Ask PFE: Exchange Server 2013 CU5 Installation Issue

by Arman Obosyan 11. June 2014 09:57

Exchange Server 2013 CU5 Installation Issue

This week one of the servers we wanted to upgrade with Exchange server 2013 CU5 failed during the prerequisite analysis. The server was running Exchange server 2013 SP1 also known as CU4.

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Cumulative Update 5 for Exchange Server 2013 (KB2936880)

by Arman Obosyan 27. May 2014 09:09

Cumulative Update 5 for Exchange Server 2013 resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2013 SP1 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2013 customers.

Version: 15.00.0913.022
File Name: Exchange2013-x64-cu5.exe
Date Published: 5/23/2014
File Size: 1.5 GB
KB Articles: KB2936880

CU5 update resolves the issues that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:
  • 2963590Message routing latency if IPv6 is enabled in Exchange Server 2013
  • 2963566Outlook Web App accessibility improvement for UI appearance in Exchange Server 2013
  • 2962439You cannot sync contacts or tasks in Microsoft CRM client for Outlook in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2962435CRM synchronization fails if the time zone name of a meeting is not set in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2962434Slow performance in Outlook Web App when Lync is integrated with Exchange Server 2013
  • 2958430"Some or all Identity references could not be translated" error when you manage DAG in Exchange Server 2013 SP1 in a disjoint namespace domain
  • 2957592IME is disabled in Outlook Web App when you press Tab to move the focus in an email message in Exchange Server 2013
  • 2942609Exchange ActiveSync proxy does not work from Exchange Server 2013 to Exchange Server 2007
  • 2941221EWS integration for Lync works incorrectly in an Exchange Server 2013 and 2007 coexistence environment
  • 2926742Plain-text message body is cleared when writing in Outlook Web App by using Internet Explorer 8 in Exchange Server 2013
  • 2926308Sender's email address is broken after importing a PST file into an Exchange Server 2013 mailbox
  • 2925559Users always get the FBA page when they access OWA or ECP in Exchange Server 2013
  • 2924519SyncHealth\Hub" folder is created unexpectedly after installing Cumulative Update 2 for Exchange Server 2013
  • 2916113Cannot open .tif files from email messages by using Windows-based applications in an Exchange Server 2013 environment
  • 2592398Email messages in the Sent Items folder have the same PR_INTERNET_MESSAGE_ID property in an Exchange Server 2010 environment

Download Cumulative Update 5 for Exchange Server 2013 (KB2936880)

Additional Reading Exchange 2013 CU5 a good update

Released: Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 5

Microsoft Exchange 2013 Platform Options

by Arman Obosyan 13. May 2014 10:02

For BDMs and architects, this model describes the available platform options for Exchange 2013. Customers can choose from Exchange Online with Office 365, Hybrid Exchange, Exchange Server on-premises and Hosted Exchange. The poster includes details of each architectural option, including the most ideal scenarios for each, the license requirements and IT Pro responsibilities.

Download Exchange 2013 Platform Options

Version: May2014
Date Published: 5/12/2014
File Name: Exchange 2013 Platform Options.pdf 576 KB
File Name: Exchange 2013 Platform Options.vsd 2.9 MB

Microsoft Exchange 2013 Platform Options

Exchange 2013 SP1 New commandlets

by Arman Obosyan 11. April 2014 18:17

In Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1we got new commandlets

BTW, In Exchange 2013 CU2 and later versions we have “Downloadable PowerShell Help” this means that we can update Exchange to latest cmdlet help package on local Exchange server, this significantly reduces time to get localized cmdlet updates. All you need is to run Update-ExchangeHelp

After update cmdlet Help and TechNet Help topics will be the same, and you do not need to wait for SP/CU anymore to have updated cmdlet Help

This is list what we get in Exchange 2013 SP1 (hope this is full list, in case you know more let me know)


Add addional 33 cmdlets in Edge Transport



Symantec Enterprise Vault and Exchange Server 2013 SP1

by Arman Obosyan 31. March 2014 16:52

Enterprise Vault now offers support for Service Pack 1 for Exchange Server 2013 and Outlook 2013 (as a client).

See below for minimum Enterprise Vault versions:

  • Exchange Server 2013 SP1 - Supported from Enterprise Vault 10.0.4 CHF2 or later
  • Outlook 2013 SP1 - Supported as a client from Enterprise Vault 10.0.3 or later

SharePoint 2013 SP1 is still in certification and we expect to be able to announce support in the coming weeks.

check the Enterprise Vault compatibility guide for all certification information:

Microsoft Exchange Conference 2014 #iammec live tweets

by Arman Obosyan 31. March 2014 00:00

Infographic: A phishing email's route through the corporate network

by Arman Obosyan 28. March 2014 09:32

For years, even decades, computer security has been seen as a technical problem that requires a technical solution. In recent years, enterprises have plowed billions of dollars into technology solutions, only to find that the frequency and cost of breaches have hardly dropped at all.
Most cyber-attacks begin with spear-phishing emails, so why is this still such a viable attack method? People are still clicking.
The PhishMe infographic below touches on human vulnerability as the sole cause of recent high-profile breaches.

Infographic: A phishing email's route through the corporate network

Certificate Planning in Exchange 2013

by Arman Obosyan 19. March 2014 23:10

Now that we understand the load balancing and namespace planning principles and how clients connect in an Exchange 2013 environment that has Exchange 2007 and/or Exchange 2010 deployed, the proper certificates can be constructed and deployed as part of the upgrade process.

Of course it goes without saying that there are a few rules you should follow in crafting your certificates:

  1. Use as few certificates as possible.
  2. Use as few host names as possible.
  3. Utilize the Subject Alternative Name (SAN) attribute on the certificate.
  4. Use the Exchange Certificate Wizard within the Exchange Admin Center to request certificates.
  5. Deploy the same certificate across all CAS in the datacenter pair.
  6. Deploy Vista SP1 or later clients so that you do not have to worry about the certificate principal name value.

Wildcard certificates are an option as well. A wildcard certificate for * results in a certificate that will work for,, and namespaces.

To understand what host names should be included in the certificate request, three scenarios will be considered that leverage the architecture principles discussed in the prior articles.

Certificate Planning in Exchange 2013

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Client Connectivity in an Exchange 2013 Coexistence Environment

by Arman Obosyan 13. March 2014 10:43

This article is part 3 in a series that discusses namespace planning, load balancing principles, client connectivity, and certificate planning.

Over the last several months, we have routinely fielded questions on how various clients connect to the infrastructure once Exchange 2013 is deployed. Our goal with this article is to articulate the various connectivity scenarios you may encounter in your designs. To that end, this article will begin with a walk through of a deployment that consists of Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 in a multi-site architecture and show how the connectivity changes with the introduction of Exchange 2013.

Pre-E15 Environment

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Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1

by Arman Obosyan 26. February 2014 08:44

Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available for download! Exchange 2013 SP1 resolves issues that were found in previous versions of Exchange Server 2013. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2013 customers. SP1 is the first service pack issued in the new Exchange Server cumulative update release model. SP1 is essentially CU4 and include all fixes included in previously released cumulative updates for Exchange 2013.

You can use the SP1 release to perform a new installation or update an existing Exchange Server 2013 installation (on any CU level or without CU) SP1 cannot be uninstalled and its requires schema update.

Quick summary what we get in Exchange 2013 SP1

Architecture & Administration

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 support – adds WS 2012 R2 as supported OS and AD version for Exchange Server 2013
  • S/MIME support for OWA – delivers cmdlet to support sending S/MIME messages from OWA
  • Exchange 2013 Edge Transport Role – the role is made available in Exchange 2013, functionality is equivalent to the Exchange 2010 Edge role
  • Exchange Admin Center cmdlet logging – allows admins to review PowerShell commands executed by EAC GUI
  • ADFS single sign on for OWA – enable users single sign-on to OWA for organizations with ADFS
  • SSL offloading – allows organizations to terminate SSL activities on an alternate server
  • MAPI/HTTP connectivity for Outlook (codename: Alchemy) – new communication method between Exchange and Outlook
  • Department of Defense smartcard auth
  • DAGs without Cluster Administrative Access Points

Security & Compliance

  • DLP Policy Tip support in OWA – Policy Tips will now be provided to OWA user
  • DLP classifications in Exchange based on Document fingerprints – DLP detection based on document templates such as tax forms, patent forms, etc.
  • DLP classification rules and DLP policies for new regions (Poland, Finland, Taiwan)
  • OWA Junk Mail Reporting – allows OWA users to move missed spam in the inbox or legitimate mail in the junk mail folder to the correct location and report the message to Microsoft with a few simple clicks

User Experience

  • OWA Rich Text Editor – Adds common message compose features in OWA such as tables, images, and advanced formatting
  • Mail Compose Apps – provides Office Apps during message creation

Office Outlook (Office 2013 SP1)

  • Extensibility for Outlook Compose & Attachments – (Apps for Office)
  • New HTTP-based Outlook/Exchange sync protocol replacing RPC (“Alchemy”) MAPI/HTTP connectivity for Outlook new communication method between Outlook and Exchange
  • Improved notification of necessary updates for compatibility with Office 365

And quick summary issues that the service pack resolves in Exchange 2013 SP1

  • 2860242 HTML format is lost after saving as an MSG file in Exchange 2013
  • 2900076 Mailbox quota warning message uses an incorrect language in Exchange Server 2013
  • 2910199 "Reply all by IM" chat window displays seven recipients in Outlook Web App
  • 2913999 Meeting request body and instructions are lost in delegate's auto-forwarded meeting request
  • 2918655 Microsoft.Exchange.Servicehost.exe crashes after you enable FIPS
  • 2918951 Users cannot access public folders after you upgrade to Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 3
  • 2925281 Outlook connectivity issue if SSLOffloading is "True" in Exchange 2013
  • 2925544 Empty ExternalURL value for ActiveSync virtual directory after build-to-build upgrade of Exchange Server 2013
  • 2927708 Resource mailboxes that are created by EAC will not be updated by policies in Exchange Server 2013
  • 2928748 Default from delegate's address in shared mailboxes in Exchange Server 2013
  • 2928803 Long server connection for Outlook after a database failover in Exchange Server 2013
  • 2930346 POP3 access does not work if the name of the resource mailbox differs from the user's name
  • 2930348 Manual redirection occurs in Outlook Web App if External URLs in each site are the same
  • 2930352 Outlook Web App cross-site silent redirection does not work in Exchange Server 2013


Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Version: 15.00.0847.032
Date Published: 2/24/2014
File name: Exchange2013-x64-SP1.exe
File size: 1.5 GB
KB Articles: KB2926248

Download Exchange Server 2013 SP1 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 SP1 Unified Messaging (UM).

Note: This UM language pack must only be installed as an add-in to Exchange Server 2013 SP1 Unified Messaging.

Version: 15.00.0847.032
Date Published: 2/24/2014

And in addition of Exchange update, Office 2013 Service Pack 1, this is very important to have same path path and functionality level on client side, as in this example new HTTP-based Outlook/Exchange sync protocol replacing RPC MAPI/HTTP connectivity for Outlook

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 32-Bit Edition

Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 64-Bit Edition

Version: 1.0
Date Published: 2/18/2014
KB Articles: KB2817430

File name: proplussp2013-kb2817430-fullfile-x86-en-us.exe
File size: 643.6 MB

File name: proplussp2013-kb2817430-fullfile-x64-en-us.exe
File size: 774.0 MB


For more information visit The Exchange Team blog

Hierarchical Address Book in Office 365

by Arman Obosyan 21. February 2014 09:32

A long time ago, I wrote about Hierarchical Address Book in Exchange Server 2010so and what about new products (current)? 

This TechNet Article applies to Exchange Server 2013 Hierarchical Address Books
And announcement that Hierarchical Address Book now available in Office 365 too.

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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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