Archive for July, 2011

Deploy massive DFSN Target Link Change

Monday, July 25th, 2011

When you need to make changes to your user DFS environment, a tool like dfsutil.exe is your friend.

Latest when you want to replace your old Windows Server 2003 File and Distributed File Service, you will be faced to add or change the DFS target links or their properties.

Export your DFS environment with dfsutil.exe first:

dfsutil root export /? shows you the possible syntax.

Now you modify the exported file content.

Then you delete all targets.

Next step is to import your modified export file:

dfsutil root import merge /? shows you the possible syntax.



Windows Live Messenger A-Patch with extended customization

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

There is a tool on the internet here, which enable users to perform extended customization on Windows Live Messenger. For me it was worth to use it to disable advertisments on Messenger. But there are lot of switches more.


Architecting a Microsoft Private Cloud

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

There are many definitions for cloud computing, but one of the more concise and widely recognized definitions comes from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST defines five essential characteristics, three service models and four deployment models.

Microsoft Services has designed, built and implemented a Private Cloud/IaaS solution using Windows Server, Hyper-V and System Center. Their goal throughout articles over a four-part series will be to show how to integrate and deploy each of the component products as a solution while providing the essential cloud attributes such as elasticity, resource pooling and self-service.

Start here with the first article and follow next articles to come.


Best Practise Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Here is a very detailed article from Microsoft MVP Alan Burchill from Australia going through the configuration of Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection. And showing the specific Group Policy Settings to achieve a user friendly feature deployment.

A must have to read


Workflow Engine on the Cloud

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

For a workflow engine on the cloud you need following modules:

SharePoint Developer Daschboard (can be activated with STSADM.EXE)

BizTalk for Integration of Services

SharePoint for Human Interaction

AppFabric for Business Process Integration

SharePoint Explorer (available on CodePlex to show a Directory and Folder structure View)

BizTalk Feature Pack with Extensions for AppFabric Endpoint in the cloud; works like a Reverse Proxy.


Office365 SharePoint Migrator

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Microsoft Partner MessageOps has provided a tool to move content from an On-Premise SharePoint into Office365 in the cloud.

More details here.

Do not continue to rollout Exchange 2010 SP1 Update Rollup 4

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

There is a big issue with this Rollup and you should not deploy it on your Exchange environement.

The Microsoft Exchange Team is working on it and will provide a fix on Rollup 5 to be expected in August.

More details here.


Microsoft Virtual Academy – The Training Portal

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Improve your IT skills and help advance your career with a free, easy to access training portal. Learn at your own pace, focusing on Microsoft technologies, gain points and get recognition.


Learning Resources on TechNet

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

… check it out and find your opportunities to improve your career on IT


FrontPage Server Extension 2002 for IIS 7.5 Windows Server 2008 R2

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

If you use SharePoint Designer or Web Expression or still old FrontPage but you want to run your web sites on Windows Server 2008 or R2 you will not be able to install the former FrontPage Server Extension (FPSE) on this systems. You need updated versions. But Microsoft isn’t providing any newer version.

But to keep on working with FPSE and easily access your web sites from Windows 7 and the current version of web editing tools, you need to install FPSE supported on current versions of operating systems.

Get it here and read more details about licensing current supported version of FPSE.

Be aware that you need a license for each site you are running on your IIS, it is not sufficient just to buy licenses for the amount of sites you are going to extend with FPSE.

And watch that you get a host ID for every NIC which is in your system. So submit the right host ID when you order your licenses.

Once you have extended your web site with FPSE, you need to edit the authentication for this web site to continue with administration for FPSE, otherwise you will not be able to log on as the administrator to continue.