User Profile Analysis for Exchange Server 2010 (Who needs the Exchange Profile Analyzer?)

I recently wrote about gathering user profile data for Exchange Server 2003 and 2007 by using the Exchange Server Profile Analyzer tool.  As a re-cap the EPA tool uses WebDAV to interrogate the mailboxes and generates user profile data, including.. messages sent per mailbox per day messages received per mailbox per day average message size…


Is 3rd Party Message Archiving Necessary for Exchange Server 2010?

Since Exchange 2010 launched I have had many discussions with customers over the use of archiving technology that removes data from Exchange and replaces it with a message stub.  This type of technology is fairly common throughout the messaging world and used to be pretty much mandatory back with Exchange 2003 when storage was complex…


Exchange User Profile Analysis for Exchange 2003 and 2007 (Exchange Server Profile Analyzer How to : EPA)

One thing that I often waffle on about is gathering good quality user profile data before beginning an Exchange design.  I was out in Redmond recently and a new Exchange consultant asked me a great question.. “OK, so we know that gathering good quality user profile data is important… but where is it documented how…


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…