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  • Blog Post: Understanding multi-domain DL update and delegate issues after application of Exchange 2003 SP2

    EDIT 1/24/2008: Please see the Part 2 of this post which has additional information on how to resolve this problem. After applying SP2 to an Exchange 2003 server, users may have problems updating Distribution list membership and delegating permissions to specific users. This problem is occurring because...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 200x SRS - how does it fit into the big picture?

    The SRS is a service that makes possible the exchange of directory information between Exchange Server 5.5 Directory and the dissimilar Windows Active Directory. In mixed mode organizations, the SRS is necessary because Exchange 5.5 directory information can only be replicated between Exchange 5.5 servers...
  • Blog Post: How Mailbox Manager processes recipients

    This is a part 2 of my 3 part series on Mailbox Manager, please go here to read the part 1! There is a task (CMBCleanTask) within MAD.EXE that runs every 15 minutes and figures out if the schedule information says it is now time to run. The schedule is controlled by the attributes msExchMailboxManagerActivationStyle...
  • Blog Post: Have you customized your Global Address List templates? The Outlook team wants to know.

    The Outlook team is investigating making some improvements to this scenario, and they would like to see real-world examples from any customer who has customized the templates. If you are willing, please send us the file as per the instructions below. Note: This file does not contain any personal data...
  • Blog Post: Minimum permissions necessary to access mailbox data

    I was asked the following question recently: What are the minimum permissions necessary I need to grant a user in order for that user to be able to access the data in another user’s mailbox? Automatically I referenced following article 821897 that states Send As and Receive As permissions are necessary...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Scripting Corner: fix-alias

    One of the things that I have liked the most about the move to Exchange 2007 is the introduction of PowerShell into the management of Exchange. PowerShell is a very powerful tool that the Exchange administrator now has in their arsenal. Many regular, advanced and or mundane tasks can now be automated...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2003 SP2

    Hi, I’ve hopefully met many of you at TechEd, IT Forum, or another Exchange community event – but if not, I hope to meet you there soon and I’ll introduce myself now to get it out of the way. I’m the General Manager of the Exchange product team. I’ve been a member of the Exchange team for 4 years...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Provisioning Article in TechNet Magazine

    One of the more common questions we get from customers with multi-forest Exchange implementations is "How do I provision my Exchange mailboxes?" Many customers provision mailboxes using various third-party tools, or with tools from Microsoft such as Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 or Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Triaging Exchange Performance issues related to Active Directory (AD) Performance (including Networking and DNS performance)

    In many organizations the skill sets that administer Exchange, Active Directory (AD), Domain Naming System (DNS), and the network infrastructure are often segregated. Since Exchange is heavily dependent on communication with AD and that communication must traverse the network, the ability for the Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Single-label Domain Names and Exchange Server 2007 SP1 (Part Deux)

    EDIT 03/26/08: Please see our later post on this subject for the location of updated prerequisite check XML file. Summary This is a follow-up to an earlier post: Single-label Domain Names and Exchange Server 2007 SP1 . Please refer to it for background information on this issue. After investigating Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Why we named a bit in the directory after BillG

    The billg bit or the DoNicknameResolution bit is a setting in the Active Directory that controls how Outlook ambiguous name resolution (ANR) works. Normally, when resolving a name in Outlook, a query is done against the AD using the string passed in. The AD will try to match the string against all of...
  • Blog Post: Update that will allow you to install Exchange 2007 SP1 into a Single-label named domains is now available

    EDIT: This post was updated on 5/2/2008 to include links to international versions of new XML files . We're happy to announce the release of the English version of an update to the Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Setup prerequisite check file. This update will allow you to install Exchange 2007 SP1 in a single...
  • Blog Post: More on Exchange 200x SRS + SRS troubleshooting tips!

    I mentioned in the previous blog post what the main components of the SRS are. Now, let’s go into how this thing works and how to troubleshoot it if needed! 1. Controlling Arbitration When an Administrator introduces a new administrative group into the organization, it may be desirable to control which...
  • Blog Post: Check out the Hosted Exchange 2003 TechNet Support WebCast

    As Chris mentioned in his blog - there will be a WebCast on Hosted Exchange 2003. Seeing that in Support Services we hear many questions about Hosted Exchange, here is a great chance for you to hear more about it in the WebCast format! TechNet Support WebCast: Welcome to Hosted Exchange 2003 - Nino Bilic
  • Blog Post: How does move mailbox really work?

    Move mailbox is the best, supported way to move mailbox data between Exchange servers and update the directory object. It’s been around for ages and has been improved with each version. In Exchange 2003, for instance, the mailbox moves can now be scheduled and are multi-threaded to dramatically improve...
  • Blog Post: Recipient Policies and pure Exchange 2000/2003 sites

    Once a site has no Exchange 5.5 servers in it, that old "Highest Priority" policy based on legacyExchangeDN isn't needed anymore. As people decommission their 5.5 servers and move to pure Exchange 2000 and 2003 sites, the question on how to get rid of the old site recipient policies often arises. This...
  • Blog Post: Maximum number of members in a Distribution Group, and other interesting facts

    We frequently get this question in many newsgroups and forums - what's the maximum number of members you can add to a Distribution group? The member attribute of groups - both Distribution and Security groups, is a multi-valued attribute . So the answer is more about how many values can a multi-valued...
  • Blog Post: XDR-Fixup (Exchange domain rename fixup) and Static DNS Names

    The XDR-Fixup tool runs in two modes. The default mode is a mainline rename of Exchange attributes in the Active Directory (AD), and the verification mode checks that all changes made were appropriate. You might be wondering what this verification step is for. Well, it is necessary because of servers...
  • Blog Post: Deployment changes in Exchange 2003 SP1

    Exchange 2003 SP1 brings us a lot of new features that customers have been requesting, as well as product fixes since Exchange 2003 was released. Here is a list of major features that SP1 is bringing with some descriptions. Please do ask questions on this as we can discuss this in more detail too :)...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2000 and 2003 SRS: Multiple instances of SRS in the same site?

    Site Replication Service is always a confusing topic for some in both E2K and E2K3. Sometimes our customers see some Exchange 200x have SRS turned on in one mixed site by setup, while other Exchange 200x servers in the same site does not have SRS, therefore they want to get clear in what situation the...
  • Blog Post: Exploring Exchange 2010 RPC Client Access service

    In Exchange 2007, we introduced five server roles that performed distinct functions within the Exchange organization. One role in particular - the Client Access server role - introduced a variety of new Web services, including the Availability service, the Autodiscover service and Calendar Concierge...
  • Blog Post: OAB PDN changes and existing site consolidations

    With Exchange 5.5 coming to the end of its support life cycle, lots of companies have been migrating quickly from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000 or Exchange 2003. One major component that is affected by mixed mode site migrations/consolidation is the OAB. So with that being said Dave Goldman took a few...
  • Blog Post: What is the msExchPreviousAccountSid?

    The msExchPreviousAccountSid is used to identify when there was a problem with connection agreements being rolled out before the 5.5 directory is properly prepared. It is the SID the ADC wanted to use as the msExchMasterAccountSid but couldn't because that SID was assigned to another mailbox. Clear as...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server and Windows Server 2008

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Server 2008 The release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Exchange 2007 cannot be installed on Windows Server 2008. However, Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 will be supported for installation on Windows Server 2008. While you cannot install Exchange 2007 RTM on...
  • Blog Post: Why can’t I modify the objects on my ADC Tools created Recipient CA?

    If you create a Recipient Connection Agreement (RCA) with the ADC tools wizard and then go in to view the settings of that RCA, you may notice that the “Select the objects that you want to replicate” options on the From Windows tab are grayed out and you cannot make changes… Example...