Get-NetConnectionProfile for Windows 7

As customers are still working with Windows 7 and PowerShell (PS) versions before 3.0, sometimes there are work a rounds needed. You can upgrade your PS version on Windows 7 to a newer version, but that’s not always an option for everyone. One of the newer cmdlets available in PS 3+ is the Get-NetConnectionProfile that…

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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: 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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Spam notification message

I’ve run into this a couple of times now with customers, consequently thought I’d finally get around to writing a blog post. The question is, can spam notifications be sent less than once a day? What are we talking about. In Exchange online, there is a notification message that is sent to users’ mailboxes periodically,…

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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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PowerTip: Removing calendar events from a mailbox

Summary: Remove calendar events within an Exchange online mailbox. (Re-post from a Hey Scripting Guy’s blog post.) Q: Is there an effortless way to remove calendar events from within an Exchange online mailbox? A: Yes there is. There is a newly deployed cmdlet Remove-CalendarEvents to O365 tenants: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt784593(v=exchg.160).aspx. This cmdlet is only available in Exchange online currently,…

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Dynamic Distribution Groups, Distribution Groups, and Exchange hybrid

I recently ran into a customer that uses: Distribution Groups (DG), leverage Dynamic Distribution Groups (DDG), have started their move to Exchange Online (EXO), while nesting several DDG’s inside of DG’s. There are known work arounds that you should implement if you are in an Exchange hybrid configuration working with DDG’s. Since each realm bifurcates…

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Runas Radio

I was interviewed on ‘RunAs Radio’ which was posted on May 24th, 2017 with a 30-minute discussion about the current state of Exchange 2016 on premises. RunAs Radio is a weekly Internet Audio Talk Show for IT Professionals working with Microsoft products. RunAs Radio was launched on April 11, 2007 with a node from its…

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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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