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  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 SP3 RU12 Released

    The Exchange team today announced the availability of Update Rollup 12 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3. RU12 is the latest rollup of customer fixes available for Exchange Server 2010. The release contains fixes for customer reported issues and previously released security bulletins. This is build...
  • Blog Post: How To Easily Add Public Folder Replicas To Exchange 2010

    Exchange 2007 onwards contain a treasure trove of built in scripts to help administer the system. These scripts are listed in TechNet and are found under the Exchange installation path in the scripts folder. Yes – somewhat unsurprisingly. In this post let’s take a look at the scripts that can help with...
  • Blog Post: Restart Exchange 2010 CAS And Authentication Prompts

    There are multiple causes for Outlook clients to receive authentication prompts. This can be caused by impaired AD performance where the DCs are negatively impacted and cannot respond quickly. This can be caused by semaphore timeouts, due to NTLM bottlenecks. In Exchange 2010 the CAS Array uses NTLM...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 SP3 RU11 Released

    The Exchange team today announced the availability of Update Rollup 11 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3. RU11 is the latest rollup of customer fixes available for Exchange Server 2010. The release contains fixes for customer reported issues and previously released security bulletins. This...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Attribute Retention After Mailbox Removal

    One of my colleagues was wondering what Exchange would do when a user’s mailbox was removed and then re-connected. Would the Exchange custom attributes persist when the mailbox was re-connected? Test Mailbox This is our test subject, Mr. Audonet, whose mailbox is held in an Exchange 2010 SP3 RU10 based...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Mailbox Migration - Target Mailbox Doesn‎'t Have An SMTP Proxy Matching

    When migrating mailboxes from on-premises Exchange to Office 365, we can run into the error where the migration fails with an error stating that the target mailbox doesn’t have an SMTP proxy matching the Microsoft Online Routing Domain. This can happen due to a number of causes. For example...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Gallery Resources

    There are numerous outstanding scripts, tools and resources located in the TechNet Gallery. In addition to MVPs and community members adding scripts, Microsoft also adds official contributions. For example, this is where you are downloading the Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator and Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer - You Must Provide A Value For This Property

    When creating a new Database Availability Group, there was a bit of rude shock when the installation failed.  This customer had deployed multiple Exchange 2010 DAGs over the lifespan of the product, yet their latest build ran into an issue.  They were able to create the DAG, but when adding...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 SP3 RU10 Released

    The Exchange team today announced the availability of Update Rollup 10 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3. RU10 is the latest rollup of customer fixes available for Exchange Server 2010. The release contains fixes for customer reported issues and previously released security bulletins. This...
  • Blog Post: Enable Remote Archive With Exchange Hybrid

    Deploying an Exchange Hybrid solution offers many opportunities to extend messaging services into the cloud. This is one of the biggest strengths of the Microsoft offering. We can provide on-premises, cloud only and hybrid solutions. One capability is cloud based archives. This allows either: ...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Exchange 2010 Search

    Since Exchange servers are now storing an ever increasing amount of data, it is imperative that people can quickly search and retrieve the content from their mailbox. This may have been possible without search capabilities in the past with a 20 MB mailbox quota (remember those days ?!?), but as quotas...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Search Recommendations

    This article is intended to cover some of the best practices related to Exchange 2010 search. Whilst the search service has been continuously improved over the lifecycle of Exchange 2010 there are multiple items can need to be addressed. If these items are not addressed, then there is a very good chance...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 SP3 RU9 Released

    The Exchange team today announced the availability of Update Rollup 9 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3. RU9 is the latest rollup of customer fixes available for Exchange Server 2010. The release contains fixes for customer reported issues and previously released security bulletins. Update 25-3...
  • Blog Post: Update 015-027 Revised (3002657)

    In the March 2015 security bulletin, update 15-027 was released. This is to address a vulnerability in the Netlogon component of windows that could allow spoofing. The security bulleting for 015-027 is available in the Security TechCenter . KB 3002657 provides details of the update. Please be aware...
  • Blog Post: Exchange ActiveSync Script To Grandfather Existing Devices

    As mentioned in the previous posts in this services, the configuration of Exchange ActiveSync was something that is commonly overlooked by many a consultant. Exchange ActiveSync allows any user to synchronise any device by default. If this is what your organisation wants to do, then you are good to go...
  • Blog Post: Retrieving Packets Received Discarded Perfmon Counter From Multiple Servers–Updated February 2015

    On the Retrieving Packets Received Discarded Perfmon Counter From Multiple Servers post, Tim commented that he had found the script very useful when troubleshooting discarded packets on Exchange 2013 DAG servers.  Using PowerShell  it is very easy to extend the search to discover which other...
  • Blog Post: Using Exchange PowerShell Remoting With Integrated Scripting Environment–ISE

    One item that is very prevalent is people directly loading the Exchange PowerShell snapin into the Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). This is not supported from the Exchange point of view, as Exchange requires that Remote PowerShell be used with Exchange 2010 and 2013. Let’s look at how...
  • Blog Post: Creating PowerShell Profile For Integrated Scripting Environment – ISE

    In this post we will look at some of the mechanics behind creating a profile file which will customise the start-up behaviour of the Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). This will also serve as a precursor to additional posts on tweaking ISE for Exchange purposes. The catalyst for writing this was...
  • Blog Post: Directly Loading Exchange 2010 or 2013 SnapIn Is Not Supported

    It is always interesting to see how certain constructs are carried over from previous versions of Exchange without being re-evaluated. The case in point here, is how access is provided to Exchange 2010/2013 PowerShell. Exchange 2010 introduced mail admins to remote PowerShell. At this time we should...
  • Blog Post: Recommendations For Exchange ActiveSync Organisation Settings

    It has been 5 years since Exchange 2010 was released and there is still a very common item that a lot of deployments have overlooked. This is the configuration of the ActiveSync Organization settings. These settings set the global options for devices connecting into Exchange 2010 and also Exchange 2013...
  • Blog Post: Impact Of Changing ActiveSync DefaultAccessLevel

    The default settings in Exchange 2010 and 2013 allow any user to synchronise any device. Depending upon your organisation's viewpoint this default may not be optimal. Ideally this should have been changed when Exchange 2010 or 2013 was first deployed. Doing so would have ensured that the appropriate...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Script To Get Exchange 2010 Active CAS Connections

    Purpose of this script is to report on particular performance monitor counters for Outlook RPC Client Access, OWA and Exchange ActiveSync on multiple servers. This was required as during the course of the year there have been a few issues where the third party load balancer device was not really doing...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8 Released

    The Exchange team today announced the availability of Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 . RU8 is the latest rollup of customer fixes available for Exchange Server 2010. The release contains fixes for customer reported issues and previously released security bulletins. In addition...
  • Blog Post: Exchange ServerName Points To Wrong Or Decommissioned Server

    This post was promoted from the draft bin to production after a customer visit a couple of weeks ago. When onsite we were looking at how the environment was configured. The admins had written a series of scripts to determine the environment state which was excellent to see! One thing that they had assumed...
  • Blog Post: Retrieving Cluster Error 1135 From Servers

    In some of the recent posts you will have noted that there have been some issues with VMware , and also network cards dropping packets in packets received discarded . One symptom of this is that nodes will be removed from the cluster and EventID 1135 is logged into the System log. EventID 1135 states...