I’m Giving Up On NetNewsWire (for now)

I’ve been very loyal to NetNewsWire for a long time. Whether it be NewsGator (a RSS plugin for Outlook), FeedDamon (an RSS feedreader app for Windows, NetNewsWire on the iPhone, or NetNewsWire on the Mac. In the fall, NetNewsWire was switched to synchronize with Google Reader accounts. I just can’t take the inconsistencies in synchronization that occur when using NetNewsWire on my Mac. I spend an hour or two going through a couple hundred or

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Exchange 2010: Database Copies with PowerShell

I needed a quick and dirty method to add database copies to other servers in an Exchange 2010 Database Availability Group (DAG).  I had three servers, each with 10 databases.  Each one of those databases should have a copy on the other two servers.  Now, this is painful if you have to use the GUI to do it – not that it takes a lot, but it’s time consuming.  The Add-MailboxDatabaseCopy cmdlet is very helpful

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Exchange 2010 Pre-Req Setup (Updated)

A couple of months back I wrote a post on how to automatically install pre-requisites for Exchange 2010 on a Windows 2008 (including R2) server. I specifically talked about a method for doing this with ServerManagerCmd.exe, which is included with Windows Server 2008.  However, in Windows Server 2008 R2, ServerManagerCmd is deprecated and the recommended method is to use PowerShell (as pointed out by my buddy, Josh).  The Add-WindowsFeature cmdlet in PowerShell provides the capability

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Legislation Would Limit Early Termination Fees

I don’t normally follow politics, but my own Senator from the state of Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar and other senate colleagues introduced a bill today that would limit the amount of cell phone service provider could charge in early termination fees. The timing is perfect since Verizon recently announced that their customers who were smartphone users would have to pay in upwards of $300 if they prematurely ended their relationship with the provider.  How ridiculous! Several

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Compellent Volume Reporting with PowerShell

Compellent Enterprise Manager works great for managing your Storage Center environment and providing reports on volume usage and utilization. I was looking for a little different spin on the information.  I was looking for a cumulative volume count across an entire Storage Center, plus a total count of replays on the system, and how many of the volumes that exist are actually mapped up to a server object. For example, the test system that I

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