Exchange 2013 CU2 might deliver Witness server on Windows Azure IaaS

by Arman Obosyan 4. June 2013 22:15

Just announced at TechEd 2013 NA that the Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) for Exchange 2013 will possibly deliver Windows Azure for witness server for site resilience scenarios.

Until now for an automated site failover a witness server in a third site (datacenter or other well connected network independent location) was required. For existing Azure customers it will be possible to host this witness role on Azure as well. This will be a VM (fileserver) running on IaaS on Windows Azure. It says possibly as testing and validation is still underway.

This scenario may not be ideal for every company as it will require extending internal Active Directory permissions into a public cloud. For a high available witness server 2 VM’s in Azure are required.

Microsoft Exchange 2013 Public Folders Migration and Directory Sync Support Scripts

by Arman Obosyan 11. April 2013 09:14

Use these scripts to migrate public folders from Exchange 2010 or 2007 to Exchange 2013. In order to migrate Exchange 2010 or 2007 Public Folders to Exchange 2013 on O365, we need to analyze the existing Public Folder hierarchy for size to figure out the number of Public Folder mailboxes that are required on O365 and the distribution of folders across mailboxes.


Download Public Folders Migration Scripts


Use this scripts if you need to do one of the following - Initial creation of mail enabled public folder objects in the destination Active Directory for public folder migration from Exchange 2007 or 2010 to Exchange 2013

  • Synchronization of mail enabled public folder objects from cloud to on-premise Active Directory
  • Synchronization of mail enabled public folder objects from on-premise to cloud Active Directory
  • Synchronization of public folder mailbox objects from cloud to on-premise Active Directory


Download Public Folders Directory Sync Support Scripts

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 CU1 Help File

by Arman Obosyan 5. April 2013 10:25

Help content for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Hybrid Deployments and Cumulative Update 1 of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013.

Version: April2013    
Date published: 4/4/2013
Language: English

File name: Exch2013HybridHelp.exe   
Size: 501 KB
File name: Exch2013OnPremHelp.exe    
Size: 10.3 MB

Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 CU1 April 2013 Help

Cumulative update 1 for Exchange Server 2013 (KB2816900)

by Arman Obosyan 2. April 2013 23:47

Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) for Exchange Server 2013 resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2013 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2013 customers.

CU1 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 provides the latest fixes for Exchange Server 2013 and contains stability and performance improvements. This update enables you to install Exchange Server 2013 in your existing Exchange Server 2010 or 2007 organization.

Note: The CU1 package can be used to perform a new installation, or to update an existing Exchange Server 2013 installation to CU1.

Version: 15.00.0620.029
Date published: 4/2/2013
KB articles: KB2816900
File name: Exchange-x64.exe
Size: 1.3 GB
Release Notes for Exchange 2013

Download Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) for Exchange Server 2013

For more information visit The Exchange Team Blog
Released: Exchange Server 2013 RTM Cumulative Update 1

High Availability Changes in Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 1

Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0

by Arman Obosyan 26. February 2013 10:07

PST Capture Tool 2.0 это инструмент для работы с PST файлами, архивами пользовательских почтовых ящиков.

Утилита поддерживается работу с Exchange 2010/Exchange 2013/Office 365

PST Capture Tool состоит из клинской (агента) и серверной части, агенты устанавливаются на компьютеры пользователей для сбора информации, серверная часть и консоль администратора соответственно для работы и управления процессом.

Работа инструмента довольно простая, сбора информации происходит в несколько этапов. В консоли управления создаём задание на поиск PST-файлов, например только на определённом диске. Агент на компьютере у пользователя запускает поиск, список найденных PST-файлов отображается в консоли администрирования после чего создаем список PST которые планируется импортировать в почтовые ящики пользователей, далее можно замапить разные PST-файлы разным пользовательским почтовым ящикам и запустить процесс импорта.

Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0

Работа с Office 365 и Архивами на стороне сервера

Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0 Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0

Что нового в версии 2.0

  • Support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Updated profile generation code to use Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP).
  • Fixed Exchange Online import failure issue when PST Capture is not installed on an Exchange server.
  • Removed User Interface limit of 1,000 users when performing an import to Exchange Online.
  • General performance improvements

Загрузить Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0 можно отсюда документация досутпна тут

Version: 15.00.0641.000
Date published: 2/20/2013
Language: English 
KB articles: KB2815301
PSTCapture.msi 11.2 MB
PSTCaptureAgent.msi 632 KB


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Office Visio Stencil for Exchange 2013

by Arman Obosyan 18. January 2013 21:14

Creating visual representations of your on-premises, hybrid and Office 365 architectures, including Microsoft Exchange icons is helpful way to communicate your deployment. This Visio stencil provides icons -- many depicting servers, server roles, services, and applications -- that you can use in architecture diagrams, charts, and posters. These icons are primarily centered around on-premise deployments of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, as well as hybrid Office 365 deployments of Exchange 2013.

Version: Jan2013
Date published: 1/18/2013
Language: English 
File name: Exchange 2013 Office Visio Stencil.vss
Size: 2.1 MB

Download Office Visio Stencil for Exchange 2013

Office Visio Stencil for Exchange 2013

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Help

by Arman Obosyan 18. January 2013 20:08

This download contains the Help content for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Hybrid Deployments and the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013.

Version: Jan2013
Date published: 1/18/2013
Language: English 
Exch2013HybridHelp.exe 458 KB
Exch2013OnPremHelp.exe 9.4 MB

Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Help

Exchange ActiveSync Comparison Chart

by Arman Obosyan 28. November 2012 18:33

TechNet Wiki article

TechNet Wiki Exchange ActiveSync Comparison Chart

Continue at source…

Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer Tool (Beta)

by Arman Obosyan 19. November 2012 23:40

What’s new with Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer? A lot!

Have you ever gotten a call from someone you know whose Outlook client is having trouble connecting to their email server? Don’t you just wish you had a tool that you could send to them that would walk them through a connectivity test and provide a simple way for them to send the results back to you?

Or perhaps you’re an administrator that has been using the Remote Connectivity Analyzer for years to verify email configuration, but wish you had a way to verify the same tests from within your organization, that provided the same diagnostic details as the RCA website?

Continue at source…

Exchange Server 2013 DLP policy templates update

by Arman Obosyan 26. October 2012 00:39

This download contains out-of-the-box updated DLP policy templates that address localization issues with the templates that are included in the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Exchange 2013. When using the prior DLP policy templates, in some locales (languages) you will receive an error message when creating a new DLP policy from a template. Additionally, the policy templates for Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) and Norwegian locales that are included in the RTM version of Exchange 2013 contain localization errors. These locales incorrectly contain English text in DLP policy templates, descriptions, transport rule names, and content. This issue does not affect the classification definitions that are used in these locales. The issue only affects the data that is displayed in the Exchange Administration Center. The updated DLP policy templates resolve these issues.

Version: Oct2012
Date published: 10/24/2012
Language: English
File name:
Size: 1.5 MB

Download Updated DLP policy templates for Exchange Server 2013

Copy the ZIP file to your computer,
Extract the contents of the ZIP file to a temporary location, such as C:\Temp.
After you extract the XML file, run the following commands from Exchange Management Shell:

Note: The commands first remove all existing DLP policy templates and then import the updated templates.
Note: In these commands, the file is saved to C:\Temp\KB12321321-OOB-dlpPolicyTemplates.xml.

Get-dlppolicytemplate | foreach { Remove-DlpPolicyTemplate $_.Name -Confirm:$false}
$template = Get-Content -Encoding byte -ReadCount 0 -Path C:\Temp\KB12321321-OOB-dlpPolicyTemplates.xml
Import-DlpPolicyTemplate -FileData $template

Exchange Server 2013 RTM on MSDN/TechNet Download

by Arman Obosyan 25. October 2012 07:54

Exchange Server 2013 (x64) - DVD (Multilanguage)
ISO | Multiple Languages
Release Date: 10/24/2012
Size: 3451MB
File Name: mu_exchange_server_2013_x64_dvd_1112105.iso
SHA1: E9DDE6F776876B281215BEEDD7E2DB3AD525281F
Languages: English, Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Chinese - Traditional, Chinese - Simplified

Additionally Lync Server 2013, SharePoint 2013, Office 2013 are also available on MSDN/TechNet Download

Lync Server 2013 (x64) - DVD (English)
| English |
Release Date: 10/24/2012
Size: 1271 MB
File Name: en_lync_server_2013_x64_dvd_1043673.iso
SHA1: 69D1B1C42C2580AFAB170B7AAF30EDC76401F9C6
Languages: English

SharePoint Server 2013 (x64) - DVD (English)
| English |
Release Date: 10/24/2012
Size: 2453 MB
File Name: en_sharepoint_server_2013_x64_dvd_1121447.iso
SHA1: 7c0af157cf2e0c2ec5288e4c52d91cea86816010
Languages: English

Office Professional Plus 2013 (x64) - DVD (English)
ISO | English |
Release Date: 10/24/2012
Size: 769 MB
File Name: en_office_professional_plus_2013_x64_dvd_1123674.iso
SHA1: 377f1f97dbe99104cf053df3632377f07c9310c7
Languages: English

Office Professional Plus 2013 (x86) - DVD (English)
| English |
Release Date: 10/24/2012
Size: 667 MB
File Name: en_office_professional_plus_2013_x86_dvd_1123673.iso
SHA1: 36a70d4d1a2f42282f4d7175a37264a57da35a91
Languages: English

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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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