Mail Flow To The Correct Exchange Online Connector

In a multi-forest Exchange Server/Exchange Online (single tenant) configuration, you are likely to have multiple inbound connectors to receive email from the different on-premises environments. There are scenarios where it is important to ensure that the correct connector is used for the inbound message rather than any of your connectors. Here is one such example.… Continue reading Mail Flow To The Correct Exchange Online Connector

Is Your SenderID/SPF or DKIM Record Correctly Configured

With Microsoft having just announced that DKIM is coming to Office 365 soon (release notes here) and SenderID is already available, I thought this is a good time to write a blog on the use of DMARC to show if your records are correct. DMARC is a protocol that allows you to see the effect… Continue reading Is Your SenderID/SPF or DKIM Record Correctly Configured

Highly Available Geo Redundancy with Outbound Send Connectors in Exchange 2003 and Later

This is something I’ve been meaning to write down for a while. I wrote an answer for this question to LinkedIn about a week ago and I’ve just emailed a MCM Exchange consultant with this – so here we go… If you configure a Send Connector (Exchange 2007 and 2010) or Exchange 2003 SMTP Connector… Continue reading Highly Available Geo Redundancy with Outbound Send Connectors in Exchange 2003 and Later

Starting Exchange When You Have Active Directory Issues

I had a call the other day from a company who had Exchange issues. One investigation it turned out they had a very suspect Active Directory and no-one would admit to what they had actually done to get it in such a state! One server (DC1) would not talk to the other DC’s (Kerberos issues… Continue reading Starting Exchange When You Have Active Directory Issues

Domain Redirection and BPOS to Office 365 Migration

With Microsoft Exchange Online via BPOS (the precursor to Office 365) you were able to configure a simple CNAME redirection to make access to OWA easier for your users. For example, you could create a CNAME in DNS for mail.fabrikam.com (where fabrikam.com is your domain in BPOS) which pointed to go.domains.live.com and then when users… Continue reading Domain Redirection and BPOS to Office 365 Migration

Hosting Exchange 2010 and Issues With Duplicate Contacts

When you are creating a hosted Exchange system using the Exchange 2010 On Premises product (not the /hosting version of the product) it is likely that if two or more of your customers create a mail contact in the global address list (GAL) for the same external email recipient they will see some issues with… Continue reading Hosting Exchange 2010 and Issues With Duplicate Contacts

Exchange Log Truncation Failure in a DAG

Today I visited a client who had noticed that no log files had ever been removed after any backup within Exchange 2010 SP1. It was fortuitous that they had enough log disk space for about eight months of log generations. The disadvantage was that we were four months into this time period, so it was… Continue reading Exchange Log Truncation Failure in a DAG

How to Clear Password Policy on workstation after removing it from domain

I needed to set up a few machines for a client in an internet cafe type scenario, but the client provided me with computers that had been added to the domain. The domain had a password requirement which meant I could not configure the default login on the cafe machines to have no password. To… Continue reading How to Clear Password Policy on workstation after removing it from domain