SOLVED: How To Check Your Office365 Quarentine

If you are using Office365 email, you will periodically need to check the messages that Microsoft has flagged as ‘likely bad’ and moved into a special Quarantine folder.  The Quarantine is on the Microsoft Office365 mail servers and NOT visible from Outlook or even webmail.  To see the Office365 quarantine you need to: SHORT VERSION: Surf to https://protection.office.com/#/quarantine LONG VERSION: Surf to https://protection.office.com and sign in Expand THREAT MANAGEMENT (left menu) Click REVIEW (left menu) Click…

SOLVED: How to Determine if a Distribution List Is Being Used in Exchange

If you are like most companies, when staff leave you delete their email accounts but you likely don’t give much thought to the Distribution Lists that they used.  After a few years you can have quite a few unused Distribution Lists which does not do anyone good so you should remove them.  However, your likely afraid to just dump them based on your intuition that they are unused and so you need some numbers to…

SOLVED: Can Exchange Online Be Used As a High Availabilty Fail Over to Your On Premise Exchange Server

In a word, no.  I have spent several days trying to find a clear answer the to this question in white papers, blogs and even MS Partner Support. I think Microsoft will offer this service in the not so distant future because it just makes sense to.  Using the Office 365 Feedback link (below) I posted the following question (which I may never receive a response to).  If you want to use Exchange Online as a fail over…

SOLVED: How To Report Spam Directly to Microsoft Using Outlook 2007 2010 2013

If you have ever wanted to report your spam directly to Microsoft so that they can block future emails using their FOPE (Forefront Online Protection Services), Forefront For Exchange or just the basic Junk mail filter in Outlook, this is the post for you. Reporting spam to Microsoft is useful as long as you are using a Microsoft product including Outlook, Exchange, Office365, FOPE, and/or Forefront. There are two ways to send spam for analysis…

SOLVED: How to Bulk Import Contacts into Exchange 2007 2010 2012

I recently needed to add 50 new contacts into my Exchange 2007 server and had no intention of completing this task by manually. I am not the greatest PowerShell guy but I knew this would be easy… and it was. Create a file named C:\CONTACTS.CSV file like following Name,DisplayName,EmailAddress,Alias,Title,Company,Department Tom Test,tomtest,ttest@test.com,ttest,CEO,TGS,Surveys John Rotten,JohnRotten,john.rotten@test2.com,ttest,Chief Financial Officer, TGS,Corporate Launch EXCHANGE POWER SHELL and use the following command: import-csv c:\contacts.csv | foreach { new-mailcontact -alias $_.Alias -name $_.displayName…

SOLVED: How to DISABLE Forefront For Exchange Without Killing Exchange

If you have ever tried to shut down Forefront services on an Exchange server you have found that it will shut down your Exchange… so don’t do that. I recently worked with a Microsoft tech who explained the following simply command line to (temporarily) unhook Exchange from Forefront: Open a comand prompt Change to the Forefront directory which in my case was: cd “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Forefront Protection for Exchange Server\” type FSCUTILITY /DISABLE To re-enable…

SOLVED: How to Setup a Blackberry Playbook to Work with Office 365 Exchange Email

If you want to setup your Blackberry Playbook to receive / sync email contacts and calendar with your hosted Microsoft Office 365 email service just follow these simple instructions: Update your Playbook to OS 2.  OS 1 will NOT sync with office 365 unless you have it tethered to your Blackberry (which I do not have).  That problem is gone with OS 2 which was released February 21 2012. click the settings cog icon in…

SOLVED: How To Remove Shared Calendar That Does Not Exist in Outlook

As soon as you click (right or left) on a rooms calendar that is in your Outlook but removed from Exchange some time previous,  you may receive the error: “The connection to Microsoft Exchange is Unavailable.  Outlook must be online or connected to complete this action”. Outlook is online but, again, the room has been removed Exchange 2007 some time previous. ANSWER: Right click on any other calendar first and you will see the expected full list of options, including DELETE ROOM.  Then right clicked on…

Office 15 Technical Preview Released and Is Already Full

What this means is that there is a pre-Beta of the next version of Office, but you can’t get it. “Not since Office 2003 has Microsoft taken such an “ambitious undertaking” to reinvent the productivity suite. Today, PJ Hough, CVP of development for Microsoft’s Office division, announced the “technical preview” for the suite’s next version and then rudely announced it’s “already full”. Oh yeah? Why the frak tell us about it then? It’s that ambitious…

SOLVED: How to Add a Global Footer To Hosted Exchange on Office 365

This document explains how to add a non-repeating email footer to your Office 365 Exchange 2010. Step 10 below will exclude internal emails and step 11/12 will stop the footer from being added over and over again.   Sign into mail.office365.com with a user account that has admin rights Click OPTIONS in the top right corner of Outlook Web App (OWA) Click SEE ALL OPTIONS Use the MAIL > OPTIONS menu at the top left to change…

SOLVED: How to Create An Open Relay For A Particular Server

How to Setup an Unauthenticated Relay in Exchange 2007 or 2010 You likely have a server or application which needs to send email but cannot authenticate (sign in as a user) against your Exchange mail server for one reason or another.   It is actually quite a painless process to configure your Exchange server  to NOT need to authenticate SMTP traffic from a particular IP address: Go to your Exchange Management Console, and drill into SERVER…

SOLVED: 4.2.1 Unable to connect.” Attempted failover to alternate host…

If you see the following error in your Exchange 2003, 2007, or 2010 queue, there are three things you should do to troubleshoot the problem: 451 4.4.0 Primary target IP address responded with: “421 4.2.1 Unable to connect.” Attempted failover to alternate host, but that did not succeed. Either there are no alternate hosts, or delivery failed to all alternate hosts. Below are the three items you need to check: Test the connection by sending…

KB2538719 Takes A Long Time To Install

I just ran a patch cycle on an a small Exchange 2007 Standard Server running ForeFront Protection For Exchange 2010 and was shocked that it took over half an hour to install KB2538719 Hotfix Rollup 3 for Microsoft Forefront Protection for Exchange . The server in question did not have a single user connected, runs only 30 mail boxes and has 4 Xeon processors and 12GB of RAM in a HyperV Virtual Machine .  I was getting…

SOLVED: Outlook – Exchange Error: None of your e-mail accounts could send to this recipient

If you have received an error like the one below, there is a simple fix. Your message did not reach some or all of the intended recipients. Subject: Sent: 8/11/2011 1:29 PM The following recipient(s) cannot be reached: “someguy@somedomain.com’ on 8/11/2011 1:29 PM None of your e-mail accounts could send to this recipient. After adding the recipient name in the TO field of an email address, simply double click on that address and change the…