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Ignite 2016 Session Viewer for O365/Exchange – Technet Gallery

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This is a small macro sheet I made to be used as a one-stop real time viewer for Office 365 and Exchange Server related sessions from the Microsoft Ignite 2016. Currently there are more than 170 Office 365 and 50 Exchange related sessions listed on the Microsoft Ignite site. This viewer is not fully updated, however the session list is getting updated and will post changelogs in whats news.


Following sessions are available for viewing;

  • BRK1001 : Maximize your Office 365 administration: tips and tricks
  • BRK1003 : Explore accessibility in Office 365: plans and progress
  • BRK1016 : Address your CXO’s top five cloud security concerns
  • BRK1021 : Unplug with the Microsoft Outlook experts
  • BRK1033 : Build your intranet with Microsoft Office 365
  • BRK1044 : Dive deeper into what’s new and what’s coming in Outlook on the web
  • BRK2008 : Understand your users: what’s new in Office 365 Usage Reporting
  • BRK2009 : Manage Office 365 more effectively: what’s new in Office 365 administration
  • BRK2010 : Implement ExpressRoute for Microsoft Office 365 (step by step)
  • BRK2013 : Keep calm and automate: How we secure the Office 365 service
  • BRK2032 : Identify and illustrate insights with new Microsoft Excel Charts
  • BRK2033 : Discover Office 365 Groups – overview, what’s new and roadmap
  • BRK2035 : Learn about advancements in Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection
  • BRK2035 : Learn about advancements in Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection
  • BRK2044 : Discover what’s new and what’s coming for Office Delve
  • BRK2046 : Learn what to use when: Office 365 Groups, SharePoint Team Sites, Yammer, and OneDrive for Business
  • BRK2050 : Dive into Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Hybrid Scenarios
  • BRK2053 : Connect your business critical applications to Outlook and Groups
  • BRK2093 : Design your Exchange infrastructure right (or consider moving to Office 365)
  • BRK2097 : Drive Office 365 adoption: methodology, best practices, and resources from Microsoft
  • BRK2100 : Move to Office 365 and drive adoption – lessons learned from the Carlsberg Group
  • BRK2139 : Protect your business and empower your users with cloud Identity and Access Management
  • BRK2160 : Build business applications with Power Apps, Microsoft Flow, and Office 365
  • BRK2166 : Learn about Office 365 Secure Score: actionable security analytics
  • BRK2170 : Discover what’s new with Microsoft Exchange Public Folders
  • BRK2215 : Debate the top 10 reasons not to move your Exchange on-premises mailboxes to Exchange Online
  • BRK2216 : Unplug with the experts on Exchange Server and Exchange Online
  • BRK2216 : Unplug with the experts on Exchange Server and Exchange Online
  • BRK2217 : Discover modern support in Outlook for Exchange Online
  • BRK2218 : Move from Exchange 2007 to Modern Exchange
  • BRK2219 : Meet twin sons of different mothers – Exchange Engineers and Exchange MVPs
  • BRK2220 : Peer behind the curtain – how Microsoft runs Exchange Online
  • BRK2245 : Transform the way you manage Skype for Business
  • BRK2252 : Understand Microsoft’s Office 365 datacenter strategy and approach
  • BRK2275 : Improve Office 365 adoption: top 10 ways
  • BRK2298 : Plan to drive value and user adoption in Microsoft Office 365
  • BRK3000 : Unplug with the experts on Microsoft Exchange Top Issues
  • BRK3001 : Explore the ultimate field guide to Microsoft Office 365 Groups
  • BRK3003 : Collaborate outside the firewall with Microsoft Office 365
  • BRK3007 : Investigate tools and techniques for Exchange Performance Troubleshooting
  • BRK3015 : Reduce costs and challenges with Office 365 eDiscovery and Analytics
  • BRK3016 : Take control of your data with intelligent data governance in Office 365
  • BRK3017 : Own your data and service – monitor and investigate with Office 365 Auditing, Insights and alerts
  • BRK3018 : Take control of your security and compliance with Office 365
  • BRK3019 : Manage Microsoft Office 365 Groups
  • BRK3022 : Challenge cloud encryption myths and learn about Office 365 BYOK plans
  • BRK3023 : Understand how Microsoft protects you against Spoof, Phish, Malware, and Spam emails
  • BRK3024 : Building security and compliance solutions with the O365 Activity API – a Microsoft IT case study
  • BRK3040 : Own your data with next generation access control technology in Office 365
  • BRK3045 : Use Microsoft Graph to reach users on hybrid Exchange 2016
  • BRK3046 : Build intelligent line-of-business applications leveraging the Outlook REST APIs
  • BRK3074 : Discover what’s new in Active Directory Federation and domain services in Windows Server 2016
  • BRK3083 : Secure Office 365 like a cybersecurity pro—assessing risk and implementing controls
  • BRK3102 : Conduct a successful pilot deployment of Microsoft Intune
  • BRK3109 : Deliver management and security at scale to Office 365 with Azure Active Directory
  • BRK3215 : Dive into Modern Authentication – how it works and what to do when it doesn’t
  • BRK3216 : Plan performance and bandwidth for Microsoft Office 365
  • BRK3217 : Run Microsoft Exchange Hybrid for the long haul
  • BRK3219 : Migrate to Exchange Online via Exchange Hybrid
  • BRK3220 : Deploy Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
  • BRK3221 : Understand the Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Architecture
  • BRK3222 : Implement Microsoft Exchange Online Protection
  • BRK3227 : Ask us anything about Microsoft Office 365 Groups
  • BRK3242 : Discover a new level of Service Health insights for Office 365
  • BRK3253 : Experience Scott Schnoll’s Exchange tips and tricks
  • BRK3254 : Cert Exam Prep: Exam 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
  • BRK3281 : Deliver a BYOD program that employees and security teams will love with Microsoft Intune
  • BRK3298 : Secure your Active Directory to mitigate risk in the cloud
  • BRK4000 : Review ExpressRoute for Office 365 configuration (routing, proxy and network security)
  • BRK4015 : Build client-side web parts for Microsoft SharePoint
  • BRK4031 : Overcome network performance blockers for Office 365 Deployments
  • BRK4032 : Dive deep into Microsoft Exchange Server High Availability
  • THR1003R : Take control of your security and compliance with Office 365
  • THR1004R : Empower employees with Microsoft Delve Analytics
  • THR1005R : Dive deeper into what’s new and what’s coming in Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Windows
  • THR1011R : Dive deeper into what’s new and what’s coming in Outlook mobile
  • THR2004R : Manage Microsoft Office 365 from anywhere
  • THR2006R : Get an edge over attackers – what you need to know about email threats
  • THR2007R : Fight back with advancements in Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection
  • THR2009R2 : Roll out Microsoft Office in one of the most demanding environments
  • THR2020R : Deploy successfully : top 10 Office 365 ProPlus installation/activation tips
  • THR2022 : Migrate your data to Microsoft Office 365 – why?
  • THR2190R : Secure your sensitive email with Office 365 message encryption
  • THR2207 : Modernize your clients with Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise mobility – the admin experience
  • THR3001R : Migrate DL to Microsoft Office 365 Groups
  • THR3007 : Protect your sensitive information with Office 365 Data Loss Prevention
  • THR3008R : Gain visibility and control with Office 365 Advanced Security Management
  • THR3010 : Help your users collaborate better with Office 365 Groups

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October 5, 2016 at 9:59 am

Migrating from Gmail to O365 – Step by Step

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Hello everyone,

Today’s post is going to take a different approach. It’s a video tutorial. The session is going to be a full step by step guide that describes how you can migrate from a gmail environment to an Office 365 environment using an IMAP migration process.

You can use the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) to migrate user email from Gmail, Exchange, and other email systems that support IMAP migration. When you migrate the user’s email by using IMAP migration, only the items in the users’ inbox or other mail folders are migrated.

An administrator performs an IMAP migration to Office 365. All email, but not contacts or calendar information, can be migrated for each mailbox.


  • It is required that you create a mailbox for each user before you migrate their email from the gmail account.
  • You can migrate a maximum of 500,000 items from a user’s mailbox (emails are migrated from newest to oldest)
  • The biggest email you can migrate is 35 MB.
  • You can only migrate items in a user’s inbox or other mail folders. This type of migration doesn’t migrate contacts, calendar items, or tasks.
  • Migration provisioning requires the user passwords or delegated access to user mailboxes using administrator credentials.


Watch-out for a step by step guide in the near future. If you do encounter any errors, please do comment below. Cheers!!

Written by judeperera

August 29, 2016 at 10:21 am

PowerShell: Manage your O365 – Step by Step

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In this article, let’s see how we can use PowerShell and start with the scratch in getting into O365.

The scenario that we are talking about assumes that the user has created a tenant in the office 365 environment. No further changes in terms of domain/users etc. has not been performed.

Import PS Module

Import PowerShell Online Module: Before doing any of the below tasks, we need to download the commands and functions. By default, PowerShell doesn’t include the commands. So run the below command which will load the Online command modules;

Import-Module MSOnline


Login to Office 365 tenant: Now after loading the module, we need to connect to the Office 365. The Connect-MsolService cmdlet will initiate a connection with Microsoft Azure Active Directory.

This first command will prompt for the credentials and pass it on in the second command that will authenticate with your tenant.

$msolCredentials = Get-Credential

Connect-MsolService -Credential $msolCredentials

List down authorized Domains:

The below cmdlet is used to retrieve the associated domains under the given tenant. Here we check the existing domains.

Get-msoldomain | fl

Add Domain:

The cmdlet is used to create a new domain object in the given Office 365 tenant environment. Once completed a domain entry will be displayed under the domain list. However, the verification is still under pending.

New-MsolDomain –Authentication Managed –Name scko.info

Domain Verification

Domain Verification Part 1:

Is used to return the details of the DNS records that need to be set to verify a domain. Values for Mode are DnsMXRecord and DnsTxtRecord where you will use the values in your DNS Registrar.

Get-MsolDomainVerificationDns -DomainName scko.info -Mode DnsTxtRecord

Domain Verification Part 2:

Used to confirm ownership of a domain. Once you have added the above TXT or MX records to your DNS list, you run the below command which will run the verification from Office 365 end to verify and confirm the domain ownership.

Confirm-MsolDomain –DomainName scko.info

List down authorized Domains:

Now we will use the cmdlet again to retrieve the associated domains.

Get-msoldomain | fl

Note: Please note that after this step, the retrieval of the DNS records associated with Office 365 services (Exchange/SharePoint/S4B etc) needs to be done using the web based Office 365 Admin page. You cannot retrieve the related DNS records through PowerShell.

Note: Adding Licenses needs to be done from the web portal.

Check Office 365 License:

The below cmdlet will list all the SKUs that the tenant owns.


At this point we have finished the following;

  • Tenant Creation
  • Domain adding and verification

User creation

In the next step we will look at user creation.

Create Single User:

The cmdlet will create an individual account.

New-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName jude@scko.info -City Colombo -State Western -Country “Sri Lanka” -DisplayName”Jude Perera” -FirstName Jude -LastName Perera -Password admin@123 -UsageLocation LK -LicenseAssignmentjcpciex:ENTERPRISEPACK

Note: If the license assignment is done at this point the USAGELOCATION and LICENSEASSIGNMENT parameters are required. The value for the LicenseAssignment can be obtained through the Get-MsolAccountSku cmdlet

Office 365 User Attributes

New-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName -City -Country -Department -DisplayName -FirstName -LastName -MobilePhone -PasswordNeverExpires -State -StreetAddress -Title -UsageLocation -LicenseAssignment

Attribute Description
UserPrincipalName This is the account name that’s used to sign in to Office 365 services.
City This will include the city
Country The country of the user
Department The department
DisplayName This is the display name that’s used in Office 365 services.
FirstName First Name
LastName Last Name
MobilePhone Mobile phone number
PasswordNeverExpires This specifies if the user password is set to expire(false) or not(true)
Password If you don’t specify a password, a random password is assigned to the user account, and the password is visible in the results of the command. If you specify a password, it needs to meet the following complexity requirements:

·         8 to 16 ASCII text characters.

·         Characters from any three of the following types: lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

UsageLocation This is a valid ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code. For example, US for the United States, and FR for France. It’s important to provide this value, because some Office 365 services aren’t available in certain countries, so you can’t assign a license to a user account unless the account has this value configured.
LicenseAssignment This is the licensing plan (also known as the license plan, Office 365 plan, or SKU) from which an available license is assigned to the user account. The license defines the Office 365 services that are available to account. You don’t have to assign a license to a user when you create the account, but the account requires a license to access Office 365 services.


Get User Details:

The command will retrieve the user information for the given users UPN

Get-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName jude@scko.info |fl

Now that we have learnt how to add a single user and what attributes we can associate it with, lets see how we can do a bulk import. This is especially useful when you are creating the users at first or having to add multiple users at a single time.

In preparation for this task we need create the users and attributes in CSV format. The below table lists sample data and the attributes that will be imported to Office 365.

Sample CSV file can be downloaded from here.

Bulk Import:

The below cmdlet will import the users and attributes from the given CSV file

Command 01:

$users = Import-Csv “D:\Demo ITPro\Office365Users.CSV”

Command 02:

$users | ForEach-Object{
New-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName $_. UserPrincipalName -City $_.City -Country $_.Country -Department$_.Department -DisplayName $_.DisplayName -FirstName $_.FirstName -LastName $_.LastName -MobilePhone$_.MobilePhone  -State $_.State -StreetAddress $_.StreetAddress -Title $_.Title -UsageLocation $_.UsageLocation -LicenseAssignment $_.LicenseAssignment

Password Configuration:

The below command can be used to enable(true) or disable(false) the requirement of Strong Passwords for users

Get-MsolUser | Set-MsolUser -StrongPasswordRequired $false

Password Change:

If you wish to change the passwords of your users in bulk mode, the below import method can be used.

The import method will import a list of users, their UserPrincipleName and the new Password along with the Set-MsolUserPassword cmdlet. You can use a CSV file with below format.

UserPrincipalName Password
User One pass@word1
User Two pass@word2
User Three pass@word3


Import-Csv “D:\Demo ITPro\Office365Users.csv” | % {
Set-MsolUserPassword -UserPrincipalName $_.UPN -NewPassword $_.password -ForceChangePassword $false

Create Office 365 User Groups:

The New-MsolGroup cmdlet is used to add a new security group to the tenant. Note that creating groups does not mail enable them. Mail enabling a group needs to done with the help of the Microsoft Exchange Online PowerShell module which we will look in a later stage.

New-MsolGroup -DisplayName “Security Group” -Description “Security Group”

View Office 365 Groups:

The below cmdlet will list down with the Groups and all related attributes.

Get-MsolGroup | fl

Adding users to Group: Adding users or members to a group is not simple as the browser based controls. The Add-MsolGroupMember cmdlet is used to add members to a security group. The new members can be either users or other security groups. The group memberships totally depends on Group and User ID’s under the user/group properties.

Add-MsolGroupMember -GroupMemberObjectId <Guid> -GroupObjectId <Guid> [-GroupMemberType <string>] [-TenantId <Guid>] [<CommonParameters>]

-GroupMemberObjectId <Guid>:
The object ID of the member (User or Group) to add to the group. The ID of the group to add members to. To get the value, run the Get-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName singleadd@scko.info | fl command. The Users ObjectID is shown in the below screenshot.


-GroupObjectId <Guid>: The ID of the group to add members to. To get the value, run the Get-MsolGroup | flcommand. The Groups ObjectID is shown in the below screenshot.

Now we will combine the above values to add the User “Single Add” to the new group we created earlier.

Add-MsolGroupMember -GroupObjectId 1a3edbb9-ec64-4184-bd22-5df4ae830158 -GroupMemberObjectId 52db4e40-bd95-426b-9c5a-bc752ceb044e

Once the member is added, now we run the below command to check the member adding

Get-MsolGroupMember -GroupObjectId a0b12555-e840-4f53-a857-91e41b69dbf0

Part 1 is done. In the coming days let’s see how we can use PowerShell to connect to Exchange Online services and manage things.

Until then, happy (power)shell’ing 🙂

Written by judeperera

August 15, 2016 at 9:29 am

MigrationPermanentException error while migrating from Gmail to Office 365

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Here’s the scenario,

There was a client with Gmail who wanted to migrate things to Office 365. So as you may already know, you have the option of IMAP Migration. However, while almost everything looked to get sync’ed from Gmail, there were a set of users who were getting failed on the mailbox syncing. Checking up on the migration batch status for the specific user, the following error was thrown;

Error: MigrationPermanentException: We had troubles signing in to this account. Please confirm that you’re using the correct user name and password.




Step 1:

First thing you can check is to make sure that the logon credentials are all correct. Just open up gmail on your browser and try to login to verify. If you are unable to login, means you have wrong credentials so double check on that. But if the problem still exists, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2:

In my case the issue was a security setting of gmail side that prevented Office 365 to connect, thus throwing an authentication exception error. To resolve that, go through the below steps.

  1. Login to the gmail user account who’s getting the error.
  2. Right click on the user and click My Account
  3. On the My Account page, under Sign-in & security section, click on Connected apps & sites.
  4. On the connected apps & site section, under Allow less secure apps, ensure that the selection is set to OFF.
  5. Go back and run back the Office 365 migration task and you’ll see the user mailbox getting sync’ed!

Happy migrating. Look forward for a complete step by step guide on gmail to office 365 migration soon. Meanwhile if you encounter the above error and the resolution was something new, do share.

Written by judeperera

April 25, 2016 at 10:15 am

POP Connectivity Fails for Outlook Users on Exchange Server

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Issue: So basically the scenario was, due to a power failure all the servers were restarted. Once they were all back, things were running smoothly until we noticed that there were connection problems with POP users.

Here are the symptoms;

  • Outlook users who are connecting through POP is able to connect, but unable to send or receive mails.
  • Microsoft Exchange POP3 Backend service is in the Running state.




  • On the Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer page, the POP connectivity test fails with the following error.

The POP service is being tested.
There was an error testing the POP service.
Additional Details
at Microsoft.Exchange.Tools.ExRca.Tests.ImapPop.Pop3ProtocolTester.SendCommand(String command,StringlogString)
at Microsoft.Exchange.Tools.ExRca.Tests.ImapPop.MailProtocolTester.SecureConnection()
at Microsoft.Exchange.Tools.ExRca.Tests.lmappop.BaseProtocolTest.PerformTestReally()

Elapsed Time: 125 ms.







So basically, something clearly wasn’t right on the Exchange Server. If you are getting the above error here’s the fix.

  1. Log on to the Exchange Server
  2. Open Exchange PowerShell
  3. Run the following command

    Get-ServerComponentState -Identity <ServerName>


  4. Note the PopProxy component state is “Inactive”


  5. On the Exchange PowerShell module, run the following command to activate the PopProxy component.

    Set-ServerComponentState -Identity <ServerName> -Component PopProxy -State Active -Requester HealthAPI


  6. Run the Get-ServerComponentState command again to verify that the service state is up.


  7. To verify POP service is working for users, go to the Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer and perform a POP test. The connection should be successful.


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April 22, 2016 at 6:12 am

Step by Step Guide for Installing Exchange Server 2016

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Download Exchange Server 2016

The following section describes a step-by-step guide for the installation of Microsoft® Exchange Server 2016. The installation considers a single server deployment of Exchange Server 2016 with the Mailbox role. Additional details of the topology and architecture of the lab environment which was used in the installation is described here;

Domain Controller
Operating System Windows Server 2012 R2
Forest Functional Level Windows Server 2012 R2
Domain Functional Level Windows Server 2012 R2
Exchange Server 2016
Operating System Windows Server 2012 R2
Installed Role Mailbox Role

1. Operating System Support for Exchange Server 2016

The following operating systems are supported;

Component Operating System
Mailbox and Edge Server Role Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
Windows Server vNext
Management Tools Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
64-bit edition of Windows 8.1

2. Active Directory Preparation

The first task in the installation of any version of Exchange is to prepare the Active Directory environment where the Exchange Server will be placed.

However, prior to the preparation, it should be checked against the following Network and Directory Server requirements;

Component Operating System
Domain controllers Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter
Active Directory forest Windows Server 2008 or higher

Once the above requirements are verified for consistency, proceed with the following preparation tasks on the server/computer which will be used to prepare the Active Directory using the Exchange Server 2016 Active Directory Prepare module.

  1. Open Windows PowerShell and run the following command to install the Remote Tools Administration Pack.

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS

3 Server role prerequisite installation

The prerequisites for Exchange 2016 varies on the server role which will be associated with it. The section describes the installation of Exchange 2016 on a server containing Windows Server 2012 R2 Operating System.

3.1 Prerequisites for Mailbox Server Role

The following section instructs the prerequisite installation that should be performed in a server running a standalone Exchange 2016 server with the Mailbox Server Role.

  1. Open a Windows PowerShell session by navigating to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows
  2. Run the following command to install the required Windows components.

Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, RSAT-Clustering-Mgmt, RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, Windows-Identity-Foundation

  1. After installing the features, Download and Install;
    1. Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5
    2. Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit

3.2 Prerequisites for Edge Server Role

The following section instructs the prerequisite installation that should be performed in a server running a standalone Exchange 2016 server with the Mailbox Server Role.

  1. Open a Windows PowerShell session by navigating to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows
  2. Run the following command to install the required Windows components.

Install-WindowsFeature ADLDS

3. After installing the features, Download and Install Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5

4 Prepare Active Directory and domains

To prepare the active Directory and the Domains for Exchange 2016, follow the following steps. To execute the commands, the commands should be run using the Schema Admins group and the Enterprise Admins group membership.

4.1 Extend Active Directory Schema

  1. Mount the Exchange Server 2016 installation Media
  2. Open up a Command Prompt session and navigate to the setup files from the command prompt
  3. Type the following command followed by an Enter

Setup.exe /PrepareSchema /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

4.2 Prepare Active Directory

  1. On the command prompt, run the following;

Setup.exe /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:”<organization name>” /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

4.3 Prepare Domains

  1. On the command prompt, run the following;

Setup.exe /PrepareAllDomains /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

5 Installing Exchange Server 2016

The below section describes the installation of the Mailbox Server role for Exchange Server 2016.

If you’re installing the first Exchange 2016 server in the organization, and the Active Directory preparation steps have not been performed, the account you use must have membership in the Enterprise Administrators group. If you haven’t previously prepared the Active Directory Schema, the account must also be a member of the Schema Admins group.

  1. Log on to the server that will be used as the Mailbox server.
  2. Ensure that the above prerequisites are completed.
  3. Mount and navigate to the Exchange Server 2016 installation Media.
  4. Start Exchange 2016 Setup by double-clicking Setup.exe.
  5. On the Check for Updates page, select whether you want Setup to connect to the Internet and download product and security updates for Exchange 2016 and click Next.

  1. Once the setup is finished copying files on the Copying Files page, click Next.

  1. The Introduction page gives additional guidance for the installation procedure. Review the content and Click next to continue.

  1. On the License Agreement page, review the terms. If you agree to the terms, select I accept the terms in the license agreement, and then click next.

  1. On the Recommended Settings page, select whether you want to enable or disable the Exchange Error resolution and feedback feature. The option will either enable or disable automatically check for resolutions for any errors that occurs while the setup is running and sends Microsoft feedback. Click Next to proceed.

  1. On the Server Role Selection page, choose what server role you want to install. Whether to install the Mailbox role, Management Tools or Edge Server role on the server. For this lab Mailbox server role will be selected. Note that Edge and Mailbox cannot collocate on the same server and Management Tools will be installed by default when you chose the Mailbox role. If any Windows prerequisites are needed for the setup, select the Automatically install Windows Server roles and features that are required to install Exchange Server. Click Next to proceed.

  1. On the Installation Space and Location page, either accept the default installation location or click Browse to choose a new location with adequate storage space.

  1. If installing the Mailbox role, a Malware Protection Settings page will appear. Choose whether to enable or disable malware scanning and click Next.

  1. On the Readiness Checks page, view the status to determine if the organization and server role prerequisite checks completed successfully. If unsuccessful, perform the required tasks and click Back, and Next to run the Readiness check again. If successful, click Install to proceed.

  1. The installation will be performed.

  1. Once the setup completes installing all the components, the Setup Completed page will be displayed. Select Finish.

  1. As a best practice, restart the server which you performed the installation.

5 Review Exchange Installation

Once all the above tasks are performed, proceed with the below steps to verify the installation using the Exchange 2016 Administrative Center and PowerShell. Like its predecessor, Exchange Server 2016 management is handled by the Exchange Admin Center. The browser based management console, EAC can be used to manage your organizations on-premises as well as Office 365 and hybrid deployment scenarios.

To Navigate to the Exchange Admin Center;

  1. Open the web browser.
  2. On the URL section, type the below


  1. Enter your username and password in Domain\user name and Password and then click sign in.
  2. Review the tabs and sections the new Admin Center.

Download Skype for Business Server 2015

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Finally the wait is over. Microsoft has made Skype for Business Server 2015 Generally Available. As of now, the download bits are available to MSDN Subscribers. So if you are one, you can get it now. And for the rest, the downloads will be available for evaluation soon.

Got MSDN, grab Skype for Business Server 2015 here

File Name:en_skype_for_business_server_2015_x64_dvd_6622058.iso

Happy Deployment!!

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