Hosting Virtual Machines in Azure IaaS – Part 2 Prepare the session

########################################################################### # Prepare the session # ########################################################################### # Reference http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/jj152841.aspx # Get Subscription GUID & Certificate hash from the Management portal. # Management Portal > Settings > Subscriptions > Subscription ID # Management Portal > Settings > Management certificates > Thumbprint ( This should match the publish file used in the earler command ) $subid…

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Spelunking with the Key Management Server (KMS) to activate office 2013.

Some learnings of the week gone by… Methods of activating Office 2013 1.      Multiple Activation Key (MAK) MAK activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft's hosted activation services, either via the Internet or by telephone. This is the traditional way we know of activating office. Sub divided into MAK Independent activation & MAK proxy…

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How to Migrate Distribution Groups Across a Forest

Building on my previous couple of blogs on Cross-Forest Migration, in this blog I will describe how Groups can be successfully migrated across a forest. I will also list out some gotchas & how they can be addressed. Migrating groups is something I've seen customers assume are not important however when the groups are actually moved, customers experience…

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Flesch Reading Ease

  Thanks to an internal communiqué, I recently came across a Readability test of word documents. Surely made for some interesting reading. To Enable it, you need to enable readability statistics from the options.   Once done, on completing a spell check you will see the following:     The higher the score, the easier…

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Patching Exchange 2010 Servers

  I Often get questions around how best to install Exchange updates or service packs. This Blog Post attempts to answer that Question. To start with, I recommend having a Patch management Policy. A Good Patch management policy document should have the following listed:   1. How often should the updates / service pack be…

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Some Quick Leanings of Exchange 2013

  *Features ~95.5% reduction in IOPS Exchange 2013 is capable of being deployed in a multi-site worldwide architecture with a single namespace. ( using multiple technologies ) Auto re-seed to spare disk. ( but needs operational maturity )     *Good to know CAS is now a protocol proxy only. (2 layers V/S 5 layers)…

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Executing Exchange PowerShell commands from a CMD Prompt

A Quick blog on how to execute an Exchange PowerShell script (.ps1 extension) from a command prompt. A .ps1 cannot be executed from a Command prompt. to execute it one needs to use a PowerShell shell. Further if this script calls any exchange cmdlet, it would require to be executed in an Exchange Management Shell….

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A Quick Note on ADMT Versions & Pre-requisites.

ADMT At the time of writing this Blog; ADMT 3.1 – 32 Bit version. ( Will not install on Windows 2008R2 ) This installer has SQL 2005 Express Edition ( with necessary service pack integrated into the installer ) ADMT 3.2 – 64 Bit Version. ( The first & only version which will install on…

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Moving to a new forest and retaining the same SMTP domain ( with native scripts ) – Part II

  3. Moving the Active Directory account using ADMT ADMT is a great tool for Migrating and Restructuring Active Directory Domains ( user accounts, passwords, groups & group membership, computer accounts & much more.) However It is very important to note that ADMT DOES NOT touch Exchange attributes. ADMT can be executed before prepare-move request,…

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