I spent last weeks quite some time with Outlook performance issues in an Exchange Hybrid scenario. In addition this is not a normal Hybrid as here multiple Exchange Organizations from different AD Forests without any Trust Relationships are involved.
Thus I’m not talking about the scenario described in TechNet Multi-forest hybrid deployment scenario. It looks more like this:
This post was lingering around for a long time, but the last weeks showed me it’s time.
Actually I came across this topic last year just before Ignite. But somehow this topic felt into oblivion. To make it short:
It’s all about the number of TCP connections an Outlook Client establishes in a Cached Mode. Especially when it comes to shared mailbox or delegate scenarios.
What is Outlook Cached Mode?
Read more about it here. But what you really want to avoid it something like this:
In my Ignite session with fellow MVP Andrew Higginbotham Troubleshooting Complex Exchange operational issues, I mentioned Fiddler as a perfect tool for troubleshooting also Exchange ActiveSync clients as well as Exchange servers itself.
After this session a lot of people reached out to me and asked me about how to do this. So I thought a write-up would be a good idea.
I was just made aware of a HP specific setting which has a huge impact on performance. But before you start panic, have a look at the conditions:
- you’re running Proliant Gen9 Servers
- these servers are equipped with Intel Xeon E5 2600v3 and higher processors
- you have the default setting for NUMA Group Size Optimization
If you’re not matching these conditions, you can stop reading and relax. If not….you might want to continue reading.
As mentioned before it affects not only Exchange. Credit goes to Nicholas, who highlighted the following KB for Lync/SfB:
Bug Check 0x133 DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION error on Lync/Skype for Business Edge server
Another PFE made me aware that the script HealthChecker.ps1 is checking the setting by comparing the values EnvProcessorCount and NumberOfLogicalProcessors
With Exchange 2016 a huge improvement in regards of document collaboration with OneDrive for Business was introduced when you have a Hybrid configured.
You can read more about it here:
When I introduced Exchange 2016, I was more than happy to configure and make this feature available to my end-users. But after I run through the prerequisites and steps, I wasn’t able to get the option in OWA and with Outlook I received the following error:
The same happened when I was using Outlook for Mac. As different clients, protocols and servers where affected, I assumed a general issue and started troubleshooting.
Update 07.02.2018: Meanwhile a KB article was released
Modern Attachment feature doesn’t work when web proxy used in Exchange Server 2016
Over the last months a lot of changes needed to be addressed. The script was intended to extract data from the IIS logs. With PowerShell in combination with LogParser it did a great job. But different versions of Exchange, changed infrastructure and multiple versions of Exchange ActiveSync protocol demanded an update to fulfill these needs.
The latest version focused on code improvement and added support for the new version of Exchange ActiveSync protocol v16.1 .
In a previous post here, I wrote about a few basic commands, which are useful to quickly gather information about transport component of an Exchange server.
In this post I want to give you a deep dive about it and how you can explore what the CmdLet can do for you as it evolves in each Exchange version and can be very useful.