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Be nice to be able to make wildcard certificates for use in development with makecert – turns out, it’s real easy. Just ensure that your CN= is the wildcard string to use. The following sequence generates a CA cert, then the public/private key pair for a wildcard certificate REM make the CA makecert -pe -n "CN=*.contosotest.com" -a sha1 -len 2048 -sky exchange -eku 1.3.6.1.5.5.7.3.1 -ic CA.cer -iv CA.pvk -sp "Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider" -sy 12 -sv wildcard.pvk wildcard.cer pvk2pfx ...
An enterprise application is a software which fulfills 4 core quality attributes: Reliability Flexibility Reusability Maintainability Reliability is the ability of a system or component to perform its required functions under stated conditions for a specific period of time. Because there are no ways more than testing to make sure a system is reliability, we can exchange the term reliability with the term testability. Flexibility is the ability of changing a system's core features without violating ...
Ok, So I've gotten a TiVo and overall, I'm happy, but there have been issues and I suspect I've a defective unit. - Now the nice folks after many service calls were happy to swap it out, and to ensure continuity of service, they sent me a new unit (after a $109 deposit). That was yesterday. Today, when we go to watch a little TV, and wait for our replacement unit to arrive we find our TiVo service has been suspended. WTF? They have an exchange program, but your unit your waiting to exchange is as ...
I was pleasantly surprised by my inbox yesterday to find that my session submission for VMWorld 2011 had been accepted! I had been trying for many years to break in to doing some sessions at Microsoft's TechEd - always to no avail. It always seemed like you had to know the secret handshake, be an MVP or work for Microsoft. I felt like I was destined to settle with speakling at user groups, no matter how badly I tried to get more experience in front of larger groups. So when my local VMWare account ...
My name is Brent Caskey and I have been in IT since 1999. I currently work for Dell in the Support Services group. The posts that you will see here are either related to cases I have worked or something that I have seen in the lab. I currently support Hyper-V, Windows Clustering, Exchange Server, and Windows Core Services (AD, DNS, RDS, etc.). If I’m not working on a customer case, then I am teaching or developing a training class. Currently I’m teaching Exchange Server and Hyper-V classes that I ...
PDF stands for Portable Document Format. As the name implies, it is a data format that can be used to describe documents. Adobe, the developers of PDF, market software to create, edit and visualize PDF files. Because the specifications of the file format are publicly available and meanwhile even became an official ISO-standard, a lot of other companies develop PDF-related software as well. In prepress, PDF is commonly used as a format to exchange data, either complete pages that need to be printed ...
A Parable: A woman walks into a restaurant (a real greasy spoon, burger-and-fries type of place), where she’s greeted by the owner. “Hello, and welcome to my restaurant! What can I get for you today!”, the owner asked. “Well”, says the woman, scanning the menu, “What exactly is the ‘Diet Platter’”? The owner chuckles. “Oh, well that’s our big burger combo, with fries and a milkshake” “Well what’s ‘diet’ about that?!” she blurted out, genuinely annoyed. “Uh…well, there isn’t anything…its a joke! We ...
Late last week it came to my attention that in Exchange 2010 SP1, Microsoft made some major changes to the way we export mailboxes to PST files. While I usually say that I embrace change, I don't when it comes to applications I manage. For those familiar with Exchange 2007, the Export-Mailbox cmdlet was a nice and easy method to take some email and dump it into a PST. All you had to do was provide yourself full access to the mailboxes you were looking to export and run the cmdlet. Well goodbye Export-Mailbox, ...
After you install and configure Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange on your Exchange 2010 Hub Transport Servers, you can use the Exchange PowerShell Send-MailMessage cmdlet to test your Forefront configuration on one or more Hub Transport Servers without having to stop the Microsoft Exchange Transport service. Also, you can use the PowerShell cmdlet to test your file filters using different types of e-mail attachments to ensure Forefront is working as designed. Here are a couple of examples ...
GIF is a file format that should not really be used for prepress, it is far more suited for web design or to exchange images through e-mail or newsgroups. Unfortunately, GIF images keep popping up in pages made by amateurs (not to mention books about the internet ) so it is worthwhile to know a bit about the format. You can also use this description to explain to people why GIF is not suited for prepress use. General information GIF is the abbreviation of Graphics Interchange Format. It was originally ...
DCS stands for Desktop Color Separation. It is a file format that is based on the EPS file format. In fact, you could regard DCS files as a collection of EPS files. DCS files are mainly used to exchange bitmap images between prepress applications. Occasionally DCS files are also used for vector data or text. The main advantage of DCS over its parent EPS file format is that it adds a kind of OPI-functionality to the file format. Since DCS files contain separate EPS-files for each plate, an application ...
EPS or Encapsulated PostScript is a standard graphics file format for exchanging images, drawings or even layouts of complete pages. An EPS file internally contains a description of such an object or layout using the PostScript page description language. The purpose of an EPS file is to be included in other pages. Sometimes EPS files are called EPSF files. EPSF simply stands for Encapsulated PostScript Format. EPS files have the extension .eps or .epsf. This page discusses: the basics of the EPS ...
8:39 AM Supporting the Exchange and Lync communities. Exchange 2010 News Certification News: Microsoft Certified Master:Exchange 2010 Overview of the Cert FAQ Resources: Microsoft Exchange team blog Gary Siepser’s PowerShell examples Bhargav Shukla’s blog Jedi Hammond’s blog (exchangemaster.wordpress.com) Mike Pfeiffer’s blog (mikepfeiffer.net) C7 Solutions team blog (c7solutions.com) Tim McMichael’s blog Mike Lagase’s blog Pasted from <http://www.microsoft.co... ...
Ran over to lunch after watching Speaker Idol. I found the short cut tunnel which was a boon and really trimmed down the amount of time it took me to get over to the dining hall. However, as fortune would have it, the side I came out on was closing down. It was only 12:50pm and lunch closed at 1:30pm, however, they were literally trying to take the food out from under my spoon as I put it on my plate. And they didn’t seem the least bit concerned I was trying to eat. They had already pulled out all ...
I know – where the heck is the Day One post? I will have to post that legacy post later. I am moving on with the current day. Day one was packed with activities to say the least, capped off with a wonderful dinner sponsored by @BetsyWeber of @TechSmith fame. Day two began with the death march out to the dining hall in the remote wild of Hall C. Luckily, apart from meals, I haven't had any reason to venture all the way back out to Hall C. Being an Exchange-focused geek I have been able to spend all ...
Every now and then I find that it is necessary to apply self signed SSL certificates when implementing Exchange servers. Self Signed Subject Alternative Name (SAN) Certificates that is, because Exchange uses that kind of certificates since Exchange 2007.BackgroundThe need for self signed SSL certificates can have different reasons. One of these reasons can be that a company has an internal Windows Active Directory™ DNS domain name, that this company does not own on the internet. As a result, no public ...
When we started our Exchange 2010 deployment, we ran into an issue with not being able to modify distribution lists. I documented how to fix this issue in a previous post. Not too long ago, we started getting a few reports from users with Exchange 2010 mailboxes that they could not modify their distribution lists and the error message they were getting was the same error message we saw when we started deploying Exchange 2010. When an user attempted to modify a distribution list they owned, they would ...
Let’s focus on Exam 70-583 this time. This exam is PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications. This guide itself will be a different approach to preparing for the exam itself. Instead of just taking the individual topics, let’s review the topic in as much information as we can. Here is a set of resources to get started. This is the topic I will be presenting at TechEd North America 2011, so expect more information after 5/18/2011. Here is the link to the session: http://northamerica.msteche... ...
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It has been too long since I have last posted to this blog. Life has a way of taking over and the next time you put your head up it is 2011. I have been in a long long Exchange 2010 migration as well as some other family related things. Kids growing up, sports, travel, etc. I am sure Twitter and Facebook have also eaten in to my formal blogging activities. I have been posting there when I have had time. They lend themselves much easier to three sentence updates of the hectic lifestyle. I would feel ...
I haven’t been able to get my work email syncing with my Samsung Focus since I started the new gig due to some certificate issues. When I try to connect, I’m just told there’s a problem with the certificate. The real underlying issue is that the certificate for my work email isn’t installed on my WP7 device. Unfortunately, this ends up being a manual task that you have to perform, but its not a difficult one once you know what to do. Jerome Laban’s blog post talks about the root cause of the issue: ...
This article is a Part 4 of the Interview Questions series. Part 1: BizTalk: Questions for interview without answers Part 2: BizTalk: Interview questions and principles Part 3: WCF: Questions for studying and interviewPart 4: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: DiscoveryPart 5: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: Routing Service Part 6: BizTalk: Advanced Questions Q&A: WCF, Discovery · When the WS-Discovery standard gets approval first time? · Is the WS-Discovery using the XML format ...
Like it or not, we humans make mistakes. If we embrace the fact that we are going to make mistakes, we can direct our efforts to reduce mistakes in areas that are critical in exchange for potentially making more mistakes in areas that aren’t. Gasp! We need to get over the silly notion that our work can ever be 100% perfect and try to maximize in the areas that matter. Does it really matter? These are the things I’ve found that typically don’t matter as much in the grand scheme of development. Start ...
(these are lifted verbatim from Microsoft here, here and here and are presented below only because it’s convenient to have them lumped altogether…) Getting Started with Windows Phone Windows Phone development platform supports both XNA Framework and Silverlight. This unit takes you through the step-by-step creation of your first Windows Phone Silverlight application. Hands-On Labs · Hello Windows Phone This lab intends to be the classic "Hello World" application, introducing you to the tools and ...
We noticed some very odd, random behavior in our environment specifically with Exchange 2010 ActiveSync and Outlook Web App. Some of our mobile devices had trouble synchronizing email (problems with connecting, direct push wasn’t working properly). Some of our users had trouble connecting to Outlook Web App. Some of our users using Outlook Web App externally were inadvertently connecting to other user mailboxes that they did not have permission to and, not to mention, a serious security breach (I ...
For the past few weeks now there’s been a persistent “Zune is dead!” rumor. There was one a few months ago as well speculating about the name itself. The most recent one focuses on the hardware. It’s been “we have nothing to announce”-ed by Microsoft, which is Microsoft code for… having nothing to announce. As tech companies go, Microsoft doesn’t really go in for the whole rumor mill thing. The merits of that policy is a different discussion. I don’t have any insider knowledge. I don’t know anyone ...
Several users reported that they could not turn on or off their Out of Office reply using either Microsoft Outlook 2007 or 2010. They did not have any problems turning on or off their OOF reply using Microsoft Outlook Web App. When they attempted to turn on or off their Out of Office reply, they received a Your automatic reply settings cannot be displayed because the server is currently unavailable. Try again later. error message. If you are using Outlook 2007/2010, the first thing you need to do ...
When building my latest SharePoint 2010 demo virtual machines, I decided to try installing Exchange 2010 as well. Now, I’m not an Exchange admin, but I thought “how hard can this be?” Well, a little more than I thought. Pretty early during the install, I got an error saying that it couldn’t “install Transport HUB”. I double checked that my VM was meeting all of the requirements, both hardware and software, and everything looked fine. After much researching, it turns out that the error was caused ...
the following snippet can be used to add more than one user to the grantsendonbehalfto property with Powershell and the Exchange Management Shell get-mailbox dummy |set-mailbox -grantsendonbehalfto “testuser3? $a = get-mailbox testuser2 | select-object grantsendonbehalfto $b = get-mailbox dummy| select-object grantsendonbehalfto $a.grantsendonbehalfto += $b.grantsendonbehalfto[0] get-mailbox testuser2 |set-mailbox -grantsendonbehalfto $($a.grantsendonbehalfto) ...
After we moved one of our user mailboxes from Exchange 2003 to 2010, the user started getting a Cannot get mail. The connection to the server failed error message on their iPhone device. There are a lot of references on Google to check for inherited permissions to resolve the error message. We quickly determined that we were not dealing with a permissions issue. After some additional troubleshooting and research, we were able to isolate the problem to a device partnership issue. To resolve the issue, ...
Good references when looking to see if someone really legally owns a name, copyright, etc. Copyrights = http://cocatalog.loc.gov/ Trademarks = http://tess2.uspto.gov Patents = http://patft.uspto.gov/ Website Address = http://www.internic.net/who... Copyright Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not ...
Here are the latest update from the Windows Phone 7 Developer Worlds that went live this month. Here are some of the latest numbers: Windows Phone Marketplace currently offers more than 9,000 quality apps and games and enjoys a base of over 32,000 registered developers, delivering an average of 100 new apps every day. There have been over 1 million downloads of the developers tools for Windows Phone 7. Trial version help you sell more Trials result in higher sales by the numbers: Users like trials ...
Billy Hollis, my Visual Studio Live! colleague and fellow Microsoft Regional Director said recently, and I am paraphrasing, that the computing world, especially on the consumer side, has shifted from one of building hardware and software that makes things possible to do, to building products and technologies that make things easy to do. Billy crystalized things perfectly, as he often does. In this new world of “easy to do,” Apple has done very well and Microsoft has struggled. In the old world, customers ...
System Center Service Manager is a new product that Microsoft released last year to handle incident/problem/change management. Currently the latest version is System Center Service Manager SP1, and there is a Cumulative Update for SP1 that you should grab as well. A strong ecosystem is starting to spring up around this product, with tools and connectors that fill needs not build into the product. To find the latest list of these items, you need to do to the SCSM 2010 Downloads page. Here you can ...
An interesting ISA 2004 tidbit … While we were setting up our Exchange 2010 ActiveSync environment, we encountered a problem where we could not successfully telnet over port 443 from one of our ISA 2004 Servers to our Exchange 2010 Client Access Server Array. When we tried to telnet over port 443 from the ISA Server to the Client Access Server Array name, we would get a “Could not open connection to the host on port 443: Connect failed” error message. Also, when we used portqry over port 443 from ...
About eighteen months ago, I wrote a post covering how to clear saved passwords in Windows XP. This week at work I was reminded how useful it is to not only deleted saved passwords, but to also setup wildcard credentials using this same interface. The scenario that I run into as consultant working at a client site, is that my laptop is not a member of the Windows Domain that my client uses to secure their network. So, when I need to access file shares, shared printers, or even the clients internal ...
I recently acquired a Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7 device from AT&T and wanted to share what I thought of it as an end-user. Before I get started, here are several of my write-ups for the Windows Phone 7. You may want to check out the second article titled: Hands-on WP7 Review of Prototype Hardware. From start to finish with the final version of Visual Studio Tools for Windows Phone 7 Hands-on : Windows Phone 7 Review on Prototype Hardware. Deploying your Windows Phone 7 Application to the actual ...
As many corporations build business partnerships with other organizations, the need to share information becomes necessary. Large amount of data sharing using snail mail, email and/or fax are quickly becoming a thing of the past. More and more organizations are relying heavily on Ftp and/or Web Service to exchange data. Corporations apply wide range of technologies and techniques based on available resources and data transfer needs. Sometimes, it involves simple home-grown applications. Other times, ...
My experience with the cloud and why work will change and not disappear. Until now I have multiple experiences with the cloud, for the most good. i have worked on multiple cloud solutions in the past but let me describe them as 0.x versions. For me the 1st real serious cloud experience was a bit more than 1 year ago, when our company switched from an in house server to Microsoft BPOS as a complete replacement. Since we are a small consultancy firm and don’t have that much else to do than consulting, ...
Since I finished my MCM Exchange 2007 training back in April 2009 I’m struggling with the Cloud. I know it will change the way we do things today, but how will it affect my work. My work is Exchange consultancy mostly in the Netherlands, but more and more across the globe. In my job as a consultant I noticed last year that a large percentage of my customers showed interest in the cloud services available today. But in most situations it seemed that it wasn’t the right time for them to switch to a ...
I have been spending the last 2 weeks immersing myself in a number of Windows Azure and SQL Azure technologies. And in setting up a new business (I’ll speak more about that in the future), I have also become a customer of Microsoft’s BPOS (Business Productivity Online Services). In short, it has been a fortnight of Microsoft cloud computing. On the Azure side, I’ve looked, of course, at Web Roles and Worker Roles. But I’ve also looked at Azure Storage’s REST API (including coding to it directly), ...
[Russian version of the article] "In the beginning God made heaven and earth. Then he started to integrate." At the very start was the requirement: integrate two working systems. [fairy tale of the system integrators] Small digging up: It was one system. It was good but IT guys want to change it to the new one, much better, chipper, more flexible, and more progressive in technologies, more suitable for the future, for the faster world and hungry competitors. One thing. One small, little thing. We ...
Managing Users and Client Access (20 percent) Objective Materials Configure user accounts http://technet.microsoft.co... Deploy and maintain clients http://technet.microsoft.co... Configure conferencing policies http://technet.microsoft.co... Configure IM policies http://technet.microsoft.co... Deploy and maintain Lync Server 2010 devices http://technet.microsoft.co... ...
During a migration recently, we came across another internal mail routing issue. The symptoms were identical to my previous post about Exchange internal mail routing. Mail was flowing from 2010 to 2003, from 2010 to the internet, but not from 2003 to 2010. I went through the normal check list looking at permissions, DNS, and the routing group connectors. I verified that both servers listed in the routing group connectors were the routing master in their respective routing groups through the 2003 ...
I was trying to configure IIS 6 SMTP server for outbound mail in Windows Server 2008. I was getting error highlighted in below: Telnet: 550 5.7.1 Unable to relay for ferdous@congral.com I am sharing my experience here how to solve this error. This is an error reply from your SMTP mail server. It indicates that your mail server is not configured to allow you to send mail through it. The standard port is 25 for SMTP connections. You can check your SMTP Server on SMTP port 25 using Telnet command.Open ...
Actually, for snacks too, and it is nearly everywhere I turn. If I do Microsoft Exchange work, I know I will run into it. Active Directory, SQL Server, TFS, SharePoint, Azure and most recently Lync. All have provided a way to work with PowerShell and it has taken off (as it should). The question many will have is, How do I get started? A couple of ways are available. There are books, sites and blogs that will help you along the way. This will be the start of a series of posts that, my intention at ...
Last Thursday, the Silverlight Firestarter event took place in Redmond, and was streamed live to a large audience worldwide (around 20’000 people). Approximately 30 if them were in Wallisellen near Zurich, in Microsoft Switzerland’s offices. This was not only a great occasion to learn more about the future of Silverlight and to see great demos, but also it was the very first meeting of the Silverlight User Group of Switzerland (SLUGS). Read the rest of this entry » ...
It is very common these days for corporations to share and interchange a large amount of data. The type and complexity of data obviously varies significantly from one organizations to another. Despite the complexity of data, security, interchange frequency, type of transmission protocols and data volume are often the key areas of discussions among interchange partners. Corporations often settle between ftp and web service for their data integration needs. Ftp provides an effective way to share large ...
During a recent Exchange 2010 migration, we encountered issues with mail-enabled groups. At first we thought it was a SMTP related issue as no 2010 mailbox could send mail to any of the groups. The mail would just disappear. No NDR was delivered, it wasn’t in the queue, it simply vanished. Because of this issue, we decided to go ahead and convert all the groups to Universal Mail-Enabled groups through the Exchange 2010 EMC. This is when we encountered a really strange error. The groups would not ...
Recently for a customer with a rather large exchange environment, we implemented multiple CAS Arrays across various sites in the network. The customer decided that all external access to OWA would come into once Internet entry point and that Array would proxy OWA request to the other CAS Arrays to retrieve the user mailbox. We found out quickly that this does not work straight off. When you create a new CAS array in PowerShell, it repopulates all the local URLs for the web services, autodiscover, ...