Faster reboot on Exchange Server 2003 servers that are also Domain Controllers

March 25, 2008
KB555526 Installing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Exchange Server 2003 computers running Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) that are also serving as Domain Controllers allows for faster shutdowns/reboots than prior to installing SP2.
Prior to installing SP2 for Exchange Server 2003 on Windows Server 2003 Domain Controllers whenever you wanted to reboot or shutdown the server you experienced a long delay in the reboot/shutdown. This was due to the fact that the Active Directory-related services were stopped prior to the Exchange-related services, and because of that there was a long delay in shutting down the Exchange-related services.
This behavior was solved by manually stopping the Exchange-related services before performing the system shutdown/reboot (see KB 829361, KB555025, ), or by altering the registry and configuring a shorter time wait for the Exchange services to be closed (see WaitToKillServiceTimeout in KB839262).
After installing SP2 for Exchange Server 2003 this behavior is changed. Whenever the server is set to shutdown or reboot, the Active Directory uses a mechanism that informs Exchange that it is about to be shut down. The Exchange services are then shut down, and only thereafter the Active Directory-related services are shut down, thus resulting a much faster reboot/shutdown.

How to completely remove a Exchange server or the entire Exchange organization

March 25, 2008

How to remove Exchange Server 2003 from your computer; How to Remove the First Exchange 2003 Server Computer from the Site; and How to completely remove Exchange 2003 from Active Directory.



March 20, 2008

The GPOAccelerator creates all the Group Policy objects (GPOs) that you need to deploy recommended security settings for your environment to save you hours of work that you would otherwise need to configure these settings. This Solution Accelerator includes guidance to assist you with this tool.


Recuva – File Recovery

March 14, 2008

Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!

ADInsight – Insight for Active Directory

March 13, 2008

ADInsight is an LDAP (Light-weight Directory Access Protocol) real-time monitoring tool aimed at troubleshooting Active Directory client applications. Use its detailed tracing of Active Directory client-server communications to solve Windows authentication, Exchange, DNS, and other problems.


Secure ZIP

March 13, 2008

Secure email messages and attachments through integration with Microsoft Outlook as well as protect your files being stored or transferred.

Do Some Dreaming With The 4-Hour Workweek spreadsheet

March 7, 2008

Jared Goralnick created a pretty cool “Dreamline Worksheet” based on Timithy Ferriss’s book The 4-Hour Workweek. (see my mini- review of the book here.)

You can download it and get more info at Technotheory