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PostHeaderIcon Password Reset using OWA

We require our users to change their password periodically like most organizations.  I’m also sure like other organizations, our users typically ignore the warnings when logging in until they are no longer able to login.  As an added awareness, we have scripts that run daily and send emails to users who’s passwords are getting ready to expire.  That email contains the steps to use OWA to reset their passwords in the event someone is out of the office when this process begins.  However, we still had staff that waited until their passwords expired and then they had to call in to get it reset.
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PostHeaderIcon Exchange 2013 OWA – Blank Calendar

So I did some updates on our Exchange 2013 servers last week, and then started getting some complaints that people couldn’t see there calendar when the logged into OWA.  Once you logged into OWA and clicked the Calendar, it would load a blank calendar and not have any appointments showing (you also couldn’t see the calendar list on the left side).  If you tried to create a new appointment you ended up with just a grey box.
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PostHeaderIcon Exchange 2013 ECP login – 500 error

We have an Exchange admin that when he attempted to login to ECP he would get a 500 error. The simple solution was to add a mailbox to his domain admin account. Once that was done he was able to login to ECP just fine.

From reading the article belew, this might be an indication of a problem with the SystemMailbox as well.

Source: TechNet Blog


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PostHeaderIcon Exchange 2013 – Rapid Log Growth

Earlier this week I started getting alerts that our Exchange 2013 server was running low on disk space for our transaction logs.  When I started looking at the drive, I noticed that one of the databases was generating a new log file every 1 – 2 seconds and by the time I received the notification about the drive space we had over 460,000 log files for that database.
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PostHeaderIcon Exchange 2013 – Grant Permissions to Room Resource

We have several room resources in our Exchange 2013 environment.  Occasionally, we need to make changes so new people can actually see what appointments are scheduled and not just see “busy” in the time slot.  I used to be able to make these changes via Exchange Management Console in previous versions of Exchange; however, it looks like I have to go to Exchange Management Shell now.
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PostHeaderIcon Exchange 2010 – Add Reviewer to Room Resource

Exchange LogoToday we had someone make a request for a few users to be able to see what appointments were scheduled for some room resources.  They didn’t want these people to add any appointments, but just needed to be able to see what was scheduled rather than seeing “Busy”.  I came across this site which has the PowerShell commands to set the Reviewer permission.  The article talks about changing the Default user permission which is not what I wanted to do.  So I used add–mailboxfolderpermission cmdlet instead of the set-mailboxfolderpermission cmdlet.
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PostHeaderIcon UPDATED: Exchange 2010 – Move mailbox to new AD account

PowerShell logoAt work we are getting ready to create new user accounts for everyone and move their mailbox from the current AD account to the new account. The reason for this is a bit lengthy, but a big reason is people have been granted permissions based on their AD account rather than by group membership. So by switching AD accounts we can clean things up a bit. Currently the format of our usernames is first initial last name (example: John Doe is JDoe), and we will be changing to a first name dot last name format (example: John.Doe).
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PostHeaderIcon Exchange 2010 – Using Remote PowerShell

Exchange LogoToday I’ve been looking into how I can create and Exchange Mailbox using PowerShell.

A little background. We have been using PowerShell to create new Active Directory accounts for awhile, but hadn’t looked into being able to create the mailbox on Exchange at the same time. The biggest problem (more a concern) is that I thought we needed to install the Exchange Management Tools (EMC and EMS) on our domain controllers or admin desktops. I was concerned these servers and computers wouldn’t get updated at the same time as our Exchange Servers and I didn’t want services packs and other updates to get out of sync.
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PostHeaderIcon Exchange 2010 – Create Contacts from CSV

Exchange LogoCreate a CSV file that contains the following columns:

ExternalEmailAddress
Name
Alias
FirstName
LastName
OrganizationalUnit

Then from the Exchange Management Shell run the following command:

Import-CSV C:scriptsMyCSV.csv | ForEach-Object{New-MailContact -ExternalEmailAddress $_.ExternalEmailAddress -Name $_.Name -Alias $_.Alias -FirstName $_.FirstName -LastName $_.LastName -OrganizationalUnit $_.OrganizationalUnit}


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PostHeaderIcon Blackberry Enterprise Server 5.x – New Exchange 2010 Database

Blackberry LogoI just created some new databases on our Exchange 2010 server and moved some BlackBerry users to those new databases. I started getting calls from people saying they weren’t getting emails on the BlackBerry’s. I did some checking and found some event logs on the BES server that said the users could not be started. I did a search and came across a KB article on BlackBerry’s web site. Apparently, you need to run the following command on your Exchange servers when you add new databases. It will grant the needed permissions to the database and its users for the BES Admin account. I thought this was done globally when we setup the Exchange 2010 server, but I guess that isn’t the case. (more…)


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