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  • Read-Only Domain Controller Issues

    Exchange has caught a lot of crap for publishing the fact that it doesn't work in branch office locations where only Windows Server 2008 read-only domain controllers (RODCs) are available. Exchange simply requires read-write domain controllers. It's a fact. However, it's been a poorly kept...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 06-06-2008
  • MAPI/CDO for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

    If you want to write client applications to run on computers that use MAPI or CDO (for example, web servers) and you don't want to install (or can't install) either the Outlook client or the Exchange management tools, then you need to install the MAPI/CDO libraries. These were released just last...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 06-05-2008
  • SBS 2003 Hardware Migration/Upgrade

    This weekend I had the opportunity to upgrade the hardware for one customer. The special thing about this upgrade is that the customer is running SBS 2003; and the goal was to replace the SBS 2003 server. SBS is Microsoft's Small Business Server, which is created for small companies that have from...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 05-18-2008
  • A Work In Progress...

    Yesterday (Thursday, 2008-04-17) was the last day of the 2008 MVP Summit. Over one-half of the MVPs attending were from countries other than the United States. It was interesting to hear the dozens of languages being spoken around me this week. Very little of what was covered during the Summit is not...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 04-18-2008
  • Live from Redmond - it's Geeks Argue!

    I and 4,000 MVPs from around the world have accumulated in Seattle/Redmond this week. Where do we all go? To the bar, of course! Last night, a few Exchange MVPs and the odd PowerShell MVP were sitting around discussing stuff I can't talk about here, when another MVP came to join us (who happens to...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 04-14-2008
  • Why Pay More? Try ImageX

    Even though I get pretty hot under-the-collar sometimes when Microsoft removes for-free functionality (Exchange backups on Windows Server 2008, for example), there are some great tools that Microsoft provides for-free that are just as good as their for-pay alternatives - and more tightly integrated with...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 04-11-2008
  • Perfmon tip on scaling

    Recently on a mailing list, several folks expressed some confusion about the scaling that Perfmon (Performance Monitor) does in its graphs and how it affects the data. The answer is: it doesn't. The scaling is used only to make the graph fit in the Perfmon window. The values contained in the Last...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 04-10-2008
  • Default Gateways and Exchange Server

    Sometimes, you need to step back and take a different look at a problem. When you are "in the weeds", you can't necessarily see the forest for the trees. Exchange Server is a networking application. Now, before you say "duh!", think about it. If your network is having issues,...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 04-09-2008
  • Exchange 2007 and Domain Rename

    As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Wrapping up SLDs and Exchange Server 2007 , anytime after PrepareAD is run, it is too late to run the Domain Rename (rendom) tool. As part of PrepareAD, the Exchange Server 2007 setup tool stamps the Active Directory with a number of server names in GUID and fully...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 04-04-2008
  • Wrapping up SLDs and Exchange Server 2007

    In Single Level Domains and Exchange 2007 service pack 1 , I commented on the fact that Microsoft was no longer going to support single label domains starting with Exchange Server 2007 service pack 1. Then, in More on Single Label Domains and Exchange 2007 I shared that Microsoft was going to change...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 04-03-2008
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