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Random Technical Artices By Sachin Filinto

Random Technical Artices By Sachin Filinto

Random Technical Artices By Sachin Filinto

  • Hosting Virtual Machines in Azure IaaS - Part 2 Prepare the session

    ########################################################################### # Prepare the session # ########################################################################### # Reference http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/jj152841...
  • Spelunking with the Key Management Server (KMS) to activate office 2013.

    Some learnings of the week gone by… Methods of activating Office 2013 1. Multiple Activation Key (MAK) MAK activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft's hosted activation services, either via the Internet or by telephone...
  • Hosting Virtual Machines in Azure IaaS - Part 1 Prepare the Workstation for connecting to the azure subscription

    I have been using azure for hosting my virtual machines for several months. I will not list the advantages it gives me in this blob, but since i did not find any blog listing out the steps for an ITpro to simply follow, i am putting the steps i personally...
  • How to Migrate Distribution Groups Across a Forest

    Building on my previous couple of blogs on Cross-Forest Migration, in this blog I will describe how Groups can be successfully migrated across a forest. I will also list out some gotchas & how they can be addressed. Migrating groups is something...
  • Flesch Reading Ease

      Thanks to an internal communiqué, I recently came across a Readability test of word documents. Surely made for some interesting reading. To Enable it, you need to enable readability statistics from the options.   Once done, on completing a...
  • Patching Exchange 2010 Servers

      I Often get questions around how best to install Exchange updates or service packs. This Blog Post attempts to answer that Question. To start with, I recommend having a Patch management Policy. A Good Patch management policy document should have...
  • Some Quick Leanings of Exchange 2013

      *Features ~95.5% reduction in IOPS Exchange 2013 is capable of being deployed in a multi-site worldwide architecture with a single namespace. ( using multiple technologies ) Auto re-seed to spare disk. ( but needs operational maturity )  ...
  • Executing Exchange PowerShell commands from a CMD Prompt

    A Quick blog on how to execute an Exchange PowerShell script (.ps1 extension) from a command prompt. A .ps1 cannot be executed from a Command prompt. to execute it one needs to use a PowerShell shell. Further if this script calls any exchange cmdlet,...
  • A Quick Note on ADMT Versions & Pre-requisites.

    ADMT At the time of writing this Blog; ADMT 3.1 - 32 Bit version. ( Will not install on Windows 2008R2 ) This installer has SQL 2005 Express Edition ( with necessary service pack integrated into the installer ) ADMT 3.2 - 64 Bit Version. ( The first &...
  • Moving to a new forest and retaining the same SMTP domain ( with native scripts ) - Part II

      3. Moving the Active Directory account using ADMT ADMT is a great tool for Migrating and Restructuring Active Directory Domains ( user accounts, passwords, groups & group membership, computer accounts & much more.) However It is very important...
  • Moving to a new forest and retaining the same SMTP domain ( with native scripts ) - Part I

    The purpose of this blog is to document how a cross-forest migration is done with native Exchange 2010 tools. Another reason I am writing this blog is that I did not find this method documented either in the Microsoft community content nor on the internet...
  • Architecting Virtual Workloads - Exchange 2010

    Some months back I delivered a session on virtualizing exchange server for Microsoft Partners who in turn deploy exchange for their customers. I had forgotten about this until last week when a customer asked me for the slide deck. Key Points for...
  • My first Panorama

    Here is another reason I love the company I work for. On a recent trip to the remote northern border of our country, I decided to make a panorama of a lake I saw. Quickly clicked several photos standing at the edge of the lake & when I got back home...
  • Always SSL when using Hotmail

    Many years back I setup ISA Server ( V 2000 ) in proxy mode for a customer. Playing around with it I saw how easy it was to eavesdrop on any e-mail & IM traffic ( MSN & Yahoo ) leaving the corporate network via the ISA Proxy. Capturing the password...
  • Sharing files with users on the internet using fuselabs

    Given that everything is now moving to being cloud based, I tried using DriveSpace for sharing an excel file with a relative. Unfortunately I did not know her Live ID ( dint even know if she had one ) but went ahead and sent an invite to her gmail address...
  • Finding Commands On the Office 2007/2010 Ribbon.

    With Office 2007 & 2010 coming up with a Ribbon, Struggling to find where the command / feature you used in Office 2003 was, might not be uncommon. Having spend time 'searching' for the commands myself I understand the pain. A nice tool from...
  • Solving The Family Tree Challenge With Visio

    I love Microsoft products. Here is an example of why. Working for Microsoft I get to play around with them for free. This Blog is an example of what I am talking about. A couple of years back my mother started documenting our entire extended family...
  • Some more blogs....

    When i Travel the Juices of thought flow. given that i have been Travelling this week after a long time, got many thoughts in my mind. so i am just completing a couple of blogs.
  • Windows Hot-fixes needed for Exchange 2010 Sp1

    I dint find this well documented anywhere hence I put together this Blog post on the required hotfixes for Exchange 2010 sp1 on Windows 2008 R2 . As you may already know a total of 6 Hotfixes are required. Kb 979099 http://www.microsoft...
  • New Calendar Publishing features of Exchange 2010.

    You may have heard of an Outlook feature to publish a calendar to the internet. ( link available in the Further Reading Section ) This works well, however there was a limitation. You need outlook to be opened regularly to push the details onto...
  • Server Hardening

    Two incidents in a month prompted me to write this blog; Incidents where I spent so much time in troubleshooting why a certain product was not working the way it should. The culprit eventually turned out to be "Server hardening". Modern Operating...
  • Cleaning up personal information from office documents.

    Do this. Pickup any office document ( Word , Excel, Powerpoint ) which was sent across to you & have a look at the properties. Bet you could be amazed with the details you find. In some documents I received I found details of persons who...
  • Secure Printing

    Picture this scenario. You have a bunch of documents to be printed and the contents are not desirable to be public. ( e.g. Your pay slip ) The printer is always busy and colleagues hanging around at all times. Here is a solution which have...
  • Prevent Reply-all without IRM

    And then there was IRM which allowed an e-mail sender to restrict a recipient from reply-all functionality. Very Useful when sending an e-mail to a large amount of people. (I will not discuss pain points here. ) But how about preventing a reply...
  • Some 'work In progress blogs'

    Solving the family tree challenge with Visio ( long one ) securing printing removing hidden document information Securing your Home Wi-fi internet connection. ( long one ) and many more... ( which i started first writing on the 22 may 2009...