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Office 365 – Cloud configuration – Step by step

In my previous post…ADFS…Active Directory Federation Service i was talking about the ADFS architecture and promise for the deployment or migration to O365 from Microsoft.

Here i’m dedicating a page for Office 365 live migration …Click here to divert to the page

Enjoy..!!!

March 13, 2012 Posted by | ADFS, Cloud Computing, DIR Sync, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, FOPE, Internet Information Services (IIS), Licensing cloud services, Lync Online, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 365, Office Professional Plus, Power Shell, Sharepoint Online, Software | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 released

Exchange Server 2007 SP3 supports all Exchange 2007 roles on the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.

Exchange 2007 SP3 provides support only for a new installation of Exchange on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Exchange 2007 SP3 is not supported in an upgrade scenario on Windows Server 2008 R2. For example, Exchange 2007 SP3 does not support the following installation scenarios:

  • A new Exchange 2007 SP3 installation on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer that has been upgraded from Windows Server 2008
  • Upgrading Exchange 2007 SP2 to Exchange 2007 SP3 on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer that has been upgraded from Windows Server 2008
  • Upgrading the operating system from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 on a computer that has Exchange 2007 SP3 installed

Exchange Server 2007 SP3 provides

  • further flexibility with the addition of Windows Server 2008 R2 support for server roles and Windows 7 support for the Exchange management tools.
  • These additions, along with enhancements for the advanced protection options against e-mail security threats, such as spam and viruses and the tools which help manage internal compliance and high availability needs provide Exchange administrators with the tools they need to manage their Exchange 2007 environments efficiently.
  • Exchange 2007 SP3 introduces password reset functionality for Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.
  • Exchange 2007 SP3 includes updates to the Exchange Search (MSSearch) component.
  • MSSearch provides support for creating full text indexes for Exchange stores.
  • Exchange 2007 SP3 updates the MSSearch binary files to MSSearch 3.1.
  • Exchange 2007 SP3 includes Active Directory schema changes for certain Unified Messaging (UM) mailbox attributes.
  • Exchange 2007 SP3 includes support for Right-to-Left text in e-mail message disclaimers in a right-to-left language, such as Arabic.
  • In earlier versions of Exchange, when you use a transport rule to create a disclaimer in a right-to-left language on an Exchange 2007 Hub Transport server, the text appears incorrectly when you view it from Outlook 2007.
  • Exchange 2007 SP3 adds functionality to the transport rule setting to fully support right-to-left text in disclaimers

Useful Links

Other downloads

Issues

  1. In the recently released Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3, there’s a version mismatch between the Outlook Web Access (OWA) S/MIME Control, an Active X control used to provide S/MIME support in OWA. After you install SP3, users who have the control installed will get prompted to install the latest version of the control. The way this works – the code compares the “Version” property of the client S/MIME control (MIMECTL.DLL) on the user’s computer with the ProductVersion property of the MSI file (OWASMIME.MSI) on the Client Access Server. to know more click Exchange 2007 SP3 and OWA S/MIME Version Mismatch from Microsoft Exchange Team Blog

July 13, 2010 Posted by | Active Directory, Exchange Server 2007, Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft, New Service Pack, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Public Beta

Announced at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference on July 12, 2010, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – formerly codenamed “CRM5” – will be publicly available as a beta release in September 2010 for both online and on-premises deployments. If you want to get notified for this release, please click this link

July 13, 2010 Posted by | CRM 4, Dynamics CRM, Exchange server 2010, Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft, Office 2010, Outlook, OWA, Windows 7 | , , , | Leave a comment

Configure EWS, Autodiscover, OWA, OAB, ECP on Exchange Server 2010

As you all know that the service connectivity for a mail server is the  main concern to all of us. In Exchange server 2010, the connectivity is as same as Exchange server 2007. Once you migrate or install the new version, this should be tested with the proper credentials and certificate..or else, you will end up with your mail server IP going to the blacklist, because of the wrong pointers and configurations. First of all, do the internal test. Go to your computer start bar, right side where Date and time is showing, you will find the Outlook icon, hold Ctrl + right click on the outlook icon and click “Test Email Auto Configuration…”

Select the “Use AutoDiscover” and click Test..

Above one is a success one..If failed, do the below. The Exchange Web Service (EWS) is the web service that allows access to the Out of Office service. If either the internal or external URL for the EWS is missing or incorrect, OOF will fail and other services may not work as expected. Using Exchange Management Shell, check the URLs assigned to the web service virtual directory using the Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory command

First goto CAS server

Type the following Power Shell command for EWS (Exchange Web Service)

Copy code Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory |fl identity,internalurl,externalurl

You will get the result like below

Identity    : ECAS1\EWS (Default Web Site)
InternalUrl : https://mailv.domain.com/EWS/Exchange.asmx
ExternalUrl : https://mailv.domain.com/ews/exchange.asmx

Identity    : ECAS2\EWS (Default Web Site)
InternalUrl : https://mailv.domain.com/EWS/Exchange.asmx
ExternalUrl : https://mailv.domain.com/ews/exchange.asmx

If this is not correct, you need to fix it.. This has to be done on Powershell command on the CAS server.

To do that…Copy code

[PS]C:\Windows\system32>Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory -Identity “ECAS1\EWS (Default Web Site)” -InternalUrl https://mail.domain.com/EWS/Exchange.asmx -BasicAuthentication:$true

[PS]C:\Windows\system32>Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory -Identity “ECAS2\EWS (Default Web Site)” -InternalUrl https://mail.domain.com/EWS/Exchange.asmx -BasicAuthentication:$true

[PS] C:\Windows\system32>Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory |fl identity,internalurl,externalurl

Identity    : ECAS1\EWS (Default Web Site)
InternalUrl : https://mail.domain.com/EWS/Exchange.asmx
ExternalUrl : https://mail.domain.com/ews/exchange.asmx

Identity    : ECAS2\EWS (Default Web Site)
InternalUrl : https://mail.domain.com/EWS/Exchange.asmx
ExternalUrl : https://mail.domain.com/ews/exchange.asmx

Now you can see that the URL has been fixed. This is for Web Services.

Now for Autodiscovery….

[PS] C:\Windows\system32>Get-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory

To see the settings

[PS] C:\Windows\system32>Get-ClientAccessServer |fl identity,autodiscoverserviceinternaluri

RESULT

[PS] C:\Windows\system32>Get-ClientAccessServer |fl identity,autodiscoverserviceinternaluri
Identity                       : ECAS1
AutoDiscoverServiceInternalUri : https://mailv.domain.com/Autodiscover/Autodiscover.xml

Identity                       : ECAS2
AutoDiscoverServiceInternalUri : https://mailv.domain.com/Autodiscover/Autodiscover.xml

To FIX it..

[PS] C:\Windows\system32>Set-ClientAccessServer -Identity ECAS1 -AutoDiscoverServiceInternalUri https://mail.domain.com/Autodiscover/Autodiscover.xml
[PS] C:\Windows\system32>Set-ClientAccessServer -Identity ECAS2 -AutoDiscoverServiceInternalUri https://mail.domain.com/Autodiscover/Autodiscover.xml 

 Now for the Outlook Web Apps, Exchange Control Panel, Exchange ActiveSync, Offline Address book…you have to go to Exchange Management Console (EMC)

  1. Goto one of the CAS server
  2. Open EMC
  3. Goto Server Configuration
  4. Select Client Access
  5. On the Middle top pannel, you can see the CAS server listed.
  6. Select one, on the bottom pannel, you will see like below.

Select each tab and then right click on the object and change the path as required. Once you done with the first CAS servr, do the same for the second as well.

Thats it…you are good to go for production.

July 3, 2010 Posted by | Active Directory, Active Sync, ECP, EWS, Exchange Management Console, Exchange Management Shell, Exchange server 2010, Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft, OAB, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Public Folder, Software, Transport architecture, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 – Sneak-peak

Exchange Team Blog that provides the first public details about Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1).  SP1 will of course include fixes and enhancements in the areas customers have helped us identify (including code from all of the Exchange 2010 post RTM update rollups we’ve released to date).  But SP1 will also include some new features and functionality changes, as well….cool

  • A new search preview helps with early case assessment by providing you an estimate on the number of items in the result set-with keyword statistics-before e-mail located in the search are copied to the designated discovery mailbox.
  • And, a new search result de-duplication option, when checked, only copies one instance of a message to the discovery mailbox.

Look at the below  menu for the DAG…what a cool feature it will be

With the release of Exchange Server 2010 last November, Microsoft introduced integrated archiving capabilities aimed at helping you preserve and discover e-mail data. In SP1, this has enhanced its archiving functionality based on the great feedback you’they got since the launch. This includes adding the flexibility to provision a user’s Personal Archive to a different mailbox database from their primary mailbox. This means your organization can now more easily implement separate storage strategies (or tiered storage) for less frequently accessed e-mail. And, we didn’t just stop there! We’ve also added new server side capabilities so you can import historical e-mail data from .PST files, directly into Exchange, as well as IT pro controls to enable delegate access to a user’s Personal Archive.

To help streamline the implementation of retention policies, SP1 updates the Exchange Management Console with new tools to create Retention Policy Tags, so you can automate the deletion and archiving of e-mail and other Exchange items. New optional Retention Policy Tags give you even more flexibility in defining your organizations retention management strategy….coooool

Can’t wait to get hold of this…Announcement blog from Microsoft Exhange Team …click here Yes Virginia, there is an Exchange Server 2010 SP1

Learn more about our approach to archiving by reading the Archiving with Exchange 2010 whitepaper.

Scott Schnoll’s weblog…click here

June 27, 2010 Posted by | Active Sync, Calendar, DAG, ECP, Edge Server, EWS, Exchange Management Console, Exchange Management Shell, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, Internet Information Services (IIS), IP Block List, Lync Online, Microsoft, New Service Pack, OAB, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office 365, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Public Folder, Social Connectors, Software, Transport architecture | , , , , | 2 Comments

Exchange Server 2010 Migration – Useful tools

Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer..Click here

The ExPDA tool performs a scan of your existing Exchange and Active Directory environments and produces a report that lists all items that require attention prior to deployment.

Exchange Server Profile Analyzer..Click here

The EPA tool performs a scan of either a single database or the entire organization to create an aggregated report of mailbox statistical information.

Log Parser…Click here

Log Parser, a powerful tool for querying text-based log files such as those that are generated by IIS and Message Tracking on Exchange servers

Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer..Click here

This tool will help you analyze whether the configuration has been done properly.

Performance Monitor..Click here or click here

The built-in Performance Monitor tool for Windows lets you collect performance data for every element of the Exchange servers and use it for capacity planning of the new Exchange 2010 servers.

Mailbox Server Requirements Calculator…Click here

The most complicated server role in an Exchange Server 2010 environment to calculate the sizing for is the Mailbox Server role, particularly when it comes to storage.

June 26, 2010 Posted by | Exchange Management Console, Exchange Management Shell, Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer, Exchange server 2010, Exchange Server Profile Analyzer, Internet Information Services (IIS), Log Parser, Mailbox Server Requirements Calculator, Microsoft, Office, Remote Connectivity Analyzer, Software, Transport architecture | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1

Microsoft® Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) introduces new features and functionality to Forefront TMG 2010 Standard and Enterprise Editions.
The service pack includes the following new features and feature improvements:

New Reports
• The new User Activity report displays the sites and site categories accessed by any user.
• All Forefront TMG reports have a new look and feel.

Enhancements to URL Filtering
• You can now allow users to override the access restriction on sites blocked by URL filtering. This allows for a more flexible web access policy, in that users can decide for themselves whether to access a blocked site. This is especially useful for websites that have been incorrectly categorized.
• You can now override the categorization of a URL on the enterprise level; the override is then effective for each enterprise-joined array.
• Denial notification pages can now be customized for your organization’s needs.

Enhanced Branch Office Support
• Collocation of Forefront TMG and a domain controller on the same server, which can help reduce the total cost of ownership at branch offices.
• When installed on a computer running Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 simplifies the deployment of BranchCache at the branch office, using Forefront TMG as the Hosted Cache server.

Support for publishing SharePoint 2010
• Forefront TMG SP1 supports secure publishing of SharePoint 2010.

To read the release notes, see the Forefront TMG Release Notes (SP1).
how to install and uninstall Forefront TMG Service Pack 1 (SP1)…click here
Download TMG SP1 click here

June 26, 2010 Posted by | Forefront, Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft, New Service Pack, Sharepoint 2010, Software, Threat Management Gateway | , , | 1 Comment

Exchange server 2010 – SAN certificate creation for autodiscover,EWS and OWA etc…!

Good News for installations guys out there, Exchange server 2010 SAN certificate creation very easy…click here to read my blog
ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 20, 2010 Posted by | Active Sync, ECP, Edge Server, EWS, Exchange Management Console, Exchange Management Shell, Exchange server 2010, Forefront, IMAP, Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft, OAB, Office 2010, Outlook Webapps, OWA, SAN Certificate, Software, Threat Management Gateway, Transport architecture | , , | 1 Comment

Microsoft Outlook Web apps – Phone sync

Now with Exchange server 2010 and Outlook Web apps, there is a menu called Option, where this is actually giving you the Exchange control panel for the selective user. From here you can manage the Phone syncronization.

From this option, you can see your device sync status and also when you lost the phone, you can wipe the data from here to protect your data of the lost phone.

Cool features..when you do Exchange server 2010 with Office 2010 and Office web apps.

June 17, 2010 Posted by | Active Sync, Apple, ECP, Exchange server 2010, Internet Information Services (IIS), iOS4, iPhone, Microsoft, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Phone, Software, Windows 7 phone, Windows phone | , , , | Leave a comment

Sender Policy Framework…need to know about how to protect the Mail spam

If you have not already done so, I highly recommend you create an SPF record for your domain as this will make it much more difficult for spammers to forge your domain in order to spam domains in other organizations.

Sender Policy Framework..WikiPedia Definition

Creating your own SPF record is a relatively simple process, Microsoft even provides a web-based GUI wizard that will help you do this.. Domain holders need to complete an inventory and publish all IP addresses of their outbound email servers in the DNS zone file. This is an administrative step that requires no changes to an organizations email or DNS software. Even if your domain has no outbound email servers, you can help protect your domain from spoofing by publishing an SPF record in the DNS that states this. Microsoft Safety Home Page click here

Implementation Tips for the Sender ID Framework—Creating Your SPF Record..Click here

Sender ID Overview Click here

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Edge Server, Exchange Server 2007, Exchange server 2010, Forefront, Internet Information Services (IIS), IP, IP Block List, Microsoft, Sender Policy Framework, Software, Threat Management Gateway | , , , , | Leave a comment

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