Making Perfmon (System Monitor or Performance Monitor) Easier to Read

If you use Perfmon, it can get really old looking at all of the vertical lines in the graphs.  Here is a tip that will revert back to the old view we had in the NT4 days. 283110 Vertical lines are displayed in the Sysmon tool that obscure the graph viewhttp://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;283110 Also, if you would rather…

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New EXBPA Config XML available

So, its been a while since I have posted.  I’ve been on ICL and this time I actually took the whole month off to spend time with my new son instead of working… The Exchange Group has released a new Config XML file for EXBPA (2.9.0.1).  When you fire up EXBPA you will see a…

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New Content Available – Exchange Insider Articles

Internally at Microsoft, we have had these things called “Exchange Technical Bulletins” that were organized by Nino Bilic.  These nuggets of information were very useful and I have gone back to them many times to look for things that I had forgotten.  For us they worked well, but they weren’t available to our customers because…

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Links for More Information About Exchange 2003 SP2

Exchange 2003 SP2 was released to the Web early this morning.  It’s a good idea to install this (after a backup and testing) as there are a number of fixes in this as you can see by looking at the fix list at KB article 906669.  If you look at the list you will see…

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Event ID 8197 – MSExchangeFBPublish with error 0x80040111

There is an article out there that addresses the issue that some of our customers are seeing:828764 “Event 8197” Error Message Is Logged Repeatedly in the Application Eventhttp://support.microsoft.com/?id=828764It says that if you are getting this, there is a good chance that Exchange is trying to authenticate against a GC that doesn’t have a trust with the…

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SP2 for Entourage 2004 released today

Just read this in the news:  We are releasing SP2 for Office 2004 for Mac today.  This includes much needed fixes to Entourage, the Exchange client for Mac. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/sep05/09-20EnhancedEntourage2004PR.mspx It is available at http://www.microsoft.com/mac now. If you have Entourage clients, for your Exchange server 2003 you will want to make sure you have the fix…

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Read the Release Notes for Exchange 2003 SP2 CTP

If you have downloaded the Microsoft Exchange server 2003 SP2 Customer Technology Preview (CTP), you may have noticed that the release notes are not updated.  The current release notes have been released to the web for you to read at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=51350.   Here are some things brought out in the document: Custom Weighting feature for IMF…

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EXBPA May Incorrectly Report Low Free PTEs

When running Exchange Best Practices Analyzer (EXBPA) you may get a report saying “The number of free page table entries is low, which can cause system instability”.  This may be incorrect if you are running Windows 2003 but don’t have Windows 2003 SP1 installed.  The issue is that EXBPA uses the Perfmon counters for the Free…

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New Version of MPSReports for Exchange

It looks like Paul Flaherty has updated the Microsoft Platform Support Reporting Utility (MPSReports) for Exchange.  We have had this utility available for some time at this location, but the new version is not up there yet.  You can download the new version here.   The name of the file is MPSRPT_Exchange.zip. Some of the things…

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Desktop Search Engines Can Affect Exchange Server Performance

I was glad to see that we have a KB article stating this.  (Very well written, Nino…)  It is a very lo-o-o-ng title:  “Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003 performance may be affected when desktop search engine software is running on Outlook or other MAPI client computers”The article does a good job of explaining…

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