Archive for the ‘General’ Category

July 28th 2017 – SysAdmin Day. A day to celebrate the work, that often takes place behind closed doors, of System Administrators worldwide. We’re taking today to think about being a Sys Admin, in particular the pros and cons of the coveted role. First things first, what is a Systems Administrator? Officially they are responsible for the upkeep, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems; especially multi-user computers, such as … Read more

The DMTF WS-Eventing standard was first introduced in Windows Server 2008 so that system administrators could centralize Windows event logs. As part of the open Web Services-Management (WS-Man) protocol that’s included in the Windows Management Framework (WMF), event forwarding provides a means to read and store event logs from Windows devices in one place. Windows Event Forwarding (WEF) is agentless, so you don’t need to install any additional software to … Read more

Your old Exchange Server should be decommissioned when you are upgrading or switching to another Exchange Server. A proper plan is required before going ahead. All the content of User Mailboxes and Public Folders have to be migrated to the Target Exchange Server. Keeping in view the different issues that may arise while decommissioning the Exchange Server, we at Lepide Software have created three documents to illustrate the step-by-step process … Read more

Microsoft recently launched the new beta version of the Exchange 2016 messaging platform – packed with exclusive features and enhancements to help improve the platform. Here we will take you through what’s new about Exchange 2016 and compare it to the commonly used Exchange 2013. 1. Redesigned Exchange 2016 vs Exchange 2013 Architecture The Exchange 2016 architecture has been redesigned in order to ensure efficient hardware utilization, failure isolation and … Read more

As you may or may not know, today is SysAdmin Day! In order to celebrate Sys Admins from all over the world we asked some of you on Spiceworks and LinkedIn what qualities you need if you want to survive in the world of system administration. Here 5 things you thought were important: 1. Patience Being a System Administrator often means completing tasks that require time and concentration. Sometimes you … Read more

There’s certain phrases that are guaranteed to strike fear in hearts of IT admins everywhere. They are all too familiar and they invariably mean wasted time, more stress or late evenings at work. Here’s our top 10 spinetingling things for IT admins to hear: “I’d just got a coffee, put it next to my keyboard and somehow…..” “I know you’re busy but could I just get you to have a … Read more

Even though there are a lot of books and papers that discuss Active Directory security, incidents of AD security breach just don’t seem to stop. What can be the reason for this? Are IT admins just not being able to grasp the tinges of AD security? Or Are they unable to adapt to the new, advanced threats that are being invented every day? Both of these could be the reasons. … Read more

What was born on the cloud is now descending to your premises! With the release of Exchange 2016, Microsoft is making a bunch of new features whose radiance we have glimpsed in Exchange Online as a part of Office 365 available for on-premises deployment. These features, having powered millions of mailboxes and public folders in the Cloud environment and having gone through trials and testing in the hands of users … Read more

Think about the last week’s worth of work you’ve accomplished. You put out a bunch of fires; performed some upgrades and new implementations of applications, systems, or servers; and even had a little time for planning some strategic initiatives for next quarter. But as you look over this work and focus specifically in on the manual tasks you performed, would you consider that work particularly efficient? An IT pro’s time … Read more

There is nothing unusual in the growth of an Exchange database with the addition of data. As mailboxes are added, the database increases in size to accommodate them. And it is expected naturally that database size decreases as data is deleted. But one may be amazed to see some abnormalities here—no decrease in database size is observed as mailboxes are deleted from Exchange database. And one more surprise! After deleting … Read more

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