Microsoft made available a set of Exchange tools, some are new, others just updates. Let’s start on the new ones:
- Microsoft Exchange Server Disaster Recovery Analyzer Tool v1.0: a pretty useful tool, especially for crisis situations, since it automates certain disaster recover operations that previously had to be manually made.
- Microsoft Exchange Server Performance Troubleshooting Analyzer Tool v1.0: this tool analyzes each subsystem to determine individual bottlenecks and then aggregates the information to provide root cause analysis.
These two tools build on the framework of ExBPA and allow us to define a set of iterative steps to be performed to achieve a particular goal. The Microsoft Exchange Team has published a post regarding this subject: New additions to the ‘Analyzer’ Tool Family.
Let’s move on to the updated tools. The main reason for these updates has to do with the recent release of the Exchange 2003 service pack 2:
- Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool v2.5: the most recent version of this famous tool.
- Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress Tool v06.05.7720: with this new release, more enphasis is given to graphical UI (Jetstress 2004), although is still possible to use the command line. I have already tried it and it seems to me that the DB creation is now faster.
- Microsoft Exchange Server Exchange Profile Redirector v06.05.7720: updates Outlook profiles after moving mailboxes across Exchange organizations or administrative groups.
- Microsoft Exchange Server Public Folder DAV-based Administration Tool v06.05.7720: perform various management tasks related to public folders and mailboxes. Let me remind you that Exchange 2003 SP2 has introduced some improvements in this area.
- Microsoft Exchange Server Management Pack for MOM 2005 v06.05.7720: new version of the Management Pack…
- Microsoft Exchange Server Management Pack Configuration Wizard v06.05.7720: …and the corresponding configuration wizard.