biggest mofos on the planet
I hate Microsoft. I truly do. These assholes are simply unbelievable. I cannot articulate the fury and frustration which I feel at this moment. Seriously. The insanity of whatever policy drives them is beyond the measure of intelligent people.
I cannot write a scathingly witty post about overcoming them. I have redacted this blog once, but this is beyond endurance.
A client has a Windows 2003 SBS network. They started out on "Volume Licensing", and the previous admin upgraded to a "2003 SBS R2 Retail" license. Let me tell you - THAT was a joke. You pay Microsoft to run an install off of a CD labeled "R2 Technologies". This ~$400 investment runs in about 10 minutes or less. The largest change is the "2003 SBS R2" *BRANDING*. The f*ck*ng BRANDING. That's right - half a dozen pictures which appear in places.
Whatever, we commenced the upgrade and transition to the Transition Pack. This leveraged our current investment, and actually allows us to virtualize. The problem is that the Transition Pack doesn't ship with an Exchange 2003 cd.
I do not have enough swear words to make this pain go away. Anyone who knows ANYTHING knows you cannot remove DS from an Exchange Server. You must first uninstall Exchange. Then you may remove/demote/whatever. Then you simply reinstall Exchange.
In our case, we want to move Exchange to server Two, DS to server Three and deprecate server One. We cannot. We don't have the media. The Exchange media which came with the SBS install requires installation on Windows 2003 SBS. Anyone who tells me I didn't plan ahead and "see what I got" deserves to be anally raped by rabid coyotes.
This is so stupid and frustrating. I paid $1400.00 to get a two CD pack which migrates SBS 2003 to 2003 Standard. It also came with paper that allows me to migrate Exchange 2003. Oh, and the "rights" to "buy" media from a "fulfillment" center.
Ripping off a product managers head and sh*tt*ng down his throat is more like fulfillment here.