Right – that’s enough of that..

I’m won’t be blogging for a couple of weeks over Christmas and the new year.. Happy Christmas and new year to all.

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Recovery Scenarios for E2K7…..III

This is the last of a few blogs about designing for availability and resilience… The first two are here: Recovery Scenarios for E2K7…..I & Recovery Scenarios for E2K7…..II So after understanding what the types of failures we might encounter, and the cost associated with deploying protection against each type, the next step is to make…

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Stress testing Exchange in a virtual environment..

I’ve been asked a couple of times about stress testing an Exchange server sitting on a hardware virtualisation platform. What would you have to do differently? Well to be honest I haven’t ever done it and a quick trawl of the Internet and internal Microsoft alias’ shows that there still isn’t much experience out there…

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Technet Events for 2009… {Powershell v2 and OCS etc..}

TechNet Events Live: TechNet Event : Managing Windows Servers with PowerShell V2 Location: London Date: 10 February 2009 TechNet Event: Microsoft Systems Management and understanding the role of System Center Location: Birmingham Date: 12 February 2009 TechNet Event: Self Service Business Intelligence Location: Edinburgh Date: 24 February 2009 TechNet Events: “What’s New in Office Communications…

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Powershell, DPM and Virtualisation – some great blogs…

Powershell Explore Your [Environment] on the Windows Powershell blog, written by Jeff Snover.  The article takes a bit of reading but has a great walk through of using Powershell to invoke the System.Environment .Net class.  For example: “[Datetime]::Today Saturday, December 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM” And: “foreach ($f in [Enum]::GetValues([System.Environment+SpecialFolder])) {"{0,-20} – {1}" -f $f, [Environment]::GetFolderPath($f)…

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Asynchronous or Synchronous Replication..?

One of the fundamental decisions that you might make in the early stages of an Exchange Server 2007 design is whether you favour the use of asynchronous or synchronous replication of Exchange Server data, particularly if you require data centre resilience. Understanding the pro’s and con’s of each might actually lead you further towards a…

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..a few more bits of Powershell to feed into DCM

Following on from my DCM blog last month here are a few more bits of Powershell that can be fed into DCM… Checking Autodatabasemountdial: $server=hostname $cmsobj=Get-MailboxServer | Where-Object { $_.RedundantMachines -contains $server }$cmsname=$cmsobj.name $return=(Get-MailboxServer -id:$cmsname).autodatabasemountdial Write-host $return Checking a few of the disclaimer settings are correctly configured: $return=(get-transportrule -id "External Disclaimer").state write-host $return $return=(get-transportrule -id…

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Recovery Scenarios for E2K7…..II

This is the second of a few blogs about designing for availability and resilience… The first one is here. So after understanding what might happen we now need to understand the pro and cons of each component of the proposed solution, the cost associated with each particular component, and the value that it brings to…

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MCS Talks – No. 10

Registration is now available for Session Number 10 of the MCS Talks Series – application virtualization 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…

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Why not stretch CCR nodes across 2 Data Centres..?

Have had a number of conversations with customers concerning the merits of achieving both data centre resilience and cost cutting by stretching CCR and avoiding deploying both CCR and SCR.   i.e. 3 for the price of 2. Firstly I wouldn’t consider stretching CCR if you are not confident of either the latency of the underlying…

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