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Michael Francis

Michael Francis is the Simple Talk Exchange Editor. Michael has 15 years’ experience in editing, writing, and marketing covering a broad spectrum of topics and publications. He has edited technical patents and chemistry journals, written for publications ranging from New Scientist to Pest Control News, and marketed scientific modeling software, machine-to-machine connectivity, and SQL Server and Exchange Server tools. In his spare time Michael enjoys cricket, natural history, camping, and getting beaten at football by his children.

SQL Source Control - Less Pain for Red Jungle

As a dedicated 'twitcher', Michael's eye is caught by a 'tweet' from Red Jungle. In this case, it was not an exotic species, but a user of SQL Source Control who was pleased with the way that it had saved them considerable time in the development process. Out of curiosity, Michael contacted them to find out more. Read more...

The SysAdmin Handbook - The Best of Simple-Talk

Of almost a hundred Simple-Talk articles on topics of interest to System Adminstrators, we've chosen the best and most popular ones for an essential collection that packs a great deal of information about common tasks for the working System Adminstrator. Read more...

The Postmasters

The Exchange Team introduces themselves, and keeps you up-to-date Read more...

Exchange Editorials

Since moving his monthly editorials to a blog, Michael has decided to keep track of them here in the Exchange section. Read more...

Exchange 14: Times are changing

Michael looks at what's coming with Outlook Live, and reckons that there is a sea change in what users expect from their email clients Read more...

Does Exchange Light Your Fire?

Perhaps SysAdmins are more motivated by the human and psychology-orientated parts of the job than the merely technical. Do you feel appreciated and valued? Or are you just seen as Mr Fix-It when things go wrong? Read more...

Hunting in Packs, Seamless-ness and Happy Holidays

I attended DevConnections (Exchange) last month and was blown away by the technical talks. Speakers included Exchange MVPs William Lefkovics, Michael B. Smith, Paul Robichaux, and Jim McBee. Topics ranged from Exchange Edge Services to Transport Rules, Powershell and Exchange 2007 to Database Portability. Read more...

The Road to Beta - Exchange Server Archiver speaks!

Richard, Robert and Marine at Red Gate Software talk about designing, developing and testing Exchange Server Archiver (ESA) to beta. Not to mention the copious amounts of user input to the project, and the use of Nerf shotguns in a software development context. Read more...

Exchange Server Archiver, Las Vegas, Lemons and Whales

It’s the fall and the leaves are falling all around us. And so are the barriers to Exchange Archiving. Read more...

Asking for help – come and talk to us!

“When you buy something from a self-assembly furniture shop, do you read the instructions?” This was the very first question in the very first usability trial I was involved in. I never do, but I don’t know how normal this is. Read more...

Go With the Flow

Knowing enough about the routes that messages take is vital to being an effective Exchange admin, because just like my route to work, you can put this knowledge to work to boost the efficiency of your servers. Read more...

Top Tips for Exchange Admins

Michael Francis hands out imaginary Olympic medals to the winner of the August 'Top Tips for Exchange Admins' Read more...

Fatal Halt

Will anti-spam software be able to cope with the evolution of spam? Or will spam be the end of our preferred method of business communication? Read more...

Optimizing the Exchange Environment - Send us your Tips

We are running a monthly Exchange top tips competition where you can win a $50 Amazon voucher. Read more...

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