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  • Blog Post: Deep Sixing PST Files

    A little over two years ago we wrote about removing PSTs from your organization and gave you a tool to assist you with that endeavor. .PST, Time to Walk the Plank . Since then, we’ve updated the tool with some new features and functionality. In this blog, we are going to give you: More reasons to get...
  • Blog Post: Booking Delegation Vs. Classic Delegation

    Calendar delegation can be assigned in two different ways, each for a specific scenario. However, any mailbox, usually rooms, can be assigned both and this causes confusion when managing delegation of rooms or resources. What’s the difference and why? Classic Delegation Classic delegation has been around...
  • Blog Post: Ask the Perf Guy: How big is too BIG?

    We’ve seen an increasing amount of interest lately in deployment of Exchange 2013 on “large” servers. By large, I mean servers that contain significantly more CPU or memory resources than what the product was designed to utilize. I thought it might be time for a reminder of our scalability recommendations...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 Calculator Updates

    Today, we released an updated version of the Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator . In addition to numerous bug fixes, this version includes new functionality: CPU utilization table, ReplayLagManager support, MaximumPreferredActiveDatabases support, Restore-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup scenario...
  • Blog Post: Released: June 2015 Exchange Cumulative Update and Update Rollups

    The Exchange team is announcing today the availability of our latest quarterly updates for Exchange Server 2013 as well as updates for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 and Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3. Cumulative Update 9 for Exchange Server 2013 and UM Language Packs are now available on the...
  • Blog Post: Parsing the Admin Audit Logs with PowerShell

    One of the nice features introduced in Exchange 2010 was Admin Audit Logging. Concerned administrators everywhere rejoiced! This meant that a record of Exchange PowerShell activity, organization wide, was now saved and searchable. Administrators could query the Admin Audit Log, using the Search-AdminAuditLog...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting High CPU utilization issues in Exchange 2013

    Introduction In Exchange support we see a wide range of support issues. Few of them can be more difficult to troubleshoot than performance issues. Part of the reason for that is the ambiguity of the term "Performance Issue". This can manifest itself like anything from random client disconnects...
  • Blog Post: New Support Policy for Repaired Exchange Databases

    The database repair process is often used as a last ditch effort to recover an Exchange database when no other means of recovery is available. The process should only be followed at the advice of Microsoft Support and after determining that all other recovery options have been exhausted. For many years...
  • Blog Post: Generating user message profiles for use with the Exchange Calculators

    Greetings Exchange Community! My name is Dan Sheehan, and I work as a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft, specializing in Microsoft Exchange. As a long time Exchange engineer I am an avid PowerShell scripter, and as such I end up writing a lot of PowerShell scripts. Today I present to you one of those...
  • Blog Post: A better way to collect logs from your Exchange servers

    Do you dislike having to collect diagnostics logs manually from each server in order to troubleshoot an issue or establish a server performance baseline? Did it ever happen to you that you collected the logs, but then found out that you needed more logs from the time the issue was happening, but when...
  • Blog Post: Using RBAC to restrict Discovery Searches

    Introduction eDiscovery is a powerful feature available in Microsoft Exchange. It’s used by eDiscovery Managers for performing discovery searches across all mailboxes in the organization and is very important for the purpose of the Compliance and Legal issues. By default, the Discovery Management role...
  • Blog Post: VSSTester script updated – troubleshoot Exchange 2013 and 2010 database backups

    It’s been a while since we talked about VSSTester script! Murali, who maintained the script before, asked me to take over the script maintenance and thus I’m releasing this updated version. This script update is long overdue but better late than never! As before, you can grab a copy of the script from...
  • Blog Post: Exchange ActiveSync on-boarding to Office 365

    Introduction Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 8 (CU8) and Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Rollup Update 9 (RU9) introduced a new feature to provide a more seamless experience for ActiveSync-enabled users who move from on-premises Exchange servers to Office 365. This blog post explains the current situation...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 Monitoring Mailboxes

    Introduction Exchange Server 2013 introduced a new feature called Managed Availability , which is a built-in monitoring system with self-recovery capabilities. Managed Availability performs continuous tests (probes) that simulate end-user actions, to detect possible problems with Exchange components...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Cumulative Update 8 for Exchange Server 2013

    The Exchange team is announcing today the availability of Cumulative Update 8 for Exchange Server 2013. The Cumulative Update Package and UM Language Packs are now available on the Microsoft Download Center. Cumulative Update 8 represents the continuation of our Exchange Server 2013 servicing and builds...
  • Blog Post: Network Ports for Clients and Mail Flow in Exchange 2013

    Once upon a time in a land far, far away I wrote an article that told our action packed supportability story about the relationship of firewalls and Exchange servers. While the majority of response was positive to this purposefully lighthearted article (if you can’t enjoy your work why do it? :), there...
  • Blog Post: Want more control over Sent Items when using shared mailboxes?

    Edit 6/15/2015: We are starting to make this feature available again in Office 365. Note that the new shared mailbox sent items behavior is disabled by default and if Admins want it enabled, they can do so by using CMDlets mentioned below. Additionally, we are still on track to ship this to our on-premises...
  • Blog Post: Managed Availability Responders

    Responders are the final critical part of Managed Availability. Recall that Probes are how Monitors obtain accurate information about the experience your users are receiving. Responders are what the Monitors use to attempt to fix the situation. Once they pass throttling, they launch a recovery action...
  • Blog Post: Automated Hybrid Troubleshooting Experience

    One of the more popular deployment options for Office 365, and more specifically Exchange Online, is the Exchange Hybrid Configuration . This deployment option gives customers a way to move some of their mailboxes to Exchange Online, while keeping some on-premises. Our goal with an Exchange Hybrid configuration...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2010 Coexistence with Kerberos Authentication

    In April 2011, I documented our recommendation around utilizing Kerberos authentication for MAPI clients to address scalability limits with NTLM authentication. The solution leverages deploying an Alternate Service Account (ASA) credential so that domain-joined and domain-connected Outlook clients, as...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Multiple OWA/ECP Virtual Directories on the Exchange 2013 Client Access Server Role

    We have previously published guidance for setting up multiple OWA and ECP virtual directories for Exchange Server 2007 and 2010, and now it is the turn of Exchange Server 2013. The eagle eyed amongst you may spot some copy and paste from previous blogs on the subject, and well frankly, you’d be correct...
  • Blog Post: Ask The Perf Guy: New Exchange 2013 Performance Guidance Available On TechNet

    I’m happy to announce that the Exchange performance virtual team within Microsoft Support has produced some fantastic new performance guidance content for Exchange 2013 users, and it is now available on TechNet at http://aka.ms/Ex2013PerfContent . This is a compilation of resources that we’ve previously...
  • Blog Post: A better way to recover a mailbox

    Update 06/11/2015 : We have now disabled the old method of recovering a mailbox (which involved using Get-RemovedMailbox and New-Mailbox –RemovedMailbox) and we no longer support the recovery of hard deleted mailboxes. The process of recovering deleted users or mailboxes in a hybrid or cloud-only organization...
  • Blog Post: OWA Forms Based Auth Logoff Changes in Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 9 – And Good News for TMG Customers

    Update - 2/9/15 : Since publishing this blog we made a decision to push one aspect of this change to CU9 to allow some partners a little more time to adapt to this new behavior. The new signout.aspx code is still shipping in CU8, but we are not changing to the new logoff behavior, that is sending the...
  • Blog Post: Using an Azure VM as a DAG Witness Server

    I’m happy to announce support for use of an Azure virtual machine as an Exchange 2013 Database Availability Group witness server. Automatic datacenter failover in Exchange 2013 requires three physical sites, but many of our customers with stretched DAGs only have two physical sites deployed today. By...