CRM: Migrating Public Folder Data

This article covers using Outlook to Migrate a contact folder from Exchange Public Folders to a PST File to then migrate to CRM. A CRM client needed their contacts which were currently kept in public folders migrated to CRM. Obviously the first step is to get the contacts from Public Folders in to a format that is can be imported to CRM. So in this case we need to get the contacts to a PST file and the steps below are taken from Microsoft KB327304 Certainly, many people would first think of using Exmerge to get PST data from Exchange, … Continue reading CRM: Migrating Public Folder Data

Branch Office: Using SSTP for Site-to-Site VPN on Windows Server 2008

In this post I will define how SSTP is different from PPTP and L2TP. I will cover some of the advatanges of this technology which released with Windows Server 2008. Finally I will cover the basic steps to setup SSTP and provide resources for further configuration advice. The end goal is to use SSTP for a site to site VPN over which client computers can share resources. Note: Certain aspects of SBS and EBS environments mean they are out of scope for this article however, this arcticle is still a good starting point for understanding the principles of SSTP and … Continue reading Branch Office: Using SSTP for Site-to-Site VPN on Windows Server 2008

Industry Statistics: 2000 IT Pro Survey about using Service Providers

Microsoft recently worked with  MarketTools’s Zoom Panel Tech to conduct a 2000 IT Pro survey on the subject of how and why they use solution providers (IT consultants, resellers, system integrators and hosted service providers). Here are the highlights: Over 70% of IT pros surveyed use some sort of solution provider (consultant, reseller, system integrator or hosted service provider.) Consultants were indicated by IT decision makers as the most commonly used solution provider (57%) vs. resellers (43%), solution integrators (38%), and hosted service providers (36%) 42% of IT decision makers view solution providers as “highly” or “extremely” influential in the direction of … Continue reading Industry Statistics: 2000 IT Pro Survey about using Service Providers

Creating bootable USB using Diskpart and using it to install Windows 7

There has got to be a way to create a bootable USB drive using Windows! In this article I will describe how to do it with nothing more than the Windows DVD and a separate Windows workstation. First of all, I hate that HP utility that needs a floppy. What the tarnation is that? If you don’t have a DVD of a floppy drive you need this method. Before we begin you will need to know a few things. You will need to know the drive letters of your drives such as the DVD drive with the Windows 7 media, the drive … Continue reading Creating bootable USB using Diskpart and using it to install Windows 7

Hyper-V: Disk2vhd Free Physical Disk Conversion tool

Well dual boot just went obsolete. At least installing to two different directories it did. Now you can achieve true isolation. Mark Rusinovich wizard extraordinaire and the Microsoft Sysinternals team launched a great new tool. Disk2VHD excerpted from the Sysinternals site:  Download Disk2vhd (704 KB) Introduction Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ … Continue reading Hyper-V: Disk2vhd Free Physical Disk Conversion tool

Windows Server 2008 R2 Branch Office: Features to Empower the Cloud

If you are involved at all with Microsoft on a professional level, you could not miss the fact that Microsoft is lugging the Juggernaut that it is toward Cloud computing. Branch Office is a logical intermediary step in the strategy since technology that Microsoft develops here will be leveraged to connect to a platform in the cloud like Windows Azure. Over the remainder of the month I am going to deep dive on new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Win7 as they relate to Branch Offices. I will talk about strategies for mitigating common problems and provide an in … Continue reading Windows Server 2008 R2 Branch Office: Features to Empower the Cloud

A Case for an Interleaving Constrained Shared Memory

New Research from the University of Michigan duo Jie Yu and Satish Narayanasamy looks into encoding a set of tested correct interleavings in a program’s binary executable using Predecessor Set (PSet) constraints. These constraints are efficiently enforced at runtime using processor support, which ensures that the runtime follows a tested interleaving. They analyze several bugs in open source applications such as MySQL, Apache, Mozilla, etc., and show that, by enforcing PSet constraints, one can avoid not only data races and atomicity violations, but also other forms of concurrency bugs. Source: A Case for Interleaving Constrained Shared Memory  Conclusions: Testing and verifying … Continue reading A Case for an Interleaving Constrained Shared Memory

Hyper-V 2008 R2 – Gotcha #1 – How to install Windows Server 2003 SP2 without a network card

Well I am deep into using Hyper-V R2 and I have probably forgotten a dozen things that caught me off guard at the beginning. I have resolved to just blog about them as they come up rather that put them in order of importance. In order for Hyper-V 2008 R2 Integration services to be installed on Windows Server 2003, SP2 needs to be installed. Now in most circustances this would not be a problem because you could use slipstreamimng to make another ISO image with the SP2 or SP3 install files. For more information on slip streamimng look here: How … Continue reading Hyper-V 2008 R2 – Gotcha #1 – How to install Windows Server 2003 SP2 without a network card

SQL Server Downgrade rights

Every now and then you try to dig up the information regarding downgrade rights that come with your software. This post shows paths to downgrade SQL Server. Source: SQL Server Licensing Guide. Jeff LoucksAvailable Technology