Exchange Server 2010 SP2 is available !

Here is an awesome news about Exchange 2010 : SP2 is out ! Exchange 2010 SP2 is now available for download:   http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28190 The new features include (with some graphical interface improvements): § Outlook Web App (OWA) Mini A browse-only version of OWA designed for low bandwidth and resolution devices. Based on the existing Exchange 2010…

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Exchange 2010 – Retention Policy Tag not available immediately after definition in EMC

  > From my buddy Brian Day on this post: After adding personal tags you may need to wait until the managed folder assistant processes the mailbox again before they’ll show up. You can force it by runningStart-ManagedFolderAssistant <MailboxIdentity>. As he tested on his Lab, and so did I, we used a retention policy with…

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How-to use Powershell to change the Network location type (to Private or Public)

  Here is how to change the Network type of a specific network (or networks) to Private or Public, to help you better master Firewall policies. This is especially useful if you have a bunch of Windows 2008 servers on a DMZ as it’s more and more the case, which are not controlled by GPOs…

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/Hosted mode or not /Hosted mode, that is the question … since Exchange 2010 SP2, recomended not !

  “If you haven’t yet deployed Exchange 2010, our recommendation is to avoid /hosting mode and go directly to Exchange 2010 SP2 using the on-premises configuration. This will allow you to offer the features customers are looking for, and avoid a cross forest migration down the road.” Source : Future of /Hosting Mode http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/10/13/future-of-hosting-mode.aspx

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Bulk populate an AD using a CSV file and New-ADUser, including Passwords

Problem : New-ADUser is not working as expected to populate a password coming from a CSV file (the account stays disabled) here is the example and the reason: Prerequisites: Import the Active Directory module on your powershell session using Import-Module ActiveDirectory     Here is my BulkAddADUsers.csv file sample :   GivenNAme,Surname,Name,SamAccountNAme,Description,Department,EmployeeID,Path,Enabled,Password,PasswordNeverExpiresUser,Test1,UserTest1,UserTest1,UserTest1,IT,189478,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test2,UserTest2,UserTest2,UserTest2,IT,187516,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test3,UserTest3,UserTest3,UserTest3,IT,134530,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test4,UserTest4,UserTest4,UserTest4,IT,162455,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test5,UserTest5,UserTest5,UserTest5,IT,121901,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test6,UserTest6,UserTest6,UserTest6,IT,170221,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test7,UserTest7,UserTest7,UserTest7,IT,128669,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test8,UserTest8,UserTest8,UserTest8,IT,108705,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test9,UserTest9,UserTest9,UserTest9,IT,106381,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test10,UserTest10,UserTest10,UserTest10,IT,193922,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test11,UserTest11,UserTest11,UserTest11,IT,174066,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test12,UserTest12,UserTest12,UserTest12,IT,105871,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test13,UserTest13,UserTest13,UserTest13,IT,126670,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test14,UserTest14,UserTest14,UserTest14,IT,124671,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test15,UserTest15,UserTest15,UserTest15,IT,118935,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test16,UserTest16,UserTest16,UserTest16,IT,183367,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test17,UserTest17,UserTest17,UserTest17,IT,185662,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test18,UserTest18,UserTest18,UserTest18,IT,118972,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test19,UserTest19,UserTest19,UserTest19,IT,187421,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$TrueUser,Test20,UserTest20,UserTest20,UserTest20,IT,167020,”OU=Test,DC=CONTOSO,DC=CA”,$True,P@ssw0rd,$True  The following command…

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Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 Intra-Organization migration

Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 migration path Step Step Title Details (migration from Exchange 2003) Step 1 Certificate Acquire new commercial certificate for external client coexistence with CAS 2010 (legacy.contoso.ca namespace required for former CAS2007 for silent redirect). It will neet at minimum 3 SAN values : – mail.contoso.ca (primary OWA/EAS/OA URL) – autodiscover.contoso.ca –…

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Active Directory Schema upgrade procedure – with back-out plan

  The aim of the procedure in this post is to avoid you to dig around the technet to rebuild it. It’s written for Exchange 2010 SP1 here, but can easily be adapted for any product schema updates by replacing the Exchange 2010 SP1 values and links !   AD Schema upgrade procedure with verifications…

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Exchange Server–Use ExTRA to take traces for search issues

  To diagnose a problem more indepth, we will use the Exchange Troubleshooting Analyzer (from the Toolbox on the Exchange Management Console) : – Select a task – Click on trace control – Click on set manual trace log – On components to trace, choose Store. – On trace tags, choose: tagQueryCi , tagQueryCiDump, and…

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Exchange Server 2010 SP1–The replacer of PFDAVAdmin : ExFolders

  To manage your public folders permissions, including the system folders if you still use them with Outlook 2003 clients, you no longer use PFDAVAdmin, but use ExFolders in replacement. Some of the many new features that deserve to be underlined are : This can be run from an Exchange 2010 server only Can connect…

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More everyday procedures to come later on …

  – How-To procedure – Exchange Server 2010 SP1 – Operations – Exclude PDC Emulator from Exchange servers – How-To procedure – Use the Shell to create a transport rule for messages that have a blank subject – How-To Use ADTD to export Exchange, AD information – How-to procedure – Exchange Server 2010 SP1 –…

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