Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Life without email

Due to the fact that a Dell engineer managed to corrupt our exchange database yesterday, we have been without email all day, and its not looking good for getting it back any time soon.

We have tried restoring from a backup but that appears to be corrupt as well as it wont mount, so we are running Eseutil in the fix mode. The database is about 60gig we set the fix running at about 10 this morning, and at 5:30 I dont think its finished yet. Then we have to run a defrag as well, so that's going to take another 7 hours or so. People are going to be pissed.

It got me to thinking I might start to research collaboration software, it's amazing how much of the Business has been effected by having no email. The amount of people that distribute documents, use shared calenders, plan meeting etc with Exchange means its no longer a case of email/exchange being classed as a non business critical system, witch we kind of do now.

Using something like sharepoint might be the way to go, that uses calenders, blogs, Wiki's and file stores and is fully updatable by the users.

Problem is going to be weaning them off the Outlook/Exchange way of working.

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