Marcus Hass' [MS] Blog

Interesting tidbits about Microsoft Office 365 and other products. Occasional rants about travel, gaming and gadgets.

Marcus Hass' [MS] Blog

  • Windows XP/XPe and Remote Desktop Services Single Sign On

    This week I was working with a retail customer that has plans to place HP Windows XP Embedded devices at their many retail stores. Applications will be served up either locally on the XPe device, through a remote desktop, or through Remote Applications...
  • Autodiscover using TargetAddress

    I ran into a pretty unique problem this week migrating to Exchange 2010, but as it becomes more popular many people will start to run into autodiscover issues if all their clients are Outlook 2007/2010.  Autodiscover was a feature that started with...
  • Updating drivers from the command line

    So, I am off doing a desktop migration for a customer of approximately 5,000 desktops. Vista you ask? No, not that sexy. Just trying to help one of our core telco customers get everyone off Windows 2000 onto XP. And by the way, get in infrastructure in...
  • Get a third admin RDP session for FREE!!

    Many administrators have missed that there is a "hidden" third connection that can be made to Windows Server 2003 servers. I often work with system administrators that are swearing in their cubes because the two admin connections are used up and they...
  • SharePoint 3.0 WSP Deployment Scripts

    I have been working with a customer over the last few weeks to come up with a mechanism that their Configuration Management (CM) team can use to deploy custom WSS code. Fortunately, WSS allows our developers to wrap up their code into a Solution (WSP...
  • Domain Migration vs SharePoint

    As companies get acquired or you migrate off different platforms to AD, there can be quite a mess in terms of Domains and Forests. Lots of ambitious IT folks try and keep a handle on this and consolidate domains quickly as things change. This is a great...
  • NikePlus, Zune better be a platform!

    There are two reasons why you will have to pry my iPod Nano out of my warm clutching hands (I am not that big of a geek to be buried with an Apple product). The first, is that it is so easy to control while I am running. The second is the new NikePlus...
  • Exchange 2010 puts TargetAddress in ProxyAddresses?!

    MMT is the BPOS-D migration tool and it uses Exchange 2010’s built in move service called MRS (Mailbox Replication Service). MMT, through MRS, analyzes the mailbox, enforces any customer migration rules (such as ignore calendar items older than...
  • Automated install of Outlook Conferencing Addins

    My customer (Mike Vrabel) and I got completely frustrated today in trying to find a way to deploy the Outlook Conferencing Addin for Live Meeting 2007 via SMS. The Office web site gives you a ConfAddins_Setup.exe which is neither an MSI or provides you...
  • On the bench with back problems

    I had been working on a great project with the State of Minnesota (more on that in a future post), when on July 3rd my right leg stopped working.  Well it worked, I just couldn't move it without screaming at the top of my lungs. I was in St. Paul...
  • Renaming a UPN to another federated domain

    During an ongoing Office 365 deployment, we identified an issue with Office 365 customers not being able to change a user’s UPN if both UPN’s are in federated domains. We have identified and validated a work-around, please see the guidance below. Thanks...
  • Microsoft Online and SBS 2003

    I have been working with the Microsoft BPOS aka Microsoft Online guys in Enterprise accounts for a while to help big companies migrate to BPOS dedicated. Don’t know what that is? Check out www.microsoftonline.com . To sum it up, it is hosted Exchange...
  • Office 365 Due Diligence and Beyond

    With Office 365’s imminent release, I have moved out of services after 11 years to be part of the Office Product team’s Deployment Solution’s Group.  Our group focuses on ensuring that our partners and customers understand all the intricacies of...
  • iPhone and ActiveSync, a security concern

    A couple days ago, Mary Jo speculated that Apple has licensed Microsoft's Active Sync technology which allows iPhone to securely sync with Exchange servers (over its smoke signal speed, EDGE data connection). Will ActiveSync be out of the box today or...
  • CES: Monday Afternoon

    So, I am here at CES 2008, I got a last minute push to come out for some meetings. I don't plan on doing a blow by blow like Engadget, but I might post some cool stuff I see. I am not actually at the show yet as I have some meetings to attend after flying...
  • Exchange 2007 – Snags during my upgrade

    This week I had some time to spend in my lab at home, so I thought I would catch up on some overdue projects, My biggest project was to get my lab up to Exchange 2007 from 2003. The complication here is that although I have a rack of “real” servers, I...
  • My iPhone 3G Review

    Call me a traitor. Call me weak minded to the Apple Jedi mind trick. Yes I have a 3g iPhone, the cheapest one of course. My Treo 750, which I really liked , was starting to have some battery fade. In addition, I was using the IE browser on my Treo...
  • I’m back, just have my head in the clouds

    Over the last year, I have shifted my focus to “The Cloud”.  It started in January 2009 when I was asked to run an Architectural Design Session for a large company in Northern California.  My part of the session was about domain consolidation...
  • Transformers, go see it!

    The red and blue cab of an 18 wheeler rolls into the center of the dark alley with led's and lights blazing, Autobot logo right on the grill. A bunch of spinning and servo sounds accompany the all too familiar whah-whah-whah-kuk sound of Transformer transformation...
  • Sony is brilliant, PS3 may surpass Xbox 360 in the future

    The reason has nothing to do with games. Pretty much, all games are available on all platforms. The reason is Blue-ray. Is Blue-ray the best technology? No. Is it the cheapest? No. Is the PS3 a cheaper and better Blue-ray player than stand alone players...
  • Bedlam DL3 (revisited)

    So, I am on a few distribution lists that pertain directly to my every day job. I have a few others that are nice to look at because there is interesting stuff. One of the hobby DL’s that I like to read is our “Pocket PC Users and Enthusiasts”, which...
  • ATT Internet problems, too many iPhones?

    My customer just contacted ATT because their on-call phone hasn't been picking up email today via it's data connection. ATT said they are having nationwide Internet problems, but didn't specify the cause. Anyone care to take a stab at the problem? My...
  • Small Business Server 2003 Upgrade from Hell

    Last week, I decided to take a few vacation days and fly out to Ogden, Utah to help my wife’s old company upgrade from Small Business Server (SBS) 2000 to SBS 2003. They are a small, 10 person operation that manufactures high end ski and board apparel...
  • Windows 2000 to XP Upgrade Nuances

    In the process of helping a customer upgrade their remaining 5,000 desktops from Windows 2000 to XP, I have found a couple entertaining and frustrating issues with the upgrade process. First of all, this only applies to an unattended upgrade of...
  • Great Advertising, detonate a Ferrrari Enzo

    I am a car lover, in fact we went to the Denver International Auto Show on Friday night with my son. I was there to see the Audi R8, hopefully sit in a couple cool cars, as well as check out updated cars like the Acura MDX and Infiniti M45. But, the...