Released: Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator 8.4

Today, we released an updated version of the Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator. This release focuses on bug fixes with the DAG auto-calculation functionality that was introduced in 8.3, as well as, support for ReplayLagMaxDelay. In addition to allowing you to configure the ReplayLagMaxDelay value (default is 24 hours), the calculator has also been updated…

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Released: Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator 8.3

Today, we released an updated version of the Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator. This release focuses around two specific enhancements. Exchange 2016 designs now take into account the CU3 improvement that reduces the bandwidth required between active and passive HA copies as the local search instance can read data from its local database copy. The…

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Exchange 2013 Calculator Updates

Today, we released an updated version of the Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator. In addition to numerous bug fixes, this version includes new functionality: CPU utilization table, ReplayLagManager support, MaximumPreferredActiveDatabases support, Restore-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup scenario support, and guidance on sizing recommendations. You can view what changes have been made or downloadthe update directly. For details on…

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New Support Policy for Repaired Exchange Databases

The database repair process is often used as a last ditch effort to recover an Exchange database when no other means of recovery is available. The process should only be followed at the advice of Microsoft Support and after determining that all other recovery options have been exhausted. For many years in many versions of…


Come get your Calculator Updates!

Today, we released updated versions of both the Exchange 2010 Server Role Requirements Calculator and the Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator. The Exchange 2010 version is an incremental update and only includes minor bug fixes. You can view what changes have been made, or download the update directly. In addition to bug fixes, the…

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Now Available: GetLogFileUsage.ps1 script

Whether you’re using the Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator by Ross Smith IV or the Exchange Client Network Bandwidth Calculatorby Neil Johnson, you’ll need to provide statistics about your log file usage to determine bandwidth requirements. Whenever I’ve done that previously, I’d pipe the directory content to a text file and then start working on…


Exchange 2010 and 2013 Database Growth Reporting Script

Introduction Often times in Exchange Support we get cases reporting that the size of one or more Exchange databases is growing abnormally. The questions or comments that we get will range from “The database is growing in size but we aren’t reclaiming white space” to “All of the databases on this one server are rapidly…


Analyzing Exchange Transaction Log Generation Statistics

Download Overview When designing a site resilient Exchange Server solution, one of the required planning tasks is to determine how many transaction logs are generated on an hourly basis. This helps figure out how much bandwidth will be required when replicating database copies between sites, and what the effects will be of adding additional database…


Announcing the Jetstress 2013 Field Guide

Due to the success of the Jetstress 2010 field guide, we have decided to continue the tradition by releasing an updated version of the guide for Jetstress 2013. As with the previous version, the aim of the document is as follows: Explain how Jetstress works. Provide storage validation planning and configuration guidance. Provide Jetstress results…