Faster Mailbox moves on Exchange 2013

2:22 pm on October 14, 2015

I’ve been involved in a large 2500 seat Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013 migration and consolidation project recently.  During the mailbox moves, I found that often the move requests were being stalled with a status of RelinquishedWLMStalled.  I tried to change many things to improve the migration including modifying the MSExchangeMailboxReplication.exe.config file to change the Expor...
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MVP Renewed Again – 15 and counting

8:56 am on October 2, 2015

Overnight I received the news that Microsoft has deemed me worthy once more of the Most Valuable Professional award for my 15th year.  This award is given for contributions to the community around a given product, in my case it’s Windows Server for Small and Medium Business.  I believe I’m one of only 3 people in Australia with the award in this category, so it’s rather esteemed...
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Trend WFBS 9.0 SP2 Released

4:45 pm on September 15, 2015

Trend slipped out this update a month back to cater specifically for Windows 10 machines.  You can download the Service Pack 2 from here.

I’ve been running the update now without any major issues except for one thing that I found after the upgrade....
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ShadowProtect gives “Failed to update volumes information” error after reboot

6:00 pm on August 21, 2015

Working onsite today with client and they had run EXTREMELY low on disk space on the C: drive of one of there servers. In fact they got down to 64KB free, and I was surprised the server was still running.

The client had ShadowProtect 5.0.1 installed and it’s been running fine for some time now.  I  cleared up 5GB of free space by deleting some log files, and then did an incr...
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Blank Outlook Emails since KB3055012 Update

6:00 pm on August 18, 2015

Today whilst working with one of our clients, I was investigating an issue where their customer service team were sending emails out based on Outlook HTML templates they had been using and the end client was receiving them as blank emails.  Initially we suspected it was linked to an email migration also going on at the same time as I was moving them from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013....
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Patching your Small Business Network – Part 2 – Deciding on your patching strategy

9:31 pm on July 22, 2015

The key decisions you need to make in terms of patching your small business network are around how much you want to do, how much reporting/verification you want and how reliable the technology is.  In the small business space you’ve got a few options available to you, and as such you need to decide which one you wish to follow before implementing it.

  1. Do nothing and let wh...
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Patching your Small Business Network

5:00 pm on July 17, 2015

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and other small business networks all require patching to ensure that you stay up to date with the various security patches and therefore remain as secure as possible given the various attack vectors that hackers will take.  The default settings on PCs and servers mean that they might patch dependant on what the users do with these settings. ...
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Disks disappear after HP SUM installed

5:00 pm on July 16, 2015

I’ve just finished building two HP Proliant DL380 G9 servers for a clients project.  As part of that I downloaded and installed the latest HP SUM to ensure all drivers, firmware etc are up to date.  In the past I’ve never had an issue with this, it’s normally a matter of installing them, reboot and you’re good to go.

I discovered however that after installing HP SUM on...
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Renewing SSL certificates with Digicert

11:15 pm on July 15, 2015

My SSL certificate expired tonight.  I’ve used Digicert certificates for for a while now and I’ve got to say I like there customer service.

Normally renewing an SSL certificate can be painful.  You’ve got to generate a CSR, upload that to the website of the SSL provider, wait for the returning certificate, then install that on the server, before then assigning...
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Trend WFBS 9 Upgrade causes applications to stop working

5:00 pm on July 9, 2015

Any program which increases the security of your systems is bound to stop things that are not really dangerous and in fact are need to work.  I reported recently here about an update from Trend that increased Trend WFBS 9.0 ability to prevent the ransomware going around like Cryptolocker.

When I installed the update, I ran...
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