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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

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Book Review – Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 PowerShell Cookbook (Second Edition)

Posted by in Book Review, Exchange 2013, PowerShell, Technology

Among other books that I have reviewed in past, I had pleasure reviewing Mike’s “Microsoft Exchange 2010 PowerShell Cookbook” when it was release in 2011. So, when PACKT Publishing asked me if I would be interested in reviewing his new book “Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 PowerShell Cookbook: Second Edition”, I didn’t have to think much. It is important to mention that I am not paid by PACKT Publishing to review this book. This review and opinions are genuinely my own. Having read Mike’s previous book, I had high expectations, and…read more

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CreateCluster() failed with 0x5 adding members to DAG in Exchange 2013

Posted by in Exchange 2013, Troubleshooting

UPDATE: While TechNet article “Create a Database Availability Group” only mentions Windows 2008 R2 domain controllers, I must thank Scott Schnoll for the following clarification: “Creating an Exchange 2013 DAG with Mailbox servers on Windows Server 2012? You must pre-stage CNO before adding first server!”. TechNet documentation will be updated to reflect the same I assume. If you are in IT long enough, you know the fact that nothing will every work without throwing an issue or two you have to solve. Especially if you are dealing with recently released…read more

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Exchange 2013 Setup – Client Access server role readiness check fails

Posted by in Exchange 2013, Exchange 2013 Setup

When installing Exchange 2013 servers in complex lab scenario, I decided to separate Mailbox and Client Access server roles to dedicated servers running Windows Server 2012. I installed Mailbox server role first and then proceeded to install Client Access role. Since Mailbox server role installed fine using setup UI and required windows components installed (since I had the option checked in the wizard, I did have to install office filter packs and UCMA manually), I decided to trust the setup wizard to install windows components for CAS role for me….read more

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Outlook must be online or connected…

Posted by in Exchange 2013, Exchange Server, Outlook

Testing Exchange 2013 means careful planning of what you are going to test in lab, what you need to test al given scenarios and what is required. One of my golden rule is to test multiple versions of clients against given server. So in my recent configuration testing, I created a very simple lab. It has a domain controller, two Exchange 2013 servers, a load balancer and two client machines. All testing I am performing is on intranet and no internet simulation or remote client scenarios are going to be…read more

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Verify Exchange Server Schema Version

Posted by in Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013

UPDATED Feb 25, 2014 to include Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 information. Since Microsoft has a dedicated TechNet article on this topic, I will no longer update this post. You can find updated information here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125224(v=exchg.150).aspx When you run Exchange Setup to prepare schema, usually the very next question is, how do I verify schema was updated successfully? Verifying only the values of attributes as mentioned below is not a good verification of Exchange setup completion. This article is intended to only provide reference to attributes and their values. Let’s…read more

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