Exchange Server 2007 Component Architecture

Filed Under (Exchange Server 2007) by Just An Admin on 15-06-2008

As a part-time systems administrator for hire, I also install, configure and administer Exchange 2007 environments. One of the more complex matters is explaining in layman’s words the architecture of an Exchange 2007 environment. To add to the complexity, Microsoft has released a map/poster that illustrates and explains the different facets:

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Exporting User account information from AD to Excel

Filed Under (Windows Networking) by Just An Admin on 13-06-2008

Our Active directory is, like with many other, the source of user information. You should think of address information, function/department. Every now and then the account information is verified and when in doubt, discussed. Having the information in a human readable form, such as an Excel sheet, makes it so much easier. The script below will export all user info from the Active Directory to an Excel sheet. Just run from a computer connected to the your domain with a user that is allowed to query the AD and watch the magic (gives me a smile every time is see it run).

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Windows Password, Please!

Filed Under (Windows Networking) by Just An Admin on 05-06-2008

For all administrators that find themselves in the situation where local administrator accounts or passwords from local accounts on a WIndows system are ‘lost’, there is light at the end of the rainbow…

RainbowCrack is a general propose implementation of Philippe Oechslin‘s faster time-memory trade-off technique. In short, the RainbowCrack tool is a hash cracker that can be run from a CD. A traditional brute force cracker try all possible plaintexts one by one in cracking time. It is time consuming to break complex password in this way.

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