26 March 2009
26 March 2009

An Introduction to Unified Messaging

For many years, everyone involved in the administration of offices has wished that there was a way of combining the voicemail, fax, the PBX with the Exchange Email system, particularly for highly mobile users. . With Exchange Server 2007, this has now become a reality. Even though it forces the Exchange Administrator to become familiar with telephony, the benefits are such that it is well worth the effort.… Read more
26 March 2009
26 March 2009

Determining MS Exchange Disk Performance

With an Exchange Server, how do you measure performance? How, in particular do you do about measuring your disk subsystem's performance? Whereas the CPU Usage and Memory usage are both easy to measure, the measurement of disk performance is often described as a 'black art'. In fact it isn't so difficult, as Michael Smith explains… Read more
02 March 2009
02 March 2009

Change Management- What It Is and Why You Need It

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Bill Holmberg takes a practical look at Change Management, and list the steps you need to take. To make things simpler, he also provides a sample ¬†Word template you can use to follow through a complete change control cycle on a given project. Leaving nothing to doubt, he finishes with an illustration; a fictional exercise so you can see his guidelines in action. … Read more
26 February 2009
26 February 2009

A SysAdmin’s Guide to Users

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What level of trust do you afford users by default? What level of support do you offer users who have low technical skills? Are you creating a system which is more difficult to use with little or no payback? Are you adopting administrative policies as a punitive measure? do users believe that you are deriding them for their ignorance? Matt provides some timely advice.… Read more
26 February 2009
26 February 2009

Goodbye Exchange ExMerge, Hello Export-Mailbox

ExMerge was a great way of exporting a mailbox to an Exchange PST file, or for removing all occurences of an email virus, but it has now been replaced by two new Exchange Management Shell cmdlets, Export-Mailbox and Import-Mailbox which are equally as useful to have at hand.… Read more
12 January 2009
12 January 2009

Exchange E-mail Addresses and the Outlook Address Cache

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Because Exchange auto-complete cache uses X.500 addresses for e-mail sent to addresses within the Exchange organization, it will bounce back messages from a re-created mailbox even after you give the user account all the old SMTP addresses. This is because the old X.500 address in the auto-complete cache is missing, and this causes Exchange to reject the messages. Ben Lye explains how to solve this common problem.… Read more
06 January 2009
06 January 2009

Exchange: Recovery Storage Groups

It can happen at any time: You get a request, as Admin, from your company, to provide the contents of somebody's mailbox from a backup set as part of an investigation. The Recovery Storage Group is usually the easiest way to do this. It may either mean using the Exchange Management Console or the Exchange Management Shell. Jaap explains all.… Read more
24 November 2008
24 November 2008

Optimizing Exchange Server 2007

Brien Posey ponders an 'off the cuff' remark that Exchange 2007 runs so well with a default configuration that you don't even have to worry about optimizing Exchange any more. He decides that there is actually plenty that can be done to help Exchange to perform even better… Read more
20 November 2008
20 November 2008

Virtualizing Exchange: points for discussion

With the increasing acceptance of the use of Virtualization as a means of providing server infrastructure, this technology is being applied to production Exchange servers. This is a  solution that is not just limited to the small shop, Nathan Winters discusses the pros, cons and challenges that lay ahead in providing a flexible and highly available email system… Read more
20 November 2008
20 November 2008

Virtual Exchange Servers

Microsoft now supports running Exchange Server 2007 in server virtualization environments, not just on Hyper-V, but on any virtualizing solution that is validated in the Server Virtualization Validation Program. Before virtualizing Exchange Server, you will need to be clear about the business advantages, and consider the size of the installation, otherwise the results can be a disappointment… Read more