AWS Route 53 (DNS): Create Equivalent of URL Forwarding Record

Categories: Cloud Computing, Networking, Tips

Several advanced DNS providers (EasyDNS, DNS Made Easy, etc) provide URL forwarding functionality through the use of a “DNS” record.  It’s not really an official DNS record, but rather provides a “301 Server Redirect” (URL redirect) and abstracts the complexity from end users that are managing this functionality. In order to accomplish the same desired […]

Exchange and the Default Domain Controllers GPO

Categories: Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Tips

I recently ran across an issue with an Exchange 2010 server that was configured for a hybrid Office 365 setup.  The on-premises Exchange 2010 server had the majority of mailboxes migrated to Office 365 and was serving primarily as an onsite SMTP relay and CAS server.  The service desk at my client had started to […]

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 […]

Create Custom Music on Hold for Cisco UCME

Categories: Networking, Tips, Unified Messaging

Here’s one from my personal tip jar.  This is well documented on Cisco’s website, but sometimes it’s just nicer to have this type of info in bite-sized portions. As nice as the canned music on hold files are that come with Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, sometimes you just want to add that personal touch. […]

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 […]