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Script to suppress Link State Updates

Posted by in Exchange 2010

If you are in process of upgrading from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010, you must have read “Upgrade from Exchange 2003 Transport” article on Technet which spells out the details of a requirement – “minor link state updates must be suppressed to make sure that message looping doesn’t occur when a route is recalculated”. I will not go into details of the requirement, however, if you read the details in the “Suppress Link State Updates” article, you know that the task can be daunting, especially if you have multiple Exchange…read more

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Upgrading Exchange 2007 MCTS / MCITP Certification to Exchange 2010 MCTS / MCITP

Posted by in Exchange 2010

If you are like me who had previously earned MCTS or MCITP in Exchange 2007, you can now upgrade your certification to MCTS / MCITP Exchange 2010. The certifications are as below: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuration Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010 To earn your MCTS in Exchange 2010, you will need to pass exam 70-662. The MCTS certification is for Messaging Generalist who is responsible for maintenance and administration of Exchange 2010 servers in an enterprise environment. Don’t let the…read more

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What does New-ExchangeCertificate –confirm do?

Posted by in Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, Troubleshooting

Depends who is asking. Let’s assume a scenario where you are trying to create a new self-signed certificate on Exchange 2007 using a script. You run the command “New-Exchange Certificate – Services “IMAP, POP3, IIS, SMTP” –Confirm:$false”. The script stops at a prompt when it tries to confirm overwrite of existing SMTP certificate (because current self-signed certificate is assigned to that function). Since this is breaking your script, you decide to throw in –force to force override of the prompt. Now you face another error: “Parameter set cannot be resolved…read more

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Webcast Series – Upgrade Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 – Part 1

Posted by in Exchange 2010, Upgrade

Update: I will not be posting future updates or next parts of the series as lot of work is being done by my friend Robert Gillies in his series of articles on Exchange Team Blog feature “Robert’s Rules of exchange”. Sorry for any inconvenience and I hope you will find Robert’s series of articles helpful. Ever since Exchange 2010 is RTM, I have been advocating to upgrade directly to Exchange 2010 if it makes sense for your environment. As I discussed with administrators who manage Exchange 2003 environments, I received…read more

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Automate Update Rollup installation during Exchange 2010 setup

Posted by in Exchange 2010, Exchange Server

If you are about to install Exchange 2010, one of the checks in your checklist should be Update Rollup 1 for Exchange 2010. This would come after you have installed Exchange 2010 on your server. But what if I tell you that you can slipstream RU1 with your Exchange setup? All you have to do is populate a folder with RU installer and use /UpdatesDir switch with setup.com. The example would be setup.com /role:mailbox /UpdatesDir:”C:\ExchangeSources\RUs”. Once this command successfully completes, you will see that the exchange install is complete and…read more

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Another Podcast from RunAs Radio

Posted by in Exchange 2010

Once Again, I had privilege of talking to Richard and Greg from RunAs radio. This time we went deep discussing how Exchange 2010 High Availability featured have changed from previous versions! I am sure the you will like it. Download the podcast from http://bit.ly/5o3bSv. I welcome feedback and comments.

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BlackBerry announced Exchange 2010 support but what is the impact?

Posted by in Exchange 2010

MS Exchange Team blogged about BlackBerry Enterprise Server support for Exchange 2010 recently. It has been viral on social networks and many have been cheering about the news as their Exchange 2010 deployment or upgrade plans hinged on this to some degree. I was one of them. I was waiting for this news as it allows me to help customers I work with and plan accordingly. As I started digging into details, I found few things that I didn’t necessary like. I could not find any documentation on how BES…read more

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