Exchange 2013 Monthly Meeting

By , August 15, 2014 5:10 pm

Join NJ Unified Communication User Group Monthly Meeting

Exchange 2013 Address Book Policies


Address book policies (ABPs) allow you to segment users into specific groups to provide customized views of your organization’s global address list (GAL). When creating an ABP, you assign a GAL, an offline address book (OAB), a room list, and one or more address lists to the policy. You can then assign the ABP to mailbox users, providing them with access to a customized GAL in Outlook and Outlook Web App. The goal is to provide a simpler mechanism to accomplish GAL segmentation for on-premises organizations that require multiple GALs.

 Join this session for step by step configuration to setup ABP.




Exchange Server 2013 Components in an Inactive State

By , August 7, 2014 12:43 pm

After applying update or patches on Exchange 2013 and bringing back to out of maintenance you notice that server components are still Inactive as shown below.  In a situation like this you need to go extra mile to bring the server as is before maintenance. Below is the set of cmdlet when you put the server on maintenance where requester is calling for maintenance.

cmdlets/ script is bringing the server out of the maintenance but the component state is still Inactive
Set-ServerComponentState $Server -Component ServerWideOffline -State Active -Requester Maintenance
Set-ServerComponentState $Server -Component UMCallRouter –State Active –Requester Maintenance
Resume-ClusterNode $Serve
Set-MailboxServer $Server -DatabaseCopyActivationDisabledAndMoveNow $False
Set-MailboxServer $Server -DatabaseCopyAutoActivationPolicy Unrestricted
Set-ServerComponentState $Server -Component HubTransport -State Active -Requester Maintenance


In addition to the single components which can be managed individually, there’s also a component called “ServerWideOffline”, which is used to manage the state of all components together, with the exception of “Monitoring” and “RecoveryActionsEnabled”. For this purpose, “ServerWideOffline” overrides individual settings for all other components. It doesn’t touch “Monitoring” and “RecoveryActionsEnabled” because these two components need to stay active in order to keep MA going. Without them, no “OnlineResponder” could bring “ServerWideOffline” back to “Active” automatically. But in this case both Monitoring and RecoveryActionEnabled are Inactive which will not bring the ServerWideOffline back to Active.

 So the server is not 100% functional even though you took it out of maintenance. You will need to perform  the following cmdlet to bring the server in ACTIVE State

Set-ServerComponentState -Component ServerWideOffline -State Active -Requester Functional
Set-ServerComponentState -Component Monitoring -State Active -Requester Functional
Set-ServerComponentState -Component RecoveryActionsEnabled -State Active -Requester Functional



You can also get  the Get-ServerComponentState cmdlet from the Shell to retrieve these settings along with timestamp


You can also use the script to bring the component state back to active state



Free Office 365 E3 Subscription – For User Groups Only

By , August 5, 2014 5:49 pm

If you run a User Group then you may must have received an email from  Microsoft Technical Community about changes they have made but this time they were so generous and extended the Office 365 Subscription for another year. So every User Group now can have 1 year Office 365 E3 business plan feature for their User Group members. This is the extract from the email

MSTC still has a lot of great benefits for you to take advantage of, so be sure that you login and get access to:

  • FREE Office 365 Subscription

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Thank you for participating in the Microsoft Technical Community Program,


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Exchange 2010 – eDiscovery editing will delete your previous search results

By , July 24, 2014 6:47 am

If you happen to edit an existing search result in Exchange 2010 eDiscovery you better create a brand new search as there is no SAVE AS  option BUT there is a WARNING that ‘ you will lose your any previous search results’ if click YES your previous search results are gone from discovery mailbox



Search1 has no content and the contents of Seach2 are being displayed





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