Lync Integration with Exchange UM – The “SUBJECT” matters

December 2, 2011

We recently installed Lync 2010 and integrated it with our Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging (UM).  Everything seemed to go smoothly and we have since released it to all of our users.  We are getting great positive feedback and wanted to enhance the offering.  To that end, we started playing with Polycom CX100/200/300 devices (I hope […]

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Careful Client Planning Needed During Migration From Exchange 2003 to 2010

July 30, 2011

We recently took on the migration of our enterprise E-mail system from Exchange 2003 to 2010.  In this article, I want to talk about the need to understand your client connection requirements before taking the plunge. Like most companies, we are still on Outlook 2003 and Windows XP.  Our remote users access the E-mail with […]

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Add-ADPermissions is not enough to read all mailboxes on Exchange 2010

April 14, 2011

We have recently upgraded from Exchange 2003 to 2010 and we are still in the midst of the details.  At first glance, it would seem that the biggest hurdle is to get a good understanding of the differences and plan your migration.  However, we have found the undocumented details about how to configure a number […]

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Expand LUNs with ESX and not vCenter

April 2, 2011

When we upgraded to vSphere 4.1, there was nothing different about the way we expanded LUNs.  We have three EqualLogic iSCSI SAN arrays for storage and two IBM BladeCenters.  If we needed more space, the process was quite simple go to the web interface of the SAN and expanded the LUN using vCenter, click on a host […]

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The Perfect Caddy- For Your Laptop

January 16, 2011

My wife has been asking for a portable laptop cart for a couple years and every one that I have looked at had something I did not like about it.  Either it was too large, too flimsy or unattractive.  Well, this Christmas I was looking again and stumbled across the Mayline – 950 – Eastwinds […]

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Maintenance Mode Can Leave Virtual Machines Unmanageable in VMware vCenter 4.1

November 13, 2010

We are running an environment with a single vCenter and 15 ESX hosts, of which 12 are in a DRS/HA cluster.  When we had to do some maintenance on some of the hosts in the cluster, I moved a server into maintenance mode.  Since we have DRS, the system attempted to automatically move all of […]

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