Microsoft Exchange Server 2016: Mailbox Databases Arrives at CBT Nuggets!

November 11, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Microsoft Exchange

The first of several courses on Microsoft Exchange 2016 have arrived at CBT Nuggets. The first of these courses attacks one of the most important topics in the discipline – the mailboxes and databases that host them.

This course walks you through every step and every key decision point for these important mailbox databases. It even teaches you how to build a lab in Microsoft Azure to practice all of the actions you must take. The lab is scripted for you, so you can set it up in minutes.

You can find this new course here:

https://www.cbtnuggets.com/it-training/microsoft-exchange-2016-mailbox-databases

This intense course consists of the following Nuggets:

  1. Introducing Exchange 2016
  2. The Mailbox Database Section
  3. Azure Lab: Your Own Lab in the Cloud
  4. Azure Lab: Deploy the Virtual Network
  5. Azure Lab: Deploy the AD Domain Controller
  6. Azure Lab: Create the Exchange VM
  7. Azure Lab: Install Exchange 2016
  8. Azure Lab: Test Exchange 2016
  9. Azure Lab: Stopping and Starting Your VMs
  10. Planning for Mailbox Database Size
  11. Role Requirements Calculator
  12. Mailbox Database Capacity and Placement
  13. Archive Mailbox Capacity and Placement
  14. Public Folders in Exchange 2016
  15. Public Folder Capacity and Placement
  16. Planning the Storage Architecture
  17. Planning File System Requirements
  18. Planning for AutoReseed
  19. Planning for Virtualization Requirements
  20. Validating your Storage Design with Jetstress
  21. Exchange Deployment Assistant
  22. Creating and Configuring Mailbox Databases
  23. Managing Mailbox Databases
  24. Configuring Transaction Log Properties
  25. Planning for HA
  26. Identifying Failure Domains
  27. FSW for a DAG
  28. Azure Lab: Creating Another Mailbox Server
  29. Creating DAGs
  30. Creating Mailbox Database Copies
  31. DAG Networks
  32. Azure DAG Members
  33. Handling Server Maintenance and SLAs
  34. Site Resilient DAGs
  35. Planning the Cross-Site DAG
  36. Cross-Site DAG Quorum Options
  37. Datacenter Activation Coordination (DAC) Mode
  38. Test Site Recovery
  39. Monitoring Mailbox DB Replication and Indexing
  40. Troubleshooting Mailbox DB Replication and Replay
  41. Troubleshooting Mailbox DB Copy Activation
  42. Troubleshooting Mailbox Database Performance
  43. Troubleshooting Database Failures
  44. Resolving Quorum Issues
  45. Planning Backups for RPO and RTO
  46. Recovering Exchange Server and Other Components
  47. Performing a Dial Tone Restore
  48. Deploying and Managing Lagged Mailbox DB Copies

AJSnetworking.com Book Giveaway – MCSA 70-410

February 25, 2018 at 1:05 pm

70-410

I will be giving away my tech book collection here at the blog throughout the month as a thank you to my readers!

The third giveaway is ready – the top-rated 70-410 text for MCSA (Server 2012 R2).

The first reader THAT TRULY NEEDS this book for their studies to respond using the Contact Anthony link at the top of the blog will receive it. You must meet these conditions:

  • Mailing address in the continental US
  • Provide valid full name and mailing address in the email
  • Be a good person 🙂
  • Have not received a free gift from this site prior to this giveaway

I am so glad I can help you in your studies!

70-742 Additional Notes – On-Prem AD Integration with Azure

December 7, 2017 at 9:44 pm

Azure

Want to integrate your on-prem Active Directory with Azure? Azure AD Connect makes this simple. Azure AD Connect is the answer (for now!) The techniques for doing this have changed many times over the years – this document provides the options and comparisons for you:

AD to Azure Integration Options

This connectivity provides the following:

  • Users can use a single identity to access on-premises applications and cloud services such as Office 365
  • Single tool to provide an easy deployment experience for synchronization and sign-in
  • Provides the newest capabilities for your scenarios; Azure AD Connect replaces older versions of identity integration tools such as DirSync and Azure AD Sync; see the link above

Azure AD Connect consists of the following three components:

  • Synchronization – this component is responsible for creating users, groups, and other objects; it is also responsible for making sure identity information for your on-premises users and groups is matching the cloud
  • AD FS – federation is an optional part of Azure AD Connect and can be used to configure a hybrid environment using an on-premises AD FS infrastructure; this can be used by organizations to address complex deployments, such as domain join SSO, enforcement of AD sign-in policy, and smart card or 3rd party MFA
  • Health Monitoring – Azure AD Connect Health can provide robust monitoring and provide a central location in the Azure portal to view this activity

Before installing this feature, you need to go through these hardware and software requirements carefully in order to ensure success. Note that there is an Express Setup option and this is only going to work if you have met all of these prerequisites. Note also that AD Federation Services in your on-prem is not necessarily a requirement.

Installation Requirements

Finally, here is a link to the Express Settings step-by-step:

Express Settings 

What was on Fire at Microsoft Ignite 2017?

October 2, 2017 at 3:17 pm

Ignite

This conference was certainly short on big product announcements, but it was long on visions for the future involving super exciting emerging technologies. Below is a list of hot topics from Microsoft at the event!

  • The keynote set the tone by emphasizing mixed reality, artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum computing; all of these are impacting key Microsoft products including Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure
    • Microsoft 365 refers to Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security plus other Microsoft apps
    • Dynamics 365 refers to Microsoft’s cloud-based ERP and CRM enterprise system
    • Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud offering
  • Microsoft is pushing a new programming language aimed at quantum computing
  • Microsoft 365 F1
  • Microsoft 365 Education
  • Microsoft 365 Powered Devices
  • Teams (replacing Skype for Business)
  • Bing with AI
  • LinkedIn Profile Cards in more and more MS apps
  • Windows AutoPilot – a collection of technologies used to set up and pre-configure new devices, getting them ready for productive use; also, you can use Windows AutoPilot to reset, repurpose and recover devices
  • ATP – Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection
  • Azure
    • Stack Shipping
    • Hybrid Benefit
    • Cost Management
    • Security Center
    • Machine Learning
    • Cosmos DB
    • Cognitive Services
  • SQL Server
    • Linux and Docker support
    • DB Migration Service (to Azure)
    • SQL Data Warehouse

Microsoft

70-742 Additional Notes – AD FS, WAP, and Preauthentication

September 18, 2017 at 11:07 am

When you are configuring AD FS and WAP you have two preauthentication methods and various types of preauthentication available. Here is a recap of when you would use the various methods and types:

  • AD FS preauthentication method
    • Type – Web and MSOFBA
      • WebApplication
      • Rich Office Client
      • SharePoint
      • Office Server
      • Custom WebApp
    • Type – HTTP Basic
      • Rich Client without HTTP Redirection
      • Exchange ActiveSync
      • Remote Desktop Gateway
    • Type – OAuth2
      • Application using OAuth2
      • Windows Store Apps
      • Custom Application
  • Pass-Through preauthentication method 
    • No authentication
    • Forward authentication
    • Anonymous website
    • Legacy application
    • Public website

70-742 Additional Notes – Restoring the Default GPOs

September 17, 2017 at 10:10 pm

70-742

You may find yourself in a situation where you need to restore the default domain policy or the default domain controllers policy to their original configurations. Thankfully – there is a tool for this – it is the aptly named dcgpofix.exe command line tool. This tools offers the following options:

  • /ignoreschema- this permits the command to run regardless of the AD scheme version in use
  • /target – permits you to specify exactly what object you want to restore
  • /? – permits the display of help on the command