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  • 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: 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: 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: 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 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 and reading the deeper technical documentation once...
  • 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: Analysing Exchange Server 2010 Jetstress BLG Files By Hand

    Quite often when I am working through Jetstress escalations I will ask to see the BLG files from the test. These files contain performance counter information that was logged during the test run and they show us a lot more about what is really going on than the data in the report HTML files. To keep...
  • 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...