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My blog has been finally moved to my own namespace, feel free to keep reading the site from Http://


Lync is all grown up


Well it appears that Lync 2010 (A.K.A. – new OCS product) has finally hit the RTM phase of it’s life cycle. I can’t wait to download the final bits and test it in a lab environment along side a Exchange 2010 server with Office 2010 clients!

What IS Lync anyway? The home Lync site describes it as..

  "Microsoft Lync Server 2010 delivers complete presence, instant
messaging, conferencing and enterprise voice capabilities through a
single, easy-to-use interface that is consistent across PC, browser, and
mobile device. Administrators benefit from a single, consistent
management infrastructure, new capabilities to increase availability,
and interoperability with existing systems"

The announcement and the prodcut is also descibed on the Microsoft Unified Communications team blog

Sound interested? enterprise VOIP / IM and more? Don’t want to pay for the infrasturcture to support it? Have you checked out the Office365 suite yet?


“so I have 3,000 mailboxes in a single, multi domain forest. When I go to recipient configuration I only see a subset of them all? What gives Chad?”

Great question!

By design the exchange management console only shows recipients from the currently connected to domain. To change this you need to change the scope of the filter. This allows you to change and see the entire forest contents or just another domain.

Don’t forget though there is a default limit to the number of items displayed for that filter set. Out of the box this is 1,000 objects. This too is customizable but it may affect performance.

automating XP mode setups

Mike, a student of mine came and asked, I really like using XP mode in Windows 7 for application compatibility, but having to do the setup and config over and over again is really a pain the butt. Anyway I could speed the process like a sysprep?


Absolutely. You are dealing with a VM, a VHD in particular. He then made the XP mode setup, but did some very basic customizations and did NOT add it to the domain. Then he copied the VHD file off to a central place for later distribution.

on the following machines he just installs Windows Virtual PC and installs the necessary patch. next he creates a new VM from scratch and then just points to the local copy of the VHD he’s made from earlier and BAM. all that is left is to join it to the domain.

Is there a better way? Sure MED-V is a better solution but this is a quick win, with no costs.

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A student of mine tipped me off to a hew “Hybrid” platter / SSD combo drive. It’s an intuitive drive that learns what your most used files are and will keep them on a 4gb dedicated flash chip. This has supposedly come with amazing results and I’ve seen some videos on them and they show that it’s only about 10-15% slower than a SSD but 25% of the cost of an SSD.


Momentus Hybrid Drive!

Been a while

    Hey all, I apologize for the lack of posts lately, but with me teaching the same topics over and over lately alot of the questions have been able to be answered from existing posts.
    Personally I got some good news today on a Title I will soon be sporting, but that officially can’t be announced until April 1st. And no it’s not a April fools joke!
    I should be popping up some exchange 2010 content soon as I am readying for a the first (of many I am sure) 2010 class to be delivered next month.
    Follow me on Twitter ! @csolarz

Hmm, Server Core install option in Windows server 2008 is a awesome idea. Why install a full GUI’d OS if I will always be remotely administring it using MMC’s off of my administrative machine or from another server? It’s a perfect platform for a Hyper-V host as well. To add/remove components from an OS using OCSetup, and NOT just WS2K8 (it’s in vista and other OS’s too!) Use the following link to get more info on available command switches..

Use this URL for the download..


Use it – it rocks!

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MCTS: Vista / ForeFront Security / Exchange 2007 / Server 2008

MCITP: Vista / Server 2008