Tools for an Exchange Administrator

Part of being proactive means that you’re prepared to react quickly when a problem occurs. That makes sense, right… thinking proactively about being reactive? Knowing the right tool for the job is part of this. Having the right tool at hand when it’s needed, or knowing where to find it, can give you an edge…

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Why you might want to consider installing Exchange 2010 SP1 RU5 now

As many of you are probably aware, the Exchange Team has released Update Rollup 5 for Exchange 2010 SP1 otherwise known as “Exchange 2010 SP1 RU5”.  Because of the history of the latest rollups that have been released, many have decided to wait and not deploy this rollup at this time.  While that is certainly…

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Maximum Recipients Per Message and Exceptions

While this is documented very well on TechNet, it sometimes takes a some time to find and memory usually fails us when the question of precedence comes up. I figured documenting it here would help some readers. The classic question of how to handle message size limits comes up very often and ever changing technology…

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“These are not the Public Folders you are looking for…”

I was helping a customer review their infrastructure when we started looking at an error they were getting when accessing public folders. When we were looking at the details, on an Exchange 2010 server we ran the command Get-PublicFolderStatistics –Identity “PublicFolderName”. The command unexpectedly returned the error: Couldn’t find public folder "\PublicFolderName" on server "ServerName.contoso.com"….


Read this if you are installing security updates this weekend

We know that this is after the work day for many of you, but we didn’t want you to miss this since a number of our customers are installing Security Updates this weekend. The Exchange Team Blog has mentioned that some customers are seeing issues with Exchange 2010 after installing the hotfix included in KB…

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Re-released - Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 Update Rollup 3 (RU3)

Well, the moment many of us have been waiting for is finally here! Today, the Exchange Team Blog announced the re-release of Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 RU3 V2. You can read the article here: Announcing the Re-release of Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 Update Rollup 3 (V2) You can find the list of fixes…

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Exchange Server 2007 SP3 RU3 has been re-released

On the Exchange Team Blog, the Exchange product team posted two updates regarding Exchange 2007 SP3 RU3. Yesterday, they announced that the re-release was coming soon.  Additional information about the status of the Exchange 2010 SP1 RU3 can be found there as well. Today, they announced that it has been re-released and that a new…

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Potential for database corruption as a result of installing Exchange 2007 SP3 RU3

Yesterday afternoon, on the Exchange Team Blog, the Exchange product team posted that we are seeing issues with database corruption after installing Exchange 2007 SP3 RU3. In short, we are recommending all customers uninstall Exchange 2007 SP3 RU3 on all Mailbox and Transport Servers. Steps for how to do this are included in the blog post….

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Tip: Exchange Server Deployment Assistant

I get asked all of the time for some kind of checklist from Microsoft that you could run through for an Exchange Server 2010 deployment. One of the best tips that I can give anyone as far as the deployment of Exchange 2010 is to use the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant. Seen it already?  Go…