Friday Tips and Links #2

So much for weekly Friday posts! It’s only been, well ages since the last one.

Anyhow, here are a few more short snippets that might be useful.


1. OCS 2007 R2 has the capability to do Hi-Def video however, it only works with a Quad core machine. Thankfully there is something you can try if you have a high powered machine with only two cores.

Create the following:





2. As with Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010 allows for a trial install to be carried out without the need for license keys. It turns out that this trial doesn’t expire.

No loss of functionality will occur when the Trial Edition expires, so you can maintain lab, demo, training, and other non-production environments beyond 120 days without having to reinstall the Trial Edition of Exchange 2010.


3. One final one, although there will be a solution to use Outlook 2007 with Exchange 2010 SP1 archiving, the required patch isn’t out yet.

Friday Tips and Links #1

At the end of the week I always find that I have a bunch of browser windows open which have some information I think might be useful. Maybe not immediately, but certainly worth looking at sometime!

So recently I’ve seen a few people do weekly round up posts, and I’ve decided that it would be the perfect place to put all those little bits of info, which are not fully investigated but which might be worth a look in the future.

So here goes with number 1.


First Tip:

Typing whoami at a command prompt in Windows 2008 R2 (and likely earlier – 2008) tells you who you are logged on as. It’s great to find out if you are a local or domain admin!


Second Tip:

For those who run SnagIt, (screen capture software) but don’t have the latest version, here is the link for previous versions:


Third Tip:

Here is a useful webcast from Microsoft about virtualizing Exchange:


Fourth Tip:

A nice website offering tools for testing around email

MX Toolbox –


Fifth Tip:

Microsoft has released a deployment guide for hosters planning on using Exchange 2010 SP1.