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Microsoft Discontinues Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG)

According to the recent update from Microsoft,  they has made the decision not to deliver any further full version releases of Forefront UAG. This news has posted in Microsoft's Official Server & Cloud Blog. As per the update from Microsoft, Microsoft customers continue to have access to select remote access and secure application publishing capabilities through Windows Server 2012 R2.  Windows Server is not a complete replacement for all UAG scenarios, but...

Praveen 18 Dec 2013

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Start-DatabaseAvailabilitygroup Fails - Node is already joined to a cluster

Start-DatabaseAvailabilitygroup is one of the cmdlets used when we do a datacenter switchover of Exchange DAG, especially during a disaster recovery situation. We might end up unsuccessful in executing the Start-DatabaseAvailabilitygroup and will fail with below error. WARNING: Server 'EX2010-DR' failed to be started as a member of databaseavailability group 'DAG-01'. Error: A server-side database availability groupadministrative operation failed. Error: The operation failed. CreateClustererrors may result from incorrectly configured static addresses. Error: An...

Administrator 26 Nov 2013

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Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 3 - Download

Microsoft Exchange Team today announced the availability of Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 3. As always the Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 3 contains includes fixes for customer reported issues, minor product enhancements and previously released security bulletins. Download Here - Cumulative Update 3 for Exchange Server 2013 (KB2892464) To read more about the release, please refer - Released: Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 3 -Praveen

Administrator 26 Nov 2013

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Exchange 2010/2013 HelpDesk Pack - Download

Recently I came across a request from our HelpDesk for a tool to view the User Mailbox properties from their desktop with very minimal information. The challenge was all the machines that they use are running 32 bit OS (Windows 7 or Windows 8), which they could not upgrade due to some other application dependancy. Here is a script which invoke the powershell library from Exchange Server through the ConnectionUri, and...

Praveen 17 Nov 2013

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Assign Read Only Mailbox Permission on Exchange 2010/2013, Powershell

We all are aware about the Mailbox ‘Full Access’ and ‘Send As’ permissions. What if we have to assign permissions in more granular level? Is it possible with Exchange Mailboxes? The answer is “Yes”, it is possible with a little administrative efforts. We will make use of 2 PowerShell commands to achieve this goal, Add-MailboxPermission and Add-MailboxFolderPermission. There is a two-step approach to achieve the desired result. Step 1 – Execute the Add-MailboxPermission command...

Praveen 31 Oct 2013

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Create CSR and Install Exchange Server 2013 SSL Certificate

This video will help you to deal with the Exchange Server 2013 SSL Certificate administration with ease and simple. The video has been created to give you an idea about the following, How to Create a Certificate Signing Request on Exchange Server 2013 How to Submit the CSR to Certificate Authority (I have used an Enterprise CA to complete my request) How to Complete a Pending Certificate Request (CSR) in Exchange Server 2013 How...

Praveen 30 Oct 2013

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Restore-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup Command Failed to Evict the Stopped DAG Member, Error 0x46

Restore-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup is one of the cmdlets used when we do a datacenter switchover of Exchange DAG, especially during a disaster recovery situation. We might end up unsuccessful in executing the Restore-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup and will fail with below error. WARNING: Server 'EX2010-02' was marked as stopped in database availability group 'DAG-01' but couldn't be removed fromthe cluster. Error: A server-side database availability group administrative operation failed. Error: The operationfailed. CreateCluster errors may result...

Praveen 18 Sep 2013

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How to Export/Import RemoteIPRanges from Receive Connectors on Exchange 2007/2010/2013 Servers

As you aware, the receive connectors are created on server identity, and we might end up in creating similar receive connector in multiple servers for redundancy/disaster recovery purposes. You can easily export and import the RemoteIPRages from one connector to other by just following the following simple steps, First of all, create the receive connector on the server where you want to import the RemoteIPRanges (relay IPs). Ensure you do the...

Praveen 15 Sep 2013

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How to Install Exchange 2010 Management Tools on Windows 8

Many of us have started upgrading the work station to Windows 8, and the Exchange 2010 Management Tools installation prior to Exchange Server 2010 SP3 cannot be installed on a Windows 8 64 bit machine. Here I have shared the work around for installing the Exchange 2010 SP2 Management tool on a Windows 8 64 bit machine (I used Windows 8 pro). Step1: Ensure that you have installed all the pre-requisites...

Praveen 03 Sep 2013

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Moving Transport Queue Database and Logging Path on Exchange 2010

Exchange installation will set the Exchange Server Transport Queue database and Logging path inside the installation directory by default. Many times due to various reasons we change the location of Transport queue database and logging into another drive. You can adopt anyone of the following method, Method 1: Use the Powershell Script Move-TransportDatabase.ps1 This is the easiest method, and I strongly recommend too. 1. Move the Queue Database Path by running the below...

Praveen 27 Aug 2013

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Start-Databaseavailabilitygroup fails to Add Cluster Nodes

Recently I was testing the Datacenter failover of Database Availability Group (DR), and observed few things/errors when adding back the DAG members after the successful failover. During the failback, I could add one of the 2 servers in primary datacenter but failed to add another server. The Start-Databaseavailabilitygroup failed to complete with error as pasted below, WARNING: Server 'EX-01' failed to be started as a member of database availability group 'DAG-01'....

Praveen 01 Aug 2013

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Modify the DAG Replication Network Settings (Subnet, NIC IP Address etc…)

We sometime might have to modify the replication network settings to accommodate either more DAG members, or to completely change the replication network with an alternate IP range due to some network revamp etc. I have outlined the steps to which you can safely modify the NIC settings and the DAG replication network properties without any downtime. There are basically 2 scenarios, Extend the existing replication VLAN subnet to accommodate more DAG...

Praveen 29 Jul 2013

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Update Rollup 1 for Excherver 2010 SP3

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 1 for Excherver 2010 SP3 today. The update is now available on Microsoft download center. Download Link - Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (KB2803727) As usual, this update contains number of reported issues and internally found issues since the introduction of SP3. MS has also pointed out one known issue for installing and uninstalling this version of update, and provided with the work...

Praveen 30 May 2013

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Create and Activate Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 Account

Follow the below simple steps create and activate blackberry enterprise service 10 account. The process 2 stages as usual, i.e. creation of account in BES 10 server (console), and activating on the Blackberry 10 device. Steps to create (add) the account on Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 (BDS). 1. Logon to Blackberry Adminstration Console (Blackberry Device Service) 2. On the left pane, locate "Profiles" and expand 3. Click on "Create an Email Profile" 4. Enter the...

Praveen 20 May 2013

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Documentation for Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 Installation

It is now time to change our Blackberry infrastructure with Blackberry Enterprise Service 10. Blackberry has released help documentation for how to install and configure different modules of enterprise service 10. In BES 10, RIM has come up with 3 main modules. BlackBerry Device ServiceUniversal Device ServiceBlackBerry Management Studio There is an order in which you should install these modules on a single server. The help document provide a good insight about all...

Praveen 28 Apr 2013

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iOS 6.1 overloading Exchange Servers - excessive transaction log growth - Fix

As per the updates from various sources, the iOS 6.1 version creates issues with Exchange Server, as it overloads the Exchange Server 2010. According to the latest updates, apple and Microsoft are currently working towards an update to workaround this issue. This issue looks to have some relation with earlier reported meeting hijacking, as it has turned out to be happening when Apple users process their calendar updates using their iPAD...

Praveen 13 Feb 2013

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Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2 and Exchange 2007 SP3 RU10

MS released Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2 and Exchange 2007 SP3 RU10 to the download center and is available to download. Download Link:- Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (KB2746164) Download Link:-  Update Rollup 10 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (KB2788321) These update mainly includes fixes for the customer reported problems, read more on Exchange Team Blog. -Praveen

Praveen 13 Feb 2013

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Exchange Server 2010 SP3 is now Available

As promised last year, MS has released the Service Pack 3 for Exchange Server 2010 today, the same is available to download at the Download  Center. Download - Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (SP3) Main attraction of this service pack are, - Coexistence with Exchange 2013: - As we know, there are some pre-requisites to introduce Exchange Server 2013 to our existing Exchange Server 2010 infra, which is shipped with this...

Praveen 13 Feb 2013

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Recovery Installation of Public Folder Hosting DAG Member

Recently I had to do a recovery installation of Public Folder hosting DAG member, due to some hardware issues. The PF is hosted only on single server,  hence I had to plan for a quicker recovery to ensure the minimum downtime to Public Folder access. The process is simple if you are familiar with the recovery installation of Exchange Server 2010 DAG member. Dismount the Public Folder (if the public folder...

Praveen 29 Jan 2013

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Unexpected Database and Transaction Log Growth (Cross Forest Migration)

You may have observed an unexpected growth in the database size and transaction log after a cross forest migration. It happened to me when I was doing a cross forest migration project from Exchange 2007 Server to Exchange 2010 server, so I thought of sharing it so that it may help you to plan the migration in a better manner. The database size and transaction logs growth was unacceptably high due...

Praveen 10 Jan 2013

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Released: Update Rollup 5 v2 for Exchange 2010 SP2, Exchange 2010 SP1 RU8 and Exchange 2007 SP3 RU9

Microsoft Exchange CXP team has released the following updates, Update Rollup 5-v2 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 Update Rollup 9 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 See Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-080 - Critical which covers all the three updates, and as stated it is security updates and hence available thorugh the windows update list. For more details about UR5-v2 of...

Praveen 12 Dec 2012

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Exchange Server 2013 Help, Download Offline CHM File

Like before, MS has released the offline Help file (Exch2013OnPremHelp.CHM) to help/assist the Exchange Administrators. Download your copy of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Help. The link above contains to files, one is "Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Hybrid Deployments" and the other is "Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013". You may also download the Exchange 2013 UM Language Packs -Praveen

Praveen 10 Dec 2012

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Office 2013 Now Available on Volume Licensing Program

MS has announced today that he availability of Microsoft Office 2013 for the business customer. The business customers can now purchase the new version of Office (MS Office 2013) suites, applications etc through the volume licensing program. It is not limited to MS office 2013; they also can get Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013. According to the available information, the general availability...

Praveen 04 Dec 2012

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Step by Step Installation Guide of Exchange 2013 on Windows 2012 Server

Let's get into the task straight. I have tried to make it simple on how to install your first Exchange Server 2013 on a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure. I already have given an idea about the pre-requisites and things to check before we start the installation on my preview installation guide. You may read those here, otherwise let's get started!! My Lab, - One Domain Controller (Windows Server 2012 Std), and the...

Praveen 08 Nov 2012

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iOS 6.0.1 Software Update fixes Exchange Meeting Hijacking Issue

We have discussed about a bug in Apple iOS 6 with the Exchange Active Sync(EAS) in one of the previous posts, you may read it here Good news is that, Apple has come up with a software upadate that addresses the issue with EAS along with other few fixes, please find the details about new apple iOS software update below, Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly...

Praveen 06 Nov 2012

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Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 - 180-day trial

Hope few of you already have tried the preview version of Exchange Server 2013. Now it is time to download and experience the full featured  full-featured 180-day trial version of Exchange Server 2013.  Register, then download and install full-featured software for a 180-day trial, Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 For installation help, follow Install Exchange 2013 Using the Setup Wizard and Step by Step Installation Guide for Exchange Server 2013 Preview Version. For more resources and help articles,...

Praveen 06 Nov 2012

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Recovery Installation of a DAG Member with Multi Roles – Exchange Server 2010

In this post I will cover the recovery installation steps for a failed/crashed DAG member server with multi role (the same steps can also be used if you wish to change the hardware). I have tried tried to include almost every possible points which can occure during the recovery of mutil role DAG member recovery on Exchange Server 2010. Few of the steps mentioned in the below steps can be performed...

Praveen 05 Nov 2012

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OAB (Offline Address Book) Architectural Difference in Exchange Server 2013

OAB (Offline Address Book), as you know, is one of the critical features of Microsoft Exchange Server. Microsoft Exchange Team has introduced a major change in architecture of OAB in Exchange Server 2013, mainly targeting to avoid the single point of failure of OAB generation process. As we all know, until Exchange 2010 when we create an Offline Address Book, we need to specify the mailbox server name that is...

Praveen 28 Oct 2012

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Apple IOS 6 and Exchange Meeting Request Ownership Change (meeting hijacking)

We have been hearing (at least for last couple of weeks) that the Apple IOS 6 which is released along with Apple iPhone 5 is creating some issues with Microsoft Exchange Server when using Active Sync feature. The actual issue is “the meeting request’s owner is changed (or meeting hijacked)", and according to MS almost every call raised on this issue was some or the other way related when the...

Praveen 24 Oct 2012

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Certification Path – MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solution Expert): Messaging “Exchange Server 2013”

As you aware, MS confirms the availability of Exchange Server 2013 certification exams by January 31, 2013. Keeping that in mind, I would like to give you an idea about how the new certification is planned. There are no more “MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator" on Exchange 2013 and is now named to MCSE: Messaging (Exchange Server 2013). i.e. “Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Messaging”. To become MCSE: Messaging on Exchange Server 2013,...

Praveen 21 Oct 2012

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