Exchange 2013 impact on legacy OAB settings

Much has been written about the new and changing ways OAB (Offline Address Book) generation in Exchange 2013 works: RTM process, CU5 process, and now CU7 process. However, I want to remind everyone of what happens when you go to install Exchange 2013 in a legacy (2007 or 2010) Exchange environment. This was also covered…

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Using PowerShell instead of cmd to keep a transcript

Ok, so all of you that use Command Line (CMD.exe), it is probably time to stop and just use PowerShell. Now there is nothing wrong with cmd, as we’ve used it for many, many years. However, there is no transcript option available. Many of you know and some do not, that PowerShell has a built…

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Load Balancer design options

As I visit companies, I run into many that are doing different designs when it comes to leveraging load balancers. I’m not a network engineer and there is just way too much information to present in one article, but here are some thoughts at a high level design I’d like to share. TCP ports 80/443. In…

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To archive or not to archive…

This article is about choice and how ‘it depends’ for different environments. The philosophical question of how a roll of toilet paper should be placed on the roller; have the paper dispense over the top of the roll, or from below. Every version of Exchange introduces new paradigms and options that can have impact on…

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Life in a post 2003 world

That’s correct, as of April 8th, 2014, several extremely popular Microsoft products have ended their extended support lifecycle.       Outlook 2003 has transitioned out of extended support on 8th of April 2014       Exchange Server 2003 has transitioned out of extended support on 8th of April 2014       Windows XP has transition out of extended support on 8th of…

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