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  • Blog Post: 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/2537099/ ) "80040154" error message when...
  • Blog Post: 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 proud to announce that we launched our cloud services...
  • Blog Post: Forcing a full OAB download in Outlook 2011

    I want to start this blog by apologising for the lack of posts recently… this is mostly due to me not having anything interesting to say and not wanting this blog to be watered down with irrelevant nonsense… that and working on stuff that I can't talk about yet… Anyway, one thing that I can talk about...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Hybrid Deployment / Exchange Rich Coexistence – Sharing Availability (Free/Busy)

    ** IMPORTANT : This blog includes old instructions for manual configuration of Exchange Hybrid. This method is no longer supported and instead you should be using the Hybrid Configuration Wizard as documented here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh529921(v=exchg.150).aspx ** Updated 24...
  • Blog Post: Coming Soon: PST Capture Tool

    So, this is something we have all wanted (Expected?) to see in Exchange for years!  It seems that finally we will have a solution for PST ingestion directly into Exchange… As soon as I can get my grubby hands on a copy I will provide some more information – this is HUGE news Full article is here...
  • 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: Performance Monitor Tips and Tricks with John Rodriguez

    Hello everyone … My name is John Rodriguez, and I'm a Principal PFE based in Minneapolis, MN. I'm also one of Neil's frequent collaborators, particularly on load simulation tools. When he wrote his recent article on performance analysis of Jetstress data, I suggested that he include some of our time...
  • 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: 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 good news is that Steve Goodman has released an excellent...
  • 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: 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 finding what you need! I spotted that the deployment...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Service Accounts–How do I stop DIRSYNC from breaking every 90 days…

    So, this is something I wanted to blog about a few months ago but it got pushed to the bottom of the list of things to do (As usual!).  Anyway… during the early adopter testing of the Office 365 service we had a number of customers who had deployed what was termed “Exchange Rich Coexistence” or...
  • Blog Post: Is 3rd Party Message Archiving Necessary for Exchange Server 2010?

    Since Exchange 2010 launched I have had many discussions with customers over the use of archiving technology that removes data from Exchange and replaces it with a message stub. This type of technology is fairly common throughout the messaging world and used to be pretty much mandatory back with Exchange...
  • 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: Microsoft Certified Master Exchange Server –2 years later…

    All the way back in May 2009 I had just completed my Exchange 2007 Microsoft Certified Master rotation in Redmond, on my return I decided that I would write up my experience… it was actually quite emotional re-reading this post, many of the people I went through this experience with are now good friends...
  • 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 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: Exchange User Profile Analysis for Exchange 2003 and 2007 (Exchange Server Profile Analyzer How to : EPA)

    One thing that I often waffle on about is gathering good quality user profile data before beginning an Exchange design.  I was out in Redmond recently and a new Exchange consultant asked me a great question.. “OK, so we know that gathering good quality user profile data is important… but where is...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Performance Troubleshooting including Office 365

    I have been involved in a number of discussions recently regarding Outlook performance troubleshooting in the cloud. Mostly these discussions were in the context of why the customer didn't want to move to the cloud since they figured it would be impossible to troubleshoot Outlook performance afterwards...
  • 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: Outlook 2007 fails to connect to Outlook Anywhere via NTLM on Vista

    So, firstly an apology for the lack of posts recently... I always said that if I didn't have anything interesting or useful to post I just wouldn't post, so that's what happened… Anyway, I have been working with a customer to deploy Outlook Anywhere, we used Greg Taylors awesome white paper on this...
  • 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: Exchange 2010 MCM–Rotation 10

    MCM Rotation 10 has just completed and was the first rotation that I have been involved as an instructor (albeit remotely on this occasion!).  I noticed that Jeff Guillet had posted his experience here so I thought I would share it to give some more insight into what the program entails… http:/...
  • 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: Microsoft Exchange Online Migration Performance Guide for Office 365

    I guess it's pretty obvious by now that I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to Exchange and Outlook performance. One area that has always felt like a black box though is migrating data into Office 365 Exchange Online service. The problem for me was that sometimes I would be able to migrate very quickly...