High availability should be a mindset within your IT organization, and something that every Exchange administrator strives for, relative to particular company requirements.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- What procedures and practices can be implemented to achieve consistent availability that meets or exceeds your end users' needs and management's expectations?
- Where opportunities are there for performance tuning?
- What are realistic availability targets for your company?
- What can you do to strive toward measuring performance and availability?
- What are key performance indicators (KPIs) of success against these targets?
Top 10 Exchange performance worst practices
#1: Treat "high availability" as a future project
#2: Leave "IOPS" for the consultant
#3: Use identical configuration for all Exchange Server roles
#4: Encourage users to keep everything in their Inboxes
#5: Schedule backups and system maintenance during peak usage
#6: Throttle the RAM available to Exchange
#7: Virus scan and back up the M drive
#8: Ignore client configuration, type and usage
#9: Don't use change control
#10: Ignore management tools
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR:|
| David Sengupta, Exchange expert
David Sengupta is a Product Manager in the Windows Management group at Quest Software. He has also been a Microsoft MVP in the Exchange Server category for six consecutive years. Sengupta has contributed to various Exchange and Windows books, magazines and white papers from a number of publishers. He also frequently represents Microsoft on staff at Ask the Experts, Microsoft Experts Area and Peer Talk at conferences such as MEC and TechEd. David has an M.T.S. from Tyndale Seminary, Canada, a B.Sc. from University of Ottawa, Canada and MCSE (Messaging) and CCA certifications. David runs a blog on Microsoft Exchange and e-mail compliance issues at http://p0stmaster.blogspot.com and can be reached at email@example.com.