Author Archives: Phil

Exchange 2013 SP1 Fun: Identity Management Systems Are…Good?

Long time no blog, I know.  I’ve got a dozen or so posts racked up from when I thought I was going to transition the blog over to Office 365 and my SharePoint installation there, but the setup just isn’t … Continue reading

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HP 3Par Array Management: LDAP Authentication

I’ve been administering 3Par arrays for the past 5 years for my organization, and only recently have we bothered with LDAP authentication.  We are running 3.1.1 MU2 on our primary array, and wanted to start bringing in additional administrators to … Continue reading

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Exchange 2013 Sizing Guidance Available (Finally!)

I expected this to be released about 2 months ago, but it turns out they were biding their time for IronMan 3 to drop so we’d all be a bit too distracted to notice that they’ve put together a great … Continue reading

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Powershell Code: How to Extend Password Age in Active Directory

We have a subset of users whose passwords are not expired while they are in a certain stage of their existence.  We store these accounts in 1 particular OU, and once they are ready to move on to their next … Continue reading

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#IAMMEC Session Report: Virtualization in the New Exchange

Supported Hypervisors HyperV 3rd Party Hypervisors Host-based Clustering All roles Exchange Roles All roles Storage Block level iSCSI, FC, pass-through, etc. Same requirements as Ex2010 Support for SMB3 file shares for specific limited scenario Guest on 2012 with guest VHD’s … Continue reading

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#IAMMEC Session Report: Exchange 2013 Sizing Guide

Brief History of Exchange Sizing Sizing come from production deployments Dogfood, MSIT, customer and field feedback Final IOPS comes from internal deployments with isolated user proviles Guidance is conservative due to deployment scenarios that are different from Microsoft Best Practices … Continue reading

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#IAMMEC Session Report: Exchange 2007/2010 to 2013 Migration

Preparation Prepare “Exchange Deployment Assistant” – available on TechNet Verify Prerequisites Install Exchange SP and/or updates across the ORG Exchange 2007 will be a RU, therefore it cannot verify in AD that all servers are at the same level UPDATES … Continue reading

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#IAMMEC Session Report: Ex2013 Planning and Deploying High Availability

Lagged Copies Dealt with automatically by the system but the tradeoff is that it can be automatically played forward in case it’s needed SafetyNet is what was Transport Dumpster, now it’s Transport Dumpster on Steroids Lagged Copy is 7 days, … Continue reading

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#IAMMEC Tip: Exchange 2013 Admin Center Access via Downlevel Account

When you first install Exchange 2013, the Exchange Admin Center is a bit quirky if you want to use it with an administrative account that is sitting on an earlier version. You will run into an issue where it will … Continue reading

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#IAMMEC Session Report: Exchange 2013 High Availability & Business Continuity

Simply put, Scott Schnoll is and always will be a legend among the Exchange crowd.  He always gives some great talks. Let’s hop right into it: Storage Enhancements Multiple Databases per volume Number of copies must equal the number on … Continue reading

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