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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Exchange AD Deployment site

When installing a brand new Exchange server, there are several actions that you should consider. One of them is that the process will go smoother if you use an Active Directory deployment site design option. By leveraging an Exchange deployment site, you can help minimize the overall impact of introducing a new Exchange server into…

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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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RunAs Radio: Exchange blog site

I was Interviewed on RunAs Radio on May 7th, 2014 with a 30 minute discussion about the Exchange Team Blog site and Exchange technology in general. RunAs Radio is a weekly Internet Audio Talk Show for IT Professionals working with Microsoft products. The full range of IT topics is covered from a Microsoft-centric viewpoint. RunAs…

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Load Balancer design options

As I visit companies, I run into many that are doing different designs when it comes to leveraging load balancers. I’m not a network engineer and there is just way too much information to present in one article, but here are some thoughts at a high level design I’d like to share. TCP ports 80/443. In…

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Life in a post 2003 world

That’s correct, as of April 8th, 2014, several extremely popular Microsoft products have ended their extended support lifecycle.       Outlook 2003 has transitioned out of extended support on 8th of April 2014       Exchange Server 2003 has transitioned out of extended support on 8th of April 2014       Windows XP has transition out of extended support on 8th of…

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