Exchange Server: Third Month, Third Week

Just a reminder, the Exchange Product Group (PG) is following the current cadence of releasing Exchange Cumulative Updates (CU) every third month (March, June, September, December) and the third week of that month. This allows a predictable rhythm for customers to plan when to upgrade their Exchange servers. With this planning, customers should download the…

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To stay hybrid or not to stay hybrid…

That is the question and the answer is: It depends, but most like yes. You need to ensure that you have no on premises dependencies. I’ve had this conversation with more than 5 customers in the past 2 weeks, so thought I’d present the discussion of the options and thought process around removing the Exchange…

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Exchange Hybrid Duplicate Mailboxes

Some customers have seen where they can end up with a duplicate mailbox within their hybrid environment. This can cause problems when a user, either on premises or in the cloud, has two mailboxes, one on premises and another one in Exchange Online (EXO). The good news is, there is now a work around. A…

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Exchange online preservation policy summary

I love the cloud, yet sometimes it is not easy to keep up with the ever-changing topology. With the quickness and agility of O365 and the amazing new tools and processes, it’s an exciting time but one you must keep up with on all the changes. This article is written to help clear up some…

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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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Shared Mailboxes in Exchange Hybrid now work cross premises

Shared mailboxes within an Exchange/Office 365 hybrid environment are now fully functional using Full Access permissions. This has been a limitation for some customers migrating to Office 365 up until now. With this restriction removed, customers can now fully support a long term migration process or even a permanent hybrid choice for their company. In on-premises…

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Health Checker .ps1 for Exchange

Mark Nivens created this HealthChecker.ps1 file for Exchange servers for your on premises environment. This script checks various configuration items on the Exchange server to make sure they match the recommendations published in the "Exchange 2013 Sizing and Configuration Recommendations" guidance on TechNet. It also reports on Operating System and hardware information. You can run it remotely…

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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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.NET 4.6.1 not yet for Exchange

Just a reminder, the Exchange team blog site posted an important message about NOT installing .NET 4.6.1 just yet. The Exchange product group is working on supporting this upgrade, but that option is NOT yet currently available. There are some installation issues with how Exchange and the core Windows Operating System interact and how features…

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O365_Logon Module

I created this PowerShell module to help O365 Administrators sign into the their online tenant services using simple verb-noun single command lets (cmdlets). While the general O365 PowerShell (PS) sign-in process is straight forward by itself, there are several lines of PS code that need to be combined and executed each and every logon attempt….

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