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Elcome International – Productivity goes up using latest Microsoft Technology

As a system integrator, My company, Elcome is well aware of the technologies available to make our clients lives easier…The deployment of Microsoft Dynamics has also had a major impact on the company’s ability to operate. “One big area that we’ve been able to focus on is reporting, in terms of KPIs and business intelligence. There have been a lot of advances in Dynamics and the supporting tools to make it easier to produce different types of reports, and the ability to allow end users to customise, specifically things like SQL reporting services that are part of SQL 2008. We were using an old version of Microsoft Dynamics GP. Two versions old in fact,” we realises. “When we upgraded to the latest version – and I think we were one of their first customers to go live with the latest version which is Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 – we also moved to the latest versions of all the underlying technology. That includes the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server 2010. We’ve also moved from 32-bit to 64-bit servers. Everything is now running on 64bit hardware and software.” – explains executive director at Elcome International, Jimmy Grewal…more information read the following article published by ITP publishers on ACN Magazine By Ben Furfie Published May 10, 2011, May 2011 issue..click here to read more

June 1, 2011 Posted by | Active Sync, Articles, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, GreatPlains 2010, Licensing cloud services, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Sharepoint 2010, Software, SQL Server, Terminal Server, Windows 7, Windows 7 phone, Windows phone, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , | Leave a comment

Outlook Hotmail Connector 32-bit

With Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector 32-bit, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free!

Outlook Hotmail Connector enables you to use your Live Hotmail accounts within Outlook:

    • Read and send your Office Live Mail/Windows Live Hotmail e-mail messages.
    • Manage your contacts in Windows Live Hotmail.
    • Use advanced options for blocking junk e-mail messages.
    • Manage multiple e-mail accounts in one place.
    • Manage, and synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Windows Live Calendar from Outlook

If you use the Outlook Hotmail Connector with Outlook 2010 you gain these additional benefits:

  • Your Safe Sender List/Blocked sender list/Safe Recipient lists are synchronized between Outlook and Hotmail.
  • Send/receive works like your other Outlook accounts.
  • Your Hotmail account status appears in the Outlook status bar.
  • Rules work with the Hotmail account in Outlook even if it’s not your primary account.

To download this from Microsoft site, click here

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Exchange server 2010, Mails, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Software, Windows Live | | Leave a comment

Exchange server 2010 CAS array to MAPI load balance – Detailed

Most of you guys must have experience the scenario when “Outlook connection lost….” even if you have Exchange server 2010 (with Edge, 2 clustered H&C and 2 DAG configured MB) and Outlook 2010 in place. The reason is that, when you are doing a maintenance on one of the H&C, and if the client is connected to that H&C, communication to the MB is lost. The reason for this is that the cluster load balancing on the H&C cluster handler is not in place, even if the cluster name is published in the DNS server.

In Exchange 2007, 5 server roles that performed distinct functions within the Exchange organization. One role in particular – the Client Access server role – introduced a variety of new Web services, including the Availability service, the Auto discover service and Calendar Concierge services.

In Exchange 2010, same 5 server roles exists. However, there are some significant architectural changes and some shift in responsibilities. The most significant change in Exchange 2010, two new services on CAS called the RPC Client Access and Address Book services establish the RPC (Repote Procedure Call) endpoint for MAPI(Messaging Application Programming Interface), NSPI(Name Service Provider Interface) and RFR (Request for Response) client access. This new functionality replaces the RPC endpoints in the Information Store. The RPC endpoint in the Information Store has not been removed in Exchange 2010, but it has been modified to only accept requests from CAS servers. The RPC endpoint for public folder database access remains on the Mailbox server, however, Outlook clients now communicate directly with the RPC Client Access service on the Mailbox Server for public folder database access, and not with the Information Store.

When CAS starts communicating with the Mailbox server, it makes sense to view it as the Client Access server communicating with the Mailbox database via the Mailbox server that hosts the database. This is especially evident in a load-balanced array of Client Access servers and/or where your environment is configured to use Database Availability Groups that are associated with a Client Access server or Client Access server array.

  • In a non-load balanced environment, the mailbox database is associated with only a single Client Access server.
  • In a load-balanced environment, the Mailbox database is associated with the load balanced array of multiple Client Access servers.

By default, before a Client Access array is configured,

  • all databases are associated with a Client Access server in the environment
  • the Outlook clients communicate directly with the Client Access server until the association with the database is updated to be the Client Access array.

In order for the clients to utilize a CAS array

  1. Create a Client Access array with an FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name).
  2. Load balance your CAS servers in a CAS array by whatever method you choose – Both Hardware LB or Windows Network LB are supported load balancers
  3. Add the Client Access servers within the AD site to a load balanced array and in DNS associate the unique FQDN to the Virtual IP of the load-balanced array.
  4. Configure your load balancing array to load balance the MAPI RPC ports – TCP 135, UDP/TCP 6005-65535; or set static ports
  5. Configure the databases to utilize the CAS array… Use the new-clientaccessarray cmdlet to create the CAS array object. Eg: New-ClientAccessArray –Name “Tromso CAS Array” –Fqdn tromso.site.com” –Site “SITEA”

How to Setup!!!..

Goto one of the CAS server where the NLB is ( to read more about New-ClientAccessArray cmdlet, click here )

[1] Check is there are any pre-created CAS Arrays. PS Command : Get-ClientAccessArray

[2] Create new Client Access Array. Run the Cmdlet in EMS New-ClientAccessArray -Fqdn server.contoso.com -Site “Redmond” -Name “server.contoso.com”

[3] Associate databases with this CAS Array –

Use this CMDLet to add mailbox database to CAS array. Add all mailbox databases at once – Get-MailboxDatabase | Set-MailboxDatabase -RPCClientAccessServer “CASNLB.contoso.com”

Now the best part –

Configuring Outlook 2010 using Auto Discover

If you already configured Outlook client, Close the outlook, then goto Control Panel->Mail and change the Server name to the new CAS NLB name

If you are going to use a new outlook configuration, Auto discover will return the new CAS NLB name.

Thats all folks!!! Enjoy!!!

March 28, 2011 Posted by | Active Sync, DAG, ECP, Entourage, EWS, Exchange Management Console, Exchange Management Shell, Exchange server 2010, HTTPS, Hyper-V, IMAP, IP, Mailbox Server Requirements Calculator, Mails, Microsoft, OAB, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office for Mac, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, POP3, Protocols, Public Folder, Software, TCP, Transport architecture | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Restricting email to the Internet on a per user AND per domain basis

This blog post is meant to show how easy it now is to accomplish this oft heard request in Exchange 2010. Transport rules, introduced with Exchange 2007, provided a lot of new options for administration of mail resulting in even more requests for additional functionality. The rules now have new predicates and actions extending the possibilities of what can be done. For our example, the rule will restrictActive Directory Mail enabled users” who have their ‘Department‘ defined as ‘Temp Employees‘ from sending mail to the internet, except they must be allowed to send to 2 external domains called: ‘partnerdomain.com‘ and ‘fourthcoffee.com‘. Additionally, to reduce Helpdesk calls, you want to send an NDR when they violate the rule. For demonstration purposes I will use 2 Conditions, one Action and one Exception.

Microsoft Exchange Team Blog will explain you how to do it in Exchange 2010…beautiful blog post..click here

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Exchange Online, Exchange Server 2007, Exchange server 2010, Mails, MailTips, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, Software, Transport architecture | , , | Leave a comment

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011- released

Microsoft says it’s learned from user feedback about Office 2008 and has tweaked the user interface accordingly in Office 2011. Most notably, there’s a new Ribbon at the top of each document window. The Mac version of the Ribbon doesn’t replace any menu bars, but it does replace Office 2008’s controversial Elements Gallery, which took some fire from Mac users for its size and inflexibility. This new Ribbon is designed to give users quick access to each program’s most commonly used tools. Unlike the Elements Gallery, the ribbon is customizable and, if you want more screen space, completely collapsible.  Now users who has volume license can start download the new version from their site and for the rest, it will arrive in time for the 2010 holiday season.

The other big news in Office 2011 is the demise of Entourage and the return of Outlook. The new Outlook will support PST imports (allowing you to move an Outlook installation, including all your old e-mails, from a Windows PC to a Mac). It will also support Microsoft’s Information Rights Management (IRM), which allows senders to specify what recipients can do with messages (print, forward, and so on). Previously-Windows only, IRM is required in some corporate settings.

Microsoft has re-engineered the Outlook message database system to be a series of small files, so it’s more easily backed up with Time Machine and searched in Spotlight. “Outlook’s new database is more reliable, faster, and fully supports Time Machine and Spotlight.

Icons also changed…now they look more professional too..To see the Office 2011 box art,Word click here Excel click here Powerpoint click here

        

Visual Basic was dropped from Office 2008 in part because it was too technically difficult to port it to the Mac’s then-new Intel CPUs. Microsoft says it began work on that port as far back as 2008—before the last Mac Office shipped. That work is now complete. And the Mac suite will be using the most up-to-date version of Visual Basic, so it’ll be much more compatible with Office for Windows than the Visual Basic in previous versions of Office for Mac.

September 29, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Entourage, Exchange server 2010, iOS4, Microsoft, Office, Office 2011, Office for Mac, Visual Basic | , , , | Leave a comment

Multiple email ID for your Social connector(s)

You can add multiple email ID to your    OR    account.

Why you want to link this?

Most of the users have more than one email id..one/two personnel email id, one business email id etc..and if you link all in one social connector account, its very easy to track others, whether it is business contacts, collegues or friends.. How to do it.

Go to your profile home page, and click on top right cornnet Account

Click Account settings…and click “change” on the Email tab

Enter the other email ID here and click “add new” (If you have more than one email id other than the primary one..keep on add here)

REMEMBER : When you add an email id here, there will be a confirmation email send from this account..please confirm it back so that the email id you added get registered

Once you finish adding and click on the confirmation email(s), you will see the account like above, where your primary email id is now been selected in the radio button.

Thats it for FACEBOOK

Logon to your linkedin profile and go to the top right corner and click “Settings”

Under Personnel information, Select Email Address

Add your other email id’s here…

REMEMBER : A Confirmation email will be send to each of the email id you add..

Once you done..your email profile will look like above…

That’s all

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Entourage, Mails, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Social Connectors, Windows 7 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Public folder email forwarding issue!!!

When you have a mail enabled  public folder in your exchange server 2007/2010 environment, you might face issues with email forwarding from the public folder from your user account, where you will get an error “Operation failed”.

Resolution :

  1. Logon to outlook with administrator(Domain) credemtial
  2. Goto the Public folder
  3. Select the folder where you are facing the issue
  4. Right click
  5. Select Properties
  6. Goto Permission TAB
  7. Add users
  8. Check mark the appropriate rights on the “Write” permission area..normally “Edit all” will do the work
  9. Click apply and click ok.

July 19, 2010 Posted by | Exchange Server 2007, Exchange server 2010, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office for Mac, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Public Folder, Software | , , , , | Leave a comment

Outlook cannot open attachments!!!

Recently i come across this issue, and resolution for how to fix it

PROBLEM : When you receive attachment in your outlook, and when you try to open it, it says ” No permission to open the attachment”

Troubleshoot : This has nothing to do with the permission..this is because the temp folder is full…either you clear the temp folder or do the following..

Solution : Go to REGEDIT->HKEY_CURRENT_USER ->Software ->Microsoft ->Office then click

  • 12 ->If you are using Microsoft Outlook 2007
  • 14 ->if you are using Microsoft Outlook 2010

then click Outlook -> expand it, select Security and edit the path “OutlookSecureTempFolder

Check the image below

 (Normally here you will see the default path..creat a temp folder under the available drive and then give the path here)

July 19, 2010 Posted by | Computer TIPS, Mails, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office 365, Office for Mac, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Software, Windows 7 | , , , , | Leave a comment

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