Troubleshooting Outlook Performance Issues

13 03 2010

If you ever deal with complaints about Outlook speed, the first thing you need to do (apart from verifying all the latest patches are applied) is to make sure the user is following best practices when it comes to mailbox size (i.e. less than 2GB) . Of course as soon as you enforce or even suggest this you will receive complaints, once the user is shown the performance difference they may come around. This kb from Microsoft offers some additional suggestions. Hopefully this limitation will be fixed in Outlook 2010.

Recommended article on Exchange 2010 Disaster Recovery

11 03 2010

This article was recommended to us by the instructor at the Exchange 2010 class I took recently….

“To demonstrate the scalability of the DAG feature, I will use only two servers in my example – one in the production site and one in the Disaster Recovery site. This represents the smallest installation that can be done for DAG, but remember this is a flexible solution so at any point if you need to scale out with multiple DAG members the steps you would perform are nearly identical.”


PowerShell Command to determine who has what device for ActiveSync in Exchange 2007

4 08 2009

I wanted to know who had an iPhone to alert them about the 3.0.1 update, this is the PS command I used to get the data

  Get-Mailbox | ForEach {Get-ActiveSyncDeviceStatistics –
Mailbox:$_.Identity} | ft Identity, Devicetype, DeviceUserAgent

Exchange 2007: How to allow relay exceptions

17 07 2009

Although allowing unfettered relaying of e-mail through your Exchange 2007 server should be avoided, there are situations in which allowing relaying is desirable.

For example, suppose you have an HVAC system that reports to operations when a building’s air handling system strays outside preset parameters. These systems typically handle their reporting via e-mail and don’t authenticate with your SMTP server. The system simply needs your SMTP server in order to correctly route the message. In Exchange 2007, relay is made available through the use of a custom SMTP receive connector. I should note that, by default, Exchange 2007 does support relaying of mail for systems that authenticate. Today’s tip focuses on relaying from an unauthenticated system.

I don’t know about ‘desirable’ but relays are sometimes ‘inevitable’…