Windows Network Load Balancing with Exchange 2010 Client Access Servers

  A couple of years ago, Ross Smith IV gave a presentation on how Outlook client’s connection to Exchange 2010 Client Access Servers (CAS). Part of presentation covered load-balancing of the CAS servers and for the first time I heard Microsoft recommend using a Hardware Load-Balancer over Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB).

Set Windows 2008 R2 Server to Sync Time with Time.Windows.com

Time synchronization is an important aspect for all computers on the network. By default, the clients computers get their time from a Domain Controller and the Domain Controller gets his time from the domain’s PDC Operation Master. Therefore the PDC must synchronize his time from an external source. I usually use the servers listed at […]

Windows Active Directory Schema Versions

There are a couple ways to determine your Windows AD Schema Version: ADSIedit.msc and/or LDP.exe. In this article I use ADSIedit.msc. Note: The sample domain used in this article is Servusinc.com. Substitute this domain with your own AD domain. Open “ADSIEdit.msc ” Navigate to: “CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=ServusInc,DC=com” Right-click on “CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=ServusInc,DC=com” and select properties. Scroll down to “objectVersion” […]

AD: Managing Local Administrator Group Memberships

Being able to easily delegate access to domain systems is essential for administrators to enable necessary IT staff to manage their environments. The proper OU structure along with the deployment of Active Directory GPOs makes this a fairly simple task. GPOs can be used to add users or groups to local admins or to replace […]

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: 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