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PDC ’05 Presentations

If you’re a developer (if you are, you’re probably not reading this blog) or know a developer, check out or get the developer to check out the presentations from PDC ’05. (Some of them are even interesting for IT Pro’s too) Microsoft Professional Developers Confe…
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Troubleshooting Applications

I spend alot of time troubleshooting applications on Windows XP and Windows Terminal Server. The challenge, especially in Terminal Server environments is to get applications running and still keep the environment secure. This means spending time with the Sysinternals tools and v…
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Lessons from the field: Backup Active Directory

Backup the system state on your domain controllers. “Like duh!” you say, well that’s what I said too. I spent Friday a client’s site where a domain controller had gone down and they were experiencing issues with logons and Exchange. The …
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Lessons from the field: Presentation Server

I’ll file this under “Stupid Things I Didn’t Know”. Citrix Presentation Server relies on the PATH variable for core components to run. I was adding to the PATH variable, in a scripted build after the CPS install and before a reboot, with a c…
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IIS and Site Identifiers

Having previously having issues installing an applications on IIS where the Default Web Site (i.e. the site with an identifier of 1) no longer exists, I was hesitant to edit the METABASE.XML. So I bit the bullet, stopped IIS, opened METABASE.XML in Notepad and changed all instanc…
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Presentation Server and the Sun Java VM

If I could live in a world without Java, I’d be happy… The Citrix Presentation Server 4.0 Management Console requires a specific version of the Sun Java VM to be installed before the console’s setup program will run. The version required is 1.4.2_06 …
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Active Directory Migration Tool v3.0

The Active Directory Migration Tool v3.0 has just been released. I’ll have to add this to my list of things to check out. The Active Directory Migration Tool version 3 (ADMT v3) simplifies the process of restructuring your operating environment to meet the needs of …
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Troubleshooting Woes

Last night I attempted to install Citrix Web Interface for Presentation Server 4.0 on a Windows box and received the following error: I’ve been able to surmise a cause: I’ve removed the Default Web Site which has a site identifier of 1. So the Web Interface installer is look…
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Lessons from the field: Virtual PC

Today’s lesson is: Virtual PC and shared folders are slow. I mean really, really slow. Try install Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 into a VM with the source files in a shared folder (Virtual PC shared folders), I almost slit my wrists waiting for that to install. …
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Didn’t we just have an ad?

There are 3 reasons why I use Firefox: Standards support; Tabs; Adblock. Adblock makes using the Internet usable again by blocking unwanted elements in web pages and it does this very well. Unfortunately there is no version for Internet Explorer, and I’m painfully reminded of …
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ISA Client Spy

Found this via Stanislas Quastana’s blog: ISA Client Spy. Free tools for ISA Server are great and this one, should be an excellent troubleshooting tool. “ISA Client Spy is a FREE utility designed specifically for use with Microsoft ISA Server 2004. With ISA Spy, you can k…
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Secure access to Exchange

Placing an Exchange Front-end server in the DMZ does nothing to increase security. This configuration increases complexity and opens many holes through your firewall. How many of those firewalls are inspecting that traffic? An Exchange Front-end server should be implemented for …
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Securing the network using Microsoft ISA Server 2004

This is a great article discussing the features of ISA Server as a layer 7 firewall (without the usual zealous bubble from Dr T. Shinder) The Industry Insiders: Securing the network using Microsoft ISA Server 2004 http://blogs.technet.com/industry_insi…
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