Next year’s got to be better…

So it’s been a poor second half of the year as far as blogging goes….  First half wasn’t too bad though.  Must endeavour to do better next year.  I’ll think about it over Christmas. Happy Christmas to all……(read more)

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MCM Exchange Server 2007

At last funding and time permitted me to attend the Microsoft Certified Master program last month in Redmond.  Fantastic and intense 3 weeks.  Certainly recommend anyone who has the opportunity to get there to do so…  It’s a big investment in time and money but for anyone working regularly on Exchange Server I think everyone…

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Meet the Microsoft Certified Masters and Microsoft Certified Architects

Over the past few months there have been rumours of a website that will list everyone who has passed their MCM or MCA.  It is possible for people to opt out of the website if they do not wish their details to be published, but I would expect it to be a pretty comprehensive list…

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Automating Exchange 2010 Pre-Requisites on Windows Server 20008 R2

Everyone knows its a good idea to automate your installations of Exchange.  It provides a solid, repeatable process by which to deploy your infrastructure – and it takes less time – win/win!. One area that I have witnessed repeatedly over the last 12 months or so is organisations automating their OS build and Exchange build,…

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ServerManager Depreciated?

  ServerManagerCmd is deprecated in R2 (we are trying to move away from that model although it still works) See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691354(EXCHG.140).aspx#WS08R2  (The new command is now Add-WindowsFeature) Written by Daniel Kenyon-Smith


Viewing Registry Values Through PowerShell

By default when you run a command through PowerShell to retrieve values with registry keys, the response shows the values as being empty. Here’s an example – I use the following command to set an excluded DC: Set-ExchangeServer -Identity CSX2K71 -StaticExcludedDomainControllers excludeme.csx2k7dom.com The key appears as expected in the registry (within MSExchange ADAccess | Profiles…

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White Paper: Configuration and Mailbox Access Auditing for Exchange 2007 Organizations

One my personal bugbears with Exchange over the last 10 years or so has been the total lack of a useful auditing function.  Sure, you can see who accessed a mailbox, but since Outlook 2003 and the extended Free/Data the Windows Server event logs are pretty much useless since you cant tell if someone actually…

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Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress 2010 Beta

I have just received a note from Erin Bookey announcing the public beta of JetStress for Exchange 2010.  You can download your copy here… http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=13267027-8120-48ed-931b-29eb0aa52aa6#tm This is the announcement… Jetstress 2010 (Beta Preview) – Available Publically! 9/01/2009 Questions:  jetfeed@microsoft.com Download location:  Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress 2010 Beta (64 bit) Jetstress has been updated to support…

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Loadgen Beta

Looks like the team have been busy finishing off the test tools for Exchange 2010.  The Exchange 2010 Loadgen beta has also gone live in the last few weeks, here is a link… http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=cf464be7-7e52-48cd-b852-ccfc915b29ef This release has changed significantly so please read through the documentation thoroughly!! Important changes: Requirement Changes: Now require .NET framework 3.5…

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How to setup multiple AD site test VM’s to communicate without multiple NIC’s or RRAS

As Exchange technologies using multiple AD site infrastructures become more popular, Exchange PFE engineers have to build LAB’s spanning multiple AD sites using Virtual PC/ Virtual server or Hyper V. I always used to use multiple NIC’s and Routing and remote access service (RRAS) to get communication working between machines in different AD sites. I…

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