Category: Exchange

December 7th, 2017 by Exchange
I'll be partnering with my friends at ENow Software for a webinar, "Hybrid for the Long Haul - Critical Information to Know" Join me and ENow Software on Tuesday, December 12th at 12:00pm PST as we discuss Hybrid deployments, their nuances, and various optimizations during our invite-only Webinar. What is Hybrid Mode and what are its advantages? When is it appropriate? Is AAD Connect required? Which authentication method is preferred? How do you optimize your network? Dozens of question...

Keep on reading: Join me for an Exchange Hybrid webinar December 12th!

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December 6th, 2017 by Exchange
Issue Customer running Exchange 2016 RTM was unable to create Mail Contacts in the Exchange Control Panel (ECP) or Exchange Management Shell (EMS). When opening EMS, the New-MailContact cmdlet was not visible, which was an indicator that there was a Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) permissions issue. Within ECP, the Plus symbol was not visible.     Troubleshooting steps taken Customer was using the Administrator account that was a member of the “Organization Management” RBAC defau...

Keep on reading: Missing Recipient Creation Permissions in ECP and Shell

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December 6th, 2017 by Exchange
We’re very happy to announce support for Hybrid Modern Authentication (HMA) with the next set of cumulative updates (CU) for Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2016, that’s CU8 for Exchange Server 2016, and CU19 for Exchange Server 2013. What is HMA? HMA (not HAM, which Word keeps trying to correct it to for me) provides users the ability to access on-premises application using authorization tokens obtained from the cloud. For Exchange (that’s why you’re here right?), this means on-premises mail...

Keep on reading: Announcing Hybrid Modern Authentication for Exchange On-Premises

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December 5th, 2017 by Exchange
I had a customer present an inquiry to us on the management and communication of release release settings and changes.  The customers goal was to:   Manage first release settings through PowerShell to enable and disable users in bulk. Create a mail enabled security group for mail distribution and permissions to other applications in the service. Create a method to add and remove users to the distribution group based on their first release settings.   The challenges here were imm...

Keep on reading: Office 365: Enabling and creating a distribution list for first release users.

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December 1st, 2017 by Exchange
We have had lots of questions regarding what PAW is when it comes to MRS Migrations, so let’s take a few minutes to explain PAW benefits to you. First off, what is this PAW we keep speaking of? PAW, or Protocol Agnostic Workflow, is new functionality within the Migration Service that really enhances the experience of migrating your data to Office 365. From an Exchange Administrator’s perspective, you should see differences such as the following while managing your migrations. Feature Pre-...

Keep on reading: PAW your way into Office 365 Migrations

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December 1st, 2017 by Exchange
Working with a customer and we decided to enable Pass-Through Authentication with SSO instead of Password Hash Synchronization.  One of the several benefits of using Pass-Through Authentication instead of Password Hash Synchronization is increased security of not having your password hashes synchronized to a third party service.  This is a key benefit as documented here along with other benefits. With Pass-Through Authentication, there are some limitations that you must be aware of.  These...

Keep on reading: Pass-Through Authentication Without Password Hash Synchronization Breaks Online To On-Premises Free/Busy

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November 18th, 2017 by Exchange
This just rocked up in my mailbox from Quest: We are excited to announce the new release of On Demand Migration for Email is now available. Look what’s new: ODME can now send an email notification to the source and / or target recipient for each successful completed mailbox migration Delegating migrations are now simpler and can significantly reduce human error by leveraging Migration Templates. Migration templates are available for the following migration scenarios involving: G Suite Gr...

Keep on reading: New Release: On Demand Migration for Email

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November 16th, 2017 by Exchange
As a part of our ‘demystifying modern public folders’ series we have so far discussed the modern public folder deployment best practices and available logging for monitoring public folder connections. In this blog post, we are going to discuss public folder quotas. Let’s get to it! Public folder mailboxes and quotas Mailbox quotas are not a new thing. Planning and setting quotas has always been important for Exchange administrators and is equally important when it comes to deployment of ...

Keep on reading: Understanding modern public folder quotas

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November 16th, 2017 by Exchange
So I came across this “challenge” when trying to move a user from Exchange 2010 SP3 to Exchange Online. All the others users in the batch worked fine, but one user would get to around 50% and then fail! The batch log contained: 09/11/2017 17:42:55 [HE1PR04MB2985] User xx.xx' failed migration: Error: ASSERT: Reservation to update is not found The user log wasn’t much better with: 09/11/2017 17:38:47 [HE1PR04MB3241] Fatal error ExAssertException has occurred. and MigrationMRSPerm...

Keep on reading: Mailbox Move to Exchange Online – Error: ASSERT: Reservation to update is not found

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November 6th, 2017 by Exchange
Occasionally we receive customer requests for generation of report data.  Today I received a request where the customer wanted to generate a report of distribution list utilization.  In essence they wanted to understand which distribution lists in their environment were in use.  It sounds like the goal would be to eventually clean up those distribution lists that were not actually being utilized while retaining distribution lists that are in use.   I’m all in favor of a cle...

Keep on reading: Office 365: Create a report of distribution group usage…

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