Sync your Domain with an Internet time server

Recently, the time on all of my domain computers was out of sync. Each computer in my domain had the same time, but it was about 10 minutes slow. Domain computers get their time from your domain controller(s), so I looked into syncing the time of my DC with an internet time server. The steps […]

Disable the User Account Control (UAC) features in Windows Vista

Windows Vista has the built-in ability to automatically reduce the potential of security breaches in the system. It does that by automatically enabling a feature called User Account Control (or UAC for short). The UAC forces users that are part of the local administrators group to run like they were regular users with no administrative […]

E2K7: Determining Status of Database Backups

While running some reports on Exchange backup success I could not figure out why when I ran get-mailboxdatabase | fl Name,LastFullBackup it would return a blank LastFull Backup.  In Exchange Management console I could look at the properties of the database and see the Last full backup and the Last incrementation backup times.   After […]

E2K7: Standby Continuous Replication

Activating Standby Continuous Replication Targets http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691321.aspx Standby Continuous Replication: Site Resilience with Standby Clustering http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb738150.aspx Standby Continuous Replication: Database Portability http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb738132.aspx   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb676502.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc164368.aspx http://msmvps.com/blogs/ehlo/archive/2008/01/08/1447442.aspx

E2K7: High-Availability and Disaster Recovery

  http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/power/Dell_ExchSP1_W2K8.pdf http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/sitelets/solutions/messaging/exchange_2007_resources?c=us&l=en&cs=555 Standby Continuous Replication http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb676502.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691321.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb738150.aspx

E2K7: Exchange Cache Limits

There are so many articles that I need to write for myself, but with my workload it becomes difficult.  I’ve resigned myself to posting links to other people articles.  Maybe some day I’ll get back to these.  This article discusses Mailbox cache limits in Exchange.  If you ever find yourself in a situation where someone […]

Removing an Orphaned Exchange 2007 Server

Recently, I’ve gone through an exercise to rebuild the Exchange 2007 environment at my new company. The original Exchange 2007 design was not what I would call optimal, so we decided to just rebuild instead of fix all of the problems. Luckily, most of the users were still on Exchange 2003, so this made the […]

Generating HTML Web Reports through Exchange Management Shell

  As you know Exchange Management Shell is an extension of Windows PowerShell (PS). Today I found a really useful PS command to generate HTML reports that include data generated through Exchange Management Shell commands. In an effort to create a “Dashboard” for our Exchange environment, I’ve been trying to find a way to gather […]

Using Telnet to Send Mail

Sending email through telnet can be a useful tool when testing mail functionality, testing for open relays, or sending mail from admin scripts. This is something I don’t use often enough, so I’ve created this blog as a reminder. Continue Reading

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 Auto-Discovery and SRV Search Order

It seems to be a day for writing about auto-discovery, the process whereby an application, in this case Microsoft Office Communicator (MOC), can use a limited amount of information to automatically discover the users’s OCS Server. Auto-discovery is based on MOC’s use of DNS resource records to obtain the necessary information. I’ve been reading the […]