Recommended Hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters

Today, Microsoft released Knowledge Base article 2784261, which describes the hotfixes we recommend being installed on all Windows Server 2012 failover clusters.  This includes Exchange database availability groups that are running on Windows Server 2012, as well. Although these hotfixes are generally recommended for all customers, we recommend that you evaluate each fix to determine…

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High Availability Changes in Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 1

Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) has been released and is now available for download!  CU1 is the first release to use the servicing model introduced with Exchange 2013.  CU1 includes new features, new functionality and bug fixes, including in the area of high availability.  The announcement post on the Exchange Team Blog already…

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Exchange Server 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator Update Released

Today we’ve released an update to the Exchange Server 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator that addresses some issues that were identified in the previous (v12.8) release.  You can visit the updates tracking page to see what is in this new version, but here’s a brief synopsis of what’s fixed/changed: Fixed the Activation Results Scenarios…

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RELEASED: Updated Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator, Jetstress 2010 RTM and Load Generator 2010 RTM

It’s only Wednesday, and it’s been quite a week for Exchange tool releases.  Seems like only yesterday we released Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan).  But, alas, that was Friday.  Since then, we’ve had three major updates to some Exchange “must-have” tools: Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator – We actually updated the calculators for both Exchange Server…

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Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta Available for Download

This morning, we released a Beta of Service Pack 1 for Exchange 2010 to the Microsoft Download Center.  You can download the beta from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=193120. Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta includes archiving and discovery enhancements, a faster Outlook Web App, upgraded mobility features, and several additions to the Exchange Management Console. So what are you waiting…

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Update for Exchange Server 2007 Mailbox Storage Requirements Calculator Released

We just updated the Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator to coincide with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange 2007 Performance Benchmarking Guide whitepaper update.  The main blog post has been updated, and you can view the Updates Tracking page to see what changed. Download the updated version here.

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TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Deployed Exchange 2010 on Premises

Ever wondered how we deployed Exchange 2010 on premise internally at Microsoft?  You can find out on Tuesday, May 11th (9:30 AM Pacific Time), when Microsoft IT Service Manager Luisa Garcia Zapata presents a 60-minute Webcast that discusses the Exchange Server 2010 deployment within Microsoft IT. She’ll cover design criteria, hardware choices, and operational changes…

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New High Availability Features in Exchange 2010 SP1

As you may read by now, we’ve started to release the first details on Exchange 2010 SP1. In addition to the features mentioned in the Exchange Team blog post, there’s a lot of other goodness in there, too. In this post, I describe the new high availability features in Exchange 2010 SP1, and there are…

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First Details of Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 Available!

We’ve published a post on the Exchange Team Blog that provides the first public details about Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1).  SP1 will of course include fixes and enhancements in the areas customers have helped us identify (including code from all of the Exchange 2010 post RTM update rollups we’ve released to date). …

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Update to Windows Server 2008 Brings Failure Behavior Change for the File Share Witness resource

My friend and colleague, Tim McMichael, recently blogged about a behvaior change that was made in Windows Server 2008 R2 that was back-ported to Windows Server 2008.  The basics of the behavior change are as follows: When the server hosting the File Share Witness becomes unavailable, the File Share Witness resource will fail and cause…

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