Author Archives: Phil

Quick Tip: PowerShell for Testlab DNS Entries

A quick post to cover building up the test lab DNS. Eventually these notes will appear in my test lab build series, but until then, this will give you the gist on how to automate this. The following code snippets … Continue reading

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File Server Resource Manager Quota Adjustment – Quick and Dirty

DR tests are fun.  Manually flipping file servers w/ Robocopy as the synchronization mechanism is not.  Hurry up, Server 2016, you’re my only hope. We ended up having to make some quota adjustments on the fly to handle data changes … Continue reading

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Test Lab Build Series – 1 – Planning

The first part of any environment build, be it a test lab, a development platform, or even a production environment, is planning.  Arguably the 2nd most important task in any project is this step, because it is going to guide … Continue reading

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Test Lab Buildup Series – Introduction

I am in the process of revamping my entire test lab build process, and given that I know of a number of admins that still do things entirely by hand, I thought I would share the process involved since for … Continue reading

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Exchange 2013 Hybrid Configuration Wizard Fails to Connect When Updating

Recently I ran into a problem preparing for the April 15th TLS Cert Update from Microsoft.  We would get to a point in the Hybrid Configuration Wizard and it would fail to connect in a spectacular fashion: You can see … Continue reading

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Exchange 2013 Powershell Script: Check CAS Health v2

Back when we were first putting in Exchange 2013 I wanted a way to check the Client Access Server roles as we were deploying servers to make sure that they were coming up okay.  Thankfully, the Exchange 2013 team was smart … Continue reading

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Exchange 2013 Powershell Script: Get DAG-wide Mailbox Statistics

While preparing for our On-prem -> O365 migration of a subset of our users, we ran across the need to gather mailbox statistics so that we could create the migration batches based on metrics. It’s pretty simple for us to … Continue reading

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