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  • Nov 7, 2013

    Using Get-HealthReport to monitor DAGs

    It’s always nice to receive feedback about a post....More
  • Nov 5, 2013

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    NFS and Exchange - not a good combination 2

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 18, 2013
    Windows IT Pro

    Exchange Server 2013 Unified Messaging Deep Dive  

    Presented by: Paul Robichaux The architectural and feature changes in Exchange 2013 extend across all of the server roles from previous versions. The Unified Messaging (UM) role is gone, but its features live on. In this session, UM expert Paul Robichaux will guide you through the architectural changes that split UM functionality between the Mailbox and Client Access server roles, discuss feature improvements and changes in the 2013 version of UM, and highlight how to design a cost-effective and efficient UM system to get Exchange voicemail and telephone answering deployed for your users....More
  • Sep 18, 2013
    Windows IT Pro

    Better Together: Integrating Exchange Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013  

    Presented by: Paul Robichaux Connections Track: Exchange Microsoft timed the release of Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, and SharePoint 2013 for the same time window, in large part because these products are more integrated with each other than previous versions have been....More
  • Sep 18, 2013
    Windows IT Pro

    Virtualizing Exchange Server 2013: Why Not?  

    Presented by: Jeff Mealiffe Connections Track: Exchange The debate over whether to virtualize an Exchange deployment continues. In this session, we will cover the latest product group guidance as it relates to the Exchange 2013 release....More
  • Sep 18, 2013
    Windows IT Pro

    The Tao Of Exchange Server 2013 Sizing  

    Presented by: Jeff Mealiffe Connections Track: Exchange Exchange 2013 introduced some significant architectural changes from prior releases; as a result, the process for sizing an on-premises deployment has also changed....More
  • Sep 17, 2013

    Stubbing is OK when Microsoft does it in Exchange 2013 site mailboxes

    Microsoft has long railed against the worthlessness of stubbing, a technique used by third-party archiving vendors to extract large items and attachments from user mailboxes and replace them with a smaller item pointing to the archive repository. But now it turns out that Microsoft uses stubbing in Exchange 2013 as the basis for site mailboxes. Confused? Read on......More
  • Sep 13, 2013

    Windows 8.1, Outlook Web App, and IE11 3

    Apparently, over two million people have downloaded Windows 8.1 RTM since the software was released by Microsoft. I’m in that category as I have an awful weakness for wanting to use new software; even worse, I have a habit of installing the new software after it is downloaded....More
  • Sep 12, 2013

    Microsoft Learning screws its credibility 1

    The news that Microsoft Learning (MSL) had cancelled the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) and Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) accreditations(and done so in a pretty shabby manner) sent shock waves throughout the technical community, if only because the “what’s next” question. Some felt, for instance, that the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program was at risk....More
  • Sep 10, 2013

    The case of the erroneous disk space checker 2

    Following on my post about how a glitch in Managed Availability in Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 can cause BSODs in multi-domain configurations, another problem in Exchange’s automated monitoring and reporting systems is causing furrowed brows for administrators....More
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