I wanted to share the resolution I found for the issue reported by VSS of a Windows Server 2008 R2. The error showed as ‘Initialization Failed. Error 0x80042304: The volume shadow copy provider is not registered in the system’ when I see the VSS tab of the drive properties as below: I have seen various articles […]


Yesterday, I was able to fix one of the issue I have faced while I was trying to delete the first mailbox database of an Exchange 2010 deployment. Arbitration mailboxes were presented in the database and New-MoveRequest has failed to move the Arbitration mailbox to a different database. While trying to move, the error reported was, […]


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In this product review we will have a look at the functioning and features of the Lepide Exchange Recovery Manager – an Exchange Server disaster recovery, backup restoration, and Exchange/Office 365 migration solution created by Lepide Software. Lepide is into the business of making data recovery software since 2004 and has come up with quite […]


I recently worked on fixing the following issue on my Windows 2012 R2 Data Center Edition servers in my Hyper-V lab: The domain join cannot be completed because the SID of the domain you attempted to join was identical to the SID of this machine Basically, I was trying to join a virtual machine to the […]

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Product Review – Stellar OST Viewer

by ManU on September 30, 2014

Why I need an OST Viewer? Exchange Server keeps mailbox data as EDB files at the Exchange Server end. The same mail data for a particular user is stored at the OST file when the user access the mailbox using a MAPI client like Outlook. There are cases were OST file fails to synchronize when the MAPI gets deleted […]


Patching of Hyper-V Hosts

by ManU on September 21, 2014

Many of you may be using Hyper-V technology as the part of your move towards server virtualization. When you want to patch the Hyper-V hosts which are not equipped with a GUI (Server Core) and not connected to internet, we may want to get the help of WSUS server. I have employed a manual patching […]


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 […]


  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 […]


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 […]