29 nov 2010

How to move mailbox from legacy Exchange forest to Exchange 2010 forest

In Exchange 2010, before moving a mailbox cross-forest, it is necessary to ensure the corresponing AD account has been moved to the target forest. Otherwise, the mailbox move process failes. So, the following steps focus on how to move AD accounts from the legacy Exchange forest to the Exchange 2010 forest and then how to move mailboxes afterwards.

Step 1: Move AD account

Note: Please perform the following steps in the target forest where Exchange 2010 server is installed.

1. Open Exchange Management Shell, and navigate to the folder where the Prepare-MoveRequest.ps1 script stores.

2. Type the following command and press Enter:

$cred = Get-Credential

Note: You will receive a pop-up window for entering the credential. Please enter the credential of the Administrator account in the source forest.

.\Prepare-MoveRequest.ps1 -Identity <e-mail address> -RemoteForestDomainController <FQDN of DC in source forest> -TargetMailUserOU <OU name> -RemoteForestCredential $cred

Note: Please replace <e-mail address> with the e-mail address of an AD account in the source forest.

27 nov 2010

Enable transport logging in Outlook 2007/2010

Microsoft Outlook supports the logging of the communications that occur between Outlook and various types of e-mail servers. These logs can be helpful when you troubleshoot problems with the transfer of messages between Outlook and the e-mail server.

Outlook can log the communications with Microsoft Exchange, Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3), Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP), Internet Messaging Access Protocol (IMAP), and Hotmail servers.

To enable logging, follow these steps:

For Microsoft Outlook 2010:

  1. On the File tab, click Options.
  2. In the Outlook Options dialog box, click Advanced.
  3. In the Other section, select the Enable troubleshooting logging (requires restarting Outlook) check box, and then click OK.
  4. Exit and restart Outlook.
    Note When you enable logging, the following registry data is configured by Outlook.
    Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Options\MailDWORD: EnableLogging
    Values: 1 = logging enabled, 0 = logging disabled

24 nov 2010

Exchange 2007/2010: Send Connector redundancy and load balance

To achieve redundancy and load balance for send connectors, is usefull create one sender connector. Create one Send Connector and add two anti-spam servers into smart hosts list.

Create one Send Connector and add two smart hosts list. It can achieve redundancy and load balance. The both smart hosts work together, each one take half of tasks. Anyone of them breaks down, another one will take all task.


Send Connectors

Exchange Server 2007 routing load balancing and fault tolerance

9 nov 2010

Exchange 2003: How to generate a report of the properties of all public folders

Actually, we can use the PFDavAdmin tool -> Tools -> Export Properties -> Select the desired properties you want to export -> save it to a TXT file.

If you mean the format in the output TXT file is not so friendly, you may press Ctrl+A to select all and press Ctrl+C to copy all the contents. Then open Excel, and in a new sheet, press Ctrl+V to paste it in the Excel.

Then you may see a more friendly view like below


About Microsoft Exchange Server Public Folder DAV-based Administration Tool
Use the Exchange Server Public Folder Distributed Authoring and Versioning (DAV)-based Administration tool (PFDAVAdmin) to perform various management tasks related to public folders and mailboxes. The tool checks the permissions status of each public and mailbox folder and corrects any problems found. The ability to bulk export/import the permissions and replica lists make this tool invaluable in achieving greater productivity in managing public folders. The program can also reports content information of each public folder and mailbox folder such as the number of items in each folder, size of folder and most recent modification date of any item in the folder.



How to limit the RAM usage of Exchange 2010

Actually, in Exchange 2010, it uses 32-KB page while it is 8-KB page in Exchange 2007.
At this point, If you want to limit it to 8GB (i.e.), you should set the msExchESEParamCacheSizeMax value to 262144. (1048576 pages equal to 32GB in Exchange 2010)

Remeber: you have to set also the msExchESEParamCacheSizeMin attribute.


Understanding the Mailbox Database Cache

3 nov 2010

Announcing Windows Small Business Server 2011

Since we announced the availability of the beta version of Windows Small Business Server Code name “Aurora” and Windows Small Business Server “7”, both products have been downloaded more than 9000 times through both our partner and customer community. Today as we move forward with these new releases, Microsoft is announcing the final names, licensing and estimated availability for the next generation of the Small Business Server family currently in public preview.

  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (formally Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora”) is ideal as a first server for small businesses, providing a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help protect data, organize and access business information from virtually anywhere, support the applications needed to run a business, and quickly connect to online services such as Office 365, hosted e-mail, collaboration and CRM.  Windows SBS 2011 Essentials can be used by up to 25 users, requiring no CALs for user access and is expected to release in H1 2011. SBS 2011 Essentials will be available through all current Microsoft server licensing channels and estimated retail pricing is $545US.

2 nov 2010

Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)

Mitch Tulloch has updated his free ebook of last year; it’s now updated for Windows Server 2008 R2. You can now download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, From the Desktop to the Datacenter in XPS format here and in PDF format here.

Six chapters adding up to 466 pages.