Installing Windows 2012 R2 Domain Controller

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Posted by Dave on 29 Mar 14 - 2 Comments

Well, I’ve been pretty lazy in my lab environment for the last couple of months.  I’ve finally decided it is time to migrate to a Windows 2012 R2 domain.  Currently, I am running a Windows 2008 R2 domain with Exchange 2010 and Lync 2010.  This article is the first in a couple of articles that are loosely related.  This article will focus on:

  • Creating a new VM in Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V (I know, I know, I need to update that too)
  • Installing a new Windows 2012 R2 server
  • Preparing the server to be a Domain Controller
  • Installing the Active Directory Domain Services role
  • Promoting the server to a Domain Controller.

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Install Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 1

Archived in the category: Exchange 2013, Exchange Server
Posted by Dave on 05 Jul 13 - 0 Comments

On April 2, 2013, Microsoft release Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange Server 2013.  For details about this update visit Description of Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange Server 2013.

The RTM version of Exchange 2013 is Version 15.0 (Build 516.32).  This CU will update the system to Version 15.0 (Build 620.29).

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In my previous post on Upgrading from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013 on Windows 2012 (Part 1), we covered the prerequisites to installing Exchange 2013 in your Exchange 2010 environment.  In this article we will cover installing Exchange 2013 and configuring it for coexistence.  For simplicity’s sake, I will show screenshots from a single “all-in-one” server installation, since they do not vary much.

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Microsoft announced the release of Exchange 2013 last fall, but this was not very useful to most of us, because there was no support for previous versions of Exchange until new Service Packs and Hotfixes were available. In other words, you could not install Exchange 2013 into your current Exchange organization. In February Microsoft finally released Exchange 2007 SP3 RU10 and Exchange 2010 SP3, to enable coexistence between the platforms. As is typical of Microsoft, they support an N-2 upgrade path. This means you can upgrade to 2013 from two versions back. Exchange 2003 (and prior) version will not allow upgrade to Exchange 2013. In-place upgrades of Exchange 2007 and 2010 versions are not supported either. This is typical and even if it was supported I would never recommend it. It’s nice to start from scratch and deploy a new Exchange environment and apply the things you’ve learned from previous installs.

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Well, I’ve run into multiple issues with this task, so I might as well write a post on how to successfully update your Exchange 2010 Edge server to Service Pack 3.  In my scenario, I’m running a single server with the following services:

  • Exchange 2010 SP1 Edge server
  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010
  • Forefront Protection for Exchange on the same server

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Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 Versions

Archived in the category: Security
Posted by Dave on 04 Jun 13 - 0 Comments

Well, now that the Forefront line of products is being discontinued by Microsoft, I thought I would publish a Versions table for the Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010.  Microsoft’s lack of guidance on a replacement for TMG has lead many customers to continue using and installing new TMG 2010 servers, so it’s worthwhile to know the latest versions. 

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Lync 2013 Mobile Client RELEASED

Posted by Dave on 22 Mar 13 - 0 Comments

On March 13, 2013, Microsoft released the Lync 2013 Mobile Client.  Here is my first experience with the install on an iPhone 5.  To locate the app I simply went to the Apple App Store and searched for Lync.  There are two versions of Lync Mobile in the App Store. 

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Microsoft has released the Lync 2013 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1).  The naming conventions within “Lync” can be a little confusing.  This is a CLIENT update for Lync 2013.

To enable these Lync 2013 updates, make sure both the Lyncloc and Msores packages are installed.  The MS release notes say that this requires a restart of Lync 2013 after you install the update, but I believe a reboot of the client system is required.

For more information: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2812461

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Apparently, I was enjoying my birthday too much to notice that Microsoft released the New Office Visio Stencils. This stencil contains more than 300 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.

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Microsoft Releases Exchange 2007 SP3 RU10 and 2010 SP3

Archived in the category: Exchange Server
Posted by Dave on 12 Feb 13 - 0 Comments

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 was released a few months ago, but not many people could do much with it, since it didn’t support co-existence with previous versions.  Finally, Exchange 2007 SP3 Rollup Update 10 and Exchange 2010 SP3 have been released to support coexistence.  These are important rollup and service pack updates, as they enable coexistence with Exchange 2013.

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