Modern public folders logging and when to use it

Hello again! In our last article, we discussed recommendations for deployment of public folders and public folder mailboxes. In this post, we will be discussing methods and tips for monitoring connections being made to the Public Folder mailboxes with the help of different log types available in Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2016. This…


Multi-Factor Authentication for the Hybrid Configuration Wizard and Remote PowerShell

You can now use an Administrator account that is enabled for Multi-Factor Authentication to sign in to Exchange Online PowerShell and the Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW). In case you are not aware, the Azure multi-factor authentication is a method of verifying who you are that requires the use of more than just a…


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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Introducing the Mailbox Recovery Troubleshooter

Troubleshooter There are times when the deletion of a user account or a mailbox needs to be undone. It could be that you accidentally deleted the wrong user or maybe you are not really sure what happened to a mailbox, but want to attempt a recovery. Regardless of the reason, we have created a troubleshooter…


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…