17 December 2009
17 December 2009

Customizing the Outlook Address Book

It is possible to change the fields in the Outlook address book to make them a better fit for your organisation. Exchange provides templates for Users, Contacts, Groups, Public Folders, and Mailbox Agents that are downloaded to Outlook. Any changes will be visible in the address book. As usual with Exchange, careful planning before you make changes pays dividends, Ben Lye explains. … Read more
11 December 2009
11 December 2009

Upgrade Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010

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In this article, the first of two in which Jaap describes how to move from Exchange Server 2003 straight to Exchange Server 2010, he shows what is required before moving mailboxes from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2010. He shows how to upgrade Active Directory, install both Exchange Server 2010 and certificates, and set up the Public Folder replication.… Read more
19 November 2009
19 November 2009

Active Directory Management with PowerShell in Windows Server 2008 R2

One of the first things you notice with Windows Server 2008 R2 is that PowerShell 2.0 has become central to the admin function There is a powerful Active Directory module for Powershell that contains a provider and cmdlets that are designed to allow you to manage Active Directory from the command line. Now, you can also use versions for previous versions of Windows Server.… Read more
19 November 2009
19 November 2009

Implementing Cluster Continuous Replication, Part 2

Cluster continuous replication (CCR) helps to provide a more resilient email system with faster recovery. It was introduced in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and uses log shipping and failover. configuring Cluster Continuous Replication on a Windows Server 2008 requires different techniques to Windows Server 2003. Brien Posey explains all. … Read more
19 November 2009
19 November 2009

Implementing Windows Server 2008 File System Quotas

File system Quotas are used to restrict the amount of space users can consume or to report on the space consumed by them. They are useful for reporting on those users or folders that are consuming large amounts of disk space on a file server. Ben Lye shows that File system quotas are quick and easy to set up, with three different methods available for configuring them… Read more
22 October 2009
22 October 2009

The Ego and the System Administrator

Because the Sys Admins and DBAs who are efficient end up wielding a great deal of power, there is always a danger that it can 'go to their head'. If ever you start imposing your decisions on the organisation for no better reason than the fact that they're yours, then it is time to read Matt's simple guide on how to prevent your actions being controlled by your ego.</… Read more
22 October 2009
22 October 2009

Introduction to Exchange Server 2010

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What's new in Exchange Server 2010 and what features from Exchange Server 2007 have been deprecated? What has been done to further integrate Exchange with Active Directory? In an extract from his new book, Jaap gives a rooftop view of Exchange's new features and their significance, and spells out the main reasons why it is worth upgrading.… Read more
08 October 2009
08 October 2009

Using Group Policy to Restrict the use of PST Files

Outlook PST files are a problem for Exchange users, and give no benefits over Exchange mailboxes. You have to use them on a local drive, they are difficult to back up, and tricky for the administrator to manage. It is possible to use Exchange Group Policy settings to limit the use of PST files, and thereby alleviate some of the difficulties they cause. … Read more
23 September 2009
23 September 2009

The Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2008 R2

It has always been a curse as well as a blessing that Active Directory has allowed the rapid removal of whole branches. Until now, administrators have looked in vain for an 'undo' function after having accidentally deleted an entire division of their company. At last, with Windows Server 2008 R2, comes a way to rollback changes, as long as you are handy with Powershell. Jonathan Medd explains...… Read more
23 September 2009
23 September 2009

Implementing Cluster Replication – Part 1

Imagine that you're researching Continuous Cluster Replication, looking for a simple, direct guide to the basics of getting it set up and running. What do you do if everything you find is either too specialised, or goes into far more detail than you need? If you're Brien Posey, and you can't find that practical, to-the-point article, you roll up your sleeves and write it yourself. To kick off, he tackles the rather tedious task of setting up a Majority Node Set Cluster.… Read more
18 September 2009
18 September 2009

Exchange 2010 High Availability

In April 2009 Microsoft released a public beta of Exchange 2010, the latest and greatest version of a part of its unified communications family of products. Recently in August 2009, a feature complete Release Candidate version was released for public download. In this article Neil Hobson takes a look at some of the high availability features of Exchange 2010.… Read more
24 August 2009
24 August 2009

Moving to Office Communications Server 2007 R2 -Part 2

In the second part of his article on Moving to Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Desmond looks into recommendations to standardize the client desktop to support the different R2 applications, other infrastructure concerns and migration of the remaining internal server roles before moving out to the Edge servers in the screened network.… Read more
24 August 2009
24 August 2009

Exchange backups on Windows Server 2008

NTBackup lives no more, replaced by VSS backups. Unfortunately, "Windows Server Backup" didn't work with Exchange Server 2007 until now. Exchange Server 2007 Service pack 2 contains a backup plug-in that makes it possible. Although pretty limited compared to full backup application like Microsoft Data Protection Manager or Symantec Backup Exec it does what you want it to do: create backups. Jaap explains...… Read more
29 July 2009
29 July 2009

Restricting Outlook Client Versions in Exchange 2007

There are good reasons for preventing old versions of Outlook from connecting to Exchange Server. You'll probably, at least, want to do it for security. Before you do so, you'll also need know what versions are out there being used so you can make sure that blocking of legitimate users is prevented. Ben Lye explains how it is done. explains … Read more
28 July 2009
28 July 2009

Installing Hyper-V and Beyond

In his previous article "Hyper-V, an introduction" Jaap Wesselius explained about the Hypervisor, the parent partition, the child partition, and Integration Components. In this article Jaap discusses installing Hyper-V, all kinds of Virtual Hard Disks, Virtual Networks, and some best practices.… Read more