Have you experienced an inconsistency with some mailboxes going into a quarantined state after being migrated to Exchange Server 2019 that seemed unexplainable? I had this very situation. A customer with a small-to-medium environment had a single mailbox that would routinely go into a quarantined state after it was migrated. At the time, about 100 … Continue reading Mailbox Quarantined After Migrating to Exchange Server 2019
Should the Exchange 2019 Metacache Database Actually Be Implemented?
At Ignite 2018, Microsoft outlined several details related to Exchange Server 2019 that I previously wrote about. Included was the new Metacache Database (MCDB). The purpose is fairly clear: Exchange has been optimized to offer really large mailboxes on the cheapest storage possible which was afforded by being really intelligent about read/write operation and caching … Continue reading Should the Exchange 2019 Metacache Database Actually Be Implemented?
Quick Tip: Attaching a Mailbox to a Different Active Directory User
This post is not about taking a mailbox that has been inactive. Rather, this post is about taking an active mailbox that is already attached to an AD user and attach it to a different one. Situation: Cross-forest migrations have a lot of moving parts. It requires two AD forests with accounts or trusts established, … Continue reading Quick Tip: Attaching a Mailbox to a Different Active Directory User
Exchange Server 2019 Announcements at Ignite 2018
We had many significant Exchange related announcements at Ignite this year, including many for Exchange Server 2019 and Exchange hybrid. However, to the dismay of many, there was still no announcement for eliminating the last Exchange server after migrating to Exchange Online while still running directory synchronization. The focus of this post will be updated … Continue reading Exchange Server 2019 Announcements at Ignite 2018
I have completed refactoring the dxExchange.WebServices module. It is at greater than feature parity to the previous release. Notable changes: Complete help Custom output formatting Pester tests! Deployed to the PowerShell Gallery!!! With that said, assuming a relatively modern version of PowerShell (4.x+): Install-Module dxExchange.WebServices Get-Command -Module dxExchange.WebServices The repository is on GitHub dxExchange.WebServices.
Help Driven Development with dxExchange.WebServices
I wrote a post about Help Driven Development (HDD) some time back. To summarize, HDD builds on top of what I have since come to understand as Behavioral Driven Development (BDD) and Test Drive Development (TDD). The aim of the paradigms are to improve code and invert the normal process, prioritizing the tasks that often … Continue reading Help Driven Development with dxExchange.WebServices
Cost Benefits to Embrace the Cloud
I have begun preparations for the (ISC)2 CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) examination. This would become my second (ISC)2 certification, supplementing my current CISSP and further reinforcing my knowledge as it relates to both the “cloud” and security. I will be reviewing one of the introductory concepts covered in the material relating to the cost/benefits … Continue reading Cost Benefits to Embrace the Cloud
The Tale of the Stubborn Public Folders
I had a rather meager set of legacy public folders that I was tasked to migrate to Exchange Online, with the single database weighing in at under 5GB. What was peculiar was the large number of folders and the percentage that were mail-enabled. The first set up challenges were cleaning up the folder names and … Continue reading The Tale of the Stubborn Public Folders
What Exchange 2019 Means for Exchange 2003
On first day of Microsoft Ignite 2017, Microsoft announced the broad release of Exchange 2019 in H2 of 2018. The TAP program is open for application. This definitely answers some questions for us, like "Will Exchange Server 2016 be the last on-premises version?" Microsoft has little interest in ending Exchange on-premises for the foreseeable future; … Continue reading What Exchange 2019 Means for Exchange 2003
Active Directory Sizing for Exchange
It is easy to dismiss the sizing of your Active Directory infrastructure simply based on CPU and RAM resource consumption; the resources generally appear to have minimal usage. However, Active Directory [Domain Services] is a little more complicated than that and Exchange Server is the canary in the coal mine, so to speak. There are … Continue reading Active Directory Sizing for Exchange