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Random Technical Artices By Sachin Filinto

Random Technical Artices By Sachin Filinto

Random Technical Artices By Sachin Filinto

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 &...
  • Part 1

    ########################################################################### # Prepare the Workstation for connecting to the azure subscription # ########################################################################### # Download & install...
  • Part 2

    ########################################################################### # Prepare the session # ########################################################################### # Reference http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/jj152841...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Using Mailmerge to send bulk customized e-mails.

    Ever wanted to send an invite to a whole lot of people by e-mail & wanted it to look professional rather then sending a generic one to all users Bcc'ed ? Here is a method to generate bulk personalized e-mails to a set of uses ( from a list ...
  • 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...
  • 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 )  ...
  • 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...
  • Creating holidays in outlook

    Here is a little known way to add a list of holidays to your calendar or the calendar of multiple people. This is also useful if you need to let people know the dates you will be on vacation by looking at their own calendar. ( sending a meeting...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...