Neil Johnson - a rock 'n roll nerd....

Mostly Exchange Server and Office 365, but probably some other stuff too...

June, 2011

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Generate Exchange Reports using PowerShell

    If there is one thing that has always been lacking in Exchange its a mechanism to inventory and report on your infrastructure.  Personally I think its something that should be in the Exchange Management Console, but that's a different story… The...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2509910) Released to Web…

    I have just been told that RU4 for Exchange Server 2010 SP1 has been released to web for… Download Link is here… http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26554 Issues that the update rollup resolves 2537099 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb...
  • Office 365 Deployment Guide

    I have been involved with a number of Office 365 deployments over the last 12 months, one thing that they have all had in common was struggling to find good sources of information.  Things are generally documented… somewhere.. its just a matter of...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Technical Video Series

    One thing I often do when I am learning a new area of technology is look for webcasts or recordings from TechED about that topic.  I find that it helps me understand topics much more quickly by watching a presentation and then going off afterwards...
  • Exchange 2010 High Availability Misconceptions Addressed

    I don't usually like posting to other peoples blogs, but the one I will make an exception for is the Exchange Team Blog.  I specifically want to raise awareness of Scott’s HA misconceptions article – not only does it clear up quite a few misconceptions...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft Office 365 is Open for Business!!

    This great news just arrived in my inbox from Kurt DelBene…  I have been working with the Beta of Office 365 for a little under 12 months now and its great to finally see it unleashed upon the world! Office 365:  Open for Business Today, I’m...