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Andy Grogan

Andy Grogan [ MVP (Exchange) ]Andy is an experienced senior IT professional who is comfortable managing both large, complex technical IT environments and operating at the strategic IT direction level. He has a strong background in 3rd tier technical, data center operations management and solution design which has been built up over 16 years of experience within the IT industry in both private and public sectors - working with many frameworks and disciplines. During his career, Andy has held roles ranging from 1st and 2nd line support, head of 3rd line operations, and head of technical services all the way through head of IT. Holding such a diverse array of positions has given him a deep understanding not only of how IT organizations work from the ground level up, but how they can and should operate delivering quality services to the businesses which they support. Andy has a demonstrable track record in the design, sourcing, project management and implementation of large scale technical projects and a very eclectic technical experience base, founded predominately in Microsoft technologies (Exchange, AD, SQL, SCOM, Windows Server). He has also worked with or managed the delivery of IBM (storage, P-Series and TSM), HP (servers and storage), Cisco (routers, switches, firewalls, IPT), VMWare (ESX, ESXi,VSphere), Citrix(MetaFrame,XPe,PS4,XenApp) and Data Center / IT operations management. Andy is a 4-time recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valued Professional award for Exchange Server (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), and a well-known author within the international Exchange community, writing content for sites such as TechTarget, MSExchange.org, ENow and his own personal site telnetport25.com.

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Exchange 2013 Lab Tutorial: Part 9 - Cumulative Update 1

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Andy Grogan

Ok, yes I know – I said that Part 8 was the last in this particular series – but then Microsoft went and released Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) for Exchange 2013 (on April 2nd) which left me feeling that if I did not cover this – then the LAB series was not properly completed. For those of you who are just joining us – you can find links to the previous parts below.

Part 1

We established our domain design, covered how to provision the Domain Controller for the LAB in Hyper-V and then how to install Windows Server 2012 on the Domain Controller.

Part 2

We went through the process of installing Active Directory Domain Services on the LAB domain controller using PowerShell.

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Exchange 2013 Lab Tutorial: Part 8- Users, Mailboxes, Distribution Lists and Public Folders

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Andy Grogan

 

We are now in the final stretch in this series with this being the second to last part of creating a test lab from scratch with Windows Servers 2012 and Exchange 2013. I could in truth perhaps go on forever as there are loads of things that I have not covered. But that is the beauty of a test lab, once you have one that is up and running – it is yours to do with as you choose and that is what I hope that you will all do.

For those of you who are joining us at this stage you can find the previous 7 parts below.

Part 1

We established our domain design, covered how to provision the Domain Controller for the LAB in Hyper-V and then how to install Windows Server 2012 on the Domain Controller.

Part 2

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Exchange 2013 Lab Tutorial: Part 7- Setting up DAG Databases and SSL

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Andy Grogan

 

To recap – the previous parts (should you wish to read them, refresh or catch up) can be found below:

Part 1

We established our domain design, covered how to provision the Domain Controller for the LAB in Hyper-V and then how to install Windows Server 2012 on the Domain Controller.

Part 2

We went through the process of installing Active Directory Domain Services on the LAB domain controller using PowerShell.

Part 3

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Building an Exchange 2013 LAB From Scratch- Part 5

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Andy Grogan

As a quick recap from what we have covered so far in this series:

In part 1 we established our domain design, covered how to provision the Domain Controller for the LAB in Hyper-V and then how to install Windows Server 2012 on the Domain Controller. Part 2 went through the process of installing Active Directory Domain Services on the LAB domain controller using PowerShell. Part 3 covered how you can install a very simple PKI infrastructure on the domain controller using Active Directory Certificate Services. These will be used in a later part to configure SSL for various parts of Exchange 2013. And last week we explained how to use PowerShell to provision Exchange server VM’s in the lab, and went through the pre-requisite software installation.

 

Now in Part 5 I will take you through the process of installing Exchange on the first Client Access and Mailbox Server art-MBXCAS-01 – this includes Active Directory and Organization preparation. I will then round off with explaining how you can then go onto complete the installation on the remaining servers.

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Removing KB2667402 Before Installing Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

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Andy Grogan

I have been working on a large Exchange 2010 upgrade to Service Pack 2. The Exchange environment that I have been working within works well, but it has not had a lot of TLC in a while, and aside from the upgrade to Service Pack 2 for Exchange, I also needed to perform an upgrade to Service Pack 1 of the Windows 2008 R2 O/S.

Now, this Exchange infrastructure has a number of nodes spread out over the UK, therefore much of the work has needed to be done remotely via RDP. Initially, the work was going very well – prepped the first Exchange DAG node for the Operating System update via the “StartDAGServerMaintenance.ps1” script and then executed the Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 installation process.

The service pack itself went well – right up until the point where I needed to reboot when the processes had finished. After the reboot had completed – I found that I could no longer RDP to the machine (which was based in Oxford which is about 70 miles from me so I was not going to get there in a hurry). I could get the RDP client to initialise the connection and perform a logon, but at the point where the session was preparing the User Desktop it would disconnect the session!

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