27 March 2009
27 March 2009

Message Tracking in Exchange 2007

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'Where did my mail go?' In order to answer this question, to troubleshoot mail problems and to analyse mail flow, the Exchange administrator can use message-tracking logs. Ben Lye elaborates on these essential logs and explains how you can use Powershell commands to search them for those emails that have gone adrift.… Read more
26 March 2009
26 March 2009

Determining MS Exchange Disk Performance

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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
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
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
24 November 2008
24 November 2008

Optimizing Exchange Server 2007

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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
18 September 2008
18 September 2008

Message Classifications in Exchange 2007

In Exchange 2007, you can now classify your messages in any way you wish, so that, for example, you can flag messages as being sensitive information that should not be sent outside the company. You can also create transport rules for all messages of a particular category. It is an easy way of implementing email policies within a company: Neil Hobson shows you how ...… Read more
22 August 2008
22 August 2008

Exchange Database Technologies

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One of the most misunderstood technologies in Exchange Server, regardless of its version, is the database technology. Most people, even Exchange administrators know it is something to do with ESE and tools like ESEUTIL, but once it's running they leave it that way for the rest of their lives. It's too difficult and you'd better not touch it in case it breaks....… Read more
12 August 2008
12 August 2008

Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Clustering

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The original, rather complex, Exchange clustering, 'Single Copy Cluster', protects you against a server failure but not a database failure. 'Local Continuous Replication' protects you from database failure, but not server failure. The more simple 'Clustered Continuous Replication' protects against both. If you use it with Transport Dumpster, you won't lose emails.… Read more
10 June 2008
10 June 2008

High Availability in Exchange 2007

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Neil Hobson writes about the ways that MS Exchange 2007 can ensure that your organisations messaging remains available. He looks at the way that the Mailbox Server role can be made more available using features as Single Copy Clusters, Local Continuous Replication,  and Clustered Continuous Replication. He also discusses ways of improving the resilience of the other server roles.… Read more