Failed Exchange Server 2013 CU2 & CU3 install due to security update 2874216 (updated again)

Today a customer asked for my help because an installation of Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 2  (v2) had failed; Their Exchange environment didn’t work anymore and they were stuck. During the installation from Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) to Cumulative Update 2 (CU2), they encountered the following error: Error: Unable to remove product with code … Continue reading "Failed Exchange Server 2013 CU2 & CU3 install due to security update 2874216 (updated again)"

Apple iPhone 5s TouchID and Exchange ActiveSync (updated)

2013/10/17: Added support statement by Microsoft below Just today I was curious how the Apple biometric convenience solution TouchID on the iPhone 5s would impact password policies enforced by Exchange ActiveSync(EAS). I frequently run into complaints from Android users who previously used a Pattern Lock instead of a PIN to unlock their phones. When my … Continue reading "Apple iPhone 5s TouchID and Exchange ActiveSync (updated)"

Blocking iOS 7 in Exchange 2010 & 2013 (updated)

Now that iOS 7 available, it might be interesting to know how to block this version. In the past there were some issues with the Exchange ActiveSync implementation in specific iOS DeviceOS versions (read this and this). Please note that I did not encountered or heard of any ActiveSync issues with iOS 7, but it … Continue reading "Blocking iOS 7 in Exchange 2010 & 2013 (updated)"

Exchange Server 2013 RTM CU2 is out!

Just now the Exchange Team released Cumulative Update 2 for Exchange Server 2013. Some helpful links: Blogpost: Released: Exchange 2013 RTM Cumulative Update 2 Download: Cumulative Update 2 for Exchange Server 2013 Knowledge Base article: KB2859928 Sizing tool: Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator v5.8 The Role calculator is also upgraded to support CU2, which … Continue reading "Exchange Server 2013 RTM CU2 is out!"

Back from TechEd NA 2013: Thoughts on Exchange and BYOD

*** Updated 9 juli 2013: See the end of this article *** Back from TechEd North America 2013 and almost recuperated from my jetlag (7 hours difference), some of the bits and pieces get their place and new thoughts are formed. Having seen the keynote (see it here) and the new features added in Windows … Continue reading "Back from TechEd NA 2013: Thoughts on Exchange and BYOD"

My portable lab hardware

Recently somebody asked via Twitter my what the make and model is of my laptop, used for Exchange testing environments. Well, 140 characters is not a lot of space so I decided to blog about it. Our company uses Dell laptops as a laptop standard, but other vendors might have comparable configurations. The main model … Continue reading "My portable lab hardware"

Simplifying the OWA URL with Citrix Netscaler

Next to Content Switching (which I recently wrote a post about), Citrix Netscalers can also do URL Rewrites. This enables us to simplify the OWA URL. First, be sure the Rewriting option is enabled by going into System, then Settings and choose Configure Basic Settings. Check the tick box for Rewrite After this, first make … Continue reading "Simplifying the OWA URL with Citrix Netscaler"

The UC Architects podcast episode 13 is up! With special guest Rick Kingslan (Lync Sr. Technical Writer)

Episode 13 is available for download for a while now! It is hosted by Pat Richard and co-hosts were John Cook, Tom Arbuthnot, Justin Morris and I rambled some lines in there myself . Topics include news stories about the Surface Pro, the new improved Exchange/Lync Connectivity Analyzer website, the revoked Exchange 2010SP2 RU5 update … Continue reading "The UC Architects podcast episode 13 is up! With special guest Rick Kingslan (Lync Sr. Technical Writer)"

Using the Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer Tool

Recently Microsoft released an updated version of the Microsoft Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer rebranding it as the Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer as it now also can test Lync connections, next to Exchange and Office365. Another addition is the Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer Tool, a local variant of the online tool for Exchange connections. This is a … Continue reading "Using the Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer Tool"