Just want to share the very happy news I got from Microsoft today.. I have been Re-awarded as Microsoft MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) – Exchange Server for the 5th time continuously Dear Manu Philip, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical […]

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  I would like to share a useful software I used some days back. As a Microsoft MVP – Exchange Server, I have received the product for a full featured evaluation version and thanks for the manufactures for such a wonderful product. I found a wonderful review 9.5 out of 10 and thought of using […]

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The hierarchical address book (HAB) The hierarchical address book (HAB) is a feature in Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Online (Office 365) and Microsoft Outlook that enables end users to browse for recipients in their Exchange organization using an organizational hierarchy. In most Exchange deployments, users are limited to the default global address list (GAL) and […]

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I met an interesting issue today during the troubleshooting of an RPC/HTTP connectivity issue on a Windows 2008R2/Exchange 2013 environment. Observation: The observation was RPC virtual Directory Basic Authentication keeps getting disabled in about 5 minutes even when we enable it manually.  The intermittent observation has noticed during the testing of the RPC/HTTP via http://exrca.com/. It […]

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I have recently tried to establish the GAL Federation between two of my Office 365 Exchange Online tenants to share the Free busy Availability between those domains. I have used the domains exchangeonline.in and the free one manuphilip.onmicrosoft.com 1) Connect to Exchange Online through PowerShell as an administrator user on one of the domain 2) Find the […]

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Microsoft has published certain Guided Walkthroughs helpful for us when working with Exchange, Outlook, Office 365 (o365) etc. to set up mailbox, calendar etc. Very helpful in learning and troubleshooting instances: Following are the guided walkthroughs available: Sharing calendar and contacts in Office 365 Setting up a mailbox that multiple users can access and use […]

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Exchange 2003 to 2010 Migration Roll back

by ManU on January 9, 2014

Now as days one of the major migration project handled by exchange administrators are Moving mailboxes from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010. When doing this, we should have a proper roll back plan, when we required to move back the mailboxes migrated to Exchange 2010 back to 2003. Recently one of the customer has requested me to include […]

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Top 5 MVP Monday Posts of 2013

by ManU on January 6, 2014

Great to hear that my article on Virtual Directories: Exchange 2013 has selected among Top 5 MVP Monday Posts of 2013 See the Top 5 MVP Monday Posts of 2013 on various technical topics here

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In all previous Exchange releases, OAB generation was bound to a specific Exchange server. The disadvantage with this approach was that only one server was configured for OAB generation, and it was a single point of failure. In Exchange 2013, the OAB is generated by each Exchange 2013 Mailbox server(s) that hosts a special type of […]

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SMTP server error: 5.7.1 Unable to relay

by ManU on January 2, 2014

I am receiving much requests to fix errors like ‘SMTP server error: 5.7.1 Unable to relay’. This is happening mostly when a non-Exchange server is trying to send through Exchange Servers for example an application tries to send through Exchange server like news letters, may be SharePoint etc. To relay mail, we need to create a Receive Connector on […]

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