Category: Exchange Server 2013

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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Migrate new user to O365

Pre-Migration Work Create the AD user account and Exchange on-prem mailbox Confirm UPN suffix of user account matches the email address Go to O365 admin console and add the user license Migrate users Connect to Exchange On-line From the PowerShell console on an Exchange 2010 server: $Cred = Get-Credential  $s = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell […]

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How to Move Mailboxes in Exchange Server 2010

Mailbox moves in previous versions of Exchange were interactive in nature, in that a wizard, script or shell command was used to move the mailbox and it occured in real time. In Exchange Server 2010 mailbox moves are now handled using move requests.  In short, the move request is submitted into a queue and processed […]

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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 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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