If Exchange Dies, So Does Your Business - The Top 10 Ways to Keep IT Up!

This post was contributed by Rhoderick Milne, everyone’s favourite Canadian-Scottish Premier Field Engineer. Microsoft Exchange Server is the leading messaging platform in the world today, and can be found in SMBs, large enterprises and also behind cloud services of unimaginable scale. Exchange has been with us since its release in April 1996 and from that…


Maximize Exchange Administrator Productivity With PowerShell (Part 3)

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In the previous articles in this series we looked at the basic aspects of PowerShell and then the underlying mechanisms that are used to connect both Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 management tools to Exchange.  These articles can be found as follows:    How To Maximize Exchange Administrator…


How To Troubleshoot Issues With Exchange 2010 Search

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Since Exchange servers are now storing an ever increasing amount of data, it is imperative that people can quickly search and retrieve the content from their mailbox.  This may have been possible without search capabilities in the past with a 20MB mailbox quota (remember those days ?!?),…


Solving Additional Issues With Exchange OAB Download

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Frank Plawetzki posted a great article on issues that can affect how clients retrieve their Offline Address Book (OAB).  This has also been the source of some recent work for myself, though with slightly different root causes.  The issues that I have encountered were due to: Invalid…


A Quick Tour Of The Microsoft Exchange PST Capture Tool

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. The venerable Personal Storage Table (PST) file has been present in Microsoft Exchange environments for many years.  In some ways its success has lead to its downfall.  With the proliferation of PST files on a network, multiple issues are introduced which include: Unauthorised data removal – users…


Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 - What You Need To Know

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. The Exchange team recently released SP2 for Exchange 2010 over on the Exchange team blog, and I wanted to use this blog entry to provide links to all the relevant content for SP2 and to raise awareness of some specific issues so that these will not negatively…


Maximize Exchange Administrator Productivity With PowerShell (Part 2)

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In part one of this series we looked at some of the basic aspects of the PowerShell environment.  Let’s now look at the underlying mechanics on Exchange 2007 and 2010 servers.  We will need to address some aspects separately due to the different mechanisms that are used …


What Everyone Should Know About Microsoft Exchange Autodiscover

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. For an updated version, please see this link.  In the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 world and below, those administrators looking to automate and control the behaviour of MAPI profiles on user’s desktops quickly became familiar with tools like:     ORK (Office Resource Kit) .PRF Files .OPS…


How To Maximize Exchange Administrator Productivity With PowerShell

Written by Rhoderick Milne, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. As a Microsoft Exchange Server focused Premier Field Engineer I spend a considerable amount of my time with customers at their work place and also when they attend training courses and workshops that I deliver. Naturally people want to talk and learn about the cool new features…