Archive for March, 2011

interesting little problem and very easy resolution Smile

when installing lync on to windows 2008 r2 sp1 it will failed ! arghh i here you say

the failure is around the windows media framework for 2008 r2

the fix is simple!

installed the desktop experience feature and hey presto! all is good….


following on from the great capacity planning tools for exchange the lync team have released their own!


download it here with documentation on how to use it …. enjoy


I have had a few blogs posts recently about being careful when deploying lync into a virtual environment and i stand by them you need to be CAREFUL! Plan Plan Plan!

however just to help…. i said i would write this and list some info on what you can virtualize

So here it is and i am just for this purpose going to reference against a standard edition server and not the enterprise deployment

When deploying a Standard Edition server in a virtualized environment, the only server roles that can be deployed with it are the Director, Monitoring Server, Archiving Server, and Edge Server.

Directors cannot be virtualized in a Standard Edition server deployment.

Mediation can also be virtualized but this needs to be considered… the latency in a virtualized environment can sometimes be enough to make the user experience for voice poor and hinder adoption.


For server scaling guidance check this link


Hope it helps!

Dynamic datacenter / private cloud what ever you want to call it is simply a strategy to automate tasks and essentially give utility based costs back to the company which can be allocated out with far greater ease. This is achieved thru management tools suites and it processes.

Now there is a big problem it is a vision a strategy if you will…. It is something to be worked towards . It is not something that you wake up in the morning and implement.

Now I am not going to get all zen about the topic but we do have to be realistic …. A major factor that is missing in slot of organisations is basic IT process…. Basic policies… Etc…

Before the vision of the private cloud can be brought to fruition you need to consider the basic processes…

It is evident in many conversations we have at the minute that although the idea of private cloud is attractive the gap between the utopia and the current reality resembles the grand canyon!

So before you embark on your journey please take plenty of time to consider the steps involved and what it really means for your organisation.

To give you something to chew on…
Ask some basic questions
1. How do I manage my desktops ( think around application deployment / patching / os deployment)
2. How do I manage my servers (are they in good health / patching again / event management/ problem resolution)
3. How do I manage my users (how are passwords reset / users created deleted etc..)

There are many other questions you could ask but they are 3 basic questions which will determine can you effectively achieve the private cloud. I know I have included some desktop questions but the point I am trying to highlight it doesn’t finish at the server room door. The entire ecosystem needs to be considered… If you think in terms of vdi and you will understand that the desktops now become the responsibility of the DATACENTER where in the past it was not there problem.

Personally I think this is a fantastic vision and something to work to but for some it will be a long battle ……

this is something that has cropped up a couple of times in the last few weeks and i decided to go obtain the answer and post it, i found it very hard to find decent info about it.

Remember they have deprecated the transition pack that was in 2003 sbs so the following is the only way to do it


So here you are…. and thanks to the original author Open-mouthed smile

You basically need to migrate off, an outline of this would be something like this:

1. Stand up another server running 2008/2008 R2 Standard

2. Join the existing domain and make it a domain controller/DNS Server and Global Catalog

3. Install Exchange 2007/2010 on that server.

4. Move Mailboxes/Public Folders/Offline Address Book Generation/RUS etc… over to the new Exchange server

5. Uninstall Exchange from SBS 2008

6. Move over Data Files, LOB apps, SQL, SharePoint, IIS websites etc… (this will be different for each company/person depending on what they use on the existing SBS)

7. Once all of the workloads have been moved over to the new server, at this Point transfer the FSMO roles to the new server (this will start 21 day countdown to remove SBS)

8. When comfortable to do so, go ahead and DCPromo down the SBS server and remove it from the network (after DCPromo down counter goes to 7 days to remove Including the time already taken.  E.g. you had the 21 day grace period and you waited 5 days and then DCPROMOed down you now have 2 days remaining) basically DCPromo down is the last thing you do so the amount of time left really doesn’t matter.

9. At this point you have a typical standard domain and you can establish a trust relationship with the main domain.

Here is a whitepaper that goes into more detail which covers an SBS 2008 to SBS 2008 migration to new hardware, the steps are virtually identical to what you will be doing.

Hi All

if you dont know i work for microsoft and i generally wouldnt put up something like this up here but i certainly think its worth a read…. please retweet and repost Smile



Announcing Next Jump Start: Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals (March 29-31)

Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMWare and Microsoft virtualization technology pros. In support of the “VMWare Compete” initiative, registration for Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals is open now and will be delivered as a FREE online class on March 29-31, 2010 from 10:00am-4:00pm PDT. Our last two events — Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (over 1,400 live students and more than 418,000 views of the videos) and Developing Cloud Applications with the Windows Azure Platform" — were very popular and we’re excited to see registrations start to come in for this three-day course.

Who is the target audience for this training?

Suggested prerequisite skills include real-world experience with Windows Server 2008 R2, virtualization and datacenter management. The course is tailored to these types of roles:

· IT Professional

· IT Decision Maker

· Network Administrators

· Storage/Infrastructure Administrators & Architects.

What’s the high-level overview?

· This cutting edge course will feature expert instruction and real-world demonstrations of Hyper-V and brand new releases from System Center 2012 (many of which will be announced just one week earlier at MMS).

· Day 1 will focus on “Platform” (Hyper-V, differentiating VMWare terminology/features, high availability & clustering)

· Day 2 will focus on “Management” (System Center Suite, SCVMM 2012, Opalis, Private Cloud solutions)

· Day 3 will focus on “VDI” (VDI Infrastructure/architecture, v-Alliance, application delivery via VDI)

· Full outline available on the registration page

· Every section will be team-taught by two of the most respected authorities on virtualization technologies: Microsoft Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman and leading Hyper-V, VMWare, and XEN infrastructure consultant, Corey Hynes

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