Here's a great tool for testing DNS, Mail, SMTP, and similar environments to see if they are listening on certain ports across the internet. https://www.dnswonder.com/Tools/ With it, you can test: GET DNS RECORDS GET MX RECORDS GET PTR RECORDS GET SPF RECORDS GET BLACKHOLE LIST (RBL) GET SMTP SERVER TYPE TEST SMTP CONNECTIVITY TEST EMAIL DELIVERY TEST EXCHANGE SERVER TEST IMAP SERVER TEST ZIMBRA SERVER TEST REGULAR EXPRESSION ENCRYPT DATA Enjoy. … [Read more...] about Tools for Testing SMTP, DNS, other mail server types, and more
If your'e getting mail from outside sources pretending to be on your domain, you can create a Mail Flow Rule to manage messages that say they are from your domain but really aren't. Log into the ECP and go to Mail Flow > Rules and New (+) Click "more options..." You want to add two applications. Apply this rule if: The sender domain is 'yourdomain.com' The sender location is from outside of the company You can treat mail that triggers those two applications any way … [Read more...] about Anti Spoofing for Domains in Exchange 2016
Notes This is an issue found in my working version of Exchange, which is Exchange 2013 CU 11. It may exist elsewhere, but this is all I've got to test with. Problem Using the Exchange Admin Center, you either tried to import a certificate or complete a certificate request. It may have done nothing on the first attempt, but it gave you this error on the second attempt. Description What you're seeing is that you have a cert that was successfully installed on the server the first time … [Read more...] about A special Rpc error occurred. Cannot import certificate. A certificate with the thumbprint already exists.
It's nice to see how your Exchange environment is doing without having to dig too deep. The HealthCheck feature is perfect for this, but some commands just can't be committed to memory. Below are some common Exchange Health Check commands as well as a little explanation to help you use Exchange Shell. [crayon-5a38410bc055f944614409/] Pretty straight forward. You'll get your current server's health results. Hopefully everything says Healthy and if you haven't customized anything, the state of … [Read more...] about Some Helpful Exchange Shell Commands to Help with Health Checks
An exchange server I manage had up to 30GB of log files. Maybe you need log files, maybe you don't. There are a number of methods in dealing with log files when you do need them. Here's an awesome web page giving you a ton of different options. I chose the option to remove log files after 30 days. Note that these are for IIS logs, not Exchange Logs. http://www.iis.net/learn/manage/provisioning-and-managing-iis/managing-iis-log-file-storage#02 And the VBS Script that I'm now running in Task … [Read more...] about Script to delete or manage IIS Logs
Oh man, this was a tough one. A real doozy. First, here are my environment details where this was happening. MS Exchange 2013 CU6 (Issue was happening as far back as CU4) One Exchange Server managing all Exchange services and responsibilities Less than 50 mailboxes Overview Basically, every few days we'd get a call in the middle of the day from customers telling us that mail was being stuck in the Outbox in Outlook and mail would be put into the drafts folder in OWA. At first, we … [Read more...] about Exchange 2013 Mail Stuck in Outbox or Drafts – Have to restart Transport Service to resume mail flow
While upgrading to any service pack or CU of Exchange 2013 (and earlier), you can't have other CU's installed. Before you can get started with an upgrade, head into Programs and go to "View Installed Updates." Be sure and remove the CU or SP that you have installed, then start the upgrade. Otherwise, this will be your error: In this example, the CU could be any version before the version you're trying to upgrade. Keep in mind, a service pack is just a glorified CU, so you'll get … [Read more...] about Exchange Upgrade Error: Unable to install because a previous Interim Update for Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 1 has been installed.
First things first. Here's where you can download everything: Office 2013 SP1 32-bit Office 2013 SP1 64-bit Exchange 2013 SP1 Project 2013 Server SP1 The Service Pack has been long awaited and long expected. I posted about the Service Pack when Microsoft blogged about it, then followed up again recently with notice that it still hadn't released yet, even though "early 2014" was running out. ZDNet was on top of the details regarding Outlook and Sharepoint Updates. Here's a list of … [Read more...] about Exchange, Sharepoint, Project, and Office 2013 SP1 Download Available
Are we getting ahead of ourselves here? Granted, I'll give it to them, it's only the beginning of February. So when Microsoft and their Exchange Team reported a Service Pack 1 Release date of "Early 2014" we may just be a little impatient. Maybe we should be giving them until the end of Q1 before pounding down their doors with torches and hay forks. While the scheduled release date may still have time, reporting the release date is just as important. It isn't too impatient of us to expect … [Read more...] about Exchange 2013 SP1 Release Date: Still Unknown
UPDATE (3/4/2014): It's here! It's finally here! Links to downloads and KB's can be found here: http://danblee.com/exchange-sharepoint-project-and-office-2013-sp1-download-available/ UPDATE: No news, not so good news? There is still no set date for the release of SP1 just yet. "Early 2014" is still the best we've heard at this point. My latest post doesn't give much of an update. I'll be sure and keep the world posted. Microsoft announced the release of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for … [Read more...] about Microsoft to Release Outlook, Sharepoint, and Exchange 2013 SP1 in Early 2014