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Automating mass Exchange 2010 database creation with PowerShell.

A few weeks ago, I showed you my solution to creating a mass amount of disks with PowerShell and diskpart, for future use as Exchange 2010 database and log drives.   I finally had time to go back and create the databases for this environment.   In this environment, I had 4 Exchange 2010 servers with the Mailbox (MB) role on them, all part of the same Database Availability Group (DAG).   I needed to create a total of 97 databases, and 376 database copies in this DAG.   To do this, I wrote the following script I called "dbcreate.ps1"

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Mass Importing Mobile Phone Numbers into Active Directory using PowerShell and QAD Tools.

I had an interesting request at work today.  Management wanted all employees with a company issued cell phone, to have that cell phone number show up in the "Mobile" field of the "Phone/Notes" tab in Outlook.  Due to international legal concerns, it was only to be employees in the US.  

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Citrix releases XenServer 6.0

Although no official press release has been made yet, Citrix released XenServer 6.0 today.  There are quite a few new features, including GPU pass-through, support for Microsoft SCVMM and SCOM, support for new operating systems, and much more.

You can download XenServer 6.0 here, or read the release notes here, or read the new documentation here

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Microsoft releases Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2007 SP3

Microsoft released Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2007 SP3 today.

Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27552

Read about what issues are resolved in this update here: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;2602324

See the original announcement on The Exchange Team Blog here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/09/22/released-update-r...

At less than 55MB, it is a rather small update rollup.

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How To: Install FreeNAS 8 to a USB key.

Installing FreeNAS to a USB key is the preferred method when setting up a FreeNAS system.   The installer even makes a point of telling you this.  Booting from a USB key is becoming quite popular.  In fact, many modern servers come with an internal USB port, designed specifically for plugging a USB key containing an operating system into it.  This allows you to design a FreeNAS based storage system around a chassis with more hard drive bays for maximum storage.

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How To: Install Active Directory on Windows Server 2003

I know what you're thinking, it's 2011, Windows Server 2008 R2 has been out for years, why are you writing tutorials for Windows Server 2003?   Well many organizations still use it.  While you may not create a brand new Forest or Domain for use in a production environment, you may find yourself in need of a test lab that mimics an existing 2003 production environment.   In this tutorial, I'll show you how to do just that.  In a later tutorial I'll show you how to upgrade Active Directory (AD) from 2003 to 2008 R2.

 

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Budget Laboratory: Part 5 - Creating an OS Template VM in ESXi 4.1

Installing an Operating System (O/S) can take hours.  Good thing when it comes to deploying Virtual Machines (VMs), you really only need to do this once. So for the final installment of the "Budget Laboratory" series, I'm going to show you how to create a VM for use as an O/S template, using the vSphere client and the ESXi server we setup earlier in the series.  Using this method, you'll only have to install each O/S you'd want to use on a VM once.

 

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64-bit guests on nested ESXi/vSphere now possible thanks to Workstation 8

Before VMware released version 8 of their popular Workstation software, it was not possible to run 64-bit guest operating systems (O/S) from an ESXi 4.1 or vSphere 5 guest.   This nested Virtual Machine (VM) setup is great for learning and test lab environments, but up until now you were limited to 32-bit guest O/S's. 

Workstation 8 now allows you to "Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI", which in turn passes hardware features on to a guest VM, like ESXi 4.1 or vSphere 5, that enable them to run 64bit guest O/S's.

If you've just upgraded from Workstation 7, you'll need to change the hardware compatibility level on your ESXi or vSphere VM, before you can enable this new feature.

Here's how:

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How-To: Install Windows 8 Developer Preview on VMware Workstation 8

Today I'm going to show you how to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview on VMware Workstation 8.  The Windows 8 Developer Preview was just released last night (09/13/2011), and VMware Workstation 8 was just released today (09/14/2011).  
 

UPDATE: If you came here because the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released today (02/29/2012), this guide is good for this new release too!  There are a few cosmetic changes to the install, but everything is essentially the same.
 
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Windows 8's new "BSOD"

Windows 8 has a new "BSOD", or "Blue Screen of Death".   Microsoft apparently tried to make it look a little friendlier.

Notice how it suggests you search for the error online.

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