Support for Microsoft Exchange Server all in one page

by Arman Obosyan 17. February 2014 09:57

Support for Microsoft Exchange Server

Update-DatabaseSchema cmdlet in Exchange 2013

by Arman Obosyan 14. January 2014 15:09

The Update-DatabaseSchema cmdlet is a part of the infrastructure that we’ve built into Exchange 2013 to safely upgrade database schema in a DAG deployment. Unlike previous releases, a database schema upgrade in Exchange 2013 can only occur after all DAG members are upgraded to a version of software that supports the schema version and there is control over when the schema upgrade occurs (setting RequestedDatabaseSchemaVersion to a value higher than CurrentSchemaVersion up to the MaximumSupportableDatabaseSchemaVersion supported by all members of DAG).

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Talking Exchange Server with Microsoft's Perry Clarke

by Arman Obosyan 12. January 2014 09:31

Перевод статьи Talking Exchange Server with Microsoft's Perry Clarke.

Перевод, Ilya Sazonov Беседа с Перри Кларком

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Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 3 (CU3)

by Arman Obosyan 26. November 2013 01:24

Cumulative Update 3 for Exchange Server 2013 resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2013 CU1/CU2 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2013 customers.

The CU3 package can be used to perform a new installation, or to upgrade an existing Exchange Server 2013 installation to CU3.
You do not need to install Cumulative Update 1 or CU2 for Exchange Server 2013 when you are installing CU2.

This Cumulative Update includes Schema and AD changes, so make sure you run PrepareSchema / PrepareAD. After updating, the schema version will be 15283. For list of schema versions see wiki

Cumulative Update 2 for Exchange Server 2013 contains the following major changes

  • Usability improvements when adding members to new and existing groups in the Exchange Administration Console
  • Online RMS available for use by non-cloud based Exchange deployments
  • Improved admin audit log experience
  • Windows 8.1 / Internet Explorer 11 no longer requires using OWA Light

Cumulative Update 3 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 contains the fix for the security issue that is described in Security Bulletin MS13-061 and resolves the issues that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:

  • 2865161 "Errors: Failed exporting item id: from source id" when you try to copy search results in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2866064 Can't load OWA Premium by using Internet Explorer 11 in an Exchange Server environment
  • 2871980 Child domains are not displayed for selection when you create a mailbox by using EAC in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2874216 Security issue that is described in Security Bulletin MS13-061 is resolved by an Exchange Server update
  • 2878160 "The Active Directory user wasn't found" error when you create or update an In-Place eDiscovery search in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2882608 Exchange Server 2013 does not share the inproxy.dll file
  • 2886115 Retention policies are not applied to Exchange Server 2013 mailboxes when user accounts are on different domains
  • 2888274 WebClientReadFormQueryString string and WebClientEditFormQueryString string return incorrect URLs in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2888315 Event 2112 or 2180 is logged when you try to back up a database in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2888612 Retention policy does not work after you run a cmdlet in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2889786 Sign-in format for Outlook Web App on mobile devices is not adjusted according to the Set-OwaVirtualDerictory cmdlet in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2890650 Items in the Drafts folder are not stamped with the retention policy tag in an Exchange Server 2010 or 2013 environment
  • 2895487 Copy Search Results" option does not work in an Exchange server 2013 environment
  • 2895500 DBCS characters appear garbled when you run some PowerShell scripts in EMS in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2895678 "Nombre de usuario\dominio" is displayed unexpectedly on the Spanish version of the OWA and EAC logon pages in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2902929 You cannot forward an external meeting request in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2902933 "Generate incident report" does not display the "Bcc" field in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2902934 Korean language localization issue in Exchange 2013 OWA user interface
  • 2902936 You cannot change SMTP addresses for distribution groups by using EAC in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2902938 You cannot preview Office documents in shared folders by using Outlook Web App in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2902939 EMS connection error when you separately install an Exchange Server 2013 Mailbox server and a Client Access server
  • 2883203 Exchange Server 2013 restarts frequently after Cumulative Update 2 is installed
  • 2890814 No redirection to the Outlook Web App URL for Exchange Online users in an Exchange hybrid deployment

 

Download Cumulative Update 3 for Exchange Server 2013 (KB2892464)

Version: 15.0.775.38
Date Published: 11/25/2013
File name: Exchange2013-x64-cu3.exe
File size: 1.5 GB
KB Articles: KB2892464

Download Exchange Server 2013 CU3 UM Language Packs

Downloads contain pre-recorded prompts, grammar files, text to speech data, Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) files, and Voice Mail Preview capabilities for a specific language that is supported by Exchange 2013 CU3 Unified Messaging (UM). Warning: This UM language pack must only be installed as an add-in to Exchange Server 2013 CU3 Unified Messaging.

Version: 15.0.775.38
Date Published: 11/25/2013

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Please Note: Cumulative Updates can be installed directly, i.e. no need to install RTM prior to Cumulative Updates, also note that once installed, you can’t uninstall a Cumulative Update nor any of the installed Exchange server roles. The order of upgrading servers is irrelevant, unlike with previous generations of Exchange.

For mote information visit MS Exchange Team Blog

For list of Exchange 2013 CU version visit Wiki page

Exchange and Microsoft Outlook Standards Documentation

by Arman Obosyan 21. November 2013 13:16

Microsoft Exchange Server Protocol Documentation

The Microsoft Exchange protocol documentation provides detailed technical specifications for the Microsoft protocols and extensions to industry-standard and other published protocols that are implemented and used by Microsoft Exchange.
The documentation is designed to describe each protocol in detail as it is used by Microsoft Exchange. Each specification documents technical requirements, limitations, dependencies, and specific protocol behavior.
The documentation includes companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background information, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information.

Version: 18.0
Date Published: 11/20/2013
File name: Exchange_Protocols.zip
File size: 83.2 MB

Download Microsoft Exchange Server Protocol Documentation

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Exchange and Microsoft Outlook Standards Documentation

The Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Outlook standards documentation describes how Exchange and Outlook support industry messaging standards and RFC documents about iCalendar, IMAP4, and POP3.
The documentation includes companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with background information, terminology, and technical reference information.

Download Exchange and Microsoft Outlook Standards Documentation

Version: 17.0
Date Published: 11/20/2013
File name: Exchange_Standards.zip
File size: 4.0 MB

Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 Coming in Early 2014

by Arman Obosyan 20. November 2013 00:57

Today on the Office blog we announced that service pack 1 for the 2013 set of products including Office, SharePoint and Exchange will be released early next year. We know our Exchange customers have been looking for confirmation of the release but also have a desire for an early look at what's coming with Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1). So let's have a first look a few things you can expect to see in SP1. But wait… we haven’t released CU3 – well, news about CU3 is imminent - stay tuned for more information about CU3 coming very soon.

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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


Download: EASAdmin.zip
Version: 1.0 (beta)
Last updated:  10/25/2013

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

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

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 ;)

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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

Multi-Tenant Scalability Guidance for Exchange Server 2013

by Arman Obosyan 20. August 2013 00:12

This document contains high-level guidance for properly scaling and deploying a multi-tenant Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 solution. It includes details of testing performed in Microsoft labs to validate the scalability of the product and suggests methods that can be used during the design and deployment process to mitigate potential risks associated with such solutions.

Version: Aug2013   
Date Published: 8/19/2013
File name: MultiTenantScalabilityGuidanceForExchangeServer2013.docx
File size: 275 KB

Download Multi-Tenant Scalability Guidance for Exchange Server 2013

Reverse Proxy for Exchange Server 2013 using IIS ARR

by Arman Obosyan 3. August 2013 09:21

Microsoft Application Request Routing (ARR) for IIS is a proxy-based routing module that forwards HTTP requests to application servers based on HTTP headers, server variables, and load balance algorithms.

ARR Version 3 is an incremental release that includes all of the features from Version 2, and adds the following features:

  • Websocket support
  • Support for application-triggered session affinity opt out
  • Retries for URL health Monitoring
  • Failcheck reliability improvements
  • Various bug fixes ARR version 3 and previous released cannot be installed side-by-side.
  • More details can be found on www.iis.net

Download Microsoft Application Request Routing Version 3 for IIS or install using Microsoft Web Platform Installer(search for ARR within it)

Version: 3.0
Date Published: 7/26/2013
File name: requestRouter_x64.msi
File size: 1.9 MB
File name: requestRouter_x86.msi
File size: 1.6 MB

How to use Application Request Routing (ARR) in Exchange you can read at The Exchange Team Blog

Part 1: Reverse Proxy for Exchange Server 2013 using IIS ARR
Part 2: Reverse Proxy for Exchange Server 2013 using IIS ARR
Part 3: Reverse Proxy for Exchange Server 2013 using IIS ARR
Part 4: Reverse Proxy for Exchange Server 2013 using IIS ARR

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Arman Obosyan is an experienced IT Pro. with over 17+ years work experience in Information Technologies sector.

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

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

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