Random thoughts of an Exchange PFE

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  • Blog Post: Script to change Address Book Service throttling on Exchange 2010

    If you are deploying BlackBerry in Exchange 2010 environment, one of the requirements is to change throttling limits on Address Book Service from default 50 to 100,000. While I reserve my judgment to what number is right, you will have to change it to some number above 50 for sure. If you have many CAS...
  • Blog Post: How to install Update Rollups remotely on Exchange 2010 server

    If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to not leave your chair, or for that matter, not switch windows. When it comes to install Update Rollups on every Exchange 2010 server you have, the same applies. So I set out to find a way and I found one! Even though this requires some work upfront...
  • Blog Post: Script to report bad Apples!

    You may have seen Microsoft Support article “ Current issues with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and Third Party Devices ”. It documents multitude of problems with third party devices using ActiveSync. the list includes everyone’s favorite fruit devices that starts with an “i”. Shouldn’t be a surprise...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Management Shell Error 500 - Internal Server Error

    I have come across this issue enough times that even if it is documented on TechNet it deserves mention here. When you launch Exchange Management Shell or try to connect to an Exchange 2010 Server remotely using PowerShell, you get error “500 – Internal Server Error. There is a problem with the resource...
  • Blog Post: Deep Zoom Role Posters for Exchange 2010

    Many of you may already have seen the post on Microsoft Exchange Team Blog announcing the availability of Exchange 2010 Architecture poster . you may also have seen Transport Architecture Diagrams published a while ago. If you have not, head over to those links and download those posters as they are...
  • Blog Post: Mythbusters–Exchange Server 2010 and PowerShell Remoting

    A misconception that WinRM listener needs to be configured in order to be able to connect to Exchange Server 2010 had popped up a couple times in my conversations recently so I decided to clear the confusion. Guest blogging for my friends at IT Pro Africa, I have written the details on the blog post...
  • Blog Post: Script to configure static ports on Exchange Server 2010

    There is nothing new about this. If you have been reading about Exchange Server 2010 or have it deployed with hardware load balancer, chances are, you have read how to configure static ports on Exchange Server 2010 on TechNet Social wiki for Exchange 2010 . Chances are that you have also used my script...
  • Blog Post: New pre-requisites for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 and CAS Role

    With release of Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2010, you gain few new features such as Cross-Site Silent Redirection for OWA , Address Book Policies , Mailbox Auto-Mapping and few other additions ( What’s new in Exchange 2010 SP2 ). With it, comes new pre-requisites if you are installing...
  • Blog Post: Updated - Verify Exchange Server Schema Version

    This article was originally posted on my personal blog here . Since I don't actively maintain it anymore, I am publishing it here. When you run Exchange Setup to prepare schema, usually the very next question is, how do I verify schema was updated successfully? Verifying only the values of attributes...
  • Blog Post: All Exchange 2010 network communications in a diagram

    Today, Michel de Rooij posted an update to his Exchange 2010 SP1 Network ports diagram. You can find it here . This is a great resource if you ever need to refer to network flow between different roles and well as different clients to server communications. This is too good of information to pass on...
  • Blog Post: Maximum Recipients per Message and exceptions

    I just posted this article at our PFE site Mr. Proactive . Here’s the excerpt of the article: While this is fairly documented on TechNet, it sometimes takes a bit to find and memory usually fails us when the question of precedence comes up. I figured documenting it here would help readers. So the classic...
  • Blog Post: Comparison of Outlook 2010 and OWA features

    I see many asking for comparison between Outlook 2010 and OWA with Exchange Server 2010 mailbox. While I did not have time lately with my commitments and travel, I came across Steve’s recent post which compares the features. He also included Outlook 2011 comparison which is great! Here’s the link to...
  • Blog Post: If Retention Tags weren’t confusing…

    UPDATE: Please read updated guidance due to changes introduced in SP2 RU4 here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/08/14/calendar-and-tasks-retention-tag-support-in-exchange-2010-sp2-ru4.aspx . It specifically addresses Calendar items and tasks. I wouldn’t be talking about it today...
  • Blog Post: RBAC and Principle of Least Privilege

    Exchange 2010 introduced RBAC as a mechanism to manage access to administrative tasks at granular level which was not possible in previous versions of Exchange. While you may know how to use RBAC to create custom roles that maps to job functions in your environment, one particular feature tends to get...
  • Blog Post: Why does catch not catch?

    I ran into an interesting discussion with my customer today. He was writing a code block that looked like the following: Try { Get-MailboxServer Bogus } Catch { "Mailbox server doesn't exist" } Looking at the code, it’s very simple. Run a command in try block and if error is generated, report...
  • Blog Post: Certificate revocation checked failed

    Recently I came across a CAS server that was rebuilt. Think of it as a new server you are introducing in your environment.   Everything looked good except certificate that we imported. The certificate looked good when looking at validity, issuing authority certificate and other dependencies. However...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Exchange 2010 PowerShell Cookbook Review

    Disclaimer: I am not paid to write about this book and the review written here is my own view. I was recently contacted by Packt Publishing about their recently published book “ Microsoft Exchange 2010 PowerShell Cookbook ”. I have voluntarily reviewed books in the past (i.e. Windows Server 2003 Security...