Office 365 Fuels Agile Workforce in Auction and Office Rental Business

Winrox role helping companies reinforce their competitive advantage takes us to the largest enterprises in the world. Perhaps one of the best examples of what Office 365 can do for organizations is embodied in our smallest client. This client embodies how complexity can be handled in such a manner as to bring simplicity with the right investments in the right tools. Space2Work and FastTalker.com are two businesses run by Shelley Buleziuk and her family. Her husband Mark whose skills drive the business and Shelley masterfully runs the organization which supports their work and that of their 6 other employees who … Continue reading Office 365 Fuels Agile Workforce in Auction and Office Rental Business

Branch Office: Thought Process – some considerations from the field

While choosing a branch office solution, you have to address various issues, such as security, data replication, minimal IT capabilities, hardware costs, unauthorized physical access, and unwanted changes to Active Directory. The following bulleted list discusses the points above and highlights the solutions to address the concerns. (Source:MSL 89-389) Security In case the security at the branch office is your major concern, you should use the  Server Core installation option of the Windows Server 2008 operating system and install , RODCs, Server Message Block (SMB) 2.0, and BitLocker Drive Encryption. Server core offers a reduced attack surface because of the … Continue reading Branch Office: Thought Process – some considerations from the field

EBS: How to increase the timeout period for OWA and RWW

So you have discovered that the EBS’ Remote Web Workplace is the best thing since Captain Kirk. Users are using it everywhere. A frequent user request is to lengthen the timeout period before the application automatically logs out if the user is not active. As an administrator you have to realize that the reason this is in place is to protect the company and the indivudal employee. When you make this change you make it for everyone and therefore as an organization this decision has to come from the people who would fire you if information is lost or compromised. … Continue reading EBS: How to increase the timeout period for OWA and RWW

EBS: Leveraging Single Sign On (SSO) in TMG for Sharepoint

There is a never ending source of learning in EBS and I wanted to document a solution we rendered for Michael Hensley around Single Sign On with TMG and EBS to deliver SharePoint without multiple prompts. Before Available Technology resolved the issues, every time a SharePoint page was loaded from the outside world through the Remote Web Workplace, the user was prompted several times for various reasons. The first was because of unsecured content being presented through the https page. This caused a warning to fire for each bit of content that was coming from an http source. The second … Continue reading EBS: Leveraging Single Sign On (SSO) in TMG for Sharepoint

System Requirements for creating a test environment using Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

There are a few areas which catch the us off guard when we plan to create a test environment. If you are going to repurpose hardware make sure you review this Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 information to make sure you have the required hardware and software. Microsoft Official System Requirements Supported Operating Systems: A list of supported guest operating systems can be found here. Processor: x64 compatible processor with Intel VT or AMD-V technology enabled. Hardware Data Execution Prevention (DEP), specifically Intel XD bit (execute disable bit) or AMD NX bit (no execute bit), must be available and enabled. … Continue reading System Requirements for creating a test environment using Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

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

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

Hyper-V: Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 from Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V

In the following post I will describe three methods for upgrading from Windows Server R2 from Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V. The methods described here are covered in MS Support KB 957256. After listing the methods I will describe why I prefer one of the methods. Before you upgrade. The upgrade process is not complex however you need to be careful. An important first step is to bring all of your virtual machines into a single state. You should review each virtual machine and establish a clean VM to be migrated. This VM must be in a shut down state. … Continue reading Hyper-V: Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 from Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V

Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

This blog post outlines supported and unsupported upgrade paths for editions of the Windows® 7 operating system. Unsupported Upgrade Scenarios   ·      Upgrades to Windows 7 from the following operating systems are not supported:  ·      Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP, Windows Vista® RTM, Windows Vista Starter, Windows 7 M3, Windows 7 Beta, Windows 7 RC, or Windows 7 IDS ·      Windows NT® Server 4.0, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server® 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 ·      Cross-architecture in-place upgrades (for example, x86 to x64) are not supported. ·      Cross-language in-place upgrades (for example, en-us to de-de) are not supported. ·      Cross-SKU upgrades (for example, Windows 7 N to Windows 7 K) are not supported. ·      … Continue reading Windows 7 Upgrade Paths