Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thoughts about having a dedicated archive server in a DAG


An article covering some aspects of the deployment of archive mailboxes posted on SearchExchange by Brian Posey, a well-known and respected writer about Exchange, attracted my attention. While Brian makes some good points, I think the general thrust of his … Continue reading

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Off to Spring Connections and an interesting video


This video posted on the Seattle Pi siteĀ is an interesting walk down through memory lane as it wanders from the introduction of products such as Word to Exchange to SharePoint Portal Server to today’s fascination about all things to do … Continue reading

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The spectrum of technical writing


I am often asked what is the difference between writing a blog post and an article that’s published in a magazine such as Windows IT Pro. In response, I think that a spectrum of technical writing exists that goes something … Continue reading

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Exchange 2010, mailbox imports, and LocalSystem


Anything posted on the Internet has a reasonably long half-life, a fact that I was reminded of when I researched some information about the Windows LocalSystem account and discovered an article that I wrote for Windows IT Pro magazine about … Continue reading

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Chariot derailed at Lansdowne Road


Seeing English white shirts coming out for a rugby international creates a special feeling for both opposition and spectators. Unless the game is played at Twickenham, the feeling is not affection. It’s not hatred either, even in Scotland when centuries … Continue reading

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Be careful with VM snapshots of Exchange 2010 servers


Those who are considering virtualizing production Exchange 2010 servers should read the fine print contained in the TechNet article “Exchange 2010 System Requirements“. In particular, this text is crucial: “Some hypervisors include features for taking snapshots of virtual machines. Virtual … Continue reading

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Varying replication mode within a DAG


Log shipping is a well-known method for data replication between Exchange servers (and other computers). It made its first appearance in Exchange in the Local Continuous Replication (LCR) and Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) features of Exchange 2007, added to with … Continue reading

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Communications failure in Twickenham


On March 13 I was back at Twickenham to be the TV Match Official (TMO) for the England v Scotland Six Nations game. This is the oldest international fixture and was first played in 1871, so there’s a bit of … Continue reading

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Preparing for Spring Connections and first impressions of Office 365


Earlier this week Brian K. Winstead, the author of the Exchange and Outlook blog on http://www.windowsitpro.com, contacted me to ask about the keynote that I’ll be giving at the Spring 2011 Exchange Connections event at the JW Marriott Resort hotel … Continue reading

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Oooh… that’s some copy queue length!


The Database Availability Group (DAG) is probably the best Exchange 2010 feature from both an impact and technology perspective. Microsoft took a really good decision by not limiting the DAG to enterprise editions of Exchange, even if you can only … Continue reading

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