ESE:Logging/Recovery EventID: 454

So we had this issue today on an Exchange 2000 SP3 Public Folder Server

When we tried to mount a database it logged this in the Application Eventlog

Event Type: Error
Event Source: ESE
Event Category: Logging/Recovery
Event ID: 454
Information Store (2892) Database recovery/restore failed with unexpected error -566.

On further investifation the -566 ( this means:
Under Exchange 2000 and later versions, each log record has a before and after timestamp that is named DBTIME. When a transaction is scheduled to be written into a page in the database, if the DBTIME timestamp value in the log record is higher than the DBTIME timestamp value on the page, ESE 98 logs the following error in the application event log:
JET_errDbTimeTooOld (-566)

Dumping the database header showed: “State: Dirty Shutdown

Dumping the edb header is said: Log Required: 784049-785058, so we then moved all the log files that the database said it needed and ran an Eseutil /r we saw this:

Microsoft(R) Exchange Server(TM) Database Utilities
Version 6.0
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation 1991-2000.  All Rights Reserved.

Initiating RECOVERY mode…
    Logfile base name: e01
            Log files: e:
         System files: e:

Performing soft recovery…

Operation terminated with error -566 (JET_errDbTimeTooOld, dbtime on page smalle
r than dbtimeBefore in record) after 5.16 seconds.

An eseutil /k e01 didn’t work for checking log files, so we copied eseutil.exe and ese.dll from an Exchange 2003 server and ran it again.  This showed that No damaged log files were found.”

So we dropped some older log files into the log and ran an eseutil /r and it worked :-|, so  the “Log Required” value on the database was wrong!

One the eseutil /r was finished the database reported “State: Clean Shutdown” and it mounted.  It took just over 4hr to work this ;-)

.. Thanks Will & Vanda for you help

Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Pro – Exchange Server Add-In

Sweet .. this is basically ExMap but built in to Visio 2007.  but I found it doesnt work :-|  It baiscally says that is it no a “valid Office Add-in”

Anyone else get it working?


Although Exchange Management are invaluable tools for managing, monitoring and administer networks, computers, services, and other system components. It does not provide a graphical view of user mailbox details. Administrators has to sift through a tree view to view the members of the Distrubution Group in an organizational unit and use embedded data to figure out the details

Microsoft Management Console (MMC) hosts administrative tools that you can use to administer networks, computers, services, and other system components. Exchange Management Console and Exchange Management Shell are used to administer and configure specific settings for Mailbox servers and create and manage Mailbox objects.
The Mailbox server role hosts mailbox databases, which contain users’ mailboxes. If you plan to host user mailboxes or public folders, or both, the Mailbox server role is required.

This Microsoft® Office Visio® 2007 Professional Add-In makes it easy for Exchange Administrators to visualize, explore, and communicate complex information. Instead of viewing single user data at a time, administrators can create data-connected Visio diagrams that display data at a glance and dramatically increase productivity. You can use it to diagram a Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 site topology, including sites, servers, and connections for an organization.

See the power of Data Visualization at work with this Visio Add-in For Visio 2007 Pro

Updates to the Planning and Architecture part of TechNet

Noticed some updates to this site (thanks Ari) that have happened so far in 2008.

Looks what I just found too: and

Planning for a Simple Exchange Organization
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-13

Planning for a Standard Exchange Organization
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-17

Planning for a Large Exchange Organization
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-17

Planning for a Complex Exchange Organization
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-17

Mailbox Server Storage Design
Last Modified: 2008-04-16

Transport Server Storage Design
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-10

Partition Design
Topic Last Modified: 2008-01-11

Storage Technology
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-20

Storage Validation
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-19

Planning Server Role Ratios
Topic Last Modified: 2008-01-09

Planning to Use Active Directory Sites for Routing Mail
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-10

Planning and Implementing a Split Permissions Model
Topic Last Modified: 2008-02-05

Split Permissions Model Reference
Topic Last Modified: 2008-05-20

Planning for Client Access Servers
Topic Last Modified: 2008-04-29

Sizing Client Access Servers
Topic Last Modified: 2008-04-17

Understanding the AD RMS Prelicensing Agent
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-10

Planning for Mailbox Servers
Topic Last Modified: 2008-04-29

Unified Messaging Concepts and Planning
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-12

Supported IP Gateways
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-20

IP PBX and PBX Support
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-20

Telephony Advisor for Exchange Server 2007
Topic Last Modified: 2008-05-29

PBX Configuration Notes Tested by Microsoft or IP Gateway Vendor Partners
Topic Last Modified: 2008-05-29

Exchange Server 2007: Platforms, Editions, and Versions
Topic Last Modified: 2008-01-16

Client Access
Topic Last Modified: 2008-02-07

Understanding Namespace Planning For Exchange Server 2007
Topic Last Modified: 2008-05-14

Overview of POP3 and IMAP4
Topic Last Modified: 2008-02-11

Understanding Proxying and Redirection
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-14

Applies to: Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Topic Last Modified: 2008-05-20

Understanding Recipients
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-07

Understanding Exchange Search
Topic Last Modified: 2008-01-18

Understanding Client Throttling
Topic Last Modified: 2008-04-28

Recommendations for Configuring Storage Groups and Databases
Topic Last Modified: 2008-01-16

Lost Log Resilience and Transaction Log Activity in Exchange 2007
Topic Last Modified: 2008-02-19

Understanding Public Folders
Topic Last Modified: 2008-01-09

Understanding Protocols, Ports, and Services in Unified Messaging
Topic Last Modified: 2008-04-23

Understanding PBX and IP PBX Configurations
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-20

Understanding Unified Messaging Audio Prompts
Topic Last Modified: 2008-04-08

Understanding Unified Messaging Audio Codecs
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-20

Understanding Faxing in Unified Messaging
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-11

Safelist Aggregation
Topic Last Modified: 2008-01-22

Understanding How Transport Rules Are Applied in an Exchange 2007 Organization
Topic Last Modified: 2008-05-21

Understanding Edge Subscriptions
Topic Last Modified: 2008-01-23

Understanding Back Pressure
Topic Last Modified: 2008-03-13

Understanding Content Conversion
Topic Last Modified: 2008-01-23

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for Systen Center Operations Manager 2007

Looks like an update over the weekend, but no details on what has been updated!


The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 management pack is designed to be used for monitoring Exchange 2007 events, collecting Exchange component-specific performance counters in one central location, and for raising alerts for operator intervention as necessary. By detecting, sending alerts, and automatically responding to critical events, this management pack helps indicate, correct, and prevent possible service outages or configuration problems, allowing you to proactively manage Exchange servers and identify issues before they become critical. The management pack monitors and provides alerts for automatic notification of events indicating service outages, performance degradation, health monitoring, and centralized management.

This Management Pack requires Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1.

This Management Pack requires the Operations Manager 2007 updates specified in Knowledge Base articles 950853, 951979 and 951380 (see the Management Pack Guide for details).

Release History:
10/9/2007 – Initial Release, version 6.0.5000.0
6/22/2007 – Updated Release, version 6.0.6278.12

Microsoft Certified Master Program

oh, oh, oh, oh get ur web browsers at the ready … just seen this on Henriks Blog.

Start here:

The new Microsoft Certified Master series offers advanced technical training and certifications on Microsoft technologies that go beyond any product training offered outside of Microsoft today. IT professionals who successfully complete the program and certification testing validate their skills as product experts who successfully design and implement solutions that meet the most complex business requirements

Who should apply?
Qualified program candidates are highly skilled technical experts in their discipline with several years of experience designing, deploying, and managing solutions by using Microsoft technology. To be eligible for Master certification, the candidate must be a current Microsoft Certified Professional (with a Microsoft Certification ID) or an eligible Microsoft employee. Specific technology requirements vary by platform.

To achieve Master certification, candidates must fulfill the following training requirements:

  • Attendance of required sessions 
  • Successful completion of all in-class (written and lab) exams
  • Successful completion of qualification lab exam 

Registration is coming soon!
Registration is scheduled to start in July 2008. Classes are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2008. Please check back often for the latest updates.

Then have a look here:

Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange Server 2007
The Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange Server 2007 program provides the most in-depth and comprehensive training that is available today for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. This three-week training program is delivered by recognized experts from Microsoft and Microsoft Partner organizations.

Training deepens and broadens the technical skills of experienced messaging professionals
Microsoft Certified Master training—a mixture of presentations, white board discussions, and goal-based labs—covers the individual core Exchange Server 2007 technologies as well as broader architectural and operational areas, such as high availability of a messaging service, co-existence and migration, performance analysis and management, and operations. Candidates for this program complete an independent lab exercise as a part of their training, which allows them to develop and apply their learning in an environment where instructor and peer support are readily available.

Certified individuals prove their technical mastery
Candidates who successfully complete the program can expect to have a greatly improved understanding of the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 platform. Microsoft Certified Masters can design and build customer-specified messaging solutions, and they understand how design decisions affect the final solution. They can troubleshoot and diagnose configuration and performance issues, and they have the detailed knowledge and skills that are required to successfully operate and manage an enterprise-class Exchange Server 2007 infrastructure.


  • Five or more years of hands-on experience with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting
  • One or more years of hands-on experience with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting
  • A thorough understanding of Microsoft Exchange Server design and architectureA
  •  thorough understanding of AD, DNS, and other core network services upon which Exchange Server depends
  • Speak, understand, and write in fluent English
Successful completion of the following exams and certifications
  • Exam 70-236: TS: Exchange Server 2007, Configuring
  • Exam 70-237: PRO: Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
  • Exam 70-238: PRO: Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows Server 2003
    Exam 70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring


Windows 2008 Backup will support Exchange 2007

Interesting Mr Bond .. via Scott & Rui, basically the Windows Server Backup utility that ships with Windows 2008 will support Exchange 2007 backups.

Although streaming backups have been deprecated for Exchange Server 2007, it is still possible (and supported) to use this kind of data protection with the NTBackup utility from Windows Server 2003. Microsoft dropped Exchange streaming backup support with the release of Windows 2008, a decision that was highly contested by the IT Community in general.

So, the good news is that a new Microsoft plug-in for Windows Backup that will do Exchange VSS backups will be released this summer.

And yes, thank you Ari for point me to this too


Apple-Microsoft: Friendly Exchange

Humm so maybe an iPhone 2.0 is going to be my new phone?


… In March, Apple announced that iPhone 2.0 software would support Microsoft’s ActiveSync, offering full synchronization fidelity with Exchange Server. The update is coming soon, presumably July 11 with the release of iPhone 3G.

… Yesterday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs started his World Wide Developer Conference keynote by talking about Exchange Server support: “We’ve built it in, out of the box in iPhone 2.0 software.” There is support for push calendars, contacts and e-mail, auto-discovery, global address lookup, and remote wipe (if the device is lost or stolen).

July MMMUG meeting

Roll up, roll up .. put this date in your diary and come along

The next event will be held in London at the MSFT offices in Cardinal Place near Victoria.

This month we have a great session led by top speaker Gordon McKenna! Gordon will be going into depth about how we should be managing and monitoring Exchange using the System Center Operations Manager 2007 product.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 8th July and runs from 18:30 – 21:00.

The meeting will be a mixture of PowerPoint and Discussions so there will be plenty of time to run through your questions.
To sign up and for more information see the link below:

TechNet Webcast: Going Big! Deploying Large Mailboxes with Exchange Server 2007 Without Breaking the Bank (Level 300)

Got an email last night about this:

The TechNet Webcast: Going Big! Deploying Large Mailboxes with Exchange Server 2007 Without Breaking the Bank (Level 300) has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

*Please Note: If you used the “Add to Outlook” feature when you registered for the webcast, please make sure you delete the expired event from your calendar.

Here are the details of the cancelled webcast:

TechNet Webcast: Going Big! Deploying Large Mailboxes with Exchange Server 2007 Without Breaking the Bank (Level 300)

Date: 06/05/2008
Time: 01:00 PM-02:00 PM
U.S. Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7 hours)


04566 Enterprise activation sequence on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server

This is quite a good KB from the boys at Blackberry, it details the sequence of events that occurs in each component of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server during wireless enterprise activation is outlined below. The details include the lines that are written to the respective debug logs of each component.