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Tired of Creating MAPI Profiles? Try RichProfile

Posted by Brajesh Panda on February 26, 2010

This is one of my article which was published in Windows IT Pro Magazine. Here is the soft link for the same

In Exchange Server systems, you need to create Messaging API (MAPI) profiles whenever you build a new desktop or a new user joins the network. To create a MAPI profile, you need to know the name of the target Exchange server, which isn’t that simple to provide in a clustered Exchange environment. And asking the employees typically isn’t helpful. Most Exchange users don’t remember their Exchange server’s name, and new employees wouldn’t likely know this information when they start their first day on the job.

To help alleviate the tedious and time-consuming task of creating MAPI profiles, Microsoft introduced transform (.mst) files for Windows Installer. The .mst files let you customize installation packages. Although these installation packages have many nice features, preparing them takes a lot of effort and expertise.

Fortunately, I came across a tool called RichProfile, which automates MAPI profile creation. Richard Coggins developed this freeware, which you can download at

RichProfile works at the command line. As the syntax

RichProfile.exe ServerName 
 MailboxName ProfileName 
 Y\N D\P\N

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Posted in Exchange2007, Exchange2010 | 4 Comments »

Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Architecture

Posted by Brajesh Panda on February 26, 2010

As per my understanding to run this exercise you need Windows RDS CALs. Windows RDS CALs includes Terminal Services (TS) CAL, VDI CAL & App-V for TS CAL

For Client Virtual Machines you need CALs under Microsoft VECD Program.

You can purchase licenses in below methods;

– Windows 2008 R2 + RDS CAL

– Windows 2008 R2 + RDS CAL + Specific Management Software like SCCM, SCOM, SCVMM

– Windows 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services Standard Suite

– Windows 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services Enterprise Suite

Due to integrated Terminal Services this offering looks me pretty interesting. Would like to see how it works? Specially the performance of RDP 6.1/7 over WAN

If you have already started doing POC please post me with your findings!!


Posted in Microsoft VDI, Virtual Desktop Solution, WindowsServer | Tagged: , , | 3 Comments »

Change Product Key on Windows 2008 R2 Server

Posted by Brajesh Panda on February 22, 2010

Save below contents in a batch file. Open command prompt as Administrator & execute the same.

‘Remove All KMS keys

C:\>slmgr.vbs -ckms

‘Remove All Installed keys

C:\>slmgr.vbs -upk

‘Install New Serial Key

C:\>slmgr.vbs -ipk <serial key>

‘Activate new serial key

C:\>slmgr.vbs -ato

Posted in WindowsServer | Tagged: | 11 Comments »

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