Using Word 2010 with TechNet Blog Platform

This is obviously not a post about Exchange Server, but as a blogger I wanted to share this since it’s been something that has been irritating me for some time… Basically I like to write in Word rather than Live Writer. Live Writer is great but I spend a lot of time writing documentation in…


Database Maintenance in Exchange Server 2010

If there is one area of Exchange 2010 that was poorly documented and poorly understood it has to be database maintenance.  The problem stemmed from the significant changes that we made in the store for Exchange 2010 and a confusion of terms. This has led many people in the field to get confused about what…


The Office 365 Advisor

If you are not sure which Office 365 plan is right for you, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Microsoft has released the Office 365 Advisor.  This is a tool that can help you find the right Office 365 plan and also estimate your costs.  When you access the advisor at the link in this…


Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack (SP2) is released!

Last week when the internal announcement was made to say that SP2 had been completed and was scheduled for release, I added a few blog articles onto my “to do” list.  Imagine my surprise this morning when I woke up to find that the internets were crammed full of SP2 news and that most of…


Exchange Service Availability….For the greater good…

I recently authored a post over at the Exchange Team Blog about Exchange ESE and Windows Disk Timeout values. http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/11/17/windows-disk-timeouts-and-exchange-server-2010.aspx Whilst writing that article and especially researching how ESE timeouts have evolved, I began thinking about the history of Exchange availability and how the product has evolved over my time working with it… In the…


Recommended Windows Hotfix for Database Availability Groups running Windows Server 2008 R2

Scott just posted this article up on the team blog.. http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/11/20/recommended-windows-hotfix-for-database-availability-groups-running-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx A summary of the issue… “This hotfix is strongly recommended for all database availability groups that are stretched across multiple datacentres. For DAGs that are not stretched across multiple datacentres, this hotfix is good to have, as well. The article describes a race condition…


Office 365 : DirSync Tool Now 64-bit

Microsoft has released the 64-bit version of the Directory Synchronization tool for Office 365.  The community post is here, so please do go and take the time to review the information presented there.  However, I’d just like to call out from the community post the following statement : “…the functionality of the 64-bit version of the…


Office 365 and Delays Enabling Directory Synchronization

I was attempting to enable directory synchronisation for Office 365 last week when I came across an error in the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Configuration Wizard.  The error stated: “An error occurred. Error Code: 15. Error Description: Directory synchronization is not activated for this company.” This error is shown below. I was sure that…


Microsoft Lync 2011 for Mac and Office 365 Fix

Last month I wrote a blog about connecting Office 2011 for Mac to Office 365.  This post generated a lot of interest within the community, but mostly for the wrong reason!  i.e pretty much everyone that tried this was unable to connect Lync 2011 on Mac to Office 365.  The Lync engineering team have been…