Federated Infrastructure

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Old Guys and Outlook Contact Cards

I am not a huge fan of the contact card feature in Outlook 2010 and later. I find the old-fashioned,...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 05/21/2013

Autodiscover.xml failed (0x80004005) and BPOS

A customer contacted to report a problem with Outlook's AutoDiscover feature. The customer was a...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 03/21/2012

A Sandwich You Should Avoid Ordering

Secure by default is a great response to the security problems that plagued Microsoft nearly a...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 02/29/2012

Event 1006 FailoverClustering: Cluster Service was halted due to incomplete connectivity with the other nodes

Ran into this event on an Exchange DAG where the customer was reporting that Exchange seemed to be...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 02/22/2012

It's always the hardware

It's always the hardware. If it's not the firewall, it's the network. If it's not the network, it...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 07/29/2011

How Do I Programmatically Extract Numeric Data From Get-MailboxStatistics?

I recently was working with a customer to build a reporting solution for their Exchange 2010...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 07/28/2011

Beyond RBAC: Delegating the 'Mail-enable Public Folders' right

In the RBAC world, it should be possible to create a new management role, based on the built-in role...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 01/21/2011

Complex oPath Queries and the New-EmailAddressPolicy Cmdlet

I've been working an interesting challenge this week in attempt to convert email address policies...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 01/18/2011

Why bartenders may soon love Excel as much as accountants

UPDATE (3/28/11): I've been thinking about this post for awhile, unable to believe that someone else...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 01/17/2011

Viewing Deleted Active Directory Objects Using LDP

I am sure this information exists elsewhere, but it falls into that category of something I do just...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 01/05/2011

Dumping the RBAC Hierarchy

One of the things I noticed between RTM and SP1 for Exchange 2010 is the changes made to the RBAC...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 11/17/2010

38,505 Security Delegation Options in Exchange 2010

With the introduction of Role Based Access Control in Exchange 2010, it seems we have a lot of...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 05/12/2010

New-ClientAccessArray: What is it?

Having been through a few Exchange 2010 deployments, I've had plenty of questions without so many...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 05/12/2010

Where can I get Single Instance Store (SIS) for Windows File Servers?

The answer, it seems, is only from Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003, which goes by so many...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 01/23/2009

When Legacies Are Baggage (Resolving the #550 5.1.1 RESOLVER.ADR.ExRecipNotFound error during Migration)

I was working with an education customer this week when I came upon an interesting problem related...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 11/07/2008

Windows Server 2008, IIS 7.0, Exchange 2007 and the Offline Address Book

I've been working through an interesting situation with one of my customers during the past couple...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 10/24/2008

Putting the F in FERPA (Building Distribution Groups for Class Schedules in Exchange)

One goal at many universities has been to provide a collaboration solution for students, based on...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 08/08/2008

NoMAS and Other Solutions to 9548 and 9551 Events (Exchange Server 2003)

I thought I had posted this information several years ago, but a customer recently contacted me...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 07/17/2008

Installing Exchange 2007 SP1 onto Windows Server 2008 with a WS2008 Active Directory

This post consists of some notes that I took during the installation of Exchange Server 2007 SP1...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 01/29/2008

The procedure entry point_except_handler4_common could not be located in the dynamic link library msvcrt.dll

Every now and then, I take a break from federated infrastructure to post something that is likely...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 12/06/2007

Pool Nonpaged memory Leaks on Exchange 2003

I am working with two independent customers. Each of these customers is running Exchange 2003 on the...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 11/27/2007

Using Powershell to Correct 9325 Events in Exchange 2007

Per knowledge base article 936197, Exchange 2007 may be dropping recipients from the Offline Address...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 08/23/2007

Mailbox Cleanup After Cross Organizational Moves

I thought I would share some code I wrote for doing bulk mailbox cleanups on Exchange 2003 for...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 08/08/2007

There is no primary SMTP address

Just a few more things I've noticed on the cross-organization mailbox move function in Exchange...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 07/31/2007

Having ZUNE Shuffle Issues?

Okay, so this has nothing to do with federated infrastructure, except that many of my customers have...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 07/13/2007

Moving Mailboxes Cross Organizations in Exchange 2007

I've seen a number of posts on other blogs talking about the new features of Exchange 2007 and the...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 07/05/2007

Improving the Exchange Availability Report

So, maybe it's not a total improvement, but I thought it would be worth sharing. The following SQL...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 09/29/2006

What exactly is "No Measurement %" in the MOM 2005 Exchange Availability Report?

If you've used the MOM 2005 Exchange availability report, you probably accepted the default...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 09/26/2006

USMT V3 (Beta) - Including NonStandard Files in Nonstandard Locations

Occasionally, when working with the User State Migration Tool, it may be necessary to force the...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 08/28/2006

Enumerating Folder Structures with VBScript to Extract ID3 Information from MP3 Files

Okay, so this has nothing to do with federated infrastructure. However, occasionally, I come across...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 08/26/2006

Auditing DNS Record Entries (or deletions)

I got an unusual request from a customer today. She is in an environment where everyone is currently...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 08/23/2006

MOM Scripts - AD Client GC Availability

This script, available in the Exchange Management Pack for MOM 2005, attempts to contact all the...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 08/12/2006

Anything But Native Mode

I seem to find myself having the same conversations with customers, over and over, regarding the...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 08/12/2006

How does Authentication Work Cross Domain?

A question that comes up frequently involving federated customers is how does an organization need...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 08/02/2006

More Exchange SLA Scorecard Woes

A few months ago, I wrote about some issues I was having getting the Exchange SLA Scorecard for MOM...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 08/02/2006

ADMT, User Profiles With Unusual Requests

I was approached with a rather unusual request. My customer has two Active Directory domains: DOMA...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 07/22/2006

Understanding Your Exchange Users' Requirements

How well do you understand the needs and requirements of your end users? Everytime I ask this, I get...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 07/20/2006

Changing User CNs

After an upgrade or migration to Active Directory, many customers find themselves with "garbage" or...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 07/20/2006

Getting Started with Compute Cluster Server

If you're an infrastructure person, you'll likely be involved in the coming months or years with one...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 07/20/2006

Managing Exchange Federations with VBScript

Recently, I've been discussing a problem I am working with a federated customer that involves...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 06/26/2006

Active Directory LDAP Queries

Active Directory Users and Computers (2003 version) provides a feature called Saved Queries that...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 06/22/2006

The Centralized Mailbox Micro-manager and Control Problem in Federations

I am working with a politically federated customer inside a single domain. So far, they've taken...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 06/22/2006

Exchange SLA Scorecard Woes

"Always read the release notes." That's all fine and dandy when the release notes are clear about...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 06/13/2006

Advertisements or Answers

I struggle regularly with the visions of our company. Are we a software company or a media company...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 06/04/2006

Why can't we all share Free Busy Information?

Calendering is a human problem, made easier somewhat with Outlook and Exchange, but also made harder...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 06/02/2006

A Better Way to Render Video

Have you ever played with Microsoft Movie Maker, or any of the other programs out there designed for...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 05/29/2006

This account must be valid before continuing

So I am working with a federated customer, attempting to put Exchange Server 2003 into an...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 06/23/2005

Mailbox Move Error - MAPI or an unspecified service provider

Although not an Exchange Ranger myself, I've worked with several of these folks and as long as I am...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 05/21/2005

Moving Printers the Easy Way

Here's a script that I put together that allows network administrators to reconfigure client...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 04/21/2005

Recommend Read Only (Document Collaboration)

I frequently write documents for large federated customers that may have anywhere from 3 to 30...

Author: Anthony Witecki Date: 03/21/2005

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