Legacy Public Folders to Exchange 2013 migration tips

A couple of weeks ago I performed a Public Folder migration from Exchange 2007 (aka legacy) towards the modern Public Folders of Exchange 2013. As you may know, the traditional migration method using Public Folder replica’s isn’t available due to a radical redesign of the Public Folder architecture. Instead of dedicated databases, the hierarchy and data are now stored in mailboxes. The biggest benefit is that Public Folders can now be protected via a Database Availability Group, the downside is

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Office 365 users can’t see free/busy of on-premises users

The past few days I was working on making an on-prem Exchange Server 2013 SP1 environment hybrid with the Office 365 tenant. You would expect that running the Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) would be it, after setting all the requirements as they should. Unfortunately after running the HCW, Office 365 mailboxes couldn’t access free/busy information of on-prem mailboxes. The other way round was functional. Enter troubleshooting mode! I will spare you the whole story and summarize it to the basics.

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Disable Offline OWA in Exchange 2013

Although the Offline OWA functionality in Exchange 2013 is a great addition for those that cannot use Outlook (Anywhere with Cached Mode), but are frequently without internet. However, as the browser database in which Exchange OWA stores it’s information isn’t encrypted, it can be a security issue. It can be turned of via the Exchange Admin Center (EAC) via Permissions>Outlook Web App Policies and then edit the policies by double-clicking them. Navigate in the pop-up window to Offline Access and

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Updated – Exchange 2013 DAG, Windows Server 2012 R2 and VMware vSphere? Check support!

UPDATED 28/3/2024: See update below article. A little heads up. While working on an extensive design including Exchange Server 2013 with Service Pack 1 installed on Windows Server 2012 R2, my eye caught a comment in the Facebook group Exchange Server 2013 (Facebook login required). VMwares vSphere 5.1 and higher are shown to be validated by Microsofts Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) to run Windows Server 2012 R2 VM’s. The hypervisor needs to be validated also as a requirement for

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Be careful with Outlook customizations! Use AutoDiscover!

During a migration from Exchange 2007 to 2013, we moved several mailboxes as pilot users. Coexistence was fully configured and on my test machine everything worked fine. However, the pilot users had trouble connecting with Exchange 2013 after their mailbox was successfully moved to Exchange 2013 servers. OWA and ActiveSync worked without any hitch. The problem was that Outlook would update its server settings, even though (internal) AutoDiscover worked perfectly. Outlook seemed to retain its settings for Exchange 2007, which

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The UC Architects Episode 35: Service Packed! is available now!

A few days ago episode 35 of The UC Architects podcast went live! Service Packed! With Steve Goodman hosting, joined by John Cook, Michael Van Hybrid, Michel de Rooij, Serkan Varoglu, Ståle Hansen and yours truly. Our editor was the legendary Andrew Price. In this episode we talk (a lot) about Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1, a quick review of the new features and the detected Transport bug and how we feel about that one. If you have plans

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Exchange 2013 SP1 is out! And now?

Yesterday the Exchange Team finally released Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1). And even as promised within early 2014! Nothing like a major release to get those blog writing blocks lifted . Download SP1 here and see their blog here. Be sure to check out the release notes and the What’s New page. So, what now? Hopefully many of you have installed previous Cumulative Updates (CU). But even if you haven’t (although I hope you’re not still stuck with CU1

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Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 news!

So, no Cumulative Update 3 (CU3) news but as promised by the Exchange Team they posted Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) news on the Exchange Team blog! It is coming early 2014, which I interpret as the first quarter of 2014. Because I now think CU3 will be released somewhere around early December (hint), I think SP1 could hit us around March. But I’ve been wrong before There are some features mentioned: Windows Server 2012 R2 Support This is

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Can we expect Exchange 2013 CU3 and 2010 SP3 RU3 soon? Keep watching KB2891587 and KB2892464!

UPDATE 2013/11/20: It looks like the links currently don’t work anymore, possibly because they referenced a non-released update. That’s too bad, but even when the update is not available yet this kind of information is still quite valuable (something I pointed out in a comment on the Exchange Team Blog The Road Ahead post) Just about an hour ago I saw a bunch of Knowledge base articles published for Exchange 2013 issues. All of them are fixed by Cumulative Update

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