A Collection of Random Thoughts

Tips, tricks, thoughts relating mostly to Microsoft Exchange server, but occasionally other things as well.

A Collection of Random Thoughts

  • Southwest does a good job

    Last week on Wednesday, I flew out of Las Vegas destined for Dallas. We had just spent a lovely Christmas with my in-laws in Cedar City, UT, and I had to fly back home to get back to work. The problem was that there were high winds in Vegas, which was...
  • Enabling Message Tracking for non-administrator accounts

    If you work for a large organization, odds are that you may have people that you want to grant access to your Message Tracking logs that you don't want to grant rights to do much more. Below, I'll outline the permissions necessary to grant a user or group...
  • Exchange 2003 Unattended Installs

    If you have ever played around with doing unattended installs of Exchange, you will know that there is limited support for this. For one thing, it is not supported to perform an unattended install of the First server in an organization (though I've seen...
  • Incorrect information on MTA Stacks service

    I had previously posted about the MTA Stacks service being required in order to configure RBL lookups. After doing further checking, this is incorrect. Rather than correct that post, I decided to just delete it and post this instead. RBL Lookups are configured...
  • Bulk-editing resource mailboxes with Powershell

    This post is the result of an internal question specifically relating to bulk-editing resource mailboxes. When you create resource mailboxes in Exchange 2007, you have the ability to specify an additional custom response that will be generated when they...
  • Followup to configuring mailboxes via Powershell

    I mentioned at the end of the post about configuring a resource mailbox via Powershell that I thought it would be easy to create a one-liner to both create a new mailbox and configure the resource mailbox settings. In fact, it is very easy, though...
  • Configuring Resource Mailboxes via MSH/Powershell

    I'd previously blogged here about Resource booking in Exchange 2007 and talked about configuring resource booking via OWA. Unbeknownst to me, the ability has existed to manage these settings via the Exchange Management Shell as well. Cool! Now you don...
  • DSAccess issues

    If you run Exchange, no doubt you know how important Active Directory is. However, you may not be as familiar with the process that Exchange uses to discover Domain Controllers and Global Catalog servers. This process is called DSAccess, and is invoked...