Deploying Office Communication Server 2007 in Resource Forest Topology

This post explains how to configure Office Communications Server in a resource forest topology, in a resource topology, a single resource forest contains all Office Communications Server servers and disables user accounts for each logon enabled account in a user forest. A resource forest topology is an Active Directory® Domain Services topology used to deploy…

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Auto Populate Telephone Numbers form Active Directory to Office Communicator 2007/R2

In some OCS 2007/R2 Implementation scenarios without Enterprise Voice it is required that all user’s Telephone numbers in Active Directory to be populated to Office Communicator 2007/R2 though Office Communication Server 2007/R2 Address Book, so Communicator user can know Telephone Numbers for his contacts with one click on a contact inside Office Communicator without query…

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Import Bulk Users to Active Directory

This step is important when decide to build a brand new Green Field Windows 2008 Active Directory service and want to start utilizing the new Windows 2008 R2 Active Directory by importing all organization users’ names and passwords into the Active Directory: 1) Build CSV file that include Organization Users with specific attributes to be…

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Transition Process to Upgrade from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010

  The transition process from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 is a relatively straightforward process and involves the following high level tasks: 1. Prepare to upgrade and coexistence Exchange 2010 with Exchange Server 2007, this step include: a. Upgrade existing Exchange 2007 to SP2. b. Upgrade Office Outlook to Office Outlook 2007 SP2 or later…

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Private Cloud Architecture – Part 2: Principles

In the first part of this series (here and here), I started by some discussion regarding the basic definition that we will build upon toward achieving the Private Cloud Promises. In this post, I will discuss the main principles behind Private Cloud Let’s agree first some terminology; the cloud promise is to provide computing as…


Private Cloud Architecture – Part 1: Introduction and Definitions

Cloud Computing promises to increase quality and agility of the IT Services while decreasing the associated costs. We will discuss how to achieve that in this series. The promise that cloud computing is based upon will change the way we plan, design and consume computing power for the next decade. Yet, it is unclear from…


Prepare client side environment to Upgrade from Exchange 2003/2007 to Exchange 2010

For Environment with high percentage of clients are using Outlook 2003, and because there are some common client access considerations for outlook 2003 and Exchange 2010, then some preparations on client side should be done to cover all considerations as the following: Encryption: Exchange 2010 includes additional “out of the box” security for Client communications…

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Zero Touch Implementation with Configuration Manager 2007 R3

One of the most important challenges that an organization can face is deploying or migrating operating systems to a bunch of computers. Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is a great product that can be used to automate the process of installing or migrating an Operating System. In SCCM, this process is known as Zero Touch…

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Migrating ISA 2006 to TMG 2010

Before we start we have to keep one important thing in mind. ISA used to operate on 32 bit processors only. TMG operates on 64 bit processors only. So, Upgrade is not possible. What is possible though is migration. Migration involves exporting ISA’s configuration file, and importing into a TMG array/server. Below are the steps…

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SQL Merge Replication

A specific type of replication that is powerful for distributed environments is merge replication. The power of merge replication is that it enables multiple subscribers to update back to the publisher database. This means that you can have multiple replicas of the same database (or parts of it using filters) at different dispersed locations. These…