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I’m a Messaging consultant working for Microsoft Consultancy Services in the UK. Find out about all the latest technology, news, tips and tricks in the world of messaging and much more!

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  • Blog Post: DatabaseMaxCacheSize

    In Exchange 2007 SP1 the default database cache size is set to 128MB, to allow for better cache growth. The new guidance is to increase the DatabaseMaxCacheSize from 128MB to 512MB (on Hub Transport servers with more than 4GB of RAM) This can be done editing the EdgeTransport.exe.config file as shown...
  • Blog Post: Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1

    We all know Exchange 2007 SP1 released a little while ago adding some cool new features to the product, Standby cluster replication (SCR) to name one, for more details on exactly what features are provided with SP1 see MSExchangeteam Blog and TechNet There is now an update rollup 2 for Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Session 3: Messaging – 3rd September 2008

    MCS Talks This session will build upon the core infrastructure services discussed in Session 2 but will focus on the decisions commonly faced by enterprises when deploying Exchange Server 2007. Some of the topics we'll cover will include how to approach the consolidation of services and infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2

    Download Exchange 2007 SP2 and see what's new:-   Deploying Exchange Server 2010 Exchange Backup Functionality Enhanced Auditing Dynamic Active Directory Schema Validation Public Folder Quota Management Centralized Organizational Settings
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events

    TechNet Events Live: TechNet Event : Managing Windows Servers with PowerShell V2 Location: London Date: 10 February 2009 TechNet Event: Microsoft Systems Management and understanding the role of System Center Location: Birmingham Date: 12 February 2009 TechNet Event: Self...
  • Blog Post: Planning Mailbox Quotas – Part I

    When planning for storage it’s a good idea to categorise users into quota limits so you can plan your storage requirements. This calculation should be done in the High Level Design phase to allow your customer to purchase the hardware. An example of how quota limits might be categorised are shown below...
  • Blog Post: A Guide to Migrating Public Folders to SharePoint

    Check out the WindowsITPro ‘ Guide to Migrating Public Folders to SharePoint’ well worth a read Written By Daniel Kenyon-Smith
  • Blog Post: Log replay for corrupt files (CCR)

    In Exchange 2007 if a log file on the active node is corrupted an attempt to re copy that log file will occur. Log files are inspected via LogInspector and moved to the passive log directory. LastLogInspected is updated when a log is successfully inspected. If log copying or the log file...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 SP1 and Windows 2008

    Now Windows 2008 has been released to manufacturing (RTM), all new implementations of Exchange 2007 SP1 can be designed using Windows 2008 Server (SP1 is a minimum requirement for Windows 2008, a full list of prerequisites can found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691354.aspx ). Windows...
  • Blog Post: Domino to Exchange 2007 migration

    When migrating to Lotus Notes you need to ensure your customer provides you with a list of groups which need to migrated over to Exchange so you don’t migrate any unnecessary groups into the new infrastructure, this also is required for user accounts. Your customer should run a cleanup process...
  • Blog Post: Single Label Domain (SLD)

    I have recently spoken with customers who have a single label domain and have asked the question whether the next version of Exchange will be supported. It's still a recommendation to move from a SLD, but we do support it, see for more details - http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2009/01/27/450514.aspx...
  • Blog Post: To Hyper-V or not to Hyper-V?

    It’s here! Hyper-V. Is Exchange 2007 a good candidate for virtualisation? Well only in certain situations and for certain roles and we’ll discuss this later. Some applications can have major advantages from increased utilization of hardware, simplified and flexible deployment. A virtualized...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell installation Windows 2008

    Before you install Exchange 2007 SP1 onto a Windows 2008 server you'll need ensure that prerequisites are installed, by default .NET Framework 2.0 and Microsoft Management Console (MMC) will be installed but you'll need to install Windows PowerShell. Note: You won't need to go looking around on the Internet...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Q&A

    Hi   please Join me at this event to talk about Exchange 2010, you can register here
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2003 consolidated information

    Running Outlook in Online mode · Running Outlook in Online Mode moves the IO burden from the client to the server and doesn't address the disconnected laptop scenario. Network impact and ability to optimize the client · Cached Exchange Mode provides intelligent use of bandwidth. This functionality...
  • Blog Post: TechNet: Recipient management, policies and permissions in Exchange 2007

    Why not come along to my TechNet presentation ‘ Recipient management, policies and permissions in Exchange 2007’ at our Microsoft offices in London Abstract In this session we will discuss the recipient management model, which has changed since Exchange Server 2003. There are a number of things...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 security

    I get asked the question ‘ how can we secure our Exchange 2007 servers ’ so I’ve compiled a list from the Exchange 2007 Security Guide. As you know Exchange 2007 is by design secure, but here are the services that start automatically and the ones that you’ll start manually. Mailbox role The Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Combined HT and CAS

    Take a look at the new guidance for combing HT and CAS and you can install both roles by running Setup.com /mode:install /role:H,C (nice and easy) Written by Daniel Kenyon-Smith
  • Blog Post: Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Capacity Planning Tool

    Take a look at the PFE 2010 capacity planning tool to ensure you  have correct capacity (memory and CPU) by specifying your PFE protection settings   It can be downloaded here   Written by Daniel Kenyon-Smith
  • Blog Post: Planning Tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2

    Take a look at the new planning tool for R2 - https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=fdf32585-c131-4832-8e27-67e70636c1e8&DisplayLang=en Written by Daniel Kenyon-Smith
  • Blog Post: Office 365 – Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW)

    Whilst working on a few O365 engagements over the last month or so I have seen various issues that have been caused by on-premise infrastructure/setup and which have not allowed the HCW (which was introduced in Exchange 2010 SP2) to complete successfully. These issues range from not correctly publishing...
  • Blog Post: Relocate the ADAM (Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS))

    In order to relocate the ADAM database and logs on Edge you need edit the ConfigureAdam.PS1 to update the location of dsbutil.exe as shown below Then for example run:- configureAdam.PS1 –logpath:”E:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\TRansportRoles\Data\Adam –DataPath:”D:\Program Files\Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: CCR or Stretched CCR?

    Having spoke with a few customers about whether a local CCR and SCR is the best solution or a stretched CCR across 2 data centres I thought I'd write a post. There is no right and wrong answer to that question, in typical consulting style 'it depends'. There are various factors to take into consideration...
  • Blog Post: Up and coming Live Webcasts (Technet) - Office Communication Server 2007 (OCS) and Exchange 2007

    Unified Communication Solutions: Critical to Success – Monday 02 June 2008 TechNet Webcast: Disaster Recovery in Communications Server 2007 (Level 200) – Monday 02 June 2008 Unified Communication Solutions: Critical to Success – Wednesday 04 June 2008 Exchange Labs Webcast- Free Email...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile 6.1 and Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 (SCMDM)

    Microsoft released Windows mobile 6.1 on the 1 st April which is full of new enhancements, such as: · Instant messaging-like texting - Messages are threaded together to allow you to track your conversations, this provides you access to the chain of discussions that have just taken place · Improved...