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Worst Practice #7: Virus scan and back up the M drive

David Sengupta
If you're on Exchange 2000 server, or if you're on Exchange 2003 and have exposed the M drive, scanning or backing up the M drive is a sure way to get into trouble. The same applies if you have used Windows Explorer and change the security settings on the M drive.

This much-publicized worst practice is not recommended and can cause negative performance impacts -- including complete server outages -- of your messaging infrastructure.


Top 10 Exchange performance worst practices

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 #1: Treat "high availability" as a future project
 #2: Leave "IOPS" for the consultant
 #3: Use identical configuration for all Exchange Server roles
 #4: Encourage users to keep everything in their Inboxes
 #5: Schedule backups and system maintenance during peak usage
 #6: Throttle the RAM available to Exchange
 #7: Virus scan and back up the M drive
 #8: Ignore client configuration, type and usage
 #9: Don't use change control
 #10: Ignore management tools

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   
David Sengupta, Exchange expert
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. David has an M.T.S. from Tyndale Seminary, Canada, a B.Sc. from University of Ottawa, Canada and MCSE (Messaging) and CCA certifications. David runs a blog on Microsoft Exchange and e-mail compliance issues at http://p0stmaster.blogspot.com and can be reached at mailman@quest.com.

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