I spent some time setting up Microsoft Exchange 2010 Enterprise today. Following Microsoft documentation, I had to do it the ‘advanced’ (aka custom) way and found myself needing to know my ‘Active Directory Site Name’. I tried all sorts of values while trying to set up a Client Access Array on the domain contoso.com using this command:

New-ClientAccessArray -FQDN ClientArray.contoso.com -Site “Contoso” -Name “clientarray.contoso.com”

I kept getting an error message like this:

Exchange can’t find Active Directory Site Contoso. Make sure it exists.

I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what the value for ‘Your Site’ was.

I Googled and Searched and Searched and Googled.

In the end I did something extraordinary. I logged onto my Active Directory server, and loaded up the ‘Active Directory Users and Computers‘ snap in. Under ‘Domain Controllers‘ it was right in front of me…

Default-First-Site-Name – Not only had I not set a ‘Site Name‘ but I only needed to check the properties of the only domain controller in my forest to find it!

Ever wanted to use your real name, or even your real email address on the internet, but were too afraid to, due to the high probability of a spammer / bot finding it, and exploiting it (not to mention the junk email)?. Using the link below, you can now do just that which you have feared doing for so long!


That’s right, it converts whatever you want, into ASCII code, which is unreadable by spammers and bots, but still displays correctly on the page!

There are plenty of sites on the internet that will do this, and there are also many tools. I know that converting normal text and code into ASCII code is not something of a new practice, but just how many people actually know about it, or how to do it?

I’ve converted some text on this page into ASCII, can you find it?