Analyzing Exchange Transaction Log Generation Statistics – Revisited

Almost 4 years ago, I wrote a script called GetTransactionLogStats.ps1, and originally blogged about it here. At the original time of writing, the primary purpose of the script was to collect transaction log generation data, and use that to determine the percentage of transaction logs generated per hour in an environment. This could in turn…


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 Generate Message Profile Script v2.0.

Greetings Exchange Community! Today, I am pleased to announce the release of a major update to the Exchange Generate Message Profile script. This release primarily focuses on two enhancements. The first enhancement is the script will now use multiple “threads” (currently in the form of PowerShell jobs with Runspaces under consideration for a future version)…


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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DAG Activation Preference Behavior Change in Exchange Server 2016 CU2

Every copy of a mailbox database in a DAG is assigned an activation preference number. This number is used by the system as part of the passive database activation process, and by administrators when performing database balancing operations for a DAG. This number is expressed as the ActivationPreference property of a mailbox database copy. The…

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Monitoring Exchange Server 2016 with System Center Operations Manager

As customers prepare to deploy Exchange Server 2016, we are receiving inquiries when the System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Management Pack for Exchange Server 2016 will be released. The short answer to the question is, there are no plans to release an Exchange Server 2016 Management Pack. Now that we have your attention, let’s delve…


Upgrade to Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) version 2.2

Once again the OffCAT team has shipped a new version (v2.2) that includes some pretty cool features to those found in earlier versions. Hopefully, you will find these features useful and that you understand why there were added in v2.2. Let OffCAT fix issues for you We heard you loud and clear that OffCAT needs…


Checklist for troubleshooting Outlook connectivity in Exchange 2013 and 2016 (on-premises)

Some of relatively common and difficult issues we see in support are related to Outlook connectivity to Exchange.  There are several variations that we classify as connectivity (related to server performance or otherwise).  They can include: Clients prompting for credentials (intermittently or continuously) Clients getting disconnected Clients are unable to establish a connection Clients freezing…

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Office 365 Hybrid Configuration wizard for Exchange 2010

The Office 365 Hybrid Configuration wizard has been updated to support Exchange 2010. This new wizard comes with the following advantages: An updated user experience that simplifies the hybrid configuration process The error handling experience allows for simple remediation of issues, meaning you can actually read and understand the error Fixes for HCW can happen…