Exchange 2010 and Autodiscover Part II

Autodiscover is a standard feature in Exchange Server 2007 and higher that’s being used by Outlook 2007 and higher. Looking at the number of questions I get regarding autodiscover I’ve written a number of blogposts that will look into Autodiscover in depth:

In Part I I’ve explained how domain joined clients work with autodiscover information that’s stored in Active Directory. This is easy for domain joined clients that have access to the internal network, but it’s a bit different for domain clients that have no access (i.e. working from home or a hotel) and for non-domain joined clients. The latter don’t have access to Active Directory and there cannot query AD for the Service Connection Point of course.

In this post I’ll discuss the same client as in Part I, but this time when there’s no access to the internal network (and thus no access to Active Directory). Continue reading Exchange 2010 and Autodiscover Part II

Autodiscover in Exchange

Autodiscover is a feature in Exchange Server 2010 and higher which is being used by Outlook 2007 or higher. Due to the number of question I get on Autodiscover I’ve created a number of blog posts that explain the Autodiscover functionality:


Autodiscover is a very useful feature in Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 that makes it possible to automatically create Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 profiles.

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Building Hosted Exchange – Part III

In my earlier blog posts Building Hosted Exchange Part I (overview) and Building Hosted Exchange Part II (Active Directory) I explained the basics and how to configure Active Directory for a multi-tenant environment. In this posting we’re going to continue with the Exchange part of the multi-tenant environment.

Exchange 2010 SP2

In the previous post I used a simple Powershell script to create the Organization Units in Active Directory for three different companies that will be hosting in our sample environment. Besides the creation of the OU’s the script also sets the appropriate permission on the OU’s. The structure looks like this: Continue reading Building Hosted Exchange – Part III

Building Hosted Exchange – Part II

In my previous blog post I tried to explain why Microsoft is following the partner model for hosted environment. If you fully understand the Microsoft guidance document and really want to build it yourself instead of using a 3rd party Control Panel vendor (which I always recommend) I’ll try to outline the various steps that need to be done.

Please note that this blog post is published ‘as is’ and is my personal belief on how stuff can be done. You still have to test everything in a lab environment before building things in production. I cannot, will not nor take any responsibility about your environment when things go wrong!

Continue reading Building Hosted Exchange – Part II

Building Hosted Exchange 2010 – Part I

There’s quite a lot of demand in the market to build a hosting environment (multi tenant) based on Exchange 2010. In the past there was hosted Exchange (in Exchange 2003) and Address List Segregation (Exchange 2007) and the /Hosting option in Exchange Server 2010. The latter is no longer recommended by Microsoft and Microsoft now recommends to use an Enterprise deployment of Exchange Server 2010 SP2, combined with Address Book Policies (ABP) and a 3rd party Control Panel providing the ‘glue’ to get the various parts together.

Microsoft released a number of articles and whitepapers on the future of Exchange hosting and some guidance documents regarding building a hosting environment and migrating from an old platform to a new (Exchange 2010 SP2) platform: Continue reading Building Hosted Exchange 2010 – Part I

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