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RBAC Manager R2 for Exchange 2010 SP2, Exchange 2013 Preview and Office 365

Posted by Awinish on September 11, 2012

New version of RBAC (R2 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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Exchange 2013

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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Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool

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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Renewed MVP award for Directory Services 2012

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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Windows 8 operating system does not boot or install on ESXi or ESX

Posted by Awinish on June 18, 2012

I came across the below article from the Vmware site & found worth mentioning it here. It provides the resolution against issue happening during windows 8 installation on the Vmware. ESX or ESXi servers.


  •     Windows 8 fails to boot or install on any version of ESXi or ESX
  •     Windows 8 is not working
  •     Cannot use Windows 8 in ESXi or ESX

Windows 8 operating system does not boot or install on ESXi or ESX


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Active Directory Replication Status Tool Released

Posted by Awinish on June 15, 2012

Few days back, Microsoft has released Active Directory Replication Status Tool which has capability to analyze the replication status of the DC’s in the domain & forests. You can fetch the report either to the Excel, XPS or any other. The tool can also filter the error, help you to select the scope of the forest or domain to be analyzed, point you to the online technet references.

Specific capabilities for this tool include:

  • Expose Active Directory replication errors occurring in a domain or forest.
  • Prioritize errors that need to be resolved in order to avoid the creation of lingering objects in Active Directory forests.
  • Help administrators and support professionals resolve replication errors by linking to Active Directory replication troubleshooting content on Microsoft TechNet.
  • Allow replication data to be exported to source or destination domain administrators or support professionals for offline analysis.

The tool ADREPLSTATUS can be downloaded from the below link.

Ned Pyle from DS Team has good write-up at the below link.

AD Replication Status Tool is Live

Few of the screenshot of the tool.





































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Windows XP SP3 & Office 2003 Support Coming To An End By April 2014

Posted by Awinish on June 6, 2012

Time to start upgrading Windows XP SP3 & Office 2003, if not started already.  The support for both of the products are going to be end by April 8, 2014.


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Microsoft Certifications Reinvented

Posted by Awinish on April 12, 2012

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

Posted by Awinish on February 29, 2012

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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