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  • Blog Post: Deploying Exchange 2007 on VMWare?

    VMWare Podcasts – VMWAre Infrastructure 3 Podcast: Disaster Recovery (DR) for Exchange using VMWare @ http://www.vmware.com/resources/podcasts/server_consolidation.html by Scott Salyer, VMware Technical Solutions Architect Using VMWare infrastructure we can help increase the flexibility of your high...
  • Blog Post: Now we’ve got loads of items – what do we do about it?

    So you’ve identified that high item counts is causing issues with Outlook performance .. but what do you do about it? Well first first find out where it’s an issue. i.e. get message counts for all of your mailboxes and all folders where the item count is beyond the recommended guidelines.  Powershell...
  • Blog Post: Item Counts, Search Folders and Restrictions

    Not a new subject but have been doing some research again and found a couple of useful links which I thought I’d share.. Microsoft Exchange and Search Folders @ http://blogs.msdn.com/dgoldman/default.aspx?p=2 (Dave Goldman’s blog) “A search folder is like a regular MAPI folder, except that instead of...
  • Blog Post: 24 hour operation, several thousand mailboxes, high concurrency, heavy profiles – how do you tune Online Maintenance?

    For companies who have to support a lot of ‘heavy usage’ clients connecting to their Exchange 2007 platform 24 hours a day, tuning online maintenance is going to be important.. You have to be quite careful about staggering online maintenance to minimise its impact on performance and it can be a bit of...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Disk Provisioning…

    Have been tracking a few internal discussions concerning dynamic disk provisioning – the idea of being able to add disk capacity to the storage supporting your Exchange infrastructure at any time.  Now the way I understand it; and I imagine vendors and hardware platforms will do this in many different...
  • Blog Post: BIG online mailboxes…

    I recently made the assumption (not very accurately as it turns out) that deploying large mailboxes of a GB and above in online mode is not generally realistic. I think it’s a fairly common misconception that having a local cache is always going to improve Outlook performance.  Well actually that...
  • Blog Post: How quick's it going to take to backup and restore Exchange data with DPM?

    One of the most often asked, and most difficult to answer, questions concerning Microsoft System Centre Data Protection Manager (dpm) is how long will it take to backup and restore data...  As you'd expect the answer is 'it depends'.  So I thought I'd provide an example from my own experience...
  • Blog Post: Indexing is now less taxing...

    Concerned about search in Vista and its impact on your Exchange Server? Windows Search 4.0 released earlier this year for Vista and Windows 2008 Server has a number of improvements, one of which is a reduction in the impact on an Exchange Server when the client is operating in online mode... Have a look...
  • Blog Post: Loadgen latest..

    An updated version of the Exchange Load Generator: 'Loadgen' has now been released.  If you are going to be using Loadgen make sure you grab the latest version from here: Tools for Exchange Server 2007 or download from here: Exchange Load Generator (64 bit) or here: Exchange Load Generator (32 bit...
  • Blog Post: Some more thoughts on SAN v DAS. Is it actually time to consider DAS?

    Ok so here's my thoughts on the whole SAN ( Storage Area Network ) versus DAS ( Direct Attached Storage ) argument... No-one's surprised to learn that storage is still one of the main topics of conversation when architecting an Exchange infrastructure ..but the discussions are definitely now a bit different...
  • Blog Post: SAN v DAS

    This is a great white paper for anyone evaluating what storage solution to deploy for Exchange 2007...  There has been a lot of discussions about storage and Exchange 2007 and how the debate has changed from when we were architecting Exchange 2003 deployments.  I am in the middle of a blog...
  • 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: Item Counts and E2K7

    Just been advised that article 905803 which discusses the impact of high item counts on Outlook performance has been updated and re-released for Exchange Server 2007 and Outlook 2007; 'Outlook users experience poor performance when they work with a folder that contains many items on a server that is...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: On email archiving

    Keeping control of your messaging data can often be a frustrating experience. Administrators can often spend a lot of their time trying to balance the competing requirements of the user community, IT management and industry. Users need bigger mailboxes and better performance; IT management need published...
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