Microsoft Exchange Server

Wallpaper Outrage

<dd class="wp-caption-dd zemanta-img-attribution" style="font-size: 0.8em;"> Image via <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com">CrunchBase</a> </dd> </dl> Paul Thurrottposted a nice attaboy to the MSNfolks today for releasing a wallpaper product that will check Microsoftfor updates to your operating system. Get ready folks, I’m about to show my ass again. Are you KIDDING ME? Paul Thurrott has obviously never had to manage a network beyond his own house. Microsoft commonly releases updates through Windows Updateand if you’re a Windowsadmin worth your salt, you’ll know that it’s wise to wait on many of these updates until you’re sure they’re not going to fry your systems.

What I Want from Data Center Management Software

(note: the following is a stream of consciousness post regarding some software requirements as i dream them up. if you are a developer and actually take up these requirements as the design for a software project, please let me know. if you are aware of a software product that accomplishes all of this, please do not bother to let me know about it. i don’t care. fact is, nothing on the market today does this well enough to make me care about it the way i want to care about it.

Exchange 2007: SCR replication repair

Last week I had to do some serious debuggingon storage copy replication. We discovered that one of our SCCclusters had decided to quit replicating to the SCRnode at the other site. We’re not sure why (we think it’s because the SCR node was rebooted and replication was not cleanly suspended), but the ramifications of failed replication are interesting. In the Exchange 2003 world, you had to depend on your backups running smoothly to purgelog filesfrom the log disks or else eventually, you’d find your databases dismounting in the middle of the day because you’re out of space.

Where Powershell Fails

I’m all about negativity today. Sorry. Anyway, I’ve had something nagging at me for a while now and I think I’ve just figured it out. Powershellis Microsoft‘s answer to having a dumb commandline through the Win95 – Win2003 years and it’s quite powerful, as the name implies. Microsoft likes it so much that they makes most of the Exchange 2007administration efforts in the Exchange Management Shell, a derivative of Powershell that contains Exchange-specific cmdlets.

When RUS Strikes

One item you’ve probably learned by now if you’re an Exchange admin working on a 2007 deployment is that Microsoft has changed the behavior of the recipient update policy. Most of you won’t care about this and that’s just fine. You shouldn’t. I would dare say that if your Exchange environment is engineered well and planned out the way Microsoft probably expects it to be, you should have almost no issues whatsoever.