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  • Blog Post: I used to do it this way…

    Just found some useful stuff on a colleagues blog - Gerod Serafin ; a field engineer in the US. It’s a series of blogs showing the difference in administering Exchange Server 2007 from Exchange Server 2003… Part 1 - I used to do it this way… Now how do I do it? Administering Exchange 2003 vs. Exchange...
  • Blog Post: E2K7 on NAS storage..?

    The support policy for Exchange 2003 running on a NAS ( Network-Attached Storage ) device is pretty clear – we don’t support it.  A NAS device relies on file-sharing protocols such as SMB to attach to databases and logs and doesn’t scale very well for I\O.  The story doesn’t change with Exchange...
  • Blog Post: But I only want to restore a single mailbox...

    I'm using DPM to backup my Exchange data and I want to restore a single mailbox only. Is that possible?  This is a pretty common question at the moment and the answer is of course Yes .  However DPM takes volume snapshots using VSS and so you will need to restore an entire volume set (i.e....
  • Blog Post: Want to check the health of your E2K3 environment?

    I wrote a series of blogs a while back which might help.. ' Run your own Exchange Server Health Check.... ' If you are considering moving to Exchange 2007 this might be a good time to verify that your source environment is in a good state.  The blogs should not be used in place of the official Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization support...

    This is not a new topic but a very popular one which we get asked about a lot.  Our stance is currently outlined in the following article: ' Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software ' For information specific to Exchange 2003 go to this article...
  • Blog Post: Support for running E2K3 on a virtual machine...

    Just found this article on the ' Support policy for Exchange Server 2003 running on hardware virtualization software '.... "Microsoft supports Exchange Server 2003 running on hardware virtualization software (virtual machines) only when all the following conditions are true: The hardware virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Run your own Exchange Server Health Check.... Part 6

    Active Directory Generally our main concern here is if the Global Catalog servers are responding quickly to LDAP queries from the Exchange Servers. There are obviously other issues to do with security for example but these are rare and you are likely to already be aware of them. Therefore the first bit...
  • Blog Post: Run your own Exchange Server Health Check.... Part 5

    Routing The first place to start for this section is definitely Winroute. Winroute is used to determine the link state routing information of a particular server. The tool connects to the link state port (TCP port 691) and extracts the link state information for the organisation. The information is a...
  • Blog Post: Run your own Exchange Server Health Check.... Part 4

    Server Performance I wrote a blog earlier this year on the subject of performance monitoring called ' A very quick guide to Monitoring the Performance of your Exchange Server. ' This has all the information that I reckon you need to setup, configure and analyze performance monitor data for your Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Run your own Exchange Server Health Check.... Part 3

    Security There are of lot of different parts to this topic. A lot of this will be covered in the Operations Section and should include the following: Mailbox Rights - do system administrators have access to mailboxes by default? Which accounts have access to which mailboxes? (There should be some scripts...
  • Blog Post: Run your own Exchange Server Health Check.... Part 2

    General Administration This bit of the health check is really done for me. ExBPA was released nearly 3 years ago and is a really fantastic tool for gauging where the administration and configuration of your servers does not follow Microsoft's best practises. My only real advice here is to use it and...
  • Blog Post: Run your own Exchange Server Health Check.... Part 1

    Operations This section is the most difficult to blog and in my experience, is the most likely to be ignored, the most difficult to report on, but equally the area which in the long run can have by far the most impact. I think there is a lot of opportunity here for messaging administrators to take...
  • Blog Post: Run your own Exchange Server Health Check.... The Tools

    The Tools 1. Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer (ExBPA) ExBPA was released in September 2004 and there are still numerous companies who have not yet incorporated running the tool into their routine maintenance procedures. It is strongly recommended that ExBPA be run regularly against your entire...
  • Blog Post: Run your own Exchange Server Health Check....

    I have worked at Microsoft for over 3 years now and have spent a lot of that time working on the Exchange Risk Assessment Program. This is offered to Microsoft's Premier customers and is designed to assess the potential risks to a customers Exchange Organization. It's a fantastic initiative and if followed...
  • Blog Post: The blindingly obvious..

    Not sure why this has only just struck me but it has. If you are designing databases, storage groups etc.. why not place all mailboxes that belong to the same department across the same set of databases. In theory this will improve your single instance ratio as emails to the entire department for example...
  • Blog Post: AD Integration - from 2003 to 2007….

    So AD integration with Exchange 2003 was split into 2 components: DSAccess & DSProxy . DSAccess.dll ran inside the System Attendant and was responsible for building a topology of the Domain Controllers available to the Exchange Server (increase diagnostics logging for MSExchangeDSAccess Service...
  • Blog Post: Transport troubleshooting...

    This article looks good. It’s just been re-released and consolidates several other articles: General troubleshooting for transport issues in Exchange 2000 Server and in Exchange Server 2003 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257265 The article doesn’t mention ExTRA though. You can use the ‘Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: A very quick guide to Monitoring the Performance of your Exchange Server…..

    Performance Monitoring is one of the dark arts which administrators are rarely given the time to master.   Performance Monitor on a Windows Server, in particular once Exchange Server is installed, gives us the capability to collect enormous amounts of data; ensuring that any understanding of how...
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