Use a PowerShell function to get AutoDiscover XML

October 2, 2015

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

January 9, 2013

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

July 5, 2011

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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Exchange Search: Searching Adobe PDF

July 8, 2010

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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Social Engineering Attack Disguised As Mailbox Quota Message

June 21, 2010

Social engineering is all about psychological attacks— convincing a user to willingly divulge information is much more convenient, in most cases, than actually brute-forcing your way in. Attackers with very little technical sophistication (and perhaps some great social skills) can easily prey upon even the more vigilant users. I would’ve held on to my belief […]

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Geek Out With Perry: New Video Series and Blog

March 31, 2010

It’s been over two months since I posted here! No, I’m not taking a break– at least not an intentional one, and hopefully will get back to posting regularly soon. Meanwhile, check out the posts on You Had Me At EHLO… (the Exchange team blog). And if you’ve been monitoring the team blog, you must […]

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Outlook Spy 2.15 is Outlook 2010-compatible

January 28, 2010

Didn’t notice earlier— one of my favorite Outlook/Exchange tools is now compatible with Outlook 2010. Outlook Spy is primarily a tool for Outlook/Exchange developers, but Exchange administrators also find it useful. It allows you to look under the hood of mailboxes and messages. If you need to peek under the hood of Exchange mailboxes and […]

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Bulk mailbox creation: Import passwords from a file

November 16, 2009

Automating bulk mailbox creation required fairly advanced scripting skills in Exchange 2003/2000. Thanks to the Exchange Management Shell (aka “the shell”) in Exchange 2010 and 2007, this task is greatly simplified. It doesn’t require any advanced scripting skills and it can be accomplished by relative newcomers to Exchange Server with very little knowledge of the […]

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Managed Folders: Why aren’t Calendar items expired?

February 3, 2009

You’re testing Exchange 2007’s Messaging Records Management (MRM) features to implement your organization’s messaging retention policies. You create a new Managed Folder for Calendar items, and then create a Managed Content Setting for it to expire Calendar items in 1 year. Next, you create a Managed Folder Mailbox Policy and add the Managed Folder to […]

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SCRIPT: List Delegates With Send On Behalf Access

November 26, 2008

Send On Behalf access allows a user to send mail on behalf of the mailbox owner. Figure 1: Send On Behalf access can be assigned from ADUC | recipient properties | Exchange General | Delivery Options, or by the mailbox owner using Microsoft Outlook Here’s a script that lists all users with delegates. File: […]

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