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Configuring Hyper-v Host Network Adapters for ISCSI Storage Connectivity with Powershell .

Chinny Chukwudozie, Cloud Solutions.

Windows Server 2012 R2 with PowerShell 4.0 has hugely expanded support for configuring multiple NICs on a Cluster/ISCSI Initiator node via command line. After deploying multiple Network Interface Cards on my Hyper-v host, it took me a while to figure out how to properly configure the NICS with PowerShell .

Prior to Windows Server 2012, NIC configurations could be accomplished with the GUI, Netsh command line utility or mainly WmiObject classes. The following cmdlets enabled me complete the configuration of multiple NICs on a cluster node:

List Available NICs on Host Server.

Get-NetAdapter -Physical


Rename Network Adapter for Storage/ISCSI Connection.

Get-NetAdapter -InterfaceIndex 15 | Rename-NetAdapter -NewName StorageNIC1


Set Private IP Address on Selected NIC.

Get-NetAdapter -InterfaceIndex 14 | New-NetIPAddress -IPAddress -PrefixLength 24 -AddressFamily ipv4


Disable Network Adapter Bindings.

Usually the Storage Network Adapter needs just the IPv4 TcpIp binding enabled:

PS C:\ Get-NetAdapterBinding -Name StorageNIC1

Name DisplayName ComponentID Enabled

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Converting a User Mailbox to Resource Room Mailbox using PowerShell.

Chinny Chukwudozie, Cloud Solutions.

In past versions of Exchange Server, specifically Exchange 2003, managing Resource Room mailboxes was not exactly a straight forward process. In my organization at the time, to manage room Calendars and bookings for Conference rooms (they were not referred to as Resource Rooms at the time), we had to create mailboxes to represent the conference rooms.

It was not possible within Exchange 2003 Server to automatically process conference room bookings and scheduling on the server side . One had to create a client side outlook profile representing the room mailbox and keep that outlook profile constantly running on some box to ensure room bookings were auto processed.

Exchange 2010 SP1 changed all that with the ability to process all calendar processes Server side. After I completed the migration from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 SP1, I started the task of converting the conference room user mailboxes to type Room mailbox…

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Outlook Web Access not displaying correctly when using IE 10 and Exchange 2003

Tonight I was busy patching my servers for the monthly scheduled patch cycle and tested Outlook Web Access from my home PC. I received the results below.




owa error with IE10





After almost having a miniature heart attack, I tested Outlook Web Access from my work laptop (IE 8) and home PC using Chrome. OWA displayed and functioned correctly as expected. I then checked the IE versions.
Home PC = IE 10 (Recently upgraded)
Work Laptop = IE 8

After a quick search on the internet I found an article by Pete Long who posted a work around on his blog. It seems like IE 10 is not compatible with OWA 2003. The work around needs to be done within Internet Explorer 10.
Here’s the link to Pete Long’s article:¬†

My personal¬†opinion: Time to migrate to Exchange 2010 or even consider 2013 as the benefits and improvements over 2003 is worth every Rand, Dollar, Pound, Pula etc. Not to even talk about the support costs to support 2003 and the ancient out of warranty hardware that it’s¬†¬†probably running on.


Changing the weather forecast location and temperature unit in Outlook 2013’s Calendar

I’ve installed Office 2013 a few days ago and tonight when opening the calendar I saw a nifty feature at the top showing the current weather forecast (including 2 days in the future) with the minimum and maximum expected temperatures.

I needed to change the location and temperature unit as the default was for New York and the temperature unit in¬†Fahrenheit. To be honest I would have thought that Outlook should be able to pick a default city for my time zone but it’s not a big deal.

Below is a short video on how to change this if you are running Outlook 2013. (View the video in 1080p for best experience)

How to reset IIS folders on an Exchange 2003 server

Sometimes IIS or IIS permissions go corrupt or just leave the planet for different reasons. When you need to delete and recreate these folders do the following…

  • Back up¬†the IIS Metabase on your Exchange Server:
  • Start IIS Manager.
  • Right click¬†the Default Website, choose All Tasks, and click Save Configuration to a File.¬†

Now delete the OWA virtual directories:
 Right click Exadmin and click Delete. When prompted if you are sure click Yes.

Now delete the below listed virtual directories:

    • Exchange
    • ExchWeb
    • Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync
    • OMA
    • Public
  • Close the¬†IIS Manager.
  • Open the command prompt.
  • Change to (driveletter:)\inetpub\adminscripts
  • Type adsutil, and hit Enter.
  • Click Yes¬†when prompted to register CScript¬†as your default host for VBscript and then¬†click OK.
  • ¬†Click start, then run and type services.msc. Hit enter.
  • Right click on Microsoft Exchange System Attendant and choose restart.
  • Note that the MS Information Store and MTA Stacks¬†will also restart. This will cause users to lose temporary connection to Exchange.
  • Make sure that all services (Microsoft System Attendant, Microsoft Information Store, MTA Stacks) have started.
  • I have found that a few times that restarting the System Attendant did not create the virtual directories but a server reboot did.
  • Now start the IIS Manager, right click on the ExchWeb virtual directory, click on properties and click on Directory Security.
  • Click on¬†Authentication and Access Control then click Edit and then verify that¬†Enable anonymous access¬†is checked.
  • Check¬†Integrated Windows Authentication, click OK, click Apply.
  • When the Permission¬†Inheritance box appears, click on select all and then OK.
  • Now open Authentication and Access Control again. Click Edit and uncheck Integrated Windows Authentication.
  • Click OK twice.

Now your IIS Virtual Directories have been recreated. Test OWA. If OWA does not work reboot the server and after you logged in try OWA again as it should work like expected.

Inbox missing in Outlook when using Exchange Server

We had a user today that advised his Inbox is missing from Outlook.

The first few things you need to check and try are as follows:

1. Open Outlook and click on yourname@company.ccc, on the right-click “Customize Outlook Today…”
2. Then click on “Choose Folders”
3. Tick “Inbox” if it has not been ticked. If Inbox shows that it has been ticked go to the step 4.
4. Close Outlook.
5. Click on start, and in “run” or ¬†“Search Programs and Files” type outlook.exe /resetfolders
6. Open Outlook. If the Inbox is still not shown the read the next few steps but make sure you only change what the article says or you may run into other problems.

Using MFCMAPI¬†to “unhide” the Inbox:

1. Browse to this website.
2. Click on download and save the zip file to a location you choose.
3. Extract the zip file to the PC having the issue.
4. Open MFCMAPI, and click ok on the pop up window.
5. Click on Session and then Logon as per below screen shot












6. Choose the Outlook Profile you need to edit and click on OK
7. You will now see the Mailbox Database and Public Folder Database as per below.












8. Right click the  Mailbox Database and choose open.
9. A new Window will pop-up like the one below.









10. (1)¬†Click on the Arrow next to “Root Container”. (2) Click on the Arrow next to “Top of Information Store”. (3) Click on “Inbox”. (4) Click on “PR_ATTR_HIDDEN”












11. Right Click “PR_ATTR_HIDDEN” and choose edit property.












12. Untick Boolean, click OK, close MFCMAPI and open Outlook.











13. Your Inbox should now be visible in Outlook.






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