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Exchange Server 2013 Gotchas

Exchange Server 2013 reached RTM a couple of months ago and has since reached General Availability (GA). In my personal opinion, Exchange 2013 RTM is not ready for prime time. Microsoft made a decision to release all of Wave 15 (Office desktop applications...
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Windows Management Framework 3.0 / PowerShell 3.0 and Exchange

In the last few days, Windows Management Framework 3.0 (WMF 3.0) has begun appearing in Microsoft Update (MU), Windows Update (WU), Windows Software Update Services (WSUS), and on Configuration Manager Software Update Points. This basically means that...

Wave 15 reaches RTM, including Exchange 2013

Wave 15 of Office products reached the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) stage today, October 11, 2012 (10/11/12 - heh). These products include Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, and Microsoft Office 2013. Note that RTM, also...
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Security Advisory Affecting Exchange: 2749655

Today Microsoft released Security Advisory 2749655, Compatibility Issues Affecting Signed Microsoft Binaries . I encourage you to read the security advisory. We also saw that Exchange team post the following blog entry Re-released Exchange 2010 and Exchange...
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Microsoft Security Advisory 2737111 - Exchange 2007/2010/2013

Well, in case you haven’t seen it, an Exchange Security advisory was released today. “Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Parsing Could Allow Remote Code Execution” http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security...
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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...

Determining the Exchange Version - without using Get-ExchangeServer

If you write lots of Exchange scripts (as I do), and have several different versions of Exchange on which you need to run those scripts (as I do); you soon see the need for being able to determine what version of Exchange a particular server is running...

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...

Enumerating IP Addresses on Network Adapters using PowerShell

Regardless of whether a server is for Exchange, for SQL, or for any other use; a key component of the server's configuration is the set of IP addresses assigned to it. Many organizations apply all addresses (even server addresses) using DHCP. For...

Installing Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2

Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 was released-to-web on Monday (December 5, 2011). Containing literally hundreds of code corrections since service pack 1, plus several significant new features, service pack 2 is an important new release. I will not attempt...
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Generating a report on Distribution Groups and their Membership, v2

In August of 2010, I posted Generating a report on Distribution Groups and their Membership . For most people, that script worked just fine. However, it had some issues: Large groups would cause PowerShell to generate an error about concurrent pipelines...
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Black Hole Distribution Groups

I had the question posed to me today: if I have a mail-enabled group (either a security group or a distribution group) that has no members, and it receives an email, why don't I get an NDR? Well - works as intended! Let's have a thought experiment...
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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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