Category Archives: Exchange 2010

Meeting requests sent to a room mailbox, replaces the Subject, with the Senders name

We received a call today where a meeting request sent to a Room mailbox shows the meeting organiser’s name in the subject line.
This can be rectified by running the following:

Exchange 2010/2013:

Set-CalendarProcessing -identity “meeting room name” -DeleteComments $true -AddOrganizerToSubject $true -DeleteAttachments $true -DeleteSubject $true

Exchange 2007:

set-mailboxcalendarsettings -identity “meeting room name” -deletesubject $false -addorganizertosubject $false

Hope this makes your life a bit easier.


Exchange 2010 Backups fail with Replica Writer Error

We had a backup fail this week with an error stating something to the lines of Exchange Writer is in a failed state.

After some digging around I found that the Microsoft Exchange Replica Writer was in a failed state. To check the writers do the following:

  1. Open the command prompt on the Exchange server where the backup is failing. (In my case the server with the passive copies)
  2. In the command prompt type: vssadmin list writers and hit enter.
  3. You will now see a list of all the writers with their current state.

The picture below shows the writer in the failed state.


To resolve this issue I had to restart the Exchange Replication Service

I then re-ran vssadmin list writers in the command prompt and it showed its state as stable and the backups went through.

When installing Exchange 2010 you receive “The start mode for the Net. TCP Port Sharing service must be set to Automatic before Setup can continue”

During my lab testing and installing Exchange Server 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2 I keep receiving this pre-requisite that fails.

The start mode for the Net. TCP Port Sharing service must be set to Automatic before Setup can continue.

As far as I know (I might be wrong) this pre-requisite only fails the readiness check on Windows Server 2008 R2. In order to set the Net.TCP Port Sharing Service to Automatic at start-up do the following:

  1. Open Power Shell on the Windows 2008 R2 Server that you are trying to install Exchange 2010.
  2. Type: Set-Service NetTcpPortSharing -StartupType Automatic
  3. Hit enter.
  4. Run the Exchange installation wizard again and you should be good to go.

A good idea is to run the cmdlts on each of the Exchange server roles before you start installing Exchange 2010 as per this Microsoft article.

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