Removing old hardware after a P2V conversion

July 29, 2011

From time to time I get calls from IT teams that have stability and performance issues after completing P2V conversation. Mr. Eric Siebert wrote a nice manual on the steps that are needed to be done after completing P2V conversation: Removing old hardware after a P2V conversion From my own experience, I recommend also to  remove the following utilities/drivers: 1. Hardware vendor related utilities/drivers (e.g. Raid management utilities etc.). 2. P2V Agent. 3. “Teaming” utilities (Some of them require a manual uninstall process from the network adapter –> properties).
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Exchange 2010 Public Folders Management

July 28, 2011

Attached a few links on common public folder management tasks in Exchange 2010:   Exchange 2010 Public Folders: Part 1Exchange 2010 Public Folders: Part 2Exchange 2010 Public Folders: Part 3 Useful Public Folder Management Scripts in Exchange Server 2010 How to Move Public Folder from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 How to Remove an Exchange 2010 Public Folder Database
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Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant

July 22, 2011

Microsoft released a new suite of tools that can help you during migration from a third party database to Microsoft SQL. This tools can be downloaded from the following links: Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL v5.1 Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant for Oracle v5.1 Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant for Sybase v5.1
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How to improve iSCSI Performance

July 15, 2011

The following post cover a few tips and tricks that can improve you iSCSI performance. Before making this changes in a production environment, its recommended to: 1. Contact the storage and the server vendor support team and check with them the suggested recommendation in this post. 2. Test the effect of the suggested changes in a testing environment that is the same as the production environment. Note: Ignoring the aboved recommendation can lead to a data corruption.   General 1. Use the latest Microsoft operating System. 2. Update the current ISCSI...
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The operation failed because Active Directory Domain Services could not transfer the remaining data in the directory partition DC=DomainDnsZones,DC=DomainName,DC=Local to Active Directory Domain Controller DCName

July 14, 2011

I found today an interesting error message while trying to use DCPROMO command on Windows 2008 R2 SP1 server: “The operation failed because Active Directory Domain Services could not transfer the remaining data in the directory partition DC=DomainDnsZones,DC=DomainName,DC=Local to Active Directory Domain Controller DCName . "The directory service is missing mandatory configuration information, and is unable to determine the ownership of floating single-master operation roles." After reviewing a few posts I found the following solution: NTDSUtil shows different FSMO role owner than LDIFDE!?   However, before using the suggested...

How to reset Exchange 2010 Autodiscover Virtual Directory

July 8, 2011

The following article describe the recommended process for resetting Exchange 2010 Autodiscover Virtual Directory:   1.  Run the following command and document the current Auto Discovery settings: Get-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory -server MyCasServerName | fl InternalUrl,ExternalUrl Note: This step should by done for each CAS server in the enterprise. 2. Delete the old Autodiscover Virtual Directory by using the command: Remove-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory –Identity “MyCasServerName\Autodiscover (Default Web Site)”   3. Create a new Autodiscover Virtual Directory on each CAS Server: New-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory -WebsiteName “Default Web Site” -WindowsAuthentication $true -BasicAuthentication $true 4. Set...

How to install Microsoft Lync 2010 Enterprise Prerequisites on Windows 2008 R2 Server

July 6, 2011

The following article describe the installation process of Microsoft Lync 2010 Enterprise Prerequisites (On Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Server:   Note: Some of the software prerequisites would be installed automatically during Microsoft Lync 2010 Enterprise installation.   a. Active Directory Directory Services Forest functional level and Domain functional level - Windows Server 2003 native mode or higher   b. Software Prerequisites can be installed by using PowerShell: import-module servermanager add-windowsfeature web-common-http, web-static-content, web-http-errors, web-http-redirect, web-asp-net, web-net-ext, web-isapi-ext, web-isapi-filter, web-http-logging, web-log-libraries, web-http-tracing, web-basic-auth, web-windows-auth, web-client-auth, web-url-auth, web-filtering, web-stat-compression, web-mgmt-tools,...
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