Category: Exchange Server 2003

Can’t remove additional Exchange mailboxes

I’ve added some additional Exchange mailboxes to my account but now I can’t seem to remove them anymore in Outlook as they don’t show up in my account settings or the additional mailboxes list. Right clicking on a mailbox and choosing “Close <mailbox>” produces the error: “This group of folders is associated with an e-mail […]

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Quick Tip: Restarting all Microsoft Exchange services

There are times when you need to restart all Exchange related services so here are 2 small scripts that will help you achieve this without going over each service in the Services mmc. Of course restarting the “Microsoft Exchange Active Directory Topology” will restart a most of them but these 2 will restart them all. […]

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Exchange 2010 – List All Mailbox Sizes

Using the Exchange Management Shell, you can create a create a report of all mailboxes and list their size. List all mailboxes in a database – Exchange Management Shell The following command will list all mailboxes in the ‘MailDB1’ database: Get-MailboxStatistics -Database ‘MailDB1’ | format-table DisplayName, TotalItemSize, TotalDeletedItemSize, Database, ServerName List all mailboxes on a server […]

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Exchange 2010 – Enable External Automatic Replies

By default, Exchange 2010 doesn’t allow sending automatic forwards, replies and Out of Office Assistant Messages (OOF) to external email addresses. This is mainly for security and performance reasons, as it ensures there can’t be any mail loops or that Exchange doesn’t automatically reply to any spam messages. With this in mind, you may need […]

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Exchange 2010 – Allow external senders to use distribution list

By default when you create a distribution group (also known as a distribution list) external email addresses are unable to send emails to the group. To allow external email addresses to use the group you will need to disable the ‘Require that all senders are authenticated’ option. Please note, this may open your server and […]

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Exchange 2010 – Cannot login after mailbox has been disabled and attached to different AD user account

I was asked to rename an Exchange account (sitting on an Exchange 2010 SP2 server) for a customer today because the surname had changed so to do this tidily, I disabled the Exchange Mailbox, cleaned up the Databases to make the mailbox appear in the Detached Mailboxes folder using the following Exchange Management Shell command: […]

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Exchange Best Practices: Mailbox Storage Quotas

The trend for Exchange Server in recent years is towards larger mailboxes. Email is a heavily used application, users are demanding more storage for their email, and current versions of Exchange Server have been engineered to provide large mailboxes without requiring expensive, high performance storage subsystems to store it all. All of that does not […]

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A Sender Policy Framework (SPF) Primer for Exchange Administrators

Email spam continues to be a huge problem for organizations these days, and it usually falls on the Exchange administrator to do something about it. Aside from the usual anti-spam measures we can put in place to protect our own servers from spam, we also need to consider how to prevent spammers from spoofing (imitating) […]

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Microsoft Exchange Action Could Not be Performed on User

When deleting a mailbox from Microsoft Exchange Server, the following error is sometimes displayed, especially if the user has been an Exchange Administrator: Microsoft Exchange Error – Action Remove could not be performed on object ‘User’ Error: Active Directory operation Failed on User. This error is not retriable. Additional inFormation: Access is denied. Active directory […]

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How to Grant Read-Only Access to an Exchange Mailbox

Granting a user read-only access to the mailbox and calendar of another user in an Exchange Server organization. This is a common scenario and the solution is reasonably simple though perhaps not obvious. Let’s look at the scenario of Alan Reid trying to access the mailbox of Alex Heyne. With no access configured Alan gets […]

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