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Let's get into the task straight. I have tried to make it simple on how to install your first Exchange Server 2013 on a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure. I already have given an idea about the pre-requisites and things to check before we start the installation on my preview installation guide. You may read those here, otherwise let's get started!! My Lab, - One Domain Controller (Windows Server 2012 Std), and the functional level is Windows 2008 r2 (you may chose 2012 as well).- One Member Server (Windows Server 2012 Std)- Domain Name heloed.local In case if you wish to use the Domain Controller to prepare your AD, you must install the following features additionally. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 Windows Management Framework 3.0 Install the Remote Tools Administration Pack (run Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS on 2012 server or Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS on 2008 server) And then prepare the domain by using the setup…
In this post I will cover the recovery installation steps for a failed/crashed DAG member server with multi role (the same steps can also be used if you wish to change the hardware). I have tried tried to include almost every possible points which can occure during the recovery of mutil role DAG member recovery on Exchange Server 2010. Few of the steps mentioned in the below steps can be performed initially, however try to follow on this order to have a success recovery. Install a new server with same Name, OS and patch level. Perform the DAG removal steps, otherwise setup will fail (Exchange server is a member of a database availability group.) Note - There are 2 scenarios, one is when we decide to recover a live server and other is recovering a crashed server. So if the server which is planned to be recovered in online, perform…
OAB (Offline Address Book), as you know, is one of the critical features of Microsoft Exchange Server. Microsoft Exchange Team has introduced a major change in architecture of OAB in Exchange Server 2013, mainly targeting to avoid the single point of failure of OAB generation process. As we all know, until Exchange 2010 when we create an Offline Address Book, we need to specify the mailbox server name that is responsible for the generation of OAB. Hence this server becomes a single point of failure thus affecting the generation process if the particular server becomes unavailable. In Exchange Server 2013, OAB generation does not owned by single server, whereas it generated by the Mailbox Server(s) that hosts special type of arbitration mailbox, called organization mailbox. Hence, the OAB generation is not bound to a single server. Exchange Component Responsible for OAB Generation, In all the previous versions of exchange Microsoft…
As you aware, MS confirms the availability of Exchange Server 2013 certification exams by January 31, 2013. Keeping that in mind, I would like to give you an idea about how the new certification is planned. There are no more “MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator" on Exchange 2013 and is now named to MCSE: Messaging (Exchange Server 2013). i.e. “Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Messaging”. To become MCSE: Messaging on Exchange Server 2013, you need to get the following exams on your credits (simple diagram from MS explains everything), So you need below certification in credits to become MCSE: Messaging certified, MCSA Windows Server 2012 Exam 70-341: TS: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Exam 70-342: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Now, How to become MCSA: Windows Server 2012? You need to get the following certifications in your credit to become “MCSA: Windows Server 2012”. Core: Exam 70-410: Installing…
The outlook calendar and reminders are always headache to IT support staff, since it is extensively used by the top management of any company and gets limited time to resolve it. Here is one such problem I have come across recently and the simple resolution. You might have experienced the reminder pop up issue with the users who are running Outlook 2010, Service pack 1(mostly after you upgrade the outlook 2010 with service pack 1). Whereas the user gets his reminder pop up when he uses the Webmail (Outlook Web Access). Symptoms: Reminder Pop Ups are working fine with OWA Reminder Pop Ups are working with other version of outlook (Outlook 2003, 2007 and Outlook 2010 without SP1) Outlook Pop Ups are not working with Outlook 2010 SP1, no matter if it is cached mode or Online mode. You will also see that this issue does not resolve by the…
Recently I faced a DR situation, in which the Exchange Servers are gone down due to a major hardware failure on blade enclosure. Finally it went up to ‘rehoming’ the mailbox and merging the data from a recent available backup as the hardware issue took little more time that I could keep the exchange offline. Though it took a little while to understand the complete procedure, the restoration procedure the merging activity on Exchange 2010 found to be little easy than the older versions of Exchange. Here is how the recovery works (I was using Symantec BackupExec as backup solution), Create a recovery database using the below shell command(it has to be created from Shell only at this point in time), new-mailboxdatabase -Recovery -Name RDB1 -Server EXH3 -EdbFilePath "D:\RecoveryDBs\ RDB1\ RDB1.edb" -LogFolderPath "D:\RecoveryDBs\ RDB1" Once the database is created, do not mount it. Ensure that the “this database can be…
The first question that came to mind when I open the EMC (Exchange Management Console) after the successful installation of Exchange Server 2013 is, how we do the GUI management of this new version of Exchange. And I was not surprised to know that MS has come up with the Web based administration console by replacing the EMC administration, as all is going towards the web based management. Microsoft Exchange development team has replaced the Exchange Management Console (EMC) and Exchange Control panel with the introduction of Exchange Administration Center (EAC). Yes, now we manage exchange using the web based administrative console called EAC in short. Now let us look at how it looks like, and what all the major tasks which can be managed through the EAC (Exchange Administration Console or Exchange Admin Center). To open the Exchange Administration Console, type https://<<server name>>/ecp on your web browser, if you…
Update: On Windows Server 2012, follow Installation Guide of Exchange 2013 on Windows 2012 Server This documents describes how the exchange environment for Exchange 2013 is installed. This includes the steps by step process of installing exchange in a new environment with Exchange Server 2013 preview version installation. From my thought, the installation will become much more easier when the RTM version is available to download. Even at this point the installation goes smooth if you follow the instructions correctly. LAB Details: One Domain Controller in Windows 2008 R2 Std, and running in Windows 2008 native mode. One member server joined into the domain exchange2013.local. Coivering Exchange 2013 Prerequisites Login to the server App-Exchange2013 with domain credentials (Ensure that the domain account you use to install Exchange 2013 have sufficient privileges.) See MS write up on permission required, however I use the Administrator account to avoid any permission issues. --…
Microsoft has released it preview of next full version of Exchange Server, Exchange Server 2013!!! Looks to be little fast, yes but it is time again to do more R & D, get the preview version of Exchange Server 2013 from below location, Register and Download here MS says it is full featured limited period evaluation, get it soon as possible and set up your own evaluation LAB for digging further on its features... If you are interested in knowing more on Plan, Deploy and Operate on Exchange Serfer 2013, you may visit "Exchange Server 2013 for IT Pros". I will post more articles on Exchange Server 2013 in coming days, wait for it. Also, I welcome all of you to share your experience with Exchange Server 2013.. Let's get started with it !!! -Praveen
Recently I have been asked to set restriction to the OWA traffic from certain IPs/ Range of IPs. This was in test for the control that we can have on our Forefront TMG 2010 firewall policy. This will become useful when you want to block the OWA traffic from certain public IP range. One such situation I feel is to block the unauthorized Blackberry Internet Services (BIS) users of company email. As you know that if the OWA feature is enabled for a user, he can configure his own device with BIS account. To overcome that, you may block the BlackBerry® Internet Service Internet Protocol (IP) ranges listed in this article Firewall and connection requirements for the BlackBerry Internet Service Now, how do we achieve this on our Forefront Firewall policy? I would say it is easy, I have taken IP range as 10.10.10.11 – 10.10.10.19 in my LAB infrastructure.…
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