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Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Is Now Available

August 31st, 2010 No comments

Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Exchange Server 2010. See the Release Notes for Exchange 2010 SP1 for more information, including a list of known issues.

The 522MB download is just like RTM – a full install package. Existing installations can be upgraded, as new installs can be completed with the Service Pack integrated.

What’s New in Exchange 2010 SP1 has a comprehensive list of the changes and enhancements, including:

New Deployment Functionality

  1. During an Exchange 2010 SP1 installation, you can now select a new option to install the required Windows roles and features for each selected Exchange 2010 SP1 server role. For more information, see New Deployment Functionality in Exchange 2010 SP1.

Client Access Server Role Improvements

  1. Federation Certificates
  2. Exchange ActiveSync
  3. SMS Sync
  4. Server-Side Information Rights Management Support
  5. Outlook Web App Improvements
  6. Reset Virtual Directory
  7. Client Throttling Policies

Improvements in Transport Functionality

  1. MailTips access control over organizational relationships
  2. Enhanced monitoring and troubleshooting features for MailTips
  3. Enhanced monitoring and troubleshooting features for message tracking
  4. Message throttling enhancements
  5. Shadow redundancy promotion
  6. SMTP failover and load balancing improvements
  7. Support for extended protection on SMTP connections
  8. Send connector changes to reduce NDRs over well-defined connections

Permissions Functionality

  1. Database scope support
  2. Active Directory split permissions
  3. Improved user interface

Exchange Store and Mailbox Database Functionality

  1. With the New-MailboxRepairRequest cmdlet, you can detect and repair mailbox and database corruption issues.
  2. Store limits were increased for administrative access.
  3. The Database Log Growth Troubleshooter (Troubleshoot-DatabaseSpace.ps1) is a new script that allows you to control excessive log growth of mailbox databases.
  4. Public Folders client permissions support was added to the Exchange Management Console (EMC).

Mailbox and Recipients Functionality

  1. Calendar Repair Assistant supports more scenarios than were available in Exchange 2010 RTM.
  2. Mailbox Assistants are now all throttle-based (changed from time-based in Exchange 2010 RTM).
  3. Internet calendar publishing allows users in your Exchange organization to share their Outlook calendars with a broad Internet audience.
  4. Importing and exporting .pst files now uses the Mailbox Replication service and doesn’t require Outlook.
  5. Hierarchical address book support allows you to create and configure your address lists and offline address books in a hierarchical view.
  6. Distribution group naming policies allow you to configure string text that will be appended or prepended to a distribution group’s name when it’s created.
  7. Soft-delete of mailboxes after move completion.

High Availability and Site Resilience Functionality

  1. Continuous replication – block mode
  2. Active mailbox database redistribution
  3. Enhanced datacenter activation coordination mode support
  4. New and enhanced management and monitoring scripts
  5. Exchange Management Console user interface enhancements
  6. Improvements in failover performance

Messaging Policy and Compliance Functionality

  1. Provision personal archive on a different mailbox database
  2. Import historical mailbox data to personal archive
  3. Delegate access to personal archive
  4. New retention policy user interface
  5. Support for creating retention policy tags for Calendar and Tasks default folders
  6. Opt-in personal tags
  7. Multi-Mailbox Search preview
  8. Annotations in Multi-Mailbox Search
  9. Multi-Mailbox Search data de-duplication
  10. WebReady Document Viewing of IRM-protected messages in Outlook Web App
  11. IRM in Exchange ActiveSync for protocol-level IRM
  12. IRM logging
  13. Mailbox audit logging

Unified Messaging Server Role Improvements

  1. UM reporting
  2. UM management in the Exchange Control Panel
  3. Cross-Forest UM-enabled mailbox migration
  4. Outlook Voice Access improvements
  5. Caller Name Display support
  6. Test-ExchangeUMCallFlow cmdlet
  7. New UM Dial Plan wizard
  8. Office Communications Server “14” Support
  9. Secondary UM dial plan support
  10. UM language packs added
  11. Call answering rules improvements
  12. Unified Communications Managed API/speech platform improvements
  13. UM auto attendant update

Audit Logging Improvements

  1. Improvements in administrator audit logging
  2. New mailbox audit logging

Support for Coexistence with Exchange Online

  1. Migration of UM-enabled mailboxes
  2. IRM support for coexistence
  3. Remote Mailboxes
  4. Transport

Support for Multi-Tenancy

Upgrade from Exchange 2010 RTM to Exchange 2010 SP1 includes details you should know before upgrading, as well as how to upgrade including upgrading DAG members.

Equally important is Exchange 2010 Prerequisites, which details which hotfixes you need to install before doing a clean install of Exchange 2010 SP1, or when upgrading an RTM installation. Be prepared, as several of the 2008 R2 hotfixes require a reboot.

Download the Service Pack here.

Script: Set-Exchange2010FilterConfig.ps1 v2.0 – Cleaner Configuration of the FilterPack for Exchange Server 2010

May 10th, 2010 2 comments

Description

Late last year, I wrote Cleaner configuration of the FilterPack for Exchange Server 2010 to provide a cleaner script that handles registration of file types for the Office 2007 Filter Pack. This was because the default script would generate a bunch of exception errors when it encountered existing registration entries in the registry. This could be fairly confusing to some people. So my script just did some rudimentary checking before attempting to set the registration. Same end result, just a little cleaner.

Anyways, fast forward to last week, when Microsoft released v2.0 of the Filter Pack. The new version includes support for Office 2010 file types, as well as all of the legacy versions. The registration script didn’t need to change, since it’s based on file extensions, and there aren’t new file extensions in 2010 (like there was in 2007).

But, some people are also installing the Adobe PDF iFilter 9.0 package to enable Exchange to index PDF file attachments as well. Like the Office Filter Pack, the PDF Filter Pack requires a PowerShell script to run to register the file types. Combine that and the update to the script mentioned at Automated prerequisite installation via PowerShell for Exchange Server 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2 – v2.0, and combining the two filter pack registration scripts just made sense.

This version allows you to register either the Office or the PDF Filter Pack, or both. If you register the PDF Filter Pack, a server reboot is required, as is running the script .\ResetSearchIndex.ps1, which is located in the \scripts folder (typically c:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\Scripts). Resetting the search index can be somewhat taxing if there is already a large amount of mail in databases on that server, so you may want to plan when to run this.

Check out the original post for more info, and get the updated script at Set-Exchange2010FilterConfig20.zip

Installation

Execution Policy: Third-party PowerShell scripts may require that the PowerShell Execution Policy be set to either AllSigned, RemoteSigned, or Unrestricted. The default is Restricted, which prevents scripts – even code signed scripts – from running. For more information about setting your Execution Policy, see Using the Set-ExecutionPolicy Cmdlet.

Donations

I’ve never been one to really solicit donations for my work. My offerings are created because *I* need to solve a problem, and once I do, it makes sense to offer the results of my work to the public. I mean, let’s face it: I can’t be the only one with that particular issue, right? Quite often, to my surprise, I’m asked why I don’t have a “donate” button so people can donate a few bucks. I’ve never really put much thought into it. But those inquiries are coming more often now, so I’m yielding to them. If you’d like to donate, you can send a few bucks via PayPal at https://www.paypal.me/PatRichard. Money collected from that will go to the costs of my website (hosting and domain names), as well as to my home lab.

[Redirect] Automated Prerequisite Installation via PowerShell for Exchange Server 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2 – v2.0

May 7th, 2010 No comments

Big changes in the fairly popular script at Automated prerequisite installation via PowerShell for Exchange Server 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2. In an effort to make your job easier (as well as mine), I’ve updated it extensively. And, I’ve used better coding practices to make it more efficient.

Changes to the script include at least the following:

  1. Downloads now use BITS on the machine. If BITS isn’t installed, the script will install it to download the files, and remove it when you exit. The script also detects whether the server you’re running it on has Internet access before trying to download files.
  2. Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs has replaced the 1.0 file. This adds support for indexing of content in Office 2010 file attachments in addition to the previously available Office 2007 files. For more info, see Bharat Suneja’s Released: Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs post.
  3. Adobe PDF iFilter 9 support has been added to (only) option #11. This adds support for indexing of .pdf files. See the Exchange Product Groups Introducing Attachment Inspection in Transport Rules for more info. Option #11 is the same as #6, but with .pdf filter, and is what I use for my server builds.
  4. Better detection of a successful installation of the filter packs
  5. Added an option (#13) to disable TCP/IP v6
  6. Updated the option (#12) to download the latest Update Rollup to get UR3
  7. Added an option (#7) due to a project requirement
  8. Removed the auto rebooting of the server if a reboot was required. It now just displays a warning that a reboot is needed before installing Exchange. This allows you to inspect what the script has done, and identify any issues, as well as execute more options, like disabling TCP/IP v6, before rebooting.

With the change in the Office filter pack, as well as the addition of the .pdf filter pack, I’ll have a new version of the configuration script for those available at Cleaner configuration of the FilterPack for Exchange Server 2010 in the next couple of days.

Visit the original post at the link above for the original info and a link to the updated script.

As always, if you’d like to see an option added, or have questions or comments, please feel free to let me know.

Changelog: Set-Exchange2010RedirectSSL.ps1

April 26th, 2010 No comments

This is the changelog page for Set-Exchange2010RedirectSSL.ps1. You will find a complete list of released versions, their dates, and the features and issues addressed in each. Please refer to the script’s main page for more information including download links, installation details, and more.

v1.5 – 04-29-2014

  1. comment help cleanup per best practices
  2. param block cleanup per best practices
  3. removed some PowerShell v3 code so that the script will continue to work in v2

v1.4 – 01-27-2014

  1. Updated Set-ModuleStatus function
  2. minor code cleanup per best practices

v1.3 – 01-30-2012

  1. resolved issue with read&execute rights not being assigned to Authenticated Users on web.config file.

v1.2 – 10-19-2011

  1. adjusted what folders needed to be excluded from redirection
  2. bug fixed that would not exclude some folders if -forcessl $false was used.

v1.0 – 04-26-2010

  1. initial version

Set-Exchange2010FilterConfig.ps1 – Cleaner Configuration of the FilterPack for Exchange Server 2010

December 14th, 2009 No comments

One of the prerequisites for installing Exchange 2010 Hub Transport and/or Mailbox roles is the installation of the Microsoft Filter Pack. This registers IFilters so that Office 2007 attachments can be indexed. Once Exchange 2010 is installed, the filters must be registered in Exchange. Microsoft provides a PowerShell script that can be copied/pasted and used to accomplish this. But if you’ve run that script, you notice a bunch of messages about settings already existing. Also, once you’re done, you must restart the Exchange Search service.

I’ve cleaned up the PowerShell script a little to check if the setting already exists, and only attempt those that don’t. This yields a much cleaner console output. Also, the script will prompt, and execute, restating the search service. Once you’ve installed Exchange 2010, simply run the script.

Between this script and the previous script released under Automated prerequisite installation via PowerShell for Exchange Server 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2, installation of Exchange 2010 is getting much more streamlined.

Installation

Execution Policy: Third-party PowerShell scripts may require that the PowerShell Execution Policy be set to either AllSigned, RemoteSigned, or Unrestricted. The default is Restricted, which prevents scripts – even code signed scripts – from running. For more information about setting your Execution Policy, see Using the Set-ExecutionPolicy Cmdlet.

Download

Set-Exchange2010FilterConfig.zip

Changelog: Set-Exchange2010FilterConfig.ps1

December 14th, 2009 No comments

This is the changelog page for Set-Exchange2010FilterConfig.ps1. You will find a complete list of released versions, their dates, and the features and issues addressed in each. Please refer to the script’s main page for more information including download links, installation details, and more.

v2.0 – 05-08-2010

  1. better detection of installed filter packs
  2. uses Filter Pack 2
  3. includes PDF iFilter pack
  4. menu

v1.0 – 12-14-2009

  1. initial version

Script: Set-Exchange2010Features.ps1 – Automated prerequisite installation for Exchange Server 2010

December 12th, 2009 18 comments

Update: This version resolves two bugs and adds the Adobe PDF Filter Pack and Windows Update menu options.

A while ago, fellow Exchange MVP Anderson Patricio released a script to help automate some of the tasks required before installing Exchange 2010 on Server 2008 R2. While it’s fairly straightforward to do it manually, automating the tasks can help reduce errors and issues – especially for consultants who may install Exchange 2010 often. Not long after Anderson released his script, Paul Flaherty released a revised version Bhargav Shukla released a revised version that streamlined it a little and added some functionality. Now it’s my turn.

More of an exercise to learn a method in PowerShell than anything else, I took Paul’s version and added functionality to the script. Over time, that has increased exponentially, and has become the most popular script on this site.

While SP1 added the functionality to install the required Windows features, I find this method a little nicer, as some tasks can be performed in a more structure manner. This is handy if you’re building a bunch of servers and want a standardized, error-free installation. Tasks such as disabling IPv6, downloading the latest updates, installing required Windows features, etc. are now just a menu option away.

I’ll likely tweak this some more when I have more time. But I’ve used this to build probably a dozen Exchange 2010 boxes so far, and it’s worked well. I welcome any comments or suggestions.

Installation

Execution Policy: Third-party PowerShell scripts may require that the PowerShell Execution Policy be set to either AllSigned, RemoteSigned, or Unrestricted. The default is Restricted, which prevents scripts – even code signed scripts – from running. For more information about setting your Execution Policy, see Using the Set-ExecutionPolicy Cmdlet.

Donations

I’ve never been one to really solicit donations for my work. My offerings are created because *I* need to solve a problem, and once I do, it makes sense to offer the results of my work to the public. I mean, let’s face it: I can’t be the only one with that particular issue, right? Quite often, to my surprise, I’m asked why I don’t have a “donate” button so people can donate a few bucks. I’ve never really put much thought into it. But those inquiries are coming more often now, so I’m yielding to them. If you’d like to donate, you can send a few bucks via PayPal at https://www.paypal.me/PatRichard. Money collected from that will go to the costs of my website (hosting and domain names), as well as to my home lab.

Download

v3.3 Set-Exchange2010Features.v3.3.zip

v3.2 Set-Exchange2010Features.v3.2.zip

v1.0 Set-Exchange2010Prereqs.zip

Changelog

See the changelog for information on features added in each version

Changelog: Set-Lync2010Features.ps1

November 27th, 2009 No comments

This is the changelog page for Set-Lync2010Features.ps1. You will find a complete list of released versions, their dates, and the features and issues addressed in each. Please refer to the script’s main page for more information including download links, installation details, and more.

v5.3 – 12-23-2011

  1. Added requirements for Front End and Director servers to support Mobility. This includes the Dynamic Compression Windows 2008 feature.

v5.2 – 08-17-2011

  1. Added option (& related Get-Webpage function) to download trial version of Lync (just opens a browser to the site)
  2. Added option to restrict feature availability to Standard CAL

v5.1 – 07-26-2011

  1. Detect if Lync is installed before installing some utilities and tools
  2. DSR loopback adapter option added
  3. Lync Server Updates option was updated to represent the 07-25-2011 release per KB 2493736
  4. Menu was split into pre/post install tasks, with post install tasks only visible if Lync Server is detected on the box

v5.0 – 07-25-2011

  1. added “Find Lync Versions” and related .Net 4 installer
  2. added functions for creating shortcuts and unzipping files
  3. added function for “Windows Media Format Runtime” (per http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2522454)
  4. some variable cleanup
  5. some error checking
  6. added function to run installation routines. This makes it easier to do consistent screen output (menu)
  7. cleaned up variable removal when exiting
  8. Installation of Silverlight
  9. Updated installation of Visual C++ Redistributable to latest version (per MS11-025)
  10. added option to enable federation with Office365

v4.2 – 05-26-2011

  1. updated function to allow downloading files to different folders and different names
  2. added OWA / Lync integration feature

v4.1 – 05-01-2011

  1. added group membership check (checks for local admin, CSAdmin* and RTCUniv* only)
  2. added 04-20-2011 “Lync Server update download”
  3. added chm file download and install & shortcut
  4. added standalone AV server prereq option
  5. added PowerShell transcript
  6. added backup current config

v4.0 – 04-06-2011

  1. added Visual C++ option
  2. added Stress and Performance Tool
  3. added Disable IPv6
  4. added “IM an Expert”
  5. added Windows Update
  6. lots of code cleanup

v3.0 Р02-2011 by St̴le Hansen (http://msunified.net)

v1.0 – 11/27/2009

  1. initial version

Changelog: Set-Exchange2010Features.ps1

November 27th, 2009 No comments

This is the changelog page for Set-Exchange2010Features.ps1. You will find a complete list of released versions, their dates, and the features and issues addressed in each. Please refer to the script’s main page for more information including download links, installation details, and more.

v3-3 – 12-29-2011

  1. bug fix: option 99, to exit, didn’t work.
  2. bug fix: CAS options were missing asp.net and ISAPI filters
  3. feature added: Adobe PDF filter pack is now a separate menu option

v3.2 – 12-23-2011

  1. added Web-WMI Windows Feature to all Client Access Server (CAS) role requirements as this is now a requirement in SP2
  2. Changed latest update download to SP2

v3.0

  1. swapped out some functions for newer versions
  2. added transcript
  3. general code cleanup

v2.2

  1. Cleaned up code for detecting R2 version so that it doesn’t bomb with service packs.
  2. cleaned up some other items so that the Lync prerequisite script and this script are more similar.

v2.1

  1. Cleaned up menu code; Cleaned up code to disable IP v6;

v2.0 – 05-07-2010

  1. better detection of installed filter packs; uses Filter Pack 2; includes PDF iFilter pack; added disabling TCP/IP V6 option.
  2. Now uses BITS for file transfers; added unzip function to unzip the PDF iFilter pack download. Cleaned up some functions. Uses environmental
  3. variable “temp” for download location. Checks if things are already installed/downloaded/unzipped before trying to install/download/unzip them.

v1.1 – 04-09-2010

  1. added help; downloads of update rollups; cleanup of variables; added another option for typical install w/o RPC-Over-HTTP
  2. added RunOnce to delete download path on reboot

v1.0 – 11-27-2009

  1. initial version

Exchange 2007 Prerequisite XML Files Included in Service Pack 2 Download

October 6th, 2009 No comments

Microsoft has included the handy Windows Server 2008 XML files in the Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 distribution. These files, previously available via the product group’s blog site, makes it quick and painless to install all necessary prerequisites for Exchange on Windows 2008 servers.

Found in the \scripts folder, the files include

  1. exchange-all.xml (all roles)
  2. exchange-base.xml (all prerequisites for any Exchange server)
  3. exchange-cas.xml (client access server)
  4. exchange-edge (edge transport server)
  5. exchange-hub (hub transport server)
  6. exchange-mbx (mailbox server)
  7. exchange-typical (single box – Hub/CAS/Mbx)
  8. exchage-um (unified messaging)

What is not in the files, it appears, are the prerequisites for a clustered mailbox server (which was included in the original zip file) and Network Load Balancing for Client Access Servers. Both files can be created or the options can be added to the existing files.