SystemCenterCentral Management Pack Contest & the Scheduled Resolution Update Management Pack

As part of the SystemCenterCentral management pack contest (details available here), there are now 10 different management packs which have already been submitted which perform a variety of functions. Currently these include: Maintenance Mode History Report Management pack  HP EVA Management Pack V2 Top Processes Identifier Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 and Essentials 2010…

Bulk Import/Create Mail Enabled Contacts

Scenario: Say you have been using Public Folders in Exchange to share contacts among users or you have a master contacts database somewhere.  If you wanted to create these contacts in AD/Exchange with the least amount of effort, what would you do?  Ok…so this scenario doesn’t really come up that often.  Hopefully you can apply…

SSL Offloading in Exchange 2010

UPDATE: Note that this post is based on Exchange 2010 RTM. Guidance has been changed slightly for SP1. Please see the wiki post HERE. In one of my recent Exchange 2010 deployments at a client, the design was a highly available 3-node Exchange environment with all roles (MB, CAS, HUB) installed on each server.  So…

Pairwise Analysis Revisited

In my previous post, I gave an example of how Pairwise Analysis works, and presented a conceptual model in Excel of the driver and project prioritization engine within Microsoft Project Server 2010.  That model worked well with simple driver prioritization scenarios, but seemed to display a wide variance with Project Server calculations in more complex…