Category: EXCHANGE 2010 SP2

Setup your Exchange lab in less than $50 bucks

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By , March 30, 2016 10:19 AM

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. 

Exchange Server Supportability Matrix

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By , December 18, 2013 6:45 PM

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Checkout more here
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff728623(v=exchg.141).aspx

Benefits of using Outlook Anywhere Outlook Anywhere

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By , December 16, 2013 12:40 PM

Outlook Anywhere offers the following benefits to clients that use Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, or Outlook 2007 to access your Exchange messaging infrastructure:
Users have remote access to Exchange servers from the Internet.
You can use the same URL and namespace that you use for Outlook Web App and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
You can use the same Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) server certificate that you use for both Outlook Web App and Exchange ActiveSync.
Unauthenticated requests from Outlook can’t access Exchange servers.
You don’t have to use a virtual private network (VPN) to access Exchange servers across the Internet.
If you already use Outlook Web App with SSL or Exchange ActiveSync with SSL, you don’t have to open any additional ports from the Internet.
You can test end-to-end client connectivity for Outlook Anywhere and TCP-based connections by using the Test-OutlookConnectivity cmdlet.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123741(v=exchg.150).aspx

Exchange 2013 Reduction in IOPS over Exchange 2010

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By , April 22, 2013 12:51 AM

In Exchange 2010, passive database copies have a very low checkpoint depth, which is required for fast failover. In addition, the passive copy performs aggressive pre-reading of data to keep up with a 5-megabyte (MB) checkpoint depth. As a result of using a low checkpoint depth and performing these aggressive pre-read operations, IOPS for a passive database copy was equal to IOPS for an active copy in Exchange 2010.

In Exchange 2013, the system is able to provide fast failover while using a high checkpoint depth on the passive copy (100 MB). Because passive copies have 100-MB checkpoint depth, they’ve been de-tuned to no longer be so aggressive. As a result of increasing the checkpoint depth and de-tuning the aggressive pre-reads, IOPS for a passive copy is about 50 percent of the active copy IOPS in Exchange 2013.

Having a higher checkpoint depth on the passive copy also results in other changes. On failover in Exchange 2010, the database cache is flushed as the database is converted from a passive copy to an active copy.

    In Exchange 2013, ESE logging was rewritten so that the cache is persisted through the transition from passive to active. Because ESE doesn’t need to flush the cache, you get fast failover.

One other change is background database maintenance (BDM). BDM is now throttled back from 5 MB per sec per copy to 1 MB per sec per copy.

As a result of these changes, Exchange 2013 provides a 50 percent reduction in IOPS over Exchange 2010.

Announcing Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer (MCA) 1.0 and Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer (RCA) 2.1

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By , March 11, 2013 9:40 PM

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Now the user can their own connectivity and save results in HTML format that administrator can troubleshoot.

ACCORDING TO EXCHANGE TEAM SITE

The Five most common connectivity symptoms are

  • “I can’t log on with Office Outlook” – This test is equivalent to the Exchange RCA test for “Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP)”. There is an option to run the SSO test provided on the parameters page.
  • “I can’t send or receive email on my mobile device”.   – This test is equivalent to the Exchange RCA test for Exchange ActiveSync.
  • ***New MCA Test*** “I can’t log on to Lync on my mobile device or the Lync Windows Store App” – This test checks for the Domain Name Server (DNS) records for your on-premise domain to ensure they are configured correctly for supporting Mobile Lync clients. Also it connects to the Autodiscover web service and makes sure that the authentication, certificate, web service for Mobility is correctly set up
  • ***New MCA Test*** “I can’t send or receive email from Outlook (Office 365 only)” – This test checks Inbound/Outbound SMTP mail flow and also includes Domain Name Server validation checks for O365 customers.
  • ***New MCA Test*** “I can’t view free/busy information of another user” – This test verifies that an Office 365 mailbox can access the free/busy information of an on-premises mailbox, and vice versa (one direction per test run).

My feedback to the exchange team

They should have 32-bit version of this utility
They should release WinxXP version of this utility

 

Read the full article here

http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2013/03/11/announcing-microsoft-connectivity-analyzer-mca-1-0-and-microsoft-remote-connectivity-analyzer-rca-2-1.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage

 

Suspend-MailboxDatabaseCopy – Exchange 2010

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By , July 11, 2012 5:20 PM

The cmdlet will allow you to avoid your Exchange getting into a Split-BrainSyndrome.

EXAMPLE 1

This example suspends replication and replay activity for the copy of a database named DB1 that’s hosted on a Mailbox server named MBX3. An optional administrative reason for the suspension is also specified.

Suspend-MailboxDatabaseCopy -Identity DB1MBX3 -SuspendComment "Maintenance on MBX3" 

EXAMPLE 2


This example only activation for the copy of a database named DB3 that’s hosted on a Mailbox server named MBX2.

Suspend-MailboxDatabaseCopy -Identity DB3MBX2 -ActivationOnly


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