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Install telnet on Windows Server 2008

If you’re needing to do some SMTP testing using a Windows Server 2008 host you’re probably going to need a Telnet client.  The Telnet client is not installed by default on Windows Server 2008, so you can use this ServerManagerCmd.exe one-liner to quickly install it: C:\>servermanagercmd -i telnet-client ......... Start Installation... [Installation] Succeeded: [Telnet Client]. […]

July 26, 2008

Enable/disable Exchange Server 2007 circular logging

When planning a mailbox migration to Exchange Server 2007 you should consider the amount of transaction logging that will be generated by the move.  In low risk environments circular logging can be used to avoid disk space problems caused by the volume of transaction logs generated during bulk mailbox moves. You can query the current […]

July 25, 2008

Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 Silent Install

Note: Aaron has posted that Adobe has released the customisation wizard for Acrobat Reader 9 and has updated his excellent post on deploying Acrobat Reader 9 with this new information. Instructions To perform a silent install of Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0, follow these steps: 1. Download the install file from Adobe here . 2. Run […]

July 6, 2008

Windows Server 2008 ServerManagerCMD.exe command reference

Microsoft Technet has an excellent resource page for the Windows Server 2008 Server Manager (ServerManagerCMD.exe) command-line tool here. One of the highlights is a complete list of the role, role service, and feature command identifiers for installing Windows Server 2008 components. This is an excellent reference and very handy when configuring a Windows Server 2008 […]

June 5, 2008

Project Coconut: Part 6 – Finishing the job

Project Coconut is underway and the first bit of action is getting the environment up to the pre-requisites for Exchange Server 2007. The existing environment is Active Directory in Windows 2000 Native Mode, with Windows 2000 Server domain controllers, and an Exchange 2000 Server organisation also running on Windows 2000 Server member servers. Part 6 - Finishing the job.

June 1, 2008

Exchange Server 2007 replication problems can lead to backup issues

Exchange Server 2007 has some very useful replication features such as Local Continuous Replication (in RTM and SP1) and Standby Continuous Replication (in SP1 only).  These features can provide nice and simple disaster recovery options by replicating your storage group logs and databases to another location, be it another disk/LUN with LCR or another mailbox […]

April 25, 2008

Installing Exchange Server 2007 pre-requisites on Windows Server 2008

The Windows Server 2008 ServerManagerCmd.exe tool makes installing the Exchange Server 2007 pre-requisites a snap.  In this example I am installing the pre-requisites for a typical Exchange Server 2007 installation (Mailbox Server, Client Access Server, Hub Transport Server). The components are installed using ServerManagerCmd.exe.  The following commands can be executed in a command shell to […]

March 27, 2008

Are you getting enough IOPS in your diet?

Storage guys do not love talking about IOPS, especially when far too much attention is being paid to them by customers buying Exchange solutions.  You would think a die hard storage guy would delight in pulling out one of their many spreadsheets and calculating the optimal disk layout to meet your IOPS needs, but sadly […]

March 11, 2008