Exchange Server 2010 with Window Server 2016 Domain Controllers

I recently wrote a blog post, and have since updated it, about the Exchange supportability matrix, stating that Exchange 2010 could not be run anywhere, within a forest with even a single Windows Server 2016 Domain Controller (DC). The Exchange product group has now updated that stance with the June 2018 updates. You must install…

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Controlling bandwidth in a DAG reseed

Q: Is there a way to control bandwidth within a DAG (Database Availability Group) during a reseed process? A: No. However, that’s not the complete story. The question comes up when engineers need to reseed a database (DB). And while there is no native option to control bandwidth, there is a work around. Scenario: One…

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Exchange Server important dates

Just a reminder, Exchange Server 2010 and 2013 versions have some important dates coming up: Exchange Server 2010 support will end on January 14, 2020 Exchange Server 2013 has now entered extended support on April 10, 2018 The Exchange team blog site has additional information listed for Exchange Server 2010 and for Exchange Server 2013 support…

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Exchange 2010 and Windows 2016 DC’s

Q: Can you run Exchange Server 2010 with Windows Server 2016 Domain Controllers? A: NO. YES! Update, June 18, 2018: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/exchange/2018/06/19/released-june-2018-quarterly-exchange-updates/ The Exchange Team Blog post has posted an update and the Exchange supportability matrix has also been updated. With Exchange Server 2010, SP3, RU22 installed, you can now run Windows Sever 2016 Domain Controllers in…

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Where is OMA?

Some of you may ask, what is OMA? Back in the day, Exchange 2003, mobile devices were starting to make their way into the corporate world. Outlook Mobile Access (OMA) was introduced to help provide a small, thin foot print to mobile devices. You have to also remember that back in 2003, cellular networks were…

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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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DAG DB’s flipping all the time randomly for no apparent reason

I have run into this issue several times in the past few months and want people to be aware of this problem. In a DAG (Database Availability Group), if your databases are randomly mounting or flipping from one server to another, including across datacenters, you may be allowing your Network Interface Card (NIC) to go…

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