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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 the blocksize as the physical blocksize, instead of the volume blocksize, which can lead to ...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 05-06-2015
  • 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 utilization for the computer on which it is installed. Also, it reports on a subset of ...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 04-30-2015
  • 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 an improper Active Directory site. That can cause a number of issues with Exchange. I am in the ...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 04-29-2015
  • Finding Services Using non-System Accounts With PowerShell, v3

    In 2008,I authored a PowerShell blogpost/script Finding Services Using non-System Accounts With PowerShell. It was a rewrite of an earlier VBscript blogpost/script from 2006, Finding Services Using non-System Accounts. That was a very basic rewrite and a very basic PowerShell script. With this blogpost, I update the script to process ...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 12-17-2014
  • 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 about your autodiscover situation. However, it works "from the outside to the ...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 10-01-2014
  • PowerShell Quick Script: Would You Like to Play a Game?

    I teach a three-day course for System Administrators. I call it "Pragmatic PowerShell" - and that's exactly what it is about. Teaching administrators what they need to know about using PowerShell. Of course, discoverability is a large part of the process. So we cover the standard stuff: Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, Exchange, and ...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 09-29-2014
  • 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 difficult to decide what information from a cmdlet's output is relevant. Here is my ...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 09-09-2014
  • 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. The blog post announcing the release is here. You can download the release ...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 02-25-2014
  • Offline for a few weeks!

    I apologize! This blog was offline for a couple of weeks. It was completely beyond my control. I am hosted by GoDaddy.com and they spent several days saying "this is your problem" before they finally admitted "oh, ok, this is our problem." I do plan to move to another hosting platform in the next few months... but honestly, ...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 07-31-2013
  • 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 users. That is true in my environment, and in that of all customers I have worked with in the ...
    Posted to Michael's meanderings... (Weblog) by michael on 04-26-2013
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