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Hi Folks,

I just upgraded my Windows 7 installation to Windows 8 Enterprise RTM. The compatibility check failed because of Intel PRO Wireless Utility and Avira AntiVir Pro. After uninstalling the both programs the upgrade started regulary. After some reboots and 1,5 hours installing I logged in first.

Everything looked fine, all apllications started as usual. The desktop and taskbar symbols appeared as before, just the start button was missing. I installed the ClassicShell and got my start button back.

In combination with ClassicShell Windows 8 has nearly the same usability as Windows 7 + the possibilty tu use the new features and the new (formerly known as METRO) interface. So I wish you a happy upgrading and installing 🙂

Cheers,

Chris

On August 13th 2012, the Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2 to the Download Center.

This update contains a number of customer reported and internally found issues. See KB 2706690 Description of Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 for more details.

In particular we would like to specifically call out the following fixes which are included in this release:

Note: Some of the following KB articles may not be available at the time of publishing this post.

  • New updates for August DST – Exchange 2010 – SP2 RU4 – Display name for OWA.
  • 2685001 Retention policies do not work for the Calendar and Tasks folders in an Exchange Server 2010 SP1 environment
  • 2686540 Exchange 2010 Messages are not delivered to Journal Mailbox
  • 2701162 Granting Full Mailbox Access Does Not Allow Full Details of Free/Busy To Be Displayed
  • 2724188 Information loss due to unexpected subject modification while copying a message in Outlook
  • 2743871 Stop Forefront services in RU setup so no manual steps are required
  • 2740358: MS12-058: Vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange Server WebReady document viewing could allow remote code execution: August 14, 2012

(Source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/08/14/released-update-rollup-4-for-exchange-2010-service-pack-2.aspx)

Cheers,
Chris

Often you are forced to analyze mail headers. If this is not part of your daily tasks, it’s difficult to “read” the header information.

MXToolBox.com offers a free header analyzer which performs a graphical preparation of the mail header which can be used for documentation and further analyzing. You can follow the different steps of the sent mail as well as e.g. spamfilter or mailserver header additions:

Here you can find the header analyzer:

http://www.mxtoolbox.com/EmailHeaders.aspx

An alternative Tool to analyze the E-Mail header comes from google:
https://toolbox.googleapps.com/apps/messageheader/

Cheers,

Chris

Hi Folks,

the Exchange community was waiting a long time for some information about the new generation of Exchange Server.
Finally Microsoft gives some Information about the upcoming Exchange release:

Exchange Server 2013 Preview Release Notes

Exchange Server 2013 Preview Download

Cheers,

Chris

Earlier today, the Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2 to the Download Center.

This update contains a number of customers reported and internally found issues. See KB2685289 Description of Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 for more details.

Note: Some of the following KB articles may not be available at the time of publishing this post.

In particular we would like to specifically call out the following fixes which are included in this release:

  • KB2689810 Meeting Requests bodies get rendered in plain text in Outlook when created via Exchange Web Services.
  • KB2674445 Need the function to check ACL consistency during moving mailbox.
  • KB2700705 RpcClientAccess crashes with SocketException when UDP push notification is enabled.
  • KB2705425 Memory Leak in UMWorkerProcess.exe.
  • KB2698976MRM Assistant doesnt process a mailbox with a contact created in other tenants.

(Source: Exchange Team Blog )

A couple of days ago I had a problem with an Exchange Server running out of space. I controlled database and logfile partitions and could not detect anything suspicious.

After some researches I figured out Volume Shadow Copies require much space because a backup job didn’t finish succesful and leave the VSS data on disk.

In my case vssadmin deleteshadows didn’t work, too. After some investigation I found a way to delete the Shadow Copies with the command line for WMI – WMIC

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc787035%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

In summary you have to do the following

  • Start an elevated commandline window
  • Type in wmic and press enter
  • wmic:root\cli is shown
  • Type in shadowcopy which will list the current shadow copies
  • Type in shadowcopy delete and confirm to delete the copies one after the other
  • To leave the WMI commandline type exit

Cheers,

Chris

Today I had to extend the partition of a Windows 2003 Server.

In the past I did this several times with diskpart:

diskpart.exe -> list volumes
select volume [number of the partition to extend]
extend volume size=[SIZE TO EXTEND in MB]

After doing this, diskpart and the Windows Disk Management show the extended size but Windows Explorer didn’t so. A colleague pointed a KB article to me which described this behaviour.

You have type in another diskpart command (brought with SP2 – otherwise there is a hotfix):

diskpart.exe
select volume [number of the partition to extend]
extend filesystem

Now the whole space could be seen in the Explorer, too.

Read more:
KB325590
KB832316

Cheers,

Chris

Here’s the PowerShell command to remove the last arbitration mailbox to prepare uninstall of Exchange 2010.

Get-Mailbox -Arbitration | Remove-Mailbox -RemoveLastArbitrationMailboxAllowed

Cheers,

Chris

Randy just released the Outlook Calendar Checking Tool, for short CalCheck.

It’s a very useful tool to solve those tricky calendar problems an Exchange admin is often confronted with.
My special thanks to Kottee, who informed me about the release.

CalCheck – The Outlook Calendar Checking Tool

Cheers,

Chris

Yesterday I ran into a problem which was often discussed before by my colleagues and me.

I wanted to prepare the AD schema update before installing Exchange 2010. The “setup /pad” and “setup /ps” commands ran without any errors so I started to install Exchange 2010 (SP2).

The Installation itself ran without any errors, too. After rebooting the freshly installed Exchange 2010 server I wanted to opend the EMC and the EMS – and got one of these annoying WinRM management startup failures.

So I did it as recommended by MS and used the articles provided by TechNet and EHLO Team Blog and finally used the Exchange Management Troubleshooter (EMTShooter) without any hint or solution – the EMTShooter only detected an unknown error.

I called my colleague Stephan H.  (A big thank you, Stephan, for the memory of this topic) and he put me on the right track. A virus scanner was installed and activated on the schema master. Several times he had this issue: The schema update seemed to run properly but after installing Exchange 2010 strange errors occured.

The solution was very easy. I deactivated the virus scanner on the schema master and rerun Exchange 2010’s “setup /ps”. After finishing the PrepareSchema I rebooted the Exchange 2010 server and everything worked fine. In this case the AntiVirus software blocked the “evil” remote PowerShell.

Cheers,

Chris