Exchange 2010

BleachBit’s claim of permanently deleting emails from Exchange

In a recent news segment featuring BleachBit, Fox Business questioned whether Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may have used the software to permanently delete emails from her mail server. The segment features BleachBit lead developer Andrew Viem. Politics and click bait headlines aside, readers will find the claims interesting. How to delete secret emails from […]

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Use a PowerShell function to find an email address in Exchange

Exchange admins frequently need to find an Exchange recipient with a specified email address, particularly for generic organizational addresses such as [email protected] Five and a half ways to find an email address in Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory lists a few ways to do it, including PowerShell. If you do this frequently, you can add […]

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Use a PowerShell function to get AutoDiscover XML

If you manage Exchange or support Exchange Online users, you may need to retrieve the AutoDiscover XML response. You can use the Test E-mail AutoConfiguration option in Outlook or the AutoDiscover tests in Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer to retrieve the AutoDiscover response. The good news is you can also use a PowerShell one-liner or function […]

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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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Remove a mobile device from your Exchange account

Most users switch to new mobile devices or add new ones. Over a period of time, your Exchange mailbox may have quite a few mobile devices. If you’re not using a smartphone or other Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) device (including Windows 8/Windows RT tablets, Apple iPad or other iOS devices), you can remove it from your […]

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WMF 3.0, Microsoft Exchange and patch management

Last week Microsoft released Windows Management Framework 3.0, a key management component that includes WinRM 3.0 and Windows PowerShell 3.0. If you’ve been running a version of Exchange 2007 or later, you may already know that these components (PowerShell for Exchange 2007, and both WinRM 2.0 and PowerShell 2.0 for Exchange 2010) are prerequisites for […]

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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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Connect to Office 365 Using a PowerShell Function

When you sign-up for Exchange Online (or Office 365, which includes Exchange Online), an Exchange organization is created for you in Microsoft’s datacenter. One of the really cool things about Exchange Online is that besides its easy-to-use web interface, you also have the ability to manage your cloud-based organization using PowerShell. Shell-savvy administrators can run […]

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Microsoft to release PST Capture tool to search, import and destroy PST files

Microsoft has announced it will release PST Capture, a free tool to search .PST files, import them into Exchange Server 2010 and Exchange Online and (optionally) destroy the files. Exchange mailbox data is stored on Exchange servers – either on-premises in your organization’s datacenter, or in Exchange Online if you’re using Microsoft’s new Office 365 […]

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