Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Nov 20, 2013
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Deficient IBM and Hitachi 120,000 mailbox configurations 10

Reading the Exchange Solution Reviewed Program (ESRP) page for Exchange 2013, I was taken by the claims advanced by IBM and Hitachi in documents that purport to describe storage solutions capable of supporting the predicted I/O workload generated by 120,000 Exchange 2013 mailboxes. My jaw dropped as I read the documents because both solutions are radically inadequate....More
Nov 14, 2013
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Summarizing what's new and what's gone in Exchange 2013

  TechEd North America happened so long ago and I meant to get to this topic earlier but other developments conspired to stop me. Here goes now....More
Nov 12, 2013
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Managed Folders deprecated in Exchange 2013

In all the fuss and bother around more headline changes in Exchange 2013, such as the introduction of the Managed Store or even Managed Aavailability, It might have missed your attention, but Microsoft deprecated Messaging Records Management 1.0 (MRM 1.0), aka “Managed Folders”, in Exchange 2013. The cmdlets are still available and you can still apply a managed folder policy to a mailbox, but the Managed Folder Assistant will cheerfully ignore that mailbox thereafter....More
Nov 7, 2013
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Using Get-HealthReport to monitor DAGs

It’s always nice to receive feedback about a post....More
Nov 5, 2013
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Comparing Office 365 numbers to the total Exchange installed base 5

I was struck by the many opinions expressed after I wrote a piece explaining why I do not think on-premises Exchange is dead. Some believed that I am mad and that Microsoft is busily killing one of its larger golden eggs in a rush to convince customers to embrace Office 365 and all things cloud-like. Others thought that my opinion was accurate and that on-premises Exchange would persist for many a long year into the future....More
Oct 31, 2013
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MEC or TechEd? Austin, here I come...

As Exchange administrators (and their bosses) plan travel and training budgets for 2014, it makes sense to consider the question whether to go to the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin (April 1-3) or TechEd North America in Houston (May 12-15). For the majority of people it won’t make sense to go to both conferences and Microsoft has certainly not helped anyone by scheduling the two within five weeks of each other....More
Oct 29, 2013
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Increase in Exchange 2013 mailbox sizes is simply "Store tax"

Some of the folks attending Exchange Connections raised the question of why Exchange 2013 mailboxes are so much larger than their legacy equivalents. The situation is addressed in the Exchange 2013 release notes, which say:...More
Oct 24, 2013
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Why the upper version always wins in mailbox moves 1

Some might be surprised at the TechNet statement about moving mailboxes in Exchange 2013 that says: In Exchange 2013 you must move mailboxes between Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 from the Exchange 2013 admin center (EAC) and the Exchange Management Shell....More
Oct 22, 2013
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The influence Managed Availability has over DAGs that you might not realize

By now I guess that it is a well-known fact that the Managed Availability framework in Exchange 2013 is one of the major developments in this release....More
Oct 17, 2013
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Making use of the data logged by Exchange

Two recent posts on Microsoft’s EHLO blog have pleased me very much because they focused in on an area that is often overlooked by Exchange administrators – using the data logged by Exchange for analysis or planning purposes....More
Oct 15, 2013
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Why I don't think on-premises Exchange is dead 24

One of the questions raised by some attendees at the recent Exchange Connections conference is the future of on-premises software. Apparently there’s quite a few people who think that Microsoft us busily killing off all its on-premises editions of server applications in the rush to embrace the cloud. In other words, products like Exchange 2013 might be the last in the line because Microsoft wants customers to use Exchange Online in Office 365....More
Oct 10, 2013
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Skills for new people coming into a Windows infrastructure shop 4

It’s always nice to meet someone who actually reads your blog. Apart from hearing what that person thinks of the blog content, I like asking if they have any questions that could be discussed in a future blog....More
Oct 8, 2013
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NFS and Exchange - not a good combination 3

You always know that you’re in the presence of a real expert because they are able to take a complex problem and reduce it to a simple easy-to-understand statement. And so it was when Jeff Mealiffe (Mr. Performance from the Microsoft Exchange product group) spoke about the “Virtualizing Exchange 2013” at Exchange Connections last week. Normally I run a mile when presentations about hardware start....More
Oct 5, 2013
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Exchange Connections 2013 wrap-up

Another Exchange Connections conference has been put to bed and I’m en route back to Europe from the delights of Las Vegas. It seems appropriate to write a wrap-up report as I await a plane in McCarren airport. Here goes....More
Oct 3, 2013
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Highlights from Day 2 of the Exchange Connections Conference

Day 2 of Exchange Connections dawned bright and sunny, as you’d expect in Las Vegas. Not that we see much of the sunlight when buried deep in the bowels of the Mandalay Bay conference center paying attention to sessions, or just drinking some pretty awful coffee while hanging out with different people. In any case, here’s what I got from today’s sessions:...More
Oct 2, 2013
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Hot points from Exchange Connections 5

It’s been very satisfying to see such a great bunch of people turn up for Exchange Connections, which truly lived up to its ambition of being the best independent conference covering Exchange. It's not only the speakers, of course, because they are always great (I have to say that otherwise they’ll never submit a session proposal again). The important thing is that lots of attendees are here asking some great questions about Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013, Office 365, hybrid connectivity, ActiveSync, and Lync interoperability....More
Oct 1, 2013
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Release of Apple iPhone 5s and iOS 7 gives new headaches to Exchange administrators 1

Apple’s release of their new iPhone 5c and 5s models and the accompanying update of the iOS operating system to version 7.0 (or whatever point build it is now at) seems to have delighted consumers. Certainly the normal queues appeared at Apple stores in the rush to get one of the new devices and the iTunes servers were overwhelmed with the demand to download iOS 7. All good stuff, even if the notion of a gold iPhone seems strange to someone like me, who isn’t particularly fashion-conscious....More
Sep 26, 2013
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When Best Practice goes bad 1

Sometimes best practice – or rather, perceived best practice – goes horribly wrong. This fact of computing life is revealed with a vengeance in a recent blog by MCM Andrew Higgenbotham describing a difficult support problem with Exchange 2013 RTM CU2....More
Sep 24, 2013
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Fun all round with the UC Architects at Exchange Connections 1

Continuing my posts previewing sessions at next week's Exchange Connections conference, I think that the live UC Architects broadcast will be a highlight of the event (at Wednesday, 2:30pm). Anyone who has listened to one of their regular podcasts will know that the UC Architects are not slow at coming forward....More
Sep 19, 2013
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Managing a 500,000 mailbox Exchange 2010 deployment 3

If you’re one of the fortunate who will attend the Exchange Connections conference in Las Vegas next month, be sure to consider the session “Notes from the Field: Running a 500,000 mailbox on-premises Exchange Server Deployment” at 10AM on Wednesday....More
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Tony Redmond is a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and the author of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out (Microsoft Press) and Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out: Mailbox...
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