The Ultimate anti-virus exclusion list!

I was working with a  customer chasing down the remote installation failure of a backup agent, and then, after installing it locally, its subsequent failure to talk to the backup server and ran across the ultimate list of anti-virus exclusions: This is a comprehensive compiled list of exclusions for just about every product, from Exchange, Lync,…


Exchange 2010 Virtualization distilled.

Sizing: 1. Always size/spec servers and configure as if they were physical. For example, when configuring a DAG node, ensure that it has both a network interface dedicated for a MAPI network, and at least one NIC for a dedicated replication network. 2. Add 10-12% more resources (RAM/CPU) to account for virtualization overhead This section below…


Updated Scaleable Networking Pack (SNP) Guidance

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted, and even longer since I posted regarding the SNP related issues in Windows 2003 Sp1 and the SNP. Windows IT Pro has published our updated guidance regarding how to configure this family of network related features, specifically Receive-Side Scaling (RSS), TCP Chimney Offload, and Network Direct Memory Access…


Tips on installing Powershell 2.0 on Exchange 2007 SP2/Windows Server 2008 SP2

If you want to leverage the remote management capabilities of Powershell 2.0 against a Windows Server 2008 SP2 target, you need to install Powershell 2.0. In order to so, you must: -Install Windows Management Framework (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968929). A reboot is required. -By default, no WinRM listener is configured. Even if the WinRM service is running, WS-Management protocol…


Updating Schema and preparing AD for Exchange 2010

  (Updated after fixing formatting) (Updated after modifying Schema master replication statement)  This is a slightly modified and updated version of my previous post regarding Exchange 2007. Note before we begin: It is was once considered best practice to disable outbound replication on the Schema master before conducting schema upgrades. If, for whatever reason, the schema…

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Ever want to test your CAS deployment?

Have you ever, either in the course of troubleshooting, or perhaps when standing up a new Client Access Server, wanted a method to test if it works externally? Microsoft CSS has deployed a tool – more specifically, a web site- where you can check the functionality and availibility of any CAS servers that you may have published to…


Things I didn’t know about Vista – New file system introduced with SP1

It’s always been a personal pet peeve that large USB drives come shipped from the factory formatted with FAT.  I have to reformat my MP3 player semi-regularly because it is a 30 GB Fat (something) partition.   The first thing I do with a new USB flash drive is to try to format it with…


The unholy trio

Are you having weird issues with connectivity? Outlook clients not being able to connect to Exchange? RDP suddenly stops working? Perhaps one of the following: • When you try to connect to the server by using a VPN connection, you receive the following error message:Error 800: Unable to establish connection. • You cannot create a…


Updating Schema for Exchange 2007 (easily understandable format)

**If you do not know what Schema is, or Exchange 2007 for that matter, do not attempt this. Put your keyboard down and back slowly away from the computer. This post is intended for qualified Exchange Admins only** Recently, I had cause to go through the various ways of preparing your AD and AD schema for…