How to schedule PowerShell scripts using Windows Tasks

Hi Folks, Last week I blogged here about PowerShell v3 and a new feature that is going to do the content of topic automatically however if you don’t have Windows 8/PowerShell 3 and you want to configure a script that you created to run on Windows Server 2008 R2 these following steps can be used: If your script is not digitally signed, you can run the Set-ExecutionPolicy –ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted as shown in the figure below. Now, it’s time to create a new Windows Task and what really matters for us is the Start a Program section, and these following values … Continue reading How to schedule PowerShell scripts using Windows Tasks

Demystifying the CAS Array Object by MSExchangeTeam

Hi folks, The MSExchange Team created a two article blog series about CAS Array object in Exchange Server 2010, as follows: Demystifying the CAS Array Object – Part 1 Demystifying the CAS Array Object – Part 2 Cheers, Anderson Patricio http://www.andersonpatricio.ca http://www.andersonpatricio.org (Portuguese) Twitter: @apatricio

HVR: Hyper-V Replica

Hi folks, Windows 8 is coming with tons of new features however one of the most anticipated is the HVR which is key for the private cloud. In the following post the Hyper-v team shed some light on the topic and also some links to understand better the new feature. Hyper-V Replica (HVR) is a new feature in Windows Server “8” Beta that provides asynchronous replication of Hyper-V virtual machines for BCDR (Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery) scenarios. Watch this space for in depth blogs from the Hyper-V Replica team on how-to’s, tips & tricks, sample PS cmdlets, commentary on … Continue reading HVR: Hyper-V Replica

Need help with Microsoft software licensing? This post is for you..

Hi folks, Do you have problems understanding Licensing? If yes, you are not alone however this post will help you out to better understand your options with new Microsoft Technologies, such as: Office 365, Azure, CRM online and so forth. You may want to review this blog post that lays out licensing basics for any organization that needs to license software for more than 5 or less than 250 devices or users. It details the different ways you can buy a license and what choices are available for volume licensing, which can give you pricing advantages and provide flexible options … Continue reading Need help with Microsoft software licensing? This post is for you..

Scheduling Background Jobs in Windows PowerShell 3.0

Hi Folks, The PowerShell team explains a nice new feature of PowerShell 3.0 which allows the management of Jobs using PowerShell. One of the most common phone calls that the support team gets for Windows PowerShell is "How do I use Task Scheduler to schedule Windows PowerShell scripts?". As an administrator, you need to have full control over when scripts run in your environment. Perhaps you need run a script only during a one-off maintenance window or maybe you want to schedule some routine maintenance on a server so that it runs at non-peak times. Although it was possible to … Continue reading Scheduling Background Jobs in Windows PowerShell 3.0

Windows Server “8” Beta Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster

Provides a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server “8” Beta and focuses on Hyper-V Replica, networking, virtual machine mobility (live migration), storage, failover clustering, and scalability. Download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=29189 Cheers, Anderson Patricio http://www.andersonpatricio.ca http://www.andersonpatricio.org (Portuguese) Twitter: @apatricio

Getting started with Cloud Computing

Hi folks, I would like to share with you guys a really nice summary about Cloud Computing using Microsoft Technologies. Enjoy it! Public Cloud computing means that the infrastructure to run and manage the applications users are taking advantage of is run by someone else and not you. In other words, you do not buy the hardware or software to run your email or other services being used in your organization – that is done by someone else. Users simply connect to these services from their computers and you pay a monthly subscription fee for each user that is taking … Continue reading Getting started with Cloud Computing

Check out Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell (pre-release)

Wanted to write a quick post about a tool that can help you find and catalogue various PowerShell scripts that are scattered on various online communities or – possibly – your internal company network shares. The tool is called Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell and has entered the public Beta 1 stage now. Download Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell (pre-release) User guide Script Explorer Forum Read more at source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/03/14/check-out-microsoft-script-explorer-for-windows-powershell-pre-release.aspx Cheers, Anderson Patricio http://www.andersonpatricio.ca http://www.andersonpatricio.org (Portuguese) Twitter: @apatricio

Managing UPN to help Exchange authentication

Hi Folks, In some organizations where the Active Directory domain is different from the public name, such as apatricio.local (Active Directory FQDN) and the external SMTP address is andersonpatricio.ca. Some organizations may want to authenticate users using user@domain.com format instead of DOMAIN\username or just username and that can be easily done using additional UPNs. The entire process can be divided in a couple of tasks, such as manage UPN, manage the user and then finally configure Outlook Web App. Managing UPN on Active Directory First thing to do is to add the desired UPN to the Active Directory and that … Continue reading Managing UPN to help Exchange authentication

Top 5 Reasons to choose Microsoft Hyper-V R2 SP1 over VMware vSphere 5

Hi folks, Virtualization is a reality in the vast majority of the companies and in case you are using VMWare and you are trying to find a good reason to explain the change to your boss about the benefits of using Microsoft Virtualization, this post can be useful Microsoft released a document comparing VMWare vSphere 5 and Windows Server 2008 R2 however the Windows 8 (beta) just released will bring tons of new features for Microsoft customer. Here is the PDF http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/F/A/EFA7E5D1-C8F9-40EA-8296-896CD42C1A20/Top_5_Reasons_to_choose_Microsoft_Hyper-V_R2_SP1_over_VMware_vSphere%205.pdf   Cheers, Anderson Patricio http://www.andersonpatricio.ca http://www.andersonpatricio.org (Portuguese) Twitter: @apatricio