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Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 PowerShell Cookbook: Second Edition

Jonas Andersson, Mike Pfeiffer

Benefit from over 120 recipes that tackle the everyday issues that arise with Microsoft Exchange Server. Using PowerShell you’ll learn to add scripts that provide new functions and efficiencies. Only basic knowledge required.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849689427
Paperback504 pages

About This Book

  • Newly updated and improved for Exchange Server 2013 and PowerShell 3
  • Learn how to write scripts and functions, schedule scripts to run automatically, and generate complex reports with PowerShell
  • Manage and automate every element of Exchange Server 2013 with PowerShell such as mailboxes, distribution groups, and address lists

Who This Book Is For

This Cookbook is for messaging professionals who want to learn how to build real-world scripts with Windows PowerShell 3 and the Exchange Management Shell. If you are a network or systems administrator responsible for managing and maintaining Exchange Server 2013 you will find this highly useful. Only basic knowledge of Exchange Server and PowerShell are required to make the most of this book.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: PowerShell Key Concepts
Using the help system
Understanding command syntax and parameters
Understanding the pipeline
Working with variables and objects
Formatting output
Working with arrays and hash tables
Looping through items
Creating and running scripts
Using flow control statements
Creating custom objects
Creating PowerShell functions
Setting up a profile
Chapter 2: Exchange Management Shell Common Tasks
Manually configuring remote PowerShell connections
Using explicit credentials with PowerShell cmdlets
Transferring files through remote shell connections
Dealing with concurrent pipelines in remote PowerShell
Managing domains or an entire forest using recipient scope
Exporting reports to text and CSV files
Sending SMTP e-mails through PowerShell
Scheduling scripts to run at a later time
Logging shell sessions to a transcript
Automating tasks with the scripting agent
Scripting an Exchange server installation
Chapter 3: Managing Recipients
Adding, modifying, and removing mailboxes
Working with contacts
Managing distribution groups
Managing resource mailboxes
Creating recipients in bulk using a CSV file
Working with recipient filters
Adding and removing recipient e-mail addresses
Hiding recipients from address lists
Configuring recipient moderation
Configuring message delivery restrictions
Managing automatic replies and out of office settings for a user
Adding, modifying, and removing server-side inbox rules
Managing mailbox folder permissions
Importing user photos into Active Directory
Chapter 4: Managing Mailboxes
Reporting on the mailbox size
Working with move requests and performing mailbox moves
Mailbox move e-mail notification
Importing and exporting mailboxes
Deleting messages from mailboxes
Managing disconnected mailboxes
Generating mailbox folder reports
Reporting on mailbox creation time
Checking mailbox logon statistics
Setting storage quotas for mailboxes
Finding inactive mailboxes
Detecting and fixing corrupt mailboxes
Restoring deleted items from mailboxes
Managing public folder mailboxes
Reporting on public folder statistics
Managing user access to public folders
Chapter 5: Distribution Groups and Address Lists
Reporting on distribution group membership
Adding members to a distribution group from an external file
Previewing dynamic distribution group membership
Excluding hidden recipients from a dynamic distribution group
Converting and upgrading distribution groups
Allowing managers to modify group membership
Removing disabled user accounts from distribution groups
Working with distribution group naming policies
Working with distribution group membership approval
Creating address lists
Exporting address list membership to a CSV file
Configuring hierarchical address books
Chapter 6: Mailbox Database Management
Managing the mailbox databases
Moving databases and logs to another location
Configuring the mailbox database limits
Reporting on mailbox database size
Finding the total number of mailboxes in a database
Determining the average mailbox size per database
Reporting on database backup status
Restoring data from a recovery database
Chapter 7: Managing Client Access
Managing ActiveSync, OWA, POP3, and IMAP4 mailbox settings
Setting internal and external CAS URLs
Managing Outlook Anywhere settings
Blocking Outlook clients from connecting to Exchange
Reporting on active OWA and RPC connections
Controlling ActiveSync device access
Reporting on ActiveSync devices
Chapter 8: Managing Transport Service
Managing connectors
Configuring transport limits
Allowing application servers to relay mail
Managing transport rules and settings
Creating a basic disclaimer
Working with custom DSN messages
Managing connectivity and protocol logs
Searching message tracking logs
Working with messages in transport queues
Searching anti-spam agent logs
Implementing a header firewall
Chapter 9: High Availability
Building a Windows NLB cluster for CAS servers
Creating a Database Availability Group
Adding mailbox servers to a Database Availability Group
Configuring Database Availability Group network settings
Adding mailbox copies to a Database Availability Group
Activating mailbox database copies
Working with lagged database copies
Reseeding a database copy
Using the automatic reseed feature
Performing maintenance on Database Availability Group members
Reporting on database status, redundancy, and replication
Chapter 10: Exchange Security
Granting users full access permissions to mailboxes
Finding users with full access to mailboxes
Sending e-mail messages as another user or group
Working with Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
Creating a custom RBAC role for administrators
Creating a custom RBAC role for end users
Troubleshooting Role Based Access Control
Generating a certificate request
Installing certificates and enabling services
Importing certificates on multiple exchange servers
Chapter 11: Compliance and Audit Logging
Managing archive mailboxes
Configuring archive mailbox quotas
Creating retention tags and policies
Applying retention policies to mailboxes
Placing mailboxes on retention hold
Placing mailboxes on in-place hold
Performing a discovery search
Enabling mailbox audit logging
Generating mailbox audit log reports
Configuring Administrator Audit Logging
Searching the administrator audit logs
Chapter 12: Server Monitoring and Troubleshooting
Managing and monitoring services
Verifying server connectivity
Working with event logs
Reporting on disk usage
Checking CPU utilization
Monitoring memory utilization
Reporting on Exchange Server uptime
Troubleshooting the Mailbox role
Troubleshooting the Client Access Server role
Troubleshooting the Transport service
Verifying certificate health
Chapter 13: Scripting with the Exchange Web Services Managed API
Getting connected to EWS
Sending e-mail messages with EWS
Working with impersonation
Searching mailboxes
Retrieving the headers of an e-mail message
Deleting e-mail items from a mailbox
Creating calendar items
Exporting attachments from a mailbox

What You Will Learn

  • New features and capabilities of PowerShell 3 and Exchange Server 2013
  • Get to grips with the core PowerShell concepts required to master the Exchange Management Shell such as pipelining, working with objects, formatting output, and writing scripts
  • Use simple PowerShell scripts and commands for powerful effect
  • Monitor server resources including CPU, memory, disk, event logs, and more using PowerShell
  • Generate detailed reports, send the output of commands in e-mail messages, and schedule scripts to run automatically
  • Import, export, move mailboxes, and delete messages from mailboxes using the command line
  • Configure transport server settings such as mail relay, tracking logs, transport rules, delivery reports, and more
  • Manage mailbox and public folder databases

In Detail

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 is a complex messaging system. Windows PowerShell 3 can be used in conjunction with Exchange Server 2013 to automate and manage routine and complex tasks to save time, money, and eliminate errors.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 PowerShell Cookbook: Second Edition offers more than 120 recipes and solutions to everyday problems and tasks encountered in the management and administration of Exchange Server. If you want to write scripts that help you create mailboxes, monitor server resources, and generate detailed reports, then this Cookbook is for you.

This practical guide to Powershell and Exchange Server 2013 will help you automate and manage time-consuming and reoccurring tasks quickly and efficiently. Starting by going through key PowerShell concepts and the Exchange Management Shell, this book will get you automating tasks that used to take hours in no time.

With practical recipes on the management of recipients and mailboxes as well as distribution groups and address lists, this book will save you countless hours on repetitive tasks. Diving deeper, you will then manage your mailbox database, client access, and your transport servers with simple but effective scripts.

This book finishes with advanced recipes on Exchange Server problems such as server monitoring as well as maintaining high availability and security. If you want to control every aspect of Exchange Server 2013 and learn how to save time with PowerShell, then this cookbook is for you.


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