Microsoft Tech Summit 2016-2017 is right here







Are you ready for another exciting event with fresh content?
MS Tech Summit is  a TWO DAY  free technical event.

Am I attending – Yes I’m attending the D.C. event
Why Am I attending – If you remember Microsoft iGnite had very first event like this in D.C. 4-5 years ago and then later it became the only event (combined TechEd, MEC etc) for IT Pro and Dev.

Are there any Microsoft Exchange Related Topics? Yes there are a number interesting labs


Why Attend? still not sure

Well it has
Keynote from Julia White
Ask the experts
Technical Session














Over  all this event has everything for everyone who is practicing either SharePoint, Exchange, Office 365, Lync or Skype for Business.  I’m expecting this event to have fresh content developed from last years’s iGnite and Now.  See there!


Software Review: Kernel for Exchange Server Software

Kernel for Exchange Server recovery tool helps Exchange administrators to reduce the time and stress involved in the restoration of corrupt EDB files. The tool employs highly advanced algorithms to perform accurate Exchange mailbox recovery, without changing the folder structure and hierarchy of mailboxes. This tool has a user-friendly interface that helps users in performing effortless EDB recovery and migration.

Kernel for Exchange Server promises to reinstate all the mailbox data including emails, deleted items, attachments, calendar, notes, journals, tasks, appointments, drafts and other items along with their meta data. It offers recovery from EDB files that have become inaccessible due to all types of Exchange Server errors and issues – Jet engine errors, corrupt headers, dirty shutdowns. It will be interesting to know more about the features and working of the tool.

Significant features of Kernel for Exchange Server Tool

  • Offers EDB repair, EDB to PST conversion, and migration to Live Exchange server/Office 365
  • Equipped with a search facility by which users can easily locate EDB files
  • Converts inaccessible EDB files to PST files; also offers facility to split the produced PST files after a specified size
  • Recovers entire Exchange mailbox data without any modification to their structure and hierarchy
  • Recovers and migrates multiple mailboxes in a single cycle
  • Recovers UNICODE characters of languages like Chinese, Japanese and French
  • Preserves data integrity and recovers email meta data & item properties
  • Live Preview facility to verify the details of recovered mailbox items
  • Saves mailbox items in PST, MSG, EML, TXT, HTML and RTF formats
  • Mailbox filtration by date range and item type (with the option to include/exclude filtered items)
  • Generates process analysis report after the completion of the recovery and migration
  • Supports Exchange Server versions 5.0, 5.5, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016

Performing EDB recovery using Kernel for Exchange Server

For evaluation of the tool, user can download the free version from the website directly. However, here we present the analysis using the licensed version. The important steps of using this tool are:

Step 1: Upon launching this EDB recovery tool, its main screen appears. In the ‘Select Source Exchange Database’ dialogue box, the user can select the corrupt EDB/STM files using the ‘Browse’ button. Select the required EDB and click ‘Next’ button to proceed.











Note: User can use the ‘Search’ option to trace the files from a drive or volume, if its exact location is unknown. On using this option, the tool will enlist all the EDBs with their paths.












Step 2: In the next step, user can opt the ‘Standard Scan’ mode (this is the recommended mode). If the intensity of the corruption is low, the tool will produce results instantaneously. However, if the files are severely corrupted, user can use the ‘Advanced Scan’ mode.











Step 3:  After the scanning, the tool produces recovery results in a hierarchical manner in the left pane of the interface as shown in the image below. User can select any of the enlisted files and view their details in the preview pane on the right side of the interface. This helps user in verifying the recovered data before saving it.











Step 4: Save individual items: For individual item restoration, user can select the required items and save them using the right-click menu.  User just has to browse for the destination and mention format (MSG, PST, EML, RTF, TXT or HTML) to save the files.








Step 5: Save in PST

To save required files in PST, user needs to click ‘Save to PST’. Now, the ‘Select Mailboxes’ dialogue box appears. User can proceed with the following steps:

Step 5.1

In the ‘Select Mailboxes’ dialogue box, user can select the mailboxes and their specific folders for recovery. Then click ‘Next’.















Step 5.2: Now the user must browse and select the PST file saving destination. The ‘PST Options’ section allows user to create Unicode PST and also to split PST file after a specified size. User can even define file filtration rules and click ‘Next’ to proceed with the procedure.














Step 5.3: The tool will display a successful file restoration message upon the completion of the procedure.














Step 6: Save to Live Exchange Server/Office 365

To save required files in PST, user needs to click ‘Save to Live Exchange/Office 365’. Now, the ‘Save to Live Exchange/Office 365’ dialogue box appears. User can proceed with the following steps:

Step 6.1

In the ‘Save to Live Exchange/Office 365’ dialogue box, user can enter the Live Exchange Server domain credentials i.e. Domain name, user name and password; then click ‘Next’.














Note: To save required files in Office 365, user needs to choose the ‘Office 365’ option. Here, user can enter the Office 365 credentials i.e. user name and password; then click ‘Next’.















Step 6.2: After entering the required credentials, the tool asks user to map the source mailboxes to the target mailboxes. This can be done manually (by click ‘Mapping’) or using a CSV file (by clicking ‘CSV Export’). After mapping the source mailboxes with the target mailboxes, click ‘Next’.















Step 6.3: Now, filter the files on the basis of Item type and date range and click ‘Next’ to complete the file restoration process.















Step 6.4: The tool will display a confirmation message after successfully saving the mailbox data.












Final words

In conclusion we can say that Kernel for Exchange Recovery tool has the capability to resolve almost all EDB related issues, and recover mailboxes in any situation. It can also migrate mailboxes from EDB to Exchange/Office 365 without much effort. The round the clock technical assistance provided by Kernel support team through email, live chat and phone, is extremely helpful too.

Note: this post content provided by Lepide and is published ‘as-is’ 


My Journey towards MVP

I’m so excited to announce that Microsoft has awarded me their MVP AWARD on the January 1st 2017, what an amazing start of the year — unbelievable. I was so happy when I got the email that I’ve been awarded for Office Servers and Services MVP.

See my profile here on MVP Site 

I’ve been asked this question about what it takes to be a MVP?

Well simple answer is go to and explore the unlimited opportunity.  This website also tells you ‘ What it takes to be a MVP?’

“The Microsoft MVP Award gives us the unique opportunity to celebrate, honor and say thank you to top-notch technology experts who make outstanding contributions to their communities. These technology experts have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies and love to share their knowledge. While there is no single way to become an MVP, we have some great examples that showcase our MVPs and the passion, community spirit and leadership they have exhibited to earn the MVP award.”

Some Tips – here are some tips to earn this award. 

#1 – you love what you do every day

#2 – passion

#3- dedication

#4- consistency

#5- be focused


What do I mean by all of above is that, this is something what you love doing it everyday at your work. Something you are excited about, passion for technology what you work with. It needs consistency. The idea is that you are solving the problem,s real challenges faced by business and you are finding the solution for those issues.

Is MVP Program changed?

Unlike before there were MVP awarded based on a product such as Exchange Server MVP Or SharePoint MVP, now they have changed the structure. Now  If you contribute to areas that span multiple technologies, you have the opportunity to potentially be recognized in multiple MVP Award Categories. We are very excited about this for our community!


#Office365 Data Residency Move FAQ

If you are one of those Microsoft #Office365 customer who signed up your tenant in a region and later realized that your tenant was not supposed to be in that region your mailbox are not supposed to be in that region and you need to move your core data e.g. mailboxes , now you have an option. Now #Office365 allows you to move your data to your local/regional data center (check the regions here

The caveat is that this not going to happen overnight and it make take up to 24 month to move your data. It is also possible that not all of the service and user experience will remain same during that move period.  So make sure you plan it properly and avoid any unknown issue as much as you can. Since this is a new feature and do expect unexpected problems.

What I’d suggest you to wait for this feature to become mature and then accordingly, because there will be so many operation issues which they have already mentioned on their website.

Here are answers to general questions about moving core data to a new datacenter region.

Q. How do you make sure my customer data is safe during the move and that I won’t experience downtime?

A. Data moves are a back-end service operation with minimal impact to end-users. Features that can be impacted are listed on the During and after your data move page. We adhere to the Microsoft Online Services Service Level Agreement (SLA) for availability so there is nothing that customers need to prepare for or to monitor during the move.

All Office 365 services run the same versions in the datacenters, so you can be assured of consistent functionality. Your service is fully supported throughout the process.

Q. What is the impact of having different services located in different regions?

A. For some existing customers and customers in the middle of the move process, some of the Office 365 services may be located in different regions. Our services run independently of each other and there is no user impact if this is the case.

Q. Will new Office 365 customers be automatically provisioned in the new datacenter regions?

A. Yes. Once a new datacenter region is available, new Office 365 for business customers who select a country eligible for the new region as their country during sign-up will have their core data hosted in the new datacenter region.

Q. Where is my data is located?

We publish the location of datacenter regions, datacenters, and location of customer data on the Office 365 interactive datacenter maps. As of August 1, you will be able to verify the location of your customer data at rest via the Data Location section under your Organization Profile in the Office 365 Admin Center.

Q. Will existing Office 365 customers be moved to the new datacenter regions?

A. Eligible Office 365 customers can request to have their core data moved to the new regions. Customers will need to submit a request before the deadline for their region in order to participate.

Q. What customers are eligible to request a move?

A. Existing Office 365 commercial customers who selected a country eligible for the new datacenter region will be able to request a move.

Q. When will I be able to request a move?

A. The request period will be announced on the How to request your data move page.

Q. How can I request to be moved?

A. Eligible customers will see a page in their Office 365 Admin Portal. Please see How to request your data move for instructions on how to request a move.

Q. Can I change my selection after requesting a move?

A. It is not possible for us to remove you from the process after you submit your request.

Q. What happens if I do not request a move before the deadline?

A. We are unable to accept requests to be moved after the deadline in each region.

Q. What if I want to move my data in order to get better network performance?

Being close to an Office 365 datacenter is not a guarantee for a better networking performance. There are many factors and components that impact the network performance between the end user and the Office 365 service. For more information about this and performance tuning see Network planning and performance turning for Office 365

Q. Do all the services move their data on the same day?

A. The services do not move their data at the same time. Each service will move independently and will likely move their data at different times.

Q. Can I choose when I want my data to be moved?

A. Customers are not able to select a specific date, they cannot delay their move, and we cannot share a specific date or timeframe for the moves.

Q. Can you share when my data will be be moved?

A. Data moves are a back-end operation with minimal impact to end-users. The complexity, precision and scale at which we need to perform data moves within a globally operated and automated environment prohibit us from sharing when a data move is expected to complete for your tenant or any other single tenant. Customers will receive one confirmation in Message Center per participating service when its data move has completed.

Q. What happens if users access services while the data is being moved?

A. See During and after your data move for a complete list of features that may be limited during portions of the data move for each service.

Q. How do I know the move is complete?

A. Watch the Office 365 message center for confirmation that the move of each service’s data is complete. When each service’s data is moved, we’ll post a completion notice so you’ll get three completion notices: one each for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Skype for Business Online.

If you see any issues after the move, contact Office 365 Support to get assistance.

Q. What data for Office 365 is stored in the new datacenter regions?

A. If a customer provisions its tenant in one of the new datacenter regions, Microsoft stores the following customer data at rest within the region:

  • Exchange Online mailbox content (e-mail body, calendar entries, and the content of email attachments)
  • SharePoint Online site content and the files stored within that site, including Project Online and Access Online content.

In addition, this data is not replicated outside of the region.

Q. I am an Office 365 customer in one of the new datacenter regions, but when I signed up, I selected a different country. How can I be moved to the new datacenter region?

A. Unfortunately, it is not possible to change the country associated with your tenant. Instead, you need to create a new Office 365 tenant with a new subscription and manually move your users and data to the new tenant.

Q. Will there be any changes on my bill?

A. In most cases there are no changes that customers in will see on their billing statement.

Microsoft will charge all Australian customers of Office 365 an additional amount equal to the Australian GST for Office 365 services and will issue tax invoices. This change will occur because Australian GST is payable on taxable supplies of goods and services provided and offered in Australia.

Q. What happens if we are in process of email data migration to Office 365 during the Exchange Online move?

A. If email migrations are in progress, any individual mailboxes that are currently being migrated will be canceled while the tenant move finalizes, and migration of those mailboxes will automatically restart once the tenant is in the target datacenters.

Q. After data is moved out of the previous datacenter region, is it removed from those datacenters?

A. Yes, the old data will be purged after a period of time.

Q. Can I pilot some users?

A. When your Office 365 tenant is moved to a new datacenter region, all users are moved at once. You can create a separate trial tenant to test connectivity, but the trial tenant can’t be combined in any way with your existing tenant.

Q. How will I be notified about the move and who at my company will be notified?

A. We’ll use the Office 365 message center, which is visible to anyone with any admin permissions in Office 365.

Q. I don’t want to wait for Microsoft to move my data. Can I just create a new tenant and move myself?

A. Yes, however the process will not be as seamless as if Microsoft were to perform the data move.

If you create a new tenant after the new datacenter region is available, the new tenant will be hosted in the new region. This new tenant is completely separate from your previous tenant and you would be responsible for moving all user mailboxes, site content, domain names, and any other data. Note that you can’t move the tenant name from one tenant to another. We recommend that you wait for the move program provided by Microsoft as we’ll take care of moving all settings, data, and subscriptions for your users.

Q. I’m not ready to be moved, can I pick a specific move date?

A. It is not possible for you to change when each service’s customer data will be moved. Data moves are a back-end operation with minimal impact to end-users.

Q. My customer data has already been moved to a new datacenter region. Can I move back?

A. This is not possible. Customers who have been moved to new region datacenters cannot be moved back. As a customer in any region, you will experience the same quality of service, performance, and security controls as you did before.

Q. Do the new datacenter regions use the same versions of Office 365 services as the current datacenter regions?

A. Yes.

Q. Will Office 365 tenants hosted in the new datacenters be available to users outside of the country?

A. Yes. Microsoft maintains a large global network with public Internet connections in more than 50 locations in 23 countries around the world with peering agreements with more than 1,500 Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Users will be able to access the datacenters from wherever they are on the Internet.


Data Residency option in #Office365

Data Residency ??

Yes it was new term of me as well when i came across msdn website but this really a need for a number customers who has business partners, business operations, their customers in different region and have to meet their local country data protection laws or in other terms who are concerned about data sovereignty. Data Residency Option is the solution for those type of customer.

What is Data Residency Option? 
Customers with data residency requirements can request to move their core customer data into the new region or regional data center. We recommend our customers to take no action, unless their organization needs core customer data to be stored at rest in their respective new datacenter region. By choosing to move their data, customers limit Microsoft’s possibilities to optimize the location of core customer data at rest in either their current or the new datacenter region. As a customer in any of those two regions, you will experience the same quality of service, performance and security controls as you did before.

Data-at-Rest is not available by default
Yes you may lose the option for your data to be secured at rest if you choose to move your data to a different data center. Which means by default all new data center does not offer data-at-rest- according to above statement.

For customers who need to have their core data moved to the new region:

  • Customers will need to request to have their data moved within a set enrollment window. Review the How to request your data move page for more details about the enrollment window for your region and the steps to enroll into the program.
  • Data moves can take up to 24 months after the request period to complete.
  • We introduce no unique capabilities, features or compliance certifications with the new datacenter region.
  • The complexity, precision and scale at which we need to perform data moves within a globally operated and automated environment prohibit us from sharing when a data move is expected to complete for your tenant or any other single tenant. Customers will receive one confirmation in Message Center per participating service when its data move has completed.
  • Data moves are a back-end service operation with minimal impact to end-users. Features that can be impacted are listed on the During and after your data move page. We adhere to the Microsoft Online Services Service Level Agreement (SLA) for availability so there is nothing that customers need to prepare for or to monitor during the move. Notification of any service maintenance is done if needed.


Exchange Server 2016 CU3 with Windows Server 2016 – NOT SUPPORTED – Hold On

Microsoft Exchange Product Team published the blog post that Ex2016 CU 3 having issues with Exchange 2016 due to the crashes of W3WP.exe and the work is being done, till then don’t proceed.



TechNet has also published the what other features have been reported for issues on Windows Server 2016.


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