Federated Infrastructure

A discussion on politics, architecture, random experiences and good cheer from the Microsoft field.

July, 2007

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About Federated Infrastructure

Federated customers are those that often find themselves with too many cooks in the kitchen.  In addition, business and IT may considerably differ in opinion about the value of integration, consolidation, and collaboration.  As such, federated infrastructures push the limits of flexibility on Microsoft software, often negating best practices in favor of protecting fiefdoms, or more importantly, jobs.  Federated infrastructures are quickly identified by their unnecessary complexity, customer pride in that complexity, split responsibility among groups that oppose one another, and a lack of service level agreements or accountability.

Although I might poke fun of such organizations, federations are part of life, particularly in governments.  This blog is a journal of findings, recommendations, and musings that I encounter every day, working with federated customers.  The goal is not so much to point out the flaws of such systems, but to show that Microsoft software can be and has been deployed under some of the most extreme conditions.  With such deployments, however, come problems and this blog allows me to share those experiences with you in hopes of reducing your own times-to-resolution. 

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    There is no primary SMTP address

    Although the mailbox was moved to the target Microsoft Exchange server, an error occurred while the policies were being applied. Proxy address policies, Unified Messaging settings, managed content settings, and Exchange ActiveSync settings may not be set correctly. There is no primary SMTP address....
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    Having ZUNE Shuffle Issues?

    Okay, so this has nothing to do with federated infrastructure, except that many of my customers have or are considering Zunes. I have one and I have what I believe to be a common problem. My music collection contains some content that may be inappropriate...
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    Moving Mailboxes Cross Organizations in Exchange 2007

    I've seen a number of posts on other blogs talking about the new features of Exchange 2007 and the ability now to move mailboxes across organizations. I currently have a customer engaged in a major consolidation of multiple Exchange 2003 organizations...
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