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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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 type is a Precision M4700, but for lab purposes the configuration has been customized: CPU: Intel Core i7-3820QM @ 2,70GHz Memory: 32GB (4x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3

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How to use the Microsoft Authenticator WP app with Google

A while back, Microsoft enabled the long awaited 2-factor authentication feature for Microsoft Accounts and released a code generator for Windows Phone. But a little know fact is that this app can also be used for the Google Account Two-factor authentication. See the screenshots below on how to do this: Go to the right corner of you Google page and select Account. On the left you will see some options, select Security. Select Settings. When you haven’t entered a mobile

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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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The UC Architects episode 14 is now available!

Episode 14 is now available for download! It is hosted by Steve Goodman and co-hosts were John Cook, Serkan Varoglu, Johan Veldhuis and Stale Hansen. Christmas Exchange 2010 SP2 RU5 Version 2 Issues with the Windows Management Framework on Exchange 2010 and 2007 Lync Pilot Kit Lync Conference 2013 Tips for early adaptors on Lync 2013 Issues with Live.edu to Office 365 migrations What will be hot in 2013? The newest UC Architects episode is now available from iTunes and

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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 an Rewrite Action by going to Rewrite>Actions and add an Action. Give it a comprehensive name and set the type to REPLACE. In the Expression

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Load balancing Exchange 2010 with Citrix Netscaler using Content Switching

Next to F5, KEMP technologies and a lot of other network load balancing vendors there’s also Citrix with it’s Netscaler brand. Especially when an environment also has Citrix servers, it could mean that well scaled Netscaler devices are present and can also be used for other purposes next to Citrix Secure Gateway access. Obviously Exchange 2010 comes to mind. Citrix already has a very helpful Netscaler Exchange 2010 deployment guide (PDF warning). But unfortunately that guide is not always something

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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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