A quick note on Exchange Team Blog (EHLO Blog) has mentioned that Exchange on-premises servers will run into some known issues if .NET Framework 4.6.1 is installed. Considering the impact, MS Exchange team has advised to delay the installation of .NET Framework 4.6.1 which is currently available through Windows Update.

It is worth thinking why MS has allowed it on Windows Update, without the confirmation from Exchange On-Prem team testing. We will yet to hear more updates on this, however it is highly recommended not to install the 4.6.1 update now.

Some of the reference articles for you to go through.

Exchange says no to .NET Framework 4.6.1

On .NET Framework 4.6.1 and Exchange compatibility

-Praveen

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Couple of weeks back, I was in preparation for a small script which would help me in import the user thumbnail into Active Directory. Fortunately, I received an email showcasing about one such free product from Exclaimer “Exclaimer Outlook Photos”. This software is Simply Superb, and I confidently can say that you never need to look for any other tool to manage your outlook photos.

Exclaimer Outlook Photos lets you import photos into the Active Directory to give everyone a photo portrait in the Outlook People Pane, their SharePoint profile and on Microsoft Lync. The software is a complete package with immense range of GUI Management features such as view, import, edit etc.

Highlight:

Outlook Photos is completely free. You get full functionality the moment you download: no license keys or no paid set-up. There is also no need to install it on your Domain Controller or Exchange server.

Plus, with Outlook Photos, you get all the additional benefits you would expect from choosing a solution from one of the world's leading email utility companies.

Batch-import

Don’t worry about learning Active Directory or PowerShell commands and go straight to importing, editing and storing photos in Active Directory. Batch-import feature allows importing multiple photos at once by selecting the folder or drive with your photos and migrate them all in a single click. It auto-matches pictures to names or other data in the Active Directory e.g. matching the user 'Karen Green' with her photo in 'KarenGreen.jpg' so you don't have to.

Crop and Resize Photos

The major worry to me was to tackle the size and resolution of the photo. With this excellent tool, the photos are automatically cropped and adjusted if they are not the right size. Following snapshot shows the mouse over address book popup in outlook.

In addition, this software helps you to,

- Review the photos users already have and decide whether to replace them.

- Let your customers, clients and corporate partners see your photo portrait too.

- Wherever the user is, if they’re in your domain, you can control their photos.

- Trusted by administrators all over the world in some of the largest and smallest organizations.

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Additional Benefits are,

Free software: Exclaimer Outlook Photos is completely free. You get full functionality the moment you download: no license keys, no paid set-up and automatic updates.

Install anywhere: Downloading software that gets tacked onto valuable IT utilities can be a pain. We make sure that this is not an issue as there is no need to install it on your Domain Controller or Exchange server. No matter where you are, if you are logged in as a domain admin, you can update the Active Directory photos easily.

No need to make changes: It is simply an import tool, so you don’t need to make any adjustments to Exchange, Outlook or any of your resources. The software doesn’t modify or jeopardize any of the tools that you rely on.

The software was even voted the ‘Best Outlook Add-On’ in the MSExchange.org Readers’ Choice Awards the first year it was nominated.

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-Praveen

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Restore-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup is one of the cmdlets used when we do a datacenter switchover of Exchange DAG, especially during a disaster recovery situation. We might end up unsuccessful in executing the Restore-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup and will fail with below error.

WARNING: Server 'EX2010-02' was marked as stopped in database availability group 'DAG-01' but couldn't be removed from
the cluster. Error: A server-side database availability group administrative operation failed. Error: The operation
failed. CreateCluster errors may result from incorrectly configured static addresses. Error: An error occurred while
attempting a cluster operation. Error: Cluster API '"EvictClusterNodeEx('EX2010.fabrikam.com') failed with 0x46.
Error: The remote server has been paused or is in the process of being started"' failed. [Server:
Ex2010-DR.fabrikam.com]
WARNING: The operation wasn't successful because an error was encountered. You may find more details in log file
"C:\ExchangeSetupLogs\DagTasks\dagtask_2013-09-18_07-23-26.439_restore-databaseavailabilitygroup.log".
Server 'EX2010' in database availability group 'DAG-01' is marked to be stopped, but couldn't be removed from the cl
uster. Error: A server-side database availability group administrative operation failed. Error: The operation failed. C
reateCluster errors may result from incorrectly configured static addresses. Error: An error occurred while attempting
a cluster operation. Error: Cluster API '"EvictClusterNodeEx('EX2010-02.fabrikam.com') failed with 0x46. Error: The rem
ote server has been paused or is in the process of being started"' failed. [Server: Ex2010-DR.fabrikam.com]
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [Restore-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup], FailedToEvictNodeException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : EF6ADD3F,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SystemConfigurationTasks.RestoreDatabaseAvailabil
   ityGroup

Before we jump into the solution, let’s understand what the command actually does,

  1. It forms the cluster with started DAG members using /forcequorum
  2. It evicts the stopped DAG member from the cluster nodes list.

You might observe that few stopped DAG members are evicted and failed on one of the stopped servers. What I observed is, it can be due to the delay in information replication or a communication failure.

Solution:

The issue can be workaround in couple of ways as stated below,

  1. Do run the Restore-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup cmdlets after some time and see if the activity succeed. (Note – you may re-run it when the cluster services are up and running if you are running Exchange 2010 SP1 or later. Earlier version administrators, please excuse me !!
  2. If you are unsuccessful when using Exchange Powershell, try evicting the server from Failover Cluster Manager mmc.

As mentioned, you may run the Restore-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup cmdlet couple of time to see if it succeeds without being stopping the cluster service on Exchange 2010 SP1 and above.

-Praveen

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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 well known reminder fixing switches like outlook /cleanreminders, /resetfolders and cleanfreebusy etc.

Resolution:

This issue is acknowledged by MS long back, however the hotfix intended for this issue include fixes for many other reported issues. Hence it becomes difficult to point down to the article when you search for it. This issue is addressed in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article number(s) 2584053.

Request for the hotfix from the below link,

Description of the Outlook 2010 hotfix package (x86 Outlook-x-none.msp; x64 Outlook-x-none.msp)

Download the hotfix mentioned in the above link and verify the reminder functionality again. It should work like a charm!

If it did fix the issue for you, I would recomend you to deploy this on all Outlook 2010 SP1 machine to kill the issue before it pops up !

-Praveen

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