I’m happy to announce the availability of two new Analyzer tools for Exchange. Building on the success of the Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer (ExBPA) framework, we have released:

Microsoft Exchange Server Disaster Recovery Analyzer

ExDRA programmatically collects configuration data and header information from databases and transaction log files. The tool analyzes all headers and creates a detailed list of instructions explaining what the problem is, and how to resolve it.  The goal is to guide a user through the disaster recovery process, automating as much as possible. The initial release of ExDRA is currently only stepping through the log replay part of disaster recovery.  The tool functionality will be enhanced over time. 

 ExDRA is available at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c86fa454-416c-4751-bd0e-5d945b8c107b&DisplayLang=en

 Microsoft Exchange Server Performance Troubleshooting Analyzer

Extra programmatically collects configuration data, performance counters and live tracing information from an Exchange server. The tool analyzes each subsystem to determine individual bottlenecks, then aggregates the information to provide root cause analysis. Extra currently can help diagnose a couple of performance symptoms specifically (a single client having poor performance, or multiple clients having poor performance), and the data it gathers can be used to assist with performance troubleshooting in general. 

Extra is available at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4bdc1d6b-de34-4f1c-aeba-fed1256caf9a&DisplayLang=en

 In addition to the new Analyzer tools, we have released the next version of Exchange Best Practices Analyzer (v2.5) – it is available at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=dbab201f-4bee-4943-ac22-e2ddbd258df3&DisplayLang=en

 We have also officially released Exchange Server Public Folder Distributed Authoring and Versioning (DAV)-based Administration tool (PFDAVAdmin).  PFDAVAdmin checks the permissions status of each public folder and mailbox folder and correct problems if found. The ability to bulk export/import the permissions and replica lists make this program an invaluable tool. The program can also report contents information of each public folder and mailbox folder such as the number of items in each folder, size of folder and most recent modification date of any item in the folder.

 PFDAVAdmin is available at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=635be792-d8ad-49e3-ada4-e2422c0ab424&DisplayLang=en