Configuring Outlook Anywhere via ARR on IIS 7

If you are trying to configure Outlook Anywhere to route via ARR sever on IIS 7 then you will not be able to connect and you should get error “outlook unable to connect to the Exchange sever.”

in IIS logs you should find the error code 404.13 (which mean content length is too large)


By Default IIS ‘Maximum allow content length’ is set to 30 MB. We just have to reset it to 1 GB(1073741824 byes).

To configure this select the required website and double click  on ‘Request Filtering’


Select ‘Headers’ tab and click on ‘Edit Feature Settings’ then increase the ‘Maximum allow content length’ to 1 GB (1073741824 bytes)


ExMerge Export Utility for EDB to PST Conversion

As an Administrator, one may face many situations where the emails have to be exported from Exchange Mailbox Store to more feasible and equally congruent PST file. This involves situations like migration to hosted solution, migration to a different Exchange organization or version, or the EDB to PST conversion can be required as merely a backup operation. ExMerge utility can be an effective official application available for download externally. It has some limitations with Exchange versions and works with Exchange version 5.5 until 2003.

Pre-requisites for Exchange ExMerge Utility

Once the ExMerge utility is downloaded, it needs to be extracted to folder: C:\Program Files\ExchSrvr\Bin, which can be executed or run from this location itself. This is because it depends on the DLL available in this folder.

In order to run this program successfully, log in to Microsoft Windows with Exchange server account. In case it is not possible for user to do so, the current Windows account should have all the permissions with the mailboxes, which needs to be merged. One can log in with the service account, it usually has accessed to all mailboxes to be exported.

A further remark, which must be taken care of, is that one cannot use ExMerge utility on front-end servers, as it does not have mailbox store. It also cannot be used on recovery storage group. As soon as the program is executed, an error log file (ExMerge.log) is created to store all the errors encountered while performing the operation. This can be referred to observe errors recorded for troubleshooting.

Exchange EDB to PST Extraction Technique Using ExMerge

Step 1: As mentioned above, download the ExMerge utility to specified folder and run this utility from the same location. Click next to proceed and below shown screen will appear.

ExMerge utility will show dual modes of operation as:One Step and Two Step.

In One Step mode, ExMerge utility copy data from target mailbox to PST file. Then, it merges this data in PST file into same mailbox to the destinations server. The Distinguished Name DN can be obtained by altering Organization and Site names in DN with destination server.

In Two Step Mode, user can only copy data to PST or can merge the data from PST to server.

Once selecting the Two Step Mode, click Next.


Step 2: Select Step 1: Extract data from an Exchange Server Mailbox and click Next.


Step 3: In Import Procedure tab, select Archive data to target storeand click OK.


Step 4: Provide the details in data selection criteria and click OK.


Step 5: Select the Mailbox to be exported, you can make multiple selections and select all. Once selections have been made, click Next.


Step 6: Click on Change Folder and provide the destination folder where the exported PST file will be stored.


Step 7: This will initiate the migration process, which might take time according to the Exchange mailbox size. The process status will be shown, which on completion flag as Finish status. Click on Finish to successful migration of Exchange mailbox to PST file.

Error MessageEncountered Deploying ExMerge Utility

Exchange Administrators might encounter this issue with ExMerge utility. An error comes persistently with following message:


Possible Solution:

This error can be reverberation of inappropriate settings done with the Exchange ExMerge Send As& Receive As permissions in Store Level. In case the account is part of Domain Admins, Administrators, Exchange Domain Servers, Enterprise Admins, it is possible that it will have Explicit Deny Permissions, which generally overrules Allow. A possible workaround in such scenario can be to have full permissions with below mentioned steps:

· Create New user account in Exchange AD.

· Add the account in the security tab on Exchange Server Manager’s properties.

· Provide Send As and Receive As permissions for this newly created account without any Explicit Deny Permissions.

· These security settings should be extended to Storage Group Level and Store Level.

· Now while running the ExMerge utility, make sure that you are logged in with this account having full permissions.

Limitations of ExMerge.exe Utility And SuitableEffective Solution

In addition to the limitation for the versions of Exchange Server, which are restricted to Exchange 2003, ExMerge utility also limits export of public folder. This utility will work only with the mailboxes and not with the Public folders. This application also implements limitation on size of mailbox data to be exported, which is 2GB. This limitation can be conquered using a commercial tool like SysTools EDB to PST Converter. This application is designed to export both mailboxes and public folders of MS Exchange application. EDB to PST conversion tool does not impose any limitation on size of mailbox and is embedded with advance filters in order to control export content. This filtration helps to exhibit the export of Exchange mailbox emails as per pre-defined date range. This software is a specialized medium to perform the Exchange database conversion to Outlook PST file and can be opted where inbuilt utilities like ExMerge fail to provide required conversion.

Deploying Microsoft Exchange e-mail Server – Guides, books and Admin deployment documents

Top 5 Microsoft Exchange Server Books by MVPs, Consultants and Expert Administrators

I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite Microsoft Exchange authors into the top list of books covering

· Deployment

· Architecture

· Configuration

· Deployment

· Sizing

· Load Balancing

1 – Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Sizing, Designing and Configuration – A Practical Look – 9.99$

By Krishna Kumar

It’s a book on Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, it will be on sizing, designing and configuring with a practical look. It will be based on the practical scenario for different organization with approximately user of 5,000, 10,000, 25,000 and 50,000. It also contain various migration scenario like migration from Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010. It also includes information on Office 365 migration scenario with Exchange 2013.

Copy of the book can be bought from Amazon

2 – Exam Ref 70-341 Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (MCSE) 1st Edition – 35.51$

By Bhargav Shukla, Paul Robichaux

Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-341–and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of the skills needed to deliver effective Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 solutions. Designed for experienced IT pros ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSE level.

Copy of the book can be bought from Amazon

3- Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 – 35.23$

By David Elfassy

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is touted as a solution for lowering the total cost of ownership, whether deployed on-premises or in the cloud. Like the earlier editions, this comprehensive guide covers every aspect of installing, configuring, and managing this multifaceted collaboration system. It offers Windows systems administrators and consultants a complete tutorial and reference, ideal for anyone installing Exchange Server for the first time or those migrating from an earlier Exchange Server version.

Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is the complete reference for planning, installing, and maintaining the most popular e-mail server product available.

Copy of the book can be bought from Amazon

4- Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Unleashed – 35.70$

By Rand Morimoto, Michael Noel, Guy Yardeni , Chris Amaris and Andrew Abbate

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 doesn’t just add dozens of new features: It integrates multiple technologies into a common, unified communications system that can add value in many new ways. Now, five leading Exchange Server consultants help you deploy Exchange Server 2013 quickly and smoothly–and then efficiently manage, troubleshoot, and support it for years to come. More than a comprehensive, authoritative reference, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Unleashed presents hundreds of helpful tips and tricks based on the authors’ unsurpassed early adopter experience with Exchange Server 2013 in real production environments.

Copy of the book can be bought from Amazon

5- Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: Design, Deploy and Deliver an Enterprise Messaging Solution – 37.72$

By Nathan Winters, Neil Johnson, Nicolas Blank

The latest release of Microsoft’s messaging system allows for easier access to e-mail, voicemail, and calendars from a variety of devices and any location while also giving users more control and freeing up administrators to perform more critical tasks. This innovative new field guide starts with key concepts of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 and then moves through the recommended practices and processes that are necessary to deploy a top-quality Exchange service.

  • Focuses on the Exchange ecosystem rather than just the features and functions of the Exchange product
  • Focuses on scenarios facing real customers and explains how problems can be solved and requirements met
  • Zooms in on both on-premises deployments as well as Exchange Online cloud deployments with Office 365
  • Helps you thoroughly master the new version with step-by-step instruction on how to install, configure, and manage this multifaceted collaboration system

Whether you’re upgrading from Exchange Server 2010 or earlier, installing for the first time, or migrating from another system, this step-by-step guide provides the hands-on instruction, practical application, and real-world advice you need.

Copy of the book can be bought from Amazon

RecoveryFix for Exchange Server Recovery

One of the most important component of the Exchange server is the database and it stores the user’s mailbox with emails, contacts, calendar, tasks, notes etc.

MS Exchange is considered as mission critical application as most of the business transaction happens over email. Hence, it is very important that the database are protected. Exchange server provides multiple native option to protect the database. Exchange backups, multiple database copy, LAG database copy are the common ways to protect database with minimum or no data loss.

In spite of multiple options and complex configuration, there is always a possibility of exchange database getting corrupt and cause a major downtime for the users with data loss. Exchange native tool ‘ESEUTIL’ could be used to fix the database corruption, but in most of the occasions, it take enormous amount of time to fix the corruption. Alternatively, you could restore data from the backups but it is subjected to data loss between the backup time and the restore time.

Lepide software Pvt. Ltd. offers RecoveryFix for Exchange Server Recovery tool, it helps to recover Exchange database from corruption. It works on all version of Exchange database file starting from Exchange 5.5 to latest version of Exchange. It is a very simple, easy and efficient tool.

RecoveryFix for Exchange Server Recovery tool accepts the database file .edb and .stm (for legacy database only) as source files.



Image: Selecting Corrupted database to recover


Operating the software, once the source database file is selected then it provides three different recovery mode options:

1. Automatic Analyze and recover: It is the recommended and fastest mode to restore the corrupted database. It scans through the database, fixes the corruption and lists all the recovered mailboxes in the database. Recovered mailboxes from the database can be exported to the .pst files.

2. Advance Scan: It is selected when database is severely corrupted and ‘Automatic Analyze and Recover’ option fails. This mode performs deep scanning of the database and it takes some time to recover the database. Once the database is fixed, it lists all the recovered mailboxes in the database. Recovered mailboxes from the database can be exported to the .pst files.

3. Rebuild corrupted database: This option reduces unnecessary efforts of exporting the user’s mailbox to .pst file and sharing with the users. It creates/rebuilds a new clean database by fixing the corruption in the database. The new recovered database is ready to mount on the Exchange servers.



Image: Recovery Modes to Recover Corrupted Database


Automatic analyze and recover and Advanced scan are the most common options, when you have bigger database and large number of mailboxes to recover. Once scanning process is done, it proves effective in fixing all the corruption and allows administrator to view/validate the mailboxes and its content.


Image: RecoveryFix for Exchange Server Console

Administrator can save all the recovered mailboxes into .pst file format. These .pst files can be imported into the target user’s mailbox or any other temp mailbox. Administrators can also share the .pst with users and can be accessed through their MS Outlook.

Saving the recovered mailboxes can be done easily by selecting ‘Save’ button from the top ribbon bar. Saving option provides some great flexibility to filter only the necessary emails based on date.

Administrator can easily filter emails based on predefined date or custom date. Finally at the end, one just got to define the path of the destination folder to save the recovered .pst files.



Image: Saving Option to export the .pst



I think it’s a great tool to fix the corrupted Exchange database and at the same time can save your efforts and time. I recommend this tool for all the Exchange Server administrators. You can download the copy of the software from the Recoveryfix Website –

LepideMigrator for Exchange (LME)

Exchange migration involves a lot of effort and time; it is one of the most complex migrations to perform. After doing tons of exchange migration, I realized that not every environment is the same and not every migration is the same. During an exchange migration, everyone’s mailbox will be moved from one version of Exchange to the latest version or to the other organization. With the upgrade of Exchange servers, it is important that client outlook version is also upgraded to the latest level or to the level of Exchange servers. Thus, in a way everyone has to undergo some kind of changes with learning, while adopting a new Exchange environment into the organization.

LepideMigrator for Exchange (LME) is the new latest Exchange migration tool from Lepide which helps in performing a migration from one Exchange Environment to another which is either located locally or another network or even in the Office 365 or Exchange hosted solution in the cloud environment. It supports different migration scenarios, like

· Exchange 2003 / 2007 and Exchange 2010

· Exchange 2003 / 2007 and Exchange 2013

· Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013

· Migration from any Exchange Server to Office 365

· Public Folder Migration

· Intra-forest Exchange Migration

· Cross-forest Exchange Migration

Given below are a few interesting features of the products.

1. Innovative technique to migrate the large number of mailboxes from source Exchange server to the target which enhances the performance. It can be installed on multiple computers and increase migration volume depending on the requirement. We can also schedule the mailbox move by creating schedule jobs. It provides rich filtering options to filter unwanted email and migrate only necessary email to the target and can also provide the option to undo or rollback the mailbox migration, if necessary.

2. Exchange migration is a time-consuming process which needs a lot of effort and time. To reduce the migration efforts, we can sync the complete source mailbox to the target much ahead of time and just do an incremental sync only before the final cutover. This helps in avoiding any kind of data loss and outage to the users.

3. Report is very important for the migration and helps in tracking migration history and plan for the future migration. Notification helps administrator to notify the status of the migration status with email alerts for the job status, job completion, or job cancelation.

Migrations of the mailbox using LepideMigrator for Exchange is a very easy process and let’s understand on how easy it is to configure and to migrate a mailbox from one forest to another.

Given below is the Setup of my lab

1. Source forest

2. Target Forest

3. Creating DNS forwarding and trust between and

Given below is a step-by-step instruction to perform cross forest migration.

1. Install LepideMigrator for Exchange at the source or target forest. In this scenario, the tool is installed on the source forest It is installed on the Windows 7 machine with outlook client installed

2. To perform the configuration, start the LepideMigrator for Exchange, Right click on All projects -> click on ‘Add Project’ -> provide the name to the Mailbox migration project


3. Then, create the new Job for the mailbox migration and provide the name for the same and click on ‘Next’


4. Connect to the source forest domain control by providing the IP address and administrator credentials. Then click on ‘Next’


5. Select all the necessary required users to migrate into the target domain and click on ‘Next’


6. Input the target domain controller IP address and the admin credentials. Make sure to specify ‘Different Domain’ for cross forest migration scenario and then click ‘Next’. You can also pull down ‘Migrate To’ to select the different options like same domain or office 365.


7. It also provides the filters to include or exclude the message based on date and folder. Click on ‘Next’ to continue


8. Here, we need to map the source mailbox with the target forest mailbox. It provides the option to map the source mailbox to target pre-created mailbox automatically. If not, we could provide the CSV file specifying the source and target mailbox mapping.


9. Another option could also be to create the target mailbox using the tool itself. Select all the source mailbox and click on message icon, then click on ‘Start’.


10. Once the target mailbox is created, then you could see the mapping done automatically for each of the source mailbox with the target. Click on ‘Next’ to continue.


11. Specify option to Skip the Bad item count or if you just want to do only the mailbox content synchronization, and then click on ‘Next’.


12. Specify the email address to receive various notifications for Job start, Job stop, Job completion, mailbox migration start / finish etc.


13. Notification configuration needs the SMTP address and other necessary configurations. Please provide the same and continue with the ‘Next’.


14. Specify the time duration to deny or permit the migration for the specific time period. It is important to make sure that migration is not done at the production hours, which could have the user performance impact. Click on ‘Next’ to continue.


15. Then schedule the migration depending on the requirement and click on ‘Next.


16. Finally, verify the summary details and click on ‘Finish’ to complete the Job creation.


17. It’s now the time to generate the license file and upload it to It generates the generate activation file, download the import it to activate the same.


18. Once the license is activated, we are ready to start the mailbox migration by right clicking on the Job and select the option ‘Start Job’.

Report Console

1. Report console helps to generate the migration statistics report. It helps to analyze the migration details and also to track the status. This report has the complete statistics of the migration performed using the server. It has details of number of jobs, with the domain details and the Exchange version specifications.

To start the report console

2. Start the LepideMigrator for Exchange

3. Click on tool -> click on Report Console


4. Login with the account and password as ‘lepadmin’


5. To understand the details of each of the migration job, click on the Job name. It gets the detailed information with number of mailboxes, total folders, migrated messages and status. Below is the reference screen shot.


6. You could also generate some quick reports in html or pdf file using the options available in the bottom left corner of the LepideMigrator for Exchange tool.



This migration could take some time depending upon factors like the size of the source mailbox, bandwidth, source and target server performance, etc. Migration using a ‘LepideMigrator for Exchange’ is much simpler to configure and manage than a native migration tool. It provides option to migrate the account with SID History and also copy the password from the source to target account, which is very important for the cross forest migration scenario. It also provides option to migrate public folders and also apply the settings like mailbox rights, send as permission, public folder administration rights send on behalf, message delivery restriction, and public folder client permission.

I believe, LepideMigrator for Exchange is a compressive tool to perform migration under various scenario. This tool has all the features to perform end to end migration.

You can find the detailed information about the tool at and  also download the trial version from

ADFS Claim based Authentication for SharePoint with Cross forest authentication


Wonderful in-depth setup by step instruction to configure ADFS Claim based authentication for SharePoint with cross forest authentication by Jay Simcox from


Part 1: The Beginning

Part 2: Installing and Configuring AD FS 3.0

Part 3: Configuring SharePoint 2013 for ADFS

Part 4: Troubleshooting

Part 5:Authentication Across Multiple Forest