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Sent Items Storage for Shared Mailboxes

The default behaviour of Outlook with regards to sent items continues to come up on forums as an issue. By default, when you send an email using the From field via your Send As permissions, the item you have sent goes in to your own Sent Items folder. This is because you sent it, not the person whose mailbox it was sent from. This can be useful from a tracking point of view (who sent the email). ... [More]

After Moving Mailbox, Type is Set to "Linked"

During a recent mass migration from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010, I had a large number of mailboxes that appeared on the new server as the type "Linked". Now while you can change the mailbox type between normal, shared and resource, it isn't supported to change it from Linked. The only fix is to disconnect the mailbox from the user and reconnect it. This of course has other consequences if not ... [More]

Cross Forest Public Folder Migration The Easy Way - Use Outlook 2010

Anyone who has done a cross forest public folder migration will almost certainly be reliving their nightmares about it simply from reading the title. I was just the same. Extract the content to a PST file, either manually (selecting about 1000 items at a go) or by using a rule, move the PST file to a machine in the new forest, then import. Slow, mind-numbing dull and therefore not the most fun p... [More]

Exchange 2010 Database Sizes

The blog is getting lots of search engine hits for Exchange 2010 databases, probably because I wrote about the database size on the older versions in the past. For older versions of Exchange see the posting here: http://blog.sembee.co.uk/post/Exchange-Database-Limits.aspx For Exchange 2010, things are much the same. On standard edition, the initial soft limit is 50gb, which can be increased as r... [More]

Outlook 2007 Certificate Prompts with Exchange 2003

A common complaint in forums for some time has been SSL certificate prompts from Outlook 2007, when running Exchange 2003. The error is usually along the lines of "The name on the security certificate is invalid or doesn't match the name of the site." Often the first response will be connected to RPC over HTTPS, as this is the only part of Exchange 2003 that can use SSL certificates for Outlook ... [More]