Quickly Finding Trends in Large Volumes of Performance Monitor Log Files

I’ve spent a lot of time recently trying to troubleshoot performance problems with the System drives in a 100+ Exchange Server 2013/2016 environment. As a result of a number of different factors, the System drives started failing much earlier than expected; about a year into their service life. This manifested itself in various ways, including…

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Moving the Exchange Transport Database to a Mount Point

This is my first blog post in quite some time. I have a number of PowerShell scripts and tools that I’ve developed over the past year which I’ve been meaning to share. Starting with this script, I’m going to start posting them on my personal GitHub repository, and blogging about them here on my TechNet…

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Deploying and Configuring Exchange 2013 Using DSC – An End to End Example

Just last week, I had the privilege of presenting at Microsoft Ignite 2015. The topic of my presentation was how to deploy and configure Exchange 2013 using DSC. Specifically, I talked about how to perform the Exchange specific phases of an end to end Exchange deployment, including automating Jetstress, installing Exchange, and performing server, DAG,…

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Installing Exchange Using DSC – Managing Exchange 2013 With DSC – Part 5

Managing Exchange 2013 With DSC Part 1 – Introducing xExchange Part 2 – The QuickStart Template Part 3 – Automating Mount Point Setup and Maintenance for AutoReseed Part 4 – Using a DSC Pull Server to Deploy the xExchange Module Part 5 – Installing Exchange Using DSC   Installing Exchange Using DSC Hey Everyone. Sorry…

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Listen To Us Talk About xExchange

Along with Jason Walker, a PFE at Microsoft and co-developer of xExchange, I was recently a guest on the PowerScripting Podcast. We were invited on to talk about the xExchange module, and using it to configure Exchange Server 2013. The topics covered should be interesting to both DSC Resource developers, as well as DSC consumers….

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Automating Mount Point Setup and Maintenance for AutoReseed – Managing Exchange 2013 With DSC – Part 3

Managing Exchange 2013 With DSC Part 1 – Introducing xExchange Part 2 – The QuickStart Template Part 3 – Automating Mount Point Setup and Maintenance for AutoReseed Part 4 – Using a DSC Pull Server to Deploy the xExchange Module Part 5 – Installing Exchange Using DSC   Automating Mount Point Setup and Maintenance for…

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The QuickStart Template – Managing Exchange 2013 With DSC – Part 2

Managing Exchange 2013 With DSC Part 1 – Introducing xExchange Part 2 – The QuickStart Template Part 3 – Automating Mount Point Setup and Maintenance for AutoReseed Part 4 – Using a DSC Pull Server to Deploy the xExchange Module Part 5 – Installing Exchange Using DSC   The QuickStart Template Most of the resources…

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Introducing xExchange – Managing Exchange 2013 With DSC – Part 1

Managing Exchange 2013 With DSC Part 1 – Introducing xExchange Part 2 – The QuickStart Template Part 3 – Automating Mount Point Setup and Maintenance for AutoReseed Part 4 – Using a DSC Pull Server to Deploy the xExchange Module Part 5 – Installing Exchange Using DSC   Introducing the xExchange Module for Powershell Desired…

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Exploring Design Options With The Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator

As an Exchange consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services, one of the primary tools in our tool belt is the Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator. While I’ve been working with Exchange for a decade and a half dating back to Exchange 5.5, up until two years ago, I was mostly working in a support capacity, and…

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