Exchange Tools vs. Cluster Tools: What’s the Deal?

Note: Since authoring this blog, Microsoft Customer Support Services has identified a scenario in which moving a CMS using the cluster tools can leave databases in a dismounted or offline state. During regular operation, the Microsoft Exchange Replication service maintains a “mount allowed” value for each server within the CCR cluster via a private property…


Thoughts on Unified Communications Launch Today

Today Bill Gates and Jeff Raikes (my boss) launched Office Communications Server 2007 (OCS), and announced that Exchange Server 2007 SP1 will be available in the 4th quarter of this year. Here is a long list of enhancements within SP1 – but given the occasion today with OCS, I figure it’s worth digging into the…


How Exchange 2007 CAS Proxying works for ActiveSync

As a last part in my series of posts covering Exchange 2007 CAS Proxying and Redirection (see previous posts here and here) – I wanted to cover Proxying for ActiveSync. There are three steps involved in handling a request: Determining whether to proxy a given request Proxying the request Causing the proxied request to execute…


Mission Impossible: In-Place Upgrading Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008

As you may have read in our Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Server 2008 blog post, the RTM version of Exchange 2007 cannot be installed on Windows Server 2008, but Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will be supported for installation on Windows Server 2008. Here’s the tricky part: Exchange 2007 SP1 can be installed…


Scripting Corner Volume 2 – Pipelining and the One Line command

EDIT: This post has been updated on 10/15/2007 to incorporate feedback we received since original posting. So my last post demonstrated a script that used a .net method and some functions within the script to take care of a problem that was a little hard to solve manually. The feedback I received was generally positive…


Running the Exchange Calendar Update Configuration Tool in report only mode

EDIT: This post has been updated on 10/9/2007 to address comments and questions that we got from you on original post. The Exchange Calendar Update Configuration Tool was not designed to work in a report only mode through the tool’s UI. However, there is a technical work around that will allow you to run the…


Installing and running Windows Mobile emulators

EDIT: Post updated on 8/28/2009. On the Exchange Client Server Infrastructure (XCSI) support team we use Windows Mobile emulators on a daily basis to troubleshoot customer issues.  One thing I’m often asked is how to install them.  The directions have never been clearly listed online (unless you’re developing for the Windows Mobile platform since they…


Time to Check Your Calendars Again

Well, it’s that time again.  Time for the clocks to change, as a result of Daylight Savings Time (DST).  If you are an Exchange administrator, and haven’t heard how the time changes impact your messaging environment, then you have probably been shipwrecked on a deserted island with no communication to the outside world. On Aug….


More fun with Logparser and Exchange logs

Right now there is no easy way to tell who is using Entourage, RPC/HTTP (Outlook Anywhere), Exchange ActiveSync, or OWA with what frequency.  I have found Logparser to be very helpful in answering a lot of these questions.  The tool is a bit intimidating to get started but once you get the hang of modifying…


Welcome to the Directory Service Team blog- Why are we here anyway!

Welcome to the Enterprise Platform Support Directory Services Team blog   We are a team of folks who support Active Directory for Microsoft.  As our name implies, we support Active Directory and its associated components – Group Policies, Certificate Services, DFS and Kerberos, to name but a few – all of these technologies are our…