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Jaap Wesselius

What's New in Exchange "15"

The Beta of Exchange Server "15" shows considerable improvements in the ease of management and installation. It has been extensively re-engineered to make it more effective in working across several datacentres. It also has a new Outlook Web App that even allows offline working. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Migrate to Office 365

If you are using Exchange Server 2003, it is worth considering a move to Office 365 instead of Exchange 2012. If you have business reasons to do so, it is possible to use the migration tool to switch over from an 'on-premises' Exchange-hosted mail service to a cloud-based Office 365 service. Jaap walks through the steps for a relatively small corporation.. Read more...

Krishna Kumar

Creating and Configuring a Custom Offline Address book with Web-Based Distribution in Exchange 2010 Using PowerShell

The offline address-book (OAB) of Exchange is available when the user is not connected, Since Exchange 2007, it is updated via a Web-based distribution point. But what if you need to set up several Offline address-books for a variety of sites or geographical regions, each to be distributed by a different point? How would you do that? Krishna demonstrates. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 - What's New

Microsoft Exchange Service Pack2 (SP2)is now released, so Jaap Wesselius has taken a look at the latest update, highlighting some of the most interesting features of the latest build. Read more...

Antoine Khater

Extending Exchange 2010 Shadow Redundancy Cross Forest

When a customer asks for an Exchange Server feature that you have no idea how to implement, and you just get one item coming up on Google, then you've got the blues. Antoine relates the struggle from that point to successful delivery of the feature. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Recover a Mailbox Server in A Database Availability Group (DAG)

When one mailbox server in a Database Availability Group (DAG) is accidentally deleted, then it is supposedly easy to fix the problem, but if the DAG is not fully cleaned up, it can prove a little more complex. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Microsoft Office 365 Beta: First Look

With the recent announcement of the Office 365 public beta, Microsoft has unveiled the next incarnation of their cloud-based services. Lucky for us, Jaap Wesselius has the inside scoop, and gives us everything we need to start using the new platform. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

SMTP Routing Changed in an Exchange Database Availability Group

In Exchange Server 2010 it is possible to make the system more resilient by creating a Database Availability Group (DAG) where the nodes contain multiple server roles. Read more...

Johan Veldhuis

Migrating to Microsoft BPOS - Part II

In his last article, Johan gave us a crystal clear guide to preparing to migrate from an on-premises Exchange environment to a Cloud-based BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite) environment. With the preparations complete, he now walks us through the final steps of the migration, and correctly configuring the environment. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Upgrade from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 - Part III

Jaap has now walked us most of the way through the upgrade from an Exchange 2007 environment to an Exchange 2010. In this last article in the series, he takes us the rest of the way, and completes the migration. Read more...

Johan Veldhuis

Migrating to Microsoft BPOS - Part I

By now, you've probably heard of Microsoft's latest foray into the PaaS arena - Office 365 - but you might not know that Microsoft's BPOS offering is going to be a component of this latest incarnation. If you're considering either of these platforms, Johan Veldhuis' clear and comprehensive guide to Migrating from Exchange to BPOS is essential reading. Read more...

Brien Posey

Importing PST File Data into Exchange Server

Having read Brien's previous article describing PST Horror Stories, you should now be well aware of the dangerous pitfalls of rogue and unmanaged PST files. Thankfully, 3rd party tools offer us a painless away to entirely avoid these problems, as Brien now explains. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Upgrade from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 - Part II

Having walked us through the initial steps of the migration from Exchange Server 2007 to 2010, Jaap now discusses the next stage of the process - Configuring External access to your Exchange environment, and setting up your new Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Upgrade from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 - Part 1

Upgrading to Exchange Server 2010 is easy if you know how, and Jaap’s simple walkthrough will guide you painlessly through the process. Having already explained the step-by-step upgrade process for those of you using Exchange Server 2003, Jaap now makes life easy for the Exchange Server 2007 SysAdmins, too. Read more...

Brien Posey

PST Horror Stories

Brien has been on the front line of Systems Administration for long enough to both respect and fear PST files. Though they are a handy tool when used wisely, they are too often misused, resulting in disaster. Brien relates a few tragedies to which he's had a front-row seat. Read on, and be warned. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Importing PSTs with PowerShell in Exchange 2010 SP1

Unless you use Red Gate's PST Importer, the import and export of PST files with Exchange 2010 is a complex and error-prone business. Microsoft have acknowledged this in the release of Exchange 2010 SP1, since they have now re-engineered the way that PSTs are handled to try and ease the pain of importing and exporting them, but it is still a matter of using Powershell with cmdlets, rather than a GUI. Jaap Wesselius takes a look at the new process. Read more...

Neil Hobson

Exchange 2010 DAG Creation and Configuration, Part 2

Now that you've created your first DAG in Exchange 2010, you'll need to be sure it's correctly configured for failovers and switchovers, and you know how to troubleshoot. Fear not, for Neil Hobson tells you what you need to know. Read more...

Michel de Rooij

Connecting the Disconnected in Exchange 2010

Since Exchange 2000, and the introduction of the document retention period it has been much easier to recover mailboxes, disconnect or connect mailboxes to users, and disable mailboxes. Exchange 2010 has introduced the personal archive, which adds a slight complication. Michel de Rooij explains how to deal with this, and clean up mailboxes that are still within the retention period. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Address List Segregation or the “Hoster Edition” of Exchange Server 2010 SP1 – don’t even think about it!

Although very tempting to use, the Hoster Edition of Exchange Server 2010 SP1 is not an alternative for the enterprise customers. Don’t try it, don’t even think about it, there’s too much complexity for the average enterprise customer. Read more...

Johan Veldhuis

OCS Disaster Recovery, Part 2

There are several possible disasters which might happen to your Office Communications Server environment. This will be everything from a file share which becomes corrupted, all the way over to a complete OCS server recovery. None of these will present a problem if you've prepared for disaster recovery beforehand. Johan explains what to do when disaster strikes. Read more...

James Allison

Importing PSTs into Exchange 2010, The Easy Way

PST Importing has always been a bit messy. With Exchange 2010’s Personal Archiving feature, it’s become more pertinent, yet still comes with pit-falls, gotchas, and inexplicable errors. James Allison has done some research, and presents an easy way to smoothly tackle the whole problem. Read more...

Ben Lye

Identifying Exchange ActiveSync Users with PowerShell

Just recently, a problem involving the iPhone/iPod's synchronisation process with Exchange 2007, made it necessary for Exchange Administrators to alert various mail users to upgrade to the latest version of Apple's iOS 4. Ben shows how easily he was able to do this for his organisation, using Exchange's Management Shell with PowerShell and some Exchange cmdlets. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Exchange 2010 Online Move-Mailbox – Mailboxes Offline for only a few Seconds

Exchange Server 2010 has an online Move-Mailbox functionality, invoked by calling the New-MoveRequest cmdlet. By using it, the time a mailbox is offline has been reduced to only seconds. Read more...

Krishna Kumar

Increasing Email Size Limits for your High Profile Users in Exchange 2010

If you ever need to set up fine-grained rules to control the maximum size of messages a subset of your picky users’ can send or receive, Krishna Kumar has you covered. His step-by-step instructions will tell you everything you need to know to keep emails sizes under control. Read more...

Bob Cramblitt

Reinventing the Exchange email archiver

If you could design an Exchange email archiver from scratch, what would you do differently and how would you bring it to maturity? Bob Cramblitt talks with three principals from the new Exchange Server Archiver 3.0 development team and gets the inside story on the soul of a new archiver. Read more...

Sean Duffy

Manageable and Trim: A Review of Exchange Server Archiver 3.0

Sean Duffy, always keen to be on the cutting edge of making his job as a production SysAdmin as painless as possible, puts V3.0 of Red Gate's Exchange Server Archiver through its paces. His verdict: an impressive and transparent tool for managing your Exchange environment. Read more...

Antoine Khater

Restoring Exchange Server 2010 using Windows Server Backup

In his previous article, Antoine Khater made sure that every Exchange SysAdmin knew how to backup their servers. Now that you've got your backups running smoothly, his latest no-nonsense guide covers exacty how to restore everything ranging from whole servers down to individual mailboxes and items, and how to do it fast. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

What's New in Exchange Server 2010 SP1?

The very latest and greatest incarnation of Exchange Server 2010, Service Pack 1 Beta, is now available for the public to try out. Lucky for us, Jaap’s had access to the new release for quite some time, and he gives us a distilled guide to exactly what is new and improved. Read more...

Johan Veldhuis

OCS Disaster Recovery Part 1

Office Communications Server stores its data in a variety of locations, which can make backing it up and disaster recovery a slightly tricky business. Thankfully, Johan Velduis is here to tell which databases and fileshares we need to worry about, and give us peace of mind. Read more...

Neil Hobson

Exchange 2010 DAG Creation and Configuration Part 1

If you’re using Exchange 2010, then you’re probably interested in using the new Database Availability Group feature for your High Availability needs. The DAG is superbly powerful technology, but you’d better make sure yours is 100% correctly configured. Neil Hobson walks us through what we need to know, using a two-node DAG as an example. Read more...

Antoine Khater

Backing up Exchange 2010 For Free

It's hardly surprising that many SysAdmins are willing to pay over the odds for sophisticated backup solutions which they don't necessarily need, just to make sure their data is safe ASAP. Thankfully, Antoine Khater is here to give you a short and sweet walkthrough on how to keep your Exchange 2010 Server backed up for free. And the best news? You've already got everything you need. Read more...

Elie Bou Issa

An Introduction to Information Rights Management in Exchange 2010

If you’re a Systems Administrator concerned about information security, you could do worse than implementing Microsoft’s Information Rights Management system; especially if you already have Active Directory Rights Management Services in place. Elie Bou Issa talks Hub Servers, Transport Protection Rules and Outlook integration in this excellent guide to getting started with IRM. Read more...

Sean Duffy

The Great PST Migration

Having recently been on the front lines of a massive PST import operation, Sean Duffy offers advice and points out pitfalls. More than anything, he wishes he had a simple tool with which to banish PST hell, and finishes with some hard-won guidelines. Read more...

Johan Veldhuis

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 - Part II

Once you have set up Office Communication Server 2007 R2 to provide IM within the organisation, the next stage is to provide full telephony by setting up the OCS Mediation Server and the OCS Edge Server to connect ‘outside’ the organization, and escpecially to a SIP trunk provider of Internet phone services. Read more...

Brien Posey

Implementing Cluster Continuous Replication, Part 3

Cluster continuous replication (CCR) uses log shipping and failover to provide a more resilient email system with faster recovery. Once it is installed, a clustered server requires different management routines. These are done either with a GUI tool, The Failover Cluster Management Console, or the Exchange Management Shell. You can use Powershell as well for some tasks. Confused? Not for long, since Brien Posey is once more here to help. Read more...

Johan Veldhuis

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 - Part I

Office Communications Server, which provides integrated voice, conferencing, IM, and telephony, is one of those products that are difficult to explain in simple terms. It takes a brave man to take on the task, and to provide a simple guide to installing it: Luckily for us, Johan is that man. In the first of a series, he explains what it is, how it benefits your enterprise, and how to make it happen. Read more...

Johan Veldhuis

A Deep Dive into Transport Queues (Part 2)

Johan Veldhuis completes his 'Deep Dive' by plunging even deeper into the mysteries of MS Exchange's Transport queues that are used to temporarily store messages which are waiting until they are passed through to the next stage, and explains how to change the way they work via configuration settings. Read more...

Elie Bou Issa

Single Item Recovery

One of the more obscure parts of Exchange Server is the Dumpster. This allows the recovery of one or more deleted emails, in much the same way as the recycle bin in Windows, even if the user has purged them. Although it is seen as an alternative to backup, or as a means to document retention, it really provides a separate function, undoing an accidental deletion. Elie explains how to configure deleted retention items and how to recover a purged item. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Moving Exchange Databases and Log Files

It makes a lot of sense to move the database and log files of an Exchange server to separate physical disks; one each for log and data. but how do you go about doing it? Jaap explains. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Upgrade Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 - Part II

In Jaap's second article on upgrading straight from Exchange Server 2003 to 2010, he explains how to move the various services from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2010 and fully decommission the Exchange Server 2003 servers. Read more...

Johan Veldhuis

A Deep Dive into Transport Queues - Part 1

Submission queues? Poison message queues? Johan Veldhuis unlocks the mysteries of MS Exchange's Transport queues that used to temporarily store messages waiting until they are passed through to the next stage, and explains how to manage these queues. Read more...

Ben Lye

Customizing the Outlook Address Book

It is possible to change the fields in the Outlook address book to make them a better fit for your organisation. Exchange provides templates for Users, Contacts, Groups, Public Folders, and Mailbox Agents that are downloaded to Outlook. Any changes will be visible in the address book. As usual with Exchange, careful planning before you make changes pays dividends, Ben Lye explains. Read more...

Michael B. Smith

Exchange Server 2010 Compliance Capabilities

Exchange 2010 now has more features to assist System Admistrators with Compliance, but are these features sufficient? Are they easy to use? Michael Smith gives a roundup of these new features, and points out where are useful, and where they fall short of providing a complete solution to the compliance task Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Upgrade Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010

In this article, the first of two in which Jaap describes how to move from Exchange Server 2003 straight to Exchange Server 2010, he shows what is required before moving mailboxes from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2010. He shows how to upgrade Active Directory, install both Exchange Server 2010 and certificates, and set up the Public Folder replication. Read more...

Jonathan Medd

Active Directory Management with PowerShell in Windows Server 2008 R2

One of the first things you notice with Windows Server 2008 R2 is that PowerShell 2.0 has become central to the admin function There is a powerful Active Directory module for Powershell that contains a provider and cmdlets that are designed to allow you to manage Active Directory from the command line. Now, you can also use versions for previous versions of Windows Server. Read more...

Brien Posey

Implementing Cluster Continuous Replication, Part 2

Cluster continuous replication (CCR) helps to provide a more resilient email system with faster recovery. It was introduced in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and uses log shipping and failover. configuring Cluster Continuous Replication on a Windows Server 2008 requires different techniques to Windows Server 2003. Brien Posey explains all. Read more...

Ben Lye

Implementing Windows Server 2008 File System Quotas

File system Quotas are used to restrict the amount of space users can consume or to report on the space consumed by them. They are useful for reporting on those users or folders that are consuming large amounts of disk space on a file server. Ben Lye shows that File system quotas are quick and easy to set up, with three different methods available for configuring them Read more...

Matt Simmons

The Ego and the System Administrator

Because the Sys Admins and DBAs who are efficient end up wielding a great deal of power, there is always a danger that it can 'go to their head'. If ever you start imposing your decisions on the organisation for no better reason than the fact that they're yours, then it is time to read Matt's simple guide on how to prevent your actions being controlled by your ego. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Introduction to Exchange Server 2010

What’s new in Exchange Server 2010 and what features from Exchange Server 2007 have been deprecated? What has been done to further integrate Exchange with Active Directory? In an extract from his new book, Jaap gives a rooftop view of Exchange's new features and their significance, and spells out the main reasons why it is worth upgrading. Read more...

Ben Lye

Using Group Policy to Restrict the use of PST Files

Outlook PST files are a problem for Exchange users, and give no benefits over Exchange mailboxes. You have to use them on a local drive, they are difficult to back up, and tricky for the administrator to manage. It is possible to use Exchange Group Policy settings to limit the use of PST files, and thereby alleviate some of the difficulties they cause. Read more...

Jonathan Medd

The Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2008 R2

It has always been a curse as well as a blessing that Active Directory has allowed the rapid removal of whole branches. Until now, administrators have looked in vain for an 'undo' function after having accidentally deleted an entire division of their company. At last, with Windows Server 2008 R2, comes a way to rollback changes, as long as you are handy with Powershell. Jonathan Medd explains... Read more...

Brien Posey

Implementing Cluster Replication - Part 1

Imagine that you're researching Continuous Cluster Replication, looking for a simple, direct guide to the basics of getting it set up and running. What do you do if everything you find is either too specialised, or goes into far more detail than you need? If you're Brien Posey, and you can't find that practical, to-the-point article, you roll up your sleeves and write it yourself. To kick off, he tackles the rather tedious task of setting up a Majority Node Set Cluster. Read more...

Neil Hobson

Exchange 2010 High Availability

In April 2009 Microsoft released a public beta of Exchange 2010, the latest and greatest version of a part of its unified communications family of products. Recently in August 2009, a feature complete Release Candidate version was released for public download. In this article Neil Hobson takes a look at some of the high availability features of Exchange 2010. Read more...

Ben Lye

Monitoring and Scheduling Exchange 2007 Database Online Maintenance

To keep the Exchange database healthy, it is important to make sure that online maintenance and online maintenance and online defragmentation are running properly, or are at least conforming to Microsoft’s recommendations. Ben shows how easy it is to automate the maintenance and monitor the defragmentation task. Read more...

Desmond Lee

Moving to Office Communications Server 2007 R2 -Part 2

In the second part of his article on Moving to Office Communications Server 2007 R2, Desmond looks into recommendations to standardize the client desktop to support the different R2 applications, other infrastructure concerns and migration of the remaining internal server roles before moving out to the Edge servers in the screened network. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Exchange backups on Windows Server 2008

NTBackup lives no more, replaced by VSS backups. Unfortunately, “Windows Server Backup” didn't work with Exchange Server 2007 until now. Exchange Server 2007 Service pack 2 contains a backup plug-in that makes it possible. Although pretty limited compared to full backup application like Microsoft Data Protection Manager or Symantec Backup Exec it does what you want it to do: create backups. Jaap explains... Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Update: Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate

Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate is now available for download from Technet, so we asked Jaap to review it for us. Read more...

Jonathan Medd

Using Twitter and PowerShell to Find Technical Information and Join a Community

Using PowerShell and a little bit of .NET Framework and XML knowledge, it is possible to delve a little deeper into the information which is potentially available to you from Twitter. Jonathan explains about Twitter and shows how to use Powershell to access twitter automatically. Read more...

Ben Lye

Restricting Outlook Client Versions in Exchange 2007

There are good reasons for preventing old versions of Outlook from connecting to Exchange Server. You'll probably, at least, want to do it for security. Before you do so, you'll also need know what versions are out there being used so you can make sure that blocking of legitimate users is prevented. Ben Lye explains how it is done. explains Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Installing Hyper-V and Beyond

In his previous article “Hyper-V, an introduction” Jaap Wesselius explained about the Hypervisor, the parent partition, the child partition, and Integration Components. In this article Jaap discusses installing Hyper-V, all kinds of Virtual Hard Disks, Virtual Networks, and some best practices. Read more...

Ben Lye

An Introduction to Messaging Records Management

There are a number of features in Exchange that can be used in creative ways to solve problems in Exchange as they crop up. Ben Lye recently found a great use for Messaging Records Management when hit hit the problem of a meeting-room mailbox that stopped replying to booking requests. Here he shows how to apply policies that apply to all folders of a particular type, and how to schedule a regular task to do it. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Building an Exchange Server 2007 environment

Of course, changing a 32,000 mailbox system, based in 40 Exchange Servers, to a centralised 25,000 mailbox solution is not a difficult task as long as you follow the Microsoft guidelines; It just takes patience, and time to understand Exchange's storage design principles. Jaap describes the design process and shares his experiences with the chosen server hardware. Read more...

Neil Hobson

Cluster Continuous Replication Network Design

Cluster continuous replication (CCR) is a means of providing a more resilient email system with faster recovery. It was introduced in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and uses log shipping and failover. The host-name feature of Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 and the use of multiple redundant private network interfaces can improve the effectiveness of CCR. Read more...

Ben Lye

Using Exchange 2007 Transport Rules to Protect the First Entry in the Address Book

Global Address Lists in MS Exchange can cause problems because the first person in the list often gets the reply. Ben Lye shows how one can eliminate any such problems with Global Address lists by creating a mail contact, a transport rule and a custom Delivery Status Notification. Read more...

Ben Lye

Emulating the Exchange 2003 RUS for Out-of-Band Mailbox Provisioning in Exchange 2007

Exchange's Recipient Update Service was important in Exchange 2000 or 2003 in order to complete the provisioning or updating of mailboxes created from an out-of-band process or from an Active Directory User. In Exchange 2007, full provisioning is automatic, but the functionality can replaced by Powershell scripting if it is required. Read more...

Bob Cramblitt

For this Exchange Server Archiver, “Transparency” Fits

Sometimes, it is a great relief when a user of your software gives it a tough test and then reports that it just works automatically without the users even knowing about it. Once again, Exchange Server Archiver just quietly gets on with its job. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Exchange Server 2010 – The First Public Beta Version

Jaap takes a first look at the new Beta 1 of Exchange Server 2010, which is now available for download, and likes what he sees, especially with Outlook Live, mailbox replication, and the 'self-healing' of the database. Much will change before the release, but there is already a lot of new features that are worth a look.. Read more...

Hilal Lone

Third Party High Availability and Disaster Recovery Tools for Microsoft Exchange Server

Clustering Exchange 2007 to ensure high-availability has its disadvantages. It is expensive and complicated. Is it possible, as an alternative, to recover rapidly from a downed Exchange Server using one ot the third-party Exchange Server Disaster-Recovery tools? Read more...

Ben Lye

Message Tracking in Exchange 2007

'Where did my mail go?' In order to answer this question, to troubleshoot mail problems and to analyse mail flow, the Exchange administrator can use message-tracking logs. Ben Lye elaborates on these essential logs and explains how you can use Powershell commands to search them for those emails that have gone adrift. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Upgrading to Exchange Server 2007: Part 2

Jaap completes his series on the necessary steps to migrate an existing installation of Exchange to Exchange Server 2007. He deals with the problems of installing the Hub Transport server, moving policies and mailboxes and decommissioning the old servers Read more...

Michael B. Smith

Determining MS Exchange Disk Performance

With an Exchange Server, how do you measure performance? How, in particular do you do about measuring your disk subsystem's performance? Whereas the CPU Usage and Memory usage are both easy to measure, the measurement of disk performance is often described as a 'black art'. In fact it isn't so difficult, as Michael Smith explains Read more...

Ben Lye

Goodbye Exchange ExMerge, Hello Export-Mailbox

ExMerge was a great way of exporting a mailbox to an Exchange PST file, or for removing all occurences of an email virus, but it has now been replaced by two new Exchange Management Shell cmdlets, Export-Mailbox and Import-Mailbox which are equally as useful to have at hand. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Upgrading to Exchange Server 2007

Jaap starts a series on the necessary steps to migrate an existing installation of Exchange to Exchange Server 2007. Of course it's simple! Everybody says so, but it is in the detail where you can get caught out. Read more...

Ben Lye

Exchange E-mail Addresses and the Outlook Address Cache

Because Exchange auto-complete cache uses X.500 addresses for e-mail sent to addresses within the Exchange organization, it will bounce back messages from a re-created mailbox even after you give the user account all the old SMTP addresses. This is because the old X.500 address in the auto-complete cache is missing, and this causes Exchange to reject the messages. Ben Lye explains how to solve this common problem. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Exchange: Recovery Storage Groups

It can happen at any time: You get a request, as Admin, from your company, to provide the contents of somebody's mailbox from a backup set as part of an investigation. The Recovery Storage Group is usually the easiest way to do this. It may either mean using the Exchange Management Console or the Exchange Management Shell. Jaap explains all. Read more...

Brien Posey

Optimizing Exchange Server 2007

Brien Posey ponders an 'off the cuff' remark that Exchange 2007 runs so well with a default configuration that you don’t even have to worry about optimizing Exchange any more. He decides that there is actually plenty that can be done to help Exchange to perform even better Read more...

Michael Francis

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...

Jaap Wesselius

Online Exchange Backups

In the third of Jaap's popular series on Exchange Backups he explains Online backups. These have major advantages over offline backups since the backup application does all the logic, and work, for you. Read more...

Ben Lye

Reporting on Mobile Device Activity Using Exchange 2007 ActiveSync Logs

In this new column giving practical advice on all things Sys Admin related, Ben Lye takes on the often difficult task of keeping track of mobile device activity Read more...

Brien Posey

Configuring Exchange Server 2007 to Support Information Rights Management

In Exchange Server 2007, Information Rights management is easy to set up once you have set up the prerequisites. It is also much cheaper, and easier to use. This is just as well, because of the increasing statutory regulations to prevent the mishandling of confidential information in emails Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Exchange Server Log File Replay

Exchange Server stores information in a database and uses log files for transactional processing. To restore, defragment  or repair a database, the ESEUTIL tool is essential . It is always possible to recover data when the database is lost, if you have backed up the database.& Read more...

Nicolas Blank

Deploying Exchange 2007 on Windows Server 2008

Nicolas Blank recounts his Experiences deploying Exchange 2007 SP1 on Windows Server 2008, when not everything worked out of the box as it should have. In this article Nicolas writes about the fixes to the issues he faced when installing on Server 2008. Read more...

Neil Hobson

Message Classifications in Exchange 2007

In Exchange 2007, you can now classify your messages in any way you wish, so that, for example, you can flag messages as being sensitive information that should not be sent outside the company. You can also create transport rules for all messages of a particular category. It is an easy way of implementing email policies within a company: Neil Hobson shows you how ... Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

Exchange Database Technologies

One of the most misunderstood technologies in Exchange Server, regardless of its version, is the database technology. Most people, even Exchange administrators know it is something to do with ESE and tools like ESEUTIL, but once it’s running they leave it that way for the rest of their lives. It’s too difficult and you’d better not touch it in case it breaks…. Read more...

Michael Francis

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...

Jaap Wesselius

Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Clustering

The original, rather complex, Exchange clustering, 'Single Copy Cluster', protects you against a server failure but not a database failure. 'Local Continuous Replication' protects you from database failure, but not server failure. The more simple 'Clustered Continuous Replication' protects against both. If you use it with Transport Dumpster, you won't lose emails. Read more...

William Lefkovics

Controlling Email Messages using Exchange's Transport Rules

Some tasks that should have been easy in previous versions of Exchange just weren't. Now, with Transport Rules in Exchange 2007, administrators have a much improved set of tools to manage message flow. Read more...

Nathan Winters

Using Exchange 2007 for Resource Booking

The process of booking various resources to go with a meeting room just got a whole lot easier with Exchange 2007. Nathan Winters explains Exchange’s resource-scheduling functionality and offers practical advice on how you might go about configuring Exchange to allow users who are scheduling meetings to specify that such things as video conferencing, projection equipment, and refreshments are required for the meeting. Read more...

William Lefkovics

Message Hygiene in Exchange Server 2007

Around four out of every five email messages are spam. Now that the nuisance threatens to engulf what has become the normal route of business communications worldwide, all the vendors of Mail Servers are taking more active steps to confront the problem. William Lefkovics explains how Microsoft Exchange 2007 is meeting the challenge of the rising tide of spam Read more...

Neil Hobson

High Availability in Exchange 2007

Neil Hobson writes about the ways that MS Exchange 2007 can ensure that your organisations messaging remains available. He looks at the way that the Mailbox Server role can be made more available using features as Single Copy Clusters, Local Continuous Replication,  and Clustered Continuous Replication. He also discusses ways of improving the resilience of the other server roles. Read more...

Jaap Wesselius

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