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  • Updated: Exchange Server Deployment Assistant

    We’re happy to announce updates to the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant ! These updates offer you more deployment options and outline new features that make deployments more flexible and easier to configure. We’ve updated the Deployment Assistant...
  • Certificate Planning in Exchange 2013

    Now that we understand the load balancing and namespace planning principles and how clients connect in an Exchange 2013 environment that has Exchange 2007 and/or Exchange 2010 deployed, the proper certificates can be constructed and deployed as part of...
  • Exchange 2003 migration toolkit

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 entered the market on September 28, 2003 and continued the great messaging and collaboration experience that Microsoft Exchange Server had provided in previous releases. As we approach April 8, 2014, we want to inform users...
  • Load Balancing in Exchange 2013

    This article is part 2 in a series that discusses namespace planning , load balancing principles, client connectivity, and certificate planning. Load Balancing Unlike previous versions of Exchange, Exchange 2013 no longer requires session affinity at...
  • Released: Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1

    Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available for download! Please make sure to read the release notes before installing SP1. The final build number for Exchange Server 2013 SP1 is 15.00.0847.032. SP1 has already been deployed to thousands...
  • Data loss prevention in Exchange just got better

    With Exchange 2013, we released a new data loss prevention (DLP) capability based on deep content analysis that helps you identify, monitor, and protect sensitive information. We’re continually looking to expand our DLP capabilities, and today we’re bringing...
  • Exchange ActiveSync Guided Walkthrough

    Many users rely on their smart phones and other mobile devices to access their email and calendar using Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). Any issues with mobile device access and EAS are noticed and reported immediately and a solution is expected just as quickly...
  • Deploy a Guest Cluster Using a Shared Virtual Hard Disk

    This has been a great new feature added in Windows Server 2012 R2. The possible scenario of the usage are Hyper-V failover cluster using Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) on block-level storage or Hyper-V failover cluster using file-based storage in a separate...
  • Exchange 2013 database schema updates

    Recently, we have seen some questions about what the Update-DatabaseSchema cmdlet in Exchange 2013 is about. So I thought I would share some additional information on the subject. The Update-DatabaseSchema cmdlet is a part of the infrastructure that we...
  • Disk Read Error when migrating virtual machine from one cluster to another

    Recently I was involved in a Private Cloud project and as part of the project, we were migrating some virtual machines from one Hyper-v cluster to another. The VM was apparently successfully live migrated to second cluster but after few seconds, the VM...
  • Responding to Managed Availability

    I’ve written a few blog posts now that get into the deep technical details of Managed Availability. I hope you’ve liked them, and I’m not about to stop! However, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that we also need some simpler overview articles. Fortunately...
  • MAP Toolkit 9.0 now available!

    We are pleased to announce the RTM availability of version 9.0 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. This release of the MAP Toolkit helps increase the agility and cost effectiveness of deploying the latest Microsoft technologies. It...
  • Released: Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 3

    The Exchange team has announced the availability of our most recent quarterly servicing update to Exchange Server 2013. Cumulative Update 3 for Exchange Server 2013 and updated UM Language Packs are now available on the Microsoft Download Center. Cumulative...
  • Outlook Connectivity Guided Walkthrough (Exchange On-Premises)

    Outlook prompting users for credentials? Outlook users disconnected from their mailboxes? These are a couple of common issues and they can be frustrating to the user. Enter the Outlook Connectivity Guided Walkthrough (GWT). Outlook connectivity issues...
  • Exchange Server: The Road Ahead

    We’re approaching the one-year anniversary of the release of Exchange Server 2013 . This is traditionally the time when people start asking questions like: When is Service Pack 1 coming? What’s the timeline for the next Exchange Server release? What are...
  • Beta of Microsoft Office 365 Best Practices Analyzer for Exchange Server 2013 now available

    We wanted to let you know that we have released a Beta version of Microsoft Office 365 Best Practices Analyzer for Exchange Server 2013. You can download the bits and read more about the release here . While this Beta has been available for a little while...
  • Released: The new Exchange Server Deployment Assistant

    We’ve listened to your feedback for improving the on-premises and hybrid Exchange Server deployment experience, and we’re happy to announce the release of the new, consolidated Deployment Assistant! The Exchange Server Deployment Assistant now combines...
  • Server Component States in Exchange 2013

    In Exchange 2013 we introduced the concept of “Server Component States”. Server Component State provides granular control over the state of the components that make up an Exchange Server from the point of view of the environment it is running in. This...
  • Assigning File Share permissions using Power Shell

    Recently I was working on some Power Shell scripts for configuring my Windows Server 2012 machines. One of the task was to create a File share on a remote server and then share it and then assign NTFS and Share permissions. Assigning NTFS permissions...
  • New Remote Connectivity Analyzer Tests for Mail Flow

    We’re happy to announce that we’ve added some tests to Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer (RCA), to help you test your mail flow configuration. These tests are intended for customers who use the Exchange Online Protection service to perform spam and...
  • Hybrid Mailbox moves and EMC changes

    As customers are upgraded or sign up for the latest version of Office 365 for business, they may notice some changes in their recipient and organization management experience. For instance, we now allow the Organization and Hybrid Migration management...
  • Service Manager Self Service Portal Installation Issues

    I was recently working to deploy Microsoft System Center Service Manager Self Service Portal 2012 SP1 on SharePoint 2010 Servers and I found couple of issues during the deployment and I thought to share the fixes. The Service Manager 2012 SP1 Management...
  • Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release

    We’re very excited to announce another free ebook offering from Microsoft Press. Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release (ISBN 9780735682931), by Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team, introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario...
  • Customizing Managed Availability

    Exchange Server 2013 introduces a new feature called Managed Availability, which is a built-in monitoring system with self-recovery capabilities. If you’re not familiar with Managed Availability, it’s a good idea to read these posts: Lessons from the...
  • Released: Update Rollups for Exchange 2007 & Exchange 2010 and Security Updates for Exchange 2013

    Yesterday, Exchange Servicing released several updates for the Exchange product line to the Download Center: Update Rollup 11 for Exchange Server 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Exchange...