Changes in msExchCurrentServerRoles in Exchange 2013 and its impact on a disaster recovery scenario

Hello All , and welcome to another topic , where we are going to discuss the architectural changes in Exchange 2013 in comparison to exchange 2007 or 2010 . We are going to focus on the disaster recovery scenario, which obviously is quiet simple, if everything goes well. Caution : … Continue reading

Recovering a Failed CCR Passive Node in Exchange Server 2007

Although Exchange Server 2007 is pretty old now and on top of that recovering failed CCR Passive Node is also quite familiar. However the idea behind sharing the steps is to help people who are having confusion between Setup.com /recoverserver and Setup.com /recoverCMS. Short StoryUnfortunately I got the opportunity while … Continue reading

Unable to delete the Demoted server Object from Active directory users and computers after a successful demotion using metadata cleanup

Today we are going to demonstrate a small workaround,that might come in handy when and if you come across , while demoting a domain controller . Post metadataclenup :   we can see that the server has been demoted, which previously was a GC , and now it is not … Continue reading

Invoke or BeginInvoke cannot be called on a control until the window handle has been created

While installing SQL Server 2008 on a Windows Server 2008 SPx or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. You might encounter the above issue. How to troubleshoot the issue is what we are going to share today. Beginning of the Setup Figure 1 : Extracting Files Figure 2 : Failure Message … Continue reading

Audio Device Not configured on LYNC client

Recently I encountered an issues with Lync Client. Audio Device not configured. We are now familiar with Lync Client and its features for sharing Desktops, while attending conference call. Wherein audio/video and voice is shared by the presenter to the attendees. Now most of the time we use either a … Continue reading

Error: Prerequisite installation failed: Wmf2008R2

Recently I was working on a project for installing Lync Server 2010. The Setup failed at prerequisites check with the below error. Type: PrereqInstallFailed Stack Trace at Microsoft.Rtc.Internal.Tools.Bootstrapper.BootstrapperTask.AddMsiPrereq(String prereqName) at Microsoft.Rtc.Management.Internal.Utilities.LogWriter.InvokeAndLog[T](Action`1 action, T arg) Type of prerequisite: exe MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS AM Method used to check prerequisite state: WmfNeeded2008R2() MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS … Continue reading

Transition from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2010 – Part 3

Final part includes Moving mailboxes and Public folders and then decommissioning the last Exchange Server 2003 from the ORG. Before replicating Public Folders please perform a complete database backup. Both online and offline copy. Important : Never perform MoveAllReplicas operation. Although the option is available but it may turn to … Continue reading

Transition from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2010 – Part 2

In part 2 we will start with preparing the forest and then Installing Exchange Server 2010. Since this is a mixed mode environment we have to run below commands. Figure 1 : setup /pl In figure 1 we are running the command from D drive. Ensure that you run the … Continue reading

Transition from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2010 – Part 1

Although there are many article available on the internet for the subject topic. Thought of publishing one for the same topic, since recently I got request for publishing one. Looking at the current trend there are many small business companies still running Exchange Server 2003 and if they plan to … Continue reading

There is a problem with the proxy server’s security certificate

Recently I was working on a project and I came across with the below error message for roaming users. I was not able to configure outlook profile remotely. While configuring the profile you will get this below error message. Figure : 1 Error MessageThe problem occurs when you have Exchange … Continue reading

Transport Connectivity Log – Exchange Server 2010

This article is primarily written or shared as a best practices for getting started off while mail flow is stopped in Exchange Server 2010. Although the ideas shared in this blog can also help for other versions of Exchange Server. To get started with it is advisable that one must … Continue reading

Public Folder Best Practices – Exchange Server 2013

Now that everyone knows the new face of Public Folder in Exchange Server 2013. Thought of sharing some best practices on Public Folders. Before creating any PF Mailboxes. Create an OU and ensure that there is no Group policy applied for that OU.   Figure 1 : OU named as … Continue reading

How to Move Mailbox from Exchange Server 2010 SP3 to Exchange Server 2013 CU1

In this blog we would be exploring on how to start with the first step towards planning for migration. Yes, the first object which gets migrated is Mailbox. Although the process is same and there is no change in move mailbox, however there are few improvements which I would like … Continue reading

Column “EmailAddress” is missing from the CSV file. The Import process can’t continue because this column is required. Please edit the CSV file and re-submit it.

In Exchange Server 2013 if you are moving mailbox using CSV file you may get the above error. To resolve the issue please follow the steps listed below. Lets see how to troubleshoot. Figure 1 : Export Data In figure 1 although we have the Email Address column, however it … Continue reading

Automatic Reseed in Exchange Server 2013

In this blog we will be exploring some new feature introduced in Exchange Server 2013. Microsoft has introduced a new High Availability Feature “Automatic Reseed”. To simulate the scenario we have already created two member DAG. Lets Explore Figure 1 : Two Node Dag To understand the concept lets first … Continue reading

How to Restore Exchange Server 2013 Database – Part 2

In first part we have successfully backed up Exchange Server 2013 Database. In this blog we will be performing restore. Lets see what options we have to select, so that the restore is successful with zero errors. Figure 1.1 : Windows Server Backup (Apps) In figure 1.1 we will be … Continue reading

How to Backup Exchange Server 2013 Database – Part 1

Over the past so many years managing and maintaining Exchange Server Mailbox and Public folder Database has played a critical role for Exchange Administrators. The spontaneous growth which leads to add more room to store the large database was very critical. Preserving those databases was not that easy, because the … Continue reading