Exchange 2010 Support For Windows Server 2016 Domain Controllers

Previously Exchange 2010 was not supported with Windows Server 2016 Domain Controllers.  The support position was discussed in  the Exchange Support For Windows Server 2016 post back in 2016.  This was a challenge for organisations who still had Exchange 2010 deployed yet wanted to move forward with AD DS upgrades so that they could take…

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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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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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Install DFSRDIAG On Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 2016

Working on multiple versions of Exchange means having multiple different labs.  Each lab will have different versions of Exchange, different update levels and also different Active Directory site layouts.  They are all required to test and validate different configurations. These VMs are not always running.  As a result, DFS sometimes needs attention if the environment…

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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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Change AD FS 2012 R2 Service Account Password

One of the added features in AD FS 2012 R2 was the ability to leverage group managed service accounts (gMSA) which obviated the requirement to manually change the password associated with the service account.  See Getting Started with Group Managed Service Accounts for some background on gMSA.  You may also see the term sMSA which…

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New Netstat Options

New?  Well some options are not that new really.  Others are however! Sometimes it is the little things in life that can help immensely.  Take our venerable friend, netstat!  Even though it has been around for many moons folks often get into the habit of using only certain options, switches or parameters.   For reference purposes,…

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Updating Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS SSL and Service Certificates

The below content is superseded  — for information on updating your certificates please see: Token signing and decryption SSL certificate  Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) heavily leverages X.509 certificates to allow the solution to function securely.  As with all of the other certificates that you deploy within your enterprise, there must be a process…

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Exchange Services Not Starting on Windows Server 2012 Due to Network Location Profile

Some of my lab servers run in Microsoft Azure with no redundancy.  This is because they are only a lab, and I want to minimise the monthly billing costs for these environments.  When the servers are restarted due to patching or maintenance activities, there can be a little fallout.  In the case below, some Exchange…

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