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A Brief History of Time...(ok ok, let's go with "An Introduction to the Windows Time Service")

Note: This article is written for "modern" versions of the Windows operating system - that is, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. For older versions of the Windows operating system, the concepts still...

Where oh where, did my AD site go...[Alternate title: It's the DNS, stupid.]

I recently had a very confusing issue arise at one of my Exchange 2007 clients and I decided to share it with you. At this particular company, an Active Directory site is reserved for Exchange, and there are two domain controllers (both global catalog...

Speeding Reboot When Exchange is on a DC/GC

As I've noted in several previous blog entries (such as here and here ), installing Exchange on a domain controller and/or a global catalog server is not a best practice. However, if you are running SBS (Small Business Server) or EBS (Essential Business...

The Experts Conference - TEC'2010

For the third time, I'll be speaking at the upcoming The Experts Conference, sponsored by Quest. I'll be discussing using Exchange Web Services (EWS) from PowerShell -- and for some reason, my abstract isn't yet posted on the conference website...

Exchange Server 2010 - Administrative Access to All Mailboxes

In Exchange 2010, the storage group has disappeared. Instead, the properties of a database and of a storage group have merged - the result being referred to as a database. Effectively, a database has been promoted to be as important as a storage group...

Mailbox Permissions: Pulling Back the Curtain...

Let's talk about mailbox permissions. People often get a little confused between store-level mailbox permissions and Active Directory-level mailbox permissions. They are similar but not the same. For clarity it may help for us to look at them all...
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TEC'2009 Berlin (The Experts Conference)

TEC'2009 is coming up soon... I'll be there and I hope you will be too. TEC is a place to get acquainted with some of the top folks in Active DIrectory, ILM/FIM, and Exchange. Here is what Gil Kirkpatrick, the founder of the conference had to...
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Getting the Contents of an Active Directory Integrated DNS Zone

Microsoft has long offered (where "long" means "since Windows Server 2003") the "dnscmd.exe" program to control the actions of a DNS server. And, if you installed the adminpack (RSAT-Tools-DNS on Vista/Server 2008 and above...

Handling the userPrincipalName in PowerShell

I dealt with the importance of the userPrincipalName in one of my very early blog postings, dated May 26, 2004: The User Principal Name and You . While my company has changed, the basic information contained within that post has not changed at all. I...
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TEC'09 In Review

Last week I attended and spoke at "The Experts Conference" ( www.tec2009.com ) in Las Vegas. I spoke on using VSS with Exchange, and on designing highly available solutions and infrastructure. This was the eighth year for this conference. In...

Monitoring Exchange Server 2007 with System Center Operations Manager 2007

Just a few days ago, my new book (of the subject title!) started shipping from Amazon. If it hasn't already, it should start appearing in your local bookstores this week. If you want to order from Amazon, you can get it here . Eight months in the...

userAccountControl manipulation

The userAccountControl attribute, which resides on each user and computer object in an Active Directory forest, is responsible for, well, controlling lots of things about those accounts. For example it controls whether an account is locked out, or whether...
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The Experts Conference 2009 (TEC'09)

Earlier this year, I wrote about presenting at Connections'08 in this article . That went so well, I've also applied (and been accepted) to speak at another conference - The Experts Conference (TEC). Up through 2008, TEC was known as DEC (the...
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Fixing the scripts in Chapter 12 - Exchange 2003 Scripting

A reader recently pointed out to me that several of the last scripts in my post Chapter 12 - Exchange 2003 Scripting were corrupted. I've corrected those. And now you should be able to enjoy them! Until next time... As always, if there are items you...
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Exchange Connections - Fall 2008

Next week, in Las Vegas, Nevada is the semiannual Connections conference. The Connections conference is a technical conference covering SQL Connections, Windows Connections, Exchange Connections, etc. There are lots of individual tracks, both for IT Pros...
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