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Case Study 2 Part 1 - Network Rebuild - Intro and Workstations

Very occasionally, you get to do a job which you really enjoy. Being able to put lots of things that you have learnt over time in a single client deployment and make a very satisfying job.  At the end of 2010 I completed just such a deployment.   I could go on for hours about this deployment, as there are so many little things that were done, which I haven't had the chance to do before... [More]

Case Study 1 - Three Men and a Little Server

This case study is a little different from the normal deployments I do, because it is a very small installation - only three users. However it is a very high net worth deployment, and has shown to be very successful. Background Three people run a company providing professional services to much larger companies. All three live out in the countryside with their families. The company doesn't have a... [More]

Usernames Tried During Authenticated User Attack - Updated

Back in June 2009, I blogged on an authenticated user attack on a client's server. http://blog.sembee.co.uk/post/Usernames-Tried-During-Authenticated-User-Attack.aspx As part of that blog post, I included the list of names that were attempted. The same server was attacked again in the last few days, and the list of usernames attempted changed very slightly. I have included the list below. So qua... [More]

Exchange 2010 Database White Space

With Exchange 2007 and older versions, one of the key elements that an Exchange administrator needed to keep an eye on, and caused confusion for newcomers to Exchange was the amount of white space in the database. This is reported as free space in the event viewer via event ID 1221 during the night and is the result of content being removed from the database by the online defrag process. I have w... [More]

RPC Client Access Array

One of the new features with Exchange 2010 is the client access array. When configured correctly, this is quite a useful feature. In my view it is something that should be configured on all Exchange 2010 servers, even on a single server deployment. Background The full explanation of the CAS Array feature is available on Technet, but in short, the reason it was introduced was due to the changes i... [More]