Script To Check Exchange NTFS Cluster Size

An issue came to light when onsite recently with a customer.  The design specifications from the Exchange team were not being correctly implemented.  In this environment there is a separate Windows team who are responsible for managing the underlying server OS and hardware.  They are to follow the prescribed process and steps laid down by…

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WAP 2016 Published Application Not Working - HTTP Error 503

Imagine the situation.  You just finished deploying AD FS 2016 and Web Application Proxy (WAP) servers in a highly available environment with the AD FS namespace load balanced internally and externally.  There are multiple AD FS servers and WAP servers.  This is an interesting deployment project and all is going well.   After verifying that…

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Exchange 2016 CU6 Released

Exchange 2016 CU6 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 CU17 Released

Exchange 2013 CU17 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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I Am Zorg – CASArray Destroyer

This is an interesting tale, and is something I have never seen done before in all my time working with Exchange.  The client had managed to tweak the configuration of Exchange and modify the CAS configuration so significantly that Exchange was absolutely confused.  Specifically, the CAS Array was modified so much that Autodiscover was no…

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Exchange 2016 RecoverServer

There have been many great improvements to the Exchange Server installation process in recent years.  Exchange 2010 gave us the ability to perform incremental deployment, where all mailbox servers start off as a regular mailbox server and then we can add it to a Database Availability Group (DAG).  Exchange 2007 introduced the ability to run…

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Exchange 2016 Upgrades–The Point Of No Return

When designing an upgrade strategy from an older version of Exchange to a newer one, a question that needs to be addressed is do we need to introduce a version of Exchange that may not currently be present?  This may be when upgrading from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016.  If that organisation currently does not…

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Exchange Setup - Certificate Is Expired

The below is one of my Exchange 2013 lab servers which ran into an error when upgrading to Exchange 2013 CU13.  This was because I had deliberately broken Outlook Anywhere in order to replicate a customer situation where they had let the Outlook Anywhere certificate expire.    When running the CU upgrade process, setup failed when…

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End of Exchange 2007 Support

Today’s the day to say goodbye to our old friend, Exchange 2007.  At this point you should have completed the project to move all mailboxes and resources from Exchange 2007 to a supported version of Exchange, and uninstall the Exchange 2007 servers. Thanks to Exchange 2007 I went to MCM, and discovered just how badly Greg…

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Transport Rule To Force On-Premises Terminology In a Not So Subtle Way

There are many memes doing the rounds inside Microsoft which are sent out when someone uses the term on-premise rather than on-premises.  Note the extra”S” in the latter.  This is not new, and the last rant on this subject was a year ago Friday Morning Rant – Premise and Tenents.   For another bit of…

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