Outlook 2007 fails to connect to Outlook Anywhere via NTLM on Vista

So, firstly an apology for the lack of posts recently… I always said that if I didn’t have anything interesting or useful to post I just wouldn’t post, so that’s what happened… Anyway, I have been working with a customer to deploy Outlook Anywhere, we used Greg Taylors awesome white paper on this to get…


Microsoft Exchange Online Migration Performance Guide for Office 365

I guess it’s pretty obvious by now that I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to Exchange and Outlook performance. One area that has always felt like a black box though is migrating data into Office 365 Exchange Online service. The problem for me was that sometimes I would be able to…


Forcing a full OAB download in Outlook 2011

I want to start this blog by apologising for the lack of posts recently… this is mostly due to me not having anything interesting to say and not wanting this blog to be watered down with irrelevant nonsense… that and working on stuff that I can’t talk about yet… Anyway, one thing that I can…


Office 365 Proxy Server Exclusion List – Office 365 Service URL’s

I am just posting this here since it’s a bit of information I regularly provide to customers and I always have trouble remembering where I found it (yes I know I should create a browser bookmark, but I thought I would share!). When you deploy Office 365 one of the most difficult (and poorly documented)…


Outlook Performance Troubleshooting including Office 365

I have been involved in a number of discussions recently regarding Outlook performance troubleshooting in the cloud. Mostly these discussions were in the context of why the customer didn’t want to move to the cloud since they figured it would be impossible to troubleshoot Outlook performance afterwards Discussion Summary: When we have clients and Exchange…


Performance Monitor Tips and Tricks with John Rodriguez

Hello everyone … My name is John Rodriguez, and I’m a Principal PFE based in Minneapolis, MN. I’m also one of Neil’s frequent collaborators, particularly on load simulation tools. When he wrote his recent article on performance analysis of Jetstress data, I suggested that he include some of our time-saving tips. He’s a busy chap,…


Analysing Exchange Server 2010 Jetstress BLG Files By Hand

Quite often when I am working through Jetstress escalations I will ask to see the BLG files from the test. These files contain performance counter information that was logged during the test run and they show us a lot more about what is really going on than the data in the report HTML files. To…

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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…