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TMG Phase-put decisions’ table.

June 18, 2013 Leave a comment

I got this table that will help you in deciding how to replace TMG 2010 based on the feature used also comparing TMG and UAG, please feel free to share and reuse it.

Features

ISA

TMG

Solution Reference
Route

X

X

Windows Server 2012 RRAS Technet: Routing and Remote Access
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/network/bb545655
NAT

X

X

Windows Server 2012 RRAS Technet: Routing and Remote Access
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/network/bb545655
Edge Firewall

X

X

3rd party product
Stateful Packet filtering

X

X

3rd party product
Application Layer Firewalling

X

X

3rd party product
HTTP Filter

X

X

3rd party product
HTTPS Inspection

X

3rd party product
Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and Intrusion Detection (IDS) system

X

X

3rd party product
Web proxy and Web caching Server

X

X

Web proxy: 3rd party productWeb Caching Server:
– 3rd party product
– Windows Azure Caching Services for Cloud solutions integration
Windows Azure Caching Services
http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/services/caching/
URL Filtering

X

3rd party product
Malware Inspection

X

3rd party product
Forward and reverse Proxy

X

X

Reverse proxy:
– UAG 2010
(*)
Windows 8.1 support for Web Application Proxy (**) – To be released
Forward proxy: 3rd Party
Publishing Exchange Server 2010 with Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 and Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=8946Deploying Forefront UAG for mobile devices
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg295317.aspx

What’s New For The Enterprise In Windows 8.1
http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b

/springboard

/archive/2013/06/03/what-s-new-for-the-enterprise-in-windows-8-1.aspx

VPN Server (Client VPN and Site to Site VPN)

X

X

Windows Server 2012 RRAS Technet: Routing and Remote Access
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/network/bb545655
E-Mail Protection Gateway

X

X

Exchange Online Protection Exchange Online Protection – homepage
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/microsoft-exchange-online-protection-email-filter-and-anti-spam-protection-email-security-email-spam-FX103763969.aspx
SSL VPN UAG 2010 Forefron Unified Access Gateway 2010
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/forefront/unified-access-gateway.aspx
(*) Choosing Between Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG
Exchange Related Deployment Scenario or Feature Forefront TMG Forefront UAG
Publish Microsoft Office Outlook Web App and the Exchange Control Panel (ECP) using forms-based authentication þ þ
Publish Outlook Anywhere using Basic or NTLM authentication þ þ
Publish Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync using Basic authentication þ þ
Provide load balancing for HTTP-based protocol accessing from the Internet þ þ
Support two-factor authentication for Outlook Web App þ þ
Support two-factor authentication for Exchange ActiveSync þ
Provide certificate-based authentication for Exchange ActiveSync, Outlook Web App, and ECP þ
Perform mail hygiene for Exchange with installation of the Edge Transport server role and Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server þ
Protect and filter Internet access for internal users from malware and other Web-based threats þ
Provide support for scaled up Outlook Anywhere deployments by using multiple source IP addresses þ
Check a client computer accessing Outlook Web App for presence of approved antivirus software, updates, etc. þ
Thoroughly clean up the client following an Outlook Web App session with settings configurable by the admin þ
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Thanks community – Awarded the vExpert award from VMware

June 2, 2013 Leave a comment

if you missed the announcement, the vExperts award for 2013 was announced last week http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2013/05/vexpert-2013-awardees-announced.html, I am overwhelmed to be considered as vExpert this year, joining an execlusive group of elite 580 experts around the world.

Thanks everyone, I promise you to deliver and give more.

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Announcement: Exchange 2013 sp1 will support running from removable media such as “flash drives”

April 1, 2013 2 comments

Through a trusted resource at the product group, we got the information that sp1 of Exchange 2013 will support running from removable media such as flash drives, dvd drives and blue ray disks, this will allow greater flexibility and decouples the sw layer from hw layer allowing exxhamge to be delivered as remote application over terminal service session or running it as
portable app over linux machines

What a great news, can’t for service pack 1….

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شرح العلاقة بين مصر ،و هارفارد و اليابان و الثورة و الاخوان و ال ITIL

December 9, 2012 Leave a comment

الاسبوع الماضي حضرت كورس ال ITIL foundation لا  أدري هذه هي المرة الكم التي احضر فيها هذا الكورس و لكن هذه المرة هي المرة الاخيرة لانه انا اخدت الامتحان فور الانتهاء من الكورس الخميس الماضي.

الجديد في الكورس المرة دي انه وجدت الخيط اللي استطعت الربط به بين العديد من المواضيع الغير مترابطة و التي تشمل مصر ، اليابان و هارفارد و احداث الثورة، استمر بالقراءة اكي تفهم اكثر.

خلال الكورس تم عرض مفهوم Deming لتطوير النوعية ، المدرب قام بعرض نبذة اعتبرها مذهلة (و هي الحل لكل مشاكلنا الحالية) عن Deming هو قام بعرض النبذة عن دكتور Deming و لكن في رأسي تكون الرابط

يعتبر دكتور Deming من ابرز مؤسسين علم الجودة Quality improvement و بدأ هذا بعد ضرب اليابان بالقنبلة الذرية و انهيارها ابان الحرب العالمية الثانية ، قبل هذا التاريخ لم يكن لدى البشرية مفهوم واضح للجودة و تحسين الجودة ، حيث كانت البشرية عموما تتقبل المنتجات كما هي بدون جودة او غير ، حيث ذهب دكتور Deming المحاضر في هارفارد لكي يدرس اليابان بعد انهيارها و يرى كيف ستتطور.

وجد دكتور Deming انه اليابان في فترة 10 سنوات استطاعت النهوض من الانهيار التام الى التفوق الاقتصادي و الصناعي مرة أخرى و استطاع من خلال دراسة ما حدث ان يطور مفهوم و مبدأDeming في تطوير الجودة (Plan , do , check , act)

ديمينج وجد انه في امريكا و بريطانيا يتم تقبل المنتج او الوضع عموما كما هو ، فمثلا اذا ذهبت لشراء البيض من المحل و لم تجد البيض عنده فستقول للمحل متى ساجد البيض فيقول لك صاحب المحل اننا طلبناه و سيتم توصيله في غضون اسبوعين ، فانت كزبون ستذهب و انت سعيد لانه الان اتفقت و سيصلك البيض بعد اسبوعين.

في اليابان كان الوضع مختلف، فاذا ذهبت و طلبت البيض و جاءك الرد بان المحل يحتاج اسبوعين لتوصيل البيض ، فيمكنك السؤال لماذا ، فيرد عليك لانه نحتاج للذهاب للمزرعة لاحضار البيض ، فسترد لماذا لا تأخذ دراجة ، فيقوم صاحب المحل بأخذ دراجة و توصيل البيض في اسبوع مثلا.

المرة التي تليها عندما تطلب البيض و تجد انه يستلزم اسبوع لاحضار البيض فيمكنك ان تقترح ان يقوم صحب المحل بوضع الدجاج خلف المحل مثلا او استخدام سيارة و هكذا تستمر العملية ذاتيا الى ان تذهب و تجد البيض حيث تنتقل الى مرحلة اخرى لتطوير جودة البيض و هكذا…

وجد ديمينج انه هذا المفهوم قوي جدا ، و من خلاله تمكن اليابانيين من العودة و بقوة من الصفر الى المقدمة مرة أخرى.

و انا اتابع هذه المقدمة في الكورس تكونت في ذهني بعض النقاط التي اعتبرها اساسا لكل المشاكل السياسية و المجتمعية التي نمر بها الان ، اسردها في النقاط التالية:

  • ديمينج ، الدكتور في هارفارد، اراد البحث و التدليل في الاعماق اليابانية و استكشاف شئ جديد ، لم يكتف بانه دكتور في هارفارد بل ذهب لابعد مما هو ذلك ليكتشف علم جديد تماما.
  • الرغبة في التطوير و التحسين و تقبل النقد من الاخرين ، اليابانيين لم يكتفوا بانتاج البيض (مثلا) بعد الهزيمة فانت كمواطن في بلد منهار قد تكون سعيد جدا لوجود منتج ما اساسا ، لم يتقبل اليابانيين هذا الوضع و بدؤوا في تحسينه و هو ما اوصلهم لما هم فيه الان.
  • العالم لم يرفض دراسات و ابحاث ديمينج ، بل اصبحت علما الان.

اعتقد انه الثلاث نقاط بالاعلى هي اساس كل المشاكل في مصر ، فنحن لا نتيح للنخبة الحقيقية البحث و تنفيذ ابحاثها بل نظل نختار اهل الخبرة و الثقة و ليسوا اهل العلم في اتخاذ كل قراراتنا.

ثانيا ، ليس لدينا رغبة في التطور او القدرة النقد الذاتي البناء ، و لدينا قبول ليس بالوضع الموجود حاليا ، بل قبول برفض الاخر و عدم القدرة على التغيير ، فهذا سلفي انا ارفضه و سأظل هكذا فهو كذلك  و ان أتغير و هو لن يتغير و هذا ليبرالي او اخواني او…الخ الخ ارفضه و ان اتغير و هو لن يتغير ، اضف النقد الهدام و النقد للنقد.

ربما اكون مخطئا او مصيبا ، و لكنها استقراءات لواقع الحال ….المرير

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The UC Architects is online #mvpbuzz

June 20, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s my pleasure to let you know thatlast week, the UC architects community is launches, we will do regular Podcasts, you can download the first regular instalment of The UC Architects, a regular bi-weekly podcast focusing on Exchange and Lync including:

  • Exchange and Lync tips and tricks
  • Deep dives into new features and products
  • Round ups of the Exchange and Lync news so you don’t miss an interesting new tool made available by the community.

In this week’s episode, I talk to Dave Stork, John A Cook, Michael Van Horenbeek andSerkan Varoglu about Exchange 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 3 and why you should take notice, we chat about Exchange 15 (or is it 2013?) rumours and then chat about TechEd, MEC and what’s new this week around Lync and Exchange.

UC_Architects_PodCast_1

In future episodes you’ll also get to hear from the rest of the team, including Exchange and Lync MVPs Pat Richard,Mahmoud Magdy, Johan Veldhuis, Tom Arbuthnot and Ståle Hansen – along with Exchange and Lync bloggers Michel De Rooij, Paul Cunningham and Andrew Price. As you can see we’ve got quite a line-up – and we also hope to have some other guests in from the community and Exchange and Lync product teams too.

The UC Architects is available as an RSS feed you can subscribe to, and over the next couple of days will be available in the iTunes and Zune stores for free download too. Find out more by clicking the link below!

Download the podcast!

By the way – if you’re interested in getting involved or have any feedback, as well as our website we’ve got Facebook andLinkedIn groups along with our Twitter account, @TheUCArchitects

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The definite solution for Hotmail error “your account has been blocked” #hotmail #microsoft #msn

January 7, 2012 53 comments

Last Thursday I tried to login to my Hotmail account, I logged in but I got the famous error message “your account has been blocked”, the error indicated that my account has been used to send spam email and Hotmail team decided to block my account.

I was so shocked as I am using a very solid and complex password and I am so fanatic when it comes to my own security.

I tried to recover the account using the available method by sending the verification code to my alternate email account, I got the code successfully on my alternate email account, verified my account but when I login I get the same error.

I searched on the internet and found that I must go through the recovery process, same as forgotten password, I tried but that didn’t work although I passed the process successfully by sending the password recovery link to my alternate account.

the last resort was to shoot an email on the MVP private DL asking for the help, and I didn’t get disappointed as I got the instructions that helped me to recover my account from “David Bjurman-Birr – MCA Sn. Program Manager” so all of the credit goes to him.

to restore your account, and from what I understood from his email and my experience that it looks that account verification using the code will not work with most of the cases it might work but this will not work with most of the users, additionally the code must be sent using a carrier that is located in the US so you cannot use this method if you are located outside the US.

To recover your account, you have to go through the account recover process “as if you lost the password” but don’t use the answer the security question method or send recovery link, you will need to use the customer support method:

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in the above screen you will have to use the “reset your password method” , then enter your email and the verification code that you will get then you will get the following screen:

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once you get the above screen, don’t use the email me a reset link, or answer the security question, you MUST go to the customer support option.

when you choose the customer support option you will get a form that asks you for the blocked email account and to enter an additional email account where the reset link will be sent. enter your blocked hotmail account and another valid email to get the reset link on it and clock next.

in the next form you will get a lengthy form that asks you a lot of questions that validate your ownership of the account, before answering the form get prepared by reading more information below:

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<snip>

Please note that this flow asks for a lot of detailed information so that even if a hacker has changed the password, alternate email address, information to validate your family member as the account owner. For example: ISP, IP addresses for each computer that has been used to access the account, date/time of last successful log-in, folder names, contact names, mail subjects, etc. will help Support establish your friend as the account owner.

Here is some helpful information that may help you and your friend:

We take account security seriously and passing the validation process can be difficult but agents have to be very strict in the information they accept. They cannot tell you which items you may have answered correctly or missed, they only respond with a pass or fail. This is done to prevent hackers from using support to socially engineer their way into access.

The secret to passing the validation process is to provide as much information as possible. For questions that have multiple answers, like names of Hotmail folders, Hotmail and Messenger contacts, subjects of old e-mails, etc. provide 3 to 5 answers instead of 1. If the postal code could be one of 2 or 3, provide all of them. Provide precise information. Don’t say you have Facebook e-mail give the exact text ‘Facebook Notification – Friend request from John Doe.’ The more information and the more accurate you are with it the more likely you are to pass validation.

If the account has been hacked and information changed then agents validate the account based on the information associated with the account prior to the compromise so customers should use the information they believe they had associated with the account even if they know it has been changed.

Finally, if an agents responds that validation failed then add more information to the existing thread instead of creating a new one, this will allow agents to aggregate the provided data, which they can’t do across multiple threads.

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you will be asked about your first name, last name, ZIP or postal address, country and city, additionaly you will be asked to provide 5 folders names that you created inside your account, and enter the subject of 5 emails you recently sent, and 5 contacts you recently contacted and Xbox purchase information if you used your hotmail account in Xbox purchases.

please note that answering the form accurately and correctly is very essential to successfully unblock your account otherwise you will be able to do it.

once customer support receive your request, they will validate it and if it is correctly answered you will receive a link to reset your password, enter a new password and once done login and your account will be activated again…..

again, this is what have worked for me, please note that this might not work with you for various reasons, and if something worked with you please share it here for the benefit of the community.

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My gift to you in my Birthday–Why you feel unhappy in your current job #Egypt #IT #Jobs #careers

November 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Today is my Birthday, I will start my first day in my 29th tomorrow finishing my twenties, it was an era for my started in Libya and ending in Egypt.

my gift back to you in by BD will be my own finding for why people are not happy in their current jobs not only IT but any job.

During the past years I found and met a lot of people who working in great companies (big ones also), getting huge pay checks and yet are not happy.

I involved in a lot of discussions during the past month with a lot of my friends and colleagues about the source of happiness and satisfaction in their current role and career path and how to find it.

my finding that a lot of people (specially in Egypt) believe that happiness in career will be gained with high salaries and career satisfaction achieved by working in bigger companies, but of course I can say and declare that this is a big fat mistake.

how I can be so sure, I found the answer 3 years ago when I was involved in Time Effectiveness training, that program lasted for 3 days that changed my life.

the Coach’s idea was to effectively manage your time, you have to love what you do, and to know what you love to do, take that very simple test:

assume that starting tomorrow money will not be used, what ever you want in your life will be given to you for free, you want a house here is a house, you want a car here is a one, no more bills or payments, no money is needed thus you don’t have to pursuit a career or a job anymore (if you work for the sake of money).

so going along with that assumption, if you decided to work (remember that in this job you will not be given a salary there are no need for money) so if you will work in a job where you will never be paid a salary or given a money what you will work?!!!

In the training and until that moment I wasn’t impressed, so I went with the coach and took the test (for the sake of not being a silly boy), and I gave it a thought and came back with the job that I will love to work for free, I will be a military sniper.

The coach then asked me, list 3 things you love about your new career that made you choose it over your current one and will make you happy working it for free, so I chose:

  • Support, I love to provide support to my team and working with them in complex and adventurous plans.
  • Accuracy, planning associated with the military sniper role.
  • Knowledge, training required to be skillful in that role.

Then, The Coach asked the following question : Do you find the above 3 things in your current role?!

The question was shocking to me , I spent days thinking about my current role at that time (of course that was after the training completed) and if I can find any amusement in it and if it fits with the things I wish to have and willing to have and work for free for them.

at that time I found that my role has nothing to do with the above features ,benefits or items that thrills me and one month later I left that role pursuing a job that had those in it, leaving my role in that big company and sacrificing a salary that is double my current salary to find  happiness and satisfaction in career and life.

In our life, we used to have a compass that guide us when we were child, our parents were assisting and guiding us toward solutions for our simple problems like which sport shall we play, which school we should go to…etc, however when we grow up and our problems became a hell more complex we lose this compass and sometimes we lose or mix our dreams with needs and tend to ignore what amuses us and targeting the values of our society which encourages us to have the fanciest houses, the largest cars and biggest salaries which doesn’t bring happiness nor satisfaction to our career or life.

I hope that you will get the message, take the test and apply it to your current career or role and see if you can find happiness or satisfaction in it. if not I highly encourage you to pursuit another career or job that will make you more satisfied and happier because money will not bring any of them.

 

Thanks for reading my post and until next time.

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