May, 2010

  • 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...
  • Block Outgoing BCC Emails

    None of the transport rule predicates support matching on only BCC, so I don’t believe a basic transport rule will block outgoing BCC emails. I think you’d have to do a transport agent (routing agent) to do what you’re looking for. Something like this...
  • Data Protection Manager 2007 Services

    While searching on Internet about this piece of information couldn’t really find a place where we had it all together as so I have decided to blog it… mostly because a team mate asked me… :)   DPM2007 Server Services Service Name Display Name Description...
  • Exchange Server 2007 Log Shipping through Heartbeat Network

    Imagine a scenario where we would have an Exchange Server 2007 CCR on Windows Server 2008. In this setup we only have two network cards. Initially our thoughts would go to that it’s a best practice to configure the private/heartbeat NIC as the primary...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 improves Exchange Server 2010 Outlook Anywhere

    Hopefully you have already heard about this and have change your deployment plans, otherwise here it goes. Recently it was compared the performance of the Exchange 2010 Client Access role supporting Outlook Anywhere users on both Windows 2008 SP2 and...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Troubleshooting Issues – Part IV

    First of all a HUGE THANKS to Yuval Sinay for putting this information together. The following article will provide a summary on common issues in Exchange 2010 deployment in the Enterprise. The information in this article consists of my own experience...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Troubleshooting Issues – Part III

    First of all a HUGE THANKS to Yuval Sinay for putting this information together. The following article will provide a summary on common issues in Exchange 2010 deployment in the Enterprise. The information in this article consists of my own experience...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Troubleshooting Issues – Part I

    First of all a HUGE THANKS to Yuval Sinay for putting this information together. The following article will provide a summary on common issues in Exchange 2010 deployment in the Enterprise. The information in this article consists of my own experience...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Troubleshooting Issues – Part II

    First of all a HUGE THANKS to Yuval Sinay for putting this information together. The following article will provide a summary on common issues in Exchange 2010 deployment in the Enterprise. The information in this article consists of my own experience...
  • MMS 2010 Sessions

    To all the DPM 2010 fans out there, here are some notes/transcriptions of the sessions which were delivered at MMS 2010 in Las Vegas by Jason Buffington! MMS 2010 – BB12 – Technical Introduction to DPM 2010 MMS 2010 – BB13 – Protecting Applications with...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Load Balancing

    Load balancing serves two primary purposes. It reduces the impact of a single Client Access server failure within one of your Active Directory sites. In addition, load balancing ensures that the load on your Client Access server and Hub Transport computers...
  • DPM 2010 RTM!!!

    It is a bit late to announce, however that is just due to my blog’s maintenance! Finally this day has arrived ob the 19th of April. It has been so long in the making, and yet it seems like time flew by. Check out the official blog announcing the...
  • Shadow Redundancy Scenarios

    Shadow redundancy minimizes message loss due to server outages. When a transport server comes back online after an outage, there are two scenarios: The server comes back online with a new transport database – In this scenario, the transport database is...
  • Exchange 200X Comparative Table

    I was trying to pull some stuff together for a customer who’s contemplating going from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 and looking for slides/charts comparing the two. This may be useful to some of you, as so here it is.   Feature Exchange 2003 Exchange...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1

    Awesome news as the so much waited SP1 on Exchange Server 2010 will be out, hopefully soon… And the good news continue as these should be some of the improvements: Archiving and Discovery Enhancements; All the Mobility all the time; New Management UI;...