re a winner Chris, and you look like one too!

Click here for the video and here for the update and here for the original story.

(Because I can, that’s why.)

Seriously dude, congrats on turning a Ninja catchphrase into a 42″ plasma TV. Nicely done!

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Invitation – Live TS2 and KYSBSUG Events Next Week

You know him and love him from the 2005 & 2006 SBS Tours, the 70-282 Exam Prep Series 1 & 2, and numerous webcasts and live events.  And once again, I’m happy to announce that our favorite Microsoft TS2 Presenter, Ronald Grattopp, is coming back to Kentucky!

  • TS2 Live Seminar – Lexington, KY
    Tuesday June 19, 2007
    Start time:  1:00 PM Eastern

    Venue: Regal Hamburg Pavilion 16
    1949 Starshoot Parkway
    Lexington Kentucky 40509
    Registration URL:  Click here

  • June 2007 KYSBSUG Meeting – Louisville, KY
    Wednesday June 20, 2007
    Start time:  6:30 PM Eastern

    Venue: Money Concepts
    323 Townepark Circle
    Louisville, KY 40243
    Start time:  6:30 PM Eastern
    Registration URL:  Click here

  • TS2 Live Seminar – Louisville, KY
    Thursday June 21, 2007
    Start time:  1:00 PM Eastern

    Venue: Cinemark Tinseltown USA
    4400 Towne Center Drive
    Louisville Kentucky 40241
    Registration URL:  Click here

More Details on the June 2007 KYSBSUG Meeting Next Wednesday!

This month Ron Grattopp will be joined by Tim Barrett, and they will be co-presenting a deep dive on Windows SharePoint Services version 3 (WSS3).  Come learn the best practices for installing WSS3 on SBS, shortcuts to deploy the “Fabulous 40” templates, and other tips and tricks on WSS3.

“How deep is this deep dive” you may ask?  We have over 8 hours of content on WSS3, so we’re prepared to talk about all aspects; from deployment, to extending, to business value.  (The event is only 90-120 minutes long, so we’ll cover the content that the audience wants to hear.)

As always, there will be excellent networking opportunities and Ron is bringing some cool swag.

This Live event is FREE to attend, but registration is required:

The venue is a little tricky to find, since it’s so new it doesn’t show up on most maps, but fortunately there is a map available on Map Quest:

Map to KYSBSUG Meeting at Money Concepts – 323 Townepark Cir Louisville, KY 40243, USA

And if you get lost, just call my cell (502) 817-3456 and I’ll give you directions.

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Live Event – IW Services Opportunities in 2007

It’s almost time to get your ‘Information Worker’ learn on.  If you live in the ‘Heartland District‘ this Microsoft Partner-Only event is headed your way from March 26 – April 19, 2007.  

The content is broken into two sessions: Sales & Technical (dates & registration links are below.)

Sales Session Overview (2 hours):
Lunch and Learn presentation to partner sales reps on how to sell Information Worker (IW) solutions and services. Session will include resources, demos and sales tools.

Sales Session Agenda:

  • 11:00 am – Welcome and Sales Strategy Overview
  • 11:15 am – Overview of 2007 edition of Office System
  • 11:45 am – Luncheon Presentation
  • Selling Workflow & Forms Solutions
  • Selling Document Security
  • Selling Content and Document Management
  • Selling Real Time Communication
  • 12:45 pm – Tools and Resources to Help You Sell
  • 12:55 pm – Evaluations & Prize Giveaways
  • 1:00 pm – Sales Session Concludes

Technical Session Overview (3 hours):

Deep technical presentation to partner technical leads and personnel on how to position and implement Information Worker solutions in your customers accounts. Session will include resources, demos and additional training tools.

Technical Session Agenda:

  • 2:00 pm – Welcome and Overview of 2007 edition of Office System
  • 2:30 pm – Building Custom Workflow Solutions
  • Document Workflow
  • Integrating into LOB Apps and Scripts
  • 3:30 pm – Implementing Robust Content and Document Management Solutions
  • Migrating and Replacing File Folders
  • Implementing Company Wide Search
  • Setting Content Management Policies
  • 4:30 pm – Tools and Resources to Help You Deliver
  • 4:45 pm – Evaluations & Prize Giveaways
  • 5:00 pm – Technical Session Concludes

Locations & Registration Links:

· Southfield 3/26 –

· Grand Rapids – 3/28 –

· Nashville – 4/3 –

· Mason (Cincinnati) 4/11 –

· Cleveland 4/16 –

· Columbus 4/17 –

· Louisville 4/19 –

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Move Over Belarc

You know about Belarc Advisor, right?  Sure you do.  It’s everybody’s favorite little program that produces an HTML page showing everything from hardware to software installed to patches and even product install keys.  That’s handy information indeed for disaster recovery and software auditing.

Well, I have a new favorite ‘PC Inventory’ program called System Information for Windows (SIW). 

And SIW TOTALLY rocks.  Here’s my review in one sentence:

“If Belarc Advisor is a water fountain of PC information, SIW is a fire-hose.” 

“Belarc is great” you say, “What more could I want?”  How about:

  • Password Recovery
  • Reveal Passwords hidded by asterisks
  • Real-time monitors
  • Multiple report formats (HTML, CSV, TXT or XML)
  • And no install is required – you can run it from a flash drive

Now, that last point is REALLY interesting, and not necessarily in the good way.  Think about it.  Do you really want just any user sucking product install keys off the hard drive?  Umm, NO.  And that wasn’t a problem with Belarc if your workstations were locked down, because Belarc needs to be installed to run.  But SIW doesn’t.  Food for thought.

Much like Belarc, SIW comes in free versions for personal use:

  • English Version – Free for personal use (1.29 MB)
  • Multilanguage Version – Free for personal use (1.46 MB)

And paid versions for professional use: 

  • Business Version – $100 for 1-10 PCs
  • Technician’s Version – $75 for unlimited PCs

And unlike Belarc, I think the reports in SIW are a little bit easier to navigate.  They’re broken into the following sections:


  • Operating System – Windows Product Key, GUIDs
  • System Directories – List of all default paths – My Docs, Favorites, etc.
  • Installed Programs – Includes uninstall commands for each (slick!)
  • Applications – (boring)
  • Licenses – Microsoft Product ID Keys
  • System Files – (boring)
  • Accessibility – Very nice configuration screen
  • Environment – Temp directories, system values
  • Regional Settings – (boring)
  • Running Processes – Same as Task Manager, but nice to get a printout
  • Drivers – Sweet.  Includes version numbers
  • NT Services – Shows Start, Status & Path
  • NT Pipes – Names, instances & max instances
  • Autorun – Like an MSCONFIG printout, nice!
  • Databases – DAO, OLE & MDAC
  • Audio and Video Codecs – Name, path, version & manufacturer

    >>The following are in the ‘live’ SOFTWARE View only<<

  • File Associations
  • Loaded DLLs
  • Shared DLLs
  • ActiveX
  • Open Files
  • Groups & Users
  • Protected Files
  • Secrets


  • System Info – Mfg, S/N, RAM, swap, registry size
  • Motherboard – Mfg, S/N, proc speed, memory slots
  • Sensors – Temperature
  • BIOS – Mfg, version, date, DMI
  • CPU Info – Too much info to list here
  • Devices – Basically the Windows Device Manager
  • Network Cards – Minimal, see NETWORK report below
  • PCI – Bus, device, function, type
  • System Slots – (boring)
  • Memory – Mfg, P/N, S/N, type, size, speed
  • Video – Video card, monitor, modes & DirectX info
  • Storage Devices – Mfg, model, size, interface, temp
  • Ports – Serial, parallel, modem, USB
  • Printers – (boring, but necessary)


  • Network Information – IPCONFIG /all
  • Neighborhood Scan – Host name, MAC & IP of the machines on the LAN
  • Shares – Shows Administrative shares too
  • RAS Connections – (boring)
  • Network Statistics – TCP, UDP, IP stats, & adapter info

    >>The following are in the ‘live’ NETWORK View only<<
  • Extra Info – External IP, password policy, cool stuff
  • Open Ports – Nice

If that weren’t fun enough, SIW runs on just about anything an SBSer could want:

  • Windows 98
  • Windows Me
  • Windows NT4
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2003 x64
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows Tablet PC
  • Windows 2003 Server R2
  • Windows XP x64
  • Windows Vista
  • WinRE
  • Bart PE
  • Winternals ERD Commander
  • And of course, Small Business Server
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SBS Show 2.0

Unless you’ve been living on planet Marklar, you’ve no doubt heard of the SBS Show.  And if you’re smart, you’ve listened to some, if not all of the over 2 dozen episodes of SMB goodness!

Well, the beat goes on and the SBS Show is now in 2.0 mode.   For unbeatable price of exactly ‘zero dollars’ you can get your SMB learn on at the new website, sign up for the newsletter, download current and past episodes, and subscribe to the RSS feed to get it while it’s hot!

So be sure and join Vlad, Susanne and their guests as the SBS Show jaugernaught rolls into 2007!

P.S. Also, be sure to check out the Vladfire video podcasts and our good buddy Chris Rue!

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Register for the Louisville Vista / Office 2007 Launch

Register today for the: 

Microsoft Across America Vista / Office 2007 Launch Event
Louisville, Kentucky
Tuesday January 30, 2007 

IMPORTANT:  These events will fill up completely so be sure and choose one or two events below and SIGNUP TODAY! 


Event Location:
Hyatt Regency Louisville
320 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202 

Morning Events 

Small Business Track – Vista / Office 2007 / WSS 3.0 / Accounting 2007
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

IT Pro Track – Vista & Office 2007 Deployment / Exchange 2007
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Afternoon Events  Partner Track – Presenter:  Ron Grattopp
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

IT Executive Track – Deployment / BitLocker / GPO / SharePoint 2007 / Dynamics
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

Developer Track – Connected Applications / Office 2007 Server Platform
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

FYI – The Kentucky Small Business Server User Group (KYSBSUG) is scheduled to have a booth at the morning IT Pro Track, so be sure to stop by and say hi! 🙂 


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Windows SharePoint Services 3 Available

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is now available for Windows Server 2003 in x86 and x64 versions.


*Note, per the WSS 3.0 & SBS whitepaper above:

“Some of the differences between Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 break the integration between Windows SBS and Windows SharePoint Services. For this reason, if you want to install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on a Windows SBS network, you must install it side-by-side with Windows SharePoint Services 2.0. This leaves your existing http://companyweb Web site intact, and it also creates a new Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Web site.”

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Get Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007 Free

Many customers will need the full-blown Microsoft Office Accounting Professional 2007 version, but for the small, home-based or eBay-based businesses, Microsoft has released Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007 as a free download:

Download URL:
Download size: 338 MB
OS:  XP, 2003 & Vista
Cost:  FREE (this is not a trial or demo)

Product Information:

Save time on everyday tasks

  • Create quotes and invoices; track expenses and employee time.
  • Enter data once and share it seamlessly with other Microsoft Office system programs.
  • Manage payroll and taxes with ADP’s integrated payroll service.

Get a complete view of your business

  • Store and organize all your customer, vendor, employee, and financial information in one place including your emergency cash loans due to pay.
  • Get business insights with over 20 customizable reports.
  • Easily share your books with your accountant through Office Live and other tools like this one commonly used for showing your paystub on tax forms.

Grow your business online

  • List items on eBay, track sales activity, and download and process orders
  • Email invoices and get paid faster with PayPal
  • Monitor your customers’ business credit in real-time through Equifax


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