Sysvol migration – Migrating to the ‘ELIMINATED’ state

I was recently working with a customer helping them migrate to the Eliminated state of Sysvol migration so I thought to highlight the steps that we took for this migration. Before the migration, we verified: – All domain controllers are in the Redirected state. Run dfsrmig /getmigrationstate against each domain controller in the domain to…


Security Compliance Manager Baselines for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2

I was recently working on a project using Security Compliance Manager (SCM) for Active Directory based on Windows Server 2012 R2. This baseline is not part of SCM v3.0 tool rather you have two options to download them: An easy way is to open the SCM tool and select the option to "Download Microsoft baselines…


Microsoft Lync Server 2013, Planning Tool

I was recently working with one of our customers on Lync 2013 project and one of the questions customer asked about the planning tool if it is part of Lync 2013 setup where we have other tools like Lync 2013 deployment tool or topology builder and I guided the customer about the planning tool. The…


On-Premises Legacy Public Folder Coexistence for Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 7 and Beyond

What are we talking about today? In Exchange 2013 CU5 (yes 5, V, cinco, fem, and cinque) we started implementing changes to how Legacy Public Folder endpoint discovery will be performed by Outlook (for Windows) in the future. This work continues behind the scenes and will be completed with the release of Cumulative Update 7….


Latest Exchange 2013 Calculator

We recently released updated versions of both the Exchange 2010 Server Role Requirements Calculator and the Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator. The Exchange 2010 version is an incremental update and only includes minor bug fixes. You can view what changes have been made, or download the update directly. In addition to bug fixes, the…


Introducing Microsoft Ignite – meet us in Chicago

At The Official Microsoft Blog, we revealed more details about our unified technology event for event for enterprises in May. The event will be known as Microsoft Ignite. If you are one of the many MEC conference alumni this is the conference for you. Microsoft Ignite is for Exchange customers using Office 365 or Exchange…


Take Advantage of EOPs new Bulk Mail Detection

Bulk mail is often mistaken for spam and is starting to become a larger problem for organizations. EOP is not very aggressive out of the box when it comes to bulk mail because this type of mail falls into a grey area. Some organizations will want to receive this type of mail, whereas others will…


Protecting against Rogue Administrators

Occasionally I am asked the following question – how can I protect the messaging environment from a rogue administrator? There are essentially two concerns being asked in this question: How do I protect the data from being deleted by a rogue administrator? How do I protect the data from being accessed and/or altered by a…


Released: Cumulative Update 6 for Exchange Server 2013

The Exchange team is announcing today the availability of our most recent quarterly servicing update to Exchange Server 2013. Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 6 and updated UM Language Packs are now available on the Microsoft Download Center. CU6 represents the continuation of our Exchange 2013 servicing and builds upon Exchange 2013 CU5. The release…


Spam email and Office 365 environment – connection and content filtering in EOP

In the last related blog post we gave some introduction about Exchange Online Protection (EOP), what needs to be done when EOP is not working as desired and spam email troubleshooting process and classification. In this blog we will be moving further and discussing some more advanced option to stop spam emails. 1. IP Block…