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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 i see on the internet, 1st July.

I know, it’s been longer than I intended. I’ve been a little busy, dontcherknow? Speaking of which, a massive shoutout to my colleague Phil Christie who has been doing awesome work (and an awful lot of it) for the last couple of weeks for one of our big retail customers. Cheers Phil.

I’m also going to call out the summer meeting of the Microsoft Unified Communications User Group London, on Thursday July 31st near Liverpool street… I’m hoping to get along, so maybe see you there.

 

There are some really interesting links below, especially if you are interested in certification, so please have a good look…

 

Exchange Design:

 Public folder limits look set to increase in Exchange 2013 CU6 from 10,000 to 100,000.

Boris Lokhvitsky has written a good article digging into the theory of availability, and how site resiliency impacts it. it’s the companion to the “DAG, beyond the “A”” piece that appeared on the EHLO blog a few years ago. warning: may contain traces of algebra.

What’s the chances of Exchange 2013 ever being supported on Azure? Slim, according to Tony Redmond. Good. He also expands on Microsoft’s virtualisation advice for exchange, here.

My MCM buddy Justin Harris has written a good article thoroughly exploring the impact of CU5 on the offline address book.

Last email I suggested you read a paper on WAP and ARR, the new anti-piracy features of exchange, the recommended way of doing preauth now TMG is deprecated. If reading sounds like quite a lot of work, actually, then Georg Hinterhofer has done a wizzbang video for you, here. It’s about an hour. Me hearties.

 

Exchange Troubleshooting:

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Experfwiz has been updated, and now includes Exchange 2013 support… so now you need to play the video above. Dance, also. The only downside is it contains final confirmation that exmon don’t work with exchange 2013, despite this kb article implying that it can. Hohum.

Don’t use /setup /PAD with exchange 2013 cu5, apparently it causes problems – use setup /prepareAD instead. Seriously.

Ron He suggests an unusual reason why mails may not be flowing. Sooo much easier than using netmon or wireshark. For those who can’t be bothered to read the article, it’s because they’d set an external DNS server address, which had stopped responding. Even when it does respond, this is generally a bad idea, as external DNS lookups take an awful lot longer than internal ones… carefully check the powershell cmdlet there… the default 2010 settings are:

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See? The externaladapter is $true, but the ExternalDNSServers value is $null… (also the cmdlet is get-TransportServer in 2010, and get-TransportServICE in 2013…)

Calcheck integration in the OffCAT tool has been overhauled and improved. If you don’t know what CalCheck or OffCAT are, you’ve probably not been reading these mails. CalCheck is the outlook calendar checking tool, OffCAT is the Office Configuration Analyzer Tool – the client equivalent of the ExBPA.

Tony Redmond points out there is a new parameter in the set-mailboxdatabase cmdlet for exchange 2013 – AutoDAGExcludeFromMoitoring, whih allows you to exclude a database in a DAG from triggering 4113 events if there is only one copy – good for test databases, migration databases and whatever, where you KNOW there is only one copy, and don’t want to be repeatedly nudged, except… it doesn’t work. It’ll be fixed in CU6, Scott Schnoll says…

This doesn’t affect me (cos we don’t use IBM storage, ever), but there is no reason to suppose that other storage manufacturers don’t do something equally stoopid. IBM improve their drive sector size capability and break block mode replication in a DAG.

Blank pages after you sign into the Exchange 2013 EAC? Here’s the workaround for this known issue.

Unexpected error occurred when a user run New-MailboxSearch in Exchange Server 2013

 

 

Exchange General:

Joe Davies has published a very exciting new test lab guide that covers Exchange 2013 on isolated subnets, public cloud and Azure. Can’t wait to have a go at this. there’s also one on setting up directory sync in a hybrid environment.

If you’re at all interested in writing apps for Exchange 2013 and OWA then you’ll probably enjoy the videos and links in  this article on the office blog. It certainly seems that programming for exchange has come a long way since the days of CDO. With years of study and hard work, I might be able to do a “hello world”, now.

If doing similar for Office365 floats your boat, then there’s a good post from Zapier on the exchange dev blog. I’m an enthusiastic  zapier user, so this gets me coming and going.

Tony Redmond has an interesting update on MAPI over HTTP and it’s takeup, here.

There are some updated guided walkthroughs available, here.

A few months ago I published a link to Richard Schwendiman’s Ex2013 mailflow schema diagram. Well Sam Drey (SammyKrosoft) has published an addendum breaking out the receive connectors and their properties and default configs here.

Rhoderick Milne has a great post about the Exchange Scripting Agent here. There’s also a lot of other good stuff on his blog this month, well worth a read.

 

Core General:

Ed Wilson has written a blog article on the powershell blog about the future of powershell – this is a really interesting article with a lot of good links in it and well worth a read. I’d like to call out one link in particular though: the books on powershell.org. There are some crackers in there, and the DSC one is of particular interest. Unfortunately it’s on a onedrive share, so you’ll probably have to get it at home and bring it in. sigh.

Windows FLAV recommendations have been updated. (File level antivirus. Really?)

Microsoft press have 40% off selected books and ebooks at the American Microsoft bookshop – watch out for those shipping fees.

There’s some trouble brewing with MSL recertification – a post from Larry Kaye on the Microsoft Learning blog suggests that if you let one of your certifications lapse, you will NEVER be able to recertify…  this is going to have interesting ramifications for partners who rely on their staff having certain certs. I predict this will run and run… make sure you read the comments also.

SilverseekKB may be of interest to you all – how to find the latest available version of a set of binaries.

Ashley McGlone has some good general powershell links here. May be something of interest to you. Also a picture of a huge troll under a bridge.

Packt are offering all ebooks and videos for $10 until the end of the week. that’s a good price, right there.

 

 

Office 365:

Paul Robichaux has a problem with mailbox level backup in office 365it’s not there.

The latest version of the dirsync tool has a feature to help us prevent the accidental deletion of accounts, by requiring confirmation to delete accounts over a certain threshold. We’ve been here before I think. While it may prevent accidental accidental deletion, it won’t prevent deliberate accidental deletion (do you want to delete these objects? Yes. Are you sure you want to delete these objects? Yes. Last chance now…? just delete them already! … … … … … I didn’t want to do that, did i?). as an example, I never ever delete. I always shift delete, like an idiot. I bet that makes the team who came up with the recycle bin feel just great.

Microsoft are clearly worried about hordes of angry sysadmins storming down 156th avenue, as they’ve started a series entitled “office 365 for IT Professionals”. A direct quote: “Ultimately, Office 365 allows you to focus on your users, and that’s what we want to help you do. We want you to stop worrying—worrying about all that deployment stuff and maintenance and patch management, worrying about whether you have enough capacity or load-bearing structural capacity, and worrying about building to support another server or whether there’s too much humidity in your data center.” Well I, for one, am thoroughly reassured. “focus on my users”. ugh. Would you like fries with that?

A good post on the office 365 blog explaining how they’re making service updates more visible.

A very short video from perry and vivek on the topic of data access. If it wasn’t who it was, I probably wouldn’t have included it. who has access to your data in office 365?

What’s new and news roundup for may. I may have got those confused, there. it may be the what’s roundup and new news.

OWA for Android is available, but only for Office365. The on-premise customers will have to wait.

They’ve started a series of developer podcasts for office 365, which may be of interest, here.

Henrik Walther has collected a lot of good EOP links, here.

 

Lync:

The legendary techy at the legendary techy blog has attended a Lync Depth Support Engineer course at Wokingham, which he appears to have enjoyed very much. It looks a bit like a mini MCM – given that MCM is not available anymore, it may be about the best thing out there at the moment, and it’s also significantly cheaper. There’s also information his blog about the inaugural UC Birmingham User Group meeting on the 13th of August. Steve Goodman and Michael van Hybrid are speaking. Should be good.

How long does a meeting last if I log out? Richard Brynteson does a conferencing activation and deactivation deepdive here.

 

And finally, microsoft’s smart home of the future, from the past. Dig that cassiopeia.