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  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 SP3 RU7 Released

    The Exchange team today announced the availability of Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 . RU7 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. For example...
  • Blog Post: VMware Issues With Exchange DAG

    When resolving issues with on-premises Exchange sometimes the issue may be directly within Exchange, other times the root cause may lie outside Exchange. Depending upon the exact nature of the case we may have to investigate network switches, load balancers or storage. When Exchange is virtualized then...
  • Blog Post: How To Rename DAG Network Using PowerShell

    Quick post for a Friday! A customer had an “interesting” issue where the DAG networks were not being displayed inside the Exchange Management Console. The underlying reason is because the implemented firewalls between Exchange servers, and then restricted network traffic between Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Retrieving Packets Received Discarded Perfmon Counter From Multiple Servers

    Whilst working on a customer’s Exchange 2010 DAG issue, I wrote a quick script to quickly grab some performance monitor counters from all of their Exchange servers. The issue that we were investigating was related to discarded packets when the VM was running on a certain hypervisor host. The customer...
  • Blog Post: Exchange and AntiVirus Exclusions – Still A Critical Conversation

    In a previous post we saw the Microsoft requirements for the exclusions that must be added to file system AV on Exchange servers. In a recent CritSit, basically an uber urgent support request where the customer is down or as good as down, I also got to examine some of the other causes for file system...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Scripting Agent - The Power Of Script

    Exchange 2010 introduced a very interesting feature – the Scripting Agent. The intent for this component is to provide extensibility to the base management tools and ensure consistency for the execution of cmdlets in the environment. The feature is not enabled by default and you must manually enable...
  • Blog Post: How To Request Certificate Without Using IIS or Exchange

    The blog post on how to integrate Office 365 with Windows 2012 R2 ADFS raised an interesting question from a reader (Hi Eric!) on how should he request a certificate for the ADFS instance since there is no longer an IIS dependency.  This means that there is no longer an IIS console to generate a...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 CU5 Released

    Exchange 2013 CU5 has been released to the Microsoft download centre! Exchange 2013 has a different servicing strategy than Exchange 2007/2010 and utilises Cumulative Updates (CUs) rather than the Rollup Updates (RU/UR) which were used previously. CUs are a complete installation of Exchange 2013 and...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 SP3 RU6 Released

    The Exchange team today announced the availability of Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 . RU6 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. For example...
  • Blog Post: MEC 2014 Content Available

    MEC 2014 session recordings and slides are now available for everyone’s enjoyment! As always Ross Smith , Scott Schnoll and Brian Day deliver some great content that you must check out! If you are in the throes of deploying Exchange 2013 SP1 right now, then please do look at Brian Day’s session. You...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 SP1 Architecture Poster

    In the smelly MEC 2014 man purse, there was  a shiny Exchange 2103 SP1 architecture poster.  The MEC attendees were the first ones to get the update to the older Exchange 2013 RTM poster, which is now published for everyone!  I created a deep zoom of the poster so that it is easy to scroll...
  • 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...