Monthly Archives: July 2011

After installation of Blackberry Enterprise Server Express on SBS 2011 the Administrative Service Web page will not load

So a few weeks ago I had installed BES Express on a my first install of SBS 2011, and I couldn’t get the Administrative Service website to load to save my life. I went back and went through the installation instructions (which are terrible, I mean just horrible, just downright bad) a few times, and to the best of my knowledge everything was configured properly, after a few reboots and still no luck I turned to the BES site for help, I came across an article (sorry I can’t seem to find it again) that mentioned that if the service didn’t consume 600,000+KB of memory that the page would not load. I thought this was odd, but I took note, and sure enough my service was only using 6,000KB of memory.

I’m not a blackberry person myself, and I kinda have a hatred of all things blackberry, so I gave up pretty easily and gave RIM a call. Long, long story short, Check the “SQL Server Browser” service to make sure it’s set to “Automatic” and that it’s running. Apparently the application will not run if this service is not running.

Now if only RIM could do what everyone else does and either A) Display an error message that says this, or B) have the installation set the service as Automatic and then start it, I wouldn’t have wasted so much of mine and their time. But again, this is just another reason that I hate Blackberry products, I will give them them respect of being the most secure phone though, it’s the most secure wireless piece of crap that you hate you’ll ever own.

Installing 32 Bit Print Drivers on Server 2008 R2 or 2008 x64

Remember the days when you could right click inside of the “Printers and Faxes” window and add an additional print driver? Me too, but those days are gone my friend. Apparently Microsoft fired the “good ideas” guy.

So you’ve got 32 bit Clients and a 64 bit Server sharing a printer huh? Are Clients prompting for the driver every time you try to connect…?

Follow these steps to resolve it:

  1. First download both the 32 and 64 bit version of the EXACT SAME DRIVER, make sure they are exactly the same, (Lexmark 4600 and Lexmark 4600 XL are not the same,  make sure yours are the same)
  2. Once both are extracted you can add them one of two ways

Method one: Installing them from the server

  1. Open Server Manager
  2. Click Roles
  3. Add the Print and Document Services Role (really you say?  Yes really.)
  4. After the Role finishes installing, click on Administrative Tools, and then Print Management
  5. Inside Print Management, expand Print Servers
  6. Right Click on the Print Server in question, and then Select Properties….
  7. Click on the Drivers tab and then Click Add. Click Next. Check off both X64 and x86 Drivers, and Click Next. When prompted select the location for one or the other, and when prompted again, specify the location of the remaining driver.
  8. Now Create a new printer, using the installed driver, and share it.

Method two: Installing the Drivers from the Client

  1. Install and share the printer as you normally would on the 2008 server
  2. From the client browse to the server using \\%servername%
  3. Open the folder “Printers and Faxes” from the \\%servername% window
  4. Right click on the empty white space and select “Server Properties”
  5. Click on the Drivers tab and then Click Add. Click Next. When prompted select the location of the remaining driver.