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Microsoft Exchange Connectivity Analyzer Tool – Client

The Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer Tool is a downloadable client program that is used to identify connectivity issues that occur between email clients and a server that is running Microsoft Exchange Server. The tool can also be used to identify connectivity issues between email clients and Office 365. The tool can be used both by email users, to identify common problems, and by IT Administrators, to troubleshoot issues that are affecting their Exchange Server deployments.

The Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer Tool simulates several client logon and mail flow scenarios. When a test fails, many of the errors message provide troubleshooting tips to help the user or IT Administrator to resolve the problem.

This tool is a companion tool to the Remote Connectivity Analyzer website. Whereas the Remote Connectivity Analyzer website enables IT Administrators to pinpoint connectivity issues by simulating connectivity from a location outside the customer environment, the Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer Tool lets both email users and IT administrators run the same tests within the user’s environment.

You must be running one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008
  • 64-bit edition of Windows Vista

Download the client tool (Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer (Beta) here.

Connectivity check as follows

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Select one of the option below to continue to next screen

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Enter the credential you want to check for connectivity issues

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Enjoy!!

December 13, 2012 Posted by | Exchange server 2010, Mails, Microsoft, Office 2010, Office 365, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Phone, Protocols, Remote Connectivity Analyzer, Software | , , , | 1 Comment

Import contacts into Outlook from Excel

Exporting from Excel

  1. If row 1 of your spreadsheet contains column descriptions, such as “Name,” “E-mail Address,” and so on, skip to step 3. If it does not, add one that does by right-clicking the 1 to the left of the first row, and then clicking Insert.
  2. In the new blank cells at the top of each column, type a description for that column, such as “Name,” “E-mail Address,” “Company,” “Phone Number,” and so on.
  3. On the File menu, click Save As.
  4. Choose a folder to save to from the Save in drop-down list, type a name for the file, such as “Contacts,” in the File name box, and in the Save as type drop-down list, click CSV (Comma delimited).
  5. Make a note of the folder location, and then click SAVE.

Importing into Outlook (older versions)

  1. If you are importing into an existing Contacts folder, skip to step 3. To create a new folder in Outlook, click Folder List on the View menu, unless the Folder List is open already.
  2. Right-click the Contacts folder, and then click New Folder, type a name for the new folder, and then click OK.
  3. On the File menu, click Import and Export, click Next, click Comma Separated Values (Windows), and then click Next.
  4. If the file that is displayed is not the correct file, click Browse, browse to the folder noted in step 3, and then double-click the file to select it.
  5. If you are importing into a new folder, the Options settings is irrelevant because there are no duplicates. If not, choose the most logical selection. Click Allow duplicates if you are not sure, and then click Next.
  6. Click the Contacts folder, or other contacts-type folder that you have created, to import into, and then click Next.
  7. If you are not sure that the column names in the first row of the spreadsheet will map correctly to the Outlook fields, click Map custom fields to verify them.

    NOTE: If Map custom fields is unavailable, you have chosen a non-contact-type folder to import into. Click Back, and then choose the correct folder. If you are satisfied with the mapping, click OK to close the Map Custom Fields dialog box, and then click Finish.

Importing into Outlook 2010

  1. If you are importing into an existing Contacts folder, skip to step 4.
  2. Create a new folder in Outlook 2010
  3. Right-click the Contacts folder, click New Folder, type a name for the new folder, and then click OK.
  4. Click the File tab in the Ribbon, and then click Open on the menu.
  5. Click on Import tab. The Import and Export Wizard opens.
  6. If the file that is displayed is not the correct file, click Browse , browse to the folder that is mentioned in step 3, and then double-click the file to select it.
  7. If you are importing into a new folder, the Options settings are irrelevant because there are no duplicates. If you are not importing to a new folder, choose the most logical selection. Click Allow duplicates if you are not sure, and then click Next .
  8. Click the Contacts folder or another contacts-type folder that you have created, and then click Next.
  9. If you are not sure that the column names in the first row of the spreadsheet will map correctly to the Outlook fields, click Map custom fields to verify them.

April 19, 2012 Posted by | Mails, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 365, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, Software | | 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

New Hotmail look & feel …cool

I really love the new look and features…Outlook webapps is playing an important role here…Now, its  faster Hotmail experience with great new features like one-click filters, Sweep, Active Views and more..also it does’nt now sign you automatically to messenger, when you log on to mail…cool one

New look and feel

 Junk mail options are getting better..need room to improve..i’m waiting for the active sync for hotmail…or direct push service…

Hotmail on iPhone..superb…i tried..really cool..read this post

Best of luck to Hotmail Team!!!!

For your feedbacks…click here to post

Windows Live Team Blog…click here

August 4, 2010 Posted by | Hotmail, Internet Explorer, Mails, Microsoft, Outlook Webapps | , , , | 1 Comment

Multiple email ID for your Social connector(s)

You can add multiple email ID to your    OR    account.

Why you want to link this?

Most of the users have more than one email id..one/two personnel email id, one business email id etc..and if you link all in one social connector account, its very easy to track others, whether it is business contacts, collegues or friends.. How to do it.

Go to your profile home page, and click on top right cornnet Account

Click Account settings…and click “change” on the Email tab

Enter the other email ID here and click “add new” (If you have more than one email id other than the primary one..keep on add here)

REMEMBER : When you add an email id here, there will be a confirmation email send from this account..please confirm it back so that the email id you added get registered

Once you finish adding and click on the confirmation email(s), you will see the account like above, where your primary email id is now been selected in the radio button.

Thats it for FACEBOOK

Logon to your linkedin profile and go to the top right corner and click “Settings”

Under Personnel information, Select Email Address

Add your other email id’s here…

REMEMBER : A Confirmation email will be send to each of the email id you add..

Once you done..your email profile will look like above…

That’s all

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Entourage, Mails, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Social Connectors, Windows 7 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Public folder email forwarding issue!!!

When you have a mail enabled  public folder in your exchange server 2007/2010 environment, you might face issues with email forwarding from the public folder from your user account, where you will get an error “Operation failed”.

Resolution :

  1. Logon to outlook with administrator(Domain) credemtial
  2. Goto the Public folder
  3. Select the folder where you are facing the issue
  4. Right click
  5. Select Properties
  6. Goto Permission TAB
  7. Add users
  8. Check mark the appropriate rights on the “Write” permission area..normally “Edit all” will do the work
  9. Click apply and click ok.

July 19, 2010 Posted by | Exchange Server 2007, Exchange server 2010, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office for Mac, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Public Folder, Software | , , , , | Leave a comment

Outlook cannot open attachments!!!

Recently i come across this issue, and resolution for how to fix it

PROBLEM : When you receive attachment in your outlook, and when you try to open it, it says ” No permission to open the attachment”

Troubleshoot : This has nothing to do with the permission..this is because the temp folder is full…either you clear the temp folder or do the following..

Solution : Go to REGEDIT->HKEY_CURRENT_USER ->Software ->Microsoft ->Office then click

  • 12 ->If you are using Microsoft Outlook 2007
  • 14 ->if you are using Microsoft Outlook 2010

then click Outlook -> expand it, select Security and edit the path “OutlookSecureTempFolder

Check the image below

 (Normally here you will see the default path..creat a temp folder under the available drive and then give the path here)

July 19, 2010 Posted by | Computer TIPS, Mails, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office 365, Office for Mac, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Software, Windows 7 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook

The Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook allows you to connect your Facebook account to the Outlook Social Connector and obtain information about your friends and colleagues.

You can see status updates and recently posted items from your Facebook contacts.

You can also use Outlook Social Connector to display a quick view of related Outlook content when you click on an email from a contact, such as recent e-mail conversations, meetings, and shared attachments to help you easily track your communications

Once you finish installing the Social connector, Please re-start the Outlook and then goto your reading panel below down you can see the user icon  and underneath, there is a button called +ADD…click that (Check the above image) and then select each connector and type the credential…

You are ready to go!!! …read my previous blog for more Microsoft Outlook 2010 – Social connector
NOTE: The Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider requires Microsoft Outlook Social Connector and the related update (KB983403) to be installed. If these components are not already installed on your machine, the Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook will download and install the necessary updates from the Microsoft Download Center before completing the provider installation.

To download click here

July 15, 2010 Posted by | Exchange server 2010, Facebook, iOS4, Linkedin, Mails, Microsoft, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, Social Connectors, Software, Twitter, Windows 7 | , , , | Leave a comment

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