Posted by Awinish on May 15, 2013
Exchange 2013 released long back, but what was missing is Exchange role requirement & database calculators. The calculators helps in sizing the Exchange server role as well as plan the database storage design. People were waiting for the calculator as it helped in sizing and designing of the storage requirements. This was getting delayed and most awaited. The wait is over & Microsoft has released it Exchange 2013 server role as well as database sizing calculator.
The calculator can be downloaded from the below URL. More information about Exchange 2013 IO performance.
Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator
Ask the Perf Guy: Sizing Exchange 2013 Deployments
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Management Pack
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Posted by Awinish on April 10, 2013
I was reading about ADAM & AD LDS(AD LDS is the upgraded version of ADAM ) & found the article by the DS team. It is a comprehensive article with lot of references & details which can help you to understand & implement ADAM or AD LDS.
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Posted by Awinish on April 9, 2013
Presuming, many of you are aware that DNS is the heart of the Active Directory(AD) & without proper DNS infrastructure it is not possible to design and setup good AD design. It is said that before mastering the AD, master DNS first because if you are able to setup DNS design perfectly, you have avoided most of the troubles for your AD.
I was searching for the some DNS information on the Technet & found a very useful link, which points considerable quality of the DNS resources. AT the right side of the page, you can browse for Top DNS questions , recommendations for top the DNS issues,diagnostics etc. It also contains webcasts & useful videos for better understanding.
It includes resources for 2008 to 2003, tips for diagnosing DNS, designing, implementation etc.
Windows Server 2008 R2 Resources
- What’s New: What’s New in Windows in DNS in Server 2008 R2
Includes details about DNSSEC, cache locking, devolution and socket pool.
- Migration: Active Directory Domain Services and DNS Server Migration Guide
Best practices for migration from old hardware to new hardware running Windows Server 2008 R2.
- Step by step: Core Network Guides for Windows Server 2008 R2
Instructions for planning and deploying the components required for a fully functioning network and a new Active Directory domain in a new forest. Includes DNS, DHCP, NPS, WINS, and TCP/IP. A downloadable version is also available.
- Deployment: Secure DNS Deployment Guide
Detailed procedures for configuring and deploying a secure DNS infrastructure using Windows Server 2008 R2, including zones, IPsec, and certificates. Some enhancements to DNS security in Windows Server, such as DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC), are only available with Windows Server 2008 R2.
- Deployment: DNSSEC PowerShell Scripts
Six PowerShell scripts to perform key DNS tasks, such as backing up a zone file.
- Product Help: DNS in Windows Server 2008 R2 Product Help
Includes a series of essential checklists and procedures.
- Operations: DNS Server Operations Guide
Includes best practices and guidance on zones, reverse lookups, client management and more.
- Operations: DNSSEC PowerShell Scripts
Six PowerShell scripts to perform key DNS tasks, such as backing up a zone file.
- Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting DNS
Troubleshooting info for DNS clients, servers, dynamic updates and zones.
- Technical Reference: DNS Technical Reference
Comprehensive technical background. Includes what DNS is, how it works, and related tools and registry entries.
Domain Name System (DNS)
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Posted by Awinish on January 28, 2013
I feel privileged & humbled to the Microsoft for considering the worthiness of publishing my experience as an Microsoft “Most Valuable Professional“(MVP). You can check the excerpts at the below link. You can also comment it, if you like so.
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Posted by Awinish on December 7, 2012
The final version of the Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013 is available for the subscriber of MSDN/Technet & through Microsoft Volume Licensing. For the retail availability, it is planned for the first quarter of 2013 release.
Its time to download & get started to understand the new feature & ready to adopt. I’ll be downloading in a days or two to instal on my system & lets see how its going to works.
Read more for office at http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2012/12/03/the-new-office-is-now-available-for-business-customers.aspx
Read more for Exchange at http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/12/03/exchange-server-2013-reaches-general-availability.aspx
Read more for Lync at http://blogs.technet.com/b/lync/
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Posted by Awinish on September 11, 2012
New version of RBAC (R2 18.104.22.168)for Exchange 2010 SP2 has been released. There are improvements & addition been done into the tool. You can download the latest version of RBAC tool from the below link.
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Posted by Awinish on July 17, 2012
Its time to start learning Exchange 2013, its preview version is already available for download at below link. The final version release is scheduled for the next year.
More information for Exchange 2013 can be found out at below link. The below link comprise of the detailed information of the Exchange 2013.
What’s New in Exchange 2013 Preview
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Posted by Awinish on July 9, 2012
My system’s OS was corrupt due to virus attack & i was helpless, because of malfunctioning of my DVD(Blu Ray drive) drive. I decided to buy another DVD drive of the same model, but found its too expensive for the my pocket. My laptop is Sony Vaio & parts of the Sony vaio are too costly. Since, the DVD drive on my system is rarely used & spending money just for installing OS, i was not comfortable to spend the money. Also, if these DVD drives are not been used, you never know how long they will function & requires you to empty your pocket.
I decided to search online what others used to do, when they are into similar situations like me. I found there are options available to install OS using USB/Pen drive. I found a cool utility named Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool which can convert ISO image to a bootable image on the USB drive & the same USB drive can be used to install OS. The utility is very simple & it worked flawlessly for me during conversion of windows 7 ISO to USB bootable image. I also find the tool can also create a bootable Disc too from ISO file.
Steps to create a bootable USB drive are:
- Download & Install the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool
- Open the tool by clicking on it.
- Locate the ISO file of the OS needs to be converted by clicking on the Browse button.
- Click Next.
- Connect the USB device. Make sure it is at least 4 GB, if the selected OS is windows 7.
- Choose a media type by clicking on the USB Device.
- You will see USB device appears.
- Finally, click on copying & once done you are ready to use for the OS installtion.
Note: You need to enable boot from USB or External devices in Bios on the system loaded with new OS.
You can download the USB tool from the below link.
Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool
Using the Windows 7 USB Download Tool with ANY .iso file
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Posted by Awinish on July 1, 2012
I have been reselected as an MVP for the year 2012 in Directory Services category. The MVP award is an honor & I’m happy as well as thankful to the Microsoft for presenting this honor.
I would like to thank you all for your wishes & support.
Dear Awinish Vishwakarma,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Directory Services technical communities during the past year.
Thank you once again.
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