Updated: Exchange 2013 Deployment Assistant


When Exchange 2013 Deployment Assistant was first released, it didn’t help organizations that are using On-Premises deployment and want to upgrade from previous versions of Exchange, because Exchange 2013 didn’t support it yet. Now, after CU1 for Exchange Server 2013 was released, we can see these scenarios available: “The Exchange Server 2013 Deployment Assistant is a web-based tool that helps you deploy Exchange 2013 in your on-premises organization, configure a hybrid deployment between your on-premises organization and Office 365, or migrate to Office 365” Check the following links for further information: ...

Exchange 2013 EAC Certificate Creation Bug


  I want to update you about a post I read on ExchangeServerPro Blog regarding a bug in the EAC certificate request wizard. It appears that there is a bug when creating a certificate using EAC, that mixes up the Department and Organization values. The bug doesn’t appear when creating the certificate with the New-ExchangeCertificate cmdlet. I didn’t have the chance to check it myself yet, but if we’ll rely on a comment for the post, that bug still exist in CU1 of Exchange Server 2013. I tried to find more cases of the...

IGNITE ONLINE: Online Interactive Guides for IT Professionals


  Planning to implement the new version of Office, start using Office 365 or upgrade your Exchange / Lync server? Here is a good way to start! IGNITE ONLINE gives you interactive technical guides (Level 300) that lead you through some of the new features and capabilities in Office, Office 365, Exchange 2013 and Lync 2013.   Enjoy! Avi.

Keep Track of Hyper-V and Failover Cluster Hotfixes / Updates for Windows Server 2012


  If you would like to keep track of hotfixes and updates for Hyper-V and Failover Cluster on Windows Server 2012, use the following links or subscribe to the RSS feeds: Hyper-V: Update List for Windows Server 2012 – Site  /  RSS List of Failover Cluster Hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 – Site  /  RSS Enjoy! Avi.

Performance Hotfix Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1


    Few days ago, Microsoft released a very important performance hotfix rollup addressing performance issues in Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. This hotfix rollup (KB2775511) contains no less than 90 hotfixes that were released after the release of SP1 for both operating systems and improve their overall performance and system reliability, especially slow boot and slow login issues caused by GPO’s, Folder Redirection, Offline Files and more. You can find more information in the KB Article and on the PFE Platform Blog. To download the...

Server Performance Issues? SPA to the Rescue

  A lot of causes can make your server to get slow and slaggy, and sometimes finding the cause can be a real headache… That’s where this useful tool comes to the rescue. The Server Performance Advisor, or SPA, helps IT administrators collect metrics to diagnose performance issues for up to 100 servers unobtrusively without adding software agents or reconfiguring production servers.  It generates comprehensive performance reports and historical charts with recommendations. The SPA is composed of two parts: The Console/Dashboard and the Advisor Packs (AP’s). The AP’s are the actual...

Hyper-V Latest Update Rollups, Hotfixes and Workarounds


  Recently, Microsoft released an Update Rollup for Hyper-V, designed to resolve known issues with Intel processors and networking problems - An update rollup package for the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2008 R2: August 24, 2010 This Update Rollup resolve three known issues that already had individual hotfixes: Stop error message on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer that has the Hyper-V role installed and that uses one or more Intel CPUs that are code-named Nehalem: "0x00000101 - CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT" The network connection of a running Hyper-V virtual machine is lost under heavy...

Device Stage, I Guess We’ll Have to Wait…


  Recently the Windows 7 Team Blog posted a very informational article about Device Stage in Windows 7. For those of you who are not familiar with the technology, “Device Stage helps you interact with any compatible device connected to your computer. From Device Stage you can see device status and run common tasks from a single window. There are even pictures of the devices which makes it really easy to see what's there. Device manufacturers can customize Device Stage. For example, if your camera manufacturer offers a custom version of Device Stage, then...
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Is Google Copying from Microsoft Bing?


  As for now (and probably in the near future…) Google is the best search engine around. Although Microsoft released their new shiny Search Engine Bing (based on Windows Live Search, Live Search,…) with new enhancements and look, Google is still the #1 search engine available. But, is the Search giant copying from Bing? One of Bing features is the Left Navigation Pane, something that Google didn’t have until now (well, at least not like the Navigation Pane they are working on…)       It seems that Google is working on...
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Windows Virtual PC & Windows XP Mode – Release Candidate Review


Recently, Microsoft released an RC version of Windows Virtual PC and Virtual Windows XP, Now called Windows XP Mode. Windows XP Mode is a new free separate install feature for Windows 7 that gives you a full Windows XP environment running as a virtual machine on your Windows 7. This feature enables you to launch the applications you install on Windows XP Mode from your Windows 7 desktop. I covered the Beta version a few month ago when it was just released, so if you are not familiar with Windows Virtual PC and Windows...