9 Things You Must Know About Mixed Environment Vulnerability Scanning

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Windows

Tweet Here’s something to consider if you are running a mixed environment with systems on your network from a variety of manufacturers. You may think you’re “a Windows shop” but unless Microsoft started making printers and switches, and you managed to talk the security guy out of his Linux box and the marketing wizard out of her Mac, then there are all kinds of things running on your network that never came out of Redmond. To keep yourself, your data, and your systems protected, you need to run vulnerability scanning software. In a mixed environment such as yours, here are nine things...

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Check out the Z-Hire Employee-Provisioning app

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Exchange, SharePoint

Tweet It’s not often that I write about a 3rd party plug-in, but this one is worth a mention.  Check it out at the TechNet Library; http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Z-Hire-Employee-Provisionin-e4854d6b  In summary, Z-Hire automates the IT account creation process for Exchange mailbox, Active Directory, Lync accounts, Office 365 cloud and SalesForce cloud deployments.  Read more below.   When an administrator is in the final stages of a Lync deployment, he must enable the entire organization for Lync. Presumably, he will bulk enable current Lync users by piping get-CSaduser...

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Creating a Recovery Database in Exchange 2010

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Exchange, Exchange 2010

Tweet Exchange 2010 admins can use Recovery Databases to mount backup copies of their Exchange databases when they need to perform recovery operations. These can come about when an admin needs to perform a dial tone recovery of a failed server, a mailbox recovery of a deleted mailbox, or simply to retrieve something that a user inadvertently deleted after it has aged beyond the reach of their recovered items. Admins who use Exchange archiving may have never run into the need to create a recovery database, since the content is available both to users and admins on the archive system. But...

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How Email Archiving Can Benefit Your Business

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Exchange, Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010

Tweet Exchange archiving is a great way to move content from the “live” mailbox that is synched to your users’ OST file to a location that is still available online, but administrators who are looking for a more feature rich solution to provide additional services to their users should consider a third-party email archiving solution. Email archiving offers a number of features that not only benefit your users, but can also increase the performance of your Microsoft Exchange Server infrastructure. Here’s a look at five ways email archiving can benefit your business: Reduce your storage...

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Create a Web Application and Site Collection in SharePoint 2013 Preview

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2013

Tweet We continue our journey in exploring what SharePoint 2013 Preview has to offer and in today’s post I will be providing you with a step by step guide in creating your first SharePoint 2013 Web Application and Site Collection to host your subsites.  In the last two posts, I provided you with instructions on installing SharePoint 2013 Preview on a Windows 2012 Server with SQL 2012 as our database server.  If you need to catch up on my previous posts in this series, you can access them from the following links below; Installing SharePoint 2013 Preview on Windows 2012 Server with SQL...

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Installing SharePoint 2013 Preview on Windows 2012 Server with SQL 2012-Part 2

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in SharePoint 2013

Tweet Welcome back to part 2 on installing SharePoint 2013 Preview on Windows 2012!  In part 1 we focused on installing SQL 2012 on a Windows 2012 server and in today’s post we focus our efforts on getting SharePoint 2013 and its prerequisites installed and configured on a second dedicated Windows 2012 server , which in our testing environment will act as an Applications and Web Front End server.  As previously stated, for development and testing purposes, you can install SharePoint 2013, Active Directory and SQL on the same box. Articles in this series – Installing SharePoint...

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Installing SharePoint 2013 Preview on Windows 2012 Server with SQL 2012-Part 1

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2013, SQL 2012

Tweet I am sure there are a lot of you who are contemplating installing or have already installed SharePoint 2013 consumer preview, and with all the talk around the town, SharePoint 2013 raises the bar again on what SharePoint has to offer. I can’t believe how time has flown and it was almost 3 years ago that I wrote my first blog post on Installing SharePoint 2010 beta on a Windows 2008 R2 Server.  Today will be the first of many blog posts on SharePoint 2013 so make sure you stay tuned as we begin a new adventure with the latest iteration of SharePoint. In this two part series on...

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Configuring Active Directory (AD DS) in Windows Server 2012

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Windows, Windows 2012

Tweet Windows Server 2012 introduces a plethora of new features with a key emphasis on Cloud integration being the buzz word in the industry over the last 24 months.  Windows continues to grow and mature as an operating system with the latest iteration being more secure, reliable and robust and more importantly making it easily interoperable with other systems. This post will focus on Installing a Windows 2012 Server and then promoting it as the first domain controller in a new Forest.  Even though the logical steps haven’t really changed dramatically since the introduction of Windows...

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Installing and Configuring Reporting Services for SharePoint 2010 in an existing Farm

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2010, SQL

Tweet As you are well aware, SharePoint and SQL work very closely together and with each iteration of SharePoint and SQL, that integration gets tighter and tighter.  One of the main attractions to integrating  SharePoint with SQL Server Reporting Services, commonly referred to as SSRS  is to allow users to create, modify and publish reports from within SharePoint itself. Reporting Services (SSRS) provides some predefined content types that are used to manage various files, including the shared Report data source (.rsds) files, the Report Builder model (.smdl), and the Report Builder report...

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Installing SQL Server PowerPivot for SharePoint 2010–Step by Step Guide

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2010

Tweet Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot for SharePoint extends SharePoint 2010 and Excel Services out of the box capabilities  to provide you with the ability to add server-side processing for PowerPivot Excel Workbooks that are residing in SharePoint.  As I have been doing some PowerPivot installations for SharePoint 2010 in recent times, I thought it would be a good idea to prepare this step by step guide, helping my readers with the process of getting it up and running smoothly. In summary, PowerPivot allows you to store massive amounts of data which can then be displayed as a powerful...

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