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  • Blog Post: End Of Exchange 2010 SP2 Support

    Time files and we are now at the end of the Exchange 2010 SP2 support lifecycle. And as previously discussed Windows XP and Office 2003 left extended support yesterday. It seems like only yesterday when Exchange 2010 SP2 was released in November 2011, The support lifecycle marker is the Exchange 2010...
  • Blog Post: MEC 2014 – The Aftermath

    MEC 2014 has now come and gone, and it's been both an exciting and tiring week! There was always so much going on that it was a constant battle to decide what to go and see next. But that is a great dilemma to face. I will be spending a lot of time in the coming weeks looking at the recordings on...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 Tip Of The Day – 76 To 93

    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 Exchange 2013 Tip Of The Day – 51 To 75 To obtain the listing below, the following command was used: $Int = 76;While ($Int...
  • 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 Exchange 2013 Tip of The Day – 76 To 93 To obtain the listing below, the following command was used: $Int = 51;While ($Int -le 75){Get-Tip $Int; Write-Host;...
  • 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 Exchange 2013 Tip of The Day – 76 To 93 To obtain the listing below, the following command was used: $Int = 26;While ($Int -le 50){Get-Tip $Int; Write-Host;...
  • 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: MEC 2014 - 2 Weeks And Counting

    Wow, time has certainly flown and its now only two weeks until MEC 2014 happens down in sunny Austin, Texas ! My MEC Profile is here . Currently looking at all the sessions and planning that out! I’m really pumped and am looking forward to meeting a load of virtual friends from a wide range of countries...
  • 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 2010 SP3 RU5 Released

    The Exchange team today announced the availability of Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3. RU5 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. The astute...
  • 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 2010 Tip Of The Day – 26 To 50

    Leading on where the previous post left off, here are the Exchange 2010 tips of the day from number 26 to 50. For the related articles in this series please see: Tips 1 – 25 Tips 51 – 75 Tips 76 - 101 Tip of the day #26: Forget a property name? Not a problem because you can use wildcard characters to...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 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! Since I had not see a complete list of the Exchange 2010 ones, I...
  • 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: Kicking The Tires With Office 365

    If you are looking for a “How To” guide to assist with getting started with Office 365 then you will want to take a look at the latest Test Lab Guides that are now available to TechNet. They were published last week and are hot off the virtual press! The Test lab Guides are intended to be a series of...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 SP3 RU3 Released

    The Exchange team today announced the availability of Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3. RU3 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: 6-2...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Security Update Available For MS13-105

    To address the security issues present in bulletin MS13-105 all supported versions of Exchange 2007, 2010 and 2013 are receiving updates to allow customers to address the security vulnerabilities. Depending upon the version of Exchange the delivery method will vary. Exchange 2007 and 2010 provides updates...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007–Service Pack 3 Is Required

    After seeing several posts in the TechNet Exchange forums, where people are posting an overview of their environment as part of the problem statement, it is clear that multiple customers are not maintaining the correct service pack level on their Exchange servers. I previously blogged about this...
  • 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 RPC Client Access Service Crash

    RPC Client Access is the main conduit for Outlook clients communicating to Exchange 2010.  So when something happens to it, the impact can be classified as “not good”…..   While Exchange 2010 SP3 RU2 addresses issues with RPC Client Access that may be caused by RPC Client Access threads hanging...
  • Blog Post: CAS Namespace Planning

    CAS Namespace planning is frequently an issue with Exchange deployments.  Why?  For the simple reason that it is either totally skipped or glossed over. Any Exchange design worth its salt must have careful attention applied to the CAS role.  While it is possible to drop in the HUB role...
  • Blog Post: DAC And Should I Enable DAC For DAG In A Single AD Site

    Exchange 2010 introduced the concept of Datacentre Activation Coordination (DAC). DAC is a property found on a Database Availability Group (DAG). It still remains slightly mysterious to some folks out in the field, so its certainly worth bringing it back up for discussion. Tim McMichael’s famous...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Tweaks

    Kris Waters, one of my great colleagues from the US, originally posted a really neat list of items which can mitigate issues found in a lot of large scale Exchange deployments. Please take the time to review her post here . There are a lot of valuable pointers in her blog, so definitely check it out...