Bhargav's IT Playground

Configuring rich attachment preview in Exchange 2016

Posted by in Exchange 2016

Rich attachment preview isn’t new to Exchange 2016. Exchange 2013 offered ability to preview Office attachments in browser window when using Outlook Web App. If you didn’t configure Office Web App server integration for Exchange 2013, check out this TechNet article. For Exchange 2016, a couple of things have changed. Namely, Office Web App server is now called Office Online Server which is currently in preview. Outlook Web App is now known as Outlook on the web. When it comes to installing Office Online Server, it isn’t much different from…read more


Office 2016 error opening file…

Posted by in Office

Recently, I upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 and Office 2016. For keeping tabs on the setup, I have installed Office 2016 from my Office 365 account and the version is 16.0.6001.1038. This click-to-run version seems to be latest available as of this writing. After a few days, I received word documents in email. As usual, I clicked the document and expected the preview to load inline in Outlook. Instead, I was presented with the following error dialog which flashed by rather quickly: Outlook complained that Microsoft Outlook (Protected View)…read more


Mac Mail not connecting to Exchange Server – Part 2

Posted by in Exchange 2016

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed symptoms of Mac Mail unable to connect to Exchange 2016 servers through KEMP LoadMaster load balancers. We also discussed troubleshooting steps that addressed the issue of unable to pass EWS tests, however, we stopped there since Mac Mail failed to connect despite ExRCA EWS tests passed. Let’s see what we can do to get the Mac Mail to connect successfully to Exchange servers. Since we addressed the 100-continue handling in Part 1 of this article, ExRCA tests did not indicate any…read more


Mac Mail not connecting to Exchange Server – Part 1

Posted by in Exchange 2016

My good friend and renowned Exchange MVP Jeff Guillet ( fame) brought an interesting issue to my attention. On his Mac, built-in Mail client would not connect to Exchange through KEMP LoadMaster. The load balancer was configured to user Layer 7 load balancing. The Exchange environment was mixed Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2016 but load balancer was configured to use only Exchange 2016 servers. KEMP LoadMaster was configured to terminate SSL connection on the load balancer. The connections to the Exchange servers were also encrypted. Microsoft Outlook 2013/2016 clients on…read more


Office 365 subscribers – How to install Lync or Skype for Business client on a Mac

Posted by in Office 365

I needed to work on a problem with Outlook for Mac not being able to sustain connection to on-premise Exchange 2013 server. Being used to the install process on PC, I headed over to my Office365 login via Upon logging in, I clicked on “Office 365” and then clicked “On a PC or Mac: Install” option: Note: You need Office subscription that includes full Office install in order to see “install” option I mentioned above. I was then presented with the page allowing me to manage my existing installs…read more


Installing VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0

Posted by in VMware

As I finally got around to installing first VMware 6.0 host in my lab environment, I decided to follow-up the installation of vCenter server appliance. This would allow me to manage the hosts I install later as well as the first host I installed moments ago. Not only that, I wanted to put in the infrastructure configuration in place before installing all the other hosts so I can achieve a level of consistency across the board. Installing vCenter server right after installing the first host would allow me to do…read more


Using 10Zig 5817q with Azure RemoteApp

Posted by in Azure

Recently, I had chance to test 10Zig 5817q thin client. While Azure RemoteApp isn’t listed on the product page as supported solution, that’s really what I needed to test as I didn’t have any on-premises deployment of Remote Desktop Services to test with. As a pre-requisite, I had already deployed my RemoteApp environment using Office 365 ProPlus template image from Azure. I published all applications such as Word, PowerPoint etc. I also configured a user to have access to published apps so I can test with it later. In this…read more


Disk performance information missing on Windows 2012 R2 – Blast from the past!

Posted by in Windows Server

Recently, I replaced a disk in my iScsi NAS. Since I wasn’t using any RAID on the disk I was replacing, I decided to copy data from old volume to new using robocopy. As my copy continued in the background, I curiously turned to the performance tab of task manager: As you may notice in the screenshot above, there was no disk information in the performance tab! I had a chuckle when I saw that. I remembered by Windows 2000 days and the trusty diskperf command. You can reference diskperf…read more


Free Load Balancer, wait what?

Posted by in KEMP, Load Balancing

Yes, you heard it right! KEMP Technologies provides a great load balancer for all workloads that can benefit from high availability. Today, it is making the Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) appliance available at no cost, even for production use! The free load balancer is a great offering for Development, Testing and Pre-Production environments. The free version is also supported for use in production! One of the use cases that strikes a chord with me is when I used to deliver trainings that needed use of load balancing. The training environment consists…read more


Reading email headers using apps for Outlook

Posted by in Exchange 2013, Exchange Server

Not too long ago, my fellow Exchange Server MVP Paul Cunningham recently published an article “Email Fundamentals: How to Read Email Message Headers” on his blog. Just like he mentioned, it’s pretty fundamental to emails but many struggle to read the headers and interpret it properly. I am all for making things easier. I will certainly not repeat what has already been said on his blog but wanted to complement his article with some more information. Exchange 2013 introduced integration with Apps for Office and Apps for Outlook. This opened…read more