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    Download : Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Preview


    Now you can download Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Preview here - you can install the bits and get hands-on experience with the newest member of the Exchange family.

    > Initial product documentation available @ TechNet Exchange Server 2016 library
    > For more detailed information you can refer: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2015/07/22/announcing-exchange-server-2016-preview.aspx

    Hope this helps.

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    Supportability matrix for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, 2010 and 2013 versions


    The Exchange Server Supportability Matrix provides a central source for Microsoft Exchange administrators to easily locate information about the level of support available for any configuration or required component for supported versions of Microsoft Exchange. You can refer the supportability matrix here – all of them documented in a single place. It talks about Release Model, supported Operating Systems (OS), supported Active Directory (AD) environments, Web Browsers supported for Outlook Web Access (OWA) for both Premium/Basic, mailbox clients (Outlook, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Entourage), Microsoft .NET Framework needed for each Exchange Server, Windows Management Framework/Windows PowerShell, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and Support Lifecycle etc..

    Note: It’s applicable for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013 versions.

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    MAPI Developer: How to get file properties for .MSG file using MrMAPI tool?


    Based on my earlier article, recently I got the below request from MAPIDevil (MAPI developer). Adding the detailed request: 

    MSG File

    In general, you can do this same stuff with either MFCMAPI utility or ended up by creating customer MAPI application. For this specific scenario again I tried my hands with MrMAPI command-line utility – it’s very simple, you need to just pass on the Input “.MSG file" and Output “Output file”.

    MSG File

    Also you can store the file in .txt file as well – it will contain XML output for you.
    MSG File

    You can check the output in the given folder and the output file as well:

    MSG File

    Now I think MAPIDevil can make use of this; also you can also give a try using MrMAPI as well… Smile

    Happy MAPI programming…!!

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    Exchange Online/Office 365 limits for variety of service areas….


    You can find the Exchange Online limits for a variety of service areas, including address book limits, Recipient & sender limits, mailbox storage limits, reporting, message trace limits, mailbox folder limits, retention limits and more. You can refer the detailed information @ https://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/library/exchange-online-limits.aspx. For limits that apply to EOP features in Exchange Online, you can refer Exchange Online Protection Limits.


    Hope this helps.

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    Video : New user experiences in Office 365 on the Web


    Nick updated in a recent blog post that now we can see set of new user experiences in Office 365 on the web that provide quick access to notifications, help and what’s new feature introductions, contextual and immersive settings and the integration of Skype for Business conversations – all within the context of your work. These new features will be available across Office 365 web applications via a set of persistent icons in the top right of the navigation bar. 

    Have a look at the related video:

    Happy experience!!

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    FIX: Installation runs every time you start Outlook 2013 on Windows Server 2008 R2…


    Recently I was working with one of my customer, where they installed Outlook 2013 (32-bit) on Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit) environment. Every time when you start Outlook 2013, it runs an installation (Microsoft Office 64-bit Components 2013) – just like the below. I know it’s strange.
    They tried repairing/fresh install, updated latest fixes as well – still it haven’t fixed this behavior; strangely this happened only in this server.  To fix the error, they tried the following: Added Windows Search Service to the File Services role on servers.

    Adding related thread that I found the MSDN Community is here. Happy troubleshooting!!

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    Calculating file size, free space of any given .PST file with MrMAPI utility


    Earlier in my blog, i got the request from one of the MAPI developer to see is there any way we can calculate the file size, free space of any given .PST file. Also he pointed that he can access the PST file using Stephen’s MFCMAPI utility.

    MFCMAPI Snapshot

    For this activity, I used Stephen’s another tool called,  “MrMAPI” a command line utility. The best part of the tool is that MrMAPI exposes MFCMAPI’s best features (which I love a lot) from the command line and its pretty easy to use. You can download it from: http://mfcmapi.codeplex.com/releases/view/127629

    So I used MrMAPI and I can get the file size, free space of the given .PST file (we achieved this, even without writing a single line of code for it Smile ).

    MrMAPI Snapshot

    Hope this helps.

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    Best Practice: Backup a copy of customized Outlook Web App files, before applying Exchange Server Roll-up update


    As you know Microsoft Office Outlook Web App for Microsoft Exchange Server provides a rich Web-based environment for accessing a user's mailbox, including e-mail, calendar, contacts, and so on. Also, it provides way to customize features of Outlook Web App as well – you can customize the sign-in, sign-out pages, change the logo, font styles & colors and color of an element etc.
    OWA Customization
    When you apply an update rollup package, the update process updates the Outlook Web App files if that is required. Say, any customizations to the Logon.aspx file or to other Outlook Web App files are overwritten, and you must re-create the Outlook Web App customizations in Logon.aspx. 

    As the best practice (and to avoid this scenario) I would ‘recommend’ before you apply any Exchange Server update rollup, make a backup copy of the customized Outlook Web App files; re-apply the backup files, if it’s needed. Smile

    - After patching, you can copy your customized files (after checking they don't cause any regressions) into the new version's folder which will also be in that OWA directory.
    - Keep in mind the files you modified could always be changed in a new Service Pack or Roll-up.
    - Don't just copy your old customized one into the new version directory and overwrite the newer file. I would recommend you to take the time to open up the new version and make sure things haven't changed, then copy/paste your changes back in.

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    Free Development Tool: “Visual Studio Code” runs on OSX, Linux, Windows OS


    Visual Studio Code provides developers with a new choice of developer tool that combines the simplicity and streamlined experience of a code editor with the best of what developers need for their core code-edit-debug cycle. Visual Studio Code is the first code editor, and first cross-platform development tool - supporting OSX, Linux, and Windows - in the Visual Studio family.

    Some of the key features that I like were:
    - Code editing redefined and optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications.
    - A lightweight, fast, keyboard-centric tool
    - It’s free and available on your favorite platform.
    - Get up and running in minutes and be productive no matter what OS you are using.
    - Regular updates are simple to install and released on all platforms at the same time.
    - The perfect complement to your favorite developer tools.
    - It supports JavaScript, C#, C++, PHP, Java, HTML, R, CSS, SQL, Markdown, TypeScript, LESS, SASS, JSON, XML, and Python as well as many other common file formats.
    - Diagnose issues with your application with integrated debugging tools for Node.js, TypeScript, and JavaScript
    - Connect with the entire Git universe by pulling and pushing code to any remote—GitHub, Azure Web Apps, Visual Studio Online, and more

    You can download Visual Studio Code for free from the below info:
    Download Code for Windows
    Download Code for Linux
    Download Code for OS X

    Also you can find the related Documentation is available along with FAQ’s.

    So it’s worth to give try Visual Code for free Smile

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    Video – Meet the upcoming Microsoft Exchange Server 2016


    Have you missed Microsoft Ignite 2015 Conference and more info about upcoming Microsoft Exchange Server 2016? No worries. As I promised you earlier to get more info about Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 I am sharing the below info. At Microsoft Ignite 2015 conference we discussed about upcoming Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 – so that you can get a first look at Exchange Server 2016, the on-premises release that we plan to ship in the second half of this year. Come learn about the innovation in Exchange Server 2016 that will help you keep up with evolving requirements for user productivity and information protection. This session will give you the starting point who want to know what’s coming from on-premises Exchange.

    Happy learning!!

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    Microsoft Ignite 2015 – Office 365 Development Session : Get Your Hands Dirty with the Office 365 RESTful APIs


    I love this great session presented by Rob Howard; this session dives into the available scenarios when using the OneDrive for Business, Calendar, Mail, Contacts and Sites services in the Office 365 APIs. These Office 365 APIs can be called by any standalone web app or mobile device app. There are built in Visual Studio wizards, in the majority of Project Templates, to connect to them, handling all of the authentication flow and class libraries that help to call them. Understand the Azure Active Directory authentication flow. Understand scenarios available across Calendar, Mail and Contacts. Learn how to get started and work with the Calendar, Mail and Contacts. See how to implement these services in real-world scenarios in your own web apps.

    Happy O365 development!!

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    E-Book Review - Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition


    In this post I am going to share my views on the E-Book which I finished reading in the recent time; it’s titled “Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition (ISBN: 9780735696969)” authored by Ed Bott. The author is a well known award-winning technology journalist and wrote more than 25+ books earlier on Microsoft Windows and Office.

    Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition
    (Select the above link, download a copy of the eBook)

    As I updated earlier, this book is a preview, a work in progress about a work in progress, lol. But it offers a great snapshot of the Windows 10 Technical Preview as of April 2015, on the eve of the BUILD Developers’ Conference in San Francisco. By design, this preview edition provides more detailed info and good book for IT Pro's. Ed promises that he will revise and expand the content in this edition to reflect the finished product when the Windows 10 will be launched - that would be awesome for sure.

    This book starts with an overview of the operating system, laying out the many changes to the user experience, and diving deep into deployment and management tools where it’s necessary. Also i can see that it's not a in-depth guide or detailed book. But it will help you to understand how and when, to incorporate Windows 10 into your enterprise, based on your own organizational requirements. That's the cool stuff with this book. If you're an IT Pro, then you will find tips and tricks about the new user experience than your users want but more about management, deployment, and security in this book. I love the following info which is discussed in detail:

    - Introduction about Windows 10
    - Installing and deploying Windows 10
    - Security
    - Deploying and managing Windows Store apps
    - Web browsing and Web apps
    - Windows 10 Networking
    - Virtualization and remote access
    - Backup and recovery options in Windows 10
    - Windows 10 on Phones and small tablets

    So I would recommend this book; as it's good for any IT Pro who wish to learn more about Windows 10 and it provides more detailed info, technical know-how, tips/tricks, insights. You can download a copy of the book in PDF format with Mobu and ePub formats as well.

    Happy learning Smile

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    Analyze Microsoft Office programs problems, issues using OffCAT 2.0


    The Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) 2.0 provides a quick and easy way to analyze Microsoft Office programs for known configurations that cause problems.  Now with latest OffCAT 2.0, it provides a detailed report of your installed Office programs. This report includes many parameters about your Office program configuration and highlights known problems found when OffCAT scans your computer. For any problems that are listed in the report, you are provided with a link to a public-facing article (usually a Microsoft Knowledge Base article) on the issue so you can read about possible fixes for the problem. If you are a Help Desk professional, you can also save the report to file so that the results can be viewed in the Office Configuration Analyzer Tool on another client where the tool is installed. The Office Configuration Analyzer Tool also includes a command-line version that can be used to collect an OffCAT scan without user intervention.

    What you got with new OffCAT 2.0:
    - New User Interface (UI)
    - Improved Reading pane
    - More detailed info about scans
    - Real time detection & Crash

    By downloading OffCAT.msi for OffCAT 2.0, you are hereby consenting to the installation of this program to analyze select Microsoft Office programs on your computer. You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36852

    Install it at the machine which you want to troubleshoot:

    On successful update, you can see:

    Now you can select which specific Office suite you want to scan:


    I selected Microsoft Outlook and let it scan of Outlook…

    On successful scan you can see the detailed report, so that you can analyze it on your own…

    Recommendation: If you want to investigate in-detail what’s in the report, then I would recommend you to refer Greg Mansius detailed post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2015/04/13/upgrade-to-office-configuration-analyzer-tool-offcat-version-2.aspx.

    Also have a look at OffCAT Readme document. Happy debugging!!
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    Free Jump Start course – Core Solutions on Microsoft Exchange Server 2013


    Are you planning an upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, or do you want to know more about what it would involve? Would you like help preparing for Exam 70-341 or Exam 70-342? Take this fast-paced, demo-rich Jump Start course, and learn about planning, deploying, and managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Exchange on-premises.

    You’ll find out how to manage the messaging infrastructure and provide high availability and security through demos geared to your business needs. This Jump Start is appropriate for anyone upgrading from earlier versions of Exchange, and gives as well as IT Pros who have prior networking experience the Microsoft Exchange training they need. You can visit Microsoft Virtual Academy’s Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013 Jump Start.

    This Jump Start is appropriate for anyone upgrading from earlier versions of Exchange as well as IT Pros new to Exchange but with prior networking experience. If you are pursuing the MCSE: Messaging certification, it will help you prepare for Exam 70-341.

    Full course outline:

    • Mod 01: Deploying and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
    • Mod 02: Configuring Mailbox Servers and Recipients
    • Mod 03: Deploying and Managing Client Access Servers and Clients
    • Mod 04: Configuring the Message Transport
    • Mod 05: Implementing High Availability and Disaster Recovery
    • Mod 06: Configuring Administrative Security and Auditing
    • Mod 07: Migrating to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

    So, make use of it Smile

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    What's new about upcoming Microsoft Exchange Server 2016?


    Have a look at the First look blog about the upcoming Exchange Server 2016 published at Exchange team blog - it talks about Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 & Ignite conference… Interestingly it also points that you’ll be able to watch recordings of all sessions—including the Meet Exchange Server 2016 overview and all the Exchange sessions—on the Web within 48 hours after they happen. Smile

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    Exploring with Microsoft Exchange Server Protocols docs


    Recently I got requests from the developer community regarding my earlier article – so I take this opportunity to point how you can explore more about Microsoft Exchange Server Protocols. As you know through the Open Specifications program, Microsoft is helping developers open new opportunities by making technical documents related to interoperability for certain popular Microsoft products available to view and download from MSDN at no charge. Although the technical documents are freely available, many of them include patented inventions. Some of these patents are available at no charge under the Open Specifications Promise or the Microsoft Community Promise. The remaining patents are available through various licensing programs. For more information, please visit the Open Specifications Dev Center website.

    When your look for Exchange Server specific then you can explore Exchange Server Protocols documentation at:

    If you got any questions on these documents then please reach out to the related MSDN Forums: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=330023. Also you can have a look at the blogs authored by the engineers who support Open Specification documents.

    Hope this helps.

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    General : Office Lens Preview for iPhone & Android Phones


    Now you can download Office Lens Preview app for iPhone & Android Phones, a handy capture app that turns your smartphone into a pocket scanner. It crops, straightens, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Pictures of documents can be saved to OneDrive and editable on any device.

    In my day-today-life, I am already using the Windows Phone app for a while now and it’s simple, great handy app to use:

    - Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable, and saves them to OneNote.
    - You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files too.  
    - Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket.
    - Like magic, it will digitalize notes on whiteboards or blackboards.
    - Always find important documents or business cards.
    - Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later.
    - Don't lose receipts or stray sticky notes again!

    You can have a look at the following videos for the respective ones:

    Office Lens Preview for iPhone:

    Office Lens Preview for Android:

    So now its your turn - use  this app with your respective mobile versions and see it helps you to improve the productivity as well. For more info, you can refer: https://blogs.office.com/2015/04/02/office-lens-comes-to-iphone-and-android/

    Happy Productivity!!

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    O365 API Developer : Download Microsoft Office 365 API Tools for Visual Studio 2013


    Now you can download the Office 365 API Tools, which enable developers to integrate Office 365 services such as mail, calendar, contacts, files, users and groups into their applications. The best part is now it’s integrated with Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 - November 2014 Update.

    O365 API Tools

    Now with this, you can integrate your applications with Office 365 services such as mail, calendar, contacts, files and more. This extension will help register your application to consume Office 365 APIs, and will add the necessary NuGet libraries to get you up and running in no time.

    O365 API Tools - Install

    O365 API - Install

    Happy O365 Programming!!
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    After migration VS 2013 C++ project throws error TRK0005: Failed to locate: "CL.exe". The system cannot find the file specified.


    Like earlier, I was involved in migration of VS 2013 C++ Outlook add-in project which was created in Visual Studio 2010. During the compilation I encountered the following error:


    In general, CL.exe is Visual Studio Compiler. So it should be in your Visual Studio installation directory. if there is no cl.exe in the directory, then either you can repair or reinstall the Visual Studio.

    I tried the earlier trick, but it haven’t worked for me - I tried changing the Platform toolset, but it haven’t worked. Then I fixed the issue by pointing the Executable directories path to the place where CL.exe exists. Check “Configuration Properties” > “VC++ Directories” > “Executable directories” and add the path.

    Adding the snapshot as well for your reference:

    VS Property Pages

    After setting the correct path, the compilation went without any issue. Happy debugging!!

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    Channel 9 Demo: Visual Studio Community 2013


    As I updated earlier, the Visual Studio Community 2013 community edition is a new, full-featured, and FREE addition to the Visual Studio product lineup. Enclosing the following demo that highlight multi-device apps across Windows, Android, and iOS, and that show how Visual Studio Community can be extended to support additional languages like Python. Join Scott Hanselman, Dmitry Lyalin and members of the product team to see how this community edition includes capabilities that are perfect for individual developers, students, open source contributors, and small teams.

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    Download: Visual Studio Community 2013– A full featured IDE for FREE


    Now you can download Visual Studio Community 2013. It’s a full featured IDE for FREE – Yes, it’s Smile

    It contains that all you need. So what it all contains:-

    - Designers, editors, debuggers, profilers - all packaged up in a single environment.  
    - Code in C++, Python, HTML5, JavaScript, and of course C#, VB, and F#.
    - Extensive web support for ASP.NET, Node.js, and JavaScript
    - Tools for Apache Cordova and Unity to reach even more platforms

    In short, using Visual Studio Community 2013, you can code faster than ever with an advanced code editor and seamless debugging. The power of the cloud, state-of-the-art tools, and agile development services provide you with the most comprehensive free developer offering ever! So you can start coding the app of your dreams for Windows, Android, and iOS using that.

    Download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=517284 
    Q&A and System requirements: Check out - https://www.visualstudio.com/products/visual-studio-community-vs.aspx and the one I like the below….


    Start downloading it and make use of it. Happy app building and more with VS Community 2013 & enjoy Winking smile

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    Microsoft Azure Virtual Event : New Azure Service for application developers


    Dear Azure application developers,

    Join the virtual event to watch as Scott Guthrie announces an exciting new Microsoft Azure service for application developers. So Save the date and Add to Calendar  Smile 


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    C++ Outlook Add-in: Form Region is not working after Outlook 2013 upgrade from Outlook 2010

    Couple of days earlier, I worked with a developer who created a C++ Form Region add-in for Outlook 2010 and it worked for them years without any problem. Recently one of their customers upgraded from Outlook 2010 to Outlook 2013. After that started noticing that the Outlook failed to load the add-in. During the analysis, we confirmed that there is no update in code base or we failed to see any issues with their Form region add-in and the worst part is the issue can be repro only at this specific environment. Enabling checkpoints at their code helped us to point out that whenever the add-in is trying to load Form Region interfaces it’s not pointing to Office 2013 interfaces, strangely it points to older Office 2010’s interfaces; By putting debugging pointers, we saw that their add-in tries to do and fails internally by telling..."This operation failed because the QueryInterface call on the COM component for the interface with IID '{00063001-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}' failed due to the following error: Library unregistered. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8002801D (TYPE_E_LIBNOTREGISTERED)).”

    SysInternal’s Procmon also pointed the same. We found that their add-in is failing to load the entry, which points to older Outlook 2010.  On checking registry editor at the machine, we saw few older registry entries left over of earlier Outlook versions somehow – that was odd. In this scenario, fresh install of the Office suite or repairing the Outlook is the recommended way to move ahead to avoid these type of installation related issues.

    Note: Later we heard that they done the backup of this entry, deleted it and now the Outlook form-region addin loads the correct TypeLib and their add-in is working ‘fine’ for them.
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    After migrating to VS 2013 C++ Outlook add-in throws error MSB6006: "CL.exe" exited with formula –1073741515

    Recently I tried migrating the C++ Outlook add-in project (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/ee941475(v=office.14).aspx). This project was created in Visual Studio 2010 and we tried migrating to Visual Studio 2013. 

    During compilation, I encountered the following error:
    error MSB6006: "CL.exe" exited with formula –1073741515

    The same code compiled, worked successfully in Visual Studio 2010. We haven’t done any changes in Visual Studio 2013, but still we got the above error. 

    I fixed the issue by changing the Platform Toolset value and it helped me to compile successfully.  I tried the following (refer the snapshot): Changed Platform Toolset value to Visual Studio 2013.


    Happy debugging
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    Microsoft Support Lifecycle for Exchange Server family - Exchange Server 2003, 2007, 2010 & 2013


    Visit the below Microsoft support lifecycle policy page to view Microsoft’s guidelines for product support from availability to end of product support lifecycle. I had added the support lifecycle policy information for the Exchange Server family of products.

    For example, I enclosed Exchange Server 2010 support policy. Do you know that Mainstream support for Exchange 2010 ended at 13th of January 2015? Also it marks that Exchange 2010 entered in its extended support phase.

    Le Café Central de Deva © 2015 - Exchange Server Support LifeCycle

    Hope this helps.

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