Category: Exchange Server 2013

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 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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How to Create or Convert Shared Mailboxes in Office 365

As the name suggests, a shared mailbox is one that is used by multiple users to receive or send email. You’ve probably seen shared mailboxes used for situations such as an IT help desk, a HR department, payroll enquiries, and reception desks. A shared mailbox also has a calendar, so they can be used to […]

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Testing Connectivity and DNS Changes with a Hosts File

Many Exchange Server migration scenarios involve making DNS changes that can impact a very large number of customers at once if they go badly. Similarly, we often need to isolate network elements such as load balancers or DNS round robin configurations when troubleshooting client connectivity issues. Making changes to a load balancer or DNS record for this […]

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Giving one user access to another’s mailbox via PowerShell

There are plenty of reasons why you might want to give one user access to another user’s mailbox. The first user may be in the hospital, or under HR review, or maybe they’ve been dropping the ball lately and management need to make sure that certain projects have been followed up on. It’s not really […]

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How to Configure an Internal SMTP Relay Server for Office 365

Most organizations have internal application servers and appliances that send emails to users or groups. Examples include copier/scanners and application servers, such as backup servers that notify admins of a completed or failed backup job. If the organization has Exchange on-prem you would normally configure an internal relay receive connector in Exchange and configure the […]

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Exchange Server 2013 Server Roles

The multi-role server architecture that was introduced with Exchange Server 2007, and then continued with Exchange 2010, has been consolidated in Exchange Server 2013. Exchange 2013 has just two server roles that can be installed: Client Access server Mailbox server Server role selection during Exchange 2013 setup The two roles can co-exist on the same […]

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How to Install Exchange Server 2013

Deployment of an Exchange Server 2013 server goes through three main stages. Preparing Active Directory (if you are installing Exchange Server 2013 for the first time) Installing the Exchange Server 2013 pre-requisites on the server Running Exchange Server 2013 setup   Preparing Active Directory for Exchange Server 2013 When you are installing Exchange Server 2013 […]

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Installing Exchange Server 2013 Pre-Requisites on Windows Server 2008 R2

Exchange Server 2013 can be installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, on either the Standard or Enterprise editions. Exchange 2013 can also be installed on Datacenter (RTM) edition. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard edition will support any of the Exchange 2013 server roles, however if you intend to deploy Exchange 2013 Mailbox servers in […]

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