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.


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…


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…


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…


Microsoft Exchange Server Training Portal

Microsoft Learning has just launched their Exchange Server training portal, which includes training for both Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2010. Visit the portal, take advantage of new Exchange 2010 training resources, and become an expert on Exchange 2010!. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Special Offers, such as the free…


Exchange Server 2007 SP2 and Backups

In my Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Tips and Tricks session last year at Microsoft Tech•Ed 2008 in Orlando, Florida, I announced that we would be providing a VSS-based plug-in for Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 that will enable customers to take Exchange-aware, VSS backups on Windows Server 2008.  We didn’t have many details…


Why You Should Attend Tech·Ed North America 2009

The Tech·Ed Web site has some great reasons as to why you should attend this year, but I thought I would add a few more: Sessions, sessions, and more sessions.  In case you haven’t looked at the Session List, there’s 738 technical sessions available. Of the 738 sessions, 67 of them are Unified Communications sessions….


Check out the Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer Beta

Want an easy way to check if AutoDiscover is working?  Not sure if Exchange ActiveSync is configured correctly?  Need to test your inbound mail flow?  For help with these questions, and more, check out the Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer.  This newly announced tool, nicknamed ExRCA, is a free Web-based test tool developed internally by…


Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Released

UR7 for Exchange 2007 SP1 (Build 08.01.0359.002) is now live.  I recommend this update for all Exchange 2007 SP1 servers, especially if you use standby continuous replication.  UR7 for Exchange 2007 SP1 includes three critical SCR fixes: KB 961281 Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 introduced an error when you enable…


Video: HP Direct Attach Storage and Exchange 2007 CCR

Check out this new video HP, featuring Systems Engineers Evan Morris and Karl Robinson. Evan and Karl show how show how an HP Proliant DL385 server with direct attach(ed) storage (DAS) – using StorageWorks MSA70 storage and SmartArray P800 controller – provides a simple and economical solution for large mailboxes with great Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and…