mcs.ireland.blog/infrastructure

Welcome to the blog of the Microsoft Consulting Services infrastructure team in Ireland

October, 2006

  • Customising Exchange Warning Messages

    I was recently asked by a customer to find out if they could customise the default system message generated when users reach their mailbox size limit. This message recommends that the user sets up a PST file to archive old messages. The site policy is...
  • Making IPSec easier

    A lot of people think IPSec is complicated. It's actually pretty easy to implement and manage, and can bring extra ammunition to your defence in depth strategy to help protect critical systems, or to reduce the threat of malware or viruses. The...
  • Centro Beta is now available for testing

    You're probably wondering "what is Centro". If so (or even if not, and you know what Centro is!) - check out this blog
  • System Center Capacity Planner update

    SCCP is a great tool for anyone who is designing/planning new MOM or Exchange deployments, or for those who need to determine what is required to support increased growth of an existing infrastructure. I definitely recommend that you take a look if you...
  • I've installed Office 2007 - where are my menus?

    For some Office 2000/2003 users, the move to Office 2007 can be a little bit daunting at first. After a few hours you really get used to the new ribbon bar and using the product is much more natural and productive than the old-fashioned way. However,...
  • System Center Data Protection Manager v2 Beta1 now available for download

    The next version of System Center Data Protection Manager, DPM v2 is now available for download as Beta 1. I’ve done a few customer presentations of our current offering, DPM 2006 and while it’s a great product many people have pointed out that they would...
  • Have a slow performing server and need to investigate?

    Check out this handy tool for performance analysis on Windows 2003 servers. It will gather data from performance monitor and suggest potential bottle necks on the system. Server Performance Advisor Overview Microsoft ® Windows Server ™ 2003 Performance...
  • Virtualising your production environment

    One question we get asked from time to time by our customers is “How can I create a representative test environment for my production systems?” Typically it can be quite time consuming to get a test environment up and running, especially one that is a...
  • Migrating from Access to SQL

    In desktop deployment projects we see customers spending a lot of time testing departmental Access databases for compatibility with newer versions of Office. Quite often a home-grown Access database becomes critical to the business. At that point, it...
  • Speeding up Adobe Reader

    I used this method ages ago but have rebuilt my laptop dozens of times over the past few months to keep up with Vista builds. I kept thinking that Adobe loaded much quicker on my old machine and then remembered that I had to configure something to make...
  • Active Directory limits

    I've been doing a bit of research around the theoretical limits in an AD environment as part of a project I'm working on. It's unlikely that many people will ever actually hit these limits (if you do, you probably need to take a fundamental look at your...
  • Windows Live OneCare now in public beta

    OneCare is now in beta for public users from the UK & Ireland. Sign up to try it out at http://ideas.live.co.uk/ProgramPage.aspx?versionId=b2456790-90e6-4d28-9219-5d7207d94d45&pageId=0 What is Windows Live OneCare? An all-in-one PC care service...
  • Notepad tips and tricks

    Like most people, I use notepad when I need to put together a script. I never actually looked at the help file for notepad (well, why would you?!?) until I hit the F1 key by accident recently. As a result I found quite a few tricks that notepad provides...
  • New and updated MOM Management Packs

    The following MOM 2005 Management Packs were released this month. All are available for download from the Management Pack Catalog at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/mom/mom2005/catalog.aspx - MOM 2005 SP1 Agent Prerequisite Component for...