Microsoft’s Unified Technology Event for Enterprises

July 21st, 2014 No comments


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Microsoft just announced a new event for the Enterprise. In short it is a 5 day mega event which supersede MMS, TechEd, MEC, Lync Conference, SharePoint Conference, Project Conference.

Quotes from Microsoft about the new event:

  • The broadest range of learning opportunities across the breadth of Microsoft’s technologies and solutions 
  • Technical education, product evaluation and deep hands-on learning to plan, architect, deploy, manage, and secure a connected enterprise
  • More access to senior technology leaders and engineers doing coding every day to get your questions answered
  • A greater understanding of future technology vision and roadmap to help you be successful
  • Greater community interaction with technology professionals and your industry peers in structured and informal settings
  • Epic after hour gatherings where you can unwind and turn on the fun with your peers!
    When:
    The event (conference) will be held in Chicago, IL on the week of May 4th.

    For more information about this event:

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    Awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) 2014

    July 1st, 2014 No comments


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    Today I received an e-mail from Microsoft and I am delighted to share that I have been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) 2014 for the seventh consecutive year.

    Fourth year as an Exchange MVP.

    I am honored to receive this award again and I appreciate everyone that reads my blog and keeps up with me on twitter (@petsch). I will strive to keep contributing to the community and hope that my contributions helps you out in some way.

    From the e-mail I received:

    Dear Peter Schmidt,

    Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Exchange Server technical communities during the past year.

    Microsoft MVPs are not Microsoft employees, rather independent technology enthusiasts who are active in communities on and offline.  We are experts and professionals across diverse subjects that all share a common use of Microsoft technologies to solve everyday real-world problems.

    More about the MVP program here: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/en-us/overview.aspx

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    Script to Download All the TechEd NA 2014 Videos and Slides

    May 14th, 2014 3 comments


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    - when they are all available! Smile

    TechEd NA 2014 – Day 3 is halfway done and a lot of the sessions from TechEd North America 2014 is already available for everyone online on Channel9.

    There has been a lot of great news, especially with focus on Microsoft Azure. A lot of new features available in Azure.

    I have tweaked my LyncConf and MEC 2014 download script to download all the TechEd 2014 sessions . (The original script credit goes to Vlad Catrinescu, who made a script for the SharePoint Conference 2014).

    My script will now download all videos and slides (pptx) from TechEd NA 2014, here is what the script does:

    • Downloads all the TechEd NA 2014 Sessions and Slides and save them to c:\TechEdNA2014
    • Groups them by folders
    • Makes sure no errors come up due to Illegal File names.
    • If you stop the script and restart in the middle, it will start where it left off and not from beginning.

    I have made the script available on TechNet Gallery, download link below will redirect your to the script on TechNet Gallery. Download my script here:

     

    Download All Videos and Slides from TechEd 2014 North America (46.3 KiB, 1938 downloads)

    Download is available on TechNet Gallery, download link above, will redirect you to TechNet Gallery.

    Please post comments regarding the script on this page, thanks.

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    Not attending TechEd in Houston, here is how to follow online

    May 12th, 2014 No comments


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    If you like me, are not attending the TechEd North America 2014 in Houston this year, there is still a way to keep up-to-date and watch a lot of the sessions online.

    Without being there of course you’ll miss out on the TechEd vibe and all the networking and not least the parties. But Microsoft will stream a lot of the sessions live this year and later as usual the sessions will be available online on Channel9.

    The best way to keep up-to-date is to follow the #MSTechEd hashtag on Twitter, since a lot of the attendees will be sending out information during the event with hashtag #MSTechEd. Following this hashtag will get you real-time access to TechEd information. Twitter is a great way to follow and interact information during an event like TechEd.

    Also follow the LIVE STREAM from TechEd North America, register for it here.

    The event will be kicked off at 9:00 AM CDT (UTC-6, Houston time), for us Europeans this would be at 16:00 Central European Time.

    Overview of the streamed sessions, that will appear during this week:

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    Script to Download All Lync Conference 2014 Videos and Slides

    May 3rd, 2014 No comments


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    In case you missed the Lync Conference 2014 or for some reason could not participate, all sessions are now available on Channel9.

    A lot of interesting news from the Lync Conference 2014 has already been posted, both from Lync MVPs and Microsoft themselves. I will not cover any of that in this post. Instead I will concentrated on the sessions now available for everyone on Channel9.

    I have tweaked my MEC 2014 download script to download all the Lync Conference sessions. (The original script credit goes to Vlad Catrinescu, who made a script for the SharePoint Conference 2014).

    My script will now download all videos and slides (pptx) from Lync Conference 2014, here is what the script does:

    • Downloads all the LyncConf 2014 Sessions and Slides and save them to c:\LyncConf2014
    • Groups them by folders
    • Makes sure no errors come up due to Illegal File names.
    • If you stop the script and restart in the middle, it will start where it left off and not from beginning.

    I have made the script available on TechNet Gallery, download link below will redirect your to the script on TechNet Gallery. Download my script here:

    Download LyncConf 2014 videos and slides (46.5 KiB, 465 downloads)

    Download is available on TechNet Gallery, download link above, will redirect you to TechNet Gallery. Please post comments regarding the script on this page, thx.

    Script to Download All MEC 2014 Videos and Slides

    April 24th, 2014 7 comments


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    I case you missed the MEC 2014 or for some reason could not participate, all sessions are now available on Channel9.

    A lot of great news from the MEC 2014 has already been posted, both from Exchange MVPs and Microsoft themselves. I will not cover any of that in this post. Instead I will concentrated on the sessions now available for everyone on Channel9.

    I have tweaked a great script by Vlad Catrinescu, who made a script for the SharePoint Conference 2014.

    My script will now download all videos and slides (pptx) from MEC 2014, here is what the script does:

    • Downloads all the MEC 2014 Sessions and Slides and save them to c:\MEC2014
    • Groups them by folders
    • Makes sure no errors come up due to Illegal File names.
    • If you stop the script and restart in the middle, it will start where it left off and not from beginning.

    I have made the script available on TechNet Gallery, download link below willl redirect your to the script on TechNet Gallery. Download my script here:

    DownloadMEC14Videoandslides (46.6 KiB, 422 downloads)

    Download is available on TechNet Gallery, download link above, will redirect you to TechNet Gallery. Please post comments regarding the script on this page, thx.

    If you attended MEC 2014, you can also use the script by Paul Robichaux, which can download the sessions from the iammec.com site, for this you will need your login for iammec, from when you registered for the MEC 2014.

    How to Export Messages from a Mail Queue on Exchange

    April 16th, 2014 No comments


    This post will describe how to export all messages from a mail queue on Exchange 2010, so the mails can be resubmitted on another server.

    It is based on field notes, from a recent case, where we had to move a certain queue to another server.

    It is possible to export one or all messages from one specific or all queues on an Exchange Server. This post describes how to do it for Exchange 2010, but the process is quite similar on Exchange 2013.

    To do the export of messages, you can use the Export-Message cmdlet, which is part of Exchange. If you want to resubmit the exported mails (now .eml files), then put them into the replay directory on another Exchange server.

    The default directory for the Replay Directory (on Exchange 2010) is:

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\TransportRoles\Replay

     

    The script I used to Export all messages (mails) from the Exchange Queue is:

    #Suspend all messages in the queue
    get-queue ExchangeServer\663 | Get-Message | Suspend-Message
    #Get all messages from the queue
    $array = @(Get-Message -Queue "ExchangeServer\663" -ResultSize unlimited)
    #Export all messages from the queu
    $array | ForEach-Object {$i++;Export-Message $_.Identity | AssembleMessage -Path ("E:\Mailqueue\"+ $i +".eml")}

     

    Find your Queue ID (Mine was ExchangeServer\663) using Get-Queue.

     

    Reference documentation from TechNet:

    Cumulative update package for Lync 2013: April 2014

    April 11th, 2014 No comments


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    Microsoft has released the latest Cumulative Update for Lync 2013 (the client version).

    This update provides the latest fixes for Lync 2013. This update version is 15.0.4605.1003.

    Details about this update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880474/en-us

    - Note: Download link in the KB articles above, redirects to March update.

    Direct links to the April Update, can be found here:

    Always find a complete list of updates for Lync at the TechCenter: Lync downloads and updates.

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