Office 365 Service Descriptions Released!

So.. with all of the launch fuss I failed to notice that the service descriptions for Office 365 had also been released as non-beta for the first time!  When I am working with new customers and they want to know “what” Office 365 is in more detail than the shiny marketing slides can explain, I…


Throttling Policies and Exchange Online…

Throttling policies in Exchange Server 2010 have been an often discussed and much misunderstood part of Exchange over the last few years.  Especially with Exchange Online!  However, Michael Mainer has written a great article about Exchange Throttling policies on his blog.. well worth a read if you want to understand what all of those policy…


Office 365 Deployment Guide

I have been involved with a number of Office 365 deployments over the last 12 months, one thing that they have all had in common was struggling to find good sources of information.  Things are generally documented… somewhere.. its just a matter of finding what you need! I spotted that the deployment guide for Office…


Jetstress Field Guide

Last Updated : 21/06/2011 The field guide is released at major intervals on the Exchange Team Blog, however I have decided to keep dot release updates here to ensure that the very latest information is available to those that do a lot of Jetstress testing (yes, there are some of us that do a lot…


Outlook 2010 – network latency test results

Over the past 18 months I have been dealing with more and more cloud engagements.  One thing that crops up during the planning phase of all of these engagements is network link latency and bandwidth requirements. Bandwidth prediction is something I am working on in the background, but network link latency seemed like a mystery!. …


Jetstress 2010 – Stress test problem

Recently one of our partner has highlighted an issue in the current version of Jetstress that means the test may run in performance mode when in fact it should be running in stress mode. What’s the difference between performance and stress mode? Put simply, performance mode validates the storage performance against the standard parameters recommended…


Exchange 2010 – active and passive database IOPS

I have been involved with a few escalations recently (I don’t even work in support!), the cases have been mostly due to Jetstress tests failing – typically then the relationship between customer and storage vendor becomes more hostile and eventually someone points the finger at Jetstress or Exchange… this is often where I get involved…


Exchange 2010 – Exporting Mailboxes without EXMERGE

I often see customers struggle to make use of the export mailbox features in Exchange Server 2010.  I suspect this is because it is an area that has changed in the last few years and there is a lot of conflicting information online that doesn’t clearly state which version of Exchange the information is for. …


Jetstress 2010 and Background Database Maintenance

Last week a colleague from the MCM Exchange 2010 community asked some questions about disabling Exchange Server 2010 Background Database Maintenance.  Essentially they wanted to know if they disabled  the checkbox for BDM, what would happen on the passive database copies? A response came back fairly quickly from Matt Gossage explaining that although the checkbox…


Enabling and Managing Federation

Steps Action Configure a remote domain to be used with Office 365 Launch on-premises Exchange Management console (EMC), navigate to Hub Transport and select new remote domain in the actions pane Create a new Accepted domain Create a new Accepted domain that is authoritative for the namespace Create a new federated trust with the Microsoft…