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  • Blog Post: 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 2007 Exchange 2010 Exchange Certificate wizards...
  • Blog Post: Firewalls and Exchange Servers

    The main reason this guidance was developed was due to customers requesting that CAS be placed in a perimeter network.  See http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2009/10/21/452929.aspx for more information on why that is not supported.  This same guidance, as the article indicates, is true for...
  • Blog Post: 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 might get you started: This is just some sample code...
  • Blog Post: 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 info check Release Notes !!!
  • Blog Post: 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.PS1 script found in the \Exchange Server...
  • Blog Post: 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 Signing Request) on one of your Exchange Client...
  • Blog Post: Recipients Lists

    In this post I will try to bring you the way that all Recipient Lists, such as Address Lists or Distribution Lists behave in Exchange Server 2007 and what should we do with our old ones from Exchange Server 2003 and a few advices to some possible issues you may experience. Distribution Lists Types...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Recipients

    Exchange Recipients have changed a quite a bit since Exchange Server 2003. With this post I will try to give you an overview of how it works now and eventually a few tips regarding troubleshooting. Recipient Management One thing that definitely will make Exchange Administrators life easier is the...
  • Blog Post: Shared Mailboxes

    Exchange Server 2007 introduces many new and really well defined recipient types. One of them is the one my customer asked me about. The process to create a Shared Mailbox will create a disable Active Directory user as there is no point to have it - that is not the purpose of this recipient. On the old...
  • Blog Post: 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 one to be used for log shipping and seeding and thus...
  • Blog Post: Mailbox Management

    In continuation of my last post, Exchange Recipients, I brought this one to kind of complement a bit more and go deep on the troubleshoot side. Besides that will try to show differences or what we have new since Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2007. Mailbox Management Tasks We can split...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices, Hints and Tips Running JetStress 2007

    Many thanks to Mark Sewell for this information. Experience from the field has shown that the following best practices, hints and tips are useful in using JetStress to determine appropriate requirements and configuration. The download location for JetStress and other tools for Exchange 2007 can be found...
  • Blog Post: 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) don’t be as there is good news. We completely understand...
  • Blog Post: 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 this past November, this third service pack for...
  • Blog Post: 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 Microsoft’s best practice methodologies for migrating...
  • Blog Post: 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 Pack 1. Service Pack 2 meanwhile is released...
  • Blog Post: 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 to OWA. If implemented correctly this will provide...