Exchange Server 2013 CU3

CU3 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 was released yesterday 11/25/2013

File about 1,5 GB can be downloaded here:

Cumulative Update 3 for Exchange Server 2013 (KB2892464)



After instalation of CU3 your Exchange Server 2013 version number will be 15.0.775.38

The following new enhancements and improvements to existing functionality have also been added for Exchange Server 2013 customers:

  • Usability improvements when adding members to new and existing groups in the Exchange Administration Console
  • Online RMS available for use by non-cloud based Exchange deployments
  • Improved admin audit log experience
  • Windows 8.1/IE11 no longer require the use of OWA Light

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Exchange server 2013 Service Pack 1 will be in early 2014

The Exchange Team Blog announced that service pack 1 for the Exchange Server 2013 will be available in early 2014.

Probably this mean Q1 of 2014.

SP1 for Exchange Server 2013 will include below improvements:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Support - First answering one the most common questions since the release of Windows Server 2012 R2. Exchange 2013 SP1 will add Windows Server 2012 R2 as a supported operating system for Exchange Server 2013 with SP1. Let your planning begin.
  • S/MIME support for OWA – Support for S/MIME in OWA will be brought back in SP1. With SP1 customers will have S/MIME support across Outlook, Exchange ActiveSync clients, and OWA.
  • Edge Transport Server Role – The Edge Transport server role for Exchange Server 2013 will be available with SP1.
  • Fixes and Improvements – Of course, SP1 will include fixes and improvements in areas you’ve helped us identity. SP1 is the first service pack issued in the new Exchange Server cumulative update release model – thus SP1 is essentially CU4. The installation of SP1 will follow the same process as the prior Exchange 2013 CUreleases. SP1 will include all fixes included in previously released cumulative updates for Exchange 2013.


SP1 will require to update Active Directory schema.

Active Directory Schema updates for Exchange are additive and always backwards compatible with previous releases and versions

SysTools OST Recovery lifeline for corrupted OST file

SysTools® OST Recovery v4.1 – Product Review

People who work with the Outlook profile may know that Outlook store the information collected from emails, contacts and other category to the PST file. Other than the PST file, Outlook provides OST format to save the information, when Exchange runs offline. OST file aka Offline Storage Table is created when user work with Outlook in offline mode or Outlook Cached Exchange mode. This facility to work offline helps user to utilize the time for work even when deprived of Exchange connection. OST file can be synchronized with the Exchange server once connection is available again.

If any issues arise when the OST to Exchange synchronization is in process then it can be assumed that OST file is corrupted. Some of the error messages like Unable to expand the folder, the set of folders could not be opened. Errors could have been detected in the file xxxx.ost. Quit all mail-enabled applications and then use the Inbox Repair Tool” is displayed to refer the corruption issues. Employing the steps as per instruction may or may not help to recover OST file, thus the perfect method to recover OST file from corruption is to convert OST to PST using SysTools® OST Recovery tool.

The software is highly appreciated because of certain cases reported with the OST file such as user cannot convert OST file directly to PST file because of the security issues that comes in between  Exchange mailbox, OST and MAPI profile all together. User can neither rename OST file to PST nor open OST file with any other MAPI profile ( for that user have to be logged in to the original MAPI profile). SysTools® OST Recovery tool turns to be a great help for user who faces the trouble in accessing the OST file because the tool works to recover and convert OST to PST even in absence of MS Exchange.


How OST Recovery Software Work?

To recover OST file from any type of corruption or inaccessibility issues, SysTools® OST Recovery tool brings the best steps to be executed as:

  • Add OST File – Browse OST file from the location it is stored and Add it to the tool.
  • Scan OST File – Select scanning mode to start OST file scanning to resolve error.
  • Preview OST File – After scanning, get OST file content preview for confirmation.
  • Export OST File – Select the OST file or folder to export it as PST, MSG or EML
  • Save Healthy Data – Save data as PST, MSG or EML format on any system location.
  • Split PST File – If PST is large in size, then user have the option to split PST file.

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Lync 2013 Desktop Client November update

The November Update for Lync 2013 Desktop Client introduced new features.

These features work out of the box from a client perspective, your administrator may have to enable/change settings on the server side for you to get the functionality shown below.

Features included in the November Update:

  • Photos of Sender/Receiver – View photos of sender/receiver inline with IM conversation
  • URL Photo Experience – Set your own photo from a public web site instead of using the corporate image
  • pChat Escalation – Escalate a Persistent Chat room to a Lync Meeting with one click
  • Login Trace Files – Easily access Lync client login logs
  • New Recording Options –Choose preferred resolution for client-side recordings

In the IM window new update add capability to view photos of the sender/receiver inline with the conversation. Unfortunately you can’t disable this feature. I think this is waste of space in IM window, and I would like to disable it but I can’t.


You can download update here:

Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Update Documentation Help File (.chm)

You can find new Documentation Help File for Microsoft Lync Server 2013 on Download Center.

The updated file includes all changes made to topics in the Lync Server TechNet Library since the release of Lync Server 2013, including bug fixes and updates from community and customer feedback.


Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Documentation Help File


File can be downloaded here:

Updated Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Documentation Help File

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 – free ebook

Microsoft Press Blog published information about new book Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2.


This book is available now for free in PDF file.

This book is intended to provide you with an overview of the new features and enhancements introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. The intended audience for this book is IT pros who deploy, manage, and maintain Windows Server workloads in data center, private cloud, and hosting provider environments

Book is available here:

Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2

Inside you can find information about:

  • Cloud OS
  • Hyper-V
  • Storage
  • Failover Clustering
  • Networking
  • Active Directory
  • Group Policy
  • IIS
  • Remote Desktop Services
  • Windows Powershell



Exchange 2010 remove disabled AD accounts from distribution groups

When you need to find all disabled Active Directory accounts which belong to any distribution group, then you can use Exchange Management Shell and below command:

$groups = Get-DistributionGroup -ResultSize Unlimited
$report = foreach($group in $groups){
 Get-DistributionGroupMember $group |
 ?{$_.RecipientType -like '*User*' -and $_.ResourceType -eq $null} |
 Get-User | ?{$_.UserAccountControl -match 'AccountDisabled'} |
 Select-Object Name,RecipientType,@{n='Group';e={$group}}
$report | Export-CSV d:\scripts\disabled_group_members.csv -NoType

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Lync 2013 Ignite sessions on Channel9

Channel9 website published new Lync 2013 sessions, this time from Ignite sessions.

You can see them here

Below we present all modules:

Lync2013Ignite_1Configuring Lync Room System 50 minutes, 43 seconds

Lync Room System is a new member of the Lync family and offers a native Lync solution for meeting rooms that makes meetings easy to start, easy to manage, and easy to collaborate with remote attendees. This course introduces Lync Room System and describes how to deploy, configure, and manage it

High Quality WMV



What’s New in Meetings and Collaboration in Lync 1 hour, 25 minutes, 15 seconds

This course explores the latest additions in Lync 2013 related to meetings and collaboration, as well as improvements introduced in Lync updates released since Lync 2013 RTM, such as video cropping control,  Meetings View, Q&A manager, and others. It also describes forthcoming approaches…

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