How to set up a forwarder – Microsoft Online Services

1. Download MOS Migration tool from below url :
Microsoft Online Services Migration Tools (32 bit)

Microsoft Online Services Migration Tools (64 bit)

2. Log in to Administration Center for domain in BPOS-S and create a contact for the email address to whom you want to forward emails.

3. Launch the ‘Migration Command Shell’ from your programs folder.

4. Use the below cmdlet to set external forwarding.

Set-MSOnlineAlternateRecipient -Identity <email address of your hosted account> -AlternateRecipient <email address to forward to> -DeliverToBoth $true

Example: Set-MSOnlineAlternateRecipient -Identity -AlternateRecipient -DeliverToBoth $true

*Note: The ‘$true’ on the end means it will leave a copy and forward. Change to ‘$false’ and it will only forward and not fill up mailbox.

*Note: If you want to remove a forwarder:

Clear-MSOnlineAlternateRecipient -Identity <email of hosted account>

Example: Clear-MSOnlineAlternateRecipient -Identity

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.

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

Comparison of Exchange ActiveSync clients (mobile devices)

Great table on the features of ActiveSync and what each client (device) can do, – Wikipedia

Windows server backup fails consistency check of the Exchange database

Trying to backup Exchange 2010 and purge transaction logs using the built-in Windows Server Backup app (Windows 2008).

– Backup completes but with warnings and log files won’t purge

-Found that the backup will run successful only if database files and the transaction log files on the same volume

Moved the transaction logs files via the EMC to the save volume as the databases and got past the consistency check failure issue, and got a good backup w/flushed logs.

How to install Exchange Server 2007 SP2 on SBS 2008

There is an issue with installing SP2 for Exchange 2007 on SBS 2008, Microsoft has released a tool to get passed the errors – link. You need to download and extract Exchange 2007 SP2 – link, run the install tool. It will ask for the directory of SP2, and then you install SP2 normally.

Here are more details of the issue on


Have Exchange Server send auto reply messages – Outlook

A client wanted to setup a rule to send an automatic reply to an email address that wasn’t being used any longer. The solution was to create an Outlook rule (server-side) that would reply to the message using a specific message and forward the message to another recipient. First create a new user and email address that you want to autoreply.


Create a rule to have Exchange Server send an automatic reply

  1. On the Tools menu, click Rules Wizard.
  2. In the Apply changes to this folder list, click the Inbox you want to create the rule for.
  3. Click New.
  4. Click Start from a blank rule.
  5. Click Check messages when they arrive, and then click Next.
  6. In the Which condition(s) do you want to check list, select the From people or distribution list check box.
  7. In the Rule description list, click the underlined phrase, people or distribution list.
  8. In the Type name or select from list box, type the name of each person you want to receive the custom reply, and click From after you type each name.
  9. Click OK, and then click Next.
  10. In the What do you want to do with the message list, select the Have server reply using a specific message check box.
  11. In the Rule description list, click the underlined phrase, a specific message.
  12. In the subject line and message body, type whatever information you’d like to appear in your custom reply.
  13. Click Close, and when prompted to save changes, click Yes.
  14. Click Next, and select the check box next to any exception that you want.
  15. Click Next, and in the Please specify a name for this rule box, type a name for the rule.
  16. Click Finish, and then click OK.

By default, Exchange won’t send automatic replies, here is how to do it.

Exchange 2007

  1. Open Exchange Management Console
  2. Expand Organization Configuration-> Hub Transport
  3. In the right pane select the Remote Domains tab
  4. Right click Default and choose Properties
  5. On the General tab you can set which type of Out of Office Messages you will allow
    On the tab named “Format of original message sent as attachment to journal report:” you can enable or disable the automatic replying/forwarding

We also went on the old mailbox (that we are autoreplying from) and modified the deliver options (mail flow settings tab) to forward email to another mailbox. This will let send reply emails only to the old email address with the custom autoreply, but anyone who sends to the new email address won’t be bothered by the autoreply. You can also hide the mailbox so it doesn’t show up in the GAL too.

Link to other versions of Exchange too

Installing Exchange 2007 SP2 on SBS 2008

You run into issues installing Exchange 2007 SP2 on SBS 2008 until you add the following key and DWORD to the registry.

To create the E12SP2READY registry value, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

    Note If the Exchange subkey does not exist, you must create it. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Right-click SmallBusinessServer, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click Key.
    2. Type Exchange and then press ENTER.
  3. After you select the Exchange subkey that is specified in step 2, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.
  4. Type E12SP2READY, and then press ENTER.
  5. Right-click E12SP2READY, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  7. On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.

Full article at Microsoft –

Exchange 2007 SP2 on SBS 2008


There are additional steps to get Exchange 2007 SP2 installed on SBS 2008, below are the steps to complete from Microsoft Support;EN-US;973862

Useful Exchange 2007 PowerShell Commands

How to update the GAL manually

Update-GlobalAddressList -Identity <GlobalAddressListIdParameter> -DomainController

For most it would be Update-GlobalAddressList -Identity “Default Global Address List”

How to check the logging in Exchange 2007


See which certificates Exchange 2007 are using


Get-ExchangeCertificate |fl  (for more information)

Enable Exchange services for certificate

Enable-exchangecertificate -services IMAP, POP, UM, IIS, SMTP -Thumbprint BCF9F2C3D245E2588AB5895C37D8D914503D162E9

See what URL the CAS server has for autodiscover

Get-ClientAccessServer -Identity CASServer | FL

Change the autodiscover URL

Set-ClientAccessServer -Identity CASServer -AutoDiscoverServiceInternalUri

Configure all the InternalURLs for each web distributed service

Set-OABVirtualDirectory -Identity “CASServerOAB (Default Web Site)” -InternalURL

Enable-OutlookAnywhere -Server CASServer -ExternalHostname “” -ClientAuthenticationMethod “Basic”-SSLOffloading:$False

Set-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory -Identity “CASServerMicrosoft-Server-ActiveSync (Default Web Site)” -ExternalURL

Find out your inbound/outbound message limits