Error Code 0x8007232b when activating Windows Server 2012

When you try to activate Windows Server 2012, you receive an error message that resembles the following:

Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b

DNS Name does not exist

Windows Server 2012 is trying to activate via KMS and it needs to be changed to your MAK key.

Change to Multiple Activation Key by going to Command Prompt and type:

slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

Where xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx is the placeholder for your MAK key

Exchange Admin Center redirects to OWA

When installing Exchange 2013 in an environment with Exchange 2010, there is no link or application for Exchange Admin Center. Open a browser and type https://<Servername>/ecp/?ExchClientVer=15, this will give you direct access to the Exchange 2013 server, not on the Exchange 2010 server where the mailbox may reside.

Exchange Admin Center redirects to OWA

When installing Exchange 2013 in an environment with Exchange 2010, there is no link or application for Exchange Admin Center. Open a browser and type https://<Servername>/ecp/?ExchClientVer=15, this will give you direct access to the Exchange 2013 server, not on the Exchange 2010 server where the mailbox may reside.

Give user mailbox rights on Exchange Hosted – BPOS

To give a user full mailbox rights, to be able to send meeting requests as another user do the following:

1. Open Migration Command Shell

2. Type: Add-MSOnlineMailPermission –Identity UserName1@DomainName -TrustedUser UserName2@DomainName -GrantFullAccess $True

Where username1 is the mailbox that you want to give Username2 permission to

3. Enter the proper admin credentials and make sure that the command shell replies with Successfully granted user account username1.domain.com full access permission to mailbox username2@domain.com

SBS 2011 won’t install because of replication issue

When installing SBS 2011 in migration mode it replicates Active Directory during the install. If it fails the SBS 2011 installation won’t complete. When looking at the File Replication Service in the Event Viewer, and you have NtFrs errors preventing replication, it won’t finish. Change the registry entry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesNtFrsParametersBackup/RestoreProcess at StartupBurFlags to D4. Then go to command prompt and stop the ntfrs service “net stop ntfrs”, when it stops, restart it, “net start ntfrs”

Check the File Replication Service event logs and see if the NtFrs event logs are Information now instead of Error.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/840674

If you want to replicate ntfrs to another server use “D4”, if you want to replicated from another server use “D2” in the registry.

Redirecting OWA URL’s in Exchange 2010

Great blog post on redirecting OWA URL’s for Exchange 2010 on WS08 R2, tested and it works.

http://briandesmond.com/blog/redirecting-owa-urls-in-exchange-2010/

Renew SSL self-signed certificate in SBS 2008

With Small Business Server 2008, you have the option to use a third party SSL certificate or the default self-signed SSL certificate. By default the self-signed certificate is valid for two years, but how to you renew it without interrupting OWA, Outlook, and Exchange? When the certificate is expired, Outlook 2007/2010 will give you an error message when opening, that the certificate is not valid. Here are the steps to fix it.

1. Goto the Windows SBS Console, click on Network Tab, then Connectivity Tab
2. Click on the certificate icon, then click the “view certificate properties” in the right pane. In the General tab of the new window, it will show the dates that the self-signed certificate is valid for.
3. In the “Connectivity Tasks” area, click “setup your Internet address”, go through the wizard to renew your self-signed SSL certificate.
4. When you now check the certififcate properties, you will see that it is now valid for another two more years.

BPOS – Exchange Hosted important Shell Commands

To add mailbox permissions to other users in Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services (BPOS).

Add-MSOnlineMailPermission -Identity user@example.com -TrustedUser admin@example.com –GrantFullAccess True –GrantSendAs True

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee662271.aspx

Get Mailbox size settings from Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services

Get-XsHostedExchangeMailbox -SourceServer red001.mail.microsoftonline.com -SourceIdentity user@domain.com -SourceAdminCredential $cred -SourceDetail Full

http://blogs.pointbridge.com/Blogs/schertz_jeff/Pages/Post.aspx?_ID=85 [Read more…]

Installing Thawte’s new 2048 bit certificates

Thawte now is conforming to the new 2048 bit standard for their SSL certificates, which will require you to install two intermediate certificates on your server before they work and is validated. Below are the links to the articles and intermediate certificates. Download both certificates and import them into the “Intermediate Certificate Authority” in the Certificates MMC.

Thawte Intermediate and Cross Root CAs – link

Primary and Secondary Intermediate CAs – link

Moving DHCP from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008

Microsoft Support KB article on moving your DHCP scope(s) using netsh – link