The SBS 2008 console is useful when setting up a server – but it starts up every time you log in! Whilst this is beneficial for a client administrative user (being presented with the easiest way to do common tasks), as a systems integrator regularly logging in to a system, you will find that you don’t need this console most times! We also give line-of-business application vendors their own administrative account, and they generally don’t need the SBS console – just log in, troubleshoot or upgrade their app, and manage a SQL database.
It is quite easy to disable, just a bit counter-intuitive as to the location. It’s not in startup, not in the registry run keys – but a scheduled task!
- Go to Start -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler
- In the left-hand pane, expand out to Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Small Business Server 2008
- Right-click on the ‘Console’ scheduled task and select ‘disable’
- Log off and log back on to test!
Thanks to the Screencast on Netometer.com
One of my SBS 2008 sites has had a problem since installation where Windows Update Services (WUS / WSUS) has been advising there are updates for client machines, but these updates have been stuck in a pending state – the client machines also never receive their updates.
Investigation revealed the following error in the Application Log:
Source: Windows Server Update Services
Event ID: 364
Description: Content file download failed. Reason: The server does not support the necessary HTTP protocol. Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) requires that the server support the Range protocol header.
This particular client uses a SonicWall TZ150 firewall appliance. The Gateway Antivirus feature is the culprit. To enable the HTTP Byte-Range protocol header, and allow WUS to download the updates into the repository, do the following:
- Log in to your SonicWall
- In the address bar you should have something similar to “
http://10.0.0.1/main.html“. change “
main” to “
diag” (Should read similar to “
- Click “Internal Settings” on the left-hand navigation bar
- Check the box next to “Enable HTTP Byte-Range requests with Gateway AV” (approximately 2/3 down the page)
- Click “Apply” in the top right corner of the screen
- Click “Close” in the bottom left of the screen.
- WSUS should shortly begin downloading updates – to confirm, open the “Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP1” management console from Administrative Tools.
Thanks to ComputerX’s post on the WSUSWiki for this info.