Schema Administrator has a mailbox?

Q: Why does the Schema Admin have a mailbox? A: It’s by design! What? Yes, this is normal behavior for Exchange Server 2013 & 2016.  If the account you are using for the install does not have a mailbox, one will be created for that account. Typically, engineers will use an Active Directory (AD) account…

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Controlling bandwidth in a DAG reseed

Q: Is there a way to control bandwidth within a DAG (Database Availability Group) during a reseed process? A: No. However, that’s not the complete story. The question comes up when engineers need to reseed a database (DB). And while there is no native option to control bandwidth, there is a work around. Scenario: One…

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Exchange Server important dates

Just a reminder, Exchange Server 2010 and 2013 versions have some important dates coming up: Exchange Server 2010 support will end on January 14, 2020 Exchange Server 2013 has now entered extended support on April 10, 2018 The Exchange team blog site has additional information listed for Exchange Server 2010 and for Exchange Server 2013 support…

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Exchange September 2017 updates

I don’t normally just repeat blog posts from other groups, but I felt this one was important to make sure people are aware of a couple of the highlights. For me, since I also work with Active Directory (AD), as all of us Exchange engineers do at some point, there is a new block during…

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Exchange_AddIn Module

Here is another PowerShell (PS) toolset I have been working on, the ‘Exchange_AddIn’ module. This module is a combination of several other scripts that are either on the internet or action items customers need help with in their day to day tasks. By combining several lines of code into a single verb-noun command let (cmdlet),…

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Check for .Net version script

I was helping a customer install Exchange 2016 this week and they completed a base Windows Server 2012 R2 image and fully patched it. I then advised them that .Net 4.6.1 is not supported and that nothing above 4.5.2 is currently supported (Exchange Supportability Matrix). We un-installed the .Net 4.6.1 update, then we checked, .Net…

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Safety Net has a limit

Exchange 2013 introduced another mechanism to help ensure that e-mail gets delivered to users: Safety Net. This feature creates a copy of all inbound messages cross site (by default, but configurable). Exchange stores the messages in yet another .edb file and yet another storage place on the server. You can move the location of the…

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Where is OMA?

Some of you may ask, what is OMA? Back in the day, Exchange 2003, mobile devices were starting to make their way into the corporate world. Outlook Mobile Access (OMA) was introduced to help provide a small, thin foot print to mobile devices. You have to also remember that back in 2003, cellular networks were…

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Support for Exchange 2013 File Share Witness Server in Azure

The Exchange product group has announced support for putting your Exchange 2013 File Share Witness (FSW) server in Azure. http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2015/01/09/using-an-azure-vm-as-a-dag-witness-server.aspx I think this is the next big advancement with the marriage of Exchange and the cloud. Yes you can migrate to O365 and leverage all of the integration with: Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Skype. While…

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Exchange 2013 impact on legacy OAB settings

Much has been written about the new and changing ways OAB (Offline Address Book) generation in Exchange 2013 works: RTM process, CU5 process, and now CU7 process. However, I want to remind everyone of what happens when you go to install Exchange 2013 in a legacy (2007 or 2010) Exchange environment. This was also covered…

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