PST Capture

Microsoft Exchange PST Capture allows you to search for PST files on computers in your organisation and then import those files to mailboxes in your organization. PST Capture works with both on-premises Exchange servers and Exchange Online.

PST Capture Central Service

The Central Service maintains the list of all PST files found in your organisation and manages the data as it is moved to the Exchange server. The Central service will require a Service Account that must be mailbox enabled and have the Public Folder Management role assigned. If you wish to import to the Archive mailbox of a user, the service account will require the Organization Management role.

PST Capture Console

The PST Capture Console is the interface that you use to configure PST searches, specify the target mailboxes for PST files, and track the status of PST import operations and reports. You can also use the console to import PST files stored on network attached storage (NAS) devices, on which you can’t install PST agents. Continue reading PST Capture

Performance and Threshold Counters for Exchange Server 2010

For administrators who do not use System Center Operations Manager to monitor their Exchange 2010 environment, a thorough understanding of the most important performance counters and their thresholds is critical to establishing a performance baseline and monitoring plan to proactively monitor your Exchange 2010 environment and troubleshoot and resolve issues when they arise.

A blog article is being written about this topic by the Exchange team, but in the meantime,an Excel spreadsheet has been released that has suggested counters and thresholds to monitor.  This spreadsheet can be downloaded from here.

Autosignature Disclaimers

The transport rules that are available to Exchange Server 2010 allow you to do many things including adding a disclaimer to e-mails.  The disclaimer message can be formatted using HTML code to give us more control over how the information appears.

In addition to normal HTML code, this text also supports inserting information from Active Directory fields of the mailbox account sending the e-mail.  We can add this information by using the syntax:  %%AttributeName%%, where Attribute name is the Active Directory attribute that we wish to display.

This means that we can use code similar the he code below to both add a disclaimer and provide an automatic auto-signature on any e-mails that we specify.

More details about this can be found at

<font size=small>
%%Department%% - %%Company%% <br>
%%StreetAddress%% - %%City%% - %%StateOrProvince%% - %%PostalCode%% <br>
Telephone: %%Phone%% / Fax: %%Fax%% / Mobile: %%MobilePhone%%<br><br>
<h5> <font color=gray>
The content of this e-mail (including any attachments) is strictly confidential 
and may be commercially sensitive. If you are not, or believe you may not be, the intended recipient, please advise the sender immediately by return e-mail, delete this e-mail and destroy any copies.