Frequently asked questions about my name

Hi, my name is Evan Dodds. People seem to have an inordinate amount of difficulty with my name so I have put together this helpful primer. It seems kind of silly to me. It’s only 9 letters long. Total. Let’s break it down: Evan. That’s E (eee) V (vee)  A (eh?)  N (enn). It’s pronounced…

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MSDTC and Exchange clusters

Over the years, the best practice recommendations on where to place the MS Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) resource in Exchange cluster has bounced between two differing views. One camp thought it was unadvisable to place this resource in the cluster group occupied by the quorum resource, while others noted that Exchange doesn’t really use DTC…

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Cross-AG moves and ADC version upgrades

If you’ve tried to do Exchange 2003 SP1 cross-AG mixed-mode moves, you’ve (hopefully!) realized that you need to meet a bunch of prereqs before you can proceed. The Site Consolidation Overview KB (KB.843104) lists these various prereqs, but here is the short version again for reference: Upgrade all ADCs to Exchange 2003 SP1 (earlier blog…

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