Exchange Server 2013

Exchange Server 2013 is up and running with mail flowing!, more to come.

My lab domain now consists of:
(2) WinServer 2012 – Domain Controllers (AD DS, DNS, DHCP)
(2) WinServer 2012 – Running Exchange Server 2012
(1) WinServer 2012 – IIS Server
(2) Win 7 Clients – Outlook 2013

So many PowerShell cmdlets, so little time.
Some of the basics I will be posting about:

  • Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.Exchange.Management.PowerShell.Snapin;
  • Enter-PSSession <server>
  • Get-ECPVirtualDirectory | Format-List
  • Get, New, Remove – Mailbox
  • Get, New, Remove -MailUser
  • Get-ServerHealth
  • Test-ServiceHealth

Citrix NetScaler 10.5

I’m currently working on a project where load balancing is required.  I’ve never had the need to load balance in my personal labs so I wanted to educate myself on the matter.  I turned towards because they offer a “Citrix NetScaler 10.5 1Y0-253 NetScaler 10.5 Essentials and Networking” course with Keith Barker.   Once again, I highly recommend you visit, they provide great training videos for a number of technologies. Below are my notes from the course, they’re not complete (and images removed) because i don’t want to infridge on any copyrights.

The Citrix NetScaler 10.5 for App and Desktop Solutions course provides the concepts and training to install and configure a Citrix NetScaler load balancer and gateway in a virtualization environment such as Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.x. Learners are strongly encouraged to build a lab environment to practice the NetScaler techniques learned in this course. This course is based on the Citrix NetScaler 10.5 product, and the fundamental concepts taught in these Nuggets are common to earlier NetScaler versions as well.

Citrix NetScaler is a multi-functional appliance that can perform as a Layer 4-7 proxy for load balancing, as well as an SSL VPN gateway (or both). Environments that include Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop are likely to use a NetScaler as their remote access and load balancing solution.

The Citrix NetScaler (NS) is a Physical (MPX, SDX) or Virtual (VPX) multi-functoinal appliance that can perform as an ISO Layer 4-7 proxy (Web Application Delivery Controller (ADC)  for load balancing, as well as a security gateway (SSL VPN, Posture Scans, Authentication), or both. NS is a TCP/IP Proxy. Packaged as an Open Virtual Format (.ovf) file.

Virtual IP address (VIP) – Address of the Virtual Server (VS), there will be multiple VS created on the NS.

Subnet IP (SNIP) – Is a configured address that the NS uses to communicate with other servers on that subnet.  SNIP purpose is for NS to believe it is directly connected to that specific network.

NSIP – NetScaler IP is the base address of the device.


Skype for Business 2015 Implementation

I am implementing Skype for Business 2015 in a high availability and redundant, design.  The below topology is what we’re shooting for.  To increase security on our Edge Servers we’ve decided to create two DMZ zones.  We’re also using Citrix NetScalers for load balancing and reverse proxy.  Wish me luck!

Recently Read: Windows Server 2012 Unleashed

After installing a Windows 2012 Server on one of my lab networks I found myself reading Windows Server 2012 Unleashed by SAMS.  This is a very detailed book which is great for beginners or professionals.  It helped me experiment and configure various Server 2012 features such as DNS, AD, DHCP, and IIS.

Windows Server 2012 Unleashed

Valuable for Windows professionals at all skill levels, this book will be especially indispensable for intermediate-to-advanced level professionals seeking expert, in-depth solutions. Every chapter contains tips, tricks, best practices, and lessons learned from actual deployments: practical information for using Windows Server 2012 to solve real business problems.

  • Plan and migrate from Windows Server 2003 and 2008
  • Leverage powerful capabilities that are truly new in Windows Server 2012
  • Install Windows Server 2012 and the GUI-less Windows Server Core
  • Upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Active Directory
  • Utilize advanced AD capabilities including federated forests and identity management
  • Plan and deploy network services, from DNS and DHCP to IPv6, IPAM, and IIS
  • Protect systems and data with server-level security, transport-level security, and security policies
  • Deliver true end-to-end secured anytime/anywhere access to remote/mobile clients
  • Efficiently configure and manage users, sites, OUs, domains, and for­ests through Server Manager console
  • Create more fault-tolerant environ­ments with DFS, clustering, and Network Load Balancing
  • Leverage major Hyper-V virtualization improvements in availability, redun­dancy, and guest support
  • Manage Active Directory more efficiently with Active Directory Administrative Center, Best Practice Analyzer, and PowerShell scripts
  • Systematically tune, optimize, debug, and troubleshoot Windows Server 2012


Windows Server 2012 Unleashed