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mcs.ireland.blog/infrastructure

  • 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...
  • Using Key Management Services (KMS) Across Domains

    In some environments it may be necessary to implement Key Management Services (KMS) activation across domains. An example of this can be illustrated by the requirements of a recent project that I was working on. The customer in question is in the process...
  • PXE Boot Problems with Configuration Manager 2007

    One of the most impressive features of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 is Operating System Deployment (OSD) which began life as a feature pack for SMS 2003. An integral component of OSD is a new site role in SCCM called the PXE service...
  • Windows Vista Deployment - Part 2 - Application Compatibility

    It's been decided, good choice, you are going to deploy Windows Vista in your environment. Now you have to make sure that all those applications that you have running around in your infrastructure work within Vista. But before you keep on reading I just...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Office 2007 Compatibility Pack

    If you haven't yet made the shift to Office 2007 ( what's keeping you!! ), your users may be experiencing difficulties opening documents sent from users who have already made the shift. While its relatively easy to configure Office 2007 to save documents...
  • Getting Smart with Logon Scripts

    I’m sure anyone who administers an Active Directory infrastructure will have had some experience working with logon scripts. Logon scripts can either be deployed on a user by user basis or, more commonly, through Group Policy. Logon scripts can be written...
  • Beta Announcement: Project Hana (MOF v4)

    Interested in improving your IT Service Management?  Optimize your IT Processes with Hana (MOF v4) Hana guidance provides a structured approach for IT process optimization.  Hana integrates MSF and MOF, plus extends the guidance to include planning...
  • Save files as PDF or XPS format directly from Office 2007 for free

    In my day to day work with customers, I've noticed that many of them aren't aware that you can save an Office document as either PDF or XPS format directly from within the application. This feature has been around for ages, but you need to install a small...
  • Manually Deploying Windows 2003 SP2 – Approach

    We recently worked on a project with a customer to help deploy Windows 2003 SP2 to their server environment which consisted of approximately 180 servers. Some of their servers were at SP1 but the majority of the servers were sitting at SP0. The purpose...
  • MBSA Offline Mode Update

    MBSA 2.0.1 is an update to MBSA 2.0 to enable compatibility with the new Windows Update (WU) offline scan file. MBSA version 2.0.1 does not contain any new features but simply enables MBSA to download and read the new file format. In order to run offline...
  • solshare.net - Public Sector IT community

    A colleague of ours liked rain so much he decided he didn't get enough of it here in Ireland so he relocated to Seattle - the only place on the planet that makes the Irish climate seem hot and sunny :-) As part of his new role he has set up an online...
  • Exchange 2007 Powershell Answer –The PowerGUI

    Just recently I worked on a project with a customer who migrated from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007. It was an InterOrg migration and we used Microsoft native tools to complete it. As any of you pre-Exchange 2007 administrators will appreciate, administration...
  • Assess Your Infrastructure for OS Migration and Virtualization Readiness with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 Beta!

    No IT project can be successful unless the specific network environment is well understood.  To help IT professionals and Microsoft Partners solve common migration issues and assist them in planning their virtualization efforts, the Microsoft Solution...
  • Windows Vista Compatibility Center

    This site has gone live recently - great resource to check the Vista compatibility status of hardware or software: Windows Vista Compatibility Center   There's a lot (lot) more compatible devices/applications than some people might think.... if you...
  • Two new events from Windows Server 2008 User Group Ireland

    The Windows Server 2008 User Group Ireland ( Aidan Finn ) is organizing two cool events, as usual, please pass on the news to your colleagues and friends. Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008 "We will be running an event on Hyper-V and Virtual...
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: Live Mesh Tech Preview expansion to Ireland (in English)

    Live Mesh is a very cool new technology that Microsoft is developing and during the Tech Preview we want you guys to experience it (as users and by developing to the platform) and share your thoughts. What’s Live Mesh? Live Mesh, enables you to...
  • Cool stuff from Microsoft IT

    Microsoft IT usually deals with all Microsoft products and Technologies before they get the street. Because we are early adopters we also have the opportunity to develop good administration practices and we like to share those practices with our customers...
  • Event: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Deep Dive

    At TechDays for IT Pro’s 2009 ( http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/technet/techdays.aspx ) there will be some sessions on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This will include some information and demonstrations on the new version of Hyper-V. However...
  • Windows 7 deployment: Getting your head around Active Directory

      Thinking about deploying Window 7 but not sure what to consider regarding Active Directory? Let me share the main Active Directory elements that are essential for a Windows 7 deployment. Active Directory is a requirement for any large image deployment...
  • Thinking about migrating to Windows 7? So think MCS!

      A recent Microsoft whitepaper highlights the critical role that consulting services and in particular MCS, can play in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the desktop environment. Check it out here… " Survey: Consulting Services...
  • Configuration Manager 2007 - 32-bit or 64-bit OS?

    As I'm sure most of you are already aware, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 is a 32-bit application. Installing SCCM SP1 on 64-bit Windows 2003 and 64-bit Windows Server 2008, is of course fully supported. However, given that SCCM is still...
  • ILM "2" Beta 3 is now available for download

    ILM "2" Beta 3 has recently been posted for download on the connect website. This beta release is a major milestone in the release roadmap for the product and contains most of the features of the product that a lot of people have been waiting...
  • Virtualisation - A few notes

    The last week we had some interesting notes related with the Virtualisation topic that I thought it would be worth sharing. First Microsoft IT Showcase has published its Guide to select loads candidates for virtualisation Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased...