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…


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…


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…


Outlook Performance Counters are missing–take 2

Back in the summer (remember that?) I wrote an article about viewing the Outlook performance counters and how to get them to be visible on Windows 7 and Vista. I have recently noticed that there are further complications to this.  On one customer site we could not get the Outlook performance counters to register, even…


Exchange Server 2010 Cross Forest Delegation

This has been an interesting bit of work for me.  I have been working with a customer who really needed to provide their users with the ability to manage calendars across different Exchange organisations.  When they initially presented this requirement to me, my first thought was that we would be able to provide cross-forest availability…


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…