Beware Of The WINS Demon – The WINS Intervals Are Corrupt In Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2

WINS is old but still in use and required in many environments.  I upgraded a 2003 domain to 2008 R2 recently and discovered something about WINS that is worth knowing if you are installing it on a 2008 R2 or 2012 server.

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Why Does My ActiveSync Phone Keep Asking For My Password?

If your ActiveSync device keeps asking you for your password this could be the reason.

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Of Exchange 2010, Mobile Phones, and the AdminSDHolder or Why Doesn’t My Phone Work Anymore?

I seldom get time to write here but when I see the same issue come up multiple times, I try to get something on-line about it.

In this case it is Exchange 2010 and Active Sync phones.

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The msExchQueryBaseDN Attribute Meets the Exchange Availability Service or Why Can’t I See Your Free/Busy Information?

I ran into a rather obscure Exchange Availability Service behavior that will be of little interest to most.  So, if you are not working at a hosting company or have never heard of the ‘msExchQueryBaseDN’ attribute, save yourself some time and skip this post.

The ‘msExchQueryBaseDN’ attribute is used to restrict Outlook Web Access’ (OWA) search for mail enabled objects in Active Directory (when simulating the Global Address List) — or at least that is what it was originally used for.  Rather than searching for all mail enabled objects, it will search only a portion of Active Directory.  The attribute is usually not set because most Exchange organizations have only one Global Address List – The ‘Default Global Address List’ which contains all mail enabled objects.

If you don’t understand why there would be more than one GAL, stop reading here. 

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Adventures Installing Exchange 2007 SP2 — Error 5506

When I did the installation on my first CAS server I got the following error during the CAS Role Install:

[ERROR] An unexpected error occurred while the forms-based authentication settings for path /LM/W3SVC/1 were being modified. The error returned was 5506

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