Tag Archives: Design

I made it into Ned’s Mailbag…

The Microsoft Enterprise Platform Support Directory Services Team blog is for me one of the most important sources of Directory Services (Microsoft flavoured) information on the internet; drawn from over 10 years of having to support Active Directory (AD-DS) in the real world and I had the pleasure honour of meeting the owner of the blog (Ned Pyle) […]

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Exchange 2010 – Offline Help Download.

Microsoft have made available an Exchange 2010 offline helpfile (CHM format), it makes interesting reading, discussing the steps that must be taken in a migration or transition project to Exchange 2010 from either Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2007.  Contents: Download Note: The download file is a self extracting ZIP file, if after extracting the CHM file, you cannot […]

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Microsoft Infrastructure Planning and Design Solution Accelerators – Updated.

The Microsoft Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) guides are a series of documents that used to be known as the Windows Server System Reference Architecture.   The IPD guides help clarify and streamline design processes for Microsoft infrastructure technologies, each guide addresses a specific infrastructure technology or scenario. All IPD guides share a common structure: 1. […]

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Microsoft Whitepaper: The Microsoft Exchange Large Mailbox Vision

This recent whitepaper from Microsoft discusses having large mailboxes without breaking your budget and keeping e-mail on the Exchange Server instead of allowing it to be scattered in Outlook Data Files (.PST files). By centrally storing email on the Exchange server it  helps reduce the risk of data loss; improves regulatory compliance and increase productivity among […]

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Microsoft Component Posters

Microsoft over the past few years has regularly published component posters – these posters provide a visual reference that assist in understanding how key technologies interface with each other.  Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=64a5cc28-f8a1-4b30-a4a2-455c65bda8d7 Windows Server 2008 Feature and Active Directory Components http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c2b9e44e-0bbd-47cb-bc09-b3d48be7f867 Windows Server 2008 R2: Hyper-V Component Architecture http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=5567b22a-8c47-4840-a88d-23146fd93151 Windows Server 2008 R2 […]

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Official Microsoft Active Directory Design Guide

Microsoft have made available an Active Directory Design Guide, the guide provides guidance on the general recommendations for the design, deployment and management of an Active Directory environment in a healthcare organisation according to current best practices; but can be easily adapted to suite most organisations needs. The purpose of the guide is to help accelerate Active Directory design and […]

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Active Directory – Cosmetic Forestry

Active Directory – Cosmetic Forestry Over the past year the media have reported on banks and companies facing impending doom; government bailouts and other measures to ensure the global economy does not implode.  As a result many mergers and aquisitions have occured and IT departments are now facing multiple challenges. One such scenario may be:  A manager who during […]

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