Configuring IFD with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

April 2nd, 2012

Configuring IFD with Microsoft CRM 2011Internet Facing Deployment (IFD) configurations have been significantly varied from Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 to Microsoft CRM 2011. In the following post, these changes have been listed but before we move onto them we need to know ADFS. Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) help organization to validating users from partner organizations based on highly secure, scalable and extensive identity access solution. For example, if you are using Windows Server 2008 R2 and you want to grant permissions to external users to your some resources within your organization in a secure and simple way then you can use ADFS to ensure external users are securely authenticated and granted access. Using ADFS can also help you to establish trusteeship between untrusted resources and your organizational domain resources. In short, following are the changes that have been prominent from Dynamics CRM 4.0 to CRM 2011.

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Remotely Creating Lync Simple URL – Lync Automation Solution

March 22nd, 2012

Lync Management Shell provides an interface for administrators to easily manage Lync server. In different circumstances, even simplest job becomes an unavoidable hurdle. For example, creating Lync simple URL (e.g. https://lync.mydomain/SipDomain/Meet ) using management shell is quite simple by executing the following commands:

$urlEntry = New-CsSimpleUrlEntry -Url "https://lync.MyDomain/SipDomain/Meet"
$simpleUrl = New-CsSimpleUrl -Component "Meet" -Domain "SIPDomain" -SimpleUrl $urlEntry -ActiveUrl "https://lync.MyDomain/SipDomain/Meet"
Set-CsSimpleUrlConfiguration -Identity Global -SimpleUrl @{Add=$simpleUrl}
Enable-CSComputer

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SharePoint 2010 – Ensure High Availability with SQL Mirroring

March 19th, 2012

High Availability – Data Tier

SharePoint 2010 provides rich integration with SQL Server enabling SharePoint administrators to leverage the high availability solutions provided by Microsoft SQL Server. Changes include support for the Fail-over_Partner keyword, which enables SharePoint 2010 to natively interpret/translate and respond to state changes in a database mirroring topology. Following is brief of how to accomplish SQL Mirroring.

SQL Mirroring – The Native Way

Since SharePoint 2010 has built-in support for SQL mirroring so farm administrator can configure the SQL environment to mirror a SharePoint content database. When a new database is created, the SharePoint administrator will be prompted to enter the fail-over server. SharePoint then communicates with the witness server, and if issues are discovered, SharePoint will fail-over to the hot backup of the environment. Following image shows the configuration:

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SharePoint 2010 – Host-Named Site Collections Using Powershell

March 15th, 2012

Question: How to create host named site collections?

Answer: Create host-named site collections using PowerShell

The management shell in SharePoint 2010 provides a comprehensive set of Windows PowerShell cmdlets that make development, implementation, and management of SharePoint 2010 easier and more effective. The SharePoint management shell replaces the Stsadm.exe management tool. All current and upcoming development of command-line resources and management information in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 should use this new scripting technology.

However, in order to create named site collection we can make use of the same SharePoint management shell. Following is the way to go:

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Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP2 and Address Book Policies (ABP)

March 14th, 2012

Exchange 2010 SP2 and Address book policies

Exchange 2010 SP2 comes with a solution for something that has plagued Exchange administrators for years – the ability to quickly and easily segregate the Global Address List (GAL) and present a tailored view to respective users. Although, there have been different solutions to accomplish GAL segmentation but never been suggested by Microsoft. However, in release of Exchange 2010 SP2 it has been made a cornerstone feature which termed as Address Book Policies (ABP) which enables Exchange administrators to quickly and easily separate address lists for each organization.

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SharePoint 2010 Redundant & Virtualized Farm

March 12th, 2012

Question: How to achieve SharePoint 2010 redundant & virtualized farm with minimum number of physical servers?

Answer: Plan for virtualization (SharePoint Server 2010)​

SharePoint Server 2010 – Virtualized Farm Architecture for fully Redundant Farm with only Two Physical Nodes

  •  – High Availability across Hosts
  •  – All Components Virtualized
  •  – Uses Only two Windows Enterprise Edition Licenses

As more companies try to decrease managing and investment expenses, fix the problems of datacenter solidity, and provide versatility to their SharePoint deployments – so in such circumstances virtualization becomes the pivotal point of conversation.  SharePoint 2010 provides more versatility in assistance of virtualization and similar to other hosting server technological innovation needs appropriate preparing to make sure those objectives are met.

A virtual platform is made up of two related levels, one actual and one virtual. A settings change in either level results hosts in the other level. This interrelationship becomes obvious when you plan to setup and use SharePoint Hosting server 2010 in a virtual platform. For more details you can contact us or read see virtualization overview.

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Go Unified with MachPanel Lync Module

March 9th, 2012

MachSol Inc. is proud to announce complete support for Microsoft Lync 2010 to empower you with Microsoft’s enterprise ready unified communication platform. MachSol being a Microsoft Gold Partner and official validated control panel vendor is actively engaged in supporting latest Microsoft technologies to help you stay competent and ahead of competition.


MachSol – Microsoft Approved Control Panel Vendor
MachPanel Lync module can take you yet further to offer your clients Microsoft Hosted Lync service enabling them to experience IM and Presence, Video Conferencing and Enterprise Voice. MachPanel Lync module helps simplifying corporate communications and doing better by means of unified messaging, online meetings and telephony with enhanced mobility bearing mobile devices. With MachPanel Lync module you can avail opportunity to provide streamline communications, operational flexibility with control, instant messaging, conferencing, and enterprise voice solution to businesses across the globe. Following are some of the salient features of MachPanel Lync module:

  • Segregated hosted Lync users
  • Organization, SIP Domain and user creation and management
  • Phone number assignments
  • Policy Assignments using Service Plan and Add on
  • Customer self-service control panel
  • Email templates for Lync operations
Still Waiting to Switch to MachPanel?

MachSol being a Microsoft validated solution vendor delivers MachPanel – the most advanced, fast and secure web host automation solution fully supporting LYNC 2010, Exchange 2010 SP2, CRM 2011, SharePoint 2010, BlackBerry Enterprise/Express and classic mail and web hosting. Our pricing is based on a very competitive Pay-as-you-go model with top-notch 24×7 customer support. Our Microsoft Certified Engineers can help you to migrate, upgrade, and design and deployment of your own infrastructure.

Contact us for Special Offer now!
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MachSol Team
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MachSol, Inc MachSol BV
21520 Yorba Linda Blvd, Evert van de Beekstraat 310
Ste G-451, Yorba Linda, CA 92887 1118 CX Amsterdam-Schiphol
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Phone: +1 (877) MACHSOL Phone: +31 88-6224765 (+31 88-MACHSOL)
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MachPanel v.4.3 BUILD 10, Now Available

February 27th, 2012

Dear Customer,

We at MachSol Inc, are pleased to announce the immediate availability of latest build of MachPanel Provisioning System – Complete SaaS & Traditional Hosting Windows Control Panel. Latest build MachPanel v.4.3 Build 10 includes an array of new features and performance improvements alongside bug fixes, to name a few are:

  • Lync 2010 is fully supported by MachPanel.
  • Verified and added support for “SmarterStats 7” in HostMatic Module.
  • Added Chinese language pack to translate MachPanel into Chinese.
  • Export Customer List – First Name, Last Name, Company and Email Address fields.
  • Disable Auto Processing from Service Queue.

You may review the complete list by visiting the useful links mentioned as under:

– How to Update to MachPanel v.4.3 Build 10

For more information about MachPanel, visit our website at: http://www.machsol.com or call Toll free number: +1 877 622 4765. Our Sales & Support team is always available to assist you in every respect.

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MachSol – Microsoft Validated Solution Vendor for Exchange 2010 SP2 ABP

February 9th, 2012
 

MachSol Inc. is a Microsoft Gold Partner and first official validated control panel vendor that provides validated automation solution for Exchange 2010 SP2 and other Microsoft products.  Now, with MachPanel you can stay compliant with Microsoft guidance and recommendation regarding Exchange 2010 SP2 deployment and automation solution.


MachSol – Microsoft Approved Control Panel Vendor
With release of Exchange 2010 SP2, Microsoft also published guidance documents to ensure recommended Exchange deployments and automation solutions for hosters and ISV’s to be able to avail long term benefit from Microsoft.To take it yet further, Microsoft maintained a list of official Microsoft Validated Solutions Vendors for Exchange 2010 SP2 ABP built on their guidance and recommendation. MachSol is proud to be an approved vendor providing MachPanel that supports Exchange 2010 SP2 ABP being the very first in the industry and among Microsoft approved ISV’s. MachSol had announced to support Exchange 2010 SP2 late in 2011.
Still Waiting to Switch to MachPanel?

MachPanel is not only the first control panel solution that supports Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP2 ABP but is also Microsoft’s recommended control panel. It helps you automate your business by means of built-in billing, helpdesk and management modules. MachPanel’s release for SP2 is fully compatible with other Microsoft products like SharePoint, CRM, Lync etc. On top of it, Exchange integration with Blackberry Enterprise and Express servers is also supported. MachSol, made it quite easier for you to switch to MachPanel by means of migration toolkits, comprehensive knowledge base, top-notch customer support and professional services.

Contact us for Special Offer now!
Sincerely,
MachSol Team
USA Headquarters Europe Headquarters
MachSol, Inc MachSol BV
21520 Yorba Linda Blvd, Evert van de Beekstraat 310
Ste G-451, Yorba Linda, CA 92887 1118 CX Amsterdam-Schiphol
United States The Netherlands
Phone: +1 (877) MACHSOL Phone: +31 88-6224765 (+31 88-MACHSOL)
Email: sales@machsol.com Email: sales@machsol.com
 

Planning Migration to Exchange 2010 SP2?

January 25th, 2012

Since release of exchange 2010 SP2 many providers and tech geeks started upgrades and migrations from 3rd party solutions earlier Exchange versions to SP2. Different guides and community discussion are present to help you migrate to Exchange2010 SP2. Following are two scenarios for migration to SP:

  • – From HMC + Control Panel → Exchange 2010 SP2 + Control Panel
  • – From Exchange 2007/2010/ 2010 SP1 + Control Panel → Exchange 2010 SP2 + Control Panel

If you are having Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) deployment with or without control panel for management than it is right time to migrate to Exchange 2010 SP2. You can use your 3rd party control panel for exchange management or choose MachPanel that supports Exchange 2010 SP2 to stay ahead in the competition and offering hosted Exchange 2010 SP2 to your customers. However, for migration from HMC to Exchange 2010 SP2 you may consult with our Microsoft certified experts equipped with necessary tools and technology for upgrade and migration. Alternatively, you can do it yourself by following Microsoft’s HMC migration guidelines but you may come across the following concerns to address before you could migrate:

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