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Exchange server 2010 SP1 – Step by Step installlation on the production server – Live

Earlier i’ve done the Exchange server migration – 2007 to 2010 – Live cast, Its been 10 months since Exchange team release the SP1 for Microsoft Exchange server 2010….today i’m doing Microsoft Exchange server 2010 SP1 upgradation…Live page is opened.

Click here to view this live page

Enjoy!!!!

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June 24, 2011 Posted by | Active Sync, DAG, ECP, Edge Server, EWS, Exchange Management Console, Exchange Management Shell, Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer, Exchange server 2010, Exchange Server Profile Analyzer, Forefront, Forefront Endpoint protection 2010, Hyper-V, IP Block List, Log Parser, Mailbox Server Requirements Calculator, Microsoft, New Service Pack, Office 2010, Office for Mac, Power Shell, Software, Transport architecture, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Elcome International – Productivity goes up using latest Microsoft Technology

As a system integrator, My company, Elcome is well aware of the technologies available to make our clients lives easier…The deployment of Microsoft Dynamics has also had a major impact on the company’s ability to operate. “One big area that we’ve been able to focus on is reporting, in terms of KPIs and business intelligence. There have been a lot of advances in Dynamics and the supporting tools to make it easier to produce different types of reports, and the ability to allow end users to customise, specifically things like SQL reporting services that are part of SQL 2008. We were using an old version of Microsoft Dynamics GP. Two versions old in fact,” we realises. “When we upgraded to the latest version – and I think we were one of their first customers to go live with the latest version which is Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 – we also moved to the latest versions of all the underlying technology. That includes the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server 2010. We’ve also moved from 32-bit to 64-bit servers. Everything is now running on 64bit hardware and software.” – explains executive director at Elcome International, Jimmy Grewal…more information read the following article published by ITP publishers on ACN Magazine By Ben Furfie Published May 10, 2011, May 2011 issue..click here to read more

June 1, 2011 Posted by | Active Sync, Articles, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, GreatPlains 2010, Licensing cloud services, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Sharepoint 2010, Software, SQL Server, Terminal Server, Windows 7, Windows 7 phone, Windows phone, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , | Leave a comment

Exchange 2010 – Distribution group email id – Not able to receive email from external source – Solution

On Exchange server 2010, If you create a distribution group with scope as Universal and type as Distribution, in your domain active directory.

and then you enable the mail from creating the mailbox server, then do the testing of email flow from internal and external.,

if you ever had face an error, “Technical details of permanent failure: SERVER tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 550 550 5.1.1 User unknown (state 14).”

Please do the following.

From your active directory, select the property of the group email id, then under mail flow settings, select Message Delivery Restrictions, then select Properties…, new window will open.

uncheck the box which states “Require that all senders are authenticated” and click ok..then apply and ok again.

Give some time to replicate this to Edge server…

Enjoy!!!!

May 23, 2011 Posted by | Edge Server, Exchange server 2010, Mailbox Server Requirements Calculator, Mails, Microsoft, Office 2010, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Software | , , , , | 1 Comment

Outlook Hotmail Connector 32-bit

With Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector 32-bit, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free!

Outlook Hotmail Connector enables you to use your Live Hotmail accounts within Outlook:

    • Read and send your Office Live Mail/Windows Live Hotmail e-mail messages.
    • Manage your contacts in Windows Live Hotmail.
    • Use advanced options for blocking junk e-mail messages.
    • Manage multiple e-mail accounts in one place.
    • Manage, and synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Windows Live Calendar from Outlook

If you use the Outlook Hotmail Connector with Outlook 2010 you gain these additional benefits:

  • Your Safe Sender List/Blocked sender list/Safe Recipient lists are synchronized between Outlook and Hotmail.
  • Send/receive works like your other Outlook accounts.
  • Your Hotmail account status appears in the Outlook status bar.
  • Rules work with the Hotmail account in Outlook even if it’s not your primary account.

To download this from Microsoft site, click here

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Exchange server 2010, Mails, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Software, Windows Live | | Leave a comment

Microsoft and Skype

On May 10, 2011, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT”) and Skype Global S.à r.l today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype.

Read the press release from Microsoft News Center.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Skype CEO Tony Bates announce Microsoft's acquisition of Skype. San Francisco, May 10, 2011

Article from The Telegraph about this deal.

Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms. The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities. The combination will extend Skype’s world-class brand and the reach of its networked platform, while enhancing Microsoft’s existing portfolio of real-time communications products and services.

May 14, 2011 Posted by | Articles, Cloud Computing, Live Meeting, Lync 2010, Lync Online, Mails, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, Phone, Sharepoint Online, Skype, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Exchange server 2010 CAS array to MAPI load balance – Detailed

Most of you guys must have experience the scenario when “Outlook connection lost….” even if you have Exchange server 2010 (with Edge, 2 clustered H&C and 2 DAG configured MB) and Outlook 2010 in place. The reason is that, when you are doing a maintenance on one of the H&C, and if the client is connected to that H&C, communication to the MB is lost. The reason for this is that the cluster load balancing on the H&C cluster handler is not in place, even if the cluster name is published in the DNS server.

In Exchange 2007, 5 server roles that performed distinct functions within the Exchange organization. One role in particular – the Client Access server role – introduced a variety of new Web services, including the Availability service, the Auto discover service and Calendar Concierge services.

In Exchange 2010, same 5 server roles exists. However, there are some significant architectural changes and some shift in responsibilities. The most significant change in Exchange 2010, two new services on CAS called the RPC Client Access and Address Book services establish the RPC (Repote Procedure Call) endpoint for MAPI(Messaging Application Programming Interface), NSPI(Name Service Provider Interface) and RFR (Request for Response) client access. This new functionality replaces the RPC endpoints in the Information Store. The RPC endpoint in the Information Store has not been removed in Exchange 2010, but it has been modified to only accept requests from CAS servers. The RPC endpoint for public folder database access remains on the Mailbox server, however, Outlook clients now communicate directly with the RPC Client Access service on the Mailbox Server for public folder database access, and not with the Information Store.

When CAS starts communicating with the Mailbox server, it makes sense to view it as the Client Access server communicating with the Mailbox database via the Mailbox server that hosts the database. This is especially evident in a load-balanced array of Client Access servers and/or where your environment is configured to use Database Availability Groups that are associated with a Client Access server or Client Access server array.

  • In a non-load balanced environment, the mailbox database is associated with only a single Client Access server.
  • In a load-balanced environment, the Mailbox database is associated with the load balanced array of multiple Client Access servers.

By default, before a Client Access array is configured,

  • all databases are associated with a Client Access server in the environment
  • the Outlook clients communicate directly with the Client Access server until the association with the database is updated to be the Client Access array.

In order for the clients to utilize a CAS array

  1. Create a Client Access array with an FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name).
  2. Load balance your CAS servers in a CAS array by whatever method you choose – Both Hardware LB or Windows Network LB are supported load balancers
  3. Add the Client Access servers within the AD site to a load balanced array and in DNS associate the unique FQDN to the Virtual IP of the load-balanced array.
  4. Configure your load balancing array to load balance the MAPI RPC ports – TCP 135, UDP/TCP 6005-65535; or set static ports
  5. Configure the databases to utilize the CAS array… Use the new-clientaccessarray cmdlet to create the CAS array object. Eg: New-ClientAccessArray –Name “Tromso CAS Array” –Fqdn tromso.site.com” –Site “SITEA”

How to Setup!!!..

Goto one of the CAS server where the NLB is ( to read more about New-ClientAccessArray cmdlet, click here )

[1] Check is there are any pre-created CAS Arrays. PS Command : Get-ClientAccessArray

[2] Create new Client Access Array. Run the Cmdlet in EMS New-ClientAccessArray -Fqdn server.contoso.com -Site “Redmond” -Name “server.contoso.com”

[3] Associate databases with this CAS Array –

Use this CMDLet to add mailbox database to CAS array. Add all mailbox databases at once – Get-MailboxDatabase | Set-MailboxDatabase -RPCClientAccessServer “CASNLB.contoso.com”

Now the best part –

Configuring Outlook 2010 using Auto Discover

If you already configured Outlook client, Close the outlook, then goto Control Panel->Mail and change the Server name to the new CAS NLB name

If you are going to use a new outlook configuration, Auto discover will return the new CAS NLB name.

Thats all folks!!! Enjoy!!!

March 28, 2011 Posted by | Active Sync, DAG, ECP, Entourage, EWS, Exchange Management Console, Exchange Management Shell, Exchange server 2010, HTTPS, Hyper-V, IMAP, IP, Mailbox Server Requirements Calculator, Mails, Microsoft, OAB, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office for Mac, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, POP3, Protocols, Public Folder, Software, TCP, Transport architecture | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Restricting email to the Internet on a per user AND per domain basis

This blog post is meant to show how easy it now is to accomplish this oft heard request in Exchange 2010. Transport rules, introduced with Exchange 2007, provided a lot of new options for administration of mail resulting in even more requests for additional functionality. The rules now have new predicates and actions extending the possibilities of what can be done. For our example, the rule will restrictActive Directory Mail enabled users” who have their ‘Department‘ defined as ‘Temp Employees‘ from sending mail to the internet, except they must be allowed to send to 2 external domains called: ‘partnerdomain.com‘ and ‘fourthcoffee.com‘. Additionally, to reduce Helpdesk calls, you want to send an NDR when they violate the rule. For demonstration purposes I will use 2 Conditions, one Action and one Exception.

Microsoft Exchange Team Blog will explain you how to do it in Exchange 2010…beautiful blog post..click here

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Exchange Online, Exchange Server 2007, Exchange server 2010, Mails, MailTips, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, Software, Transport architecture | , , | Leave a comment

Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 – New turn

SharePoint Workspace 2010 is the new name for and succeeds Microsoft Office Groove 2007. SharePoint Workspace 2010 is a client application that provides fast, any-time interactive access to document libraries and lists on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. SharePoint Workspace 2010 also provides options for creating Groove peer workspaces and Shared Folder workspaces. SharePoint Workspace 2010 is more versatile than Microsoft Office Groove 2007 and can be integrated with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 or can run independently. Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 provides a client for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 that enables real-time synchronization of desktop content with SharePoint documents and lists. SharePoint Workspace 2010 also provides options for creating Groove collaboration workspaces and synchronized shared folders. By using SharePoint Workspace 2010, information workers can easily synchronize online and offline content with a designated SharePoint site or collaborate with external partners and offsite team members through shared workspaces. SharePoint Workspace 2010 is included with Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010.

Key features of SharePoint Workspace 2010 include the following:

A choice of workspace types:

  • SharePoint workspaces — Provide direct bi-directional synchronization of library and list content between a SharePoint site and a workspace on an individual client computer. Creation of a SharePoint workspace enables individual SharePoint users to check out and check in SharePoint library documents from their local computers, bring SharePoint documents and lists to their computers where they can work online or offline, and synchronize local content with a SharePoint site. When an individual client establishes a connection with a SharePoint server, synchronization occurs at regular intervals when the client is online. When a client cannot connect to a SharePoint site, the user can easily take work offline to make updates. The updated documents are automatically synchronized with SharePoint document libraries and lists when the user reconnects. This interface offers an efficient and satisfying alternative to browser access of SharePoint. Unlike other workspace types, the SharePoint workspace is a personal synchronized copy of a SharePoint site.
  • Groove workspaces — Provide a rich and secure peer collaboration environment that supports synchronization of content among peer client computers that host a shared workspace. Creation of a Groove workspace enables SharePoint Workspace users to quickly form teams and automatically synchronize online or offline contributions with fellow team members. A full set of collaboration tools lets team members schedule meetings, hold discussions, and share work with trusted partners around the world. Support for communications under various network conditions and across firewalls facilitates timely and effective collaboration.
  • Shared Folder workspaces — Support Windows folder sharing among clients. Creation of a Shared Folder workspace lets information workers share the contents of a common folder in a designated Windows Explorer directory.
  • Easy setup   Windows users can easily download and run SharePoint Workspace 2010 without IT assistance.
  • Offline and online collaboration   Information workers can easily synchronize online and offline work, through a SharePoint workspace, Groove workspace, or Shared Folder workspace. Content is synchronized dynamically among online collaboration points and updates are transmitted immediately when an offline client comes back online. When an offline client reconnects, SharePoint Workspace automatically adds offline contributions to the workspace and applies workspace updates to the previously offline client.
  • Integration with Windows logon   SharePoint Workspace 2010 uses Windows logon credentials to authenticate users so that a separate logon is not necessary.
  • Common file dialog boxes   Windows technology enables Microsoft Office 2010 users to directly open and save files in SharePoint Workspace.

When you install Microsoft Office 2010 package, you will get a program, which is Sharepoint workspace 2010, which is the replacement of Grove and the installation as follows

If you have a SPS domain in your domain network, use your own login credential only.

Once this is done, click Internet Explorer and open your SPS webpage. Under Site Action, Click Sync to SPS workspace

Once the Sync is completed, you can now use your doman SharePoint Site offline and online.

For Setting modification, use the File menu and do the needful

Operational Restrictions
SharePoint Workspace operates with a recommeded maximum number of synchronized documents – 10,000. Synchronizing extremely large document libraries, such as a Document Center, is not supported.

SharePoint Workspace also has limited support for metadata extensions to the document library. BDC Fields based on Business Connectivity Services – tagging documents based on external datasources – is not supported, and libraries that use BDC field definitions cannot be synced to Workspace. On the other hand, Managed Metadata fields (MMS) can be included in synchronized libraries. SharePoint Workspace is able to view, but not modify, field values based on MMS term stores.

To Download SharePoint Workspace 2010: Groove Web Services Software Development Kit, Click here.

Enjoy!!!

March 5, 2011 Posted by | Communicator, Exchange server 2010, Lync 2010, Mails, Microsoft, Office 2010, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Sharepoint 2010, Sharepoint Online, Software, Windows 7 | , , | Leave a comment

View user mailbox size from Outlook

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Computer TIPS, Exchange Server 2007, Exchange server 2010, MailTips, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 365, Office for Mac, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Software | , | Leave a comment

Adding attachment size limit in Outlook through Exchange 2010 EMC

Common for entire organization, from the mail box server, from EMC, under Organization, Mailbox->Select database, Properties, do the following

Here i mentioned about 20MB attachments to send and receive by the users. The problem here is that, it take a bit time to receive/send because of the high size. So be careful and be patient.

When you do this default setting on the organization level, each users mailbox will have the following (User mailbox database defaults)

If you want to over write this policy to certain users, go to the users mailbox settings, Storage quotas and edit as below. 

First Uncheck the “Use mailbox database defaults and insert the value as you want. This settings will override the defaults.

Thats all folks!!!

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Exchange Management Console, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 365, Office for Mac, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Software | , , , | 1 Comment

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