Critical Update 06/29/2012: Installation/Configuration and Tuning the Exchange 2010 management pack (#SCOM, #Exchange, #SYSCTR, #PowerShell)

Critical Update: On June 27th the Exchange Management pack was removed from the catalog and a blog post of explanation was provided by the Exchange team on the 28th which is available at: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/06/28/mailboxes-on-a-database-are-quarantined-in-an-environment-with-system-center-operations-manager.aspx The synopsis is if you have the Exchange MP version above, it’s critical to first identify if you have quarantined mailboxes.…

It Takes Two: Together, Catapult Systems and Slingrock Spark Client’s Excitement for Office 365 SharePoint Online Deployment

Catapult Systems just finished an Office 365 SharePoint Online deployment for one of our Texas clients. Read on to learn how our team effort with Slingrock pushed this through the sales cycle! With business units in multiple continents, and products being developed across these business units, it became essential for the client to have an…

Advanced ADFS Claims Rules for Office 365 SSO

A colleague sent me a blog post from the Directory Services Team title "An ADFS Claims Rules Adventure" This post is very informative and pretty cool. It talks about setting up ADFS Claims rule to tightly control access for Office 365. I have previously looked into how to control access to Office 365 mailbox/SharePoint resources…

Office 365 User Group Meeting Recap

We had a great Office 365 International User Group Meeting today! I would like to thank all the attendees for joining and participating in the meeting. Also big props go out to Office 365 MVP Brett Hill (@bretthill) for giving a demonstration and talking about the Cloud WAN Optimization provided by Riverbed. The demo/presentation was…

Installing Windows Server 2012

This is my first of hopefully many posts involving the latest and greatest server operating system Windows Server 2012. This post will walk you through the installation,(which really hasn’t changed much) and what you will see after the desktop appears for the first time. Download the  Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) and create a…