Exchange 12 and 64-bit

At the recent IT Forum conference in Barcelona, we started talking publicly about E12. It was great to talk with so many customers about the work we’re doing and get your feedback. One of the topics we discussed at the conference was the system requirements for which we are designing E12. I wanted to discuss…


Large Security Tokens and Kernel Memory Exhaustion

INTRODUCTION   This is the third CXP flash about Windows 2003 kernel memory issues and Exchange 2003.   The first flash provided technical background about the demands Exchange makes on kernel resources.   The second flash discussed hardware configurations that can restrict the kernel memory available for applications.   This flash explains the effect of…


Introducing the Microsoft Exchange Server Profile Analyzer

Included in this month’s Exchange Tools Web release (direct link) is a new analysis tool called the Microsoft Exchange Server Profile Analyzer Tool (or EPA). We created this tool to help server administrators understand their user profile to help with the process of server sizing or capacity planning. A user profile describes how many actions an…


E12 Beta 1

Last week, we signed off on E12 Beta 1. This is a great milestone for the product and the team. We’ve delivered SP1, SP2, ExBPA, and many other great tools along the way – but E12 has always been our primary goal in the 2 years since Exchange 2003 shipped.  Right from the beginning, our high…


Intelligent Message Filter Updates

Exchange 2003 Server SP2 rounds out the anti-spam capabilities of Exchange Server 2003. With addition of Sender ID and IMF filters Exchange server is now capable of protecting an Exchange organization from many spam attack vectors. The flexible, reliable, and robust Exchange 2003 anti-spam framework proved to be very effective and instrumental in protecting Microsoft IT…


Configuring Hot-Add and Large Memory for Exchange 2003

INTRODUCTION   This is the second flash about Windows 2003 kernel memory issues and Exchange 2003. The first flash provided technical background. This flash discusses important hardware issues that may affect Windows kernel memory and cause Exchange instability. The next flash (available in about 10 days) will explain the effect of large user security tokens on kernel…


Exchange 2003 Common Criteria certification and how we got there

On November 15th, Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1 was awarded the Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL 4+) certification (please see below for definition of different levels), the highest level awarded to a messaging product as defined by the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (CCITSE). The Common Criteria (CC) certification is…


OAB PDN changes and existing site consolidations

With Exchange 5.5 coming to the end of its support life cycle, lots of companies have been migrating quickly from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000 or Exchange 2003. One major component that is affected by mixed mode site migrations/consolidation is the OAB. So with that being said Dave Goldman took a few minutes to share…


Microsoft Windows Kernel Memory Management and Microsoft Exchange Server

INTRODUCTION   Kernel memory resource bottlenecks can drastically limit Exchange 2003 scalability. Kernel resource usage may vary greatly from one Exchange server to another. A hardware platform that can support 4000 heavy users in one organization may be limited to half that number in a different organization because of kernel memory exhaustion.   This flash…


ExBPA Config XML 2.9.0.1 released

Yesterday we released a major new update to the ExBPA Config XML – this is version 2.9.0.1. We wanted to give you some information on the enhancements made between this and the previous version that we published (2.7.0.1). #1 – Detection of servers that exhibit kernel memory problems because of hot-add memory pre-allocation. This is one of…