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

MCS UK Unified Communications Blog

  • 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...
  • Reverse Number Lookup and Dealing with Legacy PBX

    Working with customers I have come across a number of scenarios where the caller ID presented from the PBX is not in E164/DID (Direct Inward Dial) format. Some gateways allow for extensive manipulation of the caller ID, some less so. The good news is...
  • Updated : Exchange version powershell script

    Further to my blog post on April 30th , I have updated the powershell script to output in a more usable manner and also detect more information about your exchange servers… ServerName TransportVer CASver StoreVer SERVER1 08.01.0336.000 08.01.0336.000...
  • Automating Exchange 2010 Pre-Requisites on Windows Server 20008 R2

    Everyone knows its a good idea to automate your installations of Exchange.  It provides a solid, repeatable process by which to deploy your infrastructure – and it takes less time – win/win!. One area that I have witnessed repeatedly over the last...
  • Automating Jetstress…

    One of the things I like about Jetstress is that it tends to identify failing or failed components before the servers go live.  Its not all about how many IOPS a storage array can provide, sometimes its just as important to prove the stability of...
  • How quick's it going to take to backup and restore Exchange data with DPM?

    One of the most often asked, and most difficult to answer, questions concerning Microsoft System Centre Data Protection Manager (dpm) is how long will it take to backup and restore data...  As you'd expect the answer is 'it depends'.  So I thought...
  • How to retrieve the store.exe version from all mailbox and clustered servers in one step!?

    Over the last 12 months I have had various occasions where I needed to quickly check the store.exe version installed on each mailbox server within the organisation. Seemingly there is no way to do this directly via PowerShell or Exchange cmdlets. ...
  • How to setup multiple AD site test VM's to communicate without multiple NIC's or RRAS

    As Exchange technologies using multiple AD site infrastructures become more popular, Exchange PFE engineers have to build LAB’s spanning multiple AD sites using Virtual PC/ Virtual server or Hyper V. I always used to use multiple NIC’s and Routing and...
  • Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress 2010 Beta

    I have just received a note from Erin Bookey announcing the public beta of JetStress for Exchange 2010.  You can download your copy here… http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=13267027-8120-48ed-931b-29eb0aa52aa6#tm...
  • Recipients List

    In this post I will try to bring you the way that all Recipient Lists, such as Address Lists or Distribution Lists behave in Exchange Server 2007 and what should we do with our old ones from Exchange Server 2003 and a few advices to some possible issues...
  • Mailbox Management

    In continuation of my last post, Exchange Recipients, I brought this one to kind of complement a bit more and go deep on the troubleshoot side. Besides that will try to show differences or what we have new since Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server...
  • Shared Mailboxes

    Exchange Server 2007 introduces many new and really well defined recipient types. One of them is the one my customer asked me about. The process to create a Shared Mailbox will create a disable Active Directory user as there is no point to have it - that...
  • 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...