Microsoft Office 365 is Open for Business!!

This great news just arrived in my inbox from Kurt DelBene…  I have been working with the Beta of Office 365 for a little under 12 months now and its great to finally see it unleashed upon the world! Office 365:  Open for Business Today, I’m proud to announce that we launched our cloud services…


Generate Exchange Reports using PowerShell

If there is one thing that has always been lacking in Exchange its a mechanism to inventory and report on your infrastructure.  Personally I think its something that should be in the Exchange Management Console, but that’s a different story… The good news is that Steve Goodman has released an excellent bit of PowerShell that…


Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2509910) Released to Web…

I have just been told that RU4 for Exchange Server 2010 SP1 has been released to web for… Download Link is here… http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26554 Issues that the update rollup resolves 2537099 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2537099/ ) "80040154" error message when you try to configure external Client Access namespaces on an Exchange Server 2010 server 2536700 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2536700/ ) Outlook stops…


Exchange Server 2010 Technical Video Series

One thing I often do when I am learning a new area of technology is look for webcasts or recordings from TechED about that topic.  I find that it helps me understand topics much more quickly by watching a presentation and then going off afterwards and reading the deeper technical documentation once i have a…

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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…

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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!. …

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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 High Availability Misconceptions Addressed

I don’t usually like posting to other peoples blogs, but the one I will make an exception for is the Exchange Team Blog.  I specifically want to raise awareness of Scott’s HA misconceptions article – not only does it clear up quite a few misconceptions, but its also a highly condensed HA primer for anyone…


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. …

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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…

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