Improved PAL analysis for Exchange 2007

I wanted to write a post regarding a lot of work that has gone into updating the Exchange Server 2007 PAL xml threshold files in order to make them more relevant and to more accurately report on Exchange Performance problems. This update couldn’t have been done without the help from Chris Antonakis who was one…

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The case of the slow Exchange 2003 Server – Lessons learned

Recently we received a case in support with an Exchange 2003 server where message delivery was slow and the Local Delivery queue was getting backed up. The Local Delivery queue was actually reaching in to the two thousand range and would fluctuate around that number for extended periods of time. So we collected some performance…

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How to fix/repair broken Exchange 2007 counters

I commonly get calls on the inability to see performance counters in Performance Monitor (perfmon) and the inability to query them through WMI. I thought I would take some time to write about how to look for any problems with Exchange Performance Counters and then provide some high level insight on how to possibly fix…

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How to monitor and troubleshoot the use of Nonpaged pool memory in Exchange Server 2003 or in Exchange 2000 Server

This article is a high level overview on how to troubleshoot current Nonpaged pool memory usage on an Exchange server.  It explains what could be done to help mitigate some of the underlying problems that may be consuming Nonpaged pool memory and demonstrates tools that can be used to help track down processes or drivers…

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New ADAccess Performance counters included with Exchange 2007 SP2

Exchange 2007 SP2 has a new set of ADAccess Performance counters that only shows performance data from domain controllers in the same site as the Exchange Server. This new object is MSExchange ADAccess Local Site Domain Controllers. Previously, you had to use MSExchange ADAccess Domain Controllers(*)\Local site flag to detect if the server was local…

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Exchange 2007 SP2 Auditing Whitepaper

Exchange 2007 SP2 has introduced some new Mailbox Access Auditing features to help log events when users access folders and messages either in their own mailbox or another users mailbox. I wrote a whitepaper on these new features at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee331009.aspx. This new access auditing will log accesses to messages and folders which some customers have…

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Exchange 2007 Memory usage and helpful troubleshooting tips

In support, we get a lot of statements stating that Exchange is using all or most of the memory on a given server. Some may say that is a bad thing, but for Exchange 2007 that is actually a good thing. In this blog, I would like to explain some of the misconceptions of Exchange’s…

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The Case of the Mysterious Exchange Server Hang

Recently we had a case in which an Exchange 2003 server would hang and no longer accept any new RPC connections to the Information Store. The rest of the server seemed to be operating just fine, but it was the Store that was ultimately having the problems. I took a look at the perfmon data…

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How to collect per request Performance Stats for IIS on Exchange 2007

Ever had a time where you were trying to troubleshoot an IIS Performance related issue on Exchange 2007 and the built-in performance counters were not giving you the data that you needed to gain insight in to the problem? I know I have run in to these before and they are not always the easiest…

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Troubleshooting Exchange 2007 Store Log/Database growth issues

One of the common issues we see in support is excessive Database and/or Transaction log growth problems. If you have ever run in to one of these issues, you will find that they are not always easy to troubleshoot as there are many tools that are needed to help understand where the problem might be…

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