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iOS 4 and Exchange ActiveSync

Apple released iOS 4 recently and since its release there have been numerous reports of a number of issues with new iPhone 4s when using Exchange ActiveSync . Here is the link from Microsoft Exchange Team Blog

PATCH Released from Apple : iPhone users who use the iPhone4 or upgraded to iOS4 must install a related Apple configuration patch on their iPhone. The patch, along with installation directions, can be found here:
http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3398.

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July 13, 2010 Posted by | Active Sync, Apple, Exchange server 2010, iOS4, iPhone, Microsoft, Office 2010, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Phone | , | 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 – 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 – Administrator login – new features

Did you know that when you have Exchange 2010 server in your organization and you login through Outlook Web Apps, with administrator account, you have a lot of options to manage and view the entire organization, rather than going through EMC!!!!!

Logon to Outlook Web apps in your organization, and select options on the right side of the screen on top

You get this screen, from there Select “Select what to manage:” and from the drop down menu, select My Organization..and then go to Reporting on the Left pane

Here you can view the queues, delevery status of each users, Public folder status, Mail enabled public folder status etc…!

BUT IF YOU LOGIN AS A NORMAL USER, ALL YOU CAN SEE IS AS BELOW..LIKE

Your organization contact details, Tools for organize mails, Groups belogs to, Settings,  Syncronized phone device to this account, etc…

and a cool feature of Outlook web apps is thaton the right side of the window, where help button is, click on the down arrow of the help icon and you will see “About”..click there and you will see the connectivity of your account with exchange server (good for administrators) like below one

Enjoy!!! i am enjoying it

June 19, 2010 Posted by | ECP, Exchange Management Console, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, Microsoft, OAB, Office, Office 2010, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Public Folder, Software | , , , | Leave a 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

Exchange server 2007 to 2010 Live migration!!!! Live blog!!! Live Platform…real time scenario!!!

Please find on my blog, one page dedicated to this task…you can see it on my blog top page… or click here

             TO                                          

 MIGRATION…Started on June 8, 2010 ….Today 20th of June..all the objects has been replicated to Exchange 2010..Now the decommissioning starts..Finish too

June 10, 2010 Posted by | Active Sync, Calendar, DAG, DELL, ECP, Edge Server, EWS, Exchange Management Console, Exchange Management Shell, Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer, Exchange Server 2007, Exchange server 2010, Exchange Server Profile Analyzer, Facebook, Firewall, Forefront, HTTP, HTTPS, IMAP, Internet Information Services (IIS), iOS4, IP, IP Block List, iPhone, iSCSI, Linkedin, Log Parser, Mailbox Server Requirements Calculator, MailTips, Microsoft, OAB, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office for Mac, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Phone, POP3, Protocols, Public Folder, Remote Connectivity Analyzer, SAN, SAN Certificate, Sender Policy Framework, Social Connectors, Software, Threat Management Gateway, Transport architecture, Twitter, Windows 7 phone, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Microsoft Office 2010 – Cool product

Microsoft is now very much serious about their Productivity wagon modification…Cool features has been introduced and this time, they try to integrate their own server products, well intact with other microsoft products. Outlook has new feature for multiple exchange account configuration, Installation is very easy..it just grab the old configuration and convert it to 2010 formats..Social connectors…Word 2010…new document templates…great start…i’m really enjopying the product….

Some of the useful link to know about this product

http://techcrunch.com/2009/07/13/the-complete-guide-to-microsofts-office-2010/

http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/download-office-professional-plus/default.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/office2010/

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Social Connectors, Software | | Leave a comment

Microsoft Exchange Server – Remote wipe on iphone 3Gs

Remote Wipe – on iPhone

This feature is available on Mobile Me for iPhone, but you have to subscribe this account…if you have exchange server in your organization/company….below article is for you guys…!!!

Mobile phones can store sensitive corporate data and provide access to many corporate resources. If a device is lost or stolen, that data can be compromised. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 / 2007 provides a remote device wipe feature. You can issue a remote device wipe command from the Exchange Management Shell. Users can issue their own remote device wipe commands from the Microsoft Office Outlook Web App user interface. (For users to do their remote wipe from Outlook Web Access->log into their Outlook Web access->on the right top, there will be a menu called “Options”->click Options–>on the left pane…you will find “Mobile Devices”–>click and select “Wipe all Data from Device…”)

The remote device wipe feature also includes a confirmation function that writes a time stamp in the sync state data of the user’s mailbox. This time stamp is displayed in Outlook Web App and in the user’s mobile phone properties dialog box in the Exchange Management Console.

So to test this feature, i’ve done the remote wipe from my Exchange server  to my iPhone 3Gs…(This server should be mailbox store where the mailbox properties of each user displayed) as displayed below.

Select the user whom you want to do the remote wipe, Click on Manage mobile device…

From the “Managed mobile device for….” area, select the iPhone, which is listed for this particular user, and at the bottom area where “Action” pane….select “Perform a remote wipe…” and then click “Clear” button.

IF YOU ARE DOING THIS AS A TEST, MAKE SURE THAT YOU TAKE A BACKUP OF YOUR IPHONE FROM ITUNES FOR LATER RESTORE MODE…VERY IMPORTANT.

Once this action is done, the next sync from the mobile to the server, Wipe command executes on the iPhone device..and screen goes blank….cool..No tention about the contacts or data.

Now the hardest part is …this sounds great on, when you lost your iPhone and your IT team secure your data safe…!!!! but if you are doing a test on your own iPhone…errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

After the remote wipe…iPhone just hung and display only Apple logo….for a very long time…(i never had a patient to wait…so i hard boot it…still the same logo smiling at me…and my colegues are telling me…”I told you…i told you…)

Next step is to take the iphone to the next level….First Switch off the phone.. take it to DFU mode!!!! What is this? DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode is not the same as restore mode. DFU mode bypasses the current OS installed and allows you to upgrade or downgrade your OS.

  • Attach the iPhone to the PC/MAC (make sure that your USB bay on your computer is working and the cable from apple too)
  • Turn the iPhone power off
  • Hold power and home together for *exactly* 10 seconds
  • Release power but keep holding home button in your phone until the PC/MAC beeps as a USB device is recognized.
  • At no point will the display come on with a USB symbol and iTune. Now your restore should work…iTunes will turn on and will ask you to upgrade the firmware and it starts downloading the firmware from apple site and once it is done,
  • Your restoress starts on the iphone…
  • After it is done, Device will get activated…but make sure that all the sync you should choose to “NONE” (There is a reason for this…believe me)…NO NEED TO CONFIGURE ANYTHING…BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO RESTORE IT.
  • When we are doing all these stuff, there must be a mail from Exchange server to the selected user, in that user name.. in his/her inbox…a cool one like below..(i did not get this pic so i choose one from the net..instead of Device Type as PocketPC…our case it will show iPhone)
  • Read the red line…cool is’nt it…now you go back to Exchange server where you initiate the wipe..remove the device from the user list…and then clear the data….now your iphone is ready to sync
  • If you don’t do it, in my case..i was busy with restore option and did’nt saw the mail and once i restore from my backup…syncing contacts….gone again…thats a real pain…i’ve to do all from scratch…!!
  • Now connect your newly restored iPhone…it will show you on the iTunes area..Rightclick on the iPhone name and click Restore from Backup…and select the time you did last backup.
  • Now you iPhone is back as it was before….HOPE YOU WILL FIND A LOT OF MISSED CALL NOTIFICATION..
  • ENJOY…!!!!

    May 17, 2010 Posted by | Active Sync, Apple, Edge Server, Exchange Management Console, Exchange server 2010, iOS4, iPhone, Microsoft, Office 2010, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Phone, Software | , , , , | Leave a comment

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