Task Manager: Connect / Remote Control

Sarad showed me this and I have been using it ever since.

When we upgraded to Exchange 2007 to Service Pack 1, I RDPed to the server to perform the upgrade.  I knew it would take an age on an SCC mailbox cluster, and I didn’t want to wait around in the office for it to finish.

So I left and went home.  Once at home I RDPed to the server using a different account, started  up task manager, and selected the Users Tab.  I could see my new log on and my original one.  I then right clicked my original one, selected connect.  It asked me for my password, and then I was connected to my original session!

The other one, is that Sarad wanted me to watch his install.  So I done the same, RDPed to the server and started up task manager.  Selected the User Tabs, and right clicked on his user Account and selected Remote Control.  He was prompted that I wanted to remote control and then I could see his RDP session. 

How cool is that!

SMS Trace

This is another John showed me.  You know much of a pain in the butt it is to keep opening and closing log files while you wait for stuff to be written to them.

Not any more.  SMS Trace from the Systems Management Server 2003 Toolkit 2 allows you to open a log file and it will “auto update” when the log is appended to!

You can get the Systems Management Server 2003 Toolkit 2 from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=61e4e21f-2652-42dd-a04d-b67f0573751d&displaylang=en

KB13732: How to move from a local to a remote BlackBerry Router service

Need this article the other day.

Two Blackberry servers, one in another country.  bbsrptest worked for both, but when we went install Blackberry, bbsrptest failed :-| Now the firewall guys swear they didn’t make any change (yeah right) but we need to get Blackberry working ASAP, while they sorted out why bbsrptest wasn’t working!

John found this and it works a dream.  Basically you can route a Blackberry server via another Blackberry server to get out to the RIM on the internet.  Nice!

Source: http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=KB13732&sliceId=SAL_Public&dialogID=116036518&stateId=1 0 116038086

How to move from a local to a remote BlackBerry Router service

On the remote server:

  1. Select Start > Run and type regedit to open the Registry Editor.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREResearch In MotionBlackBerryRouter, then double-click AllowRemoteServices.
  3. Change the Value data field entry to 1, then click OK.
  4. Close the Registry Editor, then restart the BlackBerry Router service.

On the local server:

  1. Open BlackBerry Server Configuration, then select the BlackBerry Server tab.
  2. In the Router Host field, type the host name of the new Router service and click Apply then OK.

It is that simple!
 

Exchange 2007 Messaging Tracking

This is an interesting one I found.  We set Message Tracking on out Hub Role servers so it would purge the logs after 30 days .. nice and simple. 

MessageTrackingLogEnabled               : True
MessageTrackingLogMaxAge                : 30.00:00:00
MessageTrackingLogMaxDirectorySize      : 250MB
MessageTrackingLogMaxFileSize           : 10MB
MessageTrackingLogPath                  : F:Program FilesMicrosoftExchange ServerTransportRolesLogsMessageTracking
MessageTrackingLogSubjectLoggingEnabled : True

So, I need to look for some logs over Easter and they where no there!?!  As you can see Message Tracking has another setting MessageTrackingLogMaxDirectorySize and my logs amounted to 240mb which is why I couldn’t find them.

So, make sure you have set MessageTrackingLogMaxDirectorySize to a decent size, like 2gb?  You can do this by running:

Set-TransportServer   -MessageTrackingLogMaxDirectorySize 2gb

Also  make sure these setting are the same on any Mailbox role, as they have Message Tracking logs too!

MessageTrackingLogEnabled               : True
MessageTrackingLogMaxAge                : 30.00:00:00
MessageTrackingLogMaxDirectorySize      : 250MB
MessageTrackingLogMaxFileSize           : 10MB
MessageTrackingLogPath                  : C:Program FilesMicrosoftExchange ServerTransportRolesLogsMessageTracking
MessageTrackingLogSubjectLoggingEnabled : True

But to set it on a Mailbox Role you need to run:

Set-MailboxServer   -MessageTrackingLogMaxDirectorySize 2gb