Archive for May, 2010

Forefront Identity Manager Script Box

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

The FIM Scriptbox is a collection of scripts that simplify certain tasks when working with FIM.

More here.


Microsoft System Center LinkedIn Group

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

This LinkedIn Group is for Microsoft System Center Products Specialists.
If you work with any of the System Center Suite products SCCM/SCOM/SCDPM/SCVMM/SCSM/SCMDM, SC Essentials, App-V, Opalis or Microsoft Desktop Optimizaton Pack…, this is the group to be in.

Join now here

If you are running a System Center User Group, feel free to post your dates in the group for all.

Best Practise Deployment Exchange 2010 with NetApp Storage

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

In the May issue of Tech OnTap an article has been published that describes some of the new features for Exchange 2010 and discusses best practices for deploying it with NetApp storage including HA, virtualization, and storage efficiency. You can check out the article at


FRS to DFSR Migration Tool

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Ned Pyle and Mike Stephens created a new tool related to their TechNet Whitepaper about FRS Migration to DFSR.

FRS2DFSR is a utility that assists Windows admins in moving from the legacy File Replication Service (FRS) to the newer Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) service. Because FRS is no longer supported except for SYSVOL starting in Windows Server 2008 R2 and because Windows 2000 support ends on July 13 2010, this utility can help unblock admins from migrating to newer operating systems. The tool is written in C# .NET and can be run on x64 and x86 Windows Server 2003/2008/2008 R2 and Windows Vista/7 with DFSR RSAT installed. It requires domain admin rights and is command-line only. FRS2DFSR.EXE exports an existing File Replication Service replica set, deletes the replica set in Active Directory and creates DFS Replication group with the same servers, folders, connections, and settings. See the release notes for utility limitations. This tool is not used for SYSVOL migrations.

More details here.

Microsoft Tech-Ed Europe returns to Berlin, 8 – 12 November 2010

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Registration is open now


Suggested Folder Bug in Outlook 2010

Friday, May 21st, 2010

One of the new features are the suggested folders. Under the options for OL you can disable this feature. But you will recognize, that you won’t be able to delete the folder in OL. After a while, it could be possible you can delete it, but when you restart OL the folder comes back, even the feature has been disabled.

You can’t find any rule in the administrative templates for Office 2010 / Outlook 2010 to delete this feature globally.

So be aware, that this will create you a lot of tickets until Microsoft has fixed it.


Considerations when you upgrade to Windows 2008 Level

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Sander Berkouwer wrote a very good article about considerations when you move your domain and/or forest to Windows 2008 level.

Read about the existing caveats here.


How to install Exchange 2010 prerequisites automatically

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Read the article from Dejan Foro to automatically apply prerequisites when you are going to install Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2008 SP2 or R2.


SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and SharePoint Server 2010 Better Together Whitepaper

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

A recently published whitepaper is now available on TechNet that describes the benefits of deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and scenarios in which its features can be applied.

Download the whitepaper here


Active Directory Performance Analysis

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Prior to Windows Server 2008, troubleshooting Active Directory performance issues often required the installation of Server Performance Advisor.

Those who came to rely upon this tool will be happy to know its functionality has been built into Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

This performance feature is located in the Server Manager snap-in under the Diagnostics node and when the Active Directory Domain Services Role is installed the Active Directory Diagnostics data collector set is automatically created under System.

David Everett posted an article on Microsoft Directory Server Team Blog which lights up all the details about this tool.

Read here