How to disable SBS 2003 to 2008/2011 migration grace time period expiration

In the last couple of months we did a considerable amount of SBS2003 to SBS2008/SBS2011 migrations. So far the 21 day limit to finish the migration haven’t been an issue – until now. We were waiting for a 3rd party system supplier to migrate their software to the new server. As this work has been delayed, we ran past the … Continue reading

Disabling password expiry on Office 365

Microsoft’s Office 365 has a long list of mostly useful features. There’s one feature though that many clients keep complaining about – the password expiry. Anyone facing this problem surely looked everywhere on the portal, unfortunately Microsoft hasn’t included an option to disable that. At least not in a simple way. This article describes the procedure how the password expiry … Continue reading

Exchange 2010 Move Mailbox request problem – Failed to communicate with the mailbox database

During the most recent server migration i came across an error when i attempted to move the mailboxes to the new server: Error: Failed to communicate with the mailbox database MapiExceptionCallFailed: Unable to make connection so server (hr=0x80004005, ec=5) Error:Failed to communicate with the mailbox database MapiExceptionCallFailed: Unable to make connection to server(hr=0x80004005, ec=5) After some research and a few … Continue reading

Fixing time skew issue in Microsoft Hyper-V setups

Since we started implementing Microsoft’s virtualization platform Hyper-V, we have been having changing success in solving the problem of time skew on these systems. We started with Microsoft’s official support article on configuting the time server in Windows Servers (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816042), but this article didn’t address the specifics of a virtualized environment. The latest iteration on this attempt is a batch … Continue reading