Sunday, December 9, 2012

Create a trust in Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012- Part-1


Background

First a quick overview of the lab environment that lay the ground for this articles series. As mentioned we have two Active directory forests.
Exchange forest 1
This Active Directory forest is based on Windows 2003 R2
Domain: 2K3.com
IP: 192.168.50.1
Forest Functional Level: Windows 2003
Domain Functional Level: Windows 2003
Exchange Forest 2
This Active Directory forest is based on Windows 2008 R2
Domain: 2K8.com
IP Address: 192.168.50.100
Forest Functional Level: Windows 2003
Domain Functional Level: Windows 2003
Exchange Forest 3
This Active Directory forest is based on Windows 2012
Domain: 2K12.com
IP Address: 192.168.50.200
Forest Functional Level: Windows 2003
Domain Functional Level: Windows 2003

Prerequisites

Before a trust can be established, DNS must be setup between the two domains; this can be accomplished in a few different ways by using DNS zones, conditional forwarders, or active directory federation services.  For how to set up a DNS zone, you can reference below.  Also, the two domains must have the same or close to the same forest functional level.  
Verify the checklist http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770907.aspx
You can check the forest functional level by going to Administrative Tools -> Active Directory Domains and Trusts.  Then, right-click on the forest root and select Raise Forest Functional Level.




Check the Forest Functional Level Windows Server 2003 R2

Check the Forest Functional Level Windows Server 2008 R2
Check the IP Address settings and Network Communication

First check the IP address setting of the all Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012


                  IP Address setting 2003 Server

IP Address setting 2008 Server

             IP Address setting in Server 2012

Check the server network communication with each server

Windows Server 2003 R2 to Windows Server 2008 R2

Set up a DNS zone


Forest 1-Server 2003 (2K3.com}
Go to Start --ProgramsàAdministrative Tools- DNS-Right Click on Forward Lookup Zones

Click on New Zone


Click Next

Select Secondary zone- Next

Give the target DNS (domain) name - next

Give the target forest domain IP address- next


Click on finish


Now you can see the both source and target DNS zone in DNS console



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (KB2719800)

Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 customers.

Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (KB2719800)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Microsoft Lync Basic 2013



Microsoft has released a standalone client for Lync 2013 with IM, audio & video calls, online meetings, availability (presence) information and sharing capabilities, similar to Lync 2010. The full Lync 2013 client comes bundled with the Office 2013 suite.

Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 (64 Bit) and Lync Basic 2013 (32 Bit)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Help

Microsoft has released the help content for Exchange Server 2013 Hybrid Deployments and the RTM version, download from here

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Best Free Email Header Analyzer Tool

One of my favorite tool is the message header analyzer provided from MXToolbox. It gives you a graphical view of the hops & delays, detailed a table and a snapshot with all the header values.


Monday, October 8, 2012

The new People Hub in Outlook 2013

Office 2013 brings all the people you care about in one place. You can view contacts from multiple email accounts, and updates from social networks, including Facebook and LinkedIn. Office 2013 makes it easy for you to get things done with people.

For more Outlook Blog

Exchange Deployment Assistant for Exchange Server 2013 is on the way

Exchange Deployment Assistant for Exchange Server 2013 is on the way, Microsoft working, right now, on the Exchange Server 2013 Deployment Assistant. It will be very similar to the current Exchange Server 2010 Deployment Assistant.

For more Exchange Team Blog

 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Enterprises Vault now in the You tube



Enterprises Vault now in the You tube, you can learn lot about Archiving product now.
Happy leaning Click here

Announcing Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3



Microsoft announces that in the first half of the calendar year 2013 Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack. With SP3 Microsoft announcing below features:

1 1.   Coexistence with Exchange 2013.
2 2.   Support for Windows Server 2012.
3 3.   Customer Requested Fixes.


For more details on ExchangeTeam blogs.