Custom Certificate Template Cannot be Issued

At an engagement yesterday, I ran into an interesting issue where a custom certificate template that was created was unavailable from the Certificate Services Web Enrolment page. One quick peek into the KB revealed a match for the issue.  You cannot have a Version 2 custom template of Type Minimum Windows 2008 Supported CA to…

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Exchange 2007 SP3 RU6 Released

  Exchange sustained engineering has released Exchange 2007 SP3 RU6 to the Microsoft download centre as update 2608656.    The description of the update can be located here and the update is located here.   I’ll leave you you to peruse the changes, but there are a couple in particular worth highlighting 2545080 Users in…

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“Slow” File Copy Issues

  A recent performance issue case revolved around slow disk access times, and the impact that this had on Hyper-V and Windows in general. The customer had identified that one of their SAN units was dramatically out performing another one, even though the slower unit should have been orders of magnitude faster – well, at…

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Windows Phone Tips & Tricks

Windows Phone has lots of features that assist with a multitude of daily tasks.    The phone site has a great selection of them, so go check them out.   My favourite are the pop-up shortcuts on the keyboard, e.g. press and hold the full stop key and a bar showing other punctuation symbols is…

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Exchange 2010 Component Posters

These are oldies but goodies.  Posting links as requested.   Update: I Created a Deep Zoom of the posters so that it is easy to scroll around in a browser or mobile device.  Click the toggle  button at the bottom right hand corner to enter full screen mode.  Exchange 2010 Component Poster Deep Zoom  …

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Hyper-V 2008 R2 Architecture Poster (with SP1)

  Link to the updated Hyper-V poster for 2008 R2 SP1 is here.   Overview This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. It focuses on architecture, snapshots, live migration, virtual networking, storage, RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. You can use this poster in conjunction…

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Hyper-V Connectivity Issue

Update:  Newer firmware has been released since this was originally posted.     Ran into an interesting issue last week with a HP DL 585 Hyper-V host which had intermittent network connectivity over one of its defined virtual networks.  In the system event log the following warning was logged:   To resolve the issue, HP has…

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Exchange 2010 Cross Forest Mailbox Moves

Was discussing cross forest mailbox move operations with a customer last week to review the details around network requirements for remote move requests.  This is as opposed to a local move request which is used within the same Exchange Organisation.  Relevant TechNet documentation: Create a Remote Move Request That has Exchange 2010 in Both Forests…

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How To Maximize Exchange Administrator Productivity With PowerShell–Part 2

In part one of this series we looked at some of the basic aspects of the PowerShell environment.  Let’s now look at the underlying mechanics on Exchange 2007 and 2010 servers.  We will need to address some aspects separately due to the different mechanisms that are used  between Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010. For part…

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Exchange EMC May Not Close – Update

After installing Internet Explorer 9 onto an Exchange server, you may have experienced that the Exchange Management Console (EMC) will not close.  The following error is observed: You must close all dialog boxes before you can close Exchange Management Console This did not affect everyone, and you may have been blissfully unaware of this The…

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