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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

EMS – Check your Exchange Server 2007 services

Thanks to the Exchange Management Shell you can check the status of your Exchange Server 2007 services with a single command line. [PS] C:\>Get-Service | Where {$_.Name -match "Exchange"} Status DisplayName ------ ----------- Running Microsoft Exchange Active Directory... Running Microsoft Exchange Anti-spam Update Running Microsoft Exchange EdgeSync Running Microsoft Exchange File Distribution Stopped Microsoft Exchange […]

March 2, 2008

EMS – Exchange Server 2007 Product Keys

Exchange Server 2007 permits you to install the product and use it for 120 days in trial mode without entering a product key. If you intend to use your system in production you should enter your Exchange Server 2007 product key within that 120 day period (preferably before your system goes into production). You can […]

February 29, 2008