SBS 2003 and beyond


December 5, 2010  10:23 PM

Installing Microsoft Lync Server 2010 thoughts.

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

I have a customer who is interested in the Microsoft 2010 Lync Server, so because I was not up with this product and my wife was gone to AZ to visit her father I had time to install this and play. Because I was not up on the product I did a lot of searching and found the MS document on how to set this up and install in their wordy way but I keep digging and came across this article which was a not so wordy document which if you are like me let’s get to the meat and potatoes and forget the salad here. http://imaucblog.com/archive/2010/09/15/step-by-step-microsoft-lync-2010-consolidated-standard-server-install-guide/

I have helped and installed earlier versions of the MS communicator type of product and the earlier versions was a major pain to install because of all the little parts and pieces you had to do ahead of time of during the install. I know in earlier versions you had to do some DNS entries and this install was no different but that did not take any time to get the 1 sip record in and the 3 A records for the other pieces. In prior installs of the earlier versions you had to create the different certificates. The nice thing about installing MS 2010 Lync Server the install walks you through all the different parts of setup pretty nicely and it will even create your cert requests and process them and install on the server. I was pleasantly surprised about how straight forward the install was. It did take some time to do this as I was learning on the fly and checking both documents as I installed to make sure I wasn’t missing anything but the end result was it is installed and running and the customer is now testing this out.

 

Til later just Roger

December 5, 2010  10:02 PM

Windows 2003 Server Cert Services not starting

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

Ran into an interesting problem this weekend as I was installing the Microsoft 2010 Lync Server at a customer’s site which I will talk about later. I was trying to connect to the 2003 Server Cert Server and was having problems. One was a DCOM error which was corrected by adding the permission to the component that was failing for the user I was using. After that was resolved I had to do MS Hotfix KB922706 because I was coming off a Windows 2008 R2 server. Once this was installed I found that the cert services was not running. From the error that was showing it was showing some expired certs which one of them was the Domain Controller Cert for the cert server here is the error.

“Certificate Services did not start: Could not load or verify the current CA certificate.  mail A required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file. 0x800b0101 (-2146762495).”

I checked the system time and that was good so I went into the Computer Certificate store and found 2 certs that had expired and as I mentioned one of them was the CA Root Cert. So I opened the Certificate Authority on the Cert Server and it had failures to open some of the pieces of this because of the service was not running. But it allowed me to right click on the server name and select Renew CA Certificate. Once I did that the services started and life was good again.

 

Till later just Roger


July 27, 2010  9:30 AM

1920 miles by Land and 2375 by Sea it was a good Vacation

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

My family and I just got back from a fun time on vacation. We drove to Galveston TX got on the Carnival Conquest and went to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel Mexico. We went swimming and interacting with the Dolphins and Stingrays in Grand Cayman, tubing down a jungle river in Jamaica and ocean kayaking and snorkeling in Cozumel. As mentioned it was a very fun time.

One thing the Jamaican guides always was saying was “Yea Mon No Problems” stuck in my head and it made me think isn’t that what we say to our customers? If your not shouldn’t you be? They call in with a problem and don’t want to hear excuses they want to hear it won’t be a problem, Makes sense to me

 

Til later just Roger


July 27, 2010  9:17 AM

Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 on Same Laptop

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

Ok work got me a new laptop and I had a plan where I could use this as a vehicle to use in those instances when you need a server to do a temp swing or some kind of server to make your migration work. I am getting lazy and did not want to have to carry those temp servers around and got the laptop spec-ed accordingly to be able to do whatever I need to. Gee let me see laptop or ML350, I already had a bag for my laptop so that is what I went with. But how to make it work. I had a couple of options and one was to run Windows 7 on Laptop and then mount a 2008 R2 VHD  I messed with that some and quickly got bored and I was suppose to be packing for my vacation so I took the easy way out.

Installed Windows 7 to half of my 320 gig HD and Windows 2008 R2 on the other half. I did try the Windows 2008 R2 only and had problems with the drivers and there again I was watching over my shoulder as mentioned I was suppose to be packing. So I did the Windows 7 and then installed Windows 2008 R2 on the other half and then once that was installed I browsed to the partition where Windows 7 was installed and then to the Windows\System32\DriverStoreand the Windows 2008 R2 Server picked up the drivers on the devices showing as needing updates as i went through the list. I did have to go to the Intel Website and get the driver for the on board network card for Windows 2008 R2 and install it to get the network running but no biggy there.

Once that was all done I turned on the Virtual Componets in the BIOS and installed HyperV and then installed a server and ran it virtually just to make sure my theory worked. Which it did which was a good thing would hated to have to explain that one on why it didn’t work out the way planned. Next step is to do some test P2V migrations of SBS2003 Servers and make sure they run and any other situations I run into that this will be needed for.

Til later just Roger


June 29, 2010  5:45 PM

Exchange 2010 Console Error

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

I know it has been a while but with the last 6 months being all wrapped up in building onto our house well. Life has just got in the way again.

If you have Exchange 2010 and when you open the management console you might receive this error “An error caused a change in the current set of domain controllers” Close your Exchange Management and The fix for this is to go to c:\users\user name with error\appdata\roaming\microsoft\mmc\Exchange Management console and you remove this file. Then reopen the Exchange Management and the error should be gone.

Til Later just Roger


March 29, 2010  1:34 AM

Exchange 2007 migration to Exchange 2010

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

When you do the migration from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 couple of things to remember. Have SP2 for Exchange 2007 installed and also there is a update Roll up 2 for Exchange 2007 SP2 that you will want to make sure you have applied. If you do not you will have problems with the OWA redirection from the Exchange 2010 server to the Exchange 2007 Server. You can fix it but it is better if you have the update installed saves you the headache of working through the other one.

 

Til later just Roger


February 3, 2010  8:27 PM

iPerf

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

I have a customer who has multiple remote locations and we was having troubles with the network links from the remote sites. We found that they was filling up the pipe coming back to the main location so they upgraded there links to a faster speed. What we wanted to do is test the links to see if they was getting what  they was  paying for with the new links. I finally ran across a tool called iPerf and it can be used to test the speed between the remote locations and main location and the best thing it is free. Basically on one of your systems at one location you launch the iPerf from a command line with iPerf.exe -s and the -s means it is acting as the server and on the remote location you run it from the command line of iPerf.exe -c ipaddressofserver -w 2M  the -c is for client and the 2M is file size to test. I tested it all the way up to a Gig with no problems.

Til Later just Roger


January 26, 2010  4:20 AM

Windows 7 Pro and SBS 2003 with ISA 2004

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

If you are trying to join a Windows 7 Pro workstation to a SBS 2003 with a ISA 2004 Server somethings to be aware of to get this to work correctly. Mainly you need to have the server up to date with the Windows Updates i.e SP2 for Windows 2003 and SP3 for the ISA Server 2004. If you have that all done then you can join the server to the domain manually. If you have the hot fixes applied for Vista workstations on a SBS 2003 server and all of the previous connected updates done you can use the connect to server wizard. Basically the problem is the RPC version causes a issue talking to the server and the updates fixes this and allows things to work. You can disable the RPC Addon within ISA 2004 and you can get the workstation to join the domain but when you reenable this Outlook 2003 won’t talk to the server. So bottum line if you want Windows 7 on your SBS 2003 Server then make sure it is all updated and you will be good to go.

Til later just Roger


December 31, 2009  2:33 AM

Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

For you ISA fans I know this was a long awaited release as it has NAT capabilities with this solution. Plus Malware scanning of the traffic incoming and many other features. I deployed this at one of my sites and have found it to be nice and refreshing to see the same ISA feel but many changes as this product line grows. You can export your Rules out of your ISA 2006 Server and import them into the new TMG 2010. Or as I did I cleaned up a bunch of Rules and created them fresh brand new. Consolidated a few and got rid of some as they now have some filtering built in for websites that you don’t want your users going too. Plus they actually filter like expected. I like that you can add users to by pass the rules or not. More on this later also as I continue to explore this.

Til later just Roger


December 31, 2009  2:22 AM

Windows 2008 R2 DFS Replication Errors

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

I was setting up Windows 2008 R2 and the DFS Replication for a customer and keep getting errors. Overlapped I/O operation is in progress I finally found a hotfix that I applied to the source and destination server and then this corrected the problem and started to replicate to the remote server.  Here is the KB that talks about it http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977381/en-us

This was the first time I setup DFS and other than this issue I found it worked well right out of the box. I like the options to the amount of bandwidth to use or not use and the times to replicate. I did this from a Windows 2008 R2 DC to a Windows 2008 R2 RODC and it works flawlessly. We will be slowly moving the users over to this and I will have more about it later.

Til later just Roger


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