Field Tip: Troubleshooting Outlook stuck on Connecting – Part 2

The below tip is from Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Frank Plawetzki where he quickly and easily remediated an issue with an Exchange 2013 App Pool which was preventing Outlook clients from connecting. I named this article part 2 since I wrote an article covering similar symptoms but is important to note that both articles…


PowerShell Script to Convert Shared Mailbox or User Mailbox with Delegates into Distribution Group

Exchange PFE Daya Patil shares with us a recent script she wrote to help convert a shared mailbox with delegates into a distribution group and preserving the When working on a recent case, One of our customers needed a quick way to convert their existing shared mailboxes with multiple delegates to a Distribution group. We…


Script To Get Common Recipients Between Distribution Groups

Gautham Allur Subramanya  is PFE from India, and shares a PowerShell script used to report on common recipients between two different distribution groups in Exchange. When delivering a recent PowerShell WorkshopPLUS engagement at a customer site, one of the Exchange administrators wanted to know how to write a script which would generate a text file…


Exchange 2013/2016 JBOD Storage Validation Considerations

Senior Exchange PFE Nélio Lemos takes us though some important pre-deployment considerations for Exchange storage validation. In this post let’s view why validating JBOD storage from your Exchange 2013/2016 on premises servers using the JetStress tool is a critical deployment task.  We will review the prerequisites and the overall process.    Why Jetstress? The main reason…


MSPFE Deploying Windows 10 Free eBook

Microsoft Premier Engineers Andre Della Monica, Russ Rimmerman, Alessandro Cesarini, and Victor Silveira have been hard at work producing a new MSPress e-book for your reading pleasure.  Hot off the virtual printing press is Deploying Windows 10: Automating deployment by using System Center Configuration Manager (ISBN 9781509301867).          The world, Microsoft, and…


Using Site Columns to Create Searchable Metadata in SharePoint Online

Dan Harrington is a member of the Search Engineers PFE team.  While assisting a colleague with a customer’s document security solution in an Office 365 migration, he tested a workaround using SharePoint’s Site Column mechanism.  This feature was then integrated into the search solution by using SharePoint Online’s predefined managed properties and the Refinement web…


Creating DPM Replica Manually Using Windows Explorer

Sachin Kumar is a Premier Field Engineer from India and will take us through the steps to create a manual DPM replica  through Windows Explorer Hello, DPM fans. This is post will walk us through the process of creating a DPM replica manually.  I often see people stumble while creating DPM Replica Manually, not sure…


List Mobile Devices In Exchange 2013

Premier Field Engineers Abdul Rafey Mohammed and Daya Patil walk us though how to easily list ActiveSync devices in Exchange 2013.  In our jobs as Premier Field Engineers supporting Exchange 2013, we found that customers often struggle with listing out active mobile devices in their environment and use the information for Business Analysis or Troubleshooting…


Configure Organization-Wide Free/Busy Information In An Untrusted Cross-Forest Topology

Exchange expert Frank Plawetzki recaps a recent rude reminder about the intricacies of Exchange free busy sharing using Add-AvailabilityAddressSpace! Today I ran into a gotcha, which I thought is worth mentioning. The customer situation was to connect another company’s Exchange organization, with no trust in place between source and target organization. I was testing free/busy…


How to View SharePoint Online Crawl Logs in Office 365

PFE Srinivas Varukala discusses a recent customer question where there was a request to view the SharePoint Online crawl logs. One can view the Crawl Logs in SharePoint Online using the Office 365's eDiscovery site template and by granting the eDiscovery managers security group the appropriate permissions to read crawl logs from your tenant. Since…