Month: November 2018

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: 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 “” 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

Support for Exchange 2013+ File Share Witness server in Azure

The Exchange product group has announced support for putting your Exchange 2013 File Share Witness (FSW) server in Azure. I think this is the next big advancement with the marriage of Exchange and the cloud. Yes you can migrate to O365 and leverage all of the integration with: Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, and/or StaffHub. While some organizations do have the

Ruler in Outlook

Q: Is there a way to enable the rule option in Outlook? A: Yes. The ruler option in Word is also available in Outlook. Easy enough to turn on for specific client machines or for every Outlook client within your domain environment by applying a GPO. Set the following registry key value: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Word\Options\WordMail] “Ruler”=dword:00000001 (Enables

cmdlet: New-InboxRule

Q: Is there a way to create a new Inbox rule for a mailbox? A: Yes. The New-InboxRule cmdlet creates an Inbox rule to process messages and perform tasks for an Exchange mailbox. This cmdlet works both for on premises and online versions of Exchange. Actions can be taken such as move, copy, or even

Protect OU’s from accidental deletion

Here is a quick and easy one line PowerShell script to set all of the Organizational Units (OU’s) in your Active Directory (AD) to protect from accidental deletion. I know others have posted similar information, but it never hurts to raise awareness of this setting. And also, since I run into many customers that do

Microsoft has posted a shortcut alias link to assist customers when stuff breaks. It will direct people to a possible support solution.

cmdlet: Get-InboxRule

Q: Is there a way to get a list of Inbox rules from a mailbox? A: Yes. The Get-InboxRule is available both on premises and online versions of Exchange. This cmdlet allows you to review all or specific Inbox rules on an end user’s mailbox. Get-InboxRule -Mailbox This example retrieves all Inbox rules for the