30 gen 2011

389 Directory Server: A powerful open source LDAP

The enterprise-class Open Source LDAP server for Linux. It is hardened by real-world use, is full-featured, supports multi-master replication, and already handles many of the largest LDAP deployments in the world. The 389 Directory Server can be downloaded for free and set up in less than an hour using the graphical console.

Key Features

  • Multi-Master Replication, to provide fault tolerance and high write performance
  • Scalability: thousands of operations per second, tens of thousands of concurrent users, tens of millions of entries, hundreds of gigabytes of data
  • The codebase has been developed and deployed continuously by the same team for more than a decade
  • Extensive documentation, including helpful Installationand Deployment guides
  • Active Directory user and group synchronization
  • Secure authentication and transport (SSLv3, TLSv1, and SASL)
  • Support for LDAPv3
  • On-line, zero downtime, LDAP-based update of schema, configuration, management and in-tree Access Control Information (ACIs)
  • Graphical console for all facets of user, group, and server management

http://directory.fedoraproject.org/

29 gen 2011

UDP Notification Support Re-added to Exchange 2010

The team says:

"User Datagram Protocol (UDP) notification functionality back into Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. While Outlook 2010 is the best way to experience all that Exchange 2010 has to offer, you have been very clear that many of you have longer client deployment cycles or are waiting for a desktop hardware refresh before upgrading clients. Regardless of the reasons, those of you who have users running Outlook 2003 have seen those users' Outlook performance degrade with the removal of UDP. You can learn more about this issue in the related Microsoft Support article.

We've heard you loud and clear and so this functionality will be re-introduced in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 Roll-Up 3 (SP1 RU3). As a result, we have adjusted the RU3 schedule in order to complete the engineering work required to include UDP support within the rollup, which we now expect to release in March."

Source: Ms Exchange Official Blog.

Moovida's new media center software has great looks.

The company has unleashed a beautiful new media browsing UI called 'Immersed' that's powered by a 3D game engine, a fact which makes its media center bretheren look dowdy in comparison. There is a steep price to pay for this digital eye candy, however, as the current version lacks the ability to stream content -- so no Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube for you. Moovida's software also packs an underlying desktop-optimized UI, 'Core', that provides automated media backup and cataloging, syncs your music and video with peripherals, and plays any non-DRM content known to man. Presently in beta, Moovida promises greater functionality in future releases and we can only hope that means streaming capability is coming soon, as in immediately.

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http://www.moovida.com/

Source: Engadget, Yahoo

25 gen 2011

Windows 7: Delete and Remove Locked Partition, Hidden Recovery, Diagnostic Partition or EFI

When you try to delete an Hidden Recovery, Diagnostic partion, EFI Apple partition, some options fail:

  1. DiskMgmt.msc does not show the “delete” option
  2. DiskPart.exe fails with Cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set

Run Powershell as Administrator and follow the steps below:

  1. Run Diskpart application by typing Diskpart
  2. In the “Diskpart” prompt, enter rescan command and press Enter key to re-scan all partitions, volumes and drives available.
  3. Then type in list disk and press Enter key to show all hard disk drive available.
  4. Select the disk that contains the partition you want to remove. Normally, with just 1 hard disk, it will be disk 0. So the command will be:
    select disk 0
  5. Finish by Enter key.
  6. Type list partition and press Enter key to show all available and created partition in the disk selected.
  7. Select the partition that wanted to be deleted by using the following command, followed by Enter key:
    select partition x
    where x is the number of the EISA based recovery partition to be removed and unlocked its space. Be careful with the number of this partition, as wrong number may get data wipes off.
  8. Finally, type in delete partition override and press Enter key.

Reference:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490893.aspx

24 gen 2011

Windows Server Core: How to Update device driver

Have to update a driver on Microsoft Windows Server Core?

Pnputil.exe is a command line utility that you can use to manage the driver store. You can use Pnputil to add driver packages, remove driver packages, and list driver packages that are in the store.

To add a driver to the driver store use:  pnputil.exe -a a:\driver\driver.inf

To add all drivers in a folder use: pnputil.exe -a c:\drivers\*.inf

To add and then install a driver use:  pnputil.exe -i -a a:\driver\driver.inf

To get a list of available third party drivers use: pnputil.exe -e

To delete a specific driver use: pnputil.exe -d driver.inf

To force the deletion of a specific driver use: pnputil.exe -f -d driver.inf

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff800798(WS.10).aspx

Microsoft Small Business Server 2011: Technical Resources

In order to help partners/customers to learn and understand the new edition of SBS, here I include some materials for your reference:

SBS 2011 Standard “Learning Bites” Videos
Title of Video Length Released
SBS 2011 – Overview
26:05 01/14/2011
SBS 2011 – Technical Decision Maker Overview
50:49 01/14/2011
SBS 2011 – Administrative Console
5:00 01/14/2011
SBS 2011 – Backup Wizard
4:57 01/14/2011
SBS 2011 – Computer Properties
3:45 01/14/2011
SBS 2011 – Connect Computer
2:43 01/14/2011

22 gen 2011

Apple AirPlay video support comes to Linux courtesy of Totem media player plug-in

This one's about as unnofficial as it gets, but Linux users do now have a relatively easy way to receive and play video streamed to their PC via Apple's AirPlay. To get things going, all you have to do is download a plug-in for the Totem media player (which ships with most popular Linux distributions), install it in the usual Linux fashion, and then start streaming video to your Linux PC with AirPlay just as if it were an Apple TV. That's it. Hit up the link below to find the plug-in, along with some more detailed installation instructions if you need them.

http://projects.gnome.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totem_(media_player)

20 gen 2011

Automatically change the connection settings for Outlook Anywhere in Outlook 2007/2010

Would you like to automatically change the connection settings for Outlook Anywhere in Outlook 2007/2010?

By default, the Outlook Anywhere policy settings are not included in the Group Policy template file (Outlk12.adm or Outlk14.adm).

However, we can manually add the related templates to achieve this. Please follow the detail instructions in the following two KB articles to control and configure Outlook Anywhere.

Outlook 2007 - You cannot use Group Policy settings to configure Outlook Anywhere (RPC/HTTP) settings

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961112

Outlook 2010 - Outlook Anywhere (RPC/HTTP) settings are unavailable in the Outlook 2010 Group Policy template

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2426686

15 gen 2011

14 gen 2011

Exchange 2007 / 2010: Disable NDR (Non Delivery Report)

Do you need to disable NDR reports on a Microsoft Exchange 2007 mail server?
Please follow these steps to disabled the NDR messages:

  • Open the Exchange Management Console
  • Expand the Organization Configuration folder
  • Click on Hub Transport
  • Select Remote Domains
  • Right-click the Default tab
  • Click on the Message Format
  • to turn off NDR's uncheck Allow non-delivery reports

Mac OS X: Automatically play movies when you open them

Want to automatically play movies when you open them in QuickTime Player?

Enter the following command on the Shell:

defaults write com.apple.QuickTimePlayerX MGPlayMovieOnOpen 1

Likewise for QuickTime Player, if you’d like to automatically show subtitles on movies
that support them, try this on the command line:

defaults write com.apple.QuickTimePlayerX MGEnableCCAndSubtitlesOnOpen 1

Want more? look a database of hidden settings for Mac OS X

http://secrets.blacktree.com/?show=all

enjoy :)

InfoWorld's 2011 Technology of the Year Award winners: Exchange 2010

Exchange Server 2010 has won InfoWorld's Technology of the Year award for the best mail server!

Congratulations to the team Smile

source: http://www.infoworld.com/d/infoworld/infoworlds-2011-technology-the-year-award-winners-285&current=9&last=8#slideshowTop

12 gen 2011

Exchange Server 2010 SP1: How to delete Items for all mailboxes in all databases after xx days

If we are planning to automatically empty the Delete Items folder for all mailboxes, we need to create a Retention Policy tags for Deleted Items.

Here is the steps detailed how to set a policy to empty "Deleted Items":

1. Create a RetentionPolicy Tag

New-RetentionPolicytag -type deleteditems -name <Tag Name> -AgeLimitForRetention 7

2. Create a Retention Policy to be associated with RetenionPolicy Tag.

New-RetentionPolicy -Name <Policy Name> -RetentionPolicyTagLinks "<Tag Name>" (please note that the Tag Name is the same as step 1)

3. Apply the policy to all mailbox.

Get-mailbox | Set-Mailbox -RetentionPolicy "<Policy Name>"

As the command (Get-mailbox | Set-Mailbox -RetentionPolicy "<Policy Name>) I provided, it will be applied all mailbox which have been created after running. However, when we create a new mailbox on the Exchange server, the retention policy can be enabled and chosen in the User Type Wizard in Exchange Management Console.

The policy created by between Exchange Management Console and Exchange Management Shell is same. You can use either of way to create the policy according to your favorite.

In generally, there are three types of retention tags: Default Policy Tag (DPT), Retention Policy Tags (RPT), and personal Tags(PT). When you use PT type, you need to choose to use the policy manually. In this case, the Retention Policy Tags (RPT) type is created for default folder such as Delete Items and Inbox, etc and its policy will applied all mailbox (Exclude newly Created mailbox ), so you don't need to add the policy for every mailbox on the Outlook client.

Please refer to the following links to see more information:

Understanding Retention Tags and Retention Policies

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd297955.aspx

New-RetentionPolicyTag

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335226.aspx

New-RetentionPolicy

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd297970.aspx

HTH

06 gen 2011

Host Exchange 2010 for multiple companies (Shared Hosting)

One common request for Exchange 2010 regards the possibilty to install one in shared hosted environment.

About this we have to consder the following aspects:

1. The hosting mode in Exchange Server 2010 needs the SP1 level. Exchange Server 2010 SP1 supports hosting deployments and provides hosting partners with the core Exchange features so that they can be deployed to multiple customers in a single installation.
 
2. The following resources can help you deploy hosting in Exchange Server 2010 SP1.
 
Deployment Checklist for Multi-Tenancy
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff923281.aspx
 
Hosting Deployment Guide for Exchange Server 2010 SP1 (beta)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=BBA88FB5-9D84-475C-85D7-3FFEB308636E

Exchange 2010: Synchronization of some deletions failed [0-130]

Concern:

In your Exchange 2010/Outlook 2010 environment, some users report errors "Synchronization of some deletions failed. [0-130]" in their sync issues folder.

Analysis:

This is a known issue in Outlook 2010. The sync errors are most false positives and we can safely ignore them.

04 gen 2011

Windows 7 GodMode

“GodMode,” a term devised by the Microsoft development team, which provides a single place to access all Windows settings without needing to browse options and folders in the Control Panel.

To enable it:


1. Create a new folder.

2. Rename the folder to GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
(note that you can change the “GodMode” text, but the following period and code number are essential).

3. The folder icon will change — double click it to show the GodMode window

Enjoy