Monday, March 31, 2008

MS: Exchange 2007 Certifications

I worked a lot with Exchange 2007 in the last year. I designed, implemented and trained users.

Exchange 2007 SP1 starts a new wave of migrations. Time to certificate and improve knowledge!

When Exchange 2007 was release last year and I worked for InfoGroup Sistemas in Spain, I studied Exchange 2007 in detail. Below you will found my favorite books.

I teach these Exchange 2007 MOCs:

MOC 5047: Introduction to Installing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
MOC 5049: Managing Messaging Security using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
MOC 5050: Recovering Messaging Servers and Databases using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
MOC 5051: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: Tony Redmond's Guide to Successful Implementation

Probably the best book about Exchange 2007 around. Amazon

How to Cheat at Configuring Exchange Server 2007: Including Outlook Web, Mobile, and Voice Access

Henrik Walther is Microsoft Exchange MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and writes Exchange-related articles for, one of the best sites of Exchange Server. Great book, very easy to read and full of examples. Amazon

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-236): Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

This MS Press book is not good like others Training Kit I read before. But will help you to understand the exam. Amazon

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

MS: Microsoft releases Windows Vista SP1 to the Web

Microsoft releases today Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) to all customers.
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone version can be installed on systems with any of the following language versions: English (US), French, German, Japanese, or Spanish (Traditional).
Read the overview of Windows Vista SP1, including what's new, technical details, guidelines and notable changes.
Read the Deployment Guide for Windows Vista SP1. This guide includes technical information, procedures, and recommendations for installing Windows Vista SP1 in a business or corporate environment.

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone for x64-based Systems (KB936330)
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone for x86-based Systems (KB936330)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Script: Automating TCP/IP Networking on Clients

The great Automating TCP/IP Networking on Clients paper help to write great scripts using VBscript (so... easy to move the code to VB or VB.NET).

This paper discusses scripting techniques and shows scripting examples for:
• Retrieving TCP/IP client settings.

• Working with remote hosts.
• Configuring DHCP and static IP addresses.
• Managing DNS client settings.
• Working with NetBIOS and WINS.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

MS: Determine The Last Time a User Logged into a Active Directory Domain.

1) Using a graphical user interface

Install the AcctInfo.dll extension to Active Directory Users and Computers, you can view the last logon timestamp.
TIP: AcctInfo.dll can be downloaded from the Microsoft download site:
Open the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
In the left pane, right-click on the domain and select Find.
Select the appropriate domain beside In.
Beside Name, type the name of the user you want to modify and click Find Now.
In the Search Results, double-click on the user.
Click the Additional Account Info tab.
View the value for Last-Logon-Timestamp.

2) Using VBScript

This code prints the last logon timestamp for a user.

strUserDN = "" ' e.g. cn=gmusumeci,ou=Users,dc=musumeci,dc=local
' ------ END CONFIGURATION ---------

set objUser = GetObject("LDAP://" & strUserDN)
set objLogon = objUser.Get("lastLogonTimestamp")
intLogonTime = objLogon.HighPart * (2^32) + objLogon.LowPart
intLogonTime = intLogonTime / (60 * 10000000)
intLogonTime = intLogonTime / 1440
WScript.Echo "Approx last logon timestamp: " & intLogonTime + #1/1/1601#

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

MS: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 available!

Today MS released to the web the first beta (Beta 1) of Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 (x86 and x64)

Internet Explorer Team Blog

Internet Explorer 8 Download Page