Deploying Exchange 2007 on VMWare?

VMWare Podcasts – VMWAre Infrastructure 3 Podcast: Disaster Recovery (DR) for Exchange using VMWare @ http://www.vmware.com/resources/podcasts/server_consolidation.html by Scott Salyer, VMware Technical Solutions Architect Using VMWare infrastructure we can help increase the flexibility of your high availability solution for exchange Reduce cost Enhance availability of Exchange through VMWare and MS Exchange features Scott makes a lot…

2

Now we’ve got loads of items – what do we do about it?

So you’ve identified that high item counts is causing issues with Outlook performance.. but what do you do about it? Well first first find out where it’s an issue. i.e. get message counts for all of your mailboxes and all folders where the item count is beyond the recommended guidelines.  Powershell makes this job a…

4

Item Counts, Search Folders and Restrictions

Not a new subject but have been doing some research again and found a couple of useful links which I thought I’d share.. Microsoft Exchange and Search Folders @ http://blogs.msdn.com/dgoldman/default.aspx?p=2 (Dave Goldman’s blog) “A search folder is like a regular MAPI folder, except that instead of containing real messages, it contains only links to messages…

1

24 hour operation, several thousand mailboxes, high concurrency, heavy profiles – how do you tune Online Maintenance?

For companies who have to support a lot of ‘heavy usage’ clients connecting to their Exchange 2007 platform 24 hours a day, tuning online maintenance is going to be important.. You have to be quite careful about staggering online maintenance to minimise its impact on performance and it can be a bit of a juggling…

1

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…

2

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…

1

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…

2

Indexing is now less taxing…

Concerned about search in Vista and its impact on your Exchange Server?  Windows Search 4.0 released earlier this year for Vista and Windows 2008 Server has a number of improvements, one of which is a reduction in the impact on an Exchange Server when the client is operating in online mode… Have a look at…

0

Loadgen latest..

An updated version of the Exchange Load Generator: ‘Loadgen’ has now been released.  If you are going to be using Loadgen make sure you grab the latest version from here: Tools for Exchange Server 2007 or download from here: Exchange Load Generator (64 bit) or here: Exchange Load Generator (32 bit) … This update includes…

0

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…

9