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  • Blog Post: What it is like to work for MCS...

    I got a question asking what it is like to work for Microsoft Consulting Services. This may very well be one of my friends messing with me, but regardless, I thought it might be worth telling some stories now and then. The particular question was about work/life balance. There is no sugar coating here;...
  • Blog Post: If you exporting to AD/Exchange with MIIS, you might need to disable the RUS

    I was working on a project recently and the Exchange 2003 Recipient Update Service (RUS) was adding X.400 addresses and other junk to my mail enabled users. I was basically mail enabling a bunch of users in AD to synchronize the GAL with another email system. I could certainly configure the recipient...
  • Blog Post: Just update the schema and quit worrying about it!!!

    I am a little sick and tired about hearing that people are tentative about modifying the Active Directory schema! Maybe this is Microsoft's fault since we put so many warnings up about doing this. I say modify it like crazy. In fact, I think we should all add a schema attribute called "i-modified-the...
  • Blog Post: Sorry, but I have been busy

    What ends up happening is that I start a new project and get horribly busy and have no time to post. I ended up making a bunch of notes of good things to post, so I have a little backlog of things. Expect a bunch here over the next couple days.
  • Blog Post: Backup, backup, backup. Exchange and VSS backup information

    Obviously, backing up your Exchange server is quite critical. Unfortunately, there is no magic solution to the process to backing up Exchange. Here are a couple types of approaches: 1. Simple ntbackup process. Ntbackup is made to work directly with the Exchange IS and safely backup Exchange storage...
  • Blog Post: Recommended web cast - Exchange 2003 in Multi-Forest Environments

    Initially, this webcast in recorded mode was not available. After some level of nagging, I think we have it back online. http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032252385&Culture=en-US . Below are some other links that might help on this topic. Planning an Exchange Server...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Performance Monitoring Tool - Download on microsoft.com

    I recently found a tool that can help do performance analysis on servers in your environment. This tool gathers the data from the Performance Monitor and does some level of analysis to help diagnose issues. It is especially good at IIS 6.0 and Active Directory. Link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads...
  • Blog Post: Consulting from home...

    I have posted on this Blog recently about life in MCS. This probably holds true for consulting engagements in general. Setting a comfortable travel schedule is really important when you are on the road all the time. On the other hand, this travel schedule would need to be negotiated with the client....
  • Blog Post: "Access is denied" is so frustrating!!!

    Grrr.... I spent a bunch of time recently troubleshooting one of these, so I thought I'd share in case it saves someone else some trouble. We setup some Exchange 2003 servers on Windows 2003. Some clustered and some not. In a number of places, we would get “Access is denied” messages and...
  • Blog Post: Cool Performance Monitor tools

    If you have ever used Windows Performance Monitor and had trouble changing the time period for really big perf log files, there is a helpful tool for you. I have often driven myself crazy trying to squeeze that time window down to the hour I want and gone crazy. The link below points to a few helpful...
  • Blog Post: Using the jpegPhoto attribute in AD - Part II

    The previous post ( http://weblogs.asp.net/btrst4/archive/2004/08/30/222629.aspx ) on this topic showed you how to import picture data into AD. This post shows you how to retieve the data and write it back out to a file. It might be more realistic to retrieve the data from AD and display it in a portal...
  • Blog Post: What is the Exchange Intelligent Message Filter?

    SPAM, SPAM, SPAM . This is always a hot topic for Email Administrators. For all of the good work you do in the messaging world, users will only see the SPAM they get and complain. It really can be a big nuisance to a worker and hinder productivity. There are a ton of technologies out there to help resolve...
  • Blog Post: Changing Exchange server OU's

    If you change the OU membership of your Exchange 2000 servers, you may run into a common issue. This issue might be benign, but the events in the event log certainly are disconcerting. The article ( 271335 ) explains in detail. After you move Exchange servers into a new OU, you might see the following...
  • Blog Post: AD uses different attirbute names from what shows up in ADUC

    For the non-LDAP people, this cause quite a bit of confusion. First name is "givenName" and Last name is "sn." Street in ADUC is "streetAddress" in AD (of course, there is also a 'street' attribute to add to the confusion!). There is a page on MSDN that explains the mapping; this link is your friend...
  • Blog Post: Information about my current MIIS/Exchange project

    My current project is using MIIS to assist with an Exchange Resource Forest. The company has decided to run Exchange in the headquarters and each sub-Company would maintain their own Active Directory for login and security. The Exchange forest has placeholder accounts (mailboxes) that the external accounts...
  • Blog Post: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should...

    With Windows 2000 AD, you could not rename an Active Directory domain. Some feedback came to the product team that this feature would be useful in certain situations. So, in Windows Server 2003, you can now rename Active Directory domains. But hold on! Exchange is tightly integrated with AD and this...
  • Blog Post: Oh mighty Scriptomatic!!!

    I guess I can write WMI scripts if I have to, but it sure is nice to find samples to do the work. I guess I thought most people were aware (and lived by) the Scriptomatic Utility. I have had a few questions about WMI lately and this excellent utility came to the rescue. Basically you browse many of the...