AAAAAAH….this is not a typical reaction I have when setting up things, but this one was driving me nuts. Let me explain… Story so far… I was asked to help a company with the implementation of Single Sign-on (SSO) between their on-premises environment and Office 365. During the installation and configuration phase of the ADFS … Continue reading "Convert-MSOLDomainToFederated: Service not available"
With the installation of Windows 8 there comes an end to the ‘classic’ start menu era. Off course you can put all the programs you want on the start screen. However, things like the control panel, command prompt or the computer management snap-in might be things you want to access easier and quicker. Fortunately for … Continue reading "No, my Win-X menu doesn’t work"
From Monday June 24 2013 to Friday June 28 2013, Microsoft organizes TechEd Europe at the Feria Internacional de Madrid (IFEMA) in Madrid, Spain. With a much warmer climate than Amsterdam (TechEd Europe 2012) and Berling (TechEd Europe 2009 and TechEd Europe 2010) and Microsofts convenient repositioning of this event in June, this event should … Continue reading "DirTeam bloggers at TechEd Europe 2013"
Everyone can have some trouble using Backup Exec to backup their Threat Management Gateway 2010. TMG uses a different range of dynamic ports from the standard Windows Server installations. Since Windows Vista the new default start port is 49152. The default end port is 65535. Earlier versions of Windows used 1025 through 5000. The new … Continue reading "Backing up a Threat Management Gateway using Backup Exec"
Microsoft Threat Management Gateway (TMG) should make publishing websites easy. Generally it is. We had a configuration as shown below: This should work like a charm. Unfortunately it did not in Internet Explorer 9. Upon testing the published site we noticed that some of the SharePoint functionality was not working as intended; Menu functions were … Continue reading "TMG Compression broke my site"
When I was at a client the other day I encountered the following: As you can see the Exchange environment in itself already contains a single point of failure. Namely the Exchange-01 server who solemnly functions as a client access and transport hub. The two database servers however are both made high available through the … Continue reading "How not to create redundancy in your Exchange"
When upgrading your environment to squeaky clean Windows Server 2008 R2 installations sooner or later you will have to tackle the SQL server. Migrating a Microsoft SQL server from 2005 to, say, 2008 R2 should be a walk in the park. It should be, if no one is actually using the server. Unfortunately this won’t … Continue reading "Upgrading SQL"