Friday, May 16, 2014

Step by Step Procedure for Installing Exchange 2010

How to Install Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Using Windows Server 2008 R2 X64 - with SP1 joined to a Domain

Roles: Application Server, DNS Server, File Services, Web Server (IIS)
Features: RSAT, Telnet Client, Windows TIFF Filter, .Netframework 3.5.1

In Server Manager, Add Roles for Application Server plus IIS, Plus Dot net 3.5

Install Dot net framework 4.5.1
install ALL Visual Studio VC-REDISTS from 2005 to 2013 x 64 and x86

Do not install SMTP Service!

Turn on TCP Sharing
To enable the Net.TCP Port Sharing Service using MMC

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms733925%28v=vs.110%29.aspx

Install 2007 Office System Filter pack from
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=123380

Using Exchange 2010 install media, choose to install everything but U.C.

Licensing Steps:


Install Service Packs: SP1, SP2 etc...


Install SSL Certificates in IIS

Install every single Visual Studio Redist package (VC Redist) silently and install Dot Net Framework 4.5.1

Install every single Visual Studio Redist package (VC Redist) silently and install Dot Net Framework 4.5.1 silently, install IE11 prerequisites, and then finally install IE11. Download all components from Microsoft.com, and save to a folder.  But, first disable UAC!

Open a MSDOS command prompt AKA cmd.exe, then run these commands from a batch job.

color 4f
vcredist_2005SP1_x86.exe /Q
vcredist_2005SP1_x64.exe /Q
vcredist_2008SP1A_x86.exe /q
vcredist_2008SP1A_x64.exe /q
vcredist_2010SP1_x86.exe /passive /norestart
vcredist_2010SP1_x64.exe /passive /norestart
vcredist_2012U4_x86.exe /install /passive /norestart
vcredist_2012U4_x64.exe /install /passive /norestart
vcredist_2013_x86.exe /install /passive /norestart
vcredist_2013_x64.exe /install /passive /norestart
NDP451-KB2858728-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe /norestart /passive 
Windows6.1-KB2533623-x64.msu /quiet /norestart
Windows6.1-KB2670838-x64.msu /quiet /norestart
Windows6.1-KB2729094-v2-x64.msu /quiet /norestart
Windows6.1-KB2731771-x64.msu /quiet /norestart
Windows6.1-KB2786081-x64.msu /quiet /norestart
Windows6.1-KB2834140-v2-x64.msu /quiet /norestart
Windows6.1-KB2882822-x64.msu /quiet /norestart
Windows6.1-KB2888049-x64.msu /quiet /norestart
IE11-Windows6.1-x64-en-us.exe /passive /norestart

pause


MSDOS Batch Script to Fetch Day of Week

@echo off

REM Create VBS that will get day of week in same directory as batch
echo wscript.echo WeekdayName(Weekday(Date))>>DayOfWeek.vbs

REM Cycle through output to get day of week i.e monday,tuesday etc
for /f "delims=" %%a in ('cscript /nologo DayOfWeek.vbs') do @set dow=%%a

REM delete vbs
del DayOfWeek.vbs

REM Used for testing outputs days name
echo %dow%

REM Case of the days name is important must have a capital letter at start
REM Check days name and assign value depending
IF %dow%==Monday set downum=0
IF %dow%==Tuesday set downum=1
IF %dow%==Wednesday set downum=2
IF %dow%==Thursday set downum=3
IF %dow%==Friday set downum=4
IF %dow%==Saturday set downum=5
IF %dow%==Sunday set downum=6

REM print the days number 0-mon,1-tue ... 6-sun
echo %downum%

REM set a file name using day of week number
set myfile=%downum%.bak

echo %myfile%

pause

Windows XP Time Sync How to Guide

Windows XP Time Sync Note:

Set the W32Time Parameters
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\w32Time\Parameters
NtpServer:  pool.ntp.org,0x1

Windows GPO Settings to disable Windows Animations

This kind of stuff is also controlled via the computer properties > advanced >
performance > visual effect option. If you set it to best performance, all
the stuff you want turned off is turned off.

Unfortunately this changes a whole bunch of registry values but if we just
narrow down on the stuff you want, there are 2 registry values involved:

HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask

This is a reg_binary value. Change this value from 9E 2C 07 80 12 00 00 00
to 9E 2C 07 80 10 00 00 00 .

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VisualEffects\VisualFxSetting 
 
I prefer this value 
90 32 07 80 10 00 00 00 
 
The VisualEffects key doesn't exist by default. There are a bunch of value
that can be defined under here but the only one that really matters is
VisualFxSettings. Set this to 2 to disable a lot of the animations and also
to tick "Turn off all unnecessary animations (when possible)" .

So if you're willing to do a reg hack on logon life is easy. In fact prior
to Vista/Server 2008 that was really your only option unless you had were
using the DesktopStandard GP extensions because Reg_binary values couldn't
be changed via group policy.

Now that Microsoft have acquired DesktopStandard most things are possible
provided you've got the MDOP GP extensions. If not then it's back to
scripting or turning things off for the default profile and using that plus
a profile management solution.

However there are still a couple of other things you can try tweaking.

If you go to user configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows
Components > Desktop Windows Manager, there's an option "Do not allow window
animations".

And there's also configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows
Components > Windows Explorer, "Turn off common control and window
animations".

There used to be a free DesktopStandard registry extensions download that
would do the trick but I'm not sure it'll work with Server 2008. If you want
to try it send me an email and I'll get it to you to make available for
download.