Perform Your Own IT Operational Assessment

During my time as a Microsoft PFE, I contributed to numerous IT Operational Assessments.  While there are many tasks within an Operational Assessment, I wanted to provide a ‘simple version’ by reviewing past tickets/outages over a specified time period.  Of course, there are other, more formal reviews, such as Microsoft Operations Strategic Review, but this…

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Active Directory Permissions and PowerShell

So what about Active Directory Permissions on an Object using PowerShell?  There are a number of options and methods to manage Active Directory permissions, but here are some common tasks that I might perform using PowerShell. NOTE: This blog uses PowerShell with the Active Directory Module (Import-Module ActiveDirectory) To use Get-ACL, you may want to…

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Managing Exchange Public Folder Permissions

Over the years, there has been a request for finding various permissions on Public Folder objects within Exchange.  I figured that I would share how to do some of these tasks, specific to Exchange 2010 and 2013. NOTE: The following commands use the Exchange Management Shell Exchange 2010 List All Top Level Public Folders Default…

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8dot3 and the Exchange 2010 SP3 LAG Copy

Recently I deployed Exchange 2010 SP3 and experienced a few headaches when it came to the LAG copy.  It turns out that this was probably related to the known issue with Exchange 2010 SP3 and 8dot3Name, even though we never activated these copies and with no transaction logs on the active copy containing any 8.3…

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Lync Control Panel–401.1 Unauthorized

Recently I had to install Lync Server 2010 on a repurposed Windows 2008 R2 server within a lab environment. One of the issues that I ran across was preventing me from accessing the Lync Control Panel from the Lync Front End server. Attempting to open the Lync Control Panel from the Lync 2010 Front End…

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Public Folders – Folders Assistant Not Forwarding Messages

A recent issue occurred where users were trying to create Public Folders Folder Assistant that would forward the post/inbound message to another Public Folder.  The users were able to configure this, however the message was never forwarded.  This is a short synopsis of how we resolved this problem. PREREQUISITES Public Folders – both were mail…

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A Few Recommendations for Exchange 2010

The following is a partial list of items that I recommend be reviewed for all Exchange 2010 server deployments.  The focus is to ensure that the environment is consistently configured, reliable, and performing optimally.  This is not an official, just something that I’ve been using for a while. Server Build – Confirm that hardware has…

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Exchange 2010 DAG – NetworkManager has not yet been initialized

  Recently, in two separate occasions, I had to assist in resolving an issue where a member of an Exchange 2010 database availability group (DAG) failed to participate in the DAG’s Cluster Communications and therefore were unable to bring any database on those servers online.  In both instances, this occurred after the server was rebooted. …

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Exchange Databases Failover Due to Low Memory

Recently I had the (un)fortunate experience of troubleshooting an issue with Exchange 2010 DAG Database copies failing over to another servers.  This happened in several different environments that I was supporting, so I know it can happen to anyone.  Here is a short synopsis of this issue (not all symptoms are listed): SCOM Alert: A…

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A Few Hotfixes to Consider…

 UPDATED: June 2013 I decided to collect my own short list of hotfixes for that I have recommended for an Exchange 2010/Windows 2008 R2 environment.    NOTE: This does not include security hotfixes (WSUS) and is NOT an official list of hotfixes or build recommendation – this is my list of hotfixes that I have…

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