Configuring Sync and Writeback Permissions in Active Directory for Azure Active Directory Sync

[Last updated 11th November 2019 – added support for Exchange Server automapping support, which was announced during Microsoft Ignite 2019 and will be supported in the first half of calendar year 2020. This is supported by adding writeback for msExchDelegateListBL and msExchDelegateListLink attributes. The below Exchange Hybrid writeback script has been updated to support these… Continue reading Configuring Sync and Writeback Permissions in Active Directory for Azure Active Directory Sync

SSL and Exchange Server

In October 2014 or thereabouts it became known that the SSL protocol (specifically SSL v3) was broken and decryption of the encrypted data was possible. This blog post sets out the steps to protect your Exchange Server organization regardless of whether you have one server or many, or whether or not you use a load… Continue reading SSL and Exchange Server

Creating Mailboxes in Office 365 When Using DirSync

This blog post describes the process to create a new user in Active Directory on-premises when email is held in Office 365 and DirSync is in use. With DirSync in use the editable copy of the user object is on-premises and most attributes cannot be modified in the cloud. Creating the User Open Active Directory… Continue reading Creating Mailboxes in Office 365 When Using DirSync

Placing Exchange 2013 Into Maintenance Mode

Updated 5 Feb 2013 to include Redirect-Message cmdlet Exchange 2013 has a feature called Managed Availability. This feature detects issues with a server and in the event of an issue attempts to fix the component at issue. Fixes range from simple restarts of the component (for example restarting the service) to doing what is called… Continue reading Placing Exchange 2013 Into Maintenance Mode

Installing and Configuring AD RMS and Exchange Server

Earlier this week at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC 2012) I led a session titled Configuring Rights Management Server for Office 365 and Exchange On-Premises [E14.314]. This blog shows three videos covering installation, configuration and integration of RMS with Exchange 2010 and Office 365. For Exchange 2013, the steps are mostly identical. Installing AD RMS… Continue reading Installing and Configuring AD RMS and Exchange Server

Access Is Denied Message After Sysprep–How To Fix

If before you use Sysprep to prepare a Windows machine for imaging you set the administrators password “User cannot change password” then sysprep will not clear this setting, but will set the “User must change password at next logon” setting. Normally these two settings are mutually exclusive, but in the scenario for sysprep it seems… Continue reading Access Is Denied Message After Sysprep–How To Fix

Installing Dell Open Manage 7.1 on Hyper-V R2 Servers

This set of instructions goes through the process for installing Dell Open Manager on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. Download both the 6.5 and 7.1 versions of Dell Open Manage You need to install 6.5 first, or you will get errors about “omchecks has stopped working” failing during the RunPreReqChecks process and… Continue reading Installing Dell Open Manage 7.1 on Hyper-V R2 Servers

Lab Environment: Set All Users With Non-Expiring Passwords

Using Active Directory Module for Windows Powershell (part of Windows 2008 R2 Active Directory and downloadable for earlier versions of AD) use the following cmdlet to set all your user to have non-expiring passwords. Great for lab environments: Get-ADUser | Set-ADAccountControl –PasswordNeverExpires $True

Scheduling Backup on Microsoft Hyper-V Server

To do a backup of the virtual machines installed on your Hyper-V Server (2008 or 2008 R2 editions) you need to complete the following steps. Install the backup feature by typing start /w ocsetup WindowsServerBackup from the command prompt. Get a list of the drives on which Hyper-V Server has stored virtual machines. This will… Continue reading Scheduling Backup on Microsoft Hyper-V Server

Enabling ASP.NET Session State without Installing IIS

At a client site, I needed to enable within a web cluster the ASP.NET session state service (ASP.NET State Service) and initially this was going to go on one server within the web cluster. The only problem though, as this configuration is easy, was what happens if the one server in the cluster that this… Continue reading Enabling ASP.NET Session State without Installing IIS