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Exchange Server 2013 on Windows Server 2012

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the public betas of all the Wave 15 products, including Office, Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, etc. were released earlier this week as "2013" products. These were all released on Monday...
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Antivirus Exclusions and Windows

In December of 2007, I made two posts: File Level Antivirus for Exchange and Information Store Antivirus for Exchange . Since that time, there is no question that with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 (and the ongoing advancement of various Internet-based...

Monitoring Exchange Server 2007 with System Center Operations Manager 2007

Just a few days ago, my new book (of the subject title!) started shipping from Amazon. If it hasn't already, it should start appearing in your local bookstores this week. If you want to order from Amazon, you can get it here . Eight months in the...

"Microsoft Exchange Service Host" fails to start in Secure Exchange 2007 Environments

On Exchange Server 2007, especially post service pack 1 (I ran into this problem while installing service pack 1 update rollup 2), it appears that some of the assemblies (that is, parts of the various Exchange programs) are "signed with Authenticode"...
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A Work In Progress...

Yesterday (Thursday, 2008-04-17) was the last day of the 2008 MVP Summit. Over one-half of the MVPs attending were from countries other than the United States. It was interesting to hear the dozens of languages being spoken around me this week. Very little...
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Live from Redmond - it's Geeks Argue!

I and 4,000 MVPs from around the world have accumulated in Seattle/Redmond this week. Where do we all go? To the bar, of course! Last night, a few Exchange MVPs and the odd PowerShell MVP were sitting around discussing stuff I can't talk about here...
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Default Gateways and Exchange Server

Sometimes, you need to step back and take a different look at a problem. When you are "in the weeds", you can't necessarily see the forest for the trees. Exchange Server is a networking application. Now, before you say "duh!",...
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Exchange 2007 and Domain Rename

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Wrapping up SLDs and Exchange Server 2007 , anytime after PrepareAD is run, it is too late to run the Domain Rename (rendom) tool. As part of PrepareAD, the Exchange Server 2007 setup tool stamps the Active Directory...

Wrapping up SLDs and Exchange Server 2007

In Single Level Domains and Exchange 2007 service pack 1 , I commented on the fact that Microsoft was no longer going to support single label domains starting with Exchange Server 2007 service pack 1. Then, in More on Single Label Domains and Exchange...

More on Exchange Server 2007 and MS08-003

In Problem Between Exchange Server 2007 and MS08-03 , I wrote about a problem introduced by MS08-003 that affected large Exchange environments. Last week, a hotfix was released for this problem. Surprisingly for many, it was actually an Active Directory...
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Exchange Server 2007 and Domain Controllers - A Summary

Over three years ago, I wrote my most popular (in terms of number of times it has been read) blog post ever: " Exchange Server 2003 and Domain Controllers - A Summary ." Since it was written in January of 2005, Exchange Server 2003 service pack...

A "Perfect" Install of Exchange Server 2007 on Windows Server 2008

I just finished installing Exchange Server 2007 on Windows Server 2008 (single server install). It went smooth as silk and I'm as pleased as punch. You have to install the "PowerShell" feature and the "IIS" role, and then start...
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Suppressing Non-Delivery Reports (NDRs)

Once the spammers find your domain, which usually only takes a few weeks after it has come online, you'll start seeing lots of error messages being returned to your Exchange Server - for email that was never sent from your server! This is commonly...
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Exchange 2007 Disk Performance/Partition Alignment - A Little Quickie

A perennial recommendation to squeeze the utmost in performance from your Exchange 2007 (and Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003...) disk spindles has been to align the partition boundaries of the disks to a 8 KB boundary - since Exchange will always read...

Exchange Server 2007 and Universal Groups

Recently, the question was asked on one of the mailing lists I frequent: why does Exchange Server 2007 make me create all my new distribution groups as universal groups? The answer is just a little bit convoluted. And it really only applies to so-called...
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