Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Help Files

Microsoft has released “May 2014″ version of Exchange 2013 Help Files for On-premises and Hybrid Deployments. These help files include information up to date until Cumulative Update 5 . These are offline copy of Exchange 2013 TechNet content and very useful when you want to refer something in your lab environment and don’t have internet access.

Link to Download      : http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35395

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Curahs

Check out these Curah’s for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013:

http://curah.microsoft.com

Exchange 2013 Enable MAPI over HTTP BUG/ERROR on Server 2012 non R2

With the release of SP1 for Exchange 2013 there is a new feature introduced MAPI over HTTP

Doing some testing in my Demolab. I have 2 Exchange 2013 servers with CU5 installed on Server 2012 (No R2)

Set-MapiVirtualDirectory -Identity “<servername>\mapi (Default Web Site)” -InternalUrl https://<fqdn>/mapi -IISAuthenticationMethods Negotiate

Set-OrganizationConfig -MapiHttpEnabled $true

Test-OutlookConnectivity –RunFromServerId <servername> -ProbeIdentity OutlookMapiHttpSelfTestProbe

I get the following error…. image
After Download & Install DotNet 4.5.2 but still not working… Keep your informed!

Exchange Shared Cache Service restarts frequently in Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 5

After you install Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 5, your monitoring solution indicates that the Microsoft Exchange Shared Cache Service restarts frequently.

This problem occurs because the managed availability probes that monitor this service have a time-out value that is too sensitive for standard operation. This causes the managed availability process to restart the service.

As of Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 5, this notice and the frequent restarts of the managed availability process are considered not to be a concern.
Therefore, you can safely ignore the problem.

Microsoft has published a Windows PowerShell script that you can use to disable the probes to prevent the Exchange Shared Cache service from restarting.

Download the script.

Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 5

The Exchange team is announcing today the availability of our most recent quarterly servicing update to Exchange Server 2013. Cumulative Update 5 for Exchange Server 2013 and updated UM Language Packs are now available on the Microsoft Download Center.

Cumulative Update 5 represents the continuation of our Exchange Server 2013 servicing and builds upon Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1. The release includes fixes for customer reported issues, minor product enhancements and previously released security bulletins. A complete list of customer reported issues resolved in Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 5 can be found in Knowledge Base Article KB2936880.

Attention for a couple of items in particular about the Cumulative Update 5 release:

  • Based upon customer feedback, Exchange Team introduced improvements to OAB management for distributed environments. You can read more about this in a post by Ross Smith IV on the Exchange Team blog. Customers who have deployed Multiple OAB Generation Mailboxes are advised to read this post to help avoid unnecessary OAB downloads.
  • Cumulative Update 5 includes a Managed Availability probe configuration that is frequently restarting the Microsoft Exchange Shared Cache Service in some environments. The service is being added to provide future performance improvements and is not used in Cumulative Update 5. More information is available in KB2971467.

Exchange Powershell Scripts that Every Exchange Admin need to have

The Following Powershell scripts that every Exchange Admin must have Glimlach

Test-ExchangeServerHealth
Get-DagHealth
PelNet.ps1
ADinfo.ps1
Get-VirDirInfo.ps1
CertificateReport.ps1
Get-EASdevicereport.ps1
Get-MailboxReport.ps1
Get-DailyBackupAlerts.ps1
Install-Exchange2013.ps1

Exchange 2013 RMS Shared Identity user FederatedEmail.4c1f4d8b-8179-4148-93bf-00a95fa1e042 not found

Today I was re-installing Exchange 2013 into an Active Directory forest The schema was already extended with the Exchange 2013 schema extensions.

When installing Exchange 2013, installation of the Mailbox Transport role failed with the following error:

Error:
The following error was generated when “$error.Clear();
if ( ($server -eq $null) -and ($RoleIsDatacenter -ne $true) )
{
Update-RmsSharedIdentity -ServerName $RoleNetBIOSName
}
” was run: “RMS Shared Identity user FederatedEmail.4c1f4d8b-8179-4148-93bf-00a95fa1e042 not found.”.

FederatedEmail.4c1f4d8b-8179-4148-93bf-00a95fa1e042 is a Exchange 2013 built in arbitration user account which must exist in every Exchange 2013 environment. The GUID never changes, it is always “4c1f4d8b-8179-4148-93bf-00a95fa1e042”.

The setup failed because someone deleted this user account from Active Directory!

How can we get it back?

You have two ways to get this mailbox back. If you have a computer on your network with the Exchange 2010 management tools installed, you can create the user account using powershell with the following command:

New-Mailbox -Arbitration -Name FederatedEmail.4c1f4d8b-8179-4148-93bf-00a95fa1e042 -UserPrincipalName FederatedEmail.4c1f4d8b-8179-4148-93bf-00a95fa1e042@default_accepted_domain

For more information on this see Microsoft KB978776

What happens if you do not have exchange management shell installed on any computers? Well there is another way to get this account back. This account is originally created when you prepare the domain/schema. If you run setup.com /PrepareAD on your domain it will re-create this account for you. See below:

Exchange 2013 Platform Options

For BDMs and architects, this model describes the available platform options for Exchange 2013. Customers can choose from Exchange Online with Office 365, Hybrid Exchange, Exchange Server on-premises and Hosted Exchange. The poster includes details of each architectural option, including the most ideal scenarios for each, the license requirements and IT Pro responsibilities.

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Important Hotfixes when running Exchange 2013 on Server 2008 R2 and Server 2012

Additional pre-reqs needed above and beyond Exchange requirements
.NET Framework 4.5.1 deployed on all Exchange servers with CAS role
If .NET Framework 4.5.1 cannot be installed, a hotfix for .NET Framework 4.5 is required

KB2745583 – Windows Server 2012 Download
KB2745582 – Windows Server 2008 R2 Download

Decreases CPU spent in .NET garbage collector
Benefits Mailbox & multi-role
Enable by installing hotfix and setting regkey:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\.NETFramework\DisableRetStructPinning (REG_DWORD) = 1

A hotfix is now available for Windows Server 2012

Adds two control codes to determine which node owns the GUM lock and which node(s) is/are stuck

KB2779069