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  • Import Bulk Users to Active Directory

    This step is important when decide to build a brand new Green Field Windows 2008 Active Directory service and want to start utilizing the new Windows 2008 R2 Active Directory by importing all organization users’ names and passwords into the Active...
  • What’s New in Configuration Manager 2012 “SCCM 2012”

    There is a very huge changes and enhancements from SCCM 2007 in Configuration Manager 2012, in this post series I will go through the main new changes and enhancements in System Center Configuration Manager 2012, I will start in this post with addressing...
  • Orchestrator 2012 Deployment & Configuration Step by Step – Part 4 “Build, Testing and Monitoring a Runbook”

    In this post series I will go through Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Deployment and Configuration in Step by Step format with screenshots, and will go into details of the product to help you better understand how you can get benefits from this...
  • Downsizing HMC Environment to Prepare for Exchange 2010 SP2 Hosted Solution – Part3

    As most of Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) companies start planning to migrate to Exchange 2010 SP2 hosted environment due to the change in strategy that was announced about the future of /hosting mode here, so most HMC customer have to move directly to Exchange 2010 SP2 in hosted mode as discussed here, and one of the activities come up to migrate from HMC to Exchange 2010 SP2 is Downsizing activity in the running HMC environment to utilize part of hardware to be reused in the new Exchange 2010 SP2 environment, and although it looks like a simple activity for some IT people but there are a lot of challenges that can be in some cases for some specific HMC components show stopper to continue the downsizing activity, in this post series I will share all my experience with HMC downsizing activity and explain how I deal with different challenges in this activity, in Part1 I covered the first step of HMC downsizing activity to select server roles that will be decommissioned, then covered most of preparations tasks in each of the selected roles, and in Part2 I went through the most critical step of preparing Mailboxes for decommissioning that include the bulk mailbox move script that move mailboxes by calling MPS, one of the important resource while working in this activity is Microsoft Provisioning System SDK that can be downloaded from here.

    In this post I will finalize this post series by finalizing 2nd Step of preparations and both 3rd Step for decommissioning activity itself and 4th Step which is post decommissioning activity.

    So let me start with final preparations steps as follow:

    • If you run <QueryAllStore.xml> and still find some organizations assigned to any mailstore, then you should troubleshoot and find if there is any object (OU, User, Mailbox) that was removed in Active Directory and still existing in MPS and this object still allocated to one of mailstore in MBX server that you target for decommission, to solve this issue which is not easy to resolve there are different scenarios as follows:
      • Scenario1: If object was deleted by accident, then perform Active Directory Authoritative Restore as described here, and this option used only if the object deleted accidently.
      • Scneario2: deleted object not needed any more, then perform Database cleanup and then recreate the user if needed, to clean up the database you will need to know the GUID of the deleted object and this data can be retrieve from MPS SQL “PlanManager” with select statement like <Use PlanManager SELECT * from Customers>, once you get the GUID then you will need to run “DeleteCustomerByGUID” xml request (using provtest.exe)  to clean the MPS database from this object using the GUID you got using the SQL query..
    • Then you need to move the recovered mailbox from MBX server that is target for restore, and then to run <QueryAllStore.xml> again.

    3rd Step: Now the environment should be ready for 3rd step which is the decommissioning or uninstall the selected server roles as listed in 1st step and it is recommended to do one more verification step before doing uninstall which is shutdown the target server role for certain amount of time and validate the the whole HMC solution still functional and provisioning still working without problems, then to uninstall role by role and give time between each one for testing and verify HMC environment functionality.

    4th Step: which is the post decommissioning activities, and in this step you should use all available tools to verify the HMC functionality and solve any discovered issues (you need to confirm that there is an active Microsoft Support for the HMC environment that can be used in case you face any issue while decommissioning), as sample of these tools you can use the following:

    • Exchange Best Practices Analyzer
    • Exchange Connectivity Analyzer
    • OCS Connectivity Analyzer
    • Do some provisioning activities through the available control panel
    • Event Viewer

    Hope that this post series can reducing the risk of downsizing activity and make it easier for consultant who will do the activity.

  • Step by Step: How to Audit Configuration Manager 2007 Activities

    In most of large System Center Configuration Manager 2007 environment different Administrators can manage the IT environment using their Administrative accounts using System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Console that is locally installed on their...
  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5 Available for Download

    Finally MAP 5.5 released, Download MAP Toolkit 5.5 Now you can planning for migration to the latest Microsoft products and technologies with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5. This multifaceted tool is now even better—with assessment...
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Delta Discovery

    In the past discovering new objects from Active Directory and to start managing any new object was taking long time, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 introduce a new good feature called Delta Discovery. In this post I will go through a new...
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Dynamic Collection

    In this post I will go through a new System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 feature which is Dynamic Collection that can increase collection speed and decrease load on Configuration Manager Database, Query-based collections in Configuration Manager...
  • Download Lync 2010 Cumulative Updates

    These are the new released Lync 2010 cumulative updates and fixes: Cumulative update package for Lync 2010 (64bit) & (32 bit): January 2011 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=2467763 Cumulative update for Microsoft Lync 2010 Phone Edition...
  • Download Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool

    Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Planning Tool just released this week and available for download from Microsoft downloads here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=bcd64040-40c4-4714-9e68-c649785cc43a , and readme file can be downloaded...
  • Lync Server 2010, Best Practices Analyzer Available for download

    End of last week, Microsoft released Lync Server 2010 Best Practices Analyzer and now it is available for download from this URL http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=030548df-0dc7-4f86-b8a9-2f5ec8de8ba5&displaylang=en and the...
  • IE 9 is available for Download

    IE 9 is now available to download from here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/products/ie/home   This short video gives you a small sense of what we have been able to achieve as a company with the IE9 release.  To learn more...
  • Exchange 2010 SP1 Hosting –Part 3 “Hosting Setup”

    I gave an overview about Exchange 2010 SP1 Hosting in this post Exchange 2010 SP1 Hosting – Part 1 “Overview” and then I went through Hosting Description in this post Exchange 2010 SP1 Hosting – Part -2 “Hosting Description”...
  • Exchange Team Blog Moved to TechNet

      It was announced that this week Exchange Team Blog was moved to TechNet, the new URL is: http://blogs.technet.com/exchange . All posts and comments have been migrated from the old blog DNS redirects will begin to redirect http://msexchangeteam...
  • Exchange 2010 SP1 Hosting–Part4 “Multi-tenant Setup”

    I started this blog series by giving an overview about Exchange 2010 SP1 Hosting in this post Exchange 2010 SP1 Hosting – Part 1 “Overview” and then I went through Hosting Description in this post Exchange 2010 SP1 Hosting – Part 2 “Hosting Description...
  • Operations Manager 2007 R2 Installation and Configuration (step by step) – Part 5 “Configuring SQL Reporting Service”

    In this post services I am going through step by step into System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 starting from “ Pre-Build ”, then I continued with “ Installing Operations Manager Database ”, followed by another post “...
  • Operations Manager 2007 R2 Installation and Configuration “Step by Step”–Part 6 “Installing Data Warehouse Database”

    In this post series I went through step by step into System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 starting from “ Pre-Build ”, then I continued with “ Installing Operations Manager Database ”, followed by another post “ Installing...
  • Operations Manager 2007 R2 Installation and Configuration “Step by Step”–Part 7 “Installing Audit Collection Service”

    In this post series I went through step by step into System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 starting from “ Pre-Build ”, then I continued with “ Installing Operations Manager Database ”, followed by another post “ Installing...
  • Operations Manager 2007 R2 Installation and Configuration (Step by Step) – Part 8 “Download and Import Management Pack”

    In this post series I went through step by step into System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 starting from “ Pre-Build ”, then I continued with “ Installing Operations Manager Database ”, followed by another post “ Installing...
  • Operations Manager 2007 R2 Installation and Configuration (Step by Step) – Part 9 “Discover Windows Computer and Deploy SCOM Agents”

    In this post series I went through step by step into System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 starting from “ Pre-Build ”, then I continued with “ Installing Operations Manager Database ”, followed by another post “ Installing Root Management Server”...
  • Operations Manager 2007 R2 Installation and Configuration (Step by Step) – Part 10 “Discover Unix\Linux Servers and Deploy Agents”

    In this post series I went through step by step into System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 starting from “ Pre-Build ”, then I continued with “ Installing Operations Manager Database ”, followed by another post “ Installing Root Management Server”...
  • Operations Manager 2007 R2 Installation and Configuration (Step by Step) – Part 11 “Configure Notification”

    In this post series I went through step by step into System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 starting from “ Pre-Build ”, then I continued with “ Installing Operations Manager Database ”, followed by another post “ Installing...
  • Operations Manager 2007 R2 Installation and Configuration (Step by Step) – Part 12 “Configure Audit Collection Service”

    this post series I went through step by step into System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 starting from “ Pre-Build ”, then I continued with “ Installing Operations Manager Database ”, followed by another post “ Installing Root Management Server”, then...
  • Orchestrator 2012 Deployment & Configuration Step by Step – Part 1 “Overview and Architecture”

    In this post series I will go through Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Deployment and Configuration in Step by Step format, and will go into details of the product to help you better understand how you can get benefits from this powerful product...
  • Orchestrator 2012 Deployment & Configuration Step by Step – Part 2 “System Requirements”

    In this post series I will go through Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Deployment and Configuration in Step by Step format with screenshots, and will go into details of the product to help you better understand how you can get benefits from this...