Save The Date – End of Exchange 2007 Extended Support

Exchange 2007 is now twelve months out from the end of its support lifecycle.  If you still have Exchange 2007 deployed, and have not completed the migration to a newer version of Exchange then it is time to accelerate that migration project. I feel a little bittersweet about this.  Yes, the new Exchange versions offer…

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How To Easily Add Public Folder Replicas To Exchange 2010

Exchange 2007 onwards contain a treasure trove of built in scripts to help administer the system.  These scripts are listed in TechNet and are found under the Exchange installation path in the scripts folder.  Yes – somewhat unsurprisingly. In this post let’s take a look at the scripts that can help with administering public folders,…

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Import-Exchange Certificate Ignores Path Provided

On an Exchange 2007 SP3 RU15 server, experienced an issue where the path statement on the Import-ExchangeCertificate cmdlet seemed to ignore what it was told to do…. The below PowerShell commands were used: $Creds = Get-Credential Import-ExchangeCertificate -Path .\cert.pfx -Password $Creds.Password Which generated an error stating “Import-ExchangeCertificate : The import file name .\cert.pfx was not…

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Update 015-027 Revised (3002657)

In the March 2015 security bulletin, update 15-027 was released.  This is to address a vulnerability in the Netlogon component of windows that could allow spoofing.  The security bulleting for 015-027 is available in the Security TechCenter.  KB 3002657 provides details of the update.  Please be aware that the update has been revised, and version…

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Critical Schannel Vulnerability – MS14-066

In the November 2014 security bulletin there were 14 updates released.  The updates resolved security issues in IE, OLE and Schannel.  It is the latter that is worth calling out for attention since this is the basis of the Microsoft implementation of SSL. Exchange makes heavy use of SSL, and is typically connected to the…

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Disabling IPv6 And Exchange – Going All The Way

When we are performing the Exchange Risk Assessment, one of things PFE love to check is how servers have been configured for IPv6.  There have been numerous occasions where we have found servers whose admin has said that they have disabled IPv6, but when you look at the server it is not really disabled.  When…

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Exchange and AntiVirus Exclusions – Still A Critical Conversation

In a previous post we saw the Microsoft requirements for the exclusions that must be added to file system AV on Exchange servers.  In a recent CritSit, basically an uber urgent support request where the customer is down or as good as down, I also got to examine some of the other causes for file…

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Outlook Unable To Connect To Exchange –Default Gateway Not Found

When doing some recent customer work for Exchange 2013, I ran into an annoying issue in one of my labs.  Outlook 2013 refused to connect to Exchange 2013.   A witch hunt then ensued to ensure that all of my Outlook Anywhere, Autodiscover and authentication settings were correct.  Well it turns out that they were, and…

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Exchange PowerShell Filtering Examples

When writing Exchange PowerShell scripts it is very useful to target specific machines to either query or set their properties.  Thus the ability to generate a query that effectively targets the correct machines is a very good thing to have! The reason I'm posting this is that I see a lot of people manually specify…

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Exchange 2007 And 2013 Outlook Anywhere Co-Existence

Since we are still in the early stages of the year, and Exchange 2013 SP1 is now available, we will see lots of migrations to Exchange 2013.  Exchange 2013 can be deployed into an existing Exchange organisation where Exchange 2007 SP3 RU10 + and/or Exchange 2010 SP3 exists. Let’s look at an issue that can…

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