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So if you are business owner and do have questions like

Is Office 365 right fit for my business ?
How can I save on my IT operation cost ?
How do I backup my data?

How can I be more productive using Office 365?

OR any other nagging questions you may have, come and join us at Willowboork Mall Wayne NJ on May 6th at 6:00 PM.

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Market Statistics
Microsoft now has 22 million consumers subscribed to Office 365
More than 80 million users on Exchange Online
More than 70 million commercial customers

Exchange 2016 Cumulative Update 1 Installation

Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange 2016 has been out since 03/15 but I didn’t get a chance to write about it. Below you will find some step how to roll it out in your environment. Of course it has a number of fixes and  that’s the reason you need to update you server. The server patching process is different on a single exchange server 2016 and in a environment where you have more than one server and running DAG and CAS behind the load balancer. For a HA environment , you will need to plan accordingly.

This is one of the example when you run this cmdlet on Exchange 2016 prior to CU 1
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Below is the screen capture of Exchange 2016 RTM version (before CU 1)

 

Here is the installation process
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Here is the Server build of Exchange 2016 CU 1 with a new schema

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List of issues fixed by CU 1

Here is the list of all issues fixed in this Cumulative Update CU 1

Updated OWA S/MIME control
New distribution package for Exchange Server 2016 update
Change to Mailbox Anchoring for Remote PowerShell
Additional languages for Outlook on the Web
.Net 4.6.1 Support
Slow installations on Windows Server 2012 R2
Support for Standalone Hybrid Configuration Wizard in Exchange Server 2010

.Net 4.6.1 Support

Make sure you are not running this version of DotNet Framework. This version is nut supported yet.

For the latest information on Exchange Server and product announcements please see What’s New in Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2016 Release Notes. You can also find updated information on Exchange Server 2013 in What’s New in Exchange Server 2013Release Notes and product documentation available on TechNet.

Now if you run Test-ExchangeSearch , you will get this cmdlet working

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Now you have successfully installed the CU 1

Cheers:)

 

Exchange 2016 Install – Step by Step

This blog post is specially for those who are planning to install Exchange 2016 and wanted to get an idea. There is nothing special installing the Exchange Server 2016 but of course there a a lot of planning involved if you are doing a migration project from Exchange to Exchange Migration or Exchange to O365 or a Hybrid setup.  This install is a step by step (screen shots) for Exchange 2016 installation.  2

The server OS is Windows Server 2012 R2 running on my Hyper-V 2012 R2 Host.
To install the pre-requisites and automate the installation I’ve used Michel de Rooij’s script. I recommend using that script , it save a lot of time.

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Below Error is the DotNet Framework Error. As soon as I manually installed the DotNet Framework 4.5.2 I was able to proceed the installation.

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Cheers ! Now you have successfully installed the Exchange Server 2016

Changes to Microsoft OneDrive – 15Gb to 5GB

This is the email I received earlier today – this is surprising to many customers but it is not surprise me at all as I’m already suing my #OD4B. And this is also very common when you sign-up for any free service or free subscription, and these free services can be changed anytime for any reason. This update is only for OneDrive for Personal Account Only, it does not impact on your Office365 Business Account.

We want to let you know about some upcoming changes to OneDrive. On July 27, 2016, the amount of storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. We are also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus.

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So your data is not going be deleted and keeping in that in mind Microsoft giving you almost 18 months to move your data. I don’t know wether you will upgrade to OD4B (OneDrive For Business) or go with any 3rd party such as #Dropbox or ect.

This is what and how it is going ti impact on your OneDrive Quota

 

  • If you are a free user and have over 5 GB of content in your OneDrive, you will receive an email with an offer to claim a free 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal*, which includes 1 TB of storage.
  • If you do not claim this offer, you will need to purchase additional storage or remove some of your files. Otherwise, 90 days after you receive your first notice, your account will become read-only.
  • If you are over quota after the 90 days, you will still have access to your files for 9 months. You can view and download them. However, you will not be able to add new content.
  • If after 9 months you are still over quota, your account will be locked. That means that you will not be able to access the content in your OneDrive until you take action.
  • If after 6 more months you fail to take action, your content may be deleted.

For more details check out Office Page

Are you still behind Exchange 2013 CU 12?

Issues that this cumulative update fixes

Notes

  • The Cumulative Update 12 package can be used to run a new installation of Exchange Server 2013 or to upgrade an existing Exchange Server 2013 installation to Cumulative Update 12.
  • It is not necessary to install any Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Updates or Service Packs released prior to Cumulative Update 12 before you install Cumulative Update 12.

Again I’m going to write about why and what are most important reasons to upgrade. In my opinion the issues either are high visible to end-user or related to end-user productivity or impacting on the production.

So if you are still on Exchange 2013 Cu11, this is the time to upgrade it to Cu12 and it’s been already released since last month as of March 15, 2016. Next update will be sometime in June. So there are still some very good reasons to upgrade to Exchange 2013 CU12.

You can download the Exchange 2013 CU12 from here
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51499

 

Add-ins for Outlook in Office365

In this post you will find how to install add-ins for Outlook and other Office Apps (word). I found these app very useful specially for meeting or enabling the #google #search right into my #msword application.

1- login to your O365 account, then click on SETTINGS, Manage Add-ins

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2- Click Add using the + sign – Add from store, it will take you to the store

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3- In my case I’ve selected #Uber

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4-Once installed it will show the message like this

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5- Press Ok and come back to the add-ins menu, Uber app is listed here. It also shows that it was installed by me and it is turned on.

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6- Now in order to use this Add-ins or App we need to setup a test meeting.

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7- Now your #Uber Add-in is installed. based on the event time it show different message and also offer you a free ride if it is your first time.

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So start using your Add-ins feature , there are tons of other application. If you like my post please share it.

Cheers :)

 

 

 

Are you still behind on Cumulative Update 11 For Exchange 2013

This is not very common these days but still some organizations are other three months behind or six months behind the Exchange 2013 Cumulative Updates. or you may have setup a new Exchange 2013 you may want to bring it up to the updated CU.

So if you are even no onto the CU11 , below are the some important (depending on the scenario) updates it covers, not all are very important but some of them are very critical .

Here is the list of important updates in my opinion I’d consider upgrading to CU11.

To get the full list of al the update here is the TechNet url

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3099522

 

Setup your Exchange lab in less than $50 bucks

This tutorial will guide you on having a full Exchange environment in the cloud following best practices, Basically to setup your Exchange lab in less than $50 bucks – Prior to this lab I had setup a lab at my home running tons of memory and disk storage but getting a live production like lab is not easy to setup where you want to setup the #OWA and #ActiveSync and test these services externally.

Taking advantage of the fact that there are high competition between cloud service providers, After long evaluation and personal testing I picked the cloud provider that will meet all the requirements. So I decided to go with #VPSIE (vpsie). In this post I will not be doing too much technical stuff but I’m going to put the screen capture and how does it look like once you register. Signup-Link — I liked this one not only because of the best pricing  but also they offer Windows server on all their packages with  #SSD (by default in their all offering). For any version of #Exchange #server SSD makes a huge difference.

You many not need to setup a live lab like this for #DAG but for other service yes it does help a lot.

It also gives you the console level access directly from the browser without installing any Java or add-ons which is neat for troubleshooting as well as their live support. Let’ s start by looking at the lab at my domain name in this case is https://mail.O365SME.COM

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Package selection would be minimal required for this lab environment – Spike package would be sufficient for our lab.

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LAB Servers

In this lab I’ve setup only one AD Server and One Exchange 2010 SP3 – You can see the RAM and and the Disk allowed to each.

To protect Active Directory I have set it up on private network while it can only communicate with Exchange over private link – It’s a very bad idea to have AD on public Internet that is definitely not recommended  for any production use.

OS Selection:

I selected Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard edition for this lab – It comes already activated so

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This is the actual look of my account configured for this lab.

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It took 2 minutes to spin up each of the Windows servers – After Spinning up – I logged in to console to configure AD as the DNS and do basic configurations that we will get to in details.

Console Access – Coolest Feature 

This feature I must mention here which I’ve not seen using #azure (I am not compare with #azure but wish if they offered that feature). Many time it happens what if the server is not accessible  over remote desktop?    I’ve ran into the situation where I lost access to the RDP and I had de-allocate and re-allocate the machine. Reboot the machine a number of times to made it work. Console Feature , let’s you login to the console just like logging in via KVM. It just simply work on the web browser (safari, firefox and IE). Even if you have to change the port for the RDP you can make the changes via console access and RDP on that port.

Another good and important feature is Private IP (I’ll talk about more details later). So even if you have a private ip on you VM you can still access it via console access, you don’t really need a public ip to access that machine.

What you can achieve with this , you don’t have to publish that server on the public ip address. If you were to put an AD server for your Exchange Server then you don’t need a public ip address on that server. You can access that server on the private ip using console access over a browser.

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The actual console will look like that, Within a browser window – Very neat:)

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I wanted to keep the cost for this lab at the lower end – So I started with the lower package and then manually added 10GB of SSD storage individually to satisfy exchange minimal storage requirements  :

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Exchange is an application that is streamlined by hands-on experience, To actually learn it you need to do it – you could take advantage of their | Free Trial Now |– As we go with more details on the technical part of this setup I need to have some time to put together some topology graph as well as high level architecture overview.