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Clustersize, Blocksize, and Allocation Unit Size

Depending on where you see the terms used in Windows, you may see different names for the same thing. The clustersize of a volume, the blocksize of a volume, and the allocation unit size of the volume are all referring to the same value. Some tools report...
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TinyMonitorService

This is my first binary release of anything. TinyMonitorService is exactly what is sounds like. It is a service that checks only a few characteristics associated with any computer. It checks the processor utilization, the memory utilization, and the diskspace...

Forcing a Server's Active Directory Site

In January 2010 I wrote a blog post Where oh where, did my AD site go...[Alternate title: It's the DNS, stupid.] . In that blog post I discussed a situation where an incorrect DC locator record could cause a server to report itself as a member of...

Testing Exchange Autodiscover with PowerShell

Exchange Autodiscover is deceptively simple. Until it doesn't work. Then, repairing autodiscover can be surprisingly challenging. Microsoft does provide the Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer which can (among other things) give you detailed information...
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Reporting on Client Access Server Configurations

Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 are rich with cmdlets providing you access to information regarding your Exchange environment. However, as of Exchange 2013 CU6, there are 956 (!!) cmdlets. Knowing which cmdlets to use can be challenging. It can also be...
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Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 Released!

Just a quick note.... Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 has been released. Among other changes, this version of Exchange Server provides support for installation on Windows Server 2012 R2 and provides support for Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controllers...

Reporting on primary and secondary SMTP addresses on Exchange objects

Most companies have a set of primary Internet domains (Exchange accepted domains) that they use to assign to users. However, a constant is that most companies also assign a secondary email address that has a domain which is identical for all of their...
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Determining the Exchange Version - without using Get-ExchangeServer - Update 2013

This is an update of my post Determining the Exchange Version - without using Get-ExchangeServer, from April 25, 2012. Since then, Exchange 2013 has been released! I've had several requests from people who are not PowerShell scripters to update that...
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PowerShell Quick Script: Finding the Exchange Schema Version

Every major Exchange release comes with updates to the Active Directory schema. In this case, "major release" means new major version (at RTM), every service pack, and (probably) every Cumulative Update with the new servicing model introduced...
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Exchange Server 2013 Gotchas

Exchange Server 2013 reached RTM a couple of months ago and has since reached General Availability (GA). In my personal opinion, Exchange 2013 RTM is not ready for prime time. Microsoft made a decision to release all of Wave 15 (Office desktop applications...
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Windows Management Framework 3.0 / PowerShell 3.0 and Exchange

In the last few days, Windows Management Framework 3.0 (WMF 3.0) has begun appearing in Microsoft Update (MU), Windows Update (WU), Windows Software Update Services (WSUS), and on Configuration Manager Software Update Points. This basically means that...

Wave 15 reaches RTM, including Exchange 2013

Wave 15 of Office products reached the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) stage today, October 11, 2012 (10/11/12 - heh). These products include Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, and Microsoft Office 2013. Note that RTM, also...
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Security Advisory Affecting Exchange: 2749655

Today Microsoft released Security Advisory 2749655, Compatibility Issues Affecting Signed Microsoft Binaries . I encourage you to read the security advisory. We also saw that Exchange team post the following blog entry Re-released Exchange 2010 and Exchange...
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Microsoft Security Advisory 2737111 - Exchange 2007/2010/2013

Well, in case you haven’t seen it, an Exchange Security advisory was released today. “Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Parsing Could Allow Remote Code Execution” http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security...
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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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