Content Catalog Index Failed All Databases in Exchange 2013

The content catalog index on all copies shows as failed. so i did Update-DatabaseCopy -catalogonly does not work.

Solutions 1:

It seems there is a bug in the RTM its looking for a AD Group that does not exist will probably be fixed later.

The fix is:

Create a new AD group called ‘ContentSubmitters’ and grant “Admistrators” and “NetworkService” full access to it

Thereafter restart “Microsoft Exchange Search” & “Microsoft Exchange Search Host Controller” services

Solutions 2:

Please try to manually rebuild the full-text index catalog:

1. Stop the Microsoft Exchange Search Service on the Exchange server on which the problematic database is mounted.

2. Delete the full-text index catalog directory

3. Start the Microsoft Exchange Search Service

Then, please reseed the catalog of the database copy again.

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How to define Exchange 2013 default database for New Mailboxes

Just we would need to suspend all the other databases from provisioning and leave the one you want to provision to allow.

Please follow the below cmdlets

Get-MailboxDatabase | Set-MailboxDatabase -IsSuspendedFromProvisioning $true
Set-MailboxDatabase <DatabaseYouWantToUse> -IsSuspendedFromProvisioning $false
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No route to the mailbox database

We would do the troubleshooting as below:

1. We would check the connector on the two email system, confirm then sender connector       on the site and the Receive\Send connector configuration are proper.
2. Does the email flow work well for the mailbox which hosted on the exchange server, run      EXBPA on the exchange server, confirm any information
3. Run DCDIAG and NETDIAG on the dc server, and on the exchange server, confirm              whether there are some useful information
4. Open ADSI, launch below:

Configuration-> Services -> First Organization -> Administrative groups ->Servers -> Mailboxsever -> Properties -> Security

Confirm the exchange servers has the “Include Inheritable Permission” checked.

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Certified in Exchange 2013 (70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013)

I have successfully completed my 70-341 Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Exam. If you are preparing for 70-341, Dont expect normal MS Exam , It s having collection of case studies in Enterprise level

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7 new features in Microsoft’s Lync Server 2013

Topology changes: Rather than having separate server roles for monitoring and archiving (as Lync 2010 did), Microsoft has moved both roles into the Front End Server role as optional features. The A/V Conferencing Server is always located with the Front End role as well, and the Director role is no longer “recommended” but optional; Microsoft says you can “safely exclude the Director with confidence that the Front End Servers will provide the same services in their place.”

Persistent chat: Formerly known as group chat, this new server role has several components: PresistentChatService, PersistentChatStore, and PersistentChatComplianceStore. “Persistent” means a history of the chat session is retained, so users can jump into a chat room and get up to speed with the conversation that has already taken place. Some people suspect this could be a replacement for email distribution lists by providing a constant, updated message repository (like a wiki). The administration tools are integrated with the Lync Server control panel and include PowerShell cmdlets.

Lync Web app: A new version of Lync Web app has full conference support. Stephen McCassey, a Lync instructor at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, says this is one of his favorite features because it makes it easier for users without the Lync client to join meetings via their browsers, with support for both audio and video. As a result, the Lync Attendee client is gone, which means there’s one fewer client for IT to manage.

RBAC additions: The role-based administrator console adds the Persistent Chat Manager role to support the new persistent chat capability. RBAC also reintroduces the Response Group Manager role for managing response group queues — a feature found in Office Communication Server 2007 R2 but dropped in Lync 2010.

Enterprise voice features: Lync Server 2013 has many new routing features designed to improve enterprise voice, such as support for multiple trunks between mediation servers and gateways, as well as intertrunk routing to let Lync Server act as a go-between among different phone systems, such as to connect an IP-PBX and a PSTN gateway. Other enterprise voice features include manager/delegate simultaneous ringing (multiple designated phones ring at the same time), voicemail escape (which lets business calls on personal lines pass through to corporate voicemail), and caller ID presentation.

Disaster recovery and high-availability improvements: Server pools with redundant roles running are still the primary method for providing high availability of Lync services, just as in Lync 2010. However, you can now pair front-end pools in  different data centers; if one pool goes down, the administrator can fail over to the other pool. Likewise, you can provide back-end server availability through SQL mirroring for the Lync databases.

New conferencing features: Lync 2013 expands its client compatibility to include IE10, Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. PowerPoint sharing has been improved to allow for higher-resolution displays. Users with the proper permissions can scroll through a PowerPoint presentation independently of what slide the presenter is currently showing. The gallery view shows video windows of participants, organized by participation levels. The archiving features have been enhanced to include anything shared in a conference, such as PowerPoint presentations, file attachments, whiteboards, and polls.

Other features in and improvements to Lync Server 2013 include:

  • Support for HD resolution up to 1080p. Also, the H.264 video codec is the default for video encoding, which brings with it greater flexibility for resolutions, frame rates, and scalability.
  • IPv6 is fully supported, in addition to support for IPv4. You can go dual-stack (IPv4 and IPv6) if you like.
  • Hybrid deployment support for on-premise and hosted (cloud-based) Lync is supported.
  • There’s a unified contact store with Exchange Server 2013, as well as the ability to use high-resolution photos for your contacts.
  • Archiving integration lets Lync works with the Legal Hold feature in Exchange for compliance and e-discovery needs.

Thanks to J. Peter Bruzzese

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Office 365 Mail Flow Troubleshooter

In an effort to help you resolve these issues Microsoft has released the Mail Flow Guided Walkthrough (GWT) for troubleshooting problems sending and receiving mail or when mail is delayed in the following scenarios:

  • The sender’s mailbox is hosted on Office 365 and the recipient’s mailbox is outside your organization.
  • The sender’s mailbox is outside your organization and the recipient’s mailbox is hosted in Office 365.
  • The sender’s and recipient’s mailboxes are both located in Office 365.
  • The sender’s mailbox is hosted in Office 365 and the recipient’s mailbox is located on an on-premise Exchange server and both users are in the same organization.
  • The sender’s mailbox is hosted on an on-premise Exchange server and the recipient’s mailbox is hosted in Office 365 and both users are in the same organization.

The goal of this walkthrough is to assist you in resolving these issues in a timely manner by focusing on the scoping and steps used to isolate and resolve problems.

Thanks to MS

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Remote PowerShell for Lync Online

Microsoft has released remote PowerShell capabilities to all commercial Office 365 customers.

so you can be controlling via PowerShell and not from the Office 365 admin center

Managing Exchange Unified Messaging and hosted voicemail policies:

Get-CsHostedVoicemailPolicy
Grant-CsHostedVoicemailPolicy

Managing meeting room endpoint devices with a Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 resource mailbox:

Disable-CsMeetingRoom
Enable-CsMeetingRoom
Get-CsMeetingRoom
Set-CsMeetingRoom

You can be used to block saving of IMs and call logs in Outlook for all users:

Get-CsOnlineUser | Grant-CsClientPolicy -PolicyName Tag:ClientPolicyNoSaveIMNoArchiving

you can also utilize Exchange Online cmdlets to extend the capabilities of Lync Online reports beyond the currently available reports in the Office 365 admin center (your subscription must include Exchange Online for these to work  🙂

Get-CsActiveUserReport (Active users)
Get-CsAVConferenceTimeReport (AV Conference minutes)
Get-CsP2PAVTimeReport (Total p2p audio minutes and total p2p video minutes)

For more information, please see the following:

Thanks to Office 365 Team

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