Tag : Exchange

Using Windows to Back Up and Restore Exchange Data

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 comes equiped with a plug-in so users can back up and restore your Exchange databases. For all of the tips, tricks, and how-to’s please visit Microsoft’s link here. This plug-in allows users to enable Windows Server Backup to create the Exchange-aware VSS backups. Do you still have Exchange 2010? Not to worry, they will explain the steps for the 2010 version as well.

Office 365 Will Include 2013 Product Versions- Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and Office

The Office 365 update that includes the 2013 product versions of Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and Office will be available February 27th.  This is a fundamental shift in our business that began several years ago and continues today with the release of Office 365 Home Premium. This is a brand new Office never experienced before.  For the first time, consumers can subscribe to Office as a service instead of purchasing Office as a piece of software to install. The new Office subscription is an entirely new way to think about the productivity experience with entirely new benefits.

Office 365 Home Premium subscribers receive all the full-featured Office applications they know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits built in. One subscription can run the service on up to five devices, all for just $99.99 a year. People will love instant access to all their documents and settings across their devices and how Office takes full advantage of the new Windows 8 touch interface. They’ll love staying connected to the people and information they care about. And they’ll love having the latest version of Office at all times because it simply updates without the hassle of purchasing and upgrading to a new version.   Smaller businesses are also choosing Office 365 at a rapid pace, with a 150 percent increase in the number of small and medium-sized businesses using the service over the past 12 months. These businesses will get to enjoy the new Office 365 service for businesses beginning Feb. 27.

Exchange 2010 AD Extention Error Provisioning

Currently doing an Exchange Project upgrading an environment from 2003 to 2010 and ran into a little problem that was unexpected and have not seen before on past migrations.  My engineer figured the issue out and now mail is properly flowing between the internet and the two exchange servers.  Apparently, when someone updates the default SMTP virtual server on exchange 2003 and inserts a smarthost on the connector it will break all routing group connectors on 2007 & 2010 exchange servers. Even if you delete the RGC and recreate them on exchange 2010, messages will still fail. This is because the smarthost field is filled in on to the virtual SMTP server. To correct the issue, remove the smarthost entry on the virtual SMTP server, delete the RCG using the exchange management shell (command below), recreate the routing groups (command below), and wait 5 minutes. Everything should be corrected. Now to fix the smarthost error, delete the SMTP connector on exchange 2003, recreate a new routing group connector for SMTP specifying the smarthost under the outgoing settings. Exchange routes correctly.. Good news!

Cmd:

To remove a RCG:
Remove-routinggroupconnector (hit enter to get a prompt of the name of the RCG)

To add a RCG (make sure its bidirectional there are two one for each server so e2k3srvr-e2k10srvr and e2k10srvr-e2k3srvr in this case)

New-RoutingGroupConnector -Name “2003-2010” -SourceTransportServers “e2k3srvr.”clientserver”.net” -Tar
getTransportServers “e2k10srvr.”clientserver”.net” -Cost 1 -Bidirectional $false -PublicFolderReferralsEnabled $true

New-RoutingGroupConnector -Name “2010-2003” -SourceTransportServers “e2k10srvr.”clientserver”.net” -Tar
getTransportServers “.”clientserver”.net” -Cost 1 -Bidirectional $false -PublicFolderReferralsEnabled $true

Last note, DO NOT ever edit anything in ESM on 2003 for the 2010 server, it may take the change but it will not actually process or turn active.  At this point the MA exchange 2010 server is ready to be released to production.

Windows Mobile 7 Phone Launch

Effective November 8, 2010 Microsoft kicks off the release of Windows Mobile 7, adding to the number of Exchange-ready phones available to the Business World. Pre-release reviews have been mixed, but even the most negative reviews I’ve seen, seem to see this OS as a serious player.  Initially on devices from AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint will also have phones, shortly into the next year. Phones will come from manufacturers LG, HTC, Samsung and Dell.  For more information on Windows Mobile 7, got to http://www.windowsphone7.com/.

To learn more about our launch lineup, check out the Windows Phone site (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/buy/7/phones.aspx)

If you would also like to check out some mobile apps for the phone you can take a look at this site as well (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/apps/default.aspx)

Microsoft Exchange Cloud Offering Has Limitations – BPOS

BVA has seen a lot of ups and downs with the Microsoft in-the-cloud offering with Exchange.  We have been a BPOS partner for over two years with great success overall but have run into some small and large problems that we want to disclose.  One of the biggest problems with the offering is that Microsoft does not backup the mail data over 14 days through an OST locally on the users hard drive as well as one in the Cloud Store.  Another problem is the sub-folder size and being extremely careful with the deletion process with those sub-folders.  Meaning in one scenario, a client deleted a sub-folder that was greater than 2GB in size and as a result deleted it from the OST for recovery.  There is an outlook rule where it states that any sub-folder deleted that is over the size of 3GB will not go to the recycling bin but rather delete completely off the store.  There is no way to restore the the file from the cloud or the local OST which can be quite painful.  This has been verified with Microsoft and they really do not have a good reason of why this is the case.  Microsoft’s suggestion is to purchase an additional service called Email Archiving for an additional $4.25.  The cost for some of the BPOS offerings are as followed:

Technical Support (All Break Fix issues, Partner Care questions and routing)

BPOS Technical Support

Available to customers and  partners who  are acting on behalf of their BPOS customers

1-866-MSONLINE, 1-866-441-8425, (425)-704-4614

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Configuring the Droid X to work with Microsoft Exchange Online

By this time, many people have had the opportunity to get their hands on the new  Droid X by Motorola, and explore the vast amount of features on this incredibly powerful device. From social networking to games, applications, and mobile content this device is a definate must have.

I recently had the task assigned to me to figure out how exactly to configure the Droid X to be used with the Microsoft online hosted exchange, and to my surprise, it was just as easy as configuring it to work with an in-house exchange server but with a very slight variation.