Exchange 2010 SP3 RU11 Released

The Exchange team today announced the availability of Update Rollup 11 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3. RU11 is the latest rollup of customer fixes available for Exchange Server 2010. The release contains fixes for customer reported issues and previously released security bulletins. This is build 14.03.0266.001 of Exchange 2010, and KB3078674 has the…

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Exchange Attribute Retention After Mailbox Removal

One of my colleagues was wondering what Exchange would do when a user’s mailbox was removed and then re-connected.  Would the Exchange custom attributes persist when the mailbox was re-connected?   Test Mailbox This is our test subject, Mr. Audonet, whose mailbox is held in an Exchange 2010 SP3 RU10 based environment with Windows Server…

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Issues Verifying Office 365 Domains

Just like buses, issues seem to come along in batches.  In the last few customer engagements there have been a few issues with adding custom DNS domains into Office 365.  Should this not be straight forward you say? Yes it should, but when we add in some deployment complexity and some interesting customer activities it…

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How To Use Nslookup To Check DNS TXT Record

Being able to retrieve DNS TXT records is very useful in multiple scenarios.  In this post we will look at checking the TXT domain verification record for Office 365 and also for the Sender protection Framework . In addition to a MX record, we also have the option to prove domain ownership to Office 365…

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Second Century Of Blog Posts

After looking at some of the blog statistics I wanted to take  brief moment and say thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read the posts over the last four years. Time has certainly flown since I first posted this quick note on Exchange 2010 RPC Client Access back in October 2011.  And…


Office 2013–SP1 Now Required

In the last several customer engagements, there has been a trend to not install updates for Office 2013.  Some admins thought that there was no service pack available, and others thought that the RTM build of Office 2013 was still in support.  Unfortunately neither are correct viewpoints.   This means that you now need to…

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Windows 10 Laptop Not Charging After Enabling Airplane Mode

One of my colleagues emailed with an issue on their laptop.  After travelling to the customer location, his power supply had “died” as it was not charging the machine.  This was a Lenovo W541 with the new rectangular power connector, which meant there were no spares readily available. Later that day when I arrived at…

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Install Desktop Experience – Windows Server 2012 R2

This is an updated version of the original Windows Server 2012 post.  The genesis of which was an application requirement to install Media Player onto a couple of servers.  This met with some muttering and cursing from my colleague in the nearby fabric covered box, as the option to install the Desktop Experience feature is…


TechNet Gallery Resources

There are numerous outstanding scripts, tools and resources located in the TechNet Gallery.  In addition to MVPs and community members adding scripts, Microsoft also adds official contributions.  For example, this is where you are downloading the Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator and Exchange 2010 Server Role Requirements Calculator.  Since adding PowerShell scripts to this…


Office 365 Mailbox Migration – Target Mailbox Doesn‎'t Have An SMTP Proxy Matching

When migrating mailboxes from on-premises Exchange to Office 365, we can run into the error where the migration fails with an error stating that the target mailbox doesn’t have an SMTP proxy matching the Microsoft Online Routing Domain.  This can happen due to a number of causes.  For example the mailbox is managed by an…

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