Monthly Archives: April 2010

Google Mail and my iPhone

Wow, what is going on with me? I am a Microsoft guy. I make my living by training and consulting on Microsoft products. I love Microsoft products. I am a huge fan of Microsoft. Despite my obvious bias, I am … Continue reading

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Email for the Small/Medium Business

I am a huge fan of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. I am a huge fan of Exchange in general. I have been working with Exchange since 4.0 in 1996, and I have to admit that I have a certain warm … Continue reading

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Initial Configuration Tasks Window

Did you ever find yourself wanting to access the Initial Configuration Tasks screen that appeared when you first setup Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2? Usually, I check the box in the lower left hand corner that says, Do not … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting: Logging onto a Computer on a Domain

While this might seem obvious to a seasoned professional, I found myself walking through the process with a couple of clients the other day. I would like to make a couple of assumptions, first. One, there is a domain controller … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting Printers

This should be a fun post for me to write considering that I am in a hotel room and don’t have an actual print device with me. Scenario: You are working at the help desk or helping the help desk … Continue reading

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Sample Normalization Rules

I promised an one of my classes that I would post these sample rules a few months ago, and I totally forgot to do it. Anyways, here it is. Number Input Phone Number Pattern Translation Pattern Output   54444 ^5(\d{4})$ … Continue reading

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Live Communications Server Whiteboard Failure in Office Communications Server 2007 and 2007 R2

When installing OCS 2007 and 2007 R2, it is very easy to miss a step. One of the steps is a manual step to configure the IIS Web Components with the certificate used by the Front End server that is … Continue reading

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DNS and Office Communications Server 2007 and 2007 R2

OCS 2007 and 2007 R2 are just like many of Microsoft’s newer communications products in that they are heavily reliant on DNS being properly configured. Of course, DNS is a major player in all things networking today, but with OCS, … Continue reading

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I Heart Sconfig.exe

I have been working with Windows Server 2008 Server Core versions more and more lately. It seems that more companies have been starting to see the benefit for servers deployed in the perimeter network as well as for key services … Continue reading

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How Many VHDs can I Store in a Single CSV Drive in Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clusters?

This question has come up in recent email conversations between the Cluster MVPs and the Microsoft Cluster team. There are several concerns, such as: A single disk in Windows will use a single command queue. If you have several VHDs … Continue reading

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