Archive for July, 2011

1 year and 31 exams later…….

July 28, 2011 1 comment

Ok so today is exactly 1 year ago that I passed my first Microsoft exam (since 10 years!!)
It was a year of very hard work but well worth it. The perseverance, time and effort of passing 31 exams has earned me these titles: (yes I am about to boast ūüôā )

8x Microsoft Certified IT Professional
          Lync Server Administrator 2010
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows¬ģ 7
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† SharePoint¬ģ Administrator 2010
          Database Administrator 2008
          Enterprise Messaging Administrator on Exchange 2010
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server¬ģ 2008 R2
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server¬ģ 2008
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Server Administrator on Windows Server¬ģ 2008

14x Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist
          Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Microsoft¬ģ System Center Configuration Manager, Configuration
          System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuration
          Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Configuration
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† SharePoint¬ģ 2010, Configuration
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† SQL Server¬ģ 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Microsoft¬ģ System Center Operations Manager, Configuration|
          Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuration
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Windows Server¬ģ 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Windows Server¬ģ Virtualization, Configuration
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Windows¬ģ 7, Configuration
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Windows Server¬ģ 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Windows Server¬ģ 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Windows Server¬ģ 2008 Active Directory, Configuration

Microsoft Certified Trainer

VMware VCP vSphere 4.1

ITIL v3 Foundation

4x Citrix Enterprise
          Citrix Certified Administrator for XenApp 6
          Citrix Certified Administrator for XenServer 5.6
          Citrix Certified Administrator for XenDesktop 5
          Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer for Virtualization

NetApp Accredited Storage Architect

Certificate Wall of Fame

I know it’s an amazing achievement, what I want to give to you all that pursue various certifications: With the right motivation and the right mindset then ANYTHING is possible and you will be able to reach your goals and keep surpassing yourself!

Do try to keep up your certification, it’s an acknowledgement of your knowledge you have gained throughout the years.
Don’t make the same mistake I did thinking that knowledge is enough without the cert’s, it will only get you so far…

I would like to thank all friends and family throughout this endeavour who supported me, thanks guys you are great!

(of course this does not mean that I’ll take¬†a break for another 10 years ūüôā although one would think this is enough)

Office 365: Adding a remote Organization Relationship won’t work

July 7, 2011 1 comment

Hi Everybody!

Whilst in the classroom giving the training Office 365 ignite in a box, the students ran into a problem.
They were unable to create a Remote Organization Relationship.

Here I will explain and show the powershell cmdlets that where used to make it possible.

But first I’ll let you know what the exact error was that they got:

Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation

New-OrganizationRelationship -Name 'On-premises' -Enabled $true -FreeBusyAccessEnabled $true -FreeBusyAccessLevel 'LimitedDetails' -FreeBusyAccessScope $null -DomainNames 'yourchilddomain','onprem.yourchilddomain' -TargetApplicationUre 'ExoDelegate.yourchilddomain' -TargetAutodiscoverEpr 'https://yourchilddomain/autodiscover/autodiscover.svc/wssecurity'


Start Windows Powershell
1. $cred = Get-Credential
2. $s = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
3. $importresults = Import-PSSession $s

Optionally you can also type these cmdlets
Get-Command -Module $importresults | Out-Host -Paging

4. enable-organizationcustomization
5. New-OrganizationRelationship -Name 'On-premises' -Enabled $true -FreeBusyAccessEnabled $true -FreeBusyAccessLevel 'LimitedDetails' -FreeBusyAccessScope $null -DomainNames 'yourchilddomain','onprem.yourchilddomain' -TargetApplicationUri 'exodelegate.yourchilddomain' -TargetAutodiscoverEpr 'https://yourchilddomain/autodiscover/autodiscover.svc/wssecurity'


And tadaaaaa there it is!

Also I have the following in my public dns server which added to the solution:
Point to your on-premesis Exchange CAS server:

Point to your AD FS 2.0 server:

At least this is what was the case for me, they all pointed to the same IP address since I have a TMG server in front of all servers

I hope this will solve your problem too!