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  • 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: Exchange 2010 Tip Of The Day – 76 To 101

    For the final gripping chapter, here are tips #76 to 101 for your PowerShell pleasure! For the related articles in this series please see: Tips 1 – 25 Tips 26 - 50 Tips 51 – 75 Tip of the day #76: Exchange 2010 uses management role groups and management role assignment policies...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Tip Of The Day – 51 To 75

    Here are the Exchange 2010 tips of the day from number 51 to 75. For the related articles in this series please see: Tips 1 - 25 Tips 26 – 50 Tips 76 - 101 Tip of the day #51: Want to determine whether a server is running Exchange Server 2010 Standard Edition or Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise Edition...
  • 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: 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: How To Automate NetMon Captures

    When troubleshooting various Exchange issues it can be very beneficial to get a network capture to look at the actual packets going over the wire. For example when looking at Outlook connectivity issues we can enable Outlook client logging and RPC Client Access Logging on the Exchange Server. Both are...
  • Blog Post: Install Desktop Experience On Windows Server 2012

    Update 28-10-2013: Added PowerShell example to install Desktop Experience While working with one of my consulting colleagues recently on some Windows Server 2012 installations. There was an application requirement to install Media Player onto a couple of the servers. This met with some muttering...
  • Blog Post: Change DAG to DHCP

    One of the great changes to Exchange 2010 SP1 was that a DAG static IP address can be set using the EMC. Prior to this in RTM the EMS had to be used to set a static IP. An example of this would be: Set-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup -Identity TailspinDAG1 -DatabaseAvailabilityGroupIpAddresses 192.168.2.150...
  • Blog Post: Maximize Exchange Administrator Productivity With PowerShell-Part 3

    In the previous articles in this series we looked at the basic aspects of PowerShell and then the underlying mechanisms that are used to connect both Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 management tools to Exchange.  These articles can be found as follows:    How To Maximize Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Outlook & Restricting DAG Cross-Site Connections

    EDIT: This feature is now live in the Exchange 2010 SP2 RU3 build of Exchange. Will add a post about this change at a future date . This post is to clarify that a previously discussed feature that was intended for Exchange 2010 SP1 is not in the SP1 final build. The feature I am referring...
  • Blog Post: How To Maximize Exchange Administrator Productivity With PowerShell–Part 1

    As a Microsoft Exchange Server focused Premier Field Engineer I spend a considerable amount of my time with customers at their work place and also when they attend training courses and workshops that I deliver. Naturally people want to talk and learn about the cool new features in Exchange 2007 and Exchange...
  • Blog Post: How To Maximize Exchange Administrator Productivity With PowerShell–Part 2

    In part one of this series we looked at some of the basic aspects of the PowerShell environment.  Let’s now look at the underlying mechanics on Exchange 2007 and 2010 servers.  We will need to address some aspects separately due to the different mechanisms that are used  between Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Custom Certificate Template Cannot be Issued

    At an engagement yesterday, I ran into an interesting issue where a custom certificate template that was created was unavailable from the Certificate Services Web Enrolment page. One quick peek into the KB revealed a match for the issue. You cannot have a Version 2 custom template of Type Minimum...
  • Blog Post: Fine Grained Control When Registering Multiple IP Addresses On a Network Card

    Edit: 24-1-2013 :  A second article using PowerShell 3.0 is here Edit: 30-1-2013: – A third article is using advanced PowerShell 3.0 is here . Edit 28-8-2013: – A similar issue with the setting being removed is present in Windows Server 2012.  Article with workaround is here .   ...
  • Blog Post: SkipAsSource Flag Cleared In Windows 2012

    For a while now I’ve been using the Netsh SkipAsSource Flag to allow multiple IPs on a server and only the primary IP registers in DNS. The previous series of articles in this series are here: Fine Grained Control When Registering Multiple IP Addresses On a Network Card Fine Grained Control...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Resources For The Exchange Administrator

    A long time ago, in a continent far, far away from where I currently live…. There was a younger, fitter and better looking version of me. One of the few woes that this chap had, was that on a Friday afternoon he would be struggling to delete enough files off a server to allow that day’s event log archive...
  • Blog Post: Remote Desktop Connection Manager Download (RDCMan) 2.2

      Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) is a great tool to consolidate multiple RDP connections into a single window to prevent desktop clutter.   The tool can be downloaded from here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=21101   It will install...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 PowerShell 3.0 and WSUS

    Last Tuesday was December’s Patch Tuesday , it also featured the re-release of Exchange 2010 SP2 RU5 as the V2 of the update.  As a result Exchange administrators have been busy updating servers and installing patches. If you read no further, remember only this – do not install Windows Management...
  • 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: Office 2013 Click-To-Run Not Updating

    When the office updates were released last patch Tuesday, there were a couple of issues of mine that were resolved. Great, I thought, let’s download and install them! After checking that my installed build of Outlook etc. was older than the released updates I downloaded the updates from the Microsoft...