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Microsoft Certifications Reinvented

April 12th, 2012 by and tagged ,

Microsoft has announced new certification program for the on premise and cloud computing

Microsoft Certifications Reinvented: Start Your Journey NOW.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)


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Windows 8 Customer Preview…Avaialble For Download

February 29th, 2012 by and tagged

Windows 8 Server (GUI and Core)version is only available in x64 bit at the below link.

Windows 8 customer preview client is available for the download both in x86 and x64 bit at the below link. But, it is not to be considered as final version.

Introducing Windows 8 Consumer Preview


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New Logo for windows 8 or Yet To Be Named

February 28th, 2012 by and tagged ,

Microsoft has planned to redesign its windows logo for the upcoming windows 8/ Win 2012 or yet to be finalized its name. Windows 8 Consumer preview is releasing on 29th Feb 2012.

Requirements for Windows Server App Certification Program for windows 8

The Windows Server Application Certification Program has released this finalized requirements document to familiarize developers on how to validate the compatibility of their applications with the next release of Windows Server, code named Windows Server “8” Beta.

Why Metro now rules at Microsoft

Microsoft’s Windows Azure Active Directory plans takes shape;content


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MS Office 2015 and MS Product Roadmap 2012

February 14th, 2012 by and tagged , ,

Microsoft office 2015 goes out for testing

Microsoft product road map 2012


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New Exchange Tool Released..PSTCapture and Client N/W Bandwidth Calculator

February 14th, 2012 by and tagged

The most awaited tools related with Exchange server.

Exchange Team posted the PST Capture Tool for download.

PST Capture helps you search your network to discover and then import .pst files across your environment – all from a straightforward admin-driven tool. PST Capture will help reduce risk while increasing productivity for your users by importing .pst files into Exchange Online or Exchange Server 2010 – directly into users’ primary mailboxes or archives.

Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool

The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool (OCAT ) provides a quick and easy method to analyze your Microsoft Office Outlook profile for common configurations that may cause problems in Outlook. This can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Outlook or when you want to identify possible issues with Outlook proactively.

Announcing the Exchange Client Network Bandwidth Calculator Beta

Using this tool, you would be able to predict the client network bandwidth requirements for a specific set of users/sites. The calculator needed to deal with Outlook, OWA and Mobile Devices, both on-premises and for Office 365 scenarios.

The following clients are included in this Beta; further clients will be added over time.

  • Outlook 2010
  • Outlook 2007
  • Outlook 2003
  • OWA 2010
  • OWA 2007
  • Windows Mobile
  • Windows Phone


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Windows 8 Developer Preview…Dcpromo

January 20th, 2012 by and tagged

After reading various articles, i decided to try my hands on windows 8 developer edition too. I managed to download the vhd file available on the MSDN, created the VM using Vmware virtual machine 8 workstation to configure domain controller on windows 8. Trying to promote the server as a DC, i thought of older way running it in run box, but i was not able to locate it and i can’t see anywhere to get it on my home screen. I tried to disable Metro interface first, since it is more suitable to the mobile devices then on servers desktop.

I then tried to look for the run/cmd window again i was not able to find those to disable metro UI. I was finally able to open windows explorer and typed cmd and wohaa..its poped it out and in same windows explorer, by typing regedit, it too appeared and finally able to disable metro UI locating below registry path.

Locate  HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer

Disable RPEnabled key to “0” from “1” shown in below image and to revert the setting configure the value back to “0”.




























Now i got classic Start menu interface which I’m used to it. Then, i tried to configure AD using DCPROMO and i received below error. From the error it is understandable that you can’t execute dcpromo directly from run or cmd and you need to first install AD role from the server manager.







Open Server manager > Click Add role > Select check mark Active Directory Domain Services, click next select all default option and click finish. DO NOT check to install install DNS server at this time as this will give you error during prerequisite check and ultimately failing the dcpromo on the server. We will be installing DNS server service at the later stage.

You need to go to the dashboard and under roles and server groups , you will see  Roles listed. Click on more in-front of configuration requirement under Active Directory domain services.


If you notice in below image, you will find there is faded text written as “promote this server to a domain controller”. It took more than 10 mins to me to locate this option, firstly i need to scroll towards right and its was almost hidden.



Once i clicked on the “promote this server to a domain controller”, i got below screen and started my configuration.



I clicked next to proceed, but once i reached the windows to confirm installation, i found it has not provided me the option to configure Netbios name option. So, the fact is you can’t choose netbios name in the GUI, you need to use powershell script for that.

In the below screenshot the prerequisite is complete without any error and now click on the install button.




Close the console and server will be rebooted. Now the server is Domain Controller now…Enjoy playing with AD Now.






















Windows 8 promised to offer lot more then previous version of the OS and it is going to be a revolution for the powershell users. Few features related with AD and windows 8 are:

  • Remote DCPROMO capability.
  • Running adprep on particular FSMO role will not be required in windows 8.
  • GUI Interface for AD Recycle and fine grained password policy.
  • Virtualization aware Domain controllers means virtualizing the domain controller using image or snapshot will not be issue any more.
  • GUI can be turned on and off.
  • Troubleshooting Replication cmdlets will be available  in the powersheell.
  • Forcing group policy to single or multiple clients.
  • New file format Refs (Resilient file system) support in the windows 8 .
  • AD DS integration with Server manager console.
  • Adprep is provided as a inbuilt functionality.


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Wish You A Great 2012 Year Ahead..!!

December 31st, 2011 by

Wishing you all my blog readers a very happy and learning New Year 2012 ahead. I’ll try to come up with more articles in a coming year, so my blog can help mpre and more people to learn and shape up their career path.









Awinish & Family

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Automatic IE update From Jan 2012

December 20th, 2011 by and tagged ,

Microsoft has made a announcement that from the Jan 2010, IE will be updated automatically if windows automatic update is turned on. It will happen automatically in the background without any user intervention and maintaining your favorites,home page  etc.

Most of the attack on the system are caused by web browser, so MS has decided to introduce automatic IE update to secure the system from malware/spywares. Read more at below links.


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Exchange 2010 SP2 released

December 6th, 2011 by and tagged

Exchange 2010 SP2 has been released and available for the download from the below link.

More on the Exchange 2010 SP2 improvements.


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Win 7/ Win 2008 R2 – Threats and Countermeasures Guide And Security Compliance Manager

October 22nd, 2011 by and tagged

I just found the security threat management guide from the Microsoft for windows 7 and windows 2008 R2. This guide helps to understand the threats and counter measure related with the windows 7 and 2008 R2.

Contents inside the Guide.

-Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Security Settings in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
-Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Account Policies
-Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Advanced Security Audit Policy
-Threats and Countermeasures Guide: User Rights
-Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Security Options
-Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Event Log
-Threats and Countermeasures Guide: System Services
-Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Software Restriction Policies
-Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Application Control Policies
-Threats and Countermeasures Guide: External Storage Devices
-Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Additional Resources

The guide(Threats and Countermeasures Guide: Security Settings in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2) can be downloaded from the below link.

You might have heard of Microsoft Security Compliance Manager tool released long back containing Microsoft baseline security guidelines. If you haven’t come across and don’t know about this tool, i’m sure security of your environment is not up-to-date.

Microsoft Security Compliance Manager

Alan has nice article and screenshot in his blog.


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