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How to connect the Microsoft Surface RT to SBS 2003

Microsoft Surface RT and SBS 2003

In this post we’ll look at how to connect the Mail app on the Surface RT to SBS 2003.

SBS 2003 comes to the end of its support lifecycle in April 2014, for my one remaining customer on SBS 2003 we have a plan in place to migrate to SBS 2011 in the next couple of months, which will be supported until 2020, but in the meantime they have purchased a Microsoft Surface RT and would like to use it with Exchange 2003 on the SBS server.
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SBS 2003 no network access after a reboot!

SBS 2003

It’s rare to see an SBS 2003 box still in production, but there are a few companies that are eeking the most out of their investment and haven’t upgraded yet.

On one of the the SBS 2003 boxes I support I had an interesting issue after a reboot today, the server had no network access, no DNS, no IP traffic, nothing.

After a bit of investigation it turns out to be an issue with a security update for DNS (KB953230). This issue is that DNS starts to listen on a port required by another service and hence the service fails to start.

In our instance today, the service which failed to start was IPSEC, so the server went into blocked mode, and prevented all TCP/IP traffic.

The Event Log generated the following errors; Event ID 7023

IPSEC Service Event ID 7023

And Event ID 4292.

Event ID 4292 IPSEC Services

The quick fix it to stop the DNS server, start the IPSEC Services, then start the DNS Server.

The long term fix is to add a list of ports to an exception list so that they won’t be used by the DNS Server. This can be found in the registry at HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesTcpipParametersReservedPorts.

Full details can be found here in KB956189