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Support for Virtualising Exchange Server 2010 SP1 has changed..?

The support stance for virtualising Exchange Server 2010 SP1 has changed significantly over the last...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 05/17/2011

Want to work for Microsoft UK?

Microsoft Services in the UK are actively recruiting.. “You have unique experiences, skills and...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/07/2011

Office 365 and Exchange Online

A very quick summary of Office 365 blogs, wiki’s and articles… Exchange Online – the first place to...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 01/17/2011

Strange Jetstress 2010 results..?

Are you running the latest version of Jetstress 2010 against data created using the beta?  If...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 06/24/2010

Cmdlet Extension Agents

This is one of those blogs that it’s worth absorbing.. Using Cmdlet Extension Agents to cause...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 06/23/2010

July ‘Microsoft Messaging and Mobility User Group’ meeting…

MMMUG are getting physical meetings going again. To kick off their first meeting after re-launch,...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 06/22/2010

3 into 4 can go…

Once you’ve determined the number of Exchange Server 2010 mailbox database copies you’re going to...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 06/18/2010

1 AD Site, 1 DAG = no DAC

So as the TechNet article (Understanding Datacenter Activation Coordination Mode) explains you can’t...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 04/29/2010

Next year’s got to be better…

So it’s been a poor second half of the year as far as blogging goes….  First half wasn’t too...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 12/18/2009

MCM Exchange Server 2007

At last funding and time permitted me to attend the Microsoft Certified Master program last month in...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 11/30/2009

Exchange Server 2010 News & Reviews..

Exchange Server 2010 Reviews Microsoft Exchange 2010 Beta Looks Solid from Core to Cloud (and...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 04/15/2009

www.TestExchangeConnectivity.com

Nice tool to help you sort out problems accessing Exchange from out on the Internet. For more...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/26/2009

What are all these changes to Active Directory?

This is a great blog if you are wondering about some unusual behaviour in Active Directory –...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/24/2009

CCR or SCC?

Have had this discussion on many occasions and this 3Sharp whitepaper by Missy Koslosky would have...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/18/2009

DPM in Paperback…

Just found this DPM book:  ‘Mastering System Center Data Protection Manager 2007’ by Devin L....

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/18/2009

Microsoft and Google in the Education Cloud

This is worth a quick read if you are interested in what’s happening with Exchange in the cloud at...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/18/2009

Want more Virtualisation?

Go to VirtualizationFeed.com and get the latest on virtualisation in Microsoft and in the wider...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/16/2009

To my fellow bloggers..

Quick list of the blog articles that have helped me and might help you…   10 Steps to Becoming...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/13/2009

A bit of love from Network World…

Exchange alternatives: Pros and cons Testing shows Microsoft's Exchange still tops for features and...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/11/2009

Deploying Exchange 2007 on VMWare?

VMWare Podcasts – VMWAre Infrastructure 3 Podcast: Disaster Recovery (DR) for Exchange using VMWare...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/10/2009

Free Powershell eBook

‘Effective PowerShell: The Free eBook’ from Keith Hill available on Keith Hills’ blog here....

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/09/2009

Friday Dilbert

You gotta laugh…

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/06/2009

I used to do it this way…

Just found some useful stuff on a colleagues blog - Gerod Serafin; a field engineer in the US. It’s...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/05/2009

Software plus Services Guide & Business Advisor Podcast

Not something I would normally blog about but will be interesting to any of our partners who operate...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/04/2009

Offline defrag a replica database…

Let’s leave the “why would you?” to one side for the moment but is it actually possible or supported...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/04/2009

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...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 03/02/2009

You’ve just installed your 901st Exchange Server..

..and ExBPA warns you to consider consolidating servers..?  “There are more than 900 Exchange...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/27/2009

Technet Session – OCS R2

OCS R2 session on Technet from a couple of colleagues: “In this 60 minute session Brett Johnson and...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/27/2009

Why so much fluff?

When you use the Exchange 2007 Mailbox Storage Calculator on the face of it you seem to get a lot of...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/27/2009

IronMountain CloudRecovery webcast…

Following on from the recent announcement on CloudRecovery for DPM from IronMountain (Backup your...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/25/2009

PST’s not supported on the LAN…?

This is a new one on me - ‘Personal folder files are unsupported over a LAN or over a WAN link’....

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/24/2009

3 Data Centres and a File Share Witness

What’s the guidance if you’ve got 3 data centres, you're stretching Exchange 2007 mailbox CCR nodes...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/23/2009

Corrupted OOF?

This is an interested blog from a Microsoft escalation engineer – Eric Norberg posted on his Technet...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/20/2009

Part 3 of Henrik Walthers BPOS blog…

Entitled ‘Introduction to Exchange Online- Uncovering BPOS (Part 3)’ has just been posted. …to...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/19/2009

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...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/18/2009

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...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/17/2009

Blackberry without BES?

Blackberries are great but BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server) can be an Exchange administrators...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/16/2009

MSUKUCC lives…

The Microsoft UK UC Blog is now alive and kicking after a slow start…  The blog will have...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/13/2009

Initializing Storage Groups…

This is a nice blog from Tim McMichael (a Microsoft Escalation Engineer)…  If you want to know...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/12/2009

Archive v Big Mailboxes

Ok so this may not be a straight choice for most and an archive solution can complement Exchange for...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/10/2009

Crossover cables and CCR…

So can you just use a crossover cable for private cluster communications between CCR (& SCC)...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/10/2009

Are Public Folders supported in E14?

Well yes they are… “Microsoft will continue to support Public Folders in the next major release of...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/09/2009

Technet UK on Twitter

Excerpt from the latest Technet Newsletter… “Finally, I'd like to announce the launch of our...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/06/2009

OCS Master and ‘The Master Blog’

I’m a bit late to the party but in case you haven’t seen this already there’s some information on...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/06/2009

BPOS

Really nice couple of articles on msexhange.org about BPOS (Business Productivity Online Standard...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/05/2009

Quick Transport Rule

Quick transport rule to remove the recipient field of an SMTP message header from messages going out...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/04/2009

MMMUG Event at UC Expo

As in previous years UK User Groups are coming together to put on a two day event on March 11th and...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/02/2009

Getting your Exchange 2007 project approved…

So this is the last of these blogs for the moment.  This is the list of blogs that I wrote on...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 02/01/2009

Getting your Exchange 2007 project approved – Part 6 (A few last ideas…)

OK so I just wanted to add a few more ideas that are worth exploring.. Data Centre Consolidation The...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 01/30/2009

Windows Backup, Windows 2008 and Exchange 2007…

What are the options for backing up Exchange 2007 SP1 on Windows 2008? Microsoft’s VSS based...

Author: Doug Gowans MSFT Date: 01/29/2009

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