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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: ServerManager Depreciated?

      ServerManagerCmd is deprecated in R2 (we are trying to move away from that model although it still works) See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691354(EXCHG.140).aspx#WS08R2   (The new command is now Add-WindowsFeature) Written by Daniel Kenyon-Smith
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2010 News & Reviews..

    Exchange Server 2010 Reviews Microsoft Exchange 2010 Beta Looks Solid from Core to Cloud (and related slideshow Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Includes Welcome Improvements ) – eWeek First look: Exchange 2010 beta shines – InfoWorld Exchange Server 2010 News Broader Office 14 testing coming by fall ...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 - active and passive database IOPS

    I have been involved with a few escalations recently (I don't even work in support!), the cases have been mostly due to Jetstress tests failing – typically then the relationship between customer and storage vendor becomes more hostile and eventually someone points the finger at Jetstress or Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c6d27da1-ba2c-4570-a491-c0d7b39ede8b&displaylang=en Have fun!
  • 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 Migration Issues

    Please find a list of migration issues and resolutions that I captured during my last customers migration:- Flood mitigation on Threat Management Gateway (TMG) - http://community.office365.com/en-us/w/exchange/office-365-move-mailbox-fails-with-transient-exception.aspx     Issue Resolution...
  • Blog Post: When I use the move-mailbox command will my Outlook clients need to recreate their .OST files?

    I’ve had the same question come up a few times recently so thought I'd blog about it as i assumed this is a FAQ. When migrating from Exchange 2003 to 2007 will Outlook need to regenerate the .OST file? The short answer is…no, it doesn't need to be created, the move is transparent as far as the user is...
  • 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: Cmdlet Extension Agents

    This is one of those blogs that it’s worth absorbing.. Using Cmdlet Extension Agents to cause automatic events to occur in Exchange 2010 - life just got simpler! by Pat Richard . Cmdlet Extension Agents are something that will be very new to most Exchange administrators but is something that could make...
  • Blog Post: Strange Jetstress 2010 results..?

    Are you running the latest version of Jetstress 2010 against data created using the beta ?  If so then you may see some very strange results because there are some minor updates from the beta version which mean that you cannot mix databases created using the beta version with tests run using the...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 – Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW)

    Whilst working on a few O365 engagements over the last month or so I have seen various issues that have been caused by on-premise infrastructure/setup and which have not allowed the HCW (which was introduced in Exchange 2010 SP2) to complete successfully. These issues range from not correctly publishing...
  • 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 Q&A

    Hi   please Join me at this event to talk about Exchange 2010, you can register here
  • 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: Office 365 Namespace Requirements

    Please find a list of typical namespaces that are required when setting up and installing Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) 2.0 and rich coexistence with Office 365 Namespace Value On premise SMTP Namespace Company.com Online...
  • 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: 3 into 4 can go…

    Once you’ve determined the number of Exchange Server 2010 mailbox database copies you’re going to use it makes sense to deploy a complimentary number of mailbox servers in the DAG .  If you decide to go with an odd number of database copies go with an odd number of nodes; if you use an even number...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Capacity Planning Tool

    Take a look at the PFE 2010 capacity planning tool to ensure you  have correct capacity (memory and CPU) by specifying your PFE protection settings   It can be downloaded here   Written by Daniel Kenyon-Smith
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Hybrid Deployment / Exchange Rich Coexistence – Sharing Availability (Free/Busy)

    I have been working with a number of customers and consultants recently who have been keen to explain to me just how difficult they are finding the configuration of Exchange Rich Coexistence or Hybrid Deployment as its now known with Office 365, and to be fair I agree, its definitely not as simple as...
  • Blog Post: Support for Virtualising Exchange Server 2010 SP1 has changed..?

    The support stance for virtualising Exchange Server 2010 SP1 has changed significantly over the last few days and seems pretty unambiguous. However you need to be a bit careful about what actually is and isn’t supported. The statement from Kevin Allinson on the Exchange Team blog yesterday reads: “Combining...
  • 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...