Exchange Server Jetstress 2013 Tool

Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress 2013 Tool (v15.0.651.0) is now available to download.

Brief Description
Simulate Exchange disk I/O load on a server to verify the performance and stability of your disk subsystem before putting your server into a production environment.

Overview
Use Jetstress to verify the performance and stability of a disk subsystem prior to putting an Exchange server into production. Jetstress helps verify disk performance by simulating Exchange disk Input/Output (I/O) load. Specifically, Jetstress simulates the Exchange database and log file loads produced by a specific number of users. You use Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, and ESEUTIL in conjunction with Jetstress to verify that your disk subsystem meets or exceeds the performance criteria you establish. After a successful completion of the Jetstress Disk Performance and Stress Tests in a non-production environment, you will have ensured that your Exchange disk subsystem is adequately sized (in terms of performance criteria you establish) for the user count and user profiles you have established. It is highly recommended that the Jetstress user read through the tool documentation before using the tool.

Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0

Microsoft recently released Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0 (version 15.00.0641.000). According to a blog post by the Microsoft Exchange Team, Time to go PST hunting with the new PST Capture 2.0, here’s what’s new:

  • Support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Updated profile generation code to use Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP).
  • Fixed Exchange Online import failure issue when PST Capture is not installed on an Exchange server.
  • Removed User Interface limit of 1,000 users when performing an import to Exchange Online.
  • General performance improvements

Brief Description
Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0 is used to discover and import .pst files into Exchange Server or Exchange Online

Overview
PST Capture 2.0 is used to discover and import Outlook Personal Folder (.pst) File Format files into Exchange Server and Exchange Online. PST Capture helps an organization that wishes to gain more control over their email data repositories by placing them into Exchange. By optionally installing PST Capture Agents on target machines, administrators can determine where .pst files are located and who their file owner is via the PST Capture Console. Administrators can import .pst files via Import Lists to Exchange Server or Exchange Online. Data can be directly imported into the primary mailbox or associated archive mailbox.

New Remote Connectivity Analyzer

A couple of days ago, Microsoft announced the new Remote Connectivity Analyzer. You can now test Exchange and Lync using the same web page.

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We are excited to announce the new Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer. This tool is the result of a combined effort by the teams that created the Lync Remote Connectivity Analyzer and the Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer.

We’ve eliminated OCS and Lync from the name and have a new way to access the website: http://testconnectivity.microsoft.com. The new tool has all the same great tests for Lync and Exchange available on one website. The previous website redirects to this new site.

Author: Premal Gandhi, Microsoft Senior Supportability PM – LyncTM
Editor: Susan S. Bradley
Publication date: January 15, 2013
Product version: Lync Server 2010, Exchange Server 2010

Office Visio Stencil for Exchange 2013

The Office Visio Stencil for Exchange 2013, January 2013 version, is now available to download.

Brief Description
This stencil contains Exchange 2013 specific icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Exchange 2013 deployments, including on-premises, hybrid, and Office 365.

Overview
Creating visual representations of your on-premises, hybrid and Office 365 architectures, including Microsoft Exchange icons is helpful way to communicate your deployment. This Visio stencil provides icons — many depicting servers, server roles, services, and applications — that you can use in architecture diagrams, charts, and posters. These icons are primarily centered around on-premise deployments of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, as well as hybrid Office 365 deployments of Exchange 2013.

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Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook v2.0

Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook v2.0 was recently made available to download.

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Brief Description
The Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook (CalCheck) is a program that checks the Microsoft Outlook Calendar and items for problems or for potential problems.

Overview
The Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook is a command-line program that checks Outlook Calendars for problems. To use this tool, the Outlook calendar must reside on a Microsoft Exchange Server. The tool does not work with IMAP, with POP3, or with other non-Exchange mail servers.
The tool opens an Outlook profile, opens the Outlook Calendar, and then checks several things such as permissions, free/busy publishing, and auto booking. Then, the tool checks each item in the calendar folder for problems that can cause items to seem to be missing or that might otherwise cause problems in the Calendar.

Instructions for how to use this tool:
After you install this download, open a Command Prompt window in the directory that contains the CalCheck.exe file. To obtain detailed instructions, type the calcheck /? command in the Command Prompt window, and then press Enter.
Here is a list of command-line switches for CalCheck.exe:

CalCheck [-P <Profile name>] [-L <path\file>] [-M <LegacyExchangeDN>] [-N <DisplayName>] [-O <path>] [-C <Version>] [-A] [-F] [-R] [-V]
CalCheck –?

-P Profile name (If absent, will prompt for profile)
-L <List File> (file including Name and LegDN) of mailbox(es) to check
-M Mailbox DN Used with -N (if specified, only process the mailbox specified.)
-N <DisplayName> Used with -M (if specified, only process the mailbox specified)
-O <Output Path> (path to place output files – default is the current directory)
-C <Version> Click To Run scenario with Office 2013 – load a specific MAPI version
-A All calendar items output to CALCHECK.CSV
-F Create CalCheck Folder and move flagged error items there
-R Put a Report message in the Inbox with the CalCheck.log file
-V Verbose output to the command window
-? Print this message

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Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0

The Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 was recently made available to download.

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Brief Description
The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 (OCAT ) provides a quick and easy method to analyze your Microsoft Office Outlook profile and mailbox for common configurations that may cause problems in Outlook. This can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Outlook or when you want to identify possible issues with Outlook proactively.

Overview
The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 provides a detailed report of your current Outlook profile and mailbox. This report includes many parameters about your profile, and it highlights any known problems that are found in your profile or mailbox. For any problems that are listed in the report, you are provided a link to a Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article that describes a possible fix for the problem. If you are a Help Desk professional, you can also export the report to a file. Then, the report can be viewed in the Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool on another client computer where the tool is installed. The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 also includes a command-line version that can be used to collect an OCAT scan without user intervention.

System requirements
Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3

This download works with the following Microsoft Office programs:

  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 (Offline Scans only)
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Outlook 2013 (32-bit or 64-bit)

The following minimum version of the Microsoft .NET Framework is required:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0

The .NET Programmability Support feature included with Office must also be installed.

Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0

The Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 was recently made available to download.

According to a post at the Microsoft Exchange Team blog, here are the new features:

  • Automatic downloading of new detection rules – As we create new rules to detect issues or to collect additional information about your Outlook profile, we will post a new updated rule file to the Internet. With the default OCAT version 2 configuration, OCAT will automatically check for a new rule file and prompt you to update OCAT if a new file is found.
  • Automatic downloading of OCAT installation files – As we update and fix the core OCAT application, we will post a new Windows Installer package file (.Msi) to the Internet. With the default OCAT version 2 configuration, OCAT will automatically check for a new installer file and prompt you to update OCAT if a new file is found.
  • Addition of the CalCheck tool – The Calendar Checking Tool (CalCheck) for Outlook is a command-line program that checks Outlook Calendars for problems. This tool is now included in OCAT to scan for and report on any known problems with items on your primary Calendar.
  • Addition of new detection rules – To greatly enhance the list of known issues detected by OCAT, approximately 75 new rules were added to OCAT version 2.
  • Improved support for Outlook 2003 – OCAT v1 supported Outlook 2003 using offline scans, however, most people did not realize it because of the error shown when you tried to run an Online scan.
  • Command-line version of OCATcmd.exe – OCAT version 2 includes a command-line version of OCAT (OCATcmd.exe) that administrators can use to scan computers in their organization. Please see the OCAT v2 Supplemental Information Download.docx file for details on how to use the command-line version of OCAT.

Brief Description
The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 (OCAT ) provides a quick and easy method to analyze your Microsoft Office Outlook profile and mailbox for common configurations that may cause problems in Outlook. This can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Outlook or when you want to identify possible issues with Outlook proactively.

Overview
The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 provides a detailed report of your current Outlook profile and mailbox. This report includes many parameters about your profile, and it highlights any known problems that are found in your profile or mailbox. For any problems that are listed in the report, you are provided a link to a Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article that describes a possible fix for the problem. If you are a Help Desk professional, you can also export the report to a file. Then, the report can be viewed in the Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool on another client computer where the tool is installed. The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 also includes a command-line version that can be used to collect an OCAT scan without user intervention.

System requirements
Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3

This download works with the following Microsoft Office programs:

  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 (Offline Scans only)
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010 (32-bit or 64-bit)

The following minimum version of the Microsoft .NET Framework is required:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0

The .NET Programmability Support feature included with Office must also be installed.

Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator v19.9

Ross Smith IV announced at the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog that the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator has been updated to version 19.9.

According to the Updates Tracking page, here’s the list of changes:

Version 19.9 Updates

Enhancements

  • Revised name of Offline Address Book in MailboxDatabases.csv file

  • Integrated revised CreateMBDatabases.ps1 script that better handles database creation with large numbers of databases

  • Integrated revised CreateMBDatabaseCopies.ps1 script that performs faster

  • Added validation check to ensure message profile has a mailbox size limit

  • Added 4TB disks as a disk selection option

  • Included prompt for 2nd site GC for on DB Export Primary DB List dialog

  • Included prompt for 1st and 2nd site GC on Export Copy DB List dialog

  • Revised default for GC on Export Primary DB List dialog to use FQDN

  • Revised default for Public Folder DB on Export Primary DB List dialog to clarify it is a DB name

  • Added problem explanation text to Distribution tab status line to show why the Calculator considers a configuration invalid

  • Updated CreateMBDatabaseCopies.ps1 to use GC1 and GC2 from export file

  • Added status information to Diskpart.ps1 to show the state of disks before and after script execution

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue with "Number of Active Databases / PDC (After Second PDC Server Failure)" formula to ensure that the PDC cannot have more active databases than possible
  • Removed rounding on calculating number of active databases / server
  • Fixed "DB and Log LUN Design / Server" to accurately calculate /DAG totals when 2 LUNs / Backup Set architecture is chosen
  • Fixed conditional formatting issue with Number of Mailbox Servers when the design utilizes standalone Mailbox servers
  • Fixed bug preventing running multiple StorageCalc instances from running concurrently
  • Fixed bug when saving a workbook under a new name after making changes to the original workbook
  • Fixed "Number of Mailbox Cores Required to Support Activated Databases in Secondary Datacenter" to accurately take into account the correct number of remaining servers
  • Fixed diskpart.ps1 script to ensure it can be re-executed
  • Fixed diskpart.ps1 script to cater for embedded spaces in mountpoints
  • Fixed CreateMBDatabaseCopies.ps1 to read input for Primary site and Secondary site DC’s
  • Fixed Export Primary Databases List to use PF Database instead of PF Server

To get the detailed instructions on how to use it, read Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator.

To download the tool itself, click here.

Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook v1.1

Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook v1.1 is now available to download.

Brief Description
The Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook (CalCheck) is a program that checks the Microsoft Outlook Calendar and items for problems or for potential problems.

Overview
The Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook is a command-line program that checks Outlook Calendars for problems. To use this tool, the Outlook calendar must reside on a Microsoft Exchange Server. The tool does not work with IMAP, with POP3, or with other non-Exchange mail servers.
The tool opens an Outlook profile, opens the Outlook Calendar, and then checks several things such as permissions, free/busy publishing, and auto booking. Then, the tool checks each item in the calendar folder for problems that can cause items to seem to be missing or that might otherwise cause problems in the Calendar.

Instructions
To install this download:

  1. Click the Download button on this page to download the file and save it to your computer.
  2. Unzip the compressed file that you downloaded in a blank directory on your computer.

Instructions for how to use this tool:
After you install this download, open a Command Prompt window in the directory that contains the CalCheck.exe file. To obtain detailed instructions, type the calcheck /? command in the Command Prompt window, and then press Enter.
Here is a list of command-line switches for CalCheck.exe:
CalCheck [-P <Profile name>] [-M <Mailbox name>] [-S <Server name>] [-O<path>] [-A] [-F] [-R] [-V] [-No]
CalCheck -?
-P Profile name (If this parameter is not specified, the tool prompts you for a profile)
-M Mailbox DN (If this parameter is specified, only process the mailbox that is specified)
-S Server name (Process the complete server unless a mailbox is specified)
-O Output path (path to place output files -default is the current directory)
-A All calendar items are output to CALCHECK.CSV
-F Create a CalCheck folder, and move flagged error items to the folder
-R Put a Report message that contains the CalCheck.log file in the Inbox
-V Verbose output to the Command Prompt window
-No To omit a calendar item test
The No parameter works with "org" to omit the “Attendee becomes Organizer” test and works with "dup" to omit duplicate item detection
-? Print this message

Directory Preparation for Lotus Notes Migrations

Directory Preparation for Lotus Notes Migrations is now available to download.

Overview
DirPrep is a PowerShell based script that prepares the customer’s Lotus Notes and Active Directory environment for migration. The DirPrep process will populate all of the email related attributes on user accounts, create accounts to represent shared/group mailboxes, create accounts for rooms and resources, and will create groups in AD for each group being migrated from Notes.
DirPrep prepares the following AD objects

  • Users
  • Group Mailboxes
  • Rooms and Resources
  • Groups

System requirements
Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows XP

  • DirPrep Requirements
    • Remote Desktop will be primary method of connecting to this machine and MUST be enabled.
  • Hardware
    • A physical or virtual machine is required in order to run the DirPrep script. The machine can be 32 or 64 bit, should have at least 2GB ram, and a min 50GB of disk. The CPU should be a minimum of 1.8 GHz.
  • Software
    • It is recommended that the operating system is Windows server; however windows XP can be configured to work with DirPrep. Using a Server OS provides more stability and security for the DirPrep process. The script can be run on 64-bit OS but 32-bit PowerShell need to be used. The machine must be a member of the target domain or in a domain that has a trust relationship with the target domain, Server 2003 or above.
    • A copy of Windows PowerShell 2.0 must be installed. This can be downloaded from the Script Center Downloads.
    • Version 7.03 or higher Lotus Notes Client must be installed and configured for use by the DirPrep Service account.
    • The Windows Admin tools and support tools should also be installed (specifically, so that ADSIEDIT and ADUC can be used on the machine).
  • Service Accounts
    • A Domino account, matched with a corresponding Active Directory account is required for directory synchronization. These accounts will be used by Microsoft Online team and the responsible Domino/Active Directory customer resource to synchronize the customers Domino Directory to the customers Active Directory.