But I only want to restore a single mailbox…

I’m using DPM to backup my Exchange data and I want to restore a single mailbox only. Is that possible?  This is a pretty common question at the moment and the answer is of course Yes.  However DPM takes volume snapshots using VSS and so you will need to restore an entire volume set (i.e….

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Blackberry without BES?

Blackberries are great but BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server) can be an Exchange administrators nightmare..   One example being the significant load that BES can place on an Exchange Server.  As an example, a Blackberry device synchronising via BES version 4 would place two to four times the equivalent load of an Outlook user on your mailbox…

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Single node cluster as SCR Target?

Site resilience is a requirement of a lot of companies but on a lot of occasions it is not a requirement to achieve full local resilience immediately following a site failure.  In other words a lot of companies are deciding that in the event of the loss of a single data centre site the service…

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Do we actually need to backup our Exchange data anymore?

A number of administrators are currently reconsidering their approach to backing up their Exchange Servers. In large implementations the costs associated with traditional backups are considerable and the emergence of disk based backups using products such as DPM has stimulated more debate.  A lot of companies are now implementing or designing to implement Exchange 2007…

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Protecting Exchange data with DPM

Microsoft System Centre Data Protection Manager (DPM) is one of the suite of System Centre products to be released last year. DPM offers a new approach to backing up our Exchange data and introduces a number of new alternatives to traditional approaches to backup, particularly when used alongside Exchange Server 2007. Before you can understand…

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Some more thoughts on SAN v DAS. Is it actually time to consider DAS?

Ok so here’s my thoughts on the whole SAN (Storage Area Network) versus DAS (Direct Attached Storage) argument… No-one’s surprised to learn that storage is still one of the main topics of conversation when architecting an Exchange infrastructure ..but the discussions are definitely now a bit different. With Exchange 2003 the decision as to what…

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Run your own Exchange Server Health Check….

I  have worked at Microsoft for over 3 years now and have spent a lot of that time working on the Exchange Risk Assessment Program.  This is offered to Microsoft’s Premier customers and is designed to assess the potential risks to a customers Exchange Organization.  It’s a fantastic initiative and if followed correctly offers our…

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High Availability in Exchange 2007

Messaging is mission critical for most companies now and high availability is a major focus for any Exchange Server implementation.  Exchange Server 2007 gives us some great options to enable us to achieve ‘high availability’ including LCR, CCR and, in SP1, SCR.  …but this is only really a part of the story. These features only really focus…

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Offline defrag a replica database…

Let’s leave the “why would you?” to one side for the moment but is it actually possible or supported to defrag a continuous replication target database?  Well not surprisingly er ‘No’.  An offline defrag creates a new database with a new signature (“When defragmentation is complete, the original database is deleted or saved to a…

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On email archiving

Keeping control of your messaging data can often be a frustrating experience.  Administrators can often spend a lot of their time trying to balance the competing requirements of the user community, IT management and industry.   Users need bigger mailboxes and better performance; IT management need published recovery SLA’s to be met and the use of…

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