Evan Dodds’ Microsoft Bio


My name is Evan Dodds and I am a Program Manager in the Exchange Datacenter team. I have been with Microsoft for about 7 years, with the first 4+ in Charlotte, NC and now in Redmond, WA. Previous to my Program Manager assignment, I have been a support engineer, a technical support lead, a beta-support engineer for both Exchange 2000 SP3 and Exchange 2003 SP1, and a support escalation engineer, helping our customers with their most critical issues and escalations.


My principle areas of Exchange expertise are the PowerShell, Exchange operational management, and Setup/Deployment. In my past life in Support, Exchange Clustering was a particular interest of mine and I wrote, cowrote, or technically reviewed several whitepapers and numerous KB articles on this subject. I've also presented several Technet webcasts and am a contributor to the Microsoft.Public.* Newsgroups.


My current assignment is as a Program Manager on the Exchange Datacenter team, where I contribute to the design of future versions of the Exchange Server product from a system management perspective. My primary ownership area is Exchange/PowerShell integration, which is why so many of my blog posts recently are around the topic of PowerShell solutions to Exchange management activities. Leading up to Exchange 2007 release, I owned much of the recipient managment model for Exchange 2007, among other things, which is a big part of why I have also written up so many blog posts here at at EHLO on this topic.


Please have a look at my blog (http://blogs.technet.com/evand/) where I have archived a bunch of posts on Exchange Clustering and Exchange 2003 SP1 issues from the past few years of posting. I've recently resuming my blogging - now on Exchange 2007 Admin and PowerShell topics - both at the Exchange Team blog and also directly on my blog. If you have a topic you'd like to see me blog about, please contact me through the contact form at: http://blogs.technet.com/evand/contact.aspx

Comments (5)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Yesterday we gave an overview of the new Exchange 2007 Console, and today I want to cover just the recipient…

  2. Anonymous says:

    In Exchange 2007, recipient management is incorporated into the Exchange Management Console and Exchange…

  3. Anonymous says:

      As Evan already mentioned on his blog, Raymond Chen has a great series on /3GB switch on his blog. What is really cool is that Raymond takes on some myths about the /3GB switch and  the fact that he…

  4. Sasha Kipervarg says:


    You have a great weblog. I very much appreciate the information you provide, specifically the cluster-related material.

    We just moved from an Exchange 2000 regional server deployment with Netapp backends to a consolidated Exchange 2003 3-node cluster with an EMC Clarrion backend and the information you published was quite useful and timely.

    The Exchange 2003 SP1 upgrade notes were quite useful (just used them over the weekend). Keep up the good work!

    A minor suggestion: when is someone going to put out a really good Exchange 2003-centric cluster book? Would have been nice to have a good book to nurse during the migration. I found a few Exchange 2000 books that dealt with clustering, but it was all kind of general. I got most of my best info from a cluster class here in the Bay Area and the white papers. Any chance MS is going to put one out?

    thanks kindly,

    Sasha Kipervarg

    Systems Architect

    Digital Impact, Inc

  5. evan says:

    Sasha –

    Information on available Exchange 2003 MSPress books can be found at; http://www.microsoft.com/learning/books/net/servers/exchange2003/default.asp and there’s likely a bit of clustering information sprinkled throughout these books.

    Well-known Exchange MVP and author Scott Schnoll has also written "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled" (http://www.e2k3distilled.net) which has a chapter on Exchange 2003 clustering.

    If you’re willing to review electronically or print the material out yourself, there are also some free alternatives produced by the Exchange product group:

    – Exchange 2003 High Availability Guide

    – Exchange 2003 Planning Guide (has a high availability/clustering chapter)

    – Exchange 2003 Deployment Guide (has a chapter on clustering)

    – Exchange 2003 Administration Guide (has a chapter on clustering)

    These are all available for free download at http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/library/



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