I used to do it this way…

Just found some useful stuff on a colleagues blog – Gerod Serafin; a field engineer in the US. It’s a series of blogs showing the difference in administering Exchange Server 2007 from Exchange Server 2003… Part 1 – I used to do it this way… Now how do I do it? Administering Exchange 2003 vs….

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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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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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Want to check the health of your E2K3 environment?

I wrote a series of blogs a while back which might help.. ‘Run your own Exchange Server Health Check….‘ If you are considering moving to Exchange 2007 this might be a good time to verify that your source environment is in a good state.  The blogs should not be used in place of the official…

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Virtualization support…

This is not a new topic but a very popular one which we get asked about a lot.  Our stance is currently outlined in the following article: ‘Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software‘ For information specific to Exchange 2003 go to this article: ‘Support policy for Exchange Server 2003 running…

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Support for running E2K3 on a virtual machine…

Just found this article on the ‘Support policy for Exchange Server 2003 running on hardware virtualization software‘…. "Microsoft supports Exchange Server 2003 running on hardware virtualization software (virtual machines) only when all the following conditions are true: The hardware virtualization operating system is Virtual Server 2005 R2 or a later version. The version of Exchange…

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Run your own Exchange Server Health Check…. Part 6

Active Directory Generally our main concern here is if the Global Catalog servers are responding quickly to LDAP queries from the Exchange Servers.  There are obviously other issues to do with security for example but these are rare and you are likely to already be aware of them.  Therefore the first bit of information to…

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Run your own Exchange Server Health Check…. Part 5

Routing The first place to start for this section is definitely Winroute.  Winroute is used to determine the link state routing information of a particular server.  The tool connects to the link state port (TCP port 691) and extracts the link state information for the organisation. The information is a series of GUIDs that Winroute matches to objects…

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Run your own Exchange Server Health Check…. Part 4

Server Performance I wrote a blog earlier this year on the subject of performance monitoring called ‘A very quick guide to Monitoring the Performance of your Exchange Server.‘ This has all the information that I reckon you need to setup, configure and analyze performance monitor data for your Exchange Servers. I always compare the information…

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Run your own Exchange Server Health Check…. Part 3

Security There are of lot of different parts to this topic.  A lot of this will be covered in the Operations Section and should include the following: Mailbox Rights – do system administrators have access to mailboxes by default? Which accounts have access to which mailboxes? (There should be some scripts out there on the…

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