Chris Dalby Blog

Chris Dalby is co-founder and Director of Yellow Park Ltd, a Microsoft Certified Partner located in London, UK. Yellow Park offers a holistic approach to the dilemma of the IT services jigsaw and specializes in a broad range of services, including network support for Windows networks, Live Meeting, web and email hosting, website design and multimedia services.

You can also find Chris at his other blog on <a href=”” target=_blank>Yellow Park</a>, where he covers more general IT related content, mixed in with a bit of culture and fun.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys walking and running in his local woods with his two favourite girls; wife Gosia and Kaija a Doberman.

Exchange webcasts for October 2007

TechNet Webcast: Message Security, Active Protection, and Compliance with Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Friday, October 05, 2007 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Chris Avis, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation;Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Windows PowerShell Scripting in Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Friday, October 19, 2007 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
John Weston, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation;Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Client Access and Web Services (Level 200)
Friday, October 26, 2007 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation;Culture=en-US

Momentum Webcast: Early Preview of Exchange Server 2007 SP1 (Level 100)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Indika Boteju, Mid-Market Solutions Advisor, Microsoft Corporation;Culture=e

Installing MSDE on SBS for Blackberry Enterprise Server

I've got a few customers using Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) now and they are all running this on Small Business Server 2003.
Research in Motion would probably not recommend this configuration, but actually SBS seems to cope quite well. Although I have not tested this out with more than 6 users.
Installing BES onto SBS is not entirely straight forward, mainly down to the way MSDE is installed on SBS. The BES installation cannot find the MSDE database, but it also doesn't give you the option to automatically install another database instance.
So, in order to get the BES installation working on SBS, you should create a new instance of MSDE before ruining the installation. You can do this as follows:
1. Locate the MSDE files on the SBS 2003 CD 3 or download from Microsoft.
2. Open a command prompt (Start -&gt; Run -&gt; cmd -&gt; clickOK).
3. On the Command Prompt, change to the directory where the MSDE files are located e.g. cd D:\SBS\MONITOR\MSDE
4. Enter the following command to create the new instance:
setup INSTANCENAME="BESMgmt" SAPWD="AStrongSAPwd" /L*v C:\MSDELog.log
5. Start the service: Start -&gt; Run -&gt; Services.msc -&gt; Click OK. Scroll down to the instance you just created MSSQL$BESMGMT, select and click start service.
6. Check the log file to make sure everything installed correctly at C:\MSDELog.log
Then when you run the BES installation, simply enter BESMgmt as the database name. The installation will then run like a dream.
Make sure you follow the Quick Start Guide for the rest of the installation available here: BES Express 4.1 Getting Started Guid

First LMUG Event at the EVO Community Event on June 21st 2007

The first LMUG event will take place at Microsoft, Reading on June 21st 2007. This event is incorporated into the Community EVO (Exchange, Vista and Office) Event.
This event will be a chance for a user lead indulgence of everything EVO. We will be looking at things from a real world perspective, praising and criticising where necessary.
We will also have long enough breaks between sessions so that you can ask your technical questions to MVPs and Microsoft experts who will be available to help you.
More details will be announced shortly, but I am certainly looking forward to the event. It is a truly collaborative event with 10 user groups showcasing very cool and newly released products.. Aspects of the event will also be broadcast and recorded using Live Meeting and will also showcase the Live Meeting User Group.

Technorati : EVO, LMUG, microsoft

Installing Exchange 2007 into SBS 2003

I have been getting some great feedback on the 2 part series that I wrote about installing Exchange 2007 into an SBS 2003 environment. Both by email and on my other blog.
The feedback has certainly raised a few temperatures and stirred a few raw nerves. So I am glad I am encouraging a lively debate about Exchange 2007 and SBS. I look forward to your continued comments on my blogs. Please let me know if you would like to see any particular scenarios tested.

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Visit the International Technology Expo 2007 on Second Life at Silicon City

The International Technology Expo 2007 is an online conference happening this Friday – Sunday in Silicon City on Second Life. This is an online virtual 3D conference that is free to attend with over 50 IT vendors exhibiting cutting edge technology in online collaboration.
Friday, April 20 noon -6pm PDTSaturday, April 21 noon – 6pm PDTSunday, April 22 noon – 6pm PDT
Signing up for Second Life is free and I would be pleased to show you round the conference. If you do make it onto Silicon Island for the conference, be sure to drop by the Yellow Park office (67,196,36). I am planning a Second Life office warming party on Thursday 26th April at 4pm and will be holding various events in the future using Second Life to add an extra dimension to online collaboration and complement Live Meeting and associated tools.If you would like help with Second Life, then leave a comment or IM and I would be pleased to help you get up and running fast.

Technorati : ITE 2007, SL

Norweigan translation

I had an email from Jakob Heidelberg today, who has translated my most recent article into Norwegian. Very bizarre to see your own words written in what appears to be gobbledy gook.

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Installing Exchange 2007 into an existing Small Business Server 2003 domain

My recent article on has started getting quite a bit of interest.
Especially regarding the issue of having a second DC in the SBS domain and the need for the Schema Master to reside on SBS.
A second domain controller can reside in an SBS domain. However, all the FSMO roles must remain on the SBS and SBS must be the root DC within the whole forest. In part one, I did move the Schema master to the E2007 server. However, this will be moved back in part 2.
I checked this article with the SBS tech support team and the Schema master role and the need to DCPromo are known issues.
In reality, this article is pretty theoretical as it is unlikely to ever be implemented in a production environment due to licensing. Just trying to get 2007 out there!

Technorati : exchange

Try a hosted Exchange 2007 demo account for 5 days

I noticed on Mark Deakin's blog, there is a demo account available for hosted Exchange 2007. The account runs for 5 days and incorporates the Unified Messaging elements. It took me 20 seconds to sign-up and get up and running.
There is an FAQ for the demo account here. Sign-up for the demo account here.

Technorati : Exchange2007, UM

Blackberry Muffins

I have been trying out a Blackberry for the last few days. One of my customers, Virocom, gave me a free account for a couple of weeks to try it out. In-fact, they are a customer and a Partner too. I support their network. They sell communications: any internet connection, BlackBerry accounts, mobile communications, PBX and phone lines etc.Sounds nice, but in fact they gave me two handsets! So I have wasted another couple of days on BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), integratng with my Exchange Server and generally playing. So expect an announcement of Support Services for BES very soon!I gotta say, this was like entering a new World for me. Almost on a par with trying-out Linux. However, what this has reinforced to me is that you do not need to be constantly monitoring email. Email is not and should not be seen like IM. If you need an instant reply, get them on IM or on the phone.A year ago or so, I started answering emails in batches, instead of instantly. I had notced that I started breaking off from money earning work to reply to non-urgent emails. It's called time management. All said, I still have to check every email as soon as it arrives.Note to Mobile Operator – I'd like a new Windows Mobile 5 device with direct push to check out. I keep getting given Mobile 5 devices without the Messaging and Security Feature Pack. Don't get me wrong, I'm loving the free phone thing, but it's like being given a Ferrari for the weekend that's limited at 60mph. : blackberry

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