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Microsoft Lync Server 2013 : SQL Server Dependencies - Creating SQL Server Maintenance Plans
Maintaining the Lync Server Back End databases is important to the overall health and performance of a Lync deployment. Yet this is an aspect that frequently gets overlooked, primarily because Lync administrators are kept busy caring for other aspects of the Lync environment.
Microsoft Lync Server 2013 : SQL Server Dependencies - Maintaining the Lync SQL Databases
An important aspect of the health of any Lync deployment is maintaining the Lync SQL databases. To keep Lync Server operating smoothly and with optimal performance, regular maintenance should be performed on each SQL Server database.
Microsoft Lync Server 2013 : SQL Server Dependencies - SQL Backup Procedures - Backing Up SQL Using SQL Server Management Studio
Another way to back up SQL is by using the native backup function of SQL to create a flat file backup, which can then become the target for a separate backup application if necessary.
Microsoft Lync Server 2013 : SQL Server Dependencies - SQL Backup Procedures - Backing Up SQL Using Windows Server Native Backup
Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 contain a native backup application called Windows Server Backup.
Microsoft Lync Server 2013 : SQL Server Dependencies - Lync Database Requirements, Installing SQL Server for Lync
For an Enterprise Edition pool, SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012 are the supported Back End database platforms. Since it is the most recent database release, this section provides step-by-step procedures for installing SQL 2012 in preparation for hosting the Lync Server 2013 Back End databases.
Active Directory 2008 : Publishing Active Directory Objects (part 2) - Publishing Shared Folders, Querying Active Directory
Exercise 2 walks through the steps required to create a folder, share it, and then publish it in Active Directory. This exercise assumes that you are using the C: partition; however, you may want to change this based on your server configuration.
Active Directory 2008 : Publishing Active Directory Objects (part 1) - Publishing Printers
Exercise 1 walks you through the steps you need to take to share and publish a Printer object by having you create and share a printer. In order to complete the printer installation, you need access to the Windows Server 2008 installation media (via the hard disk, a network share, or the CD-ROM drive).
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 : Using SharePoint Commands (part 6) - Disposing of SharePoint Variables
As covered earlier, certain objects need to be disposed of properly in order to protect your server from dreaded memory leaks. This section discusses a couple of different methods for proper disposal of your objects.
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 : Using SharePoint Commands (part 5) - Working with Objects Below the Web Level
SharePoint PowerShell commands generally work from the SPWeb object and above. That means you will not find commands such as Get-SPList or New-SPLibrary in the out-of-the-box commands.
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 : Using SharePoint Commands (part 4) - Working with Webs
Site collections contain webs, or SPWebs if you are speaking about SharePoint PowerShell commands. Like the other main objects in the SharePoint hierarchy, you can list, add, modify, and remove webs
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 : Using SharePoint Commands (part 3) - Working with Site Collections
The site collection level is the level at which all your webs and data live. It can seem a little odd when you first encounter how webs and site collections are referenced in SharePoint Central Administration versus the object model in PowerShell.
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 : Using SharePoint Commands (part 2) - Web Applications
Each site collection in SharePoint is associated with a single web application represented by the SPWebApplication object. The SPWebApplication object contains many properties that an administrator might want to look at, such as those associated with the Recycle Bin, list throttling, and status of the web application.
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 : Using SharePoint Commands (part 1) - Working with the Farm, Working with the Farm Configuration
The highest-level SharePoint administration object is the farm, which contains many key properties, methods, and collections associated with the SharePoint farm. You can access many of the farm’s properties using a specific SharePoint 2013 command.
Microsoft LynServer 2013 : Dependent Services and SQL - Office Web Apps Server
The Office Web Apps Server software can be downloaded directly from the Microsoft site. After the prerequisite software has been installed along with the server certificate, the following procedure is used to install and then configure the Office Web Apps Server
Microsoft LynServer 2013 : Dependent Services and SQL - Network Dependencies (part 2) - Defining Network Sites
Lync Server sites are used to organize resources according to geography and bandwidth. IP subnets are then associated with the sites so that the Lync Servers can identify the locations where endpoints are located.
Microsoft LynServer 2013 : Dependent Services and SQL - Network Dependencies (part 1) - Supporting Lync Phone Edition with DHCP
Whereas Lync software clients inherit network connectivity from the host they are installed on, networking for specialized devices such as VoIP desk phones is typically managed centrally.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 : Designing a Successful Exchange Storage Solution (part 3) - Selecting the Right Storage Hardware, Storage Validation Using Jetstress
Now we can move on to selecting appropriate hardware for our requirements. There are many aspects to this decision, and the requirements that we have identified so far represent only a few of them.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 : Designing a Successful Exchange Storage Solution (part 2) - Making Sense of the Exchange Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator
The Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator, or storage calculator as it used to be known, is basically a complicated Excel spreadsheet that contains the calculations necessary to take your design requirements, and turn them into some storage-specific requirements.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 : Designing a Successful Exchange Storage Solution (part 1) - Requirements Gathering
From an Exchange storage design perspective, we are mainly interested in the service level because it drives our high-availability decisions.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 : Designing a Successful Exchange Storage Solution - Storage Improvements in Exchange Server 2013
This is the single most important change in Exchange Server 2013. Quite simply, automatic database reseed makes deploying a JBOD storage solution viable for many organizations that found JBOD too difficult to manage in Exchange Server 2010.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 : Designing a Successful Exchange Storage Solution - Storage Changes in Exchange 2013
Exchange Server 2013 is a major new release and, as such, the Exchange product group invested in the key development areas that were projected to yield the largest benefits to both customers and the teams that run Exchange Online.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 : Designing a Successful Exchange Storage Solution - A Brief History of Exchange Storage
As mentioned, Exchange has been around for quite a while, and it has been adapted to the changing landscape of email.
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 : Federated Authentication (part 4) - Active Directory Federated Services - Configuring a Relying Party in ADFS
We have now installed and configured ADFS, and we are ready to create a Relying Party. We established in the beginning of this article that a Relying Party is a system or application that permits authenticated user access, but relies on an Issuing Authority (via Secure Token Service) to perform the actual authentication.
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 : Federated Authentication (part 3) - Active Directory Federated Services - Installing ADFS
Creating a new farm requires a SQL Server connection and is suited to production environments, or systems requiring multiple ADFS instances in a farm
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 : Federated Authentication (part 2) - Active Directory Federated Services - Preparing for ADFS Installation
Before we install ADFS, it is important that we complete a series of pre-installation steps, to establish a new DNS name and certificate with which we shall access ADFS.
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 : Federated Authentication (part 1) - Active Directory Federated Services - Install Certificate Authority
ADFS requires certificates to encrypt and sign SAML tokens. In a production deployment, you would install purchased certificates, signed by a trusted root certificate authority such as VeriSign
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 Authentication (part 3) - Configuring a Claims Web Application - Configuring SSL for SharePoint
When dealing in any kind of web-based security, we must rely on the industry standard use of Secure Socket Layer, which operates via the use of X509 Public/Private key certificates.
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 Authentication (part 2) - Configuring a Claims Web Application - Creating a New CBA Application, Configuring an Existing CBA Web Application
The following set of steps demonstrates how to create a new Claims-Based-Authentication aware web application in SharePoint 2013. The steps below demonstrate creating our application via Central Administration.
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 Authentication (part 1) - Legacy Approach—Classic Mode Authentication
SharePoint 2013 now uses Claims-Based-Authentication (CBA) for all web applications added to the farm. Using standard protocols and principles, SharePoint abstracts user authentication from user identity such that SharePoint can maintain his or her identity, regardless of the authentication mechanism.
Microsoft Sharepoint 2013 : Claims-Based and Federated Authentication - Digital Identity
OpenID is a standard that describes how users may authenticate with a system in a decentralized manner, eliminating the need for systems to maintain their own credentials and authentication mechanisms.
Exchange Server 2013 : The Exchange Management Shell - EMS basics (part 6) - Bulk updates, Calling scripts
Using the Windows 8 Interface : Bypassing the Start Screen (part 1) - Booting Directly to the Desktop, Accessing Start Menu Items from the Taskbar
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Requirements : Getting the Right Server Hardware (part 2) - Memory Recommendations, Network Requirements
Microsoft Project 2010 : Work Breakdown Structure Numbering (part 2) - Editing Custom WBS Codes, Renumbering the Custom WBS Codes
Windows 8 : Creating and using Hyper-V virtual machines (part 1) - Planning your virtual machines
Sharepoint 2013 : Managing and Configuring Profile Synchronization (part 7) - SharePoint Profile Synchronization - Managing User Profiles, Managing Policies
Using the Windows 8 Interface : Taking a Tour of the Windows 8 Interface (part 1)
SQL Server 2012 : Normal Forms (part 2) - Second Normal Form
Windows 8 : Creating a Windows Network - Choosing a Network and Cabling System (part 2) - 802.11n and 802.11g Wireless Networking
Windows 7 : The WMC Hardware (part 1) - The New WMC PC Form Factors
Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Sophistication to Your Drawings - Understanding and using layers
Microsoft Visio 2013 : Adding Sophistication to Your Drawings - Inserting pictures
Microsoft Excel 2010 : Filtering Options (part 3) - Using the Search Function for Grouped Dates, Using Text, Number and Date Special Filters
Microsoft Excel 2010 : Filtering Options (part 2) - Searching Functions for Listed Items
Microsoft Excel 2010 : Filtering Options (part 1) - Filter Listing for Listed Items, Grouped Dates Filter Listing
Microsoft Excel 2010 : Filtering and Consolidating Data - Preparing Data, Applying a Filter to a Dataset
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 : Inserting Charts and Related Material - Formatting a SmartArt Graphic
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 : Inserting Charts and Related Material - Resizing a SmartArt Graphic
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 : Inserting Charts and Related Material - Modifying a SmartArt Graphic
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 : Inserting Charts and Related Material - Using the Text Pane with SmartArt Graphics