Dynamic Disk Provisioning…

Have been tracking a few internal discussions concerning dynamic disk provisioning – the idea of being able to add disk capacity to the storage supporting your Exchange infrastructure at any time.  Now the way I understand it; and I imagine vendors and hardware platforms will do this in many different ways, is that larger LUNs…

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DPM SP1

Earlier this month Microsoft announced DPM Service Pack 1.  Some pretty significant updates particularly around Windows 2008 and Hyper-V.  For example using a combination of Hyper-V and DPM for branch offices is a pretty decent solution I think. For Exchange the main update is the ability to protect the SCR target which has implications for…

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Exchange Online

Microsoft Online Services was officially released this week and so we move a step closer to a world where more customers host their mailboxes in the cloud.  OK so it’s for US customers only at the moment but I think it’s still worth keeping up to date with developments.  First place to start is probably…

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E2K7 on NAS storage..?

The support policy for Exchange 2003 running on a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) device is pretty clear – we don’t support it.  A NAS device relies on file-sharing protocols such as SMB to attach to databases and logs and doesn’t scale very well for I\O.  The story doesn’t change with Exchange 2007 partly because, I presume,…

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BIG online mailboxes…

I recently made the assumption (not very accurately as it turns out) that deploying large mailboxes of a GB and above in online mode is not generally realistic. I think it’s a fairly common misconception that having a local cache is always going to improve Outlook performance.  Well actually that’s not entirely true.  For mailboxes…

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MCS Talks – No. 9

Registration is now available for Session Number 9 of the MCS Talks Series – Sharepoint this time.  Please see the MCS Talks blog for more information.  If you are new to MCS Talks they are a series of online webcasts driven by MCS in the UK on a variety of technologies but centring on how…

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How quick’s it going to take to backup and restore Exchange data with DPM?

One of the most often asked, and most difficult to answer, questions concerning Microsoft System Centre Data Protection Manager (dpm) is how long will it take to backup and restore data…  As you’d expect the answer is ‘it depends’.  So I thought I’d provide an example from my own experience which it might be useful…

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