EBD - Email & Backup Dude

  • Exchange Content Index Rebuild

    One of the first actions most Exchange Administrators generally take when troubleshooting suspected problems with Exchange Content Indexing will be to rebuild the impacted Mailbox Database's content index files (either manually or by using the ResetSearchIndex...
  • Remote Connectivity Analyser 1.4

    There are brilliant news for RCA users, owner team has made an awesome effort in listening to customers feedback and change quite a few issues or let’s just say a bit more annoying than what it should be operations!   Check it out below… For more...
  • Data Source Migration to Custom Volumes

    There may be scenarios where we would want to have some data sources’ data from DPM storage pool to some specific custom volumes. This post is here to show the main steps: Run the dpm2010-ldmstat.ps1 script to see which data sources have the most extents...
  • Data Sources Dedicated Disk Volumes

    I think everyone understands that it’s not possible to select a specified disk from the DPM storage pool as a target disk for a specific protection group, however we can always move data between disks as far as the same DPM server has access to both disks...
  • RBAC Manager (Exchange 2010 SP2)

    There is a quite awesome tool which will make Exchange administrators’ life so much easier when the need to play with Role Base Access Control comes… As everyone knows that’s an amazing feature on the Exchange Server however sometimes may get complex...
  • Tape Library Sharing I

    This post is supposed to be the first of a series of four and they all have a common goal which is to try to demystify the concept of Tape Library Sharing. I have to thanks to Michael Jacquet, who has been my main source either in forums, blogs, trainings...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Design and Architecture

    Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT) maintains a complex Microsoft® Exchange Server environment that consists of several geographic locations and multiple Active Directory® forests. There are 16 data centers, four of which host Exchange servers...
  • Exchange Server 2010 UM Troubleshooting Tool

    I am pleased to announce that starting today you can download the BETA version of the Exchange UM 2010 troubleshooting tool from Microsoft Download Center . The Exchange Unified Messaging team needs your feedback! Download the tool, use it and let us...
  • DAGs Protection Hints – DPM 2010

    DPM 2010 provides node based protection so the state of the database on the node - whether it is an Active copy or a Passive copy of the Exchange 2010 DB does not matter. The state of the database may switch back and forth from Active to Passive, but...
  • OWA Coexistence With Legacy Versions

    In most environments that plan to implement Exchange 2010, there will probably be an older (legacy) version of Exchange Server running. This document provides information on how Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, and Exchange 2010 will work together in regards...
  • Mailbox Quarantine

    One corrupted mailbox can have the potential to disrupt service by taking down the entire information store, thereby affecting all users on that server. Mailbox quarantine has been introduced in Exchange Server 2010 to help prevent this situation. What...
  • Database Availability Groups

    A database availability group (DAG) is a set of up to 16 Exchange Server 2010 Mailbox servers that provide automatic database-level recovery from a database, server, or network failure.  DAGs use continuous replication and a subset of Microsoft Windows...
  • DPM Licensing

    It was recently published an amazing article about DPM licensing… So many customers come to me asking me all of these questions regarding licensing, and because on my role we don’t deal with that we always end up kind of passing the question to other...
  • Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3

    Another great achievement on the Exchange Universe… Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3!!!! I am very pleased to let you all know that Exchange Server 2007 SP3 is available for download. As we highlighted in Updates to the Exchange Supportability Matrix...
  • Data Protection Manager 2007 Patches

    In conversation with a good friend, David Rankin, also known as The Highlander, and because I was in the middle of a Data Protection Manager 2007 Health Check and needed to check builds, versions, patches applied etc. he kindly help providing me his wonderful...
  • Renewing SSL Certificates on Exchange Server 2007

    SSL certificates are issued for periods of spanning a number of years (typically in multiples for example one, two or more years, however eventually they do expire and need to be renewed). The renewal process involves generating a fresh CSR (Certificate...
  • Exchange Server 2000/2003 to Exchange Server 2007: Large Mailboxes Migration/Consolidation

    This is a case study of a customer who wanted to perform a migration from Exchange Server 2000 / 2003 to Exchange Server 2007 whilst consolidating a number of remote sites to a centralised hub site. The main premise of this engagement was to ascertain...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Certification Paths

    Overview Exchange Server 2010 help organizations guard their messaging with built-in protective technologies; offers anywhere access to email, voice mail, calendars, and contacts; and enables new levels of operational efficiency. Help develop your expertise...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Deployment Assistant

    If you are concerned on knowing exactly what you need to do in order to migrate your current Exchange environment to Exchange Server 2010, whatever reason it is (multiple firewall rules, multiple certificates, multiple external URLs/ports for clients...
  • Data Protection Manager and The Cloud

    There has been one too many conversations about Data Protection Manager and The Cloud… Some of them correct and others eventually a little bit less correct, so I decide to write this post in order to clear things a bit and hopefully help someone with...
  • Exchange Server 2010 and Lotus Notes: Quest Solution

    And finally it is out… The “kind of” expected element to allow Exchange Server 2010 (including BPOS) to coexist with Lotus Notes… The Quest Solution ! As you probably are aware already there is no support from Microsoft to make both environments to coexist...
  • DPM 2010 Upgrade Advisor

    As we heard on the 19th of April we finally released DPM 2010 RTM, however customer wise it will only be available in June… For our customers which have already in place previous versions of DPM the main question will be how can they migrate their system...
  • Multisite Exchange Organization Patching

    Imagine the following scenario where you have your Exchange Organization split in three major sites, where each site has their own domain, for instance EMEA, APAC and AMERICAS. In each site we have CCR clusters, Hub Transport and CAS servers, all in Service...
  • Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer

    Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) is a server management tool that is available in Windows Server 2008 R2. BPA reports best practice violations to the administrator after BPA scans the roles that are installed on Windows Server 2008 R2. Administrators can...
  • PowerShell Execution Policy Granularity

    Imagine the scenario where you want to to set an execution policy for a specific user on a machine. The per-user setting is nothing more than a key in the registry, something like: [HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-REST-OF-SID\Software\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\ShellIds...