Server - Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2 and Migrate Server 2003 File Servers to Server 2012 R2

The wizards in the File Server Migration Toolkit use Distributed File System (DFS) to maintain Universal Naming Convention (UNC) paths and to simplify the consolidation and migration process


Overview of the Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit - Manual Download


Here is a relative webcast that explain how to Migrate Server 2003 File Servers to Server 2012 R2 minimizing downtime, preserving permissions and utilizing precedent tool.

consider that you need to register on that website to view relative videos.

Further articles:

Veeam 8 and relative upgrade from 7 version

During past weeks Veeam released 8 Version of its product Backup & Replications.

Here are some advantages about this new version:

  • Microsoft Active Directory: Search and restore all Active Directory (AD) object types, such as users, groups, computer accounts and contacts—even user and computer passwords
  • Microsoft SQL: Get fast transaction-level recovery of SQL databases, including agentless transaction log backup and replay, so you can restore your SQL databases to a precise point in time and achieve low recovery time and point objectives (RTPO).
  • ENHANCED! Microsoft Exchange: Get instant visibility into Exchange 2010 and 2013 backups, advanced search capabilities, and quick recovery of individual Exchange items (emails, contacts, notes, etc.) and Online Archive mailboxes—even hard-deleted items
  • Microsoft SharePoint: Browse SharePoint 2010 and 2013 backups, search for specific SharePoint files and quickly recover items directly to their original SharePoint server or send them as an email attachment
  • Storage Snapshots: Leverage existing snapshot capabilities from HP and NetApp for recovery of single files or entire VMs from Storage Snapshots in 2 minutes or less—without staging or intermediate steps

More details:

Product Overview What's New in v8 (Backup) What's New in v8 (ONE) Top 10 Reasons to Choose Veeam

Here is an Italian Article that explain you how to execute relative upgrade. 

  1. upgrade is supported from 6.5 and 7 version, rollbak is not possible in case you didn't backup relative Veeam DB and you will proceed with a new zero installation.
  2. You need to upgrade Veeam Backup & Replication and Backup Enterprise Manager at the same time.

Exchange and Basics Theory

From this article I highlight some topics:

  1. 2 or more server which you are willing to add to an Exchange cluster should be running on same OS and same Patching level of OS. Then they should be at same Exchange version and same patching level.
  2. n any coexistence of exchange, once you uninstall the last exchange of legacy then you can’t install legacy version again.
  3. Any new Exchange update should be tested and, in any case, verify each details published by Microsoft.
  4. You need CAS role in every AD site where you have planned to install mailbox server.

Server - Microsoft Anti-Virus Exclusion List

here you can find a very interesting Microsoft Article that include majority Microsoft products that need to have some Antivirus exclusion.

  • KB822158  Virus scanning recommendations for Enterprise computers that are running currently supported versions of Windows
Windows / Active Directory: 
Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM):
Virtual PC / Virtual Server:
Configuration Manager 2007:
Configuration Manager 2012:
Team Foundation Server 2010/2012/2013:
Dynamics CRM:  
Windows Update:
WSUS (Windows Server Update Services):
System Center:
Data Protection Manager:
Lync 2010
Lync 2013
Dynamics AX 2009
For versions up to AX 2009 exclude:
  • All the AOD, AOI, ADD, ADI, KHD & KHI files, or
  • alternatively, the whole application folder

Doing this helps make sure that the files are not locked when the AOS must use them. However, if these files become infected, your antivirus software will not be able to detect the infection.
Dynamics AX 2012
During AOS startup XPPIL (CIL) files are generated to by default: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Server\MicrosoftDynamicsAX\bin\XppIL>
  • Exclude XppIL and all subfolders
  • alternatively, you may want to exclude C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics AX\60\Server\MicrosoftDynamicsAX\bin\Application\Appl>, which is the local AOS store of the label files.

BizTalk Server
See recommendations in BizTalk performance optimization guides:
Mentioned executables used by BizTalk includes EntSSO.exe, MSDTC.exe, BTSNTSvc.exe, BTSNTSvc64.exe, SQLServr.exe, but also others as IIS, Customer WCF services, MSMQ, Rule Engine, SQL Agent, SSIS, SSNS and other applications used in integration scenarios.

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