Archive for May, 2011

Scott Schnoll’s – Exchange 2010 HA Misconceptions Addressed

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

You should not miss this detailed information


System Center, Cloud and Storage – Best Practise

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Watch the sessions from Alex Rauch and NetApp to get best out of virtualization and the Cloud:

VIR201 Virtualization: State of the Union

VIR327 Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track: A Reference Architecture for Private Cloud

SIM335 Microsoft System Center Integration, Automation, Process and Compliance: Orchestrator and Service Manager

DBI336 Innovative Storage and Data Management Strategies to Power Your Microsoft Enterprise Applications

This are the online versions of this sessions. I recommend to watch it.


Forefront TMG will not be continued

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Microsoft confirmed to Gardner recently, that the Microsoft Forefront Thread Management Gateway will not continue with a new full version.

Not to continue with an edge protection solution, should be based on a strategic decision at Microsoft, not to compete with vendors in this area anymore.

So current infrastructure with TMG will receive the usual five years lifecycle extended support. But customers can not expect any new product in this area from Microsoft.

We already investigated alternatives in the past months for branch office solutions. As there are some limitations with TMG for such solutions compared for the former ISA versions.

When we finally finished our evaluations about alterntives, I will post information about it.


Tech-Ed North America 2011 started with awesome news

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Take your time and watch the Live Stream from Tech-Ed Keynote

You will get to know some awesome news and innovations.

There will be also some of the sessions during this week available on Live Stream. Check the agenda which you can watch online or afterwards on demand.


Check out MyTechEd Mobile Apps

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Today I arrived on Microsoft Tech-Ed North America in Atlanta, GA.

Nice Pick-Ups available this year especially a good backpack.

Newest tool this year are the mobile apps for MyTechEd

Check it out, you will love it.

BTW, next Tech-Ed North America supposed to be in Orlando, Florida during June 2012.

More issues with IE9

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Microsoft is now investigating the problems with IE9 and MMC.

Like with TMG and IE9

there is an issue with the Exchange 2010 Management Console when you’ve installed IE9.

Because IE9 is now on the list for Windows Updates to be installed automatically, more administrators will be faced with this issue. So think about disabling automatic IE9 installation on TMG and Exchange Servers.


How to use the ISP Redundancy Feature of Forefront TMG [3. Update]

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

The ISP Redundancy Feature of Forefront TMG 2010
Enabling Internet Service Provider (ISP) redundancy on TMG 2010
TMG 2010 ISP Redundancy
TMG 2010 ISP Redundancy issues

Make sure you have installed all relevant SP1 Rollups in right order.

And if you use ISP-R with no equal connections bandwidth, make sure you adjust the ‘Automatic Metric’ settings correctly and manually on the Advanced Properties for the Internet Protocol on your NIC used for ISP-R.

Usually it is always recommended to disable all offload capabilities on NICs and TCP/IP settings. But if you use different NICs with no equal offload capabilities is not recommended. Using equal NIC vendor and model for ISP-R is recommended.


Instead of changing the metric on the network adapter properties, edit the routes of both ISP connections for the default gateways on TMG and adjust the metrics there.

Go to ‘Network’ and on the right select the ‘Routing’ tab. In the right pane ‘Routing Tasks’ select ‘Create Network Topology Route’ and add your default gateways for each of your ISP connections with the relevant metric.

[2. Update]

Watch the default IP address scenario in regards of new Enhanced NAT (ENAT) described here

[3. Update]

Sometimes L2TP clients on your LAN will not be able to connect to L2TP gateways on the internet. You need to add a static route to your TMG network configuration to route through a specific WAN interface to the L2TP gateway.

NetApp Storage Systems in Microsoft Systems Environment

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

NetApp published a new article and guide how their storage environment and solutions work in Windows Systems architectures and infrastructures.

The article gives you a lot valued information about how it works with Domain Controllers in Active Directory in many aspects, for example, it describes how NetApp storage server discovery and redirecting DC/KDC/LDAP services.

The document describes how NetApp storage systems work seamlessly in the Microsoft Windows environment and how they enable administrator to effortlessly manage data by making use of standard Microsoft services and features such as Active Directory, IntelliMirror, Volume Shadow Copy, Access-Based Enumeration, Offline File Caching, Auditing, Distributed File System (DFS), File Screening, and CIFS Virus Protection.

TR-3367 – NetApp Storage Systems in a Microsoft Windows Environment


TMG SP1 Rollups are not cummulative [Update]

Monday, May 2nd, 2011


Starting with Rollup 4 you get them all cummulative.

TMG SP2 can be applied for TMG SP1 with Update 1 and covers all too.


Be aware, that rollups for Forefront TMG 2010 SP1 are not cummulative. So you need to install every rollup after the other in right order.

Installing Forefront TMG SP1
Software Update 1 for Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1
Software Update 1 Rollup 1 for Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1
Software Update 1 Rollup 2 for Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1
Software Update 1 Rollup 3 for Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1