MCS Gulf Infrastructure Blog

TechNet blog contributed to by the MCS Gulf infrastructure consultants based in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE

Why I Can't access Hyper-V VM's: "Cannot find the physical computer that runs the virtual machine" Error Message

Hi, I ran into an issue on my new notebook "Lennovo W520" that runs Windows Server 2008 R2 w/ SP1. I...

Author: Alaa A. Al-Ankar Date: 05/21/2012

Intra-Forest Migration with duplicate active user accounts in Source and target domains–focus on scripting Profile Translation

Hey everybody, I hope all is well.  This month an interesting situation I came across while...

Author: Sabbs Date: 12/17/2010

WP: Publishing Exchange Server 2010 with Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 and Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010

This white paper provides information about publishing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 using...

Author: Alaa A. Al-Ankar Date: 11/20/2010

Hyper-V Private Cloud

Microsoft just unveiled Hyper-V Cloud, a set of programs and offerings that makes it easier for...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 11/09/2010

Exchange 2010 Sp1 Visio Template

The Exchange 2010 SP1 Visio stencil is available for download:...

Author: Date: 11/08/2010

Leveraging Active Directory Display Specifiers

Alright everybody, hope you’re all well…. anyway let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of this months...

Author: Sabbs Date: 11/04/2010

Microsoft Enteprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) Troubleshooting

I recently did a MED-V project to help remove technical blockers for a Windows 7 rollout. MED-V is a...

Author: Super Graham Date: 11/01/2010

Guidance Around Bandwidth Planning for Exchange Online and Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft Online Services currently offers three online services: Microsoft Exchange Online,...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 11/01/2010

Windows Azure Monitoring Management Pack Release Candidate (RC) Now Available For Download

Copied from...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 11/01/2010

Exchange 2010 Architecture Poster

Exchange 2007 Component Architecture Poster is now available for download in all its 36" x 24"...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 11/01/2010

Exchange 2010 SP1 Software Development Kits

Hello Exchange Developers! We've just released updated Software Development Kits for Exchange 2010...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 11/01/2010

Scenes from Windows Phone 7 Launch in Europe Australia, and New Zealand

Waaaawwoooo :) Consumers line up to be among the first to own new Windows Phone 7 Handsets in...

Author: Alaa A. Al-Ankar Date: 10/25/2010

New HA Design Guidance Articles by Ross Smith IV

Yes, its almost 2:00 AM in the morning, while i was waiting to take my next flight to Doha from...

Author: Alaa A. Al-Ankar Date: 10/16/2010

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 is available now

System Center Configuration Team as published the new release/version of Configuration Managed named...

Author: Alaa A. Al-Ankar Date: 10/15/2010

Windows Phone 7: A Fresh Start for the Smartphone

On the 11th of October 2010, Microsoft relased Windows Phone 7. The goal for Microsoft’s...

Author: Super Graham Date: 10/12/2010

Release Heads-Up: Update Rollup 1 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is available for download

The First Update Rollup for Exchange 2010 SP1 version has been released earlier today. our Exchange...

Author: Alaa A. Al-Ankar Date: 10/07/2010

Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 SP1

Exchange 2010 SP1 RU1 is released, you can download it from here...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 10/07/2010

Exchange 2010 Edge Server Security - Using SCW to Secure Edge Servers

The Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) is a tool that was introduced with Microsoft Windows Server...

Author: Mohamed Serag [MSFT] Date: 10/07/2010

Exchange Server 2010 (SP1) Unified Messaging (UM) Integration with PBX – Changes from Exchange Server 2007

Unified Messaging (UM) requires that you integrate Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 with the existing...

Author: Mohamed Serag [MSFT] Date: 10/07/2010

Outlook stuck on connecting while downloading OAB

Do you have Exchange 2010 and you face an issue where your Outlook clients stuck on connecting...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/23/2010

Multi-Tenant Support in Exchange Server 2010 SP1

With Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 built-in multi-tenant support, service providers that use...

Author: Super Graham Date: 09/22/2010

Please welcome the DAG Active/Active model in the Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator

Yes, there is a new version of the Mailbox Server Role Requirements calculator (v12.3) that supports...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/19/2010

Wanna learn Network Access Protection (NAP) for Windows Server 2008?

I've been doing some digging trying to find learning material for NAP and came across the following...

Author: Super Graham Date: 09/19/2010

Lync Server 2010 lab deployment guide (part 2, 3 & 4)

The rest of the series are published, go and get the complete deployment guide at Part 1: Lync...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/17/2010

The 30 interesting info about Lync

Read 30 new fact about Lync at...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/17/2010

Lync Server 2010 lab deployment guide (Part 1)

Do you want to build your own Lync lab and you need guideline, I’ll post a series for a walkthrough...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/15/2010

Microsoft Lync… Of course It’s the new OCS:)

I am thrilled to share with you this announcement from our UC team about the next release of OCS...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/13/2010

Installing Update Rollups on Database Availability Group Members

Although it’s documented on our TechNet however I always receive a question for how to install a RU...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/13/2010

Microsoft IT Starts Migration of Microsoft.com to Windows Azure Platform

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Microsoft IT Starts Migration of...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/12/2010

How Microsoft IT Planned, Architecture and Deployed the New System Center Service Manager to Support Over 5,000 Servers

Microsoft IT implemented System Center Service Manager to improve their IT service management which...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/10/2010

Managing Virtual Switches and Networks Across Hyper-V Hosts

Very interesting article about managing virtual switches and centrally configuring them across all...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/09/2010

IMPORTANT EMAIL VIRUS Alert: Win32/Visal.B with a subject name of “Here you have”

Take care… There is currently a new mass mailing worm that sends out thousands of messages from...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/09/2010

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Response Group Service fails after applying the July 2010 cumulative updates

After applying the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 July 2010 cumulative updates to the Office...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/07/2010

DirectAccess Learning Roadmap and Design Guide

DirectAccess Learning Roadmap DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 allow remote...

Author: Super Graham Date: 09/06/2010

Running Domain Controllers in a Hyper-V Environment

Very Interesting and useful guide for IT people who are responsible for Desinging, Planning,...

Author: Alaa A. Al-Ankar Date: 09/05/2010

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1

Deploy Windows 7, Office 2010, and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the newly released Microsoft...

Author: Super Graham Date: 09/04/2010

Automated physical-to-virtual migration for Windows 7

Talking about things like MED-V and APP-V is great for solving application compatibility issues with...

Author: Super Graham Date: 09/04/2010

Windows Phone 7 – Released To Manufacturing

Today is the day that the Windows Phone team has been driving towards, and we’re very excited...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/03/2010

EHLO post: Exchange 2010 SP1 FAQ and Known Issues

Exchange 2010 SP1 FAQ and Known Issues http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2010/09/01/456094.aspx I...

Author: Mohamed Baher [MSFT] Date: 09/02/2010