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.

Office 365 Message Encryption

by Arman Obosyan 20. February 2014 17:32

Office 365 Message Encryption, a new easy-to-set-up-and-use email service that allows you to send encrypted mail to anyone. Today, we’re announcing the general availability of Office 365  Message Encryption.

learn more about the new Office 365 Message Encryption at


Support for Office 365 technical problems and troubleshooting

by Arman Obosyan 19. February 2014 09:56

Support for Office 365 technical problems and troubleshooting


Support for Microsoft Exchange Server all in one page

by Arman Obosyan 17. February 2014 09:57

Support for Microsoft Exchange Server

Microsoft Office 365 Cash Back Program is BACK!

by Arman Obosyan 15. February 2014 18:19

Cash Back Office 365 promotion valid till 31st of March 2014. 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.

For more info visit Microsoft Office 365 Cash Back program


Lync Mobile for Android phones updated

by Arman Obosyan 13. February 2014 11:11

The new Lync for Android update is now available and will enhance the continuity of your communication experience. New features include the ability to quickly rejoin a Lync Meeting that you just left (or were disconnected from) and pick-up your conversations from where you last left them.


Lync Mobile update for Android phones: Rejoin and Conversation Continuum

Office 365 SharePoint Management Shell

by Arman Obosyan 1. February 2014 09:00

In previous post we connected to our Office 365 subscription check subscription status and in addition connected to Exchange and imported Exchange cmdlets.

Now we are going to connect to our SharePoint and do some stuff using PowerShell, to connect we will need SharePoint Online Management Shell, PowerShell module that allows us to manage SharePoint in Office 365, users, site collections, and sites.

Download the SharePoint Online Management Shell (32-bit and 64-bit versions of the shell are available)

After you download and install SharePoint Online Management Shell, find it in Program files and run

After you run we will connect to our SharePoint tenant using this command

Connect-SPOService –URL https://(YOURSITE) –Credential

Aster successful connection, lets do some stuff, for example view of our SharePoint sites list using command:


Alternatively, you can use the Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE), which is preferred and recommended scripting environment. After you have installed the SharePoint Online Management Shell, the Windows PowerShell cmdlets for SharePoint Online will be available on your computer.

Start the Windows PowerShell ISE, select the Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell module from the command browser

You will be able to see the available Windows PowerShell cmdlets for SharePoint Online.

That is for now.



Office 365 PowerShell remoting the basics

by Arman Obosyan 30. January 2014 21:29

Office 365 is designed to be very oriented to Windows PowerShell and in fact that not all administration tasks are available through the Office 365 Administration Portal’s Graphical User Interface (GUI), but they are all available through PowerShell. Therefore, Windows PowerShell is the superset administration tool and a definite requirement in your toolkit.

In addition of PowerShell we also need Windows Azure AD Module and Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE)

Before we download and install Windows Azure AD Module we need to install Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant.

Download Online Services Sign-in Assistant latest version from here. After you will install it next we need to install Windows Azure AD Module you can download latest from here read latest updates in documentation.

OK, after downloading and installing all components lets try to connect to our Office 365 subscription there is no difference in connection and using in Trial or Regal Subscription, if you do not have subscription yet, register your trial from here 

Find in programs or on your desktop Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell and run it.

All we need to connect to our Office 365 is:

$cred = Get-Credential
Connect-MsolService -Credential $cred

after entering you credentials, lets try some command, lets check our subscription status


So that’s all, we are connected from PowerShell, you can also save command to .ps1 file for later use, and do not forgot to Set-ExecutionPolicy –ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted otherwise you will get errors running .ps1 file.

The same way you can use commands and script that you saved in .ps1 in Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). We will use later PowerShell ISE for easy management.

For administering Exchange you might want to import cmdlets 

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $Cred -Authentication Basic –AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session

It is important that you close a PSSession after you are done. The reason for closing a PSSession is because of the connection limit in place as a security measure. If you do not close a PSSession, you will need to wait for the session to time out. If there are five sessions of PSSession open, you will not be able to establish additional sessions

Remove-PSSession $Session

That’s it for now I will continue post about PowerShell and Office 365

In addition try this Office 365 Helper Scriptsit will help you to understand and prepare for future advanced administering of Office 365



Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging Support Toolkit

by Arman Obosyan 29. January 2014 17:56

Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging Support Toolkit (MOSDAL) performs tests and collects data for Online Services Support professionals and IT professionals to troubleshoot Office 365 configuration issues. The tests contains few categories, such as Exchange, Lync, and Applications. The types of information that MOSDAL collects include the following:

  • System configuration information
  • Network configuration information
  • Registry entries pertinent to Office 365
  • Network ports
  • HTTPS requests
  • Information about Office 365 applications; for example, Office Professional Plus Subscription

Running some test, MOSDAL requesting Office 365 logon credentials. Depending on the number of services you selected, MOSDAL might take some time to collect information to be used for troubleshooting.


After it has gathered all the information, you will be provided with the option to open the file location where all the information is exported into organized folders and files. If you run MOSDAL multiple times, the data will be organized in folders with respective timestamps


MOSDAL collects a lot of information, and it is sometimes difficult to locate and interpret the data. From the MOSDAL download site, you should download and read the MOSDAL training manual, which will walk you through the types of data being gathered, where to locate the data, and how the data can be used for troubleshooting purposes.

Download MOSDAL (Microsoft Online Services Diagnostics and Logging) Support Toolkit

MOSDAL x32 (en-us).zip 2.6 MB
MOSDAL x64 (en-us).zip 2.6 MB
MOSDAL 4.6 Training (en-us).zip 504 KB


New Office 365 Partner Admin Center

by Arman Obosyan 29. January 2014 02:17

The new Office 365 Partner Admin Center provides Partners new and enhanced tools to manage their Office 365 customers.  The new Office 365 Partner admin center is rolling out to partners worldwide over the next few weeks.  Previously, with Partner tools in the Office 365 admin center, you could perform delegated administration tasks on behalf of customers and create trial invitations, purchase offers, and offers for delegated administration. With the tools in the new Partner admin center, you are now also able to:

  • View the customers for which you have delegated admin privileges—all in one place.
  • Easily find, select, and perform administrative tasks on behalf of your customers.
  • View your customers’ Office 365 service health status and details.
  • Create, edit, and view service requests on behalf of your customers.

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About the author

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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