HMC Resource Management – Part #2 – HMC Resource Management and Active Directory

Things have been busy for me and i haven’t had the time to complete this series in a timely fashion. In part #1, we briefly talked about what’s in the PlanManager and ResourceManager databases from a very high level. In the next few parts, we will go in a little bit further to discuss how…

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Hosted Messaging and Collaboration Knowledge Base Articles

This page used to provide just the HMC related updates but now it has been updated to provide the specific product service packs, rollup updates, hotfixes that have been tested by the HMC product group. With this, I will no longer provide any quarterly list of updates on what hotfixes have been tested like I used…

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HMC Resource Management – Part #1 – PlanManager and ResourceManager – Overall Concept

I believe one of the most mysterious parts of HMC is about the MPS engine and the Resource Management databases. Between last December and January, I blogged about how different products (Exchange, SharePoint and OCS) integrate in a HMC Solution. However, understanding just the integration points without knowing the resource management portion definitely does not…

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Troubleshooting HMC OCS’s Address Book Segregation

HMC 4.5 has been out for a while now. We are beginning to see more and more people deploying OCS into the HMC environment as the concept of using IM as one of the corporate communication tools getting better acceptance. One of the most common issues when setting up the OCS in HMC is configuring…

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Yes, you should use web-based distribution OAB.

HMC has been in the market for a while and as it grows, we are beginning to see many HMC providers are expanding their infrastructure and having more users and companies subscribing to their environment. I also observed that the growth is especially obvious recently with the current economy situation where it makes so much…

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Tip: How do you find out who are the users in your HMC environment doing MAPI access?

Typically in a corporate environment, to find out who are the users using Outlook MAPI access and the version, you can Microsoft Exchange Server User Monitor, or ExMon (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9A49C22E-E0C7-4B7C-ACEF-729D48AF7BC9&displaylang=en). ExMon is really good to gather real time data but may not be good tool if you want to find out who has been doing MAPI…

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Messing with otherWellKnownObjects

otherWellKnownObject attributes have been widely used in HMC as a cross reference as well as very much as a kind of a poor man’s AD schema extension strategy. J This blog aims to discuss it and also provide some ways to work with this attribute using HMC procedures. Firstly, here is a list of common…

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Matching the GUID from AD with MPS Databases – Updated

UPDATED – June 28th     – The XML procedure has been updated for HMC 4.5   We all know how the PlanManager database and the ResourceManager database are used to keep track of plans and the relationship between MPS and the Active Directory. We know that each object in the Active Directory has unique objectGUID…

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Tip: How do I instruct HMOabUpdate to update all the Offline Address Books in my HMC environment?

Most of you know HMC does not rely on the usual Exchange OAB generation schedule to trigger OABgen. Instead, HMC introduces a custom tool called HMOabUpdate that gets activated based a scheduled time to automate the generation of Offline Address Books. The tool will detected the changes since the last run and will only trigger OABgen on the OABs that requires…

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What’s going on to group expansion in HMC 4.5 Office Communications Server (OCS)?

When you are using Office Communicator, one of the nicest features (in my opinion) is the capability to add a group and expand it in the contact list. This feature really makes organization and group of contacts more consistent throughout the company. Unfortunately, this feature didn’t make it into HMC 4.5. As a result, while you…

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