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  • Blog Post: Generating user message profiles for use with the Exchange Calculators

    Greetings Exchange Community! My name is Dan Sheehan, and I work as a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft, specializing in Microsoft Exchange. As a long time Exchange engineer I am an avid PowerShell scripter, and as such I end up writing a lot of PowerShell scripts. Today I present to you one of those...
  • Blog Post: A better way to collect logs from your Exchange servers

    Do you dislike having to collect diagnostics logs manually from each server in order to troubleshoot an issue or establish a server performance baseline? Did it ever happen to you that you collected the logs, but then found out that you needed more logs from the time the issue was happening, but when...
  • Blog Post: Released: PelNet v2.0

    download Update : On August 25, 2014, the pelnet.ps1 script was updated to fix a minor bug. EHLO Exchange community, It seems that PelNet has been well received and I’ve been receiving requests to add much wanted functionality to PelNet. So this article is a quick update on some of the cool new features...
  • Blog Post: Released: PelNet

    download With the huge scale environment I currently work in my team has had some difficulty when it comes to validating customer transport changes, specifically when adding new send connectors or new smart hosts. The same goes for troubleshooting mail flow….you know…whip out good...
  • Blog Post: Mailbox Migration Performance Analysis

    When you're migrating on-premises mailboxes to Office365, there are a lot of factors that can impact overall mailbox migration speed and performance. This post will help you investigate and correct the possible causes by using the AnalyzeMoveRequestStats.ps1 script to analyze the performance of a...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: GetLogFileUsage.ps1 script

    Whether you’re using the Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator by Ross Smith IV or the Exchange Client Network Bandwidth Calculator by Neil Johnson, you’ll need to provide statistics about your log file usage to determine bandwidth requirements. Whenever I’ve done that previously...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 and 2013 Database Growth Reporting Script

    Introduction Often times in Exchange Support we get cases reporting that the size of one or more Exchange databases is growing abnormally. The questions or comments that we get will range from “The database is growing in size but we aren’t reclaiming white space” to “All of the databases on this one...
  • Blog Post: Responding to Managed Availability

    I’ve written a few blog posts now that get into the deep technical details of Managed Availability. I hope you’ve liked them, and I’m not about to stop! However, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that we also need some simpler overview articles. Fortunately, we’ve just completed...
  • Blog Post: Avoiding Jitter: Jumpstarting the Exchange shell

    A little trick from Jeffrey Snover over on PowerShell team blog: Speeding Up PowerShell Startup . Running the script mentioned by Jeffrey speeds up PowerShell startup times. Yes, hard to believe at first, but after having run this on a few servers, as Jeffrey says - the reaction is "Wow!" Paste...
  • Blog Post: Scripting Corner Volume 4

    I am always on the lookout for new and interesting scripts that are worth writing and worth writing about. Recently, I got two requests for scripts that I thought were useful so felt I would share them here. Both of these scripts were used to solve real world customer requests and both of them will be...
  • Blog Post: IT administrators with PowerShell skills wanted for usability studies in the Redmond area

    Microsoft's Usability group is recruiting IT administrators who have experience working with PowerShell for upcoming usability studies. This is a unique opportunity to provide feedback and improve the user experience of PowerShell version 2. The study will run from March 4th to March 10th. This is...
  • Blog Post: Writing Exchange 2007 scripts does more than just save Nick time!

    The Exchange 2007 scripting contest has concluded and a winner has been selected. Congratulations to Nick Smith of Colorado State University on his winning entry: " Return the smallest database "! Description: Locates the smallest mailbox database (in terms of size) for automatic provisioning process...
  • Blog Post: Holiday spirit - PowerShell style!

    In the display of true geekness, Satish Mathew and Marcel Ortiz have created a PowerShell script that will play Jingle Bells on your computer speaker. No longer will your machines have to sit in silence! You can run this on any computer that has PowerShell installed. I have attached the script to this...
  • Blog Post: One step better than get-command

    If you've spent any time in the PowerShell , then you're probably familiar with get-command (gcm). Here's an example I threw together taking that to the next level. This will help you when you can't remember the command you want to use. Say you want to find all shell commands that deal with DSNs but...
  • Blog Post: Playing Shell Dojo with Transport Rules

    To enforce messaging policies, organizations frequently need to inspect messages based on different properties such as sender, recipients, subject, headers and attachments, and take the necessary actions such as adding disclaimers, adding headers, adding a prefix to the message subject, setting or modifying...
  • Blog Post: Finding High Item Count Folders Using the Exchange Management Shell

    EDIT 06/18/2010 : Few post changes to match the newest version of the script. Working in Exchange Customer Service and Support, we often see cases where user performance, or overall server performance, is impacted because of a high number of items in critical folders within user's mailboxes. This...
  • Blog Post: Building a Lab with Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 Using PowerShell

    Hi from Alabama. This is a follow-up to my last post , which was about building a lab with Exchange 2007 on Windows Server 2003 using a PowerShell script. This post is about building the same lab using Exchange Server 2007 SP1 on Windows Server 2008. I just got a new server and started playing with 64...
  • Blog Post: Using Powershell Scripting to Bulk Modify Active Directory Objects

    One of the strengths of Windows PowerShell scripting is the ability to leverage both .NET and COM objects. Scripting with System.DirectoryServices is now possible, the main purpose of this blog post is to provide a sample script used to bulk modify Active Directory objects. Specifically - what this script...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Scripting Corner: fix-alias

    One of the things that I have liked the most about the move to Exchange 2007 is the introduction of PowerShell into the management of Exchange. PowerShell is a very powerful tool that the Exchange administrator now has in their arsenal. Many regular, advanced and or mundane tasks can now be automated...
  • Blog Post: Video: Vivek Sharma and Mihai Jalobeanu on Exchange Management Shell

    This is an (almost 23 minutes long) interview with Vivek Sharma (Program Manager) and Mihai Jalobeanu (Software Dev Engineer) from Exchange System Management team, talk about Exchange Management Shell (aka Monad). There will be a follow-up video with some demos that they did as a part of this interview...
  • Blog Post: Sample Script to Help with Lotus Notes to Exchange 2007 Migration

    For those who wish to script the migration from Lotus Domino to Exchange 2007, PowerShell can be extremely helpful. I wrote the below script for a few customers who wanted more extensive control over their migration, this script can be easily tweaked to meet individual needs. DISCLAIMER: This script...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Improve the Transport Rules Experience

    We're exploring making improvements to the experience of configuring Transport Rules. As part of this, we want to make sure we account for exactly how you are using Transport Rules today. The script linked to below will output some Transport Rules usage data. If you are using transport rules today in...
  • Blog Post: Scripting Corner Volume 3 - The PowerShell profile

    While working with (playing around with) PowerShell on Exchange 2007 I found myself typing in the same series of commands over and over. These were commands that I was using on a regular, repeated basis while managing my particular environment. Being the efficient (lazy?) person that I am, I did a bit...
  • Blog Post: Check out Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell (pre-release)

    Wanted to write a quick post about a tool that can help you find and catalogue various PowerShell scripts that are scattered on various online communities or – possibly – your internal company network shares. The tool is called Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell and has entered the public...
  • Blog Post: Video: Exchange Management Shell in action

    In this video, Vivek Sharma (Program Manager) and Mihai Jalobeanu (Software Dev Engineer) show several aspects of Exchange Management Shell in action. This was a part of their Interview that we posted here . This video is about 10 minutes long, and can be found here: - The Exchange...