Replacing ADFS SSL Certificates

Categories: HowTo, Identity, Windows Server

Gone are the days where an admin could generate a 3/4/5-year SSL certificate for their ADFS deployments. Now you can look forward to this being an annual ritual (or every two years at best). This blog post aims to help simplify the process by outlining the high-level steps that are required to provision and replace […]

Citrix XenApp 7.5 Update

Categories: Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Windows Server

Citrix recently hosted a webinar for partners in which they shared information on the upcoming XenApp 7.5 release.  Here are a few of the highlights: Miscellaneous XenApp 7.5 availability:  end of March 2014 (Q1) Web Interface:  support extended to XenApp 7.x, with End of Life date extended to June 14th 2015. XenApp 6.5 to XenApp 7.5 […]

Performance Monitoring for Bottlenecks [Chart]

Categories: Tips, Windows Server

Steven Choy posted this excellent article on MS TechNet back in August of 2008.  I still consider it an excellent starting place to determine where various bottlenecks may be occurring on systems. I’ve taken the liberty to summarize the information contained in the article and created a chart for convenience.  Enjoy! (Click image for larger […]

Grant Full Access to All Mailboxes in Exchange 2010

Categories: Microsoft Exchange, Tips, Unified Messaging, Windows Server

Here’s a little time-saving tip for working with mailboxes in Exchange 2010.  Normally if you need full access to another user’s mailbox in Exchange 2007/2010 you would highlight their mailbox in the Exchange Management Console and the choose “Manage Full Access…” from the action pane.  You would have to do this individually for each mailbox […]

RD Gateway/Web Access Outside the Firewall

Categories: Tips, Windows Server

I recently had the opportunity to work with one of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2‘s neatest features:  Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) and Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access).  If you aren’t familiar with these features, check out a brief summary here. The setup is fairly straightforward, as outlined here and here.  However, I […]

Domain-wide Time Synchronization: Part 2

Categories: Active Directory, Networking, Windows Server

Ok, sorry for the delay, but I want to dive right in. Let’s break down the steps from part 1: 1 – Configure NTP time source for PDC domain contoller For this step, you want to configure the PDC to check in with a reliable Internet time server. A couple of ones that I prefer […]