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Change Exchange Smart Host Port Number

By default, an Exchange server will try and send emails to a smart host using port 25. Unfortunately, there is no option to change the port number within the Exchange Management Console. This howto guide will show you how to change this to a different port number. This will be done using the Exchange Management Shell.…

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PowerShell Command to Show Exchange Service Status

The “Get-Service” PowerShell command can be used to display the status of all services on a machine. To make this easier to read, and to narrow down the results to specific services, you can pipe the output to “Where” and filter the results. The following command displays a list of Microsoft Exchange related services, and their statuses. Get-Service | Where {$_.DisplayName -Like "*Exchange*"} | ft DisplayName, Name, Status Example output: This command can be modified easily to filter for another…

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View Exchange Mailbox statistics from the PowerShell

The “Get-MailboxStatistics” PowerShell command can be used to view statistics for a specified mailbox/user account. The only required parameter is the mailbox name, or the user identity. For example: Get-MailboxStatistics -Identity Administrator” Simply running the Get-MailboxStatistics as per the example above, you will only see a few of the columns that get returned (DisplayName, ItemCount, StorageLimitStatus, and LastLogonTime). To view all the available columns/values, you can pipe the Get-MailboxStatistics command to “fl”, which outputs the data in a Formatted List…

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Installing Microsoft Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2

Exchange Server 2010 is currently (at the time of writing) the latest version of Microsoft’s email server software. Its main features consists of email, calendaring, contacts, and tasks. This how to article will outline the steps required to install Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine. The steps should remain the same for a standard Windows Server 2008 (64-bit required) machine, as long as it is up to date with all the latest updates. Prerequisites You…

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ActiveSync device not receiving new emails unless outlook is open

Have you noticed that your ActiveSync device (iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Android phone, or any other device that use ActiveSync) does not receive new email messages from your Exchange server unless Outlook, or Outlook Web Access (OWA) is open? This can sometimes be caused by the way antivirus software scans new emails. Some anti virus programs only scan new emails when they are accessed (either via Outlook, or OWA, but not by ActiveSync). The problem with this, is that…

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