Administration

Archiving in the cloud: Recover and restore Inactive Mailboxes in Exchange Online

An employee leaves the organization and your organization requires that mailboxes be preserved for a certain period, ranging anywhere from two to seven years or more, to meet business or regulatory compliance requirements, including eDiscovery. Mailbox content should be preserved and discoverable using In-Place eDiscovery during this period. Exchange Online allows you to use Inactive […]

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Change mailbox audit logging age limit in Exchange 2010 and later

In Exchange 2010 and later, you can use Mailbox Audit Logging to enable auditing of mailboxes for actions taken by mailbox owners, delegates and administrators. You can log events such as mailbox access, folder access, item access, deletes, hard deletes, moves, etc. For details, see Mailbox Audit Logging in Exchange 2013 documentation. By default, mailbox […]

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Create bulk mailboxes in Exchange 2010 (or Exchange 2013/Exchange 2007)

I used to save code snippets as blog posts earlier. Resuming the practice, so don’t be alarmed by lack of text in this post. If you want to see detailed posts about creating bulk mailboxes, check out these previous posts: Bulk mailbox-enabling users using Exchange Shell in Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 Exchange Server 2007: […]

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Exchange 2010: Change security groups to distribution groups

Distribution groups are a well-known concept for Exchange admins. Quite simply, a distribution group is an Active Directory group that’s Exchange-enabled and therefore has an email address. Messages sent to the group are delivered to group members, which can be mailbox users, mail users (users with an email address outside the Exchange org), mail contacts, […]

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Exchange 2013: Dude, Where’s my Exchange Management Console (EMC)?

Microsoft released Exchange 2013 Preview earlier this week, along with Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Preview, and Microsoft Lync 2013 Preview. Check out the following resources: Overivewhttp://aka.ms/ex2013preview Download Exchange 2013 Preview http://aka.ms/getex2013preview Documentation http://aka.ms/ex2013previewdocs Note, this is a preview version, not the final product release. As with any pre-release versions, you shouldn’t install it […]

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Auditing Distribution Group Membership Changes

Exchange 2010 includes Administrator Audit Logging functionality to log all administrator actions. Because all administrator actions, including those taken using the EMC and the new web-based ECP consoles must fire off a Shell command under the hood, admin audit logging records cmdlets that can make changes (the ones that use the New and Set verbs, […]

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Using Get-Hotfix to get a list of installed hotfixes

Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 requires a number of hotfixes to be installed. These are listed in Exchange 2010 Prerequisites in Exchange 2010 documentation and in the Exchange 2010 SP1 FAQ and Known Issues post on the Exchange team blog. While preparing a server for SP1, I erroneously kept trying to install the hotfixes […]

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Exchange 2010 SP1 and the Office 2010 Filter Packs

In Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007, Exchange Search uses Windows Search to index messages and supported attachments. Installation of 2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack is a pre-requisite for Exchange 2010 (RTM) setup, and after setup completes you must register the filters with Exchange Search. Register Filter Pack IFilters with Exchange 2010 has more information and […]

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Exchange Search: Searching Adobe PDF

Exchange Search is the little known, and mostly unappreciated feature of modern Exchange Servers— yes, we mean Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007. It’s different. It’s fast. It mostly works under the hood, without any sexy admin interfaces that would expose its features, functionality, and performance. In these days of ever-growing, large mailboxes (think 10 Gigabytes […]

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HTC Droid not synchronizing with Exchange 2010?

Last year Apple riled IT departments and security community when it was revealed that before the iPhone 3.1 OS release, iPhones had bee incorrectly reporting their policy compliance for encrypting device data (or as some critics said— the iPhone was lying about its policy compliance). See previous post iPhone OS 3.1 Security Changes and Exchange […]

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