Unable To Run Test-ActiveSyncConnectivity – Error Code 1

The below is an error which an Exchange administrator brought up on an Exchange 2010 engagement.  They were trying to use the Test-ActiveSyncConnectivity cmdlet to validate the Exchange infrastructure.  However, the cmdlet was not working as expected.  In the below image you can see that it starts to perform the test, and then errors out….


The Case of: Outlook Destroying Desktops

As the name of the post implies, something was terribly wrong with Outlook.  Or so it appeared. This was a visit to a customer with poor user experience running Outlook 2016 on Windows 7.  The level of impact was clear long before I even stepped on site.  Management were under the impression that Outlook was crippling…


Load Balancing WAP In Azure RM

In the previous post Load Balancing Azure AD FS Services  we looked at using Azure RM to deploy and load balance AD FS services.  This is the follow-up post to deploy the Web Application Proxy (WAP) servers and its associated load balancer into the DMZ. In this post we will focus upon the highlighted area…


Testing AD FS Signon Page – An Error Occurred

There are many causes for receiving errors when signing onto AD FS.  However some are more genuine than others.  This is a quick tip to check that you are on the right track before diving into the details and potentially spending time troubleshooting when in fact nothing is wrong.  Just lately, for some reason I’m…


External RDP Access To Azure RM VM

Depending upon how your organisation has deployed Azure there may or may not be a need to have RDP access to Azure VMs from the Internet.  In cases where there is a site to site VPN (S2S)  the S2S VPN will typically be used to access VMs. Traffic will be routed from the corporate network…


Reminder – Upcoming Change in Office 365 EOP Connectors

There is an upcoming planned change in Office 365 to restrict relaying email messages in certain scenarios.  This change has been scheduled many, many months in advance.   This post is just a reminder to raise awareness and to hopefully ensure that everyone who needs to update their Exchange Online Protection (EOP) connectors has done…


How To Disable MAPI/HTTP For A Single Mailbox

This is one of those handy little tricks to keep in a toolbox to narrow down issues when troubleshooting.  It can be useful to understand if the client is connecting via Outlook Anywhere or MAPI/HTTP.  To troubleshoot such issues MAPI/HTTP can be disabled on the client, and then re-tested to see if the issue continues. …


Most Popular Blog Posts For 2016

2016 is done, and that is a wrap!  As in previous years, it’s always fun to take a look back and see what content was popular and compare trends to prior years….. There is an increased requirement and demand for both Azure and Office 365 content.  The steps to run a manual DirSync/AAD Sync/ AAD…


Exchange 2013 CU15 Released

Exchange 2013 CU15 has been released to the Microsoft download centre!  Exchange 2013 has a different servicing strategy than Exchange 2007/2010 and utilises Cumulative Updates (CUs) rather than the Rollup Updates (RU/UR) which were used previously.    CUs are a complete installation of Exchange 2013 and can be used to install a fresh server or to…


Exchange 2010 SP3 RU16 Released

Today heralded the arrival of Rollup Update Rollup 16 (RU16) for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3.  RU16 is the latest rollup of customer fixes available for Exchange Server 2010.  All updates are delivered via a RU for Exchange 2010 and 2007.  Exchange 2013 and 2016 have a different release model, where security updates are…