Author Archives: Devin Ganger

Husband and father; technology consultant, speaker, author, and blogger; Microsoft Exchange architect and MVP; writer, reader, Xbox player, karate student, and music lover. Seeker of balance, reveler in life, learning how to look for the uplifting.

More Exchange blogging with Trace3!

I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you all know that I’ll be cross-posting all of my Exchange related material both here and at the Trace3 blog. The Trace3 blog is a multi-author blog, so you’ll get not only all my Exchange-related content, but you’ll get a variety of other interesting discussions […]

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What Exchange 2010 on Windows Datacenter Means

Exchange Server has historically come in two flavors for many versions – Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition. The main difference this license change made for you was the maximum number of supported mailbox databases as shown in Table 1: Version Standard Edition Enterprise Edition Exchange 2003 1 (75GB max) 20 Exchange 2007 5 50 Exchange […]

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Things They Forgot

Pat Robertson’s comments on Haiti basically boil down to “they got what was coming to them.” Mr. Robertson, I think you forgot Matthew 25:34-46 (KJV): 34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For […]

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Poor Google? Not.

Since yesterday, the Net has been abuzz because of Google’s blog posting about their discovery they were being hacked by China. Almost every response I’ve seen has focused on the attempted hacking of the mailboxes of Chinese human rights activists. That’s exactly where Google wants you to focus. Let’s take a closer look at their […]

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From Whence Redundancy? Exchange 2010 Storage Essays, part 1

Updated 4/13 with improved reseed time data provided by item #4 in the Top 10 Exchange Storage Myths blog post from the Exchange team. Over the next couple of months, I’d like to slowly sketch out some of the thoughts and impressions that I’ve been gathering about Exchange 2010 storage over the last year or […]

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A Virtualization Metaphor

This is a rare kind of blog post for me, because I’m basically copying a discussion that rose from one of my Twitter/Facebook status updates earlier today: I wish I could change the RAM, CPU configuration on running VMs in #VMWare and have the changes apply on next reboot. This prompted one of my nieces, […]

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North Pole data leakage woes

Not even old Saint Nick is immune from the need for a good data management and protection regime. First, we have confirmation that his naughty and nice database has been hacked. Now, there are credible rumors that the North Pole CIO has been covering up a years-long, systemic problem with Santa losing mobile devices. According […]

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Busting the Exchange Trusted Subsystem Myth

It’s amazing what kind of disruption leaving your job, looking for a new job, and starting to get settled in to a new job can have on your routines. Like blogging. Who knew? At any rate, I’m back with some cool Exchange blogging. I’ve been getting a chance to dive into a “All-Devin, All-Exchange, All […]

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Support Our Scout

Edit 11/11/09 to remove the embedded video and replace it with a link. It was messing up the layout and I need to do more research to figure out how to embed videos inline. I love living in the future. First, though, watch this video that Alaric and I made. I was a Boy Scout […]

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Leaving 3Sharp

3Sharp has been a fantastic place to work; for the last six and half years, my co-workers and I have walked the road together. One of the realities of growth, though, is that you often reach the fork in the road where you have to move down different paths. Working with Paul, Tim, Missy, Kevin, […]

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OneNote 2010 Keeps Your Brains In Your Head

Some months back, those of you who follow me on Twitter (@devinganger) may have a noticed a series of teaser Tweets about a project I was working on that involved zombies. Yes, that’s right, zombies. The RAHR-BRAINS-RAHR shambling undead kind, not the “mystery objects in Active Directory” kind. Well, now you can see what I […]

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The Great Exchange Blog Migration

Over the next few days, I’ll be adding a large number of posts (just over 250!!!) to the archives of this blog. For a number of congruent reasons, 3Sharp is closing down the Platform Services Group (which focused on Exchange, OCS, Windows Server, Windows Mobile, and DPM) and my last day will be this Friday, […]

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Two karate blessings

These past 14 months that I’ve been a karate student have given me a number of deeply satisfying moments, including the joy of sharing an activity with my daughter. Last Tuesday, however, proved to be an especially fruitful class for both of us. Starting in September, the YMCA agreed to try out dropping class fees […]

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Why Aren’t My Exchange Certificates Validating?

Updated 10/13: Updated the link to the blog article on configuring Squid for Exchange per the request of the author Owen Campbell. Thank you, Owen, for letting me know the location had changed! By now you should be aware that Microsoft strongly recommends that you publish Exchange 2010/2007 client access servers (and Exchange 2003/2000 front-end […]

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Some Thoughts on FBA (part 2)

As promised, here’s part 2 of my FBA discussion, in which we’ll talk about the interaction of ISA’s forms-based authentication (FBA) feature with Exchange 2010. (See part 1 here.) Offloading FBA to ISA As I discussed in part 1, ISA Server includes the option of performing FBA pre-authentication as part of the web listener. You […]

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Stolen Thunder: Outlook for the Mac

I was going to write up a quick post about the release of Entourage for EWS (allowing it to work in native Exchange 2007, and, more importantly, Exchange 2010 environments) and the announcement that Office 2010 for the Mac would have Outlook, not Entourage, but Paul beat me to it, including my whole take on […]

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Windows 7 RC: The Switch

This weekend, I finally finished getting our desktop computers replaced. They’re older system that have been running Windows XP for a long time. I’d gotten newer hardware and had started building new systems, intending to put Vista Ultimate SP1 on them (so we could take advantage of domain memberships and Windows Media Center goodness with […]

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EAS: King of Sync?

Seven months or so ago, IBM surprised a bunch of people by announcing that they were licensing Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync protocol (EAS) for use with a future version of Lotus Notes. I’m sure there were a few folks who saw it coming, but I cheerfully admit that I was not one of them. After about […]

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A Deplorable Development in the Tuber Arms Race

OMG. No, seriously. _O_ M _G_. Potato guns/canons? Pretty wicked cool. But a potato gatling gun????? Frakking YES.

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Comparing PowerShell Switch Parameters with Boolean Parameters

If you’ve ever take a look at the help output (or TechNet documentation) for PowerShell cmdlets, you see that they list several pieces of information about each of the various parameters the cmdlet can use: The parameter name Whether it is a required or optional parameter The .NET variable type the parameter expects A description […]

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Some Thoughts on FBA (part 1)

It’s funny how topics tend to come in clumps. Take the current example: forms-based authentication (FBA) in Exchange. An FBA Overview FBA was introduced in Exchange Server 2003 as a new authentication method for Outlook Web Access. It requires OWA to be published using SSL – which was not yet common practice at that point […]

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A Modest Thought on “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell”

With the recent activity surrounding the hearing for Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, an Iraq War veteran and Arab linguist who is also openly gay, I had a thought occur to me and I wanted to share it with y’all. In my (limited) experience with the military, there’s still quite a bit of public resistance to […]

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And now, after the long break

Okay, okay…so updating my blog server took longer than I’d anticipated. Getting the old material out of Community Server into BlogML format turned out to be a lot easier than I’d thought and finding the time to get it all imported into WordPress wasn’t much harder. What tripped me up was getting all of the […]

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You, too, can Master Exchange

One of the biggest criticisms I’ve seen of the MCM program, even when it first was announced, was the cost – at a list price of $18,500 for the actual MCM program, discounting the travel, lodging, food, and opportunity cost of lost revenue, a lot of people are firmly convinced that the program is way […]

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Fixing interoperability problems between OCS 2007 R2 Public Internet Connectivity and AOL IM

One of the cool things you can do with OCS is connect your internal organization to various public IM clouds (MSN/Windows Live, Yahoo!, and AOL) using the Public Internet Connectivity, or PIC, feature. As you might imagine, though, PIC involves lots of fiddly bits that all have to work just right in order for there […]

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Defend THIS

Iowa’s Supreme Court handed out a fairly shocking unanimous decision this morning striking down the definition of marriage as “one man, one woman”, upholding a 2007 Polk Country ruling If you follow along my blog, you probably already know that I think this is a good thing, so I won’t comment extensively on it here. […]

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ExMon released (no joke!)

If you’re tempted to think this is an April Fool’s Day joke, no worries – this is the real deal. Yesterday, Microsoft published the Exchange 2007-aware version of Exchange Server User Monitor (ExMon) for download. “ExMon?” you ask. “What’s that?” I’m happy to explain! ExMon is a tool that gives you a real-time look inside […]

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A Path of Nines

Nine months ago I stepped outside of my comfort zone and started a month of karate at the local YMCA. I didn’t expect to renew for a second month. It turns out that I love it. I’ve gotten to the point that I start dreaming about the things I’m doing, which is scary on one […]

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Two CCR White Papers from Missy

This actually happened last week, but I’ve been remiss in getting it posted (sorry, Missy!) Missy recently completed two Exchange 2007 whitepapers, both centered around the CCR story. The first one, High Availability Choices for Exchange Server 2007: Continuous Cluster Replication or Single Copy Clustering, provides a thorough overview of the questions and issues to […]

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Haz Firewall, Want Cheezburger

Although Window Server 2008 offers an impressive built-in firewall, in some cases we Exchange administrators don’t want to have to deal with it. Maybe you are building a demo to show a customer, or a lab environment to reproduce an issue. Maybe you just want to get Exchange installed now and will loop back to […]

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Off-topic: trying to refurbish a Mac mini

Full details on my home blog.

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Wanted: Your broken Mac mini

Life is full of synchronicity; most of the time, this is through the workings of chance, but every now and then we get to help it along. Two ships may pass in the night, but how often does the helmsman take a hand? You’re the owner of a no-longer-working original PowerPC Mac mini. This awesome […]

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A long-overdue status update

So, you haven’t seen a lot of me on the blog lately. The sad part is that I have three or four blog posts in various states of completion, I just seem to have very little time these days to work on it. I think part of it is that ever since my MCM Exchange […]

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Outlook Performance Goodness

Microsoft has recently released a pair of Outlook 2007 updates (okay, technically, they’re updates for Outlook 2007 with SP1 applied) that you might want to look at installing sooner rather than later. These two updates are together being billed as the “February cumulative update” at KB 968009, which has some interesting verbiage about how many […]

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Live from Facebook: 25 Random Things about Devin

Over on my Facebook profile, I got tagged by about five people with this whole “25 Things About Me” meme. I finally decided to respond. Am I glad I did — I’ve been having a great amount of fun with the ensuing comment thread. In fact, it’s so much fun, I figured I’d repost it […]

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The Facebook Experiment

Warning: the following post may not make much sense. If it does, it may sound bitter and arrogant. I apologize in advance; that’s not my goal here. I finally got a critical mass of people dragging me into Facebook, so I’ve ben doing it over the last couple of months. I entered into it with […]

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Three observations, two confessions, and an apology

Observation The First: only paying a touch over $2/gallon for gas feels positively sinful. Observation The Second: one way to survive Seattle winters is to occasionally say “screw it”, roll the window down in the car, and let the cold wet air in while pretending it’s an 80-degree summer day with blue skies. Observation The […]

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GetSharp lives!

If you’ve only interacted with 3Sharp through me, Paul, Missy, and Tim, then you’ve missed a whole key aspect of the talent we’ve got here at 3Sharp. Our group (Infrastructure Solution Group or ISG, formerly known as the Platform Group) is just a small part of what goes on around here. GetSharp is 3Sharp’s personal […]

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This is what I do for fun???

For the last three weeks, I’ve been on vacation. Much of that vacation has consisted of quality Xbox 360 time, both by myself (Call of Duty: World at War for Christmas) and with Steph and Chris. (Alaric had a friend over today and we had a nice six-way Halo 3 match; the adults totally dominated […]

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Self-imposed silence

I really hate that there are things I want — nay, need — to write about right this minute and I can’t because it would be revealing too much about sensitive stuff that isn’t my place to talk about. What good is a personal blog if you can’t use it to rant and kvetch and […]

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Christmas 2008 Newsletter

This page is a placeholder for our soon-to-be-written 2008 Christmas newsletter. Check back soon!

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So long, Exchange!

This holiday weekend, I finally accomplished a task I’ve been meaning to do for a while: I got rid of my email. More precisely, I’m no longer hosting my email domains on my own server here in the house like I have been for the past eight years. I’ve finally made the switch to hosted […]

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Oh, Alaric Ganger, no!

For the most part, we have good kids. We get compliments on their public behavior all the time. Usually, this is because we’ve taught the kids to hold it together until they get back home, where we give them a bit more leeway. However, what it also means is that when they mess up in […]

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After slight technical difficulties and a simple but complicated operation, the patient has recovered

I don’t remember which day it was two weeks ago that I discovered that my web server was no longer accepting queries, but I do remember the distinct annoyance I felt when I got home from work, made my way through the back room to the computer rack, logged on to the management console, and […]

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What happens in Vegas gets blogged

Update (11/15/08 1240PST): Fixed the URLs in the links to point to the actual decks. Sorry! Time this year has flown! Hard to believe that I’ve just finished up my last conference for the year — Exchange Connections Fall at the fabulous Mandalay Bay resort and conference center in Las Vegas. This was my second […]

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This is just the start

Despite the fact that I’m now counting the hours until the election is officially over — election season has been *so long* and so incredibly divisive from all angles — I’m aware of the fact (and even somewhat excited by the fact) that no matter how it turns out, it’ll be one for the history […]

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Masters update: short form

I have gotten a lot of email from people who wished me well and wanted to find out the status of my recent Masters rotation. I’m working on a bigger write-up, but here’s the short form: It was intense. I had a ton of fun, I learned more than I thought I could, and I […]

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…does this mean I’ll get an apprentice?

For the next three weeks, I’ll be squirreled away in a hidden location, having my brains surgically removed and replaced with a quantum-computing device filled with Exchange knowledge. Good times! Seriously, though, I’ll be off to the October rotation of the three-week Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 program. The Master certification is a […]

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Some nifty Windows Mobile tools

One of the projects I’ve been working on recently involves managing Windows Mobile devices; Tim and I have gotten to spend a bit of time playing with some very cool software. However, we both noticed that Windows Mobile makes some tasks unnecessarily complicated, such as verifying basic network connectivity. For example, can you tell me […]

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No, just the Doctor

After looking at a lot of options, Alaric has decided that he wants to be the ninth Doctor for Halloween. This is good for us — it’s a simple costume, in theory, especially since I’ve already got a sonic screwdriver prop I can lend him. The Ninth Doctor has very simple clothing, especially compared to […]

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