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DSCP on Exchange 2010 Replication?

A friend asked me if it was possible to specify DSCP values for Exchange 2010 replication. After doing some trial and error and research, it seems like it’s possible. By segregating MAPI and Replication to different NICs, and using Local Policy, you can set port 64327 (TCP, Default Exchange 2010 Replication Port) to use a DSCP value. I’ll test this later in my lab….

Lync 2010

Finally got around to installing Lync 2010 in the Production environment at work. At first, seems a bit overwhelming when trying to deploy, but as I dig more into it and understand the topology builder and its role, it seems to be a bit easier! I’m now sitting waiting on the certificate to be generated so I can start services, but in the meantime it’s got me doing some digging! I’m playing around now with a few different devices from some vendors including a Polycom CX5000, CX3000, various GN headsets, and a handful of different Lync optimized webcams.

Some exciting stuff coming down the line! I’ll update you once I have my certificates installed and working.

Hotfix

http://hotfixv4.microsoft.com/Windows%20Vista/sp1/Fix208166/6000/free/333646_intl_x64_zip.exe

Exchange 2010 Online Archive Access through Outlook 2007!

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2458611

Finally! You can access an online archive (used in Exchange 2010) through Outlook Web Application (2010 only), Outlook 2010, and now Outlook 2007!

Data Data Data!!!!!

Wow!  With the abundance of data streaming out there in the world these days, there is a huge need to reel in the compliance, retention, and control of that data. 

Imagine an employee who starts to communicate with someone over a social media site such as LinkedIn, goes back and forth with quotes from their sales CRM application and then the conversation ends shortly later.  Several weeks, days, months, etc. go by, and the conversation again stirs up on LinkedIn.  When official business is conducted, what retention does your company have in place to find that data should they need to?  Is it archivalable?  What if data leaks?  What if your employee uses that data against your company?  What if your employee uses that social site to take contacts or other data to competitors?  What if your employee’s significant other or friend gains access through social engineering?

What’s the right mix of the data?  What is the right mix of control?  Should these sites be allowed to exist?  If there is a significant business purpose for these tools, how can a business ensure the right partner agreements are in place?

As I compose this draft, I’m putting this out there for thoughts, but keep this in mind and feel free to comment as you think of how this can data can be useful and harmful to the right folks.  I’ll be updating this post soon with more data, but this is a good start of my ideas.

Busy Bee!

I’ve been quite busy recently with a data center and user move of our corporate headquarters, as well as relocation and combining of offices.  Many of our IT’ers have worked around the clock to make it such a success! 

Finally, we are on the tail end of this project, but as always, it seems there has been an abundance of projects waiting for us to complete.  I’ve got a few!  Cisco CUIMOC/UM integration with Exchange, Lync 2010 rollout, Unified Messaging, PCI compliance, HIPPA overviews, Smartphone implementations, etc.

Look for posts soon!

VMware vSphere Fast Track 4

Started VMWare Fast Track classes this week….

Taking the BlackBerry World by Surprise!

March of Dimes

Quick Add Users

When you need to add users quickly to a lab environment or even production, here is a quick snipet to do so in PowerShell:

1..100 | ForEach { Net User “User$_” MyPassword=01 /ADD /Domain; Enable-Mailbox “User$_” -Database }

Get High Now!

Wow! What a website! This site allows the “bored” users to get virutally high off of some interesting content – music, sounds, videos, and stunning pictures…. all without any substances entering your body!.

Check it out now! http://www.gethighnow.com