After applying Windows 10 1805, I can no longer stream my shared music libraries

It’s been a while since I posted a non-Exchange topic. So, I installed Windows 10 1805 this weekend on my home machine. I was emboldened by successfully updating my work laptop, while on the road. For those who are travel as much as your average transactional PFE, which is a super lot, you can understand…

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Maximizing and Optimizing your mailbox move data throughput for on-premise to O365 and Exchange Online Migrations

Well, that is one heck of a title for a blog post, isn’t it? I’d sent this to one of my customers who is migrating from 2010 to O365/Exchange Online. They started to implement some of the recommendations, and quickly found that they work!….which means they saturated their internet connection with mailbox moves, and had…

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The Ultimate anti-virus exclusion list!

I was working with a  customer chasing down the remote installation failure of a backup agent, and then, after installing it locally, its subsequent failure to talk to the backup server and ran across the ultimate list of anti-virus exclusions: This is a comprehensive compiled list of exclusions for just about every product, from Exchange, Lync,…

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Your Administrator has made a change and requires you to restart Outlook

I've been getting asked this question a lot lately, and so I thought I would consolidate the conditions that I have been able to identify that will cause the unwelcomed prompt in Outlook: This may not be a comprehensive list under which conditions may cause this prompt, rather its an aggregation of the scenarios that I have…

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Exchange 2010 Virtualization distilled.

Sizing: 1. Always size/spec servers and configure as if they were physical. For example, when configuring a DAG node, ensure that it has both a network interface dedicated for a MAPI network, and at least one NIC for a dedicated replication network. 2. Add 10-12% more resources (RAM/CPU) to account for virtualization overhead This section below…

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Updated Scaleable Networking Pack (SNP) Guidance

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted, and even longer since I posted regarding the SNP related issues in Windows 2003 Sp1 and the SNP. Windows IT Pro has published our updated guidance regarding how to configure this family of network related features, specifically Receive-Side Scaling (RSS), TCP Chimney Offload, and Network Direct Memory Access…

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Tips on installing Powershell 2.0 on Exchange 2007 SP2/Windows Server 2008 SP2

If you want to leverage the remote management capabilities of Powershell 2.0 against a Windows Server 2008 SP2 target, you need to install Powershell 2.0. In order to so, you must: -Install Windows Management Framework (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968929). A reboot is required. -By default, no WinRM listener is configured. Even if the WinRM service is running, WS-Management protocol…

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Updating Schema and preparing AD for Exchange 2010

  (Updated after fixing formatting) (Updated after modifying Schema master replication statement)  This is a slightly modified and updated version of my previous post regarding Exchange 2007. Note before we begin: It is was once considered best practice to disable outbound replication on the Schema master before conducting schema upgrades. If, for whatever reason, the schema…

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Another Vista post (Good bye XP)

 I never thought I would be posting so much about Vista (as opposed to Exchange posts). Recently, I migrated my personal laptop over to Vista Ultimate.  It was a big step for me, as it was the last of my PC’s that had XP on it. Not only did I leap over to Vista, and…

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Ever want to test your CAS deployment?

Have you ever, either in the course of troubleshooting, or perhaps when standing up a new Client Access Server, wanted a method to test if it works externally? Microsoft CSS has deployed a tool – more specifically, a web site- where you can check the functionality and availibility of any CAS servers that you may have published to…

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