DAG’s spread across multi-domains?

Q: Can you spread an Exchange DAG (Database Availability Group) between two domains? A: No. Now the story: Say you have a single forest named: Contoso.com. In that forest, you have two child domains: East.Contoso.com and West.Contoso.com. You also have Exchange servers deployed in both East and West domains, but none in the root domain. Is it possible to host some

The Lingering Object Liquidator (LOL)

There is a tool that helps you identify Lingering Objects in an Active Directory environment. It is the Lingering Object Liquidator, or LOL for short. A description from the download site: Lingering Object Liquidator automates the discovery and removal of lingering objects from an Active Directory Domain Services forest. The tool uses the DRSReplicaVerifyObjects method

cmdlet: Remove-InboxRule

Q: Is there a way to remove an Inbox rule for a mailbox? A: Yes. You can use the Remove-InboxRule cmdlet to remove an Inbox rule from a mailbox. Inbox rules process messages in an Inbox based on conditions specified and take actions. Removing an Inbox Rule can assist in troubleshooting end user’s mailboxes. Remove-InboxRule -Mailbox

Do you have Lingering Links in your AD?

I had posted a blog about what happens if you do have Lingering Links in your environment about a year ago. The blog here appeared on the Exchange Blog Site. Now that I have my own blog site up and running, I just wanted to make reference to the article as in the field, I still find customers

cmdlet: Enable-InboxRule

Q: Is there a way to enable an Inbox rule for a mailbox? A: Yes. You can use the Enable-InboxRule cmdlet to enable an Inbox rule. Inbox rules process messages in an Inbox based on conditions specified and take actions. The enable/disable InboxRule cmdelts, assist in troubleshooting end user’s mailboxes. Enable-InboxRule “Move To Junk Mail” -Mailbox

No one received the certificate expiration notification!

Exchange Certificates Prior to Exchange Server 2013, the Exchange application did not automatically notify administrators of a pending upcoming certificate expiring. One of the issues we administrators run into is expiring certificates. If the Exchange environment has a certificate that expires, then typically, trusted access via clients is interrupted. The good news is, you should ask

Exchange and network ports

Q: Can network ports be restricted between Exchange servers within an environment? A: No. We continue to receive the question about putting firewalls in between Exchange servers. It’s a bad idea, so don’t do it. However, if your security team says you must do it, then we do have guidance available: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/exchange/2013/02/18/exchange-firewalls-and-support-oh-my/ The short answer

cmdlet: Disable-InboxRule

Q: Is there a way to disable an Inbox rule for a mailbox? A: Yes. You can use the Disable-InboxRule cmdlet to enable an Inbox rule. Inbox rules process messages in an Inbox based on conditions specified and take actions. The enable/disable InboxRule cmdelts, assist in troubleshooting end user’s mailboxes. Disable-InboxRule -Identity “MoveAnnouncements“ -Mailbox “Joe@Contoso.com” This example

Outlook prompting for restart

Q: We’re getting reports that Outlook is prompting users for a restart, is this normal? A: This is expected…once again. Even using Exchange 2013 or 2016 versions. History: The Exchange and Outlook product groups try their best to minimize any disruptions that impact end uses. However, sometimes there are technologies that are built in that

cmdlet: Set-InboxRule

Q: Is there a way to change or set an Inbox rule on an end user’s mailbox? A: Yes. The Set-InboxRule cmdlet allows you to modify, enable, disable, or even create a rule with this cmdlet. Other than the Get-InboxRule cmdlet, one could argue, the Set-InboxRule is the only other cmdlet you need to know