How do Exchange Server rules work?

You’ve been using Outlook for years now and you’ve probably established some delivery rules for yourself. Maybe mail from your manager is automatically routed to a subfolder of your inbox. If you’re using Outlook 2003 or later, you’ve got an automatically maintained rule to handle junk mail. If you’ve ever set your Out Of Office,…


Exchange 2007 SP1 ESE Changes – Part 2

Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 introduces several changes in the Extensible Storage Engine (ESE). In my first blog article on the subject, I discussed the removal of page dependencies and the disabling of partial merges. In this blog, I discuss other changes we made to ESE which enhance Exchange. Passive Node I/O improvements Online Defragmentation…


Exchange Server 2007 SP1 ESE Changes – Part 1

Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 introduces several changes in the Extensible Storage Engine (ESE). Two of these are: Removal of page dependencies Disablement of partial merges But first, in order to understand what is discussed below, we should have a brief discussion on ESE. ESE Architecture As you are well aware, operations that occur within…


The wait is over: Exchange Server 2007 SP1 has RTMed!

It certainly has been an exciting couple of months with the UC Launch and hearing a lot of great feedback and excitement from customers and press about the work we’ve done in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1).  Today we are announcing the release of SP1 to the web for existing Exchange Server 2007…


Outlook Anywhere changes in Exchange Server 2007 SP1

In Exchange Server 2007 SP1, the configuration of Outlook Anywhere (formerly known as RPC over HTTP) has been changed to accommodate the different ways Exchange CAS servers are deployed on the Internet. This blog post provides an overview of these changes. Exchange 2007 RTM In Exchange 2007 RTM, enabling Outlook Anywhere (using either the Exchange…


MAPI Messaging Benchmark Being Retired

MAPI Messaging Benchmark (MMB3/MMB4) has been the benchmark for measuring the performance and scalability of computers running Microsoft Exchange Server.  While MMB has served its purpose, it also has limitations in helping our customers compare solutions.  Among the most significant limitations, MMB does not take into account variation in end-user usage profiles, modification and updates…


One step better than get-command

If you’ve spent any time in the PowerShell, then you’re probably familiar with get-command (gcm). Here’s an example I threw together taking that to the next level. This will help you when you can’t remember the command you want to use. Say you want to find all shell commands that deal with DSNs but you…


More information on the setup prerequisite change in Exchange Server 2007 SP1

A while ago we told you about the setup prerequisite change in Exchange 2007 SP1 that allows setup to ignore unreachable domains and domains that do not have any domain controllers running a minimum of Windows 2003 SP1. That post is here: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/07/30/446579.aspx In this blog post we’d like to fill you in on the…