Allowing Editing of Distribution Groups by Users through Outlook

I have had a lot of people ask me how to allow specific users to edit a distribution group. If your organisation is using Exchange and Outlook then this is really easy. Create a Security Group and name it something meaningful, Like Distribution Group Editors. Add the Users that you wish to have access to the Group. In the Active Directory Users and Computers Snap In (ADUC) Click the “View” menu and make sure that “Advanced Features” is turned on (It will have a tick next to it if it is, if not just click on it) Now, Find the “Distribution Group” OU, and Right Click it, Choose Properties Under… Read More

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Import SSL Certificate into Exchange 2007

There are two processes involved in installing your certificate: Installing our intermediate certificate on your server Installing your signed SSL certificate on your server To Install Our Intermediate Certificate From the Start menu, click Run… Type mmc and click OK. The Microsoft Management Console (Console) window opens. From the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap In. Select Certificates, and then click Add. Select Computer Account, and then click Next. Select Local Computer, and then click Finish. Click OK to close Add or Remove Snap-ins. In the Console window, expand the Certificates folder. Right-click Intermediate Certification Authorities, mouse-over All Tasks, and then click Import. In the Certificate Import Wizard, click Next. Click… Read More

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Issues with Autodiscover returning wrong Public Folders Information

Errors occurring when starting Outlook. Message Pops up with wrong SSL Certificate. No access to Public Folders. CTRL+Right Click Outlook icon in Notification Area (Down near the clock) and choose Test E-Mail AutoConfiguration. Enter your Email Address and Choose Test. Check the XML Page to see the results from AutoDiscover. At the bottom Shows… <PublicFolderInformation> <SmtpAddress>PublicFoldersMailbox@somedomain.com.au</SmtpAddress> </PublicFolderInformation> If this SMTP address is wrong, then it needs to be changed. Log onto Exchange 2013 Server and Open Exchange Management Shell 1. Once the public folder mailbox is created it would have the following e-mail address [PS] C:\Windows\system32>Get-Mailbox -PublicFolder “your public folder mailbox” |fl name ,*smtp* Name : you Public Folder Mailbox… Read More

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ActiveSync not working for Some users – DatabaseGUIDnotfound – Post Migration Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2013

There are some issues with ActiveSync for both Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 users whereby some users can connect their Mobile Devices (Windows Mobile Phones / iPhones / Motorola Droid etc) quite happily and ActiveSync pushes mail to the devices, but other users cannot connect and cannot sync anything at all. There appear to be plenty of potential solutions for this problem around if you search the web, but the solution to the majority of these problems can be solved quite simply. If you open up Active Directory Users and Computers and locate one of your users that is not working, Double-Click into the account and click on the Security… Read More

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Configuring Raw Disk Mappings in VMWare ESX

To configure a local device as an RDM disk: Open an SSH session to the ESXi/ESX host. List the disks that are attached to the ESXi host, use the command: # ls -l /vmfs/devices/disks From the list, identify the local device you want to configure as an RDM and copy the device name. Note: The device name will likely be prefixed with t10. and look similar to: t10.F405E46494C4540046F455B64787D285941707D203F45765 To configure the device as an RDM and output the RDM pointer file to your chosen destination, run the command: # vmkfstools -z /vmfs/devices/disks/<diskname> /vmfs/volumes/<datastorename>/<vmfolder>/<vmname>.vmdk For Example: # vmkfstools -z /vmfs/devices/disks/t10.F405E46494C4540046F455B64787D285941707D203F45765 /vmfs/volumes/Datastore2/localrdm1/localrdm1.vmdk Note: The size of the newly created RDM pointer file appears… Read More

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Stop C00002E2 Directory Services

This photo was the best I could do. The message flashed up so fast I couldn’t read it. The only way was to boot the SBS 2011 Server and start taking photo after photo. This occurred on Restoring this server from a backup using Shadow Protect. A domain controller does not start or does not display the logon screen. After you restart the domain controller and watch the start process, you notice the following symptoms. At startup, the server experiences a Stop error and briefly displays the following error message: STOP: c00002e2 Directory Services could not start because of the following error: The specified procedure could not be found Error… Read More

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Sync DSRM Password with Domain Administrator Password

This brings most people unstuck. Here is a tip for later. Run the following on all your servers. This will sync the Directory Services Restore Mode password with the Domain Admin Password. This can be setup as a scheduled task so no matter when your servers break, you will always remember the password. ntdsutil “set dsrm password” “sync from domain account <AccountName>” q q

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Using AD-Powershell to protect OUs from accidental deletion

If you use Active Directory-Users and –Computers from Windows Server 2008 or higher (also ships with the Remote Server Administration Tools in Windows Vista or Windows 7), or the Active Directory Administrative Center in Windows Server 2008 R2 or Win7 RSAT newly created OUs are protected from accidental deletion. However, this does not apply to OUs which were there prior (migrated) or OUs which are created another way. Therefore, during migrations or when you still run downlevel versions of the administration tools, I recommend to protect OUs from accidental deletion but you need to find another way to do it instead of looking into the Object-Tab of each OU (with… Read More

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