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Getting Real With Fake User Data

I’ve spent a decent chunk of time setting up my VM test lab, as I’m sure many others have. In my lab I have AD, Exchange 2010, Lync 2010 & 2013, TMG, an Asterisk based PBX, and a couple client VMs running Windows 7 with Office and the Lync client installed. It’s a great learning exercise to get everything setup and be able to play around with the configuration options. I’ve actually lost count at how many times I’ve wiped and rebuilt my lab to test different scenarios. I like to simplify the setup as much as possible to reduce the time needed for setup.

One necessity I’ve run into with my lab is test user accounts. Originally like a lot of other people out there I started with just a few accounts with names like TestUser1 or Exch2010UserB. Don’t get me wrong, it works just fine for testing; but I wanted more. So what started with me generating a list of 50 random names, to name my test user accounts, eventually grew into what I’m posting today. Read further to learn about New-AdTestUsers.

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Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2010 – Is such a thing even possible?

Haven’t been able to get any updates posted for a little while now, been busy with that whole day job thing. I know promised more Lync tools, they’re coming and soon I hope. If I can scratch out the time to put the finishing touches on them and do the finalized testing; I’d like to get the Topology Documenter and Topology Mapper posted by this weekend. I’ve had other things on my plate and figure it might make an interesting post. So… onto other things.

Officially, there is no Microsoft supported migration from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2010. The oldest supported environment you can upgrade to Exchange 2010 is Exchange 2003. So that normally leaves you with a two step method, 5.5 to 2003 and then 2003 to 2010. And if you’re lucky, Exchange 5.5 will be running on Server 2000 so you at least get Active Directory to make the process easier. No such luck for me. Mine was Exchange 5.5 on NT 4.0 to Exchange 2010 SP1 on Server 2008 R2 SP1. I know what you’re thinking, “Sounds like fun!” Luckily we were moving from one NT domain, OldDom, to another 2003 AD domain, NewDom, so that made it a little easier.

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