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  • Blog Post: Outlook Performance Counters are missing…

    I have been working on a number of Exchange projects recently with cloud integration.  One common area of concern when you move a workload to the cloud is end user performance – will my users have an acceptable experience? To help customers make this decision I usually propose some form of user...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Certified Master : Exchange 2007 - A survivors guide…

    I attended the Microsoft Certified Master : Exchange 2007,  rotation 2; prior to attending I had the good fortune to be able to talk to previous Ranger/MCM candidates within Microsoft, who helped prepare me for the program. I thought it would be a good idea to consolidate this information, along...
  • Blog Post: Office 365–With Mac OS X Lion, Microsoft Office 2011 and Lync 2011 for Mac

    Many of the customers I work with are currently making their way through an Office 365 technical pilot that needs to include Mac OS X machines as well as various versions of Windows.  The Windows stuff seems fairly well documented and since we now have a GA release of Lync 2011 for Mac OS X I thought...
  • 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: 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: 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: Outlook Performance Counters are missing–take 2

    Back in the summer (remember that?) I wrote an article about viewing the Outlook performance counters and how to get them to be visible on Windows 7 and Vista. I have recently noticed that there are further complications to this.  On one customer site we could not get the Outlook performance counters...