What to name your DAG?

Was helping a customer the other day and the topic of what to name your DAG (Exchange Database Availability Group) was presented. One thought is to just name it ‘DAG’. Works well, but the issue is, when migrating from Exchange Server 2010 to Exchange Server 2013, or 2010 to 2016, or 2013 to 2019, etc….


Grammarman to the rescue.

I thought I would share this cartoon to help lighten the conversation when people incorrectly use the term ‘on premise’ when they mean ‘on premises’. I know English is not everyone’s first language, but I believe we can empower everyone to be better at not only technology but also at human communications.  And don't forget…


The Grammar Police

Putting on the grammar police hat for a minute, there is sometimes misunderstandings about the differences of premise vs. premises. Some definitions for clarity:   prem·ise noun: a previous statement or proposition from which another is inferred or follows as a conclusion. "If the premise is true, then the conclusion must be true"   verb:…


Protect OU's from accidental deletion

Here is a quick and easy one line PowerShell script to set all of the Organizational Units (OU's) in your Active Directory (AD) to protect from accidental deletion. I know others have posted similar information, but it never hurts to raise awareness of this setting. And also, since I run into many customers that do…


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…


No one received the certificate expiration notification!

Exchange Certificates Prior to Exchange Server 2013, the Exchange application did not automatically notify administrators of a pending upcoming certificate expiring. One of the issues we administrators run into is expiring certificates. If the Exchange environment has a certificate that expires, then typically, trusted access via clients is interrupted. The good news is that during…


Documentation made easy

I’m going to tell you a way that you can make change management documents with ease, build ‘run documentation’ for your IT staff in seconds, generate user training articles effortlessly, and it’s all FREE! That’s right. Build, create, and share documentation for free. How you ask? With the Windows built-in psr.exe application. What? Haven’t heard…