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  • Blog Post: Strange Jetstress 2010 results..?

    Are you running the latest version of Jetstress 2010 against data created using the beta ?  If so then you may see some very strange results because there are some minor updates from the beta version which mean that you cannot mix databases created using the beta version with tests run using the...
  • Blog Post: Why so much fluff?

    When you use the Exchange 2007 Mailbox Storage Calculator on the face of it you seem to get a lot of fluff added to your storage design.  ..fluff upon fluff. Will run through some of the reasoning where it may not seem obvious in the cell comments themselves. LUN Free Space Percentage : couple of...
  • Blog Post: Blackberry without BES?

    Blackberries are great but BES ( Blackberry Enterprise Server ) can be an Exchange administrators nightmare..   One example being the significant load that BES can place on an Exchange Server.  As an example, a Blackberry device synchronising via BES version 4 would place two to four times...
  • Blog Post: Getting your Exchange 2007 project approved – Part 3 (Storage)

    Ah yes that old chestnut…  SAN versus DAS – switch to DAS and save a load of money.  It’s obvious right?  Well I’m not sure. This is still a hot topic but the bottom line is that Exchange 2007 now gives us a lot more options about which storage we choose to support our Exchange data. ...
  • Blog Post: Getting your Exchange 2007 project approved– Part 1 (Fewer Servers supporting More Mailboxes)

    Let’s start with one of the obvious ones - Fewer Servers supporting More Mailboxes …  OK so it’s one thing being able to say that you can support more for less but it’s another proving it.  So how do you prove that you actually save money by requiring fewer servers to support the same or more...
  • Blog Post: Stress testing Exchange in a virtual environment..

    I've been asked a couple of times about stress testing an Exchange server sitting on a hardware virtualisation platform. What would you have to do differently? Well to be honest I haven't ever done it and a quick trawl of the Internet and internal Microsoft alias' shows that there still isn't much experience...
  • Blog Post: Technet Events for 2009… {Powershell v2 and OCS etc..}

    TechNet Events Live: TechNet Event : Managing Windows Servers with PowerShell V2 Location: London Date: 10 February 2009 TechNet Event: Microsoft Systems Management and understanding the role of System Center Location: Birmingham Date: 12 February 2009 TechNet Event: Self Service Business Intelligence...
  • 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: 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...
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