Lync Online – Transport Reliability IP Probe (TRIPP Tool)

This reliability tool tests your Internet connection to a Microsoft Lync Online Service data center and measures the response times, bandwidth, allowed ports, route taken, and overall connection quality with respect to Real Time Media. The results can help you evaluate your network configuration for potential use with the Microsoft Lync Online Service. This tool…


Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012 New Features

Windows Server 2012 can be seen as a major release for Windows Server. Not just in terms of virtualization (Hyper-V 3.0), storage (SMB 3.0 and Storage Spaces) or manageability, but also in terms of Active Directory. There’s a load of new features, improving the lives of many Active Directory admins! Active Directory Domain Services sees…


New Prices for Microsoft Certifications Exams

Take advantage of the current exam prices: Register and take your exam by June 30, 2011 There’s a pricing calculator on Microsoft’s site that can tell you exactly how much the prices are going up. Details are in Source.


Capacity Planning for Active Directory Domain Services

Microsoft Active Directory Documentation Team recently published Capacity Planning for Active Directory Domain Services based on Windows Server 2012 on TechNet. This document has a detailed and comprehensive set of guidelines to help optimize computing resources for DCs, including considerations for virtual environments. It’s by Ken Brumfield, a Senior field engineer at Microsoft, based on…


Windows Anti-Virus Exclusion List

One place on the web where you can find an updated list of ALL the AV exclusions you might want to configure for Windows Servers. This is a pretty comprehensive list of ALL the AV exclusions you might want to configure for Windows Server, including AD, OpsMgr, ConfigMgr, Hyper-V, SQL, WSUS, MED-V, DPM, App-V and…


Active Directory Replication Status Tool

The Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS) analyzes the replication status for domain controllers in an Active Directory domain or forest. ADREPLSTATUS displays data in a format that is similar to REPADMIN /SHOWREPL * /CSV imported into Excel but with significant enhancements. Specific capabilities for this tool include: • Expose Active Directory replication errors occurring…


Microsoft Exchange 2013 Public Folders Migration Scripts for Office 365

Overview Use these scripts to migrate public folders from Exchange 2010 or 2007 to Exchange 2013. In order to migrate Exchange 2010 or 2007 Public Folders to Exchange 2013 on O365, we need to analyze the existing Public Folder hierarchy for size to figure out the number of Public Folder mailboxes that are required on…


Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0 (Updated)

PST Capture 2.0 is used to discover and import Outlook Personal Folder (.pst) File Format files into Exchange Server and Exchange Online. PST Capture helps an organization that wishes to gain more control over their email data repositories by placing them into Exchange. By optionally installing PST Capture Agents on target machines, administrators can determine…


Message Analyzer 1.1

Microsoft Message Analyzer 1.1 is a tool for capturing, displaying, and analyzing protocol messaging traffic and other system messages. Message Analyzer also enables you to import, aggregate, and analyze data from log and trace files. It is the successor to Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4 and Message Analyzer 1.0. Message Analyzer is a key component in…


Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner

The Microsoft IT Environment Health Scanner is a diagnostic tool that is designed for administrators of small or medium-sized networks (recommended up to 20 servers and up to 500 client computers) who want to assess the overall health of their network infrastructure. The tool identifies common problems that can prevent your network environment from functioning…