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  • Blog Post: Tools for an Exchange Administrator

    Part of being proactive means that you’re prepared to react quickly when a problem occurs. That makes sense, right… thinking proactively about being reactive? Knowing the right tool for the job is part of this. Having the right tool at hand when it’s needed, or knowing where to find it, can give you...
  • Blog Post: “These are not the Public Folders you are looking for…”

    I was helping a customer review their infrastructure when we started looking at an error they were getting when accessing public folders. When we were looking at the details, on an Exchange 2010 server we ran the command Get-PublicFolderStatistics –Identity “PublicFolderName”. The command unexpectedly...
  • Blog Post: Extra Logical Reads Are Not So Logical

    When normalizing a database, foreign keys are commonly created in order to maintain data integrity between the parent and child tables. Oftentimes, however, the foreign key columns are overlooked when it comes to proper indexing strategy. Using the Adventureworks2008R2 sample database, available at...
  • Blog Post: Tip: Exchange Server Deployment Assistant

    I get asked all of the time for some kind of checklist from Microsoft that you could run through for an Exchange Server 2010 deployment. One of the best tips that I can give anyone as far as the deployment of Exchange 2010 is to use the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant . Seen it already?  Go...
  • Blog Post: Dependency magic: Now you don't see it, Now you do

    If a user-defined function (UDF) is created prior to creating a stored procedure, object dependencies are properly listed through sp_depends. However, if you create the stored procedure first, then later create the UDF (which is allowed due to delayed name resolution), object dependencies are not displayed...