Exchange Ideas - Daniel Kenyon-Smith

I’m a Messaging consultant working for Microsoft Consultancy Services in the UK. Find out about all the latest technology, news, tips and tricks in the world of messaging and much more!

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  • Blog Post: Installing Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) v2.0

    Here are the steps i followed when installing ADFS 2.0 Steps Action Start the ADFS installation Launch AdfsSetup.exe On the Welcome to the ADFS 2.0 Setup Wizard page, click Next   Accept the End-User License Agreement and click Next Select the required role, in this case I’m using ‘Federated Server...
  • Blog Post: Session 3: Messaging – 3rd September 2008

    MCS Talks This session will build upon the core infrastructure services discussed in Session 2 but will focus on the decisions commonly faced by enterprises when deploying Exchange Server 2007. Some of the topics we'll cover will include how to approach the consolidation of services and infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Adding and Verifying a Federated Domain

    Steps Action Launch Microsoft Online Services Identity Federation Management tool At the PowerShell command prompt type Type $cred = Get-Credential In the pop up window specify the username used for online account management (your Office 365 administrator credentials) Connect ADFS 2.0 and Office 365...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Events

    TechNet Events Live: TechNet Event : Managing Windows Servers with PowerShell V2 Location: London Date: 10 February 2009 TechNet Event: Microsoft Systems Management and understanding the role of System Center Location: Birmingham Date: 12 February 2009 TechNet Event: Self...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 SP1 and Windows 2008

    Now Windows 2008 has been released to manufacturing (RTM), all new implementations of Exchange 2007 SP1 can be designed using Windows 2008 Server (SP1 is a minimum requirement for Windows 2008, a full list of prerequisites can found at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691354.aspx ). Windows...
  • Blog Post: Single Label Domain (SLD)

    I have recently spoken with customers who have a single label domain and have asked the question whether the next version of Exchange will be supported. It's still a recommendation to move from a SLD, but we do support it, see for more details - http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2009/01/27/450514.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Namespace Requirements

    Please find a list of typical namespaces that are required when setting up and installing Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) 2.0 and rich coexistence/hybrid with Office 365 Namespace Value Description On premise SMTP Namespace Company...
  • Blog Post: To Hyper-V or not to Hyper-V?

    It’s here! Hyper-V. Is Exchange 2007 a good candidate for virtualisation? Well only in certain situations and for certain roles and we’ll discuss this later. Some applications can have major advantages from increased utilization of hardware, simplified and flexible deployment. A virtualized...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell installation Windows 2008

    Before you install Exchange 2007 SP1 onto a Windows 2008 server you'll need ensure that prerequisites are installed, by default .NET Framework 2.0 and Microsoft Management Console (MMC) will be installed but you'll need to install Windows PowerShell. Note: You won't need to go looking around on the Internet...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 - Non-Federated Identity, Password never expires

    The Microsoft Online Services Module allows you manage your tenant directly and in some cases change settings you can’t change in GUI (note this can only be achieved if you’re managing accounts that have been created in the tenant e.g. not created using Dirsync/ADFS).  To access Remote PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Q&A

    Hi   please Join me at this event to talk about Exchange 2010, you can register here
  • Blog Post: Learning Snacks

    Learning snacks are short and interactive presentations on popular technologies, see this one for Exchange 2010 , more to follow. Take a look at the Learning snack portal for other great presentations.   Written by Daniel Kenyon-Smith
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 SP1 /Hosting

    This is the process i followed to installed Exchange 2010 SP1 in hosting mode 1. Run the following command: setup /prepareschema /hosting 2. Run setup /prepareAD /organizationName:EXCHANGE /hosting 3. To install individual server roles run:-   a. Run setup /mode:install /roles:HT /hosting /InstallWindowsComponent...
  • Blog Post: Configuring ADFS v2.0 for Office 365

    1              Here are the steps i followed for configuring ADFS for Office 365 (see my previous post for installing ADFS) Steps Action Click, Start, Admin Tools, ADFS 2.0 Management Click ‘ADFS 2.0 Federation server Configuration Wizard’ Click...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Directory Synchronization

    Dirsync is required to support Single Sign On (SSO) and creates Mail Enabled Users (MEU) in the cloud tenant. Installing Dirsync allows you have a unified Global Address List (GAL) between on-premise and cloud (Office 365).  It also allows you to on-board/off-board users to and from Office 365 ...
  • Blog Post: Combined HT and CAS

    Take a look at the new guidance for combing HT and CAS and you can install both roles by running Setup.com /mode:install /role:H,C (nice and easy) Written by Daniel Kenyon-Smith
  • Blog Post: Enabling and Managing Federation

    Steps Action Configure a remote domain to be used with Office 365 Launch on-premises Exchange Management console (EMC), navigate to Hub Transport and select new remote domain in the actions pane Create a new Accepted domain Create a new Accepted domain that is authoritative for the namespace Create a...
  • Blog Post: Adding and Exchange forest to the EMC

    Steps Actions Add the online tenant to the on-premise EMC In the on-premises EMC right click ‘Microsoft Exchange’ and select add forest   In the drop down list specify ‘Exchange Online’ as the external exchange forest and specify your Office 365 administrator credentials if prompted Verify Exchange...
  • Blog Post: ServerManager Depreciated?

      ServerManagerCmd is deprecated in R2 (we are trying to move away from that model although it still works) See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691354(EXCHG.140).aspx#WS08R2   (The new command is now Add-WindowsFeature) Written by Daniel Kenyon-Smith
  • Blog Post: CCR or Stretched CCR?

    Having spoke with a few customers about whether a local CCR and SCR is the best solution or a stretched CCR across 2 data centres I thought I'd write a post. There is no right and wrong answer to that question, in typical consulting style 'it depends'. There are various factors to take into consideration...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 SP1 certificate generation

    I created a cert the other day for a customer so thought I'd share the Powershell command, you never know it might help! New-ExchangeCertificate -GenerateRequest -Path c:\CompanyA.csr -KeySize 2048 -SubjectName "c=GB, s=London, l=London, o=CompanyA, cn=Mail.CompanyA.com" -DomainName Server1.CompanyA...
  • Blog Post: E14 is coming!!

    Take a look at the video from our lead Program Manager (Exchange product team) about the next release of Exchange called code name E14. This is the 1 st version of Exchange that been written for Software as a Service SaS . At Microsoft we run we our own software in a dogfood environment to allow...