Exchange 2016 CU9 Released

Exchange 2016 CU9 has been released to the Microsoft download centre!  Exchange 2016 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 2016 and can be used to install a fresh server or to…

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Exchange 2013 CU20 Released

Exchange 2013 CU20 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…

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Arbitration Mailboxes – Lay of The Land

At this point in time, most Exchange administrators will have seen and worked with arbitration mailboxes.  Chances are that the first encounter was somewhat unexpected and revolved around an issue with Exchange 2013 health mailboxes or being unable to delete the default mailbox database in Exchange 2010. To illustrate where the different arbitration mailboxes were…

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QuickTip–How To Easily Open Additional Instance or Elevate Applications

This tip is for all the folks out there who want a quick and easy way to open an additional instance of an application which they are running or to elevate an application. The below tips were captured from a Windows 10 build 1709 machine. The below should work for most applications – if you…

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Exchange 2016 Prerequisites AS-HTTP-Activation Missing

The below was an exercise in paying attention to detail for one of my customers.  They were in the middle of an Exchange 2010 to 2016 migration and were attempting to install the first Exchange 2016 server into the organisation. Windows Server 2016 was being used as the OS for these new servers. However it…

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Quick Tip–Easily Accessing Certificate MMC

Having to manually open a blank MMC and add in the certificate MMC every time will quickly bore you.  I used to then save it onto my desktop as shown below so I would only have to do this once per server.  It could also be copied to other servers.  The chosen name goes back…

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Unable To Ping Windows Server

You have just deployed a shiny new Windows 2012 R2 member server, and joined it to the domain.  After the server has restarted you try and ping it from one of the other domain machines, but ping is dropped.   You check the Network Location Awareness, as you have been burnt by that before, but that…

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Save The Date – End of Exchange 2010 Support–T Minus 2 Years

January 2020 is going to be a very important month.  There are multiple large and important products which will exit out of their extended support lifecycle phase.  The list includes Exchange 2010. This post is a note to make sure the support lifecycle dates are factored into your project plans and appropriate action is taken. …

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Most Popular Blog Posts For 2017

Well, EHLO to the year 2018!  Just like last year, let’s take a peek at the top 10 most popular blog posts based on hit count. As previously noted, there is more of a demand for Office 365 and Exchange Online content.  The steps to run a manual sync cycle was the most popular post. …

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Exchange 2016 CU8 Released

Exchange 2016 CU8 has been released to the Microsoft download centre!  Exchange 2016 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 2016 and can be used to install a fresh server or to…

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