Windows Group Policy vs. Logon Scripts. What’s the right option?

Written by Mark Farrugia, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Recently I was asked an interesting question from one of my customers: “What is Microsoft’s recommended practice around using Logon Scripts versus using Group Policy?” To my knowledge, Microsoft doesn’t provide a lot of guidance with respect to this specific question. The logon script parameter available in…


How To Build A Simple and Efficient Windows Monitoring Solution (DTW)

Written by Samuel Drey, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer.  In this article, I’ll provide a quick reference guide and an Excel-based tool that allows you to build monitoring consoles using HTML without being a scripting star.  I call it the Document-Tool-Walkthrough (DTW). This is a new concept document/tool built using Excel that can help you to…


How To Find Which Exchange 2010 CAS Server a Client Connects To

Written by Dan Erelis, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. With Exchange 2010 comes the new Client access layer, a true middle tier approach in this version of Exchange. No longer do your clients connect to the backend mailbox server but typically through a VIP (Virtual IP address) of a load balancer with multiple Client Access Servers…


Planning MS Exchange Disaster Recovery using the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF)

Written by Dan Erelis, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. As a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft, I find myself in many different customer environments in just about every major industry sector in Canada. Although every customer is different, the same recurring challenge to implementing Microsoft Exchange disaster recovery exists and that is they don’t know what…


How To Migrate User State between PCs using SCCM 2007 Task Sequences

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. The other day, a customer asked me for some information on how to get started with capturing user state within System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) 2007 as they have an upcoming Windows 7 mass deployment.  As a result, I was hunting around online for an example or…


Microsoft Exchange: Which Windows Server Operating System Is Required?

Written by Cheng Pei Koay, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Microsoft Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been available since September 2010 and this new release helps IT Professionals to achieve new levels of reliability with greater flexibility, enhanced user experiences and increased protection for business communication. There are a lot of questions that arise…


How to Create a PXE Boot Menu in System Center Configuration Manager 2007

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Many IT departments are faced with the reality of having to manage multiple images whether it be for desktops or servers.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could add your hardware to a collection in System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) and then pick the image to deploy…