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Welcome to exbpa.com, home of links to the the Microsoft Exchange Best Practices tool and Microsoft Exchange Server resources.
This domain used to belong to Microsoft, but when they dropped it, it was saved for the Exchange community by Exchange Consultancy Sembee Ltd.
Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer
The Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer will help you confirm that your server is configured correctly and flag any errors.
Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer - Exchange 2000 and 2003
This is the tool for Exchange 2000 and 2003.
Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer - Exchange 2007 and 2010
Small Business Server Best Practices Analyzer
While you can use the Exchange tool, this is the tool that is dedicated for Small Business Server. It can be used with the Exchange Best Practices tool as well.
Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant
The Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting tool can help you find where problems with your Exchange server may be.
Exchange 2007 and 2010
For the latest versions of Exchange, 2007 and 2010, you will find the troubleshooting assistant in the toolbox which is part of the management console. For more information on accessing them - click here for Exchange 2007 and here for Exchange 2010.
Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer
This is now the primary tool for diagnosing remote access issues for Exchange. It includes diagnostics for:
If you have not already tested your server through this tool you will almost certainly be pointed towards it as a first diagnostics step.
More Microsoft Exchange Tools
Microsoft have lots more resources for the Microsoft Exchange product.
Microsoft Tech Centre
Microsoft have a home page for each version of Exchange on Technet. These links will take you to the version for your own location.
Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer
This tool will scan your existing environment to confirm readiness for Exchange 2010. It is based on the same checks carried out by the Best Practises Tool, just with a focus on the readiness for the upgrade to the latest version.
Exchange Deployment Assistant
This is a tool that will take your scenario and give you a customised set of instructions for the upgrade to Exchange 2010 or 2013 either on premise, hybrid or cloud only.
Exchange Architecture Poster
These are PDF documents that highlight the architecture and feature set of the version of Exchange.
Exchange 2013 SP1
Microsoft Exchange PST Capture Tool
Used to discover and import PST files in to Exchange Server.
Microsoft Exchange 2010 Visio Stencils
Visio 2003 and higher stencils for Exchange 2010
Scripts and Calculators
Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator (Exchange 2010)
Client Network Bandwidth Calculator (Exchange 2010)
ActiveSync Troubleshooting Scripts
More Microsoft Tools
Microsoft have lots of tools for Microsoft Exchange.
Exchange 2003 Tools: http://technet.microsoft.com/exchange/bb288488.aspx
Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool (OCAT)
This reports on the state of your Outlook profile. Outlook 2007 or higher only.
Outlook Calendar Checking Tool (CALCheck)
Command line tool to check the Outlook calendar for issues. Includes permissions, free/busy publishing and auto booking. Exchange mailboxes only.
Log Parser Studio
A GUI for the Log Parser Tool, including scripts for Exchange diagnostics
Other Sites of Assistance
3rd Party Tools and Scripts
Some people prefer to use web based forums to ask their questions. Microsoft have their TechNet forums and there are others on the internet where you can seek assistance.
Exchange 2013: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/exchangeserver
Divided in to categories and versions
The Exchange section is very busy. You can sign up for a free account which will allow you to see the entire solution:
Daniel Petri's Exchange Forums
Exchange 2000/2003: http://www.petri.co.il/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=12
Most email lists can get quite busy. Therefore a good trick is to create a public folder for them and subscribe the public folder to the list.
My IT Forum (Formally Sunbelt) Exchange List
The Sunbelt Exchange forum is now hosted by My IT Forum. You can subscribe to the list either via the web interface or by email. It is very high traffic, so a public folder is a good way to separate the traffic out.
Web Interface: http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/services/email-lists/
Yahoo Groups Lists
Yahoo has a number of groups dedicated to Exchange Server. Access to these groups either through the Yahoo web interface or you can subscribe via e-mail. To subscribe via email, send an e-mail to <groupname>-email@example.com, such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are the web site interfaces
Blogs (All open in a new window)
The Exchange community has a large number of bloggers, which can be useful to keep track on what is going on, tips and techniques on working with Exchange, across all of the versions. This is not an exhaustive list of Exchange related blogs.
This first one is pretty much mandatory if you manage Exchange
Other Microsoft Blogs
Nick Smith http://blogs.msdn.com/karsmith/
Scott Schnoll http://blogs.technet.com/scottschnoll/
Tim McMichael http://blogs.technet.com/b/timmcmic/
Vivek Sharma http://www.viveksharma.com/techlog/
Doug Gowans: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/douggowans/
Other blogs (in no particular order, but ours first)
Simon Butler (Sembee): http://blog.sembee.co.uk/
Twitter (All open in a new window)
The Exchange community also has a large number of people who tweet, This is not an exhaustive list of Exchange related tweeters.
Paul Cunningham: https://twitter.com/ExchServPro
The Exchange community uses a lot of acronyms.
Exchange Clustering / High Availability
DAG - Database Availability Group (Exchange 2010/2013)
Exchange Management Tools
ESM - Exchange System Manager (Exchange 2003)
Other Exchange Acronyms
RUS - Recipient Update Services
NDR - Non Delivery Report
DL - Distribution List
UC - Unified Communications
GC - Global Catalog (Domain Controller role)
Missing one? Send us a message to contact @ sembee.co.uk
About This Site
The domain exbpa.com used to belong to Microsoft. They released it in December 2009.
This list of resources originally started as a posting on Daniel Petri's forum and can be seen here: http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=26946
DO NOT CONTACT US WITH QUERIES ABOUT THE MICROSOFT TOOLS, OR ANYTHING ELSE LINKED TO FROM THIS SITE - WE ARE JUST PROVIDING A LINK TO THEM. If a link is broken, send an email to contact @ sembee.co.uk.
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