Archive for January, 2011

MS Windows Mobile useful links

Windows Phone 7 Guides for IT Professionals http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=dfad6c2f-988a-4b09-9e3b-58bfc9ac0447

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Useful security links

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Group Policy useful links

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The Windows Modules Installer service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this XXXXX time(s). Faulting application name: TrustedInstaller.exe, version: 6.1.7600.16385

Resolved using:

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Inheritance is automatically disabled on some user accounts approximately one time an hour

The following list describes the protected groups in Windows Server 2003:

  • Administrators
  • Account Operators
  • Server Operators
  • Print Operators
  • Backup Operators
  • Domain Admins
  • Schema Admins
  • Enterprise Admins
  • Cert Publishers

Protected groups are defined by the operating system and cannot be unprotected. Members of protected group become protected. The result of protection is that the permissions (ACLs) of members are modified so that they no longer inherit permissions from their OU but, rather, receive a copy of an ACL that is quite restrictive.

Additional information: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/817433

Recommendation: follow best practice – use a separate account for administrative tasks.

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Updating e-mail infrastructure: Exchange 2007 SP3 + Update Rollup 2 + Forefront Protection for Exchange 2010 Rollup 2

Before:

  • Exchange server 1 (Exchange 2007 SP2 with Rollup 4, FPE 2010): HUB, CAS, Mailbox
  • Exchange server 2 (Exchange 2007 SP2 with Rollup 4, FPE 2010): Edge

Installing Exchange 2007 SP3 I have got the error at last step: “Service “FSEMC” failed to start”. After additional research I identified that Forefront integration must be disabled (I wonder why MS did not mention this in SP3 release notes).

Steps I needed to successfully install Exchange 2007 SP3 + Update Rollup 2 + Forefront Protection for Exchange 2010 Rollup 2 on my Exchange servers:

Exchange server 1:

  • Stop the following services:
    • FSCController
    • Microsoft Exchange Information Store
    • Microsoft Exchange Transport
  • “ fscutility /disable” from ForeFront Protection directory
  • Install Exchange 2007 SP3
  • Install Exchange 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 2
  • “ fscutility /enable” from ForeFront Protection directory
  • Start the following services:
    • Microsoft Exchange Information Store
    • Microsoft Exchange Transport
  • Install Forefront Protection for Exchange 2010 Rollup 2.

Exchange server 2:

  • Stop the following services:
    • FSCController
    • Microsoft Exchange Transport
  • “ fscutility /disable” from ForeFront Protection directory
  • Install Exchange 2007 SP3
  • Install Exchange 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 2
  • “ fscutility /enable” from ForeFront Protection directory
  • Start the following services:
    • Microsoft Exchange Transport
  • Install Forefront Protection for Exchange 2010 Rollup 2.

After:

  • Exchange server 1 (Exchange 2007 SP3 with Rollup 2, FPE 2010 with Rollup 2): HUB, CAS, Mailbox
  • Exchange server 2 (Exchange 2007 SP3 with Rollup 3, FPE 2010 with Rollup 2): Edge
  • Exchange 2007 SP3 with Rollup 2: 08.03.0137.000
  • FPE 2010 with Rollup 2: 11.0.705.0

Additional information:

  1. How to obtain the latest service pack or update rollup for Exchange 2007 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=937052
  2. How to Install the Latest Service Pack or Update Rollup for Exchange 2007 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee221147(EXCHG.80).aspx
  3. Release Notes for Exchange Server 2007 SP3 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff607233(EXCHG.80).aspx
  4. Description of Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=2407025
  5. Description of Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Protection for Exchange http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2420647
  6. Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010 – Multiple Update Rollup released in December http://blogs.technet.com/b/schadinio/archive/2010/12/15/exchange-2007-exchange-2010-multiple-update-rollup-released-in-dcember.aspx
  7. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973862

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Useful utilities and tools

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