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October 11th, 2010 by admin

Q: What is the minimum size for the quorum disk for a Microsoft Cluster?

A: 500MB

(Sorry for the short post. From now onwards, I will be using this blog to post short important notes regarding Microsoft technologies. But might still have long winded posts once in a blue moon) 🙂 http://www.bellayoscura.com

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October 11th, 2010 by admin

If your customer has an environment that can't setup Dirsync (perhaps they are not on Windows Server 2003 DC and above), and you would want to create users manually, here is what you should do:

1. Create a CSV and use Administrative Portal | Users | Add Bulk Users to import the users.

2. Export the X500 addresses from Exchange 2003 server (You can refer to this link on how to do it).

3. Import the X500 addresses that you have exported from your local Exchange 2003 to Office365. You will have to do the following in Exchange Online Powershell:

$foo = get-mailbox jabez
$foo.emailaddresses += “X400:C=Malaysia;DC=domain;DC=com”
$foo | set-mailbox

If you are doing a temporary co-existence without using the recommended approach (Exchange 2010 Hybrid), you may also want to:

1. Create mail-enabled users with external email addresses to @tenant.onmicrosoft.com. If you have 100 Exchange on-premise users, then you will have to create 100 extra mail-enabled users that points to the @tenant.onmicrosoft.com email account.

2. Create a forwarding from the Exchange on-premise to Office365 http://www.victoryag.org

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October 11th, 2010 by admin

Problem:

If your Office 365 environment is using multiple domain (eg, msblog.org; msblog.org.my), and you would like to setup ADFS for your Office 365 environment, by executing the below, it fails:

Convert-MsolDomainToFederated -DomainName msblog.org.my

The error shows that the Office 365 tenant has another domain registered with it.

Solution:

Will need to recreate the Relying Party that the Convert-MsolDomainToFederated PS Script has created, and rerun the above with the -SupportMultipleDomain:

Convert-MsolDomainToFederated -DomainName msblog.org.my -SupportMulitpleDomain
or
Update-MsolFederatedDomain -DomainName msblog.org.my -SupportMulitpleDomain

Do the above for all the different domains. virtual treeview delphi

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October 11th, 2010 by admin

When setting up Office365/Exchange 2010, it is very common to assist the customer to create distribution groups.

This is my way to script it to speed up the creation of the distribution groups:.

1. Create a CSV file for each distribution group. For my case, I have _AllStaff.CSV created. See below link for the sample of the file.

_AllStaff

2. Use Powershell and run the following:

$name=”AllStaff”

(The above should be the filename of your CSV file).

New-DistributionGroup -Name “_All Staff” -alias $name -primarysmtpaddress $name@abc.com -memberdepartrestriction closed

(Modify the bold items to the right Distribution Group name and domain name)

Import-csv ” http://www.victoryag.org
D:\$name.csv” | foreach {add-distributiongroupmember -identity $name@abc.com -member $_.EmailAddress}

(Point the location to the CSV file, and also specify the correct distribution group name)

What's your way in creating the distribution group?

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October 11th, 2010 by admin

Recently I was doing an email migration from Exchange On-premise to Office365, and the customer's environment is not suitable to use Dirsync.

This means that I will need to export the X500 address from my local Active Directory and import it into Office365.

Here is the brief steps if you are facing this issue:

Export the LegacyExchangeDN and mail field in your AD:
1. In your DC server, run Command Prompt
2. Run the command:
csvde -f c:\sample.csv -l legacyexchangedn,mail

Now, with that .csv file, make sure that it has a “mail” and “legacyexchangedn” under the heading. See my attached sample file: sample CSV with LegacyExchangeDN

Import the legacyexchangedn/X500 into Office365/Exchange Online using PowerShell:

1. Connect to Exchange Online. using PowerShell
2. Run the command:

Import-CSV C:\sample.csv | foreach {

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$user=Get-Mailbox $_.mail
$user.EmailAddresses+=”X500:”+$_.legacyExchangeDN

Set-Mailbox $_.mail -EmailAddresses $user.EmailAddresses

}

To check if the address has been added:
Get-Mailbox $user | FL emailaddresses

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October 11th, 2010 by admin

Problem:

You are using Quest Notes Migrator for Exchange (NME) to migrate from Lotus Dominos to Exchange Online/Exchange On-premise, and on migrating the user accounts, new emails are no longer entering Lotus Dominos.

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Problem Statement:

You want to have a copy of the new email stored in Lotus Dominos and have a copy forwarded to Exchange Online/Exchange On-premise.

Solution:

To be exact, there is no solution to this, as Quest NME tool doesn't allow the support to have a copy left on the Lotus Dominos before forwarding it to Exchange Online/Exchange on-premise.

However it might be possible (correct me if I'm wrong) to configure Lotus Dominos directly to leave a copy before forwarding it, if NME tool modifies Lotus Dominos parameters directly.

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October 11th, 2010 by admin

Again, with the importance of having a fast connectivity speed to cloud offerings, there are extra links for you to have a more accurate speed details to the cloud.

Use the following appropriate links to do your own speed test based on your Office365 service location:

APAC: http://speedtest.apac.microsoftonline.com/

EMEA: http://speedtest.emea.microsoftonline.com/

US: http://speedtest.microsoftonline.com/

For Lync:

Let me know if this helps!

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October 11th, 2010 by admin

For a particular customer, internet speed to any local servers (and download from certain overseas servers) is really fast – they are getting full speed that the ISP is offering.

However, to check what speed your internet connectivity is getting from Microsoft Online Services (Yes, for those of you are planning to move to Office365 or is already on Office365), you can check on the speed that you are getting at:

Wait for it…

http://speedtest.microsoftonline.com

(Speed test requires your computer to have Java installed)

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So what does it test?

– Download and Upload speed to Microsoft Online Services
– Routes/hops that passes through the ISPs and the latency + packet loss
– Download capacity that it can reach

A sample test result can be viewed here.

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October 11th, 2010 by admin

Question: I already have imported the Relying Party metadata, and configured the claims rules. SP-initiated request is working. However, how do I do an IDP initiated request?

Answer: Once the ADFS 2.0 is configured, both SP and IDP initiated request should work by default.

IDP Initiated link example:

https://youradfs.company.com/adfs/ls/idpinitiatedsignon.aspx?loginToRp=https://adfs.partnercompany.com/fed/sp

Note: ADFS in bold is the server name of of the ADFS server. delphi math

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October 11th, 2010 by admin

Problem:

You installed and synchronize your AD Objects using DirSync, and Microsoft sends you lots of emails with the following content:

The following errors occurred during synchronization:

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Identity

Error Description

On-premises object ID

CYHN Unable to update this object because the following attributes associated with this object have values that may already be associated with another object in your local directory services: [ProxyAddresses X500:/o=ABX/ou=First Administrative Group/cn=Recipients/cn=CYHN;]. Correct or remove the duplicate values in your local directory. Please refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2647098 for more information on identifying objects with duplicate attribute values. yhYEVVU28epkIUrQw/Q==

Cause:

Microsoft Office 365 detects lots of duplicates ProxyAddresses that was synced from the local on-premise server.

Solution:

These PowerShell script should help you gather the information needed to resolve this issue. Once the multiple instances on the same email address is removed from the various AD accounts dirsync should work without errors.

get-contact | where {$_.WindowsEmailAddress -match ” user@domain.com “} |ft identity

get-msoluser | where {$_.ProxyAddresses -match ” user@domain.com “} |ft userprincipalname

Get-MsolGroup | where {$_.ProxyAddresses -match ” user@domain.com “} |ft displayname, emailaddress

get-mailbox | where {$_.EmailAddresses -match ” user@domain.com “} | fl Name, RecipientType, EmailAddresses

get-DistributionGroup | where {$_.EmailAddresses -match ” user@domain.com “} | fl Name, EmailAddresses

get-user | where {$_.WindowsEmailAddress -match ” user@domain.com “} |ft identity

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October 11th, 2010 by admin

Environment:

IIS Servers in a DMZ Zone, configured in a Workgroup.

Clustered File Servers in the corporate network, in a Domain environment.

All servers are running Windows Server 2008 R2.

Problem:

When IIS web app tries to access the clustered file server hosted in the domain, it shows Access Denied.

Path to Solution:

On running Procmon.exe, w3wp.exe shows that it is trying to authenticate using whichever account. So I check my IIS Config and make sure that it is using an account which has rights to access the cluster file server in the domain.

Solution 1 – Ensure that your IIS is configured correctly with a user account that has the access rights to the cluster file server.

Specify the correct user account under Identity in the Advanced Setting

Select the Application Pool that this web application should use.

If the above does not solve the problem, please continue with Solution 2.

Solution 2 – Ensure that the username and password is the same between the domain server and the Workgroup IIS Server

If my clustered file server is using the following name:

User: domain\webapp
Password: Pa$$w0rd

Then my Workgroup IIS Server should have a local user created with the following name:

User: IISSERVER\webapp
Password: Pa$$w0rd

(IISSERVER is the name of the IIS Server)

(Make sure that all of your IIS Servers have the same username and password created as well)

Solution 3 – Use ICACLS.EXE to provide the rights to the clustered files

Now that you have the same user created on both server (Domain and Workgroup), we will have to use ICACLS.exe to provide the permission (No, using the GUI does not work):

1. Map the shared cluster to Y: Drive

2. Open Command Prompt and execute the following:

icacls y:\SHAREDFOLDER /grant WEBAPP:(OI)(CI)RXW /T

(Replace the SHAREDFOLDER to the folder that your web application needs to access; Replace the WEBAPP with the username that you created in Solution 2)

Hope this helps someone out there!

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Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 – Revert / Reset Stats or Rank

January 18th, 2010 by Patrick S

Ok its nearly 4 am and I figured I would write yet another call of duty post – this time about some ranking issues people have been having over the past few weeks that’s been causing people to complain.

Without going into too much detail – People have identified that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 does have a console built-in. This console is hidden (prob because its just built on top of CoD 4/WaW tech or for dev purposes) but can be unlocked using an injector tool to trick the game into letting you use it.

So what’s wrong with this? Well  MW2, with IWNet was never deployed to allow people to customize servers using console commands. It was meant to be a fair, basic and straightforward player matching system. By throwing console access into the mix the server host is able to change settings on the fly and thus radically change the game for anyone connected to his server.

If you go on youtube and have a hunt around you will see a raft of videos depicting servers where people have what would usually be unattainable “perks and abilities” (e.g. unlimited ammunition and flight)… Not to mention the ability for the server to switch between field of views and game modes at whim.

So today after learning about this hack for the first time, went exploring to see the mayhem for myself. Upon entering a hacked server everything appears routine but its quickly evident things are not normal – the biggest problem being that kills are worth about 5,000,000 xp a piece – thus ranking you to the highest rank (70) at the drop of a hat.

Now I know that most people are familiar with this by now, and most people feel cheated out of their rank… You are lead into what you would think would be a legitimate server you found through IWNet only to find you are ranked up against your choice….

…So how do we get our old rank back?

Well, this is where Windows (Vista/Se7en) comes in handy – provided you have system restore enabled.
Ill run over it very quickly since it isn’t exactly hard. (Close steam down first)

  1. Navigate to your steam directory (for me: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam)
  2. Open User-data folder and then the folder with in that (numbered string). Within that folder will be a folder named 10190 – Back this up!.
  3. Right click on this folder and select Restore previous version, navigate through the dates to a time/date that’s appropriate (just before you were duped by hacked servers) and select the restore button. (If the restore button is not available you can simply double click on the the correct folder in the list (opens new window). Replace everything in the original 10190 folder with the contents of this restored folder – make sure you replace everything *rather important*
  4. Navigate to the CoD MW2 main folder (for me: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\call of duty modern warfare 2) and do the same as step 3 but for the players folder
  5. Re-open steam and launch CoD MW2 Multi-player – This should upload your backup to the cloud and overwrite previous stats – Play a round and complete it to make sure everything is sync’ed accross.

Hopefully you can understand my (probably needlessly complicated) instructions – I know I managed to get my previous rank back to normal.
I would advise however, if you do search for games on IWNet, have a look at players before rounds begin – make sure its not full of prestige 10 players or look for irregularities such as 18 people in a 3rd person cage match.
If you have any questions/comments post em’ blow – I’m tired, time for bed 😛

Patrick Squire – Post originally from here (for all those sites that just rip our content off)

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 dcburning.ff error fix

January 10th, 2010 by Patrick S

A while ago I wrote a post about an unhanded for Call Of Duty World At War… Now I know this has nothing to do with Microsoft news but I have another fix, this time for Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

The glitch is to do with the retail version only (as far as I know) and happens In Act II after you finish the gulag mission, where you get rescued by helicopter/rope  after rescuing price from the prison.

Just as you clip on a cut scene would usually display, but for some reason the game crashes with the following error.

ERROR: Could not find zone ‘dcburning.ff’

If you check your C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\call of duty modern warfare 2\zone\english (This directory will vary based on your OS/Language) The file exists – so what gives?

Truthfully, I don’t know either but the only fix is to rename or delete dcburning.ff and then validate the game on steam (Right click on Modern Warfare 2 – Hit properties > Click local files tab and select verify integrity of game cache) . The validation will fail and then download the file again -this time allowing your game to run correctly.

Any questions, please ask.

 

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Call of Duty World At War errors (d3dx9_37.dll & Unhandled exception )

November 1st, 2008 by Patrick S

Edit*: The beta for CoD WAW has now cloed – however the following information still does apply to some users of the RTM game.

I know this isn’t really related to Microsoft in any way but the public beta for Call of duty World At War has just come out and I am a huge fan. You can download yourself a free copy of the game if you go to http://www.callofduty.com/ and register to get a serial number and a download link.

If you are running a Vista machine you will most likely run into some difficulties when running the game for the first time after installation. These errors are:

-Message box displaying missing d3dx9_37.dll (or something along those lines)
-Message Box displaying: “Error during initialization: Unhandled exception caught”

To remedy these problems do the following:

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The Silverlight song

April 29th, 2008 by Patrick S

Nothing says rock and roll like a song about Microsoft Silverlight.

Head over to Dan Wahlin and Spike Xavier’s blog to listen to the song 😛

http://weblogs.asp.net/dwahlin/archive/2008/04/27/silverlight-the-song.aspx

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