Do not move RBAC Role Groups out of the Exchange Security Group OU

Reading Time: 2 minutes Exchange 2010 has a massively improved admin permission model. It’s called Role Based Access Control and with it you can use predefined roles or make very customized roles if needed. I won’t go into details how it works, for the purpose of this issue you only need to know that the RBAC roles are assigned via RBAC Role Groups. These are actual Security groups within Active Directory and when assigned a RBAC Role Group within Exchange, the user is a

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Granting Mailbox Full Access via Groups and keeping the Automapping feature in Exchange 2010

Reading Time: 3 minutes Since Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 a new feature was added for Outlook 2007 and 2010 users, namely Automapping. When a mailbox user has Full Access on another mailbox, it will be automatically mapped in Outlook. No need for the user to go trough menus to find the additional mailbox screen. It’s a small addition but I know that users and your service desk will appreciate this. There is one catch I came across, namely automapping does not work when

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How to confirm a mail has been received in Exchange 2010

Reading Time: 3 minutes Recently I was asked to check whether members of a distribution group were receiving mail sent to the group. In this case the group was a member of another distribution group. First thing is to check if all nested groups are mail-enabled distribution groups. If this is not the case, Exchange will deliver to all recipients except those of this non mail enabled group. So, check all nested groups if it is mail enabled. If you need to seek further

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Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 is here! Listing some helpful resources.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Download it here: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Download the standalone help file: Exchange Server 2010 SP2 Help Note: I get asked this a lot: The SP2 executable can be used to update Exchange 2010 RTM and SP1 (i.e. it includes previous updates). It can also be used for the full installation of an Exchange 2010 SP2 server, you’ll have to install UM files separately, see downloads for the SP2 UM files in this post. It can

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Handing out only Send-as permissions with Exchange 2010 RBAC

Reading Time: 2 minutes On a project I am currently working on, the management of mail recipients was handed over from the build/migrate team, to the administrators after the mail was migrated from the old mail system to Exchange 2010 We had to restrict the administrators temporarily from other settings, like server and organization settings, even some small restriction on the normal Mail recipient management (setting and adjusting mailbox quota’s). Not to be annoying, but to keep responsibilities clear. When working with Exchange 2010

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Can’t change OWA password at first logon via Threat Management Gateway?

Reading Time: 2 minutes During the first stages of delivering services of our newly built infrastructure to end-users, we came across an annoying issue. Exchange was the first to be accessed, but specifically through Outlook Web App (OWA). As the users where migrated from eDIR and GroupWise, they would get credentials from us. As a security measure we wanted to make a password change at first logon mandatory. I knew there were issues with Exchange 2010, but they were resolved with Service Pack 1.

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Unable to change database path on Exchange 2010 in a DAG?

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you find yourself unable to change the database path of an Exchange 2010 database, check whether it is part of a DAG. See the screenshot for the missing option: If so, you cannot move it. The solution is to remove all copies except the active. Now you can move the DB and Transaction log paths. Do note that you will have downtime! Changing the path requires a dismount and since you do not have the redundancy of a DAG,

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Migrating to Office 365 Part 1: Business Case

Reading Time: 5 minutes This series of an yet unknown number of blog posts will depict my journey from on-premise services to cloud services. I will describe my situation, the choices I had to make and the issues I’ve encountered. It will be a learning experience I wouldn’t want you to miss out on. History I have had a personal Windows Domain for educational purposes for years now. My hypotheses was that by a having a day-by-day environment to upkeep, I would learn important lessons that I

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Issues with setting default language for Outlook Web App 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes Now and then I get request to implement a default language for Outlook Web Access or App. This meant that users already had their language and regional settings set for OWA. Exchange only asks this the first time the user logs into OWA, this is because the language code is set to 0. It’s just a little service for your users for when you are certain the organization only uses one language. The solution was to set the default language

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Exchange, Load balancers and recommendations

Reading Time: 5 minutes This is a follow-up post to Differences in Exchange Load Balancing recommendations by Microsoft and vendors. This post refers to issues I discovered and were discussed in that post. I suggest reading the previous article before reading this one. I also expect some experience with load balancers in combination with Exchange Server 2010. In the previous post I mentioned several discrepancies in the Exchange deployment guides from several Load balancing companies. I contacted them and pointed out their apparent discrepancies. Their

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