MCS UK Unified Communications Blog

All things UC related from Microsoft Consulting Services UK : architecture, best practice, news for Exchange and Lync, both on-premise and cloud

March, 2009

  • Is your E2K7 project in danger of being scrapped?

    I’m guessing that over the next few months IT managers are going to be pushing their staff really hard to justify any spend.  ..and projects to upgrade to Exchange Server 2007 are not going to be immune. Clearly to have any chance of getting the...
  • Offline defrag a replica database…

    Let’s leave the “ why would you? ” to one side for the moment but is it actually possible or supported to defrag a continuous replication target database?  Well not surprisingly er ‘No’.  An offline defrag creates a new database with a new signature...
  • Software plus Services Guide & Business Advisor Podcast

    Not something I would normally blog about but will be interesting to any of our partners who operate in this space. Guide to Opportunity: Software-plus-Services https://partner.microsoft.com/UK/productssolutions/40099765 This 16-page guide explains how...
  • I used to do it this way…

    Just found some useful stuff on a colleagues blog - Gerod Serafin ; a field engineer in the US. It’s a series of blogs showing the difference in administering Exchange Server 2007 from Exchange Server 2003… Part 1 - I used to do it this way… Now how do...
  • Friday Dilbert

    You gotta laugh…...( read more )
  • Free Powershell eBook

    ‘Effective PowerShell: The Free eBook’ from Keith Hill available on Keith Hills’ blog here . Definitely worth a look…...( read more )
  • Deploying Exchange 2007 on VMWare?

    VMWare Podcasts – VMWAre Infrastructure 3 Podcast: Disaster Recovery (DR) for Exchange using VMWare @ http://www.vmware.com/resources/podcasts/server_consolidation.html by Scott Salyer, VMware Technical Solutions Architect Using VMWare infrastructure...
  • A bit of love from Network World…

    Exchange alternatives: Pros and cons Testing shows Microsoft's Exchange still tops for features and management hooks @ http://www.networkworld.com/reviews/2009/030909-exchange-alternatives-test.html “In this Clear Choice Test, we explore how Exchange...
  • To my fellow bloggers..

    Quick list of the blog articles that have helped me and might help you…   10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer 21 Ways to Make Your Blog or Website Sticky 20 Types of Pages that Every Blogger Should Consider How to Write With Confidence   7...
  • Want more Virtualisation?

    Go to VirtualizationFeed.com and get the latest on virtualisation in Microsoft and in the wider world. Also worth keeping track of what’s happening in the #virtualization community on Twitter at the same place ....( read more )
  • Microsoft and Google in the Education Cloud

    This is worth a quick read if you are interested in what’s happening with Exchange in the cloud at Live@Edu and Google Apps … “Both Queensland University for Technology (QUT) and Ohio State University (OSU) have now signed up to Live@edu, Microsoft’s...
  • DPM in Paperback…

    Just found this DPM book:  ‘ Mastering System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 ’ by Devin L. Ganger (Author), Ryan Femling (Author) [..both 3Sharp, LLC] Has anyone read it?  Is it any good for Exchange?...( read more )
  • CCR or SCC?

    Have had this discussion on many occasions and this 3Sharp whitepaper by Missy Koslosky would have proved very useful as an external reference point… High Availability Choices for Exchange Server 2007: Continuous Cluster Replication or Single Copy Clustering...
  • What are all these changes to Active Directory?

    This is a great blog if you are wondering about some unusual behaviour in Active Directory – specifically the following: “- Why has my AD database size increased by 500MB in the last three weeks?  - I see lots of AD replication in Domain Controller...
  • www.TestExchangeConnectivity.com

    Nice tool to help you sort out problems accessing Exchange from out on the Internet. For more information see the blog on You Had Me At EHLO.. here and there is a quick presentation on Edge.TechNet.com here . Test EAS with Windows Mobile 5, EAS with Windows...