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SBS 2008 / Exchange 2007 and TLS…

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Everyone that has ever installed SBS 2008 has encountered the wizard that create certificate and remote workplace – by default called (yes, you can chose other prefixes but let say that I like remote becouse it is easy to remember for my users…).
SBS wizards generates a certificate for this hostname and uses it for all services (Outlook web access, Active Sync stuff and also for SMTP receive and send connectors…).
The problem is when you want to rename your SMTP receive and send connectors to match the records in DNS. It is a best practice to have same SMTP greetings as the records in DNS so for example if you have a domain and you have an host record A called and MX record pointed to it is correct and I suggest you to folow this rule to have SMTP greeting or fqdn for SMTP connectors to match

You can rename your connectors however you want by using Exchange management console but you will lose functionality of TLS in SMTP traffic – becouse the certificate does not match fqdn or smtp greeting of a connector that advertise You will also get an error in Event log saying:

Microsoft Exchange could not find a certificate that contains the domain name in the personal store on the local computer…

 Ok, what can we do now?

Well turn on Exchange Management Shell – that is Powershell with modules for Exchange 2007 management – you can find it in star menu… And first of all we want to see current Exchange certificates that are enabled for Exchange services by using cmdlet:

[PS] C:\Windows\System32>Get-ExchangeCertificate 

and you wil receive something like this:

Thumbprint                                Services   Subject
———-                                ——–   ——-
42F146B12BEF918A6A8FC730F5AA87AC4ACB1CEB  IP..S
817F1311CB72FB70F962EC0FAD2D8FA857F114A4  ….S
4BAAC7906689AFF0129767CF492AAE058B5DF494  ….S      CN=Sites
8F1D9C5FEB6EF0C39F25175AFBDEA54FE9668EF9  …..      CN=xxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-CA
8E4F33523325500F38ECF41FCDFBBE684AFC6145  …..      CN=WMSvc-WIN-K7KGUV5MQ40
Now we should create a new certificate that we will use for SMTP connectors by using cmdlet:
New-ExchangeCertificate -domainname -PrivateKeyExportable:1
Warning! When you are asked if you want to overwrite certificates chose No!
Overwrite existing default SMTP certificate,
’45EEEB44DF4BFE2EB1B7A7592EA1DF5BF93F44B4′ (expires 14.1.2012 22:37:04), with
certificate ’59D62E7850EE4093AFF1EC73E2623D52058C2B35′ (expires 27.1.2015
[Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [S] Suspend  [?] Help
(default is “Y”): N
so we get output:
Thumbprint                                Services   Subject
———-                                ——–   ——-
59D62E7850EE4093AFF1EC73E2623D52058C2B35  …..
Great!  If we want to be shure that everything is working correctly and that Exchange SMTP service is using our new certificate we can use cmdlet:

[PS] C:\Windows\System32>Get-ExchangeCertificate 

[PS] C:\Windows\System32>

Thumbprint                                Services   Subject
———-                                ——–   ——-
59D62E7850EE4093AFF1EC73E2623D52058C2B35  ….S
42F146B12BEF918A6A8FC730F5AA87AC4ACB1CEB  IP..S
817F1311CB72FB70F962EC0FAD2D8FA857F114A4  ….S
4BAAC7906689AFF0129767CF492AAE058B5DF494  ….S      CN=Sites
8F1D9C5FEB6EF0C39F25175AFBDEA54FE9668EF9  …..      CN=xxxxxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx01-CA
8E4F33523325500F38ECF41FCDFBBE684AFC6145  …..      CN=WMSvc-WIN-K7KGUV5MQ40
We can now see that SMTP connectors are using all certificates (S defnies SMTP service).
Ok… How can you test that TLS works?
You can try it by using telnet client and connect to your server:
telnet 25
Exchange should respond something like:
220 Microsoft ESMTP MAIL Service ready at Wed, 27 Jan 2010 17:
12:09 +0100
then you can write:
220 Microsoft ESMTP MAIL Service ready at Wed, 27 Jan 2010 17:
13:07 +0100
250 Hello []
after that enter command:


server should respond:

220 2.0.0 SMTP server ready
Server ready? Super! 🙂
If you did miss something you will receive error from server saying:
500 5.3.3 Unrecognized command
If you get that? Read this tutorial again 🙂
PS. PS. You do not need to restart anything when you apply this commands… No need for restarting Exchange services…
Special thanks to Saso Erdeljanov for some hints about this issue…

Exchange 2007 / 2010 – remove headers

Monday, May 24th, 2010

If you are using Windows server 2008 SBS or Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2010 you send with your e-mail also mail headers that (I think) you would not like to “share” with external world:

Received: from ( by
 ( with Microsoft SMTP Server (TLS) id; Wed, 19 May
 2010 13:08:47 +0200
Received: from SRVEXCH01.domain.local ([]) by SRVEXCH01.domain.local
 ([]) with mapi; Wed, 19 May 2010 13:08:02 +0200
From: xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx@xxxxx
To: =?iso-8859-2?Q?xxxxx_xxxxx=E6_=28xxxxx=xxxxx=2Exxxxx=29?=
Return-Receipt-To: xxxxx@xxxxx
Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 13:08:00 +0200
Subject: xxxxx
Thread-Topic: xxxxx
Thread-Index: Acr3Q4r6dSBNnU37R9ypBLYy8PMzcA==
Message-ID: <13204AAD07BCDD4EB69C3367FF1783A9124C065BB2@SRVEXCH01.domain.local>
Accept-Language: sl-SI
Content-Language: en-US
acceptlanguage: sl-SI
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
MIME-Version: 1.0
Return-Path: xxxxx@xxxxx
X-MS-Exchange-Organization-SenderIdResult: Pass
Received-SPF: Pass (xxxxx.xxxxx.xxxxx: domain of xxxxx@xxxxx
 designates as permitted sender) receiver=xxxxx.xxxxx.local;;;
X-MS-Exchange-Organization-SCL: 1
X-MS-Exchange-Organization-PCL: 2
X-MS-Exchange-Organization-Antispam-Report: DV:3.3.8917.498;SV:3.3.8919.449;SID:SenderIDStatus Pass;

If you want to remove this stuff we need to create a Hub Transport Rule:
Open Microsoft Exchange Console
Navigate to:
Microsoft Exchange \ Organization Configuration \ Hub Transport \ Transport Rules

Right Click and select New Transport Rule and name it “Remove headers” click Next,

chose From users inside or outside the organization and select Inside click Next,chose Remove header and as message header just write: Received twice click Next…


You are done… Headers will not be sent any more to users outside the organization…

Luka (under influence of wonderful NT Konferenca 2010)

Outlook 2007 with Exchange 2007 on SBS 2008 username and password (re)prompt

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Hi… This days I recieved some questions regarding the problem of Outlook 2007 repromting for username and password when connected to Exchange 2007 (mostly in SBS 2008 environments)…

Saso has an explanation for this phenomenon 🙂

Blacklist providers to trust II

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Almost two years ago I have posted a comment regarding Blacklist providers that I use and I trust… Well I would like to update this post by adding or commenting that now I use only two providers that sucessfuly eliminate or reduce spam that is coming to my mail servers …

I currently use: provided by
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As you should decide to use or not to use blocklist providers on your mail servers I am adding interesting article from august 2009 to better understand how this providers work:

I wish you luck in fighting spam! 🙂 is getting ready…

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

For all you with any problems or concerns regarding Microsoft Exchange connectivity… You can test your Exchange server services like ActiveSync, Exchange Web services or Outlook connectivity by using: – fresh and new 🙂

EHLO team r0x!

0X8004010F weekend – Windows server 2008, Exchange 2007 SP1

Monday, December 15th, 2008

This weekend I was playing crawler… I know almost all internet sites describing the problems around 0X8004010F – damn error regarding Offline address book distribution…

But nowhere I have encountered the problem describing this error code in combination with Windows Server 2008 and Exchange 2007 SP1 with rollup 5.

Well… As I figured out it apparently does not work – if you want OAB to be distributed by Web-based distribution…

You get this error in your Outlook 2007 SP1 clients (on Windows XP and on Windows Vista)

As I can see there is somekind of permission problem becoues OAB virtual directory points to:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\ClientAccess\OAB

This directory has NO NTFS permissions for Auhtenticated users… but in IIS there is on this folder a parameter: Pass-through authentication – but as I know it can not work becouse your credentials are not covered in NTFS permissions of that folder.

But it does not work even if you give NTFS permissions to authenticated users… (you are still prompted for username and password in Outlook…)

Maybe I am missing something but weekend is almost over and my users need to use Exchange and RPC over HTTP(s) feature in their Outlooks tomorow… What I did is that I disabled Web-based distribution of Offline address book and I left only Public folder distribution. It took a couple of minutes for autodiscover.xml to update and Outlooks to get new parameters about Offline address book distribution.

Everything works correctly now…

Comments / suggestions appriaciated…

Hey all you Exchangegurus!
I think you will find this link useful:

Windows server 2008 AD with Exchange 2007 SP1

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Yes! I managed to make it work…
Exchange transport won’t start if you are installing Exchange 2007 SP1 on Windows server 2008 with Active directory on it even if you UNCHECK IPv6 on your network card properties…
The installation won’t complete… 🙁

You need to do it this way:

1. Uncheck Internet protocol version 6 (TCP/IPv6) in your network card properties

2. Delete localhost value for ipv6 in file called HOSTS in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

::1             localhost

or comment it by using # at the start of line

3. Create/add a 32 bit DWORD with name DisabledComponents and value 0xFFFFFFFF to:

My setup was Windows server 2008 standard as Hyper-V platform, inside Windows server 2008 standard with Active directory in functional level 2008 – everything updated and clean.

When I changed this three parameters exchange setup completed sucessfuly and now my testing Exchange 2007 is working! Wiiiii!!! 🙂

Mailbox statistics using Powershell in Exchange 2007

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

1. Sorted by Displayname (Display name, Mailbox size (MB), Item count, Last logon time, Last logoff time, Last loggedon user account)

Get-MailboxStatistics -Database “mailbox database” | Sort -Property DisplayName | ft DisplayName,@{expression={$_.totalitemsize.value.ToMB()};label=”Mailbox Size(MB)”}, itemcount, lastlogontime,lastlogofftime,lastloggedonuseraccount

2. Sorted by Last logon time
Get-MailboxStatistics -Database “mailbox database” | Sort -Property lastlogontime | ft DisplayName,@{expression={$_.totalitemsize.value.ToMB()};label=”Mailbox Size(MB)”}, itemcount, lastlogontime, lastlogofftime

Remove disconnected mailboxes from the database using Powershell in Exchange 2007

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Get-MailboxStatistics -database “SERVER\Mailbox Database” | where {$_.disconnectdate -ne $null} | foreach {Remove-mailbox -database $_.database -storemailboxidentity $_.mailboxguid}

Create mail-enabled public folder using Powershell in Exchange 2007

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

New-PublicFolder -Name “” -Path \TEST

Enable-MailPublicFolder -Identity “\TEST\”

Set-MailPublicFolder -Identity “\TEST\” -EmailAddressPolicyEnabled $false

Set-MailPublicFolder -Identity “\TEST\” -EmailAddresses “”, “”, “”

Set-MailPublicFolder -Identity “\TEST\” -PrimarySmtpAddress test@test.comAdd-PublicFolderClientPermission -Identity “\TEST\” -User Username -AccessRights EditorGet-PublicFolderClientPermission -Identity “\TEST\” | fl