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  • Blog Post: User Profile Analysis for Exchange Server 2010 (Who needs the Exchange Profile Analyzer?)

    I recently wrote about gathering user profile data for Exchange Server 2003 and 2007 by using the Exchange Server Profile Analyzer tool.  As a re-cap the EPA tool uses WebDAV to interrogate the mailboxes and generates user profile data, including.. messages sent per mailbox per day messages received...
  • Blog Post: Jetstress 2010 and Background Database Maintenance

    Last week a colleague from the MCM Exchange 2010 community asked some questions about disabling Exchange Server 2010 Background Database Maintenance.  Essentially they wanted to know if they disabled  the checkbox for BDM, what would happen on the passive database copies? A response came back...
  • Blog Post: Database Maintenance in Exchange Server 2010

    If there is one area of Exchange 2010 that was poorly documented and poorly understood it has to be database maintenance.  The problem stemmed from the significant changes that we made in the store for Exchange 2010 and a confusion of terms. This has led many people in the field to get confused...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Microsoft Office Services Diagnostics and Logging (MOSDAL) Tool 3.2–With ADFS 2.0 Diagnostic tools

    The Microsoft Office Services Diagnostics and Logging (MOSDAL) tool has been around for a while, certainly most BPOS customers will have come across it before… however it has now been updated to provide AD FS authentication diagnostic information so its now useful for Office 365 deployments as well!...
  • Blog Post: Jetstress Field Guide

    Last Updated : 21/06/2011 The field guide is released at major intervals on the Exchange Team Blog, however I have decided to keep dot release updates here to ensure that the very latest information is available to those that do a lot of Jetstress testing (yes, there are some of us that do a lot of stress...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2010 - network latency test results

    Over the past 18 months I have been dealing with more and more cloud engagements.  One thing that crops up during the planning phase of all of these engagements is network link latency and bandwidth requirements. Bandwidth prediction is something I am working on in the background, but network link...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 – Exporting Mailboxes without EXMERGE

    I often see customers struggle to make use of the export mailbox features in Exchange Server 2010.  I suspect this is because it is an area that has changed in the last few years and there is a lot of conflicting information online that doesn't clearly state which version of Exchange the information...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Service Availability….For the greater good…

    I recently authored a post over at the Exchange Team Blog about Exchange ESE and Windows Disk Timeout values. http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/11/17/windows-disk-timeouts-and-exchange-server-2010.aspx Whilst writing that article and especially researching how ESE timeouts have evolved...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Certificate Planning–ADFS, Exchange Web Services, OWA, OA??

    I recently wrote about configuring Office 365 hybrid to get cross premises availability working, since that article a number of people have asked me about certificate planning. This is pretty well understood for an Exchange deployment, but what names are required for an Office 365 Hybrid configuration...
  • Blog Post: Jetstress 2010 – Stress test problem

    Recently one of our partner has highlighted an issue in the current version of Jetstress that means the test may run in performance mode when in fact it should be running in stress mode. What's the difference between performance and stress mode? Put simply, performance mode validates the storage performance...
  • Blog Post: Throttling Policies and Exchange Online…

    Throttling policies in Exchange Server 2010 have been an often discussed and much misunderstood part of Exchange over the last few years.  Especially with Exchange Online!  However, Michael Mainer has written a great article about Exchange Throttling policies on his blog.. well worth a read...
  • Blog Post: A fix for the interoperability issues between Exchange 2007 and 2010 EMC and IE9 is now available

    This has been irritating me more and more recently – I am generally quite a tolerant person, but sometimes its the smallest things that irritate you the most!.  Anyway, it looks like there is a fix available.. I am out for most of this week without lab access so I cant test this, however I wanted...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack (SP2) is released!

    Last week when the internal announcement was made to say that SP2 had been completed and was scheduled for release, I added a few blog articles onto my “to do” list.  Imagine my surprise this morning when I woke up to find that the internets were crammed full of SP2 news and that most of the articles...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Service Descriptions Released!

    So.. with all of the launch fuss I failed to notice that the service descriptions for Office 365 had also been released as non-beta for the first time!  When I am working with new customers and they want to know “what” Office 365 is in more detail than the shiny marketing slides can explain, I generally...