What Everyone Should Know About Microsoft Exchange Autodiscover

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. For an updated version, please see this link.  In the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 world and below, those administrators looking to automate and control the behaviour of MAPI profiles on user’s desktops quickly became familiar with tools like:     ORK (Office Resource Kit) .PRF Files .OPS…


How To Do SharePoint Operations in the absence of Proper Governance

Written by Daniel Brunet, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. If you found this article, chances are that you searched for some combination of “SharePoint” and “Governance”.This is the first of a series of articles that will be mainly focused on operational procedures for Microsoft SharePoint admins in the absence of governance. It is not meant…


How To Maximize Exchange Administrator Productivity With PowerShell

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. As a Microsoft Exchange Server focused Premier Field Engineer I spend a considerable amount of my time with customers at their work place and also when they attend training courses and workshops that I deliver. Naturally people want to talk and learn about the cool new features…


PowerShell for Microsoft Exchange 2010 Cheat Sheet!

Written by Matt Abraham, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. When working with customers, everyone who is new to Windows PowerShell finds it to be an amazing idea, but very daunting. Once you start using it, you will quickly pick up the syntax and how to structure your commands.  However, it can take a while to get…


Adventures in Installing the SQL Server AdventureWorks Sample Database

Written by Mohit Gupta, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. I was thinking of writing an article about Microsoft SQL Server T-SQL Basics; however, in order to do the examples and demos I wanted to use a database that’s readily available on the Internet, so I decided to use the common AdventureWorks sample database available on Codeplex, …


How to Create Custom Recipient Management Groups Using Exchange 2010 RBAC

Article written by Matt Abraham, Premier Field Engineer. My customer wanted to assign the "Recipient Management" group to their helpdesk staff, who are responsible for the creation and management of their Exchange mailboxes. However, they didn’t want to give the "Delete" permissions to the helpdesk. This is simple to accomplish using Microsoft Exchange 2010 and…


How To Setup A SharePoint 2010 Development Environment On Windows 7

Written by Chris Tao, Premier Field Engineer. Windows 7 is an excellent desktop OS, but what if you’re a Microsoft SharePoint developer and want to set up a SharePoint development environment on a Windows 7 client machine? Luckily, it’s doable. Compared to setting up SharePoint in server environment, it may require a few extra steps…


SharePoint 2010 and PowerShell: A Match Made In Automation Heaven

Written by Jeff Adkin, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. We have all seen it a thousand times before. We need to make a change across tons of SharePoint sites or pull a report on specific values that just are not available in Central Admin. Banging one’s head off of the proverbial wall starts to happen as…


20 Reasons to Upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

Written by Jon Strand, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Here’s a list of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 features that you’ll want to be aware of when you’re considering upgrading from prior versions or when doing a new install. These features should have a positive impact on users, administrators, developers, and your business. 1. Dashboards We’re happy…


How to Set Up the Performance Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics AX

Written by Rob Hansen, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Performance Analyzer 1.0 for Microsoft Dynamics is the tool used by Microsoft Dynamics support teams, Premier Field Engineers, and product team members to diagnose performance issues with Dynamics products. The following is a step-by-step guide to installing this toolset on your SQL Server environment. This tool is…