Lync Server 2010 Jump Start free online video

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If you are looking for some tutorials about Microsoft Lync Server 2010, you can check those Jump Start video series.

You can find them on TechNet website.
It’s about 18 videos discussing Microsoft Lync 2010 deploying, configuring, monitoring and managing.

All tutorials are presented in 13 sections and presented by: Aaron Steele and  Brian Ricks

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Exchange Message Tracking Logs export to Excell


Very often we have to find emails sent from one mailbox to another.
Informations about sent messages in our Microsoft Exchange Server environment we can find in Message Tracking Logs which are located on Hub Transport servers


Mostly to explore Message Tracking Log we use GUI tool Tracking Log Explorer from Exchange Management Console. We can also use powershell to track messages which is more helpful. We can create powershell script to track messages using CMDlet Get-MessageTrackingLog.


How to use Get-MessageTrackingLog we will write next time.

Now we want to describe how to find informations about delivered messages to specified mailbox and how to easly export those informations to Excell where we can sort and filter them.


To find informations about sent or received message we have to check all Message Tracking Logs on all Hub Transport Servers in our Exchange environment.

When we want to get informations about messages delivered to mailbox we need to use Get-MessageTrackingLog with -EventId Deliver options, then we will receive only informations about messages with status delivered.


This link describes Get-MessageTrackingLog CMDlet and how to use it.

Before you will start looking for message, you need to know what is your message tracking logs configuration for Hub Transports Servers. You have to check where and how long those logs are held.


Below you can find script which will search all Hub Transport Servers and message transport logs for delivered messages to specified mailbox. This mailbox is defined in variable Recipient.

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Exchange Server 2013 Visio Stencil, Lync 2013, Sharepoint 2013 and Office 2013


Microsoft published new Visio Stencil with icons for Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, Sharepoint 2013, Office 2013.
This file (FLEX_Stencil_112012.vss) contains more than 300 icons.

You can easly use them to create visual diagrams describing your Exchange Server architecture or environment. This file contains lot of icons representing servers, applications, services. Continue reading

Remote Exchange PowerShell Session in Powershell ISE


During Microsoft Exchange servers administration we often use EMS (Exchange Management Shell). Many times it’s the best and the fastest way to achieve what we need. We can create Powershell scripts to automate some administrative actions.

Unfortunately lot of us to use Exchange Management Shell, first connect by RDP to Exchnage Server or workstation with Exchange Management Tools and then run EMS.

We can easly connect to Powershell Exchange Management Console from workstation using New-PSSession in Powershell ISE console.

Below we present how to add menu Powershell ISE to connect to Exchange Server Powershell Console.

First we need to run Powershell ISE console and write:

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned


next we need to write to check powershell profile used on our computer:




Now we know where is located file with our powershell profile, but we have to check if this file exists.

To check if this profile file exists we have to run below command:

test-path $profile

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Exchange Server 2010 rollup upadate error 1603 or 1635


When you are trying to install update rollup or service pack for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 or 2007 and you receive error 1603 or 1635 you can resolve this problem like below.

Problems occurs because new rollup update or service pack check %SystemDrive%\Windows\Installer folder for .msp files from earlier update rollups.

If an .msp file is missing then process fails with code 1603 or 1635.


To resolve this problem you need to follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that all antivirus, anti-spam, and monitoring services are disabled.
  2. Clear the data in the “%SystemDrive%\Windows\TEMP”folder.
  3. Try to install the update rollup or service pack.
  4. If the installation fails, open the Exchangesetup.msilog installation log in the “%SystemDrive%\ExchangeSetupLogs” folder.


If you can’t find ExchangeSetup.msilog file then you have to use /lxv switch during installation rollup or service pack like below:

Exchange2007-KB968012-x64-EN.msp /lxv c:\Rollup.log


Now you can open log file and it looks like this below:

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Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool version 2.0


Few days ago, new version of Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool was released.

This tool will help you quick and easy analize Microsoft Outlook profile and mailbox common configuration problems which can cause problems with Outlook.


With Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 you can have detailed report of your current Outlook profile and mailbox. In this report you will find problems found in your profile.
Each problem will have link to KB article where you will find explanation.

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Windows Server 2012 Jump Start online video


Last time we wrote about online video training 70-417 Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 which was available on Microsoft Websites for few hours. Now it’s gone and probably not coming back.

What’s why we decided to inform you about Windows Server 2012 Jump Start online video  available on TechNet websites.



This video is divided on 12 parts, each is 1h length.

Windows Server 2012 issues are discussed by: Rick Claus i Corey Hynes.


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Exchange Server scripts repository resources


If you write scripts for you Exchange Server environment, you can be interested in Microsoft  Scripts Repository.

On Microsoft websites you can find many scripts for Exchange environment, which are written in VBS, Powershell, SQL, JavaScript and others.

Those scripts are divided for Exchange Server versions 2003, 2007, 2010.

Links to Exchange Scripts repository :

Microsoft Exchange Script Center

Technet Gallery Exchange Scripts



Exchange Server 2010 “How do I” video center


On TechNet Webistes we can find few movies discussing Exchange Server 2010 administration. This films series is entitled “How do I ?



We can find there 26th movies which discussing few issues with Exchange Server 2010 environment. Movies are available in MP4 and WMV files.

Issues discussing in movies:

  • Exchange 2010 Deploy
  • Exchange 2010 Operate
  • Exchange 2010 Migration
  • other technical issues


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Update Rollup 5 for Exchange 2010 SP2 removed from Microsoft Download


Finally Mircosoft saw that something wrong is with last release update for Exchange 2010 SP2 – Rollup 5. After released Rollup 5 lot of people inform about problems with DAG and DC after installation of Rollup 5.



You can find lot of informations on forums and blogs about issues caused by Rollup 5 fo Exchange 2010 SP2, but Microsoft didn’t confirmed them.

We have wrote about errors in Exchange 2010 SP2 environments after installation Rollup 5.

Unfortunately, it seems that Microsoft has not tested the “exact” Rollup 5 for Exchange 2010 SP2 and now after many information on forums and blogs about the problems that occur when you install this update, decided to remove a download page where you can download Rollup 5.
However, the description of the changes makes installing Rollup 5, nothing has changed, there has been no information about it, no information don’t install it now wait few days for new version or information that Rollup causes some problems.

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