Exchange 2013 is a whole new beast when it comes to a stand alone Exchange server. A failed Exchange 2013 CU (Cumulative Update) can leave your Exchange server unresponsive to outside requests even though all Services are up and Powershell diagnostics are reporting everything working correctly. It leaves many Exchange Admins new to 2013 scratching their heads and attempting to restore from backup only to learn that a restore from backup does not work! What is this sorcery?! Stay calm. This is an easy fix and a lesson for new 2013/2016 Exchange admins that are used to the previous versions.
“What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.” -Steve Jobs
Migrating DHCP roles between Windows servers can be painful. I wanted to share my favorite method for doing this. I think it is the least difficult and the most effective way of getting your DHCP services moved to a newer Windows server with ZERO downtime. It isn’t perfect and it can fail. However, it works most of the time and when it does, you will feel like it was too easy!
“People think computers will keep them from making mistakes. They’re wrong. With computers you make mistakes faster.” – Adam Osborne
This is a pretty granular blog post. Most of you will probably never use this but I had an incident happen recently where an email had to be found in an Exchange 2013 mailbox that had several hundred folders with rules spraying email everywhere. The search tools in Outlook would not work properly because the mailbox was too big. We had no time to fix the search tools in Outlook. We needed to find where the email was very quickly. Not where it was delivered, where it is right now. This will help you do the same.
“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.” -Joseph Campbell
This sounds really easy but it can be challenging if you have never done it before. Out of the box Windows does not want to run Powershell scripts in an automated fashion. There are some security hurdles put in place for this reason. This blog post will show you what you need to know to make Powershell task scheduling a breeze.
“The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do.” – Ted Nelson
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” -Albert Einstein