How to: RBAC

The topic of this blog is to achieve a RBAC-based solution through which we can limit, or split the access administrators have on a set of databases. In laymen terms we will have two groups of administrators: 1) The first group is able to access any database and perform actions on it (we will call…


More on RBAC and customizing new roles for specific needs

RBAC roles are used by the new version of Exchange and some customers highly use them for achieving different tasks. However, when coming to the implementation or defining different management roles and entries, management groups, things are not every time that clear. By default, each user has the “Default Role Assignment Policy”, which grants the…


Exchange 2010 mailflow troubleshooting guide

I recently had a couple of cases where E-Mails were not being processed from the queues anymore causing mailflow issues and new e-mails were building up in the submission queue. As a result of those cases I have created a guide for troubleshooting such issues and have documented the main steps:   First of all…


More on Exchange Retention and Archiving Policies/troubleshooting

As the Exchange Retention and Archiving Policies is a topic many people run from, I think it is always better to get more info on the topic for easier troubleshooting. For more information and description of the Retention Tags and Policies, please refer to TechNet “Understanding Retention Tags and Retention Policies” article. I will summarize…


Performance monitor counters for monitoring Named Properties and Replication Identifiers are not available in Exchange 2010

Assume you want to monitor the growth rate of the named properties or replication identifiers in public folders or mailbox databases in Exchange 2010. You would want to follow the steps outlined in this KB article: How to enable additional Exchange information store logging http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;254606 Note: although the mdbperfx.dll exists in Exchange 2010 and the…

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How do Retention Policies work under specific scenarios?

Let’s take the following example: We have an Exchange 2010 User who is traveling a lot (Sales person for example). On his Mailbox we have a Retention Policy for 60 days on his Inbox and 2 years on his other Folders. User takes his Outlook offline (traveling). Some of his Emails expire tomorrow for example….

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We receive NDR 550 5.6.0." smtpsendrdstnottransmittable" when sending e-mail to mail-enabled Public Folder on Exchange 2003

You just installed Exchange 2007 or 2010 in coexistence with Exchange 2003 in order to proceed to migration. When performing tests you realise that you are unable to send any e-mail to the Public folders that are not yet replicated on the new server(s), or worse, you try to replicate the public folders to the…

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Reminders in Exchange 2010 SP1

Just stumbled upon an interessting issue in Exchange 2010.   Consider the following Scenario:   Exchange 2010 + Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007   Organizer creates a Meeting request, his calendar settings in Outlook look like this ( Default Reminders are turned OFF ):       Attendee also has the same Calendar Options…

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