People Scare Me

Exchange, System Admin, Vladville

To this day, Vladville receives most traffic to the technical articles I have written in the past (for the most part in the long, long ago past) and I had to curb it because people would stumble upon them and in desperation tried to contact me to see if I could save them. I can’t blame them, but I can’t help the amount of volume that comes through either.

The other day I posted a really quick series of screenshots on how to setup IP restrictions on Exchange 2003 / SBS 2003 so that your Exchange server will only accept connections coming from my ExchangeDefender network. In three days the corp blog has received more traffic than it has received since it was launched. Cummulatively. That means all the visitors from day 1 to about Wednesday were outnumbered by the visits to the last post in just a few days. That scares me. 

And I don’t mean to sound arrogant or go all guru on you, but holly crap, if that basic of a tip is helpful you need to hold on to your keyboard very firmly and pull with all your might, pull Betsy, till it breaks both the keyboard and the socket off the motherboard and sends you flying off your chair into the nearest wall. Then at least you can blame the server malfunction for the Exchange exploding in such a phenomenal way. In a slightly less graphic way, Exchange administration, while not beyond the means of intelligent people, does require some basic training and knowledge – and learning should never take place in realtime on a production server following the directions you found on “some blog” written by “some guy”.

Please.. please seek professional help.

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