With Exchange Server at the core of much of the world's corporate communications infrastructure today, achieving optimal messaging system performance -- whether actual or perceived -- has become an important part of every Exchange administrator's job. Whatever the reason, if "email is slow," your help desk phones will start ringing, and if "email is down," your future at the company may be limited.
Taking a different approach to the challenge of Exchange Server performance, David Sengupta, longtime Exchange MVP and resident SearchExchange.com expert, outlines 10 worst practices you should avoid if you want your Exchange servers to perform at their best.
Top 10 Exchange performance worst practices
Worst Practice #1: Treat "high availability" as a future project
Worst Practice #2: Leave "IOPS" for the consultant
Worst Practice #3: Use identical configuration for all Exchange Server roles
Worst Practice #4: Encourage users to keep everything in their Inboxes
Worst Practice #5: Schedule backups and system maintenance during peak usage
Worst Practice #6: Throttle the RAM available to Exchange
Worst Practice #7: Virus scan and back up the M drive
Worst Practice #8: Ignore client configuration, type and usage
Worst Practice #9: Don't use change control
Worst Practice #10: Ignore management tools
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. Sengupta has an M.T.S. from Tyndale Seminary, Canada, a B.Sc. from University of Ottawa, Canada, and MCSE (Messaging) and CCA certifications. He runs a blog on Microsoft Exchange and email compliance issues at http://p0stmaster.blogspot.com and can be reached at email@example.com.