Exchange, Virtual Server, ISA, XP, SMS, LCS, Live Meeting, Windows, SQL, MOF, Project Server, Biztalk, Security, Misc.

Microsoft Exchange Server Disaster Recovery Analyzer Tool v1.0

SP2: – Evan speaks… – DSProxy Referrals – IMF – Sender ID – DB limits

How Daylight Savings Time Date Changes affect Scheduling in Outlook Client – Interesting…

Exchange 12 Beta 1: – Overview Part 2

Microsoft Exchange Server Profile Analyzer

Configuring Exchange SMTP Gateways at Microsoft

Are you moving a large number of mailboxes?

Achieving High Availability with Exchange Server at Microsoft

Configuring SMTP for Both Authenticated and Anonymous Connections at Microsoft

Top 11 Hidden Features in Outlook Web Access for Exchange 2003

Microsoft Windows Kernel Memory Management and Microsoft Exchange Server – Geek series Part 1

Configuring Hot-Add and Large Memory for Exchange 2003 – Geek series Part 2

The Art and Science of Sizing Exchange 2003 (Part 2) – Part 3

Creating an Active Directory Site for Exchange Server

Exchange Server 2003 Design and Architecture at Microsoft

Backup Process Used with Clustered Exchange Server 2003 Servers at Microsoft

Deploying a Worldwide Site Consolidation Solution for Exchange Server 2003 at Microsoft

Messaging Hygiene at Microsoft

Offline Address Book – Best Practice

Exchange 2003 Message Tracking and Logging

Exchange 2003 – Disaster Recovery Analyzer Tool (ExDRA 1.0) – Good stuff! – download

Exchange 2003 – Performance Troubleshooting Analyzer Tool v1.0 (ExPTA) – More good stuff! – download

The Importance of Auditing your Exchange 2003 Server(s)

Best Practices for Using Volume Shadow Copy Service with Exchange Server 2003

Understanding the Exchange Information Store

Demystifying the OWA 2003 FE/BE Logon Process

How to Regain Access to an Exchange Server 2003 Organization

Virtual Server:
Support for Exchange on Microsoft Virtual Server – Finally!!! – Support policy  – is currently wrong, but will be updated some day the SP2 version on R2 is supported

Using iSCSI with Virtual Server 2005 R2

Virtual Server 2005 R2 Release Notes

Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 Best Practices Analyzer Tool

User Profile Hive Cleanup Service – help slow logoff

Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP

Improving Security at Microsoft through Deployment of Windows XP Service Pack 2

Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 Desired Configuration Monitoring

Desktop Patch Management

Patch Management for Servers

Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Configuring Certificates

Deploying Office Live Communications Server 2005 and Office Communicator 2005 at Microsoft

Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access

Office Communicator Web Access: Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access Release Notes

Office Communicator Web Access: Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access Planning and Deployment Guide

Office Communicator Web Access: Microsoft Office Communicator Web Access Lab Quick Start

Live Meeting:
Live Meeting 2005 Document: Live Meeting 2005 Registration User’s Guide

Live Meeting 2003 Document: Administrator’s Guide

Live Meeting 2003 Windows-based Meeting Console Standalone Installer

Live Meeting 2005 Windows-based Meeting Console Standalone Installer

Live Meeting 2005 Document: Live Meeting 2005 Add-in Deployment Guide

Active Directory Migration Tool v3.0 – Way cool. This version runs on SP1 of 2003 

Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 Upgrade

Windows Vista Step-by-Step Guides for IT Professionals

Group Policy Object Infrastructure Management

Managing Active Directory at Microsoft

Windows Server 2003

Volume Expansion Using Diskpart.exe

Manageability Services at Microsoft

Printer Connectivity Technical Overview

Clear Cache Feature for Internet Explorer

Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services

Microsoft File Server Resource Manager

DFS Operations Guide: Using the DFSRAdmin Command-line Tool

Understanding Mobile IPv6

Updates to Understanding IPv6

IPv6 Transition Technologies

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 SP3a Replication Components

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Mobile Edition Server Tools

Moving to SQL Server 2005 at Microsoft

SQL Server 2005 System View Map

Cumulative Hotfix for SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 – Build 2162 for x86 and x64 Based Systems

Excel 2002/2003 Add-in for SQL Server Analysis Services

Improving Data Security by Using SQL Server 2005

MOF: An Actionable and Prescriptive Approach to ITIL

Project Server:
Project Server 2003 Service Pack 2a (SP2a)

Enterprise Project Management at Microsoft

Application Integration and Process Intelligence using BizTalk Server 2004

Windows Server 2003 PKI Operations Guide

Certificate Autoenrollment in Windows Server 2003

Improving the Wireless Network Infrastructure at Microsoft

Certificate Migration from Key Management Service and Key Recovery at Microsoft

Overview of Information Security at Microsoft

Microsoft IT Attack and Penetration Testing Team

Windows Server 2003 Security Guide

The Threats and Countermeasures Guide

Security Enhancements for Remote Access at Microsoft

Improving Security with Domain Isolation: Microsoft IT Implements IP Security (IPsec)

TechNet Quarter – Tons and tons of demos and great stuff

IT Change and Configuration Management

Clustering information you may have missed…

Server Clustering:

High Availability Computing at Microsoft


Achieving High Availability with Exchange Server at Microsoft


Server Clusters: Network Configuration Best Practices for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003


Virtual Server Host Clustering Step-by-Step Guide for Virtual Server 2005 R2


Upgrading to E2k3 SP2 cluster – Evan speaks…



More from the floor of SC’05


Chat January 13, 2006


CCS Website



Network Load Balancing: Security Best Practices for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003


Windows Cluster Technologies: Remote Setup, Unattended Installations and Image-based Installations of Network Load Balancing


Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Enterprise Pools and Windows 2003 Network Load Balancing


LCS 2005 – Reasons why NLB is not recommended but instead a Hardware Load Balancer


Load Balancing an RMS Cluster Using NLB

64 bit and you?

At Tech Ed 2005 in Orlando several Microsoft presenters said that 64-bit was the future. One went so far as to say that he would only recommend buying 64-bit machines from here on out and that in a 1 and ½ you would not be able to buy 32-bit machine. At the time, it still seemed strange or bold, take your pick.


Later at the IT Forum in Barcelona Microsoft announced that the next version of Exchange would be 64-bit only.


As part of its commitment to 64-bit computing, Microsoft has been delivering products that are optimized for 64-bit, including the newly released SQL Server(TM) 2005, Visual Studio(R) 2005 and Virtual Server 2005 R2. To help customers take full advantage of the power of 64-bit computing, products including Microsoft(R) Exchange Server “12”, Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, Windows Server(TM) “Longhorn” Small Business Server, and Microsoft’s infrastructure solution for midsize businesses, code-named “Centro”, will be exclusively 64-bit and optimized for x64 hardware. In a future update release to Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Server “Longhorn” operating system, code-named Windows Server “Longhorn” R2, customers will see the complete transition to 64-bit-only hardware, while still benefiting from 32-bit and 64-bit application compatibility. For the highest-scale application and database workloads, Windows Server on 64-bit Itanium-based systems will continue to be the premier choice for customers for years to come. (


Yes, you read it correctly; even Small Business Server will be 64-bit only! That is serious stuff, that means * ( will be 64-bit soon.


So, should you go out a buy 64-bit machines now? Will your current systems run on them? Yes, yes, and YES!


Then Microsoft releases the Exchange 12 Beta 1 and does this – – they have a 32 & 64 bit version! DOH! Now, my head hurts!

The Meaning of Life? A computer tip based on the number 42

This computer tip needs a little explaining.  The subject might throw you off a little; I am not talking about the famous move The Meaning of Life ( No, it goes much deeper then that.


It all started when I read The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ( In case you have not read it yet, which you really should have by now. It started out as a trilogy in 4 parts and ended with having 5 parts. Yes, I am well aware that a trilogy should have 3 parts, after you read the books; it will all become clear as mud. In the series a question is asked of the supercomputer Deep Thought – What is the meaning of Life? To be exact, for the computer to find The Answer of Life, the Universe, and Everything (,_the_Universe,_and_Everything). The answer can back as 42. Yes 42. Actually Douglas wrote it like this:


“Seven and a half million years our race has waited for this Great and Hopefully Enlightening Day!” cried the cheerleader. “The Day of Answer”…”Never again will we wake up in the morning and think Who am I? What is my purpose in life? Does it really, cosmically speaking, matter if I don’t get up and go to work? For today, we will finally learn once and for all the plain and simple answer to all those nagging little problems of Life, the Universe, and Everything!”


 …the large computer terminal sat in sparkling glory on the desk’s leather top, as bright as if it had been constructed yesterday.


 …”Shhh…I think Deep Thought is preparing to speak!”


 …”The Answer to the Great Question…Of Life, the Universe and Everything…Is…Forty-two“, said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.


 …”Forty-two!” yelled Loonquawl. “Is that all you have to show for seven and a half million years’ work?”


 “I checked it quite thoroughly,” said the computer, “and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem…is that you’ve never actually known what the question is.”


 “But it was the great question!…” howled Loonquawl.


 “Yes,” said Deep Thought with the air of one who suffers fools gladly, “but what actually is it?”


 “Well, you know, it’s just Everything…” offered Phouchg weakly.


 “Exactly!” said Deep Thought. “So once you do know what the question actually is, you’ll know what the answer means.”


Ok, so let’s look at the “42” answer closer. Get out your ASCII chart ( Find an ASCII 42 on the chart. You can also open Notepad, Hold down the Alt (Alternate Key and type 42 on the keypad, then let go of the Alt key.


In either case what do you get? * (Asterisk, splat, star, shift-8). Yes the famous wildcard (


Now for the long awaited and winded computer tip. Open Windows Explorer. Highlight any folder structure (the c:\Windows folder will do nicely) and hit the * on the numpad ( This tip works on all Windows versions and has for many years. It even works in MMC’s like Active Directory Users and Computers or Site and Services J


Douglas Adams had it right, ASCII 42 or * is the meaning of life, at least for computer geeks. It’s a wildcard and can be used for lots of things. If you are LINUX fan try this command rm –r * (ok, maybe that is not a good idea, but it sure is fun to do from the root).


Yes, I know I am weird, no need to tell me. Yes, I know I am a geek, putting a book, numbers, an ASCII chart, and computers together (MacGyver would be so proud of me