Monthly Archives: October 2014

Intersting things I have seen on the internet, October 14th

Afternoon. Lots of stuff in the last week-and-a-bit. Firstly, you may be interested to take part in the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary survey – if you take part then you’ll get the results mailed to you in March. Interesting stuff. Also please be aware that organisations running Exchange 2007 (like us) may be affected by this issue, causing meetings in Russian time zones to appear incorrectly after October 26. This will be fixed around the middle of November, or the 128th of Mitwoof if you’re in Russia. Anyway, on with it.

 

Exchange Design:

There’s a new version of the JetStress tool available.

How to integrate Exchange Online with Lync Online, Lync Server 2013, or a Lync Server 2013 hybrid deployment and How to integrate Exchange Server 2013 with Lync Server 2013, Lync Online, or a Lync Server 2013 hybrid deployment.

Need to move mailboxes from one office 365 tenant to another? You need the Microsoft Office 365 merger migration guide for Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online. Yes you do.

 

Exchange Troubleshooting:

I get bored of saying it. Microsoft get bored of saying it. Now you can get bored of reading it (actually, it’s been around a while, but it’s just been updated and it’s worth reading) Fix Outlook connection problems by upgrading to the latest version

Exchange 2013 has a problem with lazy indices causing unexpected x-overs. This is discussed here – Those Pesky Lazy Indices. The article is remarkable for two reasons – firstly, it’s written by Mr McMichael, and secondly it refers to “failovers”. I thought that was verboten? It appears it’s 2013 CU5 that is mostly affected.

Damian Scoles has a really nice article on troubleshooting mailflow during migrations. Not just how to fix it, but actually how to troubleshoot it. Nice.

Outlook 2013 users who have installed the September 2014 Update may experience a certificate error when they open outlook. Microsoft are investigating this.

MRSProxyConfiguration settings are not honoured when they are configured. This will be fixed in CU7, they say.

 

Exchange General:

Tony Redmond discusses the implications for Exchange on-prem of Satya Nadella’s statement “Office 365 is the new Exchange and one will cannibalize the other. The key is to ensure that current Exchange customers can transition on their own terms.” Even if he’s right (and he usually is…), the opportunities for basing a career around Exchange are going to be limited, at the least. Still at least we’ll have exchange 16 to look forward to in the near future. It might be interesting to have a look at some of the stuff that might make it into the next version.

Paul Cunningham has a nice explanation of the 2013 Autoreseed feature on his blog.

 

Core General:

Probably the coolest article in this post: Introducing the Netlogon Parser (v1.0.1) for Message Analyzer 1.1. This is awesome. If you only click on one link, this one should be it. It really showcases the power of Message Analyzer. Paul E Long also has made a plea for MessageAnalyzer feedback. He’s particularly after feedback on performance issues. So, while it’s true, “It’s great, Paul!”  isn’t going to cut it.

There’s an interesting video on virtual networks within Azure on Channel 9. Also got some info on internal load balancing. Sounds like a recipe for calls, to me.

Lakshman Hariharan has a second post on Network Trace Analysis using message analyzer. I’m really keen on this tool (really? Who knew) I’m thinking of doing some online training on it if anyone is interested.

For those of you intending to do your MCSA 2012 R2, there’s an offer on the 70-412 ebook here. Offer expires next Sunday (19th).

Microsoft are really an open source company. Honest, guv. That link is worth looking at, however, for the link to Introduction to Programming with Python on the Microsoft virtual academy. Except I’ve just posted it, there. Oh well. It’s got a picture of a man holding a toaster too.

 

Office 365:

FREE EXCHANGE KEYS! FREE EXCHANGE KEYS! How to obtain an Exchange Hybrid Edition product key for your on-premises Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2003 organization

Office 365 and azure visio stencils from Keith Mayer. If Visio stencils do it for you, then here they are.

New Azure AD enhanced auditing and activity reports coming soon.

Another update to the “how to troubleshoot Azure Active Directory Sync tool installation and Configuration Wizard error messages”. I wish I could come up with snappy product names like that.

Turns out you might find outlook 2010 suddenly runs verrrry slowly with Office 365 – in which case install the August 2013 hotfix package. Note this is a hotfix package, not a rollup. Confusing.

Archive mailbox issues for a mailbox that’s migrated to or from Office 365

There’s going to be a lot of startled admins out there (step 2 of the solution) On-premises users aren’t getting email messages from Office 365 users in an Exchange hybrid deployment

Office 365: Outlook and mobile device connectivity troubleshooting resources

Another general troubleshooting article: Domain errors in the Office 365 portal. You need to expand the table, otherwise it looks like it’s just taunting you.

How to change the AD FS 2.0 service communications certificate after it expires. Useful information regarding certificate manipulation…

NEW! “The server cannot service this request” error when you use In-Place eDiscovery & Hold to search a large number of mailboxes “may be corrected in a future update!”

Troubleshooting Azure Multi-Factor Authentication issues

There’s been an update to the Office 365 mail flow troubleshooting index.

The latest “From Inside the Cloud” post deals with mail and transport encryption in Office 365.

Damian Scoles (again?) has posted a couple of troubleshooting articles on his “Just a UC guy” website. They’re a bit specialised, but I really like his writing style and his systematic approach, both to troubleshooting and documentation, so I’m going to link to them here. Have a look; you could learn a thing or two. Manager’s Team Calendars with Exchange / Office 365 Hybrid  and Free/Busy Hybrid Troubleshooting.

 

Lync:

Jeff Schertz has written a long and detailed article on configuring QoS for Lync IP phones. Lots of pictures. Lots of links. I’m still out of my depth with it.

 

It’s October. That means it must be time for the September 2014 Cumulative Update 5.0.8308.813 for Lync Server 2013 (conferencing server). What does this fix? Nothing at all. A bit like the unified comms, apparently. The front end and edge updates, web components, core components and conferencing attendant updates all appear to actually do something. I’m sure I’ve mentioned in the past that each Microsoft update contains a handful of fixes to public intersting things that i have seen on the internet, october 14thproblems, and a lorryload of fixes to stuff that Microsoft don’t tell people about. They may all be downloaded here. This article contains a list of the most recent updates for Lync Server 2013. If you bookmark it, you can look at it regularly. Or use something like follow that page to tell you when it changes. Or, god forbid, Microsoft’s own RSS feed.

 

And finally…

 

Damn fine cherry pie.

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Intersting things that i have seen on the internet, october 3rd

Right, this is hopefully a little more timely than the last one. Those of you sitting an MCP exam at a Pearson VUE testing centre may notice that the interface is slightly different. Hopefully this will help you feel good about your exam. Probably not as good as passing the thing, though.

 

Exchange Troubleshooting:

Short and sweet – how to check the autodiscover SRV record using NSLookup, from Rhoderick Milne

Having problems accessing automapped mailboxes in Exchange 2010 recently? Have a look at this article.

New! Exciting! An exchange 2013 CU6 bug design feature! Load balancer marks Exchange server as down in an Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 6 environment.

Can’t create an Exchange 2013 public folder mailbox? “An existing Public Folder deployment has been detected” error when you try to create a public folder mailbox in Exchange Server 2013.

 

Exchange General:

Good news, bad news. Good news; my friend Justin Harris has earned a “2014 Microsoft Exchange Server MVP” Award. Thoroughly deserved! Congratulations Justin. He does an excellent podcast with Larry Novak, a great Exchange engineer at Microsoft.

Bad news; Microsoft layoff senior technical writers. I can’t see how this is possibly a good thing. The writers in question produce some of the most authoritative and in-depth articles on exchange available. Exchange 2010 has been really well documented, Exchange 2013 less so (where is all the performance monitoring stuff, for instance?) – it looks like 2015 will be barely detailed.

 

Core General:

Some interesting and useful information from the Defrag show on the latest and greatest Microsoft product; not Sway, not windows 10, but Minecraft. I can’t begin to tell you how excited my boys are that their father is now officially a minecraft support engineer. There’s also some stuff on Windows perfmon counters for HDDs, and yes, some stuff on windows 10. Who cares? “It looks like you’re building an underground labyrinth filled with zombies. Would you like help?”

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Clippy has his own Realm, where his army of countless slaves build mile high idols in his image.

Also very exciting (if you support stuff) is Mark Russinovich discussing SysMon on the defrag tool show. Also his latest novel, Rogue Code.

Keith Mayer has advice on using Azure to look at the windows 10 technical preview here, if that’s what floats your boat.

The recommended hotfixes for 2008 R2 clusters article has been updated.

 

Office 365:

Free/busy lookups between Exchange Online and on-premises users stop working after you set up OAuth authentication. You’ll need (it says) to have a mix of Ex2k13 and Ex2k10 on prem, so hopefully it won’t be a problem, but it’s worth checking for if you see any issues with free/busy and OAuth.

The EHLO blog has an article on the new bulk email feature in Exchange Online Protection. If you’re at all interested in how Microsoft handles your spam, then you may enjoy the linked video – “How does Microsoft handle my spam?

I know there have been a few comments about the wealth of material available for the office 365 exams. Just when you think you can’t possibly fit any more in, along comes the official Microsoft Learning Study Group for MCSA : Office 365.

Once again, Microsoft would like to reassure us all that Office 365 does not mean that we will all lose our jobs. Ummm. More kool-aid here. Strangely, they never wrote a part 2.

How to enable a debug trace for the Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant, but not how to analyze it. Sigh.

Troubleshoot single sign-on setup issues in Office 365, Windows Intune, or Azure.

Refreshed advice on Using WAN Optimization Controller devices with Office 365. That’s those riverbed steelhead things… Tricksy.

Mixing Office 2007 and Office 365 causes problems editing Office documents in OWA.

Troubleshooting Lync Online DNS configuration issues in Office 365.

Troubleshooting *more* sign-in issues in Office 365, Azure or Windows Intune.

A List of Attributes that are Synced by the Windows Azure Active Directory Sync Tool.

 

Lync:

Having problems with Lync after migrating your users to office 365? Richard Brynteson explains how to force lync to autodiscover again.

Troubleshooting Lync Sign in issues. Not new, but good. Plus it was linked to in this excellent article that explains a bit about the troubleshooting process…

 

And finally, those crazy cats at MSL have another video for you. If you can bear it, see super sigma and psychomagician explain how online proctored exams work. What, girls? No hats?

 

That’s it for now. Keep an eye out for that creeper.