Doug's Think-Tank

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Doug's Think-Tank

  • Perform Your Own IT Operational Assessment

    During my time as a Microsoft PFE , I contributed to numerous IT Operational Assessments. While there are many tasks within an Operational Assessment, I wanted to provide a ‘ simple version ’ by reviewing past tickets/outages over a specified...
  • Active Directory Permissions and PowerShell

    So what about Active Directory Permissions on an Object using PowerShell?  There are a number of options and methods to manage Active Directory permissions, but here are some common tasks that I might perform using PowerShell. NOTE: This blog uses...
  • Managing Exchange Public Folder Permissions

    Over the years, there has been a request for finding various permissions on Public Folder objects within Exchange. I figured that I would share how to do some of these tasks, specific to Exchange 2010 and 2013. NOTE: The following commands use the...
  • 8dot3 and the Exchange 2010 SP3 LAG Copy

    Recently I deployed Exchange 2010 SP3 and experienced a few headaches when it came to the LAG copy.  It turns out that this was probably related to the known issue with Exchange 2010 SP3 and 8dot3Name , even though we never activated these copies...
  • Lync Control Panel–401.1 Unauthorized

    Recently I had to install Lync Server 2010 on a repurposed Windows 2008 R2 server within a lab environment. One of the issues that I ran across was preventing me from accessing the Lync Control Panel from the Lync Front End server. Attempting to open...
  • Public Folders – Folders Assistant Not Forwarding Messages

    A recent issue occurred where users were trying to create Public Folders Folder Assistant that would forward the post/inbound message to another Public Folder. The users were able to configure this, however the message was never forwarded. This is a short...
  • A Few Recommendations for Exchange 2010

    The following is a partial list of items that I recommend be reviewed for all Exchange 2010 server deployments.  The focus is to ensure that the environment is consistently configured, reliable, and performing optimally.  This is not an official...
  • Exchange 2010 DAG - NetworkManager has not yet been initialized

    Recently, in two separate occasions, I had to assist in resolving an issue where a member of an Exchange 2010 database availability group (DAG) failed to participate in the DAG's Cluster Communications and therefore were unable to bring any database on...
  • Exchange Databases Failover Due to Low Memory

    Recently I had the (un)fortunate experience of troubleshooting an issue with Exchange 2010 DAG Database copies failing over to another servers.  This happened in several different environments that I was supporting, so I know it can happen to anyone...
  • A Few Hotfixes to Consider…

      UPDATED: June 2013 I decided to collect my own short list of hotfixes for that I have recommended for an Exchange 2010/Windows 2008 R2 environment.    NOTE: This does not include security hotfixes (WSUS) and is NOT an official list of...
  • Exchange 2007 Server Data Collection Script

    Recently I had experienced an issue where an Exchange 2007 server was having some ‘issues’. However before I was engaged to assist in resolving the issue, the admin rebooted the server and the issue went away…but only for a brief period...
  • Preparing for the Microsoft Interview

    Occasionally I am asked what it takes for someone to become 'ready' for an interview with Microsoft.  When it comes to a technical position, I often give the same advise.  So I thought that I would share that advise with the world.  The...
  • There's something about 2007 Dynamic Distribution Groups

    Recently I ran into some issues with creating dynamic distribution lists or groups (DDL or DDG) in an Exchange 2007 environment. Let me share some things that I uncovered:   • Outlook users will not be able to see the membership of the DL using the...
  • Exchange Daily Messaging Report

    I was tasked with creating a daily messaging report that would meet the following requirements: Collect essential information about the Exchange 2007 environment Save the data in HTML format Email that report to users So I created a...
  • Exchange 2007 Summary Script

    I was asked to post a blog on my script that collects summary information from an Exchange 2007 organization. Here is what the script does: Places the information in C:\Exchdata directory Pulls information about Active Directory Collects Server...
  • Not-So-Common Forefront Registry Keys

    Forefront’s TechNet site covers the common registry keys but I wanted to provide a little (very little) information about some not-so-common registry keys.  By default, these keys will be listed under the Exchange Server folder within the following...
  • Forefront Obsolete Notifications

    After upgrading your Antigen or Forefront for Exchange to the SP2, you might start seeing notifications relating to obsolete engines, even though you've disable the engines in the management tool. “ The Ahnlab Virus Detection Engine scan engine is now...
  • Understanding the right terminology…

    Over the past 3 months, I've had several discussions around planning of messaging environments.  These dicussions always lead to discussions around availability and the similar.  But what I've discovered is that many people confuse some of the...
  • Have You Considered?

    When working with Exchange, there are some factors that you may need to consider to get the most out of the product. Here are some aspects that may help you… Online Mode Better for mailboxes over 2GB mailbox size (this is due to the desktop client system...
  • Using Sharepoint with your Outlook Client

    I find that many people have deployed Sharepoint but have not fully integrated it with their Outlook client. My advice would be to start integrating the various technologies to make the end-user productivity improve. Here are some links that might help...
  • Random Questions on Exchange

    The following are some quick answers to a few random questions that have come my way regarding Exchange: 1. How often should Online Maintenance (OLM) run? How can I confirm that it completed? Configure the Online Maintenance schedule so that each database...
  • Tracking Down Exchange 2007 Database Bloat

    I recently dealt with an issue of an Exchange 2007 database being physically larger than what was expected. So we took a few actions to find out more about the cause of the bloat. This outlines some of the work we did to isolate that bloat. GATHER DATA...
  • Paged and Non-paged Pool Issues on Exchange 2000/2003

    This blog provides some guidance on how to optimize Exchange 2000/2003 on Windows OS for paged and non-paged pool issues. Symptoms Event log might show Event ID 2020 Event Type: Error Event Source: Srv Event ID: 2020 Description: The server was unable...
  • Some Public Folder content is not replicating from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007

    I’ve recently experienced several different cases where replication between Exchange 2003 to 2007 was not working 100%. Much of the content had come over but some was not. This blog talks about some of the steps that we took to isolate and resolve this...
  • Considerations for Exchange 2007 CCR Stretch Clusters

    Since Exchange 2007 deployed, I’ve been asked many times what should be considered when designing a stretch Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) server configuration. A stretch CCR is typically where you have 1 node in 1 physical datacenter and the other...