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…


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…


Exchange 2010 MCM–Rotation 10

MCM Rotation 10 has just completed and was the first rotation that I have been involved as an instructor (albeit remotely on this occasion!).  I noticed that Jeff Guillet had posted his experience here so I thought I would share it to give some more insight into what the program entails… http://www.expta.com/2011/10/exchange-mcm-training-comes-to-end.html I always like…


Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Certificate Planning–ADFS, Exchange Web Services, OWA, OA??

I recently wrote about configuring Office 365 hybrid to get cross premises availability working, since that article a number of people have asked me about certificate planning. This is pretty well understood for an Exchange deployment, but what names are required for an Office 365 Hybrid configuration during a migration? Certificate Requirements in Office 365…


Office 365 Microsoft Office Services Diagnostics and Logging (MOSDAL) Tool 3.2–With ADFS 2.0 Diagnostic tools

The Microsoft Office Services Diagnostics and Logging (MOSDAL) tool has been around for a while, certainly most BPOS customers will have come across it before… however it has now been updated to provide AD FS authentication diagnostic information so its now useful for Office 365 deployments as well! Deploying ADFS for Office 365 is a…


Microsoft Certified Master Exchange Server –2 years later…

All the way back in May 2009 I had just completed my Exchange 2007 Microsoft Certified Master rotation in Redmond, on my return I decided that I would write up my experience… it was actually quite emotional re-reading this post, many of the people I went through this experience with are now good friends, which…