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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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 4934d1ea-be46-48b1-8847-f1af20e892c1. Fatal error during installation. Error code is 1603. Last error reported by the MSI package is ‘Unable to install because a previous Interim Update

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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 EAS policy sets specific password requirements, the Pattern Lock is replaced by the phone OS to the more traditional PIN (or alphanumeric password) unlock. Unfortunately,

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Exchange 2013 OWA Mailbox policy issue cause of OWA error?

Within Exchange 2013 you can have OWA (Outlook Web App) Mailbox policies, in which an Exchange Admin can determine which features within OWA are available to users. By default, there’s a default policy with all options enabled, but you can have more policies and configure them at will and assign them to Mailbox-enabled users according to the organization’s needs. In this case we wanted to completely disable the Text Messaging option, as it offers no additional functionality for this organization. Disabling it

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New Rollup updates for Exchange 2007 and 2010

*** Update 16/11/2012 *** There is seemingly an serious issue with Exchange 2010 SP2RU5, do not install it! Wait for v2 and/or check the EHLO Exchange team blog regularly Moments ago, Scott Schnoll tweeted the download URLs for new Exchange updates: Update Rollup 8-v3 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (KB2778154) and the KB Article Update Rollup 7-v3 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2778158) and the KB Article Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack

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iOS6 and ActiveSync bug fixed in Zarafa/Z-Push

Yesterday Zarafa published a blog post in which they announced their fix for the iOS6 ActiveSync appointment issue. For those who don’t know, Zarafa is an open source Exchange clone (a bit like Zimbra) and uses the open source “plug-in” Z-Push for its server side ActiveSync implementation. Although the work seems solid and commendable, I do have some issues with the post (No, I’m not trying to be mean). Especially when they describe their fix for Exchange (which is not

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