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  • Blog Post: Managed Availability Probes

    Probes are one of the three critical parts of the Managed Availability framework (monitors and responders are the other two). As I wrote previously, monitors are the central components, and you can query monitors to find an up-to-the-minute view of your users’ experience. Probes are how monitors...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 database schema updates

    Recently, we have seen some questions about what the Update-DatabaseSchema cmdlet in Exchange 2013 is about. So I thought I would share some additional information on the subject. The Update-DatabaseSchema cmdlet is a part of the infrastructure that we’ve built into Exchange 2013 to safely upgrade database...
  • Blog Post: What Did Managed Availability Just Do To This Service?

    We in the Exchange product group get this question from time to time. The first thing we ask in response is always, “What was the customer impact?” In some cases, there is customer impact; these may indicate bugs that we are motivated to fix. However, in most cases there was no customer impact...
  • Blog Post: Customizing Managed Availability

    Exchange Server 2013 introduces a new feature called Managed Availability, which is a built-in monitoring system with self-recovery capabilities. If you’re not familiar with Managed Availability, it’s a good idea to read these posts: Lessons from the Datacenter: Managed Availability What Did Managed...
  • Blog Post: Managed Availability and Server Health

    Every second on every Exchange 2013 server, Managed Availability polls and analyzes hundreds of health metrics.  If something is found to be wrong, most of the time it will be fixed automatically.  But of course there will always be issues that Managed Availability won’t be able to fix on its...