Script converting Mail-User to Mailbox-User

Not all organizations need to have every user to be mailbox-enabled, sometimes a mail-user (also referred to as mail-enabled user) with a forwarding SMTP address to an external mailbox is enough. However, it is surely possible that the requirements over time change and the mail-enabled user does need to be mailbox-enabled, making use of the calendar or perhaps even more efficient use of Lync integration. However, converting a mail-user isn’t just changing the RecipientType of the account. First the users

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The mysterious Exchange App, the new ActiveSync?

Recently the backend of my Office 365 P1 account was upgraded to the Wave 15 series of products, which obviously includes Exchange 2013. But going through the settings of the Exchange Admin Center, I noticed something that made me curious. When you go to the Exchange Admin Center, click to Recipients>Mailboxes and select a user, you can see in the Mobile Devices section the option to disable the Exchange App below the option to disable Exchange ActiveSync. I’ve highlighted it

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Managing mailbox storage with Exchange 2010, Part 3

In the previous part one and two of this series, I’ve discussed using PSTs, Exchange Personal (on-premises) and On-line Archiving as well as third party solutions. In this last post I will discuss the use of Retention Policies and Mailbox quota’s in order to manage storage usage. As a bonus I will shortly discuss improvements in Exchange/Outlook 2013. Retention Policies The basic Messaging Records Management functionality behind Retention Policies isn’t actually that new. In Exchange 2000 and 2003 you could

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My company is migrating to Microsoft Exchange 2013!

I already knew this for several weeks, but wasn’t allowed to discuss this publicly yet. But as some know the company I work for, OGD ict-diensten, is using Zarafa as its groupware solution and recently decided to migrate to Microsoft Exchange 2013! Why Zarafa? A lot of the Exchange experts I met during the Microsoft Exchange Conference and some outside that event asked my why we were using Zarafa and how that works. Especially when they hear we also deployed Lync

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The UC Architects podcast episode 12 is out. With special guest Greg Taylor.

If you didn’t know yet, Episode 12 of the UC Architects podcast is out. And it is an interesting episode as we had Microsoft’s Greg Taylor as a special guest! Greg is a Program Manager within the Microsoft Exchange Product Team and is responsible for the Customer Experience. Before this interview all of the UC Architects members assembled a list of questions, like Exchange 2013 Client Access Server and load balancing, how the end of Threat Management Gateway (TMG) affects

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Aftermath: The Exchange 2013 beta exams…

So I wanted to post a bit about how I’ve experienced the two Exchange 2013 beta exams 70-341 and 70-342 I did last Monday. It will be limited and general, because of the Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) I had to agree with. I previously made a blog post summarizing most content available on Exchange 2013 that could be used as training material. Was it enough? Well, I focused on the TechEd Australia and Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) sessions. Unfortunately not all

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The UC Architects Episode 11 is out now!

The newest UC Architects episode, the eleventh, is now available from iTunes and the Zune store and soon via www.theucarchitects.com. This episode includes myself, host Pat Richards, co-hosts Michel de Rooij, Johan Veldhuis, Ståle Hansen and specials guests Lync MCM Kevin Peters and Lync MVP Matt Landis. Topics include (but are not limited to): October 2012 Lync Server 2010 update Lync VDI, SBA, SBC Availability of Wave 15 products for MSDN/TechNet and Volume license customers. Microsoft Surface RT Building an Exchange

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Preparing for the Exchange 2013 (beta) exams

In the upcoming episode 11 of The UC Architects podcast, we discussed about preparing for the Exchange 2013 exams. As I blogged earlier, the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Master: Messaging certification requires the exams 70-341 and 70-342, next to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Windows Server 2012 certification. Currently the Exchange 2013 exams are in beta, the Release-to-Manufacturer (RTM) version will be published January 15 2013. Being an beta exam means several things: Booking is as normal, though the code

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My contributions to future and past events

Sometimes people ask me whether I’m busy and with what. Well, next to my “normal” job consulting, designing, implementing and troubleshooting Exchange, Office 365 and some other stuff. Next to attending events and such, I also contribute to them. The 31st of October there will be an Exchange day in the Netherlands, organized by the Dutch IT Pro group NGN. Together with Jaap Wesselius, Kay Sellenrode, Johan Veldhuis, Jetze Mellema,  Michel de Rooij and Ashley Flentge we will have full

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