TMG / UAG – Slow server starting

I’m using ForeFront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) and ForeFront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) for a while. These servers are virtualized using Hyper V R2 and running Windows Server 2008 R2. Almost since the initial installation of both software I experimented slow server starting (about 20 min to start) while other server were running smoothly. I was thinking it was due to the virtualization or something else related to my installation.…

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Windows / Security – Check the vulnerability surface

Microsoft has released a tool to analyze the vulnerability surface of your platform before or after a product installation. This tool is now in beta. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=e068c224-9d6d-4bf4-aab8-f7352a5e7d45&displaylang=en It’s compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 (R1 and R2) in x32 bits and x64 bits.​

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UAG / SharePoint – Remote access using SharePoint Designer

To follow my previous about an issue with SharePoint Designer when accessing a SharePoint site published with UAG (http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=181) here is an update. To avoid the error ‘The server could not complete your request’, you have to disable the smuggling protection located on the Web Server Security tab on the application property

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IIS – Warm up installation and configuration

Following my previous post, here is a quick step to install and use the IIS warm up module. Download the IIS Warm Up module from http://www.iis.net/download/ApplicationWarmUp Launch the setup program and follow the wizard; there is almost nothing else than accepting the license agreement. Once the setup is finished, you have to enabled the module. To do this, you have to run the following PowerShell cmdlet (the module is not…

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IIS – Warm up module

Many of SharePoint administrators have implemented a warm up script to improve responsiveness of SharePoint after a server reboot or an IISRESET. For example, with SharePoint 2010 you may have created a PowerShell script like this one:   # Warmup the local SharePoint sites Function Warmup-Site {     Param([string]$url)     Process     {         $wc = New-Object net.WebClient         $wc.credentials = [System.Net.CredentialCache]::DefaultCredentials;         return $wc.DownloadString($url)     } } "Warming up…

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Twitter – Get your Twitter account onto Outlook

If you want to track your twitter account on Outlook, which allow you to keep tweet on your Outlook inbox, send tweet directly from Outlook… This will interest you http://www.techhit.com/TwInbox/twitter_plugin_outlook.html The good news is it’s working with Outlook 2010, even the x64 bits version !!! To install it you have to close your Outlook before. Then, you will have a Twitter toolbox available. The configuration is very simple: launch the…

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ADFS 2.0 – RTW version available

Microsoft has released the RTW (Release To the Web) of Active Directory Federation Services 2.0. ADFS is allowing users collaboration across organization boundaries as well as used for simple application authentication on premise and in the cloud. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=118c3588-9070-426a-b655-6cec0a92c10b

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Exchange 2010 / Outlook 2010 – Mailbox name show the email address

If you are using Outlook 2010 and Exchange 2010, you may have experimented this. Your mailbox name show on top of your mailbox folders tree is showing your email address instead of your display name. After doing some research, I found nothing which could explain that, except maybe the autodiscover process. Indeed, the autodiscover process is resolving the email address, what ever you enter the email address, your windows account…

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SQL – SQL 2005 SP 4 now available

Microsoft has released the Service Pack 4 for SQL 2005. This may be the last SP for SQL 2005 – think to move to newer SQL version. SQL 2005 SP 4 includes SQL Server 2005 SP3 cumulative updates 1 to 11, customer requested fixes, and the SQL Server 2005 SP4 database engine support for DAC operations. You can download Service Pack 4 from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=b953e84f-9307-405e-bceb-47bd345baece&displaylang=en

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Windows Phone – Information about the coming update

Few month after the release of the last version of Windows Phone, called Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has confirmed that an update will be available. Here are some information about this coming update: Copy and paste Soon you’ll be able to copy text from emails, text messages, web pages, and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere you can type. Using copy and paste is easy and intuitive. In many…

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Conference – My sessions at TechDays 2011

UPDATE: I include the time schedule As you may already know, Microsoft France is hosting the next edition of the TechDays. It will still be at Palais des Congrès de Paris from February 8th to February 10th. I’m pleased to let you know I’ll be there for the 3 days and will present 2 sessions: Préparer la migration de Lotus Notes vers SharePoint (Preparing the migration from Lotus Notes to…

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SharePoint /UAG – Issue with SharePoint Designer when accessing SharePoint site through UAG

Recently, I discovered an issue when accessing SharePoint site with SharePoint Designer. The SharePoint site is published through UAG. I’m able to open and browse the site with SharePoint Designer but I’m unable to save some work, such as publish workflow (even standard one or not modified) or upload some files. I always have the following error: The server could not complete your request. For more specific information, click the…

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