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  • Apr 29, 2014
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    Exchange 2013 is a resource hog - no surprise there 6

    Each time a new version Exchange appears, we have a debate about the escalating hardware requirements. Everyone gets very upset that the new software demands more memory, more CPU, more disk, and possibly more knowledge on the part of those who work with the product. The same cycle of realization, debate, and condemnation (of Microsoft, because their software costs so much money to deploy) has happened since Exchange 4.0 appeared in 1996....More
  • Apr 24, 2014
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    Why installing a multirole Exchange 2013 server is the best option 1

    Many years ago, Microsoft came down from the mount and proclaimed the goodness of individual server roles....More
  • Apr 22, 2014
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    Value simplicity above complexity in Exchange designs, deployments, and operations 2

    One of the subtle but persistent topics taken up by many Microsoft speakers at the recent Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) was the need to eliminate complexity in implementation. Clearly a feeling exists within the denizens of Redmond that customers get their Exchange deployments wrong too often because they insist on over-complicating matters. There’s probably a fair degree of truth here as IT designers, administrators, and consultants do love to engineer complexity into solutions....More
  • Apr 17, 2014
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    Best practice evolves as knowledge transfers from Office 365 to on-premises Exchange

     If you attended the recent Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin with a focus on some of the high availability sessions, you might have come away with two clear changes to what has been well-accepted best practice up to now. Of course, best practice is never static as it flexes and evolves in light of experience and changes in software and hardware, so it’s hardly surprising that the first Exchange conference in eighteen months might challenge some established ideas....More
  • Apr 15, 2014
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    DAG or server: A database's got to be owned somewhere

    The bug reported by Paul Cunningham in his article “Exchange Server 2013 Error: An Inconsistency in the Active Directory Was Detected” describes a scenario when an attempt is made to create a new mailbox database only for Exchange to report an inconsistency in Active Directory. The error text indicates that MsExchMasterServerOrAvailabilityGroup property for the new database was invalid....More
  • Apr 11, 2014
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    Cherish old Exchange databases to avoid the pesky DatabaseGuidNotFound error

    Since Microsoft released Exchange 2013 SP1 on February 25, a number of similar errors have been reported in different forums, all of which have the following characteristics: ·         User mailboxes are moved from Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013 SP1 databases. ·         The old databases are removed from the organization....More
  • Apr 10, 2014
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    Being open about Office 365 operations drives credibility of "the service" 2

    I have used Office 365 since its launch in June 2011 and followed its development closely since. After two initial hiccups in August and September 2011, both seemingly rooted in manual intervention, the service has delivered an impressive record of reliability and availability. Despite this, some in the industry are still wary of moving utility applications such as email to the cloud....More
  • Apr 3, 2014
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    Microsoft Exchange Conference 2014 finishes on a high 3

    The Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin came to its natural end on Wednesday evening when sessions halted at 6PM. Some technical conferences go on a little too long and become an endurance course. I don’t think this happened at MEC because three days seemed to be the right length for attendees to be updated on the latest developments in the world of Exchange....More
  • Apr 2, 2014
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    Day 2 of MEC delivers great sessions, great content 1

    The second day at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin was possibly the best day of sessions and content that I have ever experienced at a Microsoft technical conference. That’s not a statement that I make easily, so let me explain my day and why I think it was so good....More
  • Apr 1, 2014
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    Understanding the messages from the Exchange Conference keynote

    The keynote at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin was a curious mixture of humor (the Greg Taylor and David Espinoza video), failed demos, low energy levels at times, announcements that were posted elsewhere before the keynote got to make them, and discussions of new technology....More
  • Mar 31, 2014
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    Wanted: Great speakers for Exchange Connections 2014

    If you’re attending the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin this week, I’m sure that you are up to your neck in Exchange, Lync, and Office 365 content and the thought of presenting at another conference next September couldn’t be further from your mind....More
  • Mar 27, 2014
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    What to do (and what not to do) at the Microsoft Exchange Conference 1

    The suitcase is packed (with too much stuff), the air tickets are confirmed, I have great hope that a hotel room will be waiting, and I’m off to the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin. The conference begins next Monday and I anticipate learning some new stuff over the following three days. At least, that’s the plan....More
  • Mar 25, 2014
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    Technology is so much easier when everyone shares their knowledge 6

    I note that the avuncular Steve Goodman has posted an updated version of his well-respected Exchange environmental report, refreshed to deal with Exchange 2013 SP1. Don’t worry, this PowerShell script is well capable of dealing with Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 servers as well, which makes it a very valuable tool indeed....More
  • Mar 20, 2014
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    No warning about patch required for Exchange 2013 SP1 2

    As we all know, the happiness around the release of Exchange 2013 SP1 on February 25 was quickly pierced by reports that third-party add-on products could not be installed with SP1 due to some formatting problems in two XML configuration files included in the kit....More
  • Mar 18, 2014
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    Exchange message tracing extended to 90 days in Office 365 - what about the on-premises version?

    Listening to a call about the recent decision by Microsoft to support message tracing in Office 365 for up to 90 days, my mind wandered (as it does). Not, I hasten to add, because of any inadequacy on the part of the presenter, but more to consider the nature of message tracing and why we need it at all....More
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