SCVMM P2V… Feel the heat!!!

This week I was working with a colleague in bringing up a staging environment as a replica from the production one and off course we used Hyper-V to host the virtual machines and System Center Virtual Machine Manager “SCVMM” to do the Physical to Virtual “P2V” operation. The installation of the SCVMM was extremely easy…

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Who wants to be a Certified Master???

And finally the Microsoft Certified Master program is live. I was monitoring the progress of this amazing program while it was still in development and I really liked the idea and all I can say is that if you want to be recognized & to be different go and check http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/master/default.mspx It really deserve the…

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Exchange 2000/2003 to Exchange 2007 migration guidelines

I’ve worked on many projects involving migrating Exchange 2000/2003 to Exchange 2007 and from these migration planning i can list the common guidelines that can help in doing your migration planning. The transition process from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007 is a relatively straightforward process and involves the following high level tasks: 1. Prepare the…

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Microsoft.com Operations Virtualizes MSDN and TechNet on Hyper-V

If you were at MMS 2008 and heard Bob Muglia’s Keynote, you already know that MSDN.microsoft.com (MSDN) and TechNet.microsoft.com (TechNet) have been successfully running on Hyper-V. Specifically, we migrated MSDN March 31 2008, and then followed up with TechNet April 18 2008. Hyper-V Beta Deployment Our production testing began in early February 2008, when we…

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Auto complete, Reply-ability, I need my X500!!!!

Sometimes i join discussions regarding Exchange cross-org migrations and the most hot topics is always about migration planning, mailboxes content migration, user’s notification, outlook profiles, etc… but what about the below two important points: · Outlook auto complete feature (Automatic Name Resolution). After migration of mailboxes users will got NDR if they send an email…

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Excessive paging on Exchange 2007 servers when working sets are trimmed

Mike posted a fantastic explanation for an excessive paging problem that you might get on Exchange 2007 servers on windows 2003. I advise you to read it and might proactively install it on your servers http://blogs.technet.com/mikelag/archive/2007/12/19/working-set-trimming.aspx

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Recommended readings

The below is some of my favorite and recommended articles thought of sharing them and I recommend sparing some time on reading them: · File-Level Antivirus Scanning on Exchange 2007 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb332342(EXCHG.80).aspx · How to Align Exchange I/O with Storage Track Boundaries http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998219(EXCHG.80).aspx · Forefront Security for Exchange Server Best Practices http://www.microsoft.com/technet/forefront/serversecurity/exchange/Best_Practices/dd1c9914-6073-404a-b71c-86aebacb4cfa.mspx?mfr=true · UM PBX Configuration…

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Who said that transaction goes from Logs to DB!!!!!

I’ve heard lot of discussions going about how Exchange ESE works and that the transactions goes from the Logs to the DB based on the checkpoint depth. I’ve collected some small info from different sources trying to explain how ESE writes transactions to the DB. The following five subcomponents of ESE work together to move…

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