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

Group Policy Import To Fix Google Chrome v37 Issues With Exchange Server and Microsoft CRM

A recent update to Google Chrome (37.0.2062.120) removed the ability to support modal dialog boxes. This are dialogs that require your attention and stop you going back to the previous page until you have completed the info required – these are very useful in workflow type scenarios. Google claim that as 0.004% of web sites… Continue reading Group Policy Import To Fix Google Chrome v37 Issues With Exchange Server and Microsoft CRM

Speaking at TechEd Europe 2014

I’m please to announce that Microsoft have asked me to speak on “Everything You Need To Know About SMTP Transport for Office 365” at TechEd Europe 2014 in Barcelona. Its going to be a busy few weeks as I go from there to the MVP Summit in Redmond, WA straight from that event. My session… Continue reading Speaking at TechEd Europe 2014

Exchange Web Services (EWS) and 501 Error

As is common with a lot that I write in this blog, it is based on noting down the answers to stuff I could not find online. For this issue, I did find something online by Michael Van “Hybrid”, but finding it was the challenge. So rather than detailing the issue and the reason (you… Continue reading Exchange Web Services (EWS) and 501 Error

Changing AD FS 3.0 Certificates

I am quite adept at configuring certificates and changing them around, but this one took me completely by surprise as it has a bunch of oddities to consider. First the errors: Web Application Proxy (WAP) reported 0x80075213. In the event log the following: The federation server proxy could not establish a trust with the Federation… Continue reading Changing AD FS 3.0 Certificates

Getting Exchange Message Sizing Raw Data

On the internet there are a number of resources for collecting the raw data needed to size Exchange Server deployments. These include: http://blogs.technet.com/b/neiljohn/archive/2011/08/09/user-profile-analysis-for-exchange-server-2010.aspx (Neil Johnson – User Profile Analysis for Exchange Server 2010 ) http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/bb94b422-eb9e-4c53-a454-f7da6ddfb5d6 (“mjolinor” – the primary source of the script used here) This blog outlines my process for collecting the data needed… Continue reading Getting Exchange Message Sizing Raw Data

Enabling Microsoft Rights Management in SharePoint Online

This article is the fifth in a series of posts looking at Microsoft’s new Rights Management product set. In an earlier previous post we looked at turning on the feature in Office 365 and in this post we will look at protecting documents in SharePoint. This means your cloud users and will have their data… Continue reading Enabling Microsoft Rights Management in SharePoint Online

Using Microsoft Rights Management from Microsoft Office

This article is the second last in a series of posts looking at Microsoft’s new Rights Management product set. In an earlier previous post we looked at turning on the feature in Office 365 and in this post we will look at protecting documents and emails in Microsoft Office 2010 or later. This means your… Continue reading Using Microsoft Rights Management from Microsoft Office

Configuring Exchange On-Premises to Use Azure Rights Management

This article is the fifth in a series of posts looking at Microsoft’s new Rights Management product set. In an earlier previous post we looked at turning on the feature in Office 365 and in this post we will look at enabling on-premises Exchange Servers to use this cloud based RMS server. This means your… Continue reading Configuring Exchange On-Premises to Use Azure Rights Management

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

Updating Exchange 2013 Anti-Malware Agent From A Non-Internet Connected Server

In Forefront Protection for Exchange (now discontinued) for Exchange 2010 it was possible to run the script at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2292741 to download the signatures and scan engines when the server did not have a direct connection to the download site at forefrontdl.microsoft.com. To achieve the same with Exchange 2013 and the built-in anti-malware transport agent you… Continue reading Updating Exchange 2013 Anti-Malware Agent From A Non-Internet Connected Server

Exchange DLP Rules in Exchange Management Shell

This one took a while to work out, so noting it down here! If you want to create a transport rule for a DLP policy that has one data classification (i.e. data type to look for such as ‘Credit Card Number’) then that is easy in PowerShell and an example would be as below. New-TransportRule… Continue reading Exchange DLP Rules in Exchange Management Shell

An “Inexpensive” Exchange Lab In Azure

This blog post centres around two scripts that can be used to quickly provision an Exchange Server lab in Azure and then to remove it again. The reason why the blog post is titled “inexpensive” is that Azure charges compute hours even if the virtual machines are shut down. Therefore to make my Exchange lab… Continue reading An “Inexpensive” Exchange Lab In Azure

Highly Available Office 365 to On-Premises Mail Routing

This article looks at how to configure mail flow from Office 365 (via Exchange Online Protection – EOP) to your On Premises organization to ensure that it is highly available and work in disaster recovery scenarios with no impact. It is based on exactly the same principle to that which I blogged about in 2012:… Continue reading Highly Available Office 365 to On-Premises Mail Routing

Enabling and Configuring AADRM in Exchange Online

This article is the fourth in a series of posts looking at Microsoft’s new Rights Management product set. In the previous post we looked at turning on the feature in Office 365 and in this post we will look at how to manage the service in the cloud. In this series of articles we will… Continue reading Enabling and Configuring AADRM in Exchange Online