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  • Blog Post: Outlook Unable To Connect To Exchange –Default Gateway Not Found

    When doing some recent customer work for Exchange 2013, I ran into an annoying issue in one of my labs. Outlook 2013 refused to connect to Exchange 2013. A witch hunt then ensued to ensure that all of my Outlook Anywhere, Autodiscover and authentication settings were correct. Well it turns out that they...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 Tip Of The Day – 51 To 75

    The other Exchange 2013 tips of the day posts can be found here: Exchange 2013 Tip Of The Day – 1 To 25 Exchange 2013 Tip Of The Day – 26 To 50 To obtain the listing below, the following command was used: $Int = 51;While ($Int -le 75){Get-Tip $Int; Write-Host; $Int...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 Tip Of The Day – 26 To 50

    The other Exchange 2013 tips of the day posts can be found here: Exchange 2013 Tip Of The Day – 1 To 25 Exchange 2013 Tip Of The Day – 51 To 75 To obtain the listing below, the following command was used: $Int = 26;While ($Int -le 50){Get-Tip $Int; Write-Host; $Int+=1} Tip of the day #26: Forget a property...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 Tip Of The Day – 1 To 25

    The Exchange Management Shell helps us discover the amazing capabilities of PowerShell. One way it does this is by displaying a tip of the day so that we are introduced to concepts and topics that inevitably will come in handy one day! The other Exchange 2013 tips of the day posts can be found here:...
  • Blog Post: Exchange PowerShell Filtering Examples

    When writing Exchange PowerShell scripts it is very useful to target specific machines to either query or set their properties. Thus the ability to generate a query that effectively targets the correct machines is a very good thing to know! The reason I'm posting this is that I see a lot of people...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 And 2013 Outlook Anywhere Co-Existence

    Since we are still in the early stages of the year, and Exchange 2013 SP1 is now available, we will see lots of migrations to Exchange 2013. Exchange 2013 can be deployed into an existing Exchange organisation where Exchange 2007 SP3 RU10 + and/or Exchange 2010 SP3 exists. Let's look at an issue...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 SP1 Released

    Exchange 2013 SP1 has now been released to the Microsoft Download Center ! The build number for Exchange Server 2013 SP1 is 15.00.0847.032 Update 5-3-2014: If you are using custom transport agents please see Third-party transport agents cannot be loaded correctly in Exchange Server 2013 The script you...
  • Blog Post: Exchange RBAC Primer

    After publishing some recent articles on RBAC, there was some feedback that a primer on RBAC would also be welcomed. So here it is! What is RBAC? It is not Really Boring Access Control. RBAC = Role Based Access Control. As a concept it is not new , however Exchange 2010 was the first time that it has...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Upgrades–The Point Of No Return

    When designing an upgrade strategy from an older version of Exchange to a newer one, a question that needs to be addressed is do we need to introduce a version of Exchange that may not currently be present? This may be when upgrading from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010. If that organisation does not...
  • Blog Post: Slow Response To Exchange Virtual Directory Cmdlets

    Some folks in the field may have seen this before, but it’s worth bubbling up to make sure everyone is aware of it! I was sitting with one of my esteemed consulting colleagues today and he remarked that it was talking a long time to run one of his Exchange PowerShell scripts. The customer in...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2013 Forums Available on TechNet

    Update : Since Exchange 2013 has now been released the preview forums has been retired, and the RTM forums can now be found here . Since the Exchange 2013 Preview is now available it is a great chance to see how the next version of Exchange is shaping up! If you are running to issues then head...
  • Blog Post: DNS or SRV Record For DNS Based Exchange Autodiscover

    For users and devices that need to use DNS to locate their Exchange Autodiscover endpoint, should I use a SRV record?  The above is a fairly common question, and it almost warrants the consultant’s answer.   CAS Namespaces As discussed by Ross Smith IV in his introduction to Exchange 2013 CAS...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 Hits RTM

        11-10-2012 is an interesting number as this is the date when the Exchange product group signed off on the build to release Exchange 2013 to Manufacturing.   If you are in the UK, yes I know the month and year are the “wrong” way around   That aside, the other magic number...
  • Blog Post: Allow Users To Manage Distribution Groups Without Creating New Ones

    In a previous post we discussed a scenario where users were delegated the capability to create Mail Enabled Contacts in Active Directory using a custom RBAC role. As part of the solution we enabled the MyDistributionGroups Role. While this may meet the needs of most organisations it does introduce one...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 SCOM Management Pack Download

    Update: Management Pack was updated on 12th July 2013     The Exchange 2013 System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Management Pack has been released to the download centre . This Management Pack is designed to work with the new features in Exchange 2013, namely Managed Availability . ...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 OU Limit

    Here I was, quite happily truffling through the Exchange 2013 forums to see what was going on and there was post where an issue with Organizational Units (OUs) wasn’t getting fixed. The admin had noted that all management aspects were functioning correctly through the Exchange Management Shell. ...
  • Blog Post: How To Add Or Remove Cmdlet Parameter From RBAC Management Role

    In the previous posts on RBAC we have looked at customising various roles to ensure that the role contained the minimum amount of cmdlets. RBAC provides even more granularity, and we can add or remove specific parameters from a cmdlet. Since some folks asked for examples on this topic here are a couple...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 Security Update Available For MS13-061

    Update 14-8-2013: The security update for Exchange 2013 has been temporarily removed due to an issue with the search infrastructure. If you have installed it please refer to article “Update 2874216 breaks the content index in Exchange Server 2013” Update 14-8-2013 : Please see an update on the Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 Updated Build Available

    Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 was noted to have an issue with the permissions of migrated public folders.  The Exchange team has released an updated version of CU2 to address this.  This replaces the original download for CU2.  The updated build is available from the Microsoft download centre...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 Video Sessions From TechEd Australia 2012

    If you are looking to see the first public presentations on Exchange 2013, then look no further!  Channel 9 has recordings from last week’s TechEd Australia. You can find these great sessions on Exchange 2013:   Exchange Server 2013 High Availability and Site Resilience - EXL315    ...
  • Blog Post: Creating RBAC Role To Delegate Contact Management

    Update 21-11-2013: If you want the additional contact fields to be edited then please review this post . I had an interesting question the other week about solving a business challenge a customer had with regards to delegating the creation of contact objects in Active Directory. In their previous...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 RTM Now Available On TechNet

    If it wasn’t enough to be spoiled with the Exchange 2013 RTM help files being made available yesterday, now you can hit up TechNet and download the actual product.    How neat is that?     If you are reading this, why are you still here?? Go get downloading now……   Cheers, Rhoderick...
  • Blog Post: ExMon – A Tool For Every Exchange Administrator

    Since it was first introduced the Exchange User Monitor (ExMon) tool is one of those outstanding Swiss army knife tools that are embedded in the Exchange administrator’s toolbox.  ExMon will allow administrators to see in almost real-time what the user activity on the server is, and how this impacts...
  • Blog Post: Patching Exchange? Don’t Overlook Outlook

    When Microsoft performs an Exchange Risk Assessment Program ( ExRAP ) with a customer there are several work items related to patching. We discuss how the: Server hardware, firmware and drivers get updated Server OS gets updated Desktop OS gets updated AV gets updated Exchange Service Packs and Rollups...
  • Blog Post: Exchange RBAC Tips N Tricks - PowerShell

    Most of the time when working with RBAC in Exchange we are not using large scripts to create and manage roles. Generally we use one-liners to configure RBAC. So I thought it would be useful to post some of the ones that I find myself frequently using. As always please add a comment, or hit me up on the...