EHLO Blog goes International

We wanted to let you know that the Exchange Team Blog is now available in 10 languages! Selected posts are localized and published on a monthly basis. The localized versions of blogs are available here: Chinese Simplified Chinese Traditional German Spanish French Italian Japanese Korean Brazilian Russian If you have any recommendations or comments, please…


Database Maintenance in Exchange 2010

Over the last several months there has been significant chatter around what is background database maintenance and why is it important for Exchange 2010 databases. Hopefully this article will answer these questions. What maintenance tasks need to be performed against the database? The following tasks need to be routinely performed against Exchange databases: Database Compaction…

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OWA Cross-Site Silent Redirection in Exchange 2010 SP2

By now, many of you have seen the articles that discussed Address Book Policies, hosting changes, and the Hybrid Configuration Wizard, but deep down I know you all have been hoping that we would discuss the most sought after feature that we decided to include in Exchange 2010 SP2. What’s that you say?  Yes, I…


Introducing the Hybrid Configuration Wizard

During the beta of Office 365 for Enterprises, we received great feedback from our customers and wanted to vastly simplify the process for configuring Exchange in a hybrid deployment with Office 365. We are introducing the Hybrid Configuration Wizard in Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 to refine the deployment process as a result of that…


Exchange Online December 2011 Service Update

Over the next several months Microsoft will deploy the Exchange Online December 2011 Service Update. As a part of this update, we will also make high availability architecture enhancements in all datacenters that host Office 365 tenant domains. These updates will be staggered globally, beginning in December 2011, and we expect full deployment to complete…


Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 and Hosting

With the changes in strategy we announced in Future of /Hosting Mode a few months back we wanted to take the opportunity to make clear what is supported in what are typically referred to as hosting scenarios. We announced that hosters would be able to use Exchange 2010 SP2 to provide hosted Exchange services once…


Released: Exchange Server 2010 SP2

download what’s new release notes prerequisites I had previously mentioned that Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 would be coming this year – and it’s here! I’m pleased to announce the availability of Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 which is ready to download. We’re delighted to continually add value to Exchange as part of our…


Exchange Advice Video – YOUR Advice

You hear from us pretty often. While we absolutely want you to read Ross’ blog and factor in transaction log space in your capacity planning or listen to Perry talk about how we’ve shifted to a services culture, we like hearing from you too. As part of our Exchange Ideas video series, we asked some…


Recommended Windows Hotfix for Database Availability Groups running Windows Server 2008 R2

In early August of this year, the Windows SE team released the following Knowledge Base (KB) article and accompanying software hotfix regarding an issue in Windows Server 2008 R2 failover clusters: KB2550886 – A transient communication failure causes a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster to stop working This hotfix is strongly recommended for all…

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Windows Disk Timeouts and Exchange Server 2010

A few months Bruce Langworthy wrote an excellent article regarding some new recommendations for setting the Windows Disk Timeout value – http://blogs.msdn.com/b/san/archive/2011/08/15/the-windows-disk-timeout-value-understanding-why-this-should-be-set-to-a-small-value.aspx. This post got me thinking about Exchange and how we deal with I/O problems. If you haven’t read Bruce’s article, it explains that the default disk timeout of 60 seconds means that Windows…