Microsoft Filtering Management Service won’t start on Exchange 2013

Issue In a recent case, the transport service on an exchange 2013 server was failing to start due to a dependency failure (Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start). As it turned out, it was dependent on the Microsoft Filtering Management Service (FMS.exe), and that was the service that was having trouble…

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Mitigating Mail Loops when using Auto Reply in Exchange 2010

Symptoms When you enable Auto Reply for the Default(*) Remote Domain in Exchange 2010, you are increasing the risk of causing a mail loop. Cause When you send an auto reply to a message, and the recipient has either an auto-reply or Out Of Office set, their reply can cause your auto-reply to send another…

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Moving Queue Database to a Different Exchange Server

Recently, a customer asked me if there was a way to bulk move all of a pending queue from one server to another. The only documentation I could find on this had you exporting the queue to .eml files and replaying them by dropping them in the pickup folder. That is fine and dandy, but…

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