Microsoft Exchange RPC Extractor 2.0

by Arman Obosyan 11. November 2013 11:22

Microsoft Exchange RPC Extractor (RPX) это консольная утилита которая позволяет "парсить" RPC трафик c клиента до сервера Microsoft Exchange. RPX использует информацию, содержащуюся в документации Microsoft Exchange protocol documentation для анализа RPC.

RPX совместим с Microsoft Network Monitor (Netmon) версии 3.3 и новыми версиями. RPX не требует установленного Netmon на компьютере, достаточно на любом компьютере сохранить фаил в Microsoft Network Monitor и обработать его в RPX. Для того чтобы "запарсить" RPC трафик, RPX требует чтобы трафик не был  зашифрован. Для Microsoft Office Outlook, это можно отключить опцию "Шифрование данных между Outlook и Microsoft Exchange" доступны из панели управления.

RPX поддерживается на компьютерах под управлением x86 и x64 (Windows Vista/7/8, Server 2008/2012/2012R2)

Загрузить Microsoft Exchange RPC Extractor 2.0

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Date Published: 11/8/2013
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Lync 2013 15.0.4551.1005

by Arman Obosyan 5. November 2013 22:22

New meeting icon, easy way to detect if you have latest path installed Smile

EASAdmin 1.0 (Beta) Tool to manage Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync

by Arman Obosyan 4. November 2013 08:02

The Exchange ActiveSync Admin (EASAdmin) tool enables administrators to manage the process of remotely erasing lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised mobile devices. The EASAdmin Tool is designed for use with Exchange Server 2010, Exchange 2013, Office 365 (Wave14 and 15).

By using the EASAdmin tool, administrators can perform the following actions on Office 365 and Exchange On-Premise:

  • View a list of all devices that are being used by any enterprise user.
  • Find Inactive Devices.
  • Get No. of devices per user.
  • Block/Allow devices.
  • Select/De-select devices to be remotely erased.
  • View the status of pending remote erase requests for each device.
  • Remove Mobile Devices.
  • Enable,Disable ActiveSync/MAPI/EWS/OWA Exchange features during troubleshooting.
  • Clear Blocked/Allowed Devices.
  • Execute Get-CASMailbox, Get-Mailbox,Get-ActiveSyncDeviceStatistics,Get-MailboxFolderStatistics,Get-ActiveSyncDeviceClass,Get-ActiveSyncDeviceAccessRule,Get-ActiveSyncOrganizationSettings,Get-ActiveSyncMailboxPolicy.
  • Parse IIS log and get reports to troubleshoot ActiveSync related Issue and manage the device/user from report output.

EASAdmin 1.0 (Beta) Tool to manage Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync

Version: 1.0 (beta)
Last updated:  10/25/2013

More at TechNet Gallery: Tool to manage Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync | EASAdmin 1.0 (Beta)

Free Office 365 ProPlus for students of schools that subscribe to Office 365 ProPlus for faculty & staff

by Arman Obosyan 18. October 2013 07:44


With the new “Student Advantage” program students can get Office 365 ProPlus at additional no cost.  This means full access to Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Outlook 2013, Lync 2013, OneNote 2013, Publisher 2013, Access 2013. This also includes the ability to install the software on up to 5 devices simultaneously on Windows PCs or Mac!


In an effort to help prepare students for the technology skills required in the workforce, Microsoft on Tuesday announced Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions that brings Microsoft Office 365 Education to more students worldwide. Microsoft Office 365 Education, an always-up-to-date cloud productivity service, is currently used by 110 million students, faculty and staff around the world. Office 365 Education enables students to communicate and collaborate more efficiently, access assignments in shared workspaces, have notes synchronized in OneNote and have familiar Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel anywhere, across virtually any device.

Beginning Dec. 1, 2013, any institution worldwide that licenses Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. Today, more than 35,000 institutions are automatically eligible to deliver the Student Advantage benefit to their students. Office 365 ProPlus includes all the familiar and full Office applications — locally installed on up to five devices and available offline. When a school combines Student Advantage with Microsoft’s other cloud services, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online, all available free through Office 365 Education, students have access to the same set of gold-standard productivity tools and services used by Fortune 500 companies all over the world.

“Students use Office every day for school work and activities that are most important to them. Office not only helps students stay organized and get their work done today but at the same time develops skills that will be required when they enter the work force. In fact, no other software or services show up in the top 20 most important skills identified in the research report,” Salcito said. “We are thrilled to offer Student Advantage to schools across the globe so students have access to the latest, most up-to-date version of the world’s leading set of productivity tools in order to give them a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.”

Nearly 98 percent of students using productivity software currently use Office. Student Advantage enables students to access the familiar experience of Office in an always-up-to-date cloud service across their compatible PCs, tablets and phones.

Read the full story at: New study reveals most important skills for students


Rights Management for Office 365

by Arman Obosyan 7. October 2013 14:31

Rights Management is now an implicit service within Office 365, which of course begs the question, “What’s Rights Management?”  Here’s a brief explanation:

Have you ever had your email or documents shared or given to other people than you intended, or seen your company’s information shared with people outside the company by accident? Maybe you have information that you want to share confidentially with only a few trusted colleagues for purposes of collecting feedback, but you’re concerned that the information may get leaked inadvertently before you are ready?

Fortunately, with Rights Management in Office 365, you can secure your information and apply an intelligent policy so that only specified internal and/or external people can "act" on your information. For example, you can allow recipients to edit and print, while restricting them from forwarding to others. This policy is attached to the information, so it applies no matter where your information lives-in the datacenter, in transit, or on your laptop, mobile device, or a USB key. Rights Management lets you assign policies to email, SharePoint Online libraries, individual Office documents, and other file types. 

Rights Management for Office 365 isn’t just data security or encryption, although you get both with access control and 128-bit AES encryption. Rights Management is about putting you, the creator of content, in control. Now, with you firmly in the driver’s seat, you can confidently share information with anyone.

Here’s a quick demo of these functions:

Collaborate securely with Office 365 using Rights Management

Read more about Rights Management for Office 365


Lync 2013 PreCall Diagnostics

by Arman Obosyan 7. October 2013 07:14

The Pre Call Diagnostic Tool (PCD) is a client-based application that allows a user to see how the current state of the network might impact the media quality in an upcoming call. PCD shows a graphical view of your network metrics – Network MOS, Packet Loss and Interarrival Jitter.


  • About to get on an important call? Run a quick test in On Demand mode to make sure it will go smoothly.
  • Run a test in On demand mode to look at your network’s performance over extended periods of time.
  • Diagnose trends with a view of historical test runs
  • Having trouble signing in to Lync? PCD’s Signin flyout can help you figure out where the issue is.


Download from Windows Store Lync 2013 PreCall Diagnostics

Note: You need to have a Lync account to use this app. Also, some functionality might require an update to Lync Server or might not be available to all users. If you’re not sure about your account status, please contact your IT department.

The Difference between Office 365 & Office 2013

by Arman Obosyan 6. October 2013 14:26

Yes, the products are from a functional standpoint very similar but there are some key differences in the end user experience & the IT administration workloads that people need to know.

Get the break down of the differences in this video from Jeremy Chapman and Tal Krzypow in The Garage video series.

365 Days Later – Office 365 vs. Office 2013 on the Desktop Review

Read more at The Garage Series: 365 Days Later - Office 365 vs. Office 2013 on the Desktop Review


Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Jump Start on October 8

by Arman Obosyan 3. October 2013 08:23

Join Microsoft Certified Master and Premier Field Engineer Mike Pfeiffer and senior technologist at Concentrated Technology Jason Helmick to learn what you need to know about deploying Exchange Server 2013 in this one-day course. These high energy instructors will teach how to manage the messaging infrastructure and provide high availability and security through real world demos geared to your business needs.

It’s appropriate for anyone upgrading from earlier versions of Exchange as well as IT Pros new to Exchange but with prior networking experience. If you are pursuing the MCSE: Messaging certification, it will help you prepare for Exam 70-341.

Date: October 8, 2013
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Live, online virtual classroom
Cost: Free!

Register now

Microsoft Exchange Conference

by Arman Obosyan 2. October 2013 16:48

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Blocking iOS 7.0 in Exchange Server and Office365 Exchange Online

by Arman Obosyan 27. September 2013 08:46

Now that iOS 7.0.2 available, it might be good idea to block previous iOS 7.0 version, you probably see many news right after iOS7 release about bugs that allowed access to locked iPhone/iPAD. Now when Apple fixes this two iOS 7 bug, you might be interested to know how to block version iOS 7.0 devices from accessing you corporate email.

In fact that you cannot block specific Device OS via the Exchange Control Panel or the Exchange Admin Center as this management tools can only select already present models we will use PowerShell, please also note that this method only works when devices already have an relationship with Exchange.

Let find out what Devices OS are currently are registered on our Exchange, for Exchange 2013 and Office 365 Exchange Online you'll have to use this powershell (About how to connect to Office 365 you can read here)

Get-MobileDevice| ft FriendlyName, DeviceOS, DeviceModel -A 

Get-MobileDevice| ft FriendlyName, DeviceOS, DeviceModel -A

We can see few DeviceOS, but we need only iOS 7.0 so lets filter output

Get-MobileDevice | Where-Object {$_.DeviceOS -like "iOS 7*"} | ft FriendlyName, DeviceOS, DeviceModel –A

Get-MobileDevice | Where-Object {$_.DeviceOS -like "iOS 7*"} | ft FriendlyName, DeviceOS, DeviceModel -A

Note: Please note that there are possibly more versions, iOS 7.0 11A465, iOS 7.0 11A4449d, iOS 7.0 11A4400f, iOS 7.0 11A4414e, etc.

Note: The cmdlet Get-MobileDevice is specific for Exchange 2013/Office 365, for Exchange 2010 use the cmdlet Get-ActivesyncDevice

Now when we get DeviceOS we can block or quarantine this devices using the cmdlet New-ActiveSyncDeviceAccessRule (works on Exchange 2010, 2013, Office365). This will also work when these particular DeviceOS aren't present already.

In the example below we quarantine a specific iOS 7 DeviceOS:

New-ActiveSyncDeviceAccessRule -QueryString “iOS 7.0 11A465″ -Characteristic DeviceOS -AccessLevel Quarantine

New-ActiveSyncDeviceAccessRule -QueryString “iOS 7.0 11A465″ -Characteristic DeviceOS -AccessLevel Quarantine

Immediately after ActiveSync Device Access Rule is created users will not be able to sync iPAD/iPhone running on iOS 7.0, they will get an email about mobile device was quarantined.

Your mobile device is temporarily blocked from synchronizing using Exchange ActiveSync until your administrator grants it access.

Only after users update their devices to latest version of iOS 7.0.2 (currently available for download) they will be able to sync again, after update you can see the updated DeviceOS in the list

Get-MobileDevice | Where-Object {$_.DeviceOS -like "iOS 7*"} | ft FriendlyName, DeviceOS, DeviceModel –A

Get-MobileDevice | Where-Object {$_.DeviceOS -like "iOS 7*"} | ft FriendlyName, DeviceOS, DeviceModel -A

That it for now, keep safe, block and quarantine, do not anyone unpatched to use you corporate data ;)


Some additional links to read

Forbes: iOS 7 Bug Lets Anyone Bypass iPhone's Lockscreen To Hijack Photos, Email, Or Twitter
Forbes: Another iOS 7 Bug Lets Anyone Make Calls From Locked iPhones--And This One Has No Quick Fix
Apple: About the security content of iOS 7.0.2

Microsoft Office 365 Cash Back program

by Arman Obosyan 20. September 2013 09:17

For a limited time only, Cash Back is available to all Microsoft resellers (partners) who are registered with Cash Back and selling legitimate Microsoft licenses in eligible territories.

To qualify for reimbursement, your sales should meet the eligibility criteria for any selected Cash Back offer. The criteria typically include, but are not limited to:

  • sales date for Open Licenses
  • Microsoft product
  • License type
  • Customer segment

Please note that there is a minimum and a maximum number of Licenses per customer for each Cash Back offer.

Cash Back is paid to resellers in the form of a credit note through an authorized Microsoft Distributor. The credit notes are paid within 90 days after the reseller claim has been validated and approved for payment.

To apply for Cash Back:

To make a Cash Back claim, you must register for the Cash Back program (or sign in if you are already registered) and submit a reimbursement request (claim), along with all required documents.

Cash Back claims must be submitted during the open claiming period for a selected Cash Back offer. All you have to do, is provide the Open Agreement number, customer and distributor names for this Open Agreement and attach a copy of the customer invoice for the submitted claim. Please don’t forget to attach a copy of the customer invoice. Otherwise it won’t be possible to finalize the claim submission.

Important notice: Before submitting your claim, make sure you review all eligibility criteria outlined for the selected Cash Back offer.

And, as if you were not surprised Georgia is also in the list!


For more info visit Microsoft Office 365 Cash Back program


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Arman Obosyan have more than 20+ years’ work experience in Information Technologies sector.

Last few years he working on a position Technology Strategist at Microsoft Corporation, In the past Arman was Head of IT Infrastructure in Governmental Central Bank of Georgia (National Bank of Georgia).

Nowadays Arman is supporting C-Level and enabling business, visionary with a passion of technology, trends.


Certified since 2003 year, passed following certifications MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, Exin ITIL and VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

Founder / Lead of Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) Club Tbilisi and Community GE project 

In 2010 Was awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

2017 MVP Reconnect


The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent anyone else's view in any way, including those of my employer.

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