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Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 Released!

Just a quick note.... Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 has been released. Among other changes, this version of Exchange Server provides support for installation on Windows Server 2012 R2 and provides support for Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controllers...

Reporting on primary and secondary SMTP addresses on Exchange objects

Most companies have a set of primary Internet domains (Exchange accepted domains) that they use to assign to users. However, a constant is that most companies also assign a secondary email address that has a domain which is identical for all of their...
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PowerShell Quick Script: Finding the Exchange Schema Version

Every major Exchange release comes with updates to the Active Directory schema. In this case, "major release" means new major version (at RTM), every service pack, and (probably) every Cumulative Update with the new servicing model introduced...
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Processing Large and Embedded Groups in PowerShell

I'm working with a client that has - over an extended period of time - accumulated thousands of security groups, most of which are mail enabled for use by both Exchange and for setting rights on various objects. Becasue they use embedded groups (that...

Finding Duplicate IP Addresses and Duplicate Names in a DNS Zone

One of the traditional issues associated with cleaning up an Active Directory Directory Services (AD DS) domain in DNS is to ensure that duplicate names in DNS are removed (this is typically an issue caused by not having DNS Scavenging enabled, or by...

Enumerating networks and building routes with PowerShell

I've been working with a company that is in the process of setting up a remote datacenter for disaster recovery. They brought me in to help design their Exchange cross-site resilience, and I've been helping them with a few other things too. Primary...

Sending an email to users whose password is about to expire, a PowerShell Rewrite

In September of 2005, I wrote a blog post named " Sending an e-mail to users whose password is about to expire ". Written in VBScript, it was one of my most popular blog posts of all time. I still have clients of mine that use it and I get occaisional...

A Somewhat Detailed Look at Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 Schema Changes

At Exchange Connections 2011 in Las Vegas, Greg Taylor of Microsoft made a comment about some schema changes coming in Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2, that were enabling potential future feature content. This led to interest on my part to investigate those...

Exchange 2003 FE Servers vs. Server 2008 Active Directory

I spent eight hours over the last two days figuring out an interesting - but weird - problem. Once I figured out the problem, correcting it was a simple matter. I'll just give you the problem description and then the solution. Hopefully it will save...

More on Active Directory Privileged Groups and Exchange Server

In October of 2008, I wrote the article adminCount, adminSDHolder, SDProp and you! This article discussed why membership in privileged groups could cause permissions challenges. You may want to refer to it before proceeding. With Exchange Server 2010...
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Changing Security Groups to Distribution Groups

In Exchange Server 2010, you cannot create a new Distribution Group that is not a Universal group. If your Exchange 2010 installation was upgraded from a prior release of Exchange Server, you may find Distribution Groups created in those earlier versions...
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Antivirus Exclusions and Windows

In December of 2007, I made two posts: File Level Antivirus for Exchange and Information Store Antivirus for Exchange . Since that time, there is no question that with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 (and the ongoing advancement of various Internet-based...

A Brief History of Time...(ok ok, let's go with "An Introduction to the Windows Time Service")

Note: This article is written for "modern" versions of the Windows operating system - that is, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. For older versions of the Windows operating system, the concepts still...

Where oh where, did my AD site go...[Alternate title: It's the DNS, stupid.]

I recently had a very confusing issue arise at one of my Exchange 2007 clients and I decided to share it with you. At this particular company, an Active Directory site is reserved for Exchange, and there are two domain controllers (both global catalog...

Speeding Reboot When Exchange is on a DC/GC

As I've noted in several previous blog entries (such as here and here ), installing Exchange on a domain controller and/or a global catalog server is not a best practice. However, if you are running SBS (Small Business Server) or EBS (Essential Business...
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