Balancing the number of mailboxes across Exchange 2010 and 2007 databases

Introduction In Exchange 2010, you now have the option to allow mailboxes to be automatically distributed across databases. However, the algorithm used simply randomly allocates the new mailbox to your chosen databases – rather than ensuring the mailbox count is balanced, and doesn’t do anything about re-distributing mailboxes if you add new databases. To help…

Set up Federated Free/Busy and Calendar Sharing between Exchange 2010 SP1 and Outlook Live [Updated]

PLEASE NOTE: This is NO LONGER supported and provided as-is for information ONLY. The information here relates to pre-Hybrid configurations that used the Consumer MFG. It does give you some background as to how Office 365 does Federation, though some steps have changed. For a modern “under the hood”, see this article. As organizations move to make use…

Using Powershell to import contacts into Exchange and Outlook Live

When performing migrations between different systems, there’s always the case where the tools available don’t do the job out of the box – and although IMAP migration tools for Exchange and Outlook Live can be great for moving mail, there isn’t a decent free solution for importing contacts. For a recent migration from a Unix…

Using the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Export features for Mass Exports to PST files

In Exchange 2007 SP1 thru to Exchange 2010 RTM, the Export-Mailbox command was the replacement for the once-familiar ExMerge utility when it came to exporting mailboxes to PST files. The main problem with Export-Mailbox for most Exchange administrators is the requirement for Outlook – either on a 32-bit machine with Management Tools for Exchange 2007,…