Hidden features of Exchange 2010 – part I

When you have worked with Exchange 2010 you might know that some things only can be configured by using the Exchange Management Shell (EMS). A few examples are:

New version of fix-alias.ps1

During a migration you may encounter the issue that incorrect aliasses are used, for exampe spaces or incorrect characters in the alias. Microsoft has published a nice script fix-alias.ps1. There are some limitations when using this script. Because of this I modified the script a bit and added the following features:

Usefull scripts for use during an Exchange 2010 migration

Some times it can be very usefull to automate things by creating a script. Of course you will first have to think if it is usefull to automate it or just decide to do it manually. Which option you chose is really hard to say but let’s say if you have to modify more then 50 items becomes very interested to use a script.

Exchange 2007 SP3 Rollup 4 released

Microsoft has released Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 SP3. This rollup will fix the following issues:

Review Trend Micro Scanmail 10

In this article we will have a look at Trend Micro Scanmail (SMEX) 10. This is the latest version of Trend Micro’s antivirus/antispam solution for Microsoft Exchange Server.

Exchange 2010 SP1 Rollup 4 released

Microsoft has released Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 SP1. This rollup will fix the following issues:

Can’t remove the Exchange Virtual Server

During the removal of an Exchange 2003 cluster I had the issue that I couldn’t remove the Exchange Virtual Server from the Cluster Administrator.

Uninstall of Scanmail 8 doesn’t remove everything

During the removal of an Exchange 2003 cluster I found an issue after the removal of Trend Micro Scanmail (SMEX) 8.0. After the deinstallation was completed the Cluster Administrator started with an error. Once of the things I expected to cause the issue was the resource object from SMEX which was still there. This could be solved easily by removing the default procedure for removing cluster resources.

A closer look at the Database One Copy Alert scheduled task

Starting from Exchange 2010 SP1 a scheduled task called Database One Copy Alert will be configured automatically on each mailbox server. This script will be executed every hour and will check if multiple copies are available inside the DAG. Besides this the status of the copy will be checked. This because a copy which is not healthy may lead to data lost during a failover.

ActiveSync doesn’t work for specific devices

A while ago Microsoft announced the Exchange ActiveSync Logo program. Using this program Microsoft will test the compatability of devices with ActiveSync.