Enabling the Active Directory Recycle Bin Feature on Windows 2008 R2

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in Windows, Windows 2008 R2

Tweet Windows 2008 R2 has introduced a number of compelling features that would entice any Windows administrator to upgrade to, and the most welcomed feature in my own opinion would have to be the Active Directory Recycle Bin.  Previous to the R2 upgrade, system admins and the like would have had to rely on paid 3rd party software that would take care of accidental deletions of users or even worst organizational units.  Those who did not make the investment in 3rd party software would have had to rely on system state backups which is always a disruptive process in the event that you needed...

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Publish Remote Desktop Web Access and Gateway with Forefront TMG 2010

Posted by on Apr 22, 2010 in Forefront, TMG

Tweet Today I will continue my series of articles on Microsoft’s latest Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) and will focus our efforts in publishing Windows 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web) and Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) to the world wide web via TMG.  If you missed my first article on installing Forefront TMG, you can access it here. This article is assuming that your Remote Desktop Services infrastructure is already in place and that your RD Gateway and RD Web Access are on the same server.   Refer to my 3 part series on Remote Desktop Services in Windows...

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Installing Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in Forefront, TMG

Tweet Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010, or commonly referred to as TMG 2010, is the long awaited latest and greatest release of Microsoft’s Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) server in which we have all come to love or hate over the years.   TMG builds on ISA’s ability to deliver a comprehensive application layer reverse proxy firewall and is usually deployed on the edge of your network or in between an existing edge such as a firewall provided by Cisco or Checkpoint.  Today, I will begin a series of articles on installing and configuring Forefront TMG 2010, discuss some...

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Benefits of using email-enabled SharePoint document libraries

Posted by on Apr 7, 2010 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007

Tweet Prior to the release of Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft announced that the future of public folders was in question, and that SharePoint libraries would take their place. Microsoft quickly changed its stance and continues to support Exchange public folders, but there still might be a number of compelling reasons why you would want to consider storing incoming messages in SharePoint document libraries — instead of public folders. SharePoint can enable incoming mail on lists and libraries. It also offers several out-of-the-box features like Alerts, Enterprise Search and Information...

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Item level permissions for InfoPath forms via SharePoint Designer Workflows

Posted by on Mar 23, 2010 in InfoPath, SharePoint, SharePoint 2007

Tweet We all know that out of the box, Microsoft decided NOT to implement item level permissions within InfoPath Forms Libraries and the same goes for Document Libraries, however if you venture into a standard SharePoint List and navigate to Settings / Advanced Settings,  you will notice that you can easily configure Item-level permissions and specify which items users can read and edit as per the below screen capture. We all know the primary use of InfoPath right? The ability to create fancy forms that can be easily submitted and stored in a Forms Library for easy retrieval.  In our...

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OWSTIMER process (SharePoint Timer Service) high CPU usage in VMware

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, Virtualisation, VMware

Tweet I came across an obscure situation earlier this year with a new SharePoint farm that I had just designed and built.  It was a fairly straight forward setup comprising of a dedicated SQL 2008 server, 2 x Web Front Ends utilising Windows NLB and 1 x Central Administration server all running Windows 2008 Enterprise R2 in a virtual environment utilising VMware ESX. So after building the SharePoint farm, restoring the Content Databases and Shared Services Provider I thought to myself everything is actually going to plan for once, until…… I restarted one of the web front ends! I had then...

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Warm up your SharePoint Web Applications on Windows 2008 R2 using the IIS 7.5 Application Warm-Up module

Posted by on Mar 8, 2010 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007

Tweet I have just recently built a new SharePoint 2007 farm on a complete Windows 2008 R2 server platform and part of my standard build procedure is to implement a warm up routine, usually in the form of a script that is scheduled every morning to launch my SharePoint Web Applications.  Most of you will most likely know what I am referring to here, the slowness that end users experience when loading a SharePoint site for the first time in the morning!? By default IIS will recycle its worker processes during the night, in my case IIS 7.5 tells me this happens at 1:04 AM.  You can locate this...

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Restoring Data Protection Manager (DPM) Database onto a new server

Posted by on Jan 7, 2010 in Data Protection Manager, System Center

Tweet I’m currently using Microsoft’s Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 to provide consolidated disk based snapshots of our File Shares, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL databases.  I am in the process of upgrading our servers to Windows 2008 R2 and DPM was next on my list.  I really didn’t want to re-create the wheel and start from scratch (I have over 5TB’s worth of replicas on my Dell MD1000 and a plethora of protection groups setup). In today’s post, I will provide you with a step by step guide in restoring your DPM server whilst retaining your DPM database and DPM replicas, and...

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Upgrading your Content Database to SharePoint 2010 – Database Attach method

Posted by on Dec 16, 2009 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010

Tweet Welcome back to the second article in this series on upgrading a SharePoint 2007 content database to SharePoint 2010.  In part 1 we deep dived into the preupgrade tool that Microsoft made available with SharePoint 2007 SP2 and today we will complete our upgrade journey utilising one of the 3 upgrade models that are available to you by Microsoft.  These are listed as follows; In-place upgrade Database attach upgrade to a new farm Hybrid approach (Read –only databases or Detach databases) There is a wealth of information regarding these different approaches on the Microsoft TechNet...

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Upgrading your Content DB to SharePoint 2010 – Part 1, The preupgradecheck

Posted by on Dec 8, 2009 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010

Tweet I’m sure there are a lot of SharePointers out there who are excited about the 2010 release and as I have been working my way through the installation and configuration of this updated beast, I have also been providing you with posts along the way sharing my experiences.  Today isn’t any different, and in this two part series I will be providing you with a guide to upgrading your SharePoint 2007 content databases to SharePoint 2010.  There are already some great resources out there regarding upgrade options and preparation guidance including those from Microsoft on the TechNet Site...

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