O-Xchange Notes from the Field!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Firefox users can only display 20 search results from OWA GAL

Issue: Firefox users can only display 20 search results from OWA GAL
Resolution: While in firefox, go to options, click drop-down box next to Number of items to display per page, and change the number to desired # of results to display per page

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hiding mailbox from the GAL. Blackberry and Outlook Scenarios

Background: Customer wants his mail account hidden from the Exchange GAL

Test Objective: To determine and confirm any difference in  Blackberry and Outlook operations after hiding the mail account from the GAL

Tests performed by: Obi and Brandon

Devices and software used: Blackberry Torch(same device customer uses) and Outlook 2010


Outlook Scenarios:

1.       Customers can do a checkname ONLY with full email address
2.       Free-busy lookup works ONLY with full email address
3.       President can still send and receive email
4.       Appointments can be made on president’s calendar
5.       Meeting requests can be sent(again with full email address)
6.       New profiles can’t be created. However this can be mitigated by unhiding the mailbox and creating the profile. It can be hidden afterwards.

Blackberry scenarios:

1.       After hiding from the GAL, free busy is blacked out for the president on the blackberry
2.       President can see other people’s availability
3.       Can send and receive email from blackberry
4.       Can lookup contacts
5.       Can view his calendar and any updates to his calendar
6.       Can’t  send or receive meeting requests from his device
7.       Can’t  post, delete appointments or meeting requests

Webmail Scenarios:  
1 President can see his free busy and others
2 Works just as well as Outlook
3. webmail customers can do free-busy with president’s account using full email address

Given the following:

a.      customer has staff that actively manages his calendar activities,
b.      That his/er blackberry calendar is just for viewing updates and not to add or delete calendar items,
c.       That his/her staff and associates know to use his full email address to do meeting requests, free-busy and checkname,

Then it will be correct to say that customer's mailbox can be hidden from the GAL.

Disabling creation of PST in Outlook

Issue: Customer was getting this error message upon launch of Outlook "Outlook cannot add the folder because creating a new Personal Folder(.pst) isn't allowed
Cause: Customer had sharepoint connection in their Outlook, but commvault(no pst) was installed. Commvault(no pst) installation set DisablePST key in the registry to 1, hence the error
Resolution: Set the DisablePST key in the registry to 2. This allows sharepoint pst to be created but disabled pst creation feature of Outlook.
to correct the configuration, launch registry editor and go to
for Outlook 2003, 2003HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Changing the scope so you can view the entire domain in Powershell

Issue: The requested search root 'Domain/Microsoft Exchange SecurityGroups' is not within the scope of this operation
. Cannot perform searches outside the scope 'Domain Name'.
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (0:Int32) [Get-RoleGroup], ADOperationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : 1A950E45,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.RbacTasks.GetRoleGroup
for exchange 2007 = $AdminSessionADSettings.ViewEntireForest = $true
For exchange 2010 = Set-AdServerSettings -ViewEntireForest $True