Exchange 2010 Tweaks

Kris Waters, one of my great colleagues from the US, originally posted a really neat list of items which can mitigate issues found in a lot of large scale Exchange deployments.  Please take the time to review her post here. There are a lot of valuable pointers in her blog, so definitely check it out!…

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How To Check Exchange Rollup Version

Back with the first few releases of Exchange, product updates were made available via service packs.  This continued into the Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003 days.  It seems like an eternity ago, and dinosaurs were still roaming the Earth, when Exchange 2003 SP2 was released in October of 2005 as a whopping 109 MB download….

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Architecture Poster

A picture says a thousand words.   This is one of the reasons that the various architecture posters are so popular as they provide an easy way to visualise the Hyper-V stack. Updated posters are now available for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V.  In addition to the architecture poster, there are other smaller bite sized posters…


Windows Hyper-V 2012 & 8.1 Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machine to Import

Back in May 2013, we discussed an issue which caused the Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machines To Import error.  Well, as mentioned in that blog post there are a few reasons for this error message being displayed and it does depend on the versions of Hyper-V in use. There were some comments posted (thanks…

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Save The Date – End of Exchange 2003 Support–T Minus 6 Months

As mentioned 6 months ago, Exchange 2003 is rapidly approaching the end of its extended product lifecycle.  The ship is getting ready to launch, and hopefully this should not surprise anyone.   Exchange 2003 certainly has had a good run over the last 10 years since it was released back in back in October 2003. …

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Exchange Support For Windows Server 2012 R2

Previously Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 were released to the TechNet subscriber download centre.   Prior to Windows Server 2012 R2 being tested and validated by the Exchange Product Group, we had asked to pause deployments of 2012 R2 DCs into environments where Exchange was installed. Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1, Exchange 2010 SP3…

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Exchange Autodiscover & Lync

Via this blog we have discussed the fundamentals of Exchange Autodiscover, and also issues around the Set-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory cmdlet.  At this point the message should be out there with regards to how Outlook functions internally and externally to locate Autodiscover and the difference that having the workstation domain joined makes.   Lync on the other hand is…

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Exchange RPC Client Access Service Crash

RPC Client Access is the main conduit for Outlook clients communicating to Exchange 2010.  So when something happens to it, the impact can be classified as “not good”…..   While Exchange 2010 SP3 RU2 addresses issues with RPC Client Access that may be caused by RPC Client Access threads hanging on a mailbox server that…

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SkipAsSource Flag Cleared In Windows 2012

For a while now I’ve been using the Netsh SkipAsSource Flag to allow multiple IPs on a server and only the primary IP registers in DNS.  The previous series of articles in this series are here: Fine Grained Control When Registering Multiple IP Addresses On a Network Card Fine Grained Control When Registering Multiple IP…

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Offline Defrag And DAG Databases, Oh My!

Even though some of the very old KBs, which  now refer to unsupported products, state that taking databases offline to run periodic offline defragmentation with ESEUTIL is not recommended some folks in the field still want to do this. Previously when there was only a single copy of a database, running offline defragmentation would cause…

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