Category Archives: Exchange 2016

Failed to store data in the Data Warehouse – SCOM Reports – Exchange Microsoft.Exchange.15.MailboxStatsSubscription

Recently when we tried to generate the top mailbox statistics report with the below option available from SCOM reports we weren’t able to generate them.


It was giving an empty report without any values.

Along with that few report data’s only for Exchange Servers like database IO reads/write  while trying too were empty with no values.

Upon looking into the operations manager log saw the below event ID.

Log Name:      Operations Manager
Source:        Health Service Modules
Date:          20.04.2017 09:36:58
Event ID:      31551
Task Category: Data Warehouse
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Failed to store data in the Data Warehouse. The operation will be retried.
Exception ‘InvalidOperationException’: The given value of type String from the data source cannot be converted to type nvarchar of the specified target column.
One or more workflows were affected by this.
Workflow name: Microsoft.Exchange.15.MailboxStatsSubscription.Rule
Instance name:
Instance ID: {466DF86F-CC39-046A-932D-00660D652716}
Management group: ExchangeQueryBy the above error we can see that this mailbox statistics subscription  rule has some problem and hence the reports were not generated.

Below 2 rules are required to be enabled to generate this report:

1) Exchange 2013: Mailbox Statistics Subscription.
2) Exchange 2013: Mailbox Statistics Collection.


So by looking into the above event we can see that the SCOM is having trouble in writing the data into this target tables in the data-warehouse from the stage table.First the generated alerts are written on the operational stage table database by the SCOM. Then the operational database will insert these bulk datas into its Target DataWareHouse. It uses the option SQL bulk Insert because of the amount of data that it needs to insert from its stage table and needs to take this process.

During this process of bulk insert it will compare the value of the data that needs to be inserted with its default allowed values (NVARCHAR values for each tables). So if any of the alert titles have the values more than its default allowed limit then we will run into this problem.

This value can be seen in active stage under the columns in the operational manager database – Tables – Exchange2013mailboxstatsstaging- columns

Here we can see the nvarchar values for each properties of the mailbox which will be used to generate the mailbox statistics report from the scom 2012


So here if any of  these nvarchar values which is required to generate the report value have exceeded the allowed limit then it will fail inserting the data into the datawarehouse. For example the default length of the allowed limit for Mailbox_EmailAddress is 1024.

Lets say if there is one system mailbox which has multiple smtp addresses added in them which exceeds this character limit then the  entire mailbox stats report will fail.

The SCOM requires in data type Nvarchar for Exchange because to support the unicode type for multi languages mainly. More details on SQL data types can be read here.

In our case we had a service account mailbox which had multiple SMTP addresses added on them and that exceed the allowed limit.

If any one run into the issue here is the simple command to identify the mailbox which has Email addresses of more than 1024 characters.

get-mailbox | where-object { $_.EmailAddresses.ProxyAddressString.ToCharArray().Length -ge 1024 } | foreach-object {write-host “$_”}

Once we find that mailbox we can remove that additional SMTP addresses and make the value less than 1024. After this the reports will be generating without any issues.

Another solution : ( Not Recommended)

Extend the nvarchar field values on the stage table as well as  target table (Exchange2013.MailboxProperties_) in DataWareHouse which will allow the data to get processed and generate the reports even if it has a large amount of data.

Its better not to change the default values as it might go as unsupported model , rather modifying  the mailbox and reducing the character limit which will keep everything in place without any customization.

Thanks & Regards
Sathish Veerapandian

Start-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup – Error: The network path was not found

During a DR activation the Activation went fine. But when trying to restore the main site after the DR tests are complete were getting the below error

Below was the Current state in the DR site before the restoration to main site :

Version of Exchange – Exchange 2016 CU3 with no coexistence

1) Main site was in stopped state for DAG and All main site exchange
servers were in Stopped mailbox servers list.
2) DR site was activated for DAG and only DR site exchange servers were in started mailbox servers and operational servers list.
3) All the DR copies were mounted , and users were connected.

After the DR tests were completed and trying to start the main site with below command was getting the below error :

Start-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup -ActiveDirectorySite  “MainSite”

A server-side database availability group administrative operation failed. Error The operation failed. CreateCluster errors may result from incorrectly configured static addresses. Error: An error occurred while attempting a cluster operation. Error: Cluster API ‘”AddClusterNode() (MaxPercentage=12) failed with 0x35. Error: The network path was not found”‘

Had a look at the DAG tasks logs and was getting the same above message :

Error: A server-side database availability group administrative operation failed. Error The operation failed. Create Cluster errors may result from incorrectly configured static addresses. Error: An error occurred while attempting a cluster operation. Error: Cluster API failed: “AddClusterNode() (MaxPercentage=12) failed with 0x35. Error: The network path was not found”.

Additionally was getting this message in the DAG Task logs

WriteError! Exception = Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Tasks.FailedToStartNodeException: Start-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup failed to start server

Solution :

Followed the below blog steps and it worked :

The Remote Registry Service should have the Startup type set to Automatic and be started.
An SP, Windows update or RU installation will put the service in a disabled state and it might be in that state after the update. In my case the main site servers OS were patched last week and post the patches these services might have gone to disabled state. While stopping  and evicting these nodes on activating the DR site there were no issues this was strange and went smooth without any issues.

The real issue happened  only when we tried to activate the main site on re adding these servers back to the DAG group.


Some Exchange EMS/Power Shell functions, such as managing diagnostics logging requires the remote registry service to be enabled. So the Exchange required this service on the  remote servers to add them on the node. If this service is not started then the servers will not join in the DAG.

Thanks & Regards
Sathish Veerapandian

Integrate Exchange 2016 in Cisco Unity Connection Manager for Voice Mail feature

The Cisco unified messaging feature provides voice mail feature for Cisco Unity Connection client users. When this single inbox feature is enabled on Unity Connection, to the user mailbox in Unity Connection and then the mails are replicated to the user mailbox on Exchange the mails are replicated to the user mailbox on Exchange.

With Cisco Unified Messaging service users can access their Voice Mail in 2 ways :

Access their Voicemail from the Exchange inbox and listen them via computer speaker.
Directly from the phone interface.

Though there are multiple other options like text to speech, integrating with calendar options  that can be done, but this topic focuses only on the voice mail part considering the article will become too lengthy if other components are explained.

Cisco Unified Messaging service supports the Following Exchange servers:

  1. Exchange on premise versions Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013 & Exchange 2016.
  2. Office 365.

Single Inbox :
Single inbox is the Feature Name in Cisco Unity Connection Manager
This supports the Synchronization of voice messages between the CUCM and Exchange/Office 365.Before we configure on Exchange the Single inbox feature in unity connection needs to be configured.

How it establishes connection with Exchange :

Unified Messaging Service is the component in CUCM which defines the connection and establishes the communication between exchange and CUCM for enabling this feature and delivering the voice mail to end user mailboxes.

Below is the High Level Architecture of how it works:


Components involved in them are :

Unity Connection Publisher.
Unity Connection Subscriber.
Microsoft Exchange.
Active Directory.
DNS records.
SSL Certificate for EWS/AutoDiscover.

Prerequisites  from the Exchange Side :

The Unified Messaging service can connect to Exchange server in 2 ways:

1) We can select a specific Exchange server to communicate.

If we select a specific Exchange server, Unity Connection sometimes detects when we move mailboxes from one Exchange server to another, and automatically access the Exchange mailbox in new database and server. In scenarios ,When Unity Connection cannot detect the new mailbox, then we must manually update unified messaging services or unified messaging accounts. So its better not to go with this option.
2) We can make unity connection to search for Exchange Servers.

If we allow Unity Connection to search for Exchange servers automatically , then we  need to give permissions from the Exchange servers through RBAC for the unity service account.

  1. One Unified Messaging  Active Directory account needs to be created. This AD account  will be configured on the Cisco Unified Messaging service to perform this operation.
  2. A dedicated RBAC role ApplicationImpersonation role needs to be created and assigned only to this account.
  3.  Cisco Unified Messaging service uses Autodiscover and EWS protocol for this service to work. So all the end user clients needs to have access to this protocol
  4. Exchange server SSL certificate for EWS and Autodiscover needs to be installed on  Cisco Unified Messaging service if require SSL is enabled for these 2 protocols on exchange server.

Network Requirements:
1)The Outlook clients & Cisco Jabber Clients should have perfect connection to EWS and Autodiscover which will be present by default.
2)The EWS connection between Unity connection and Exchange should be present.
3)The Autodiscover connection between Unity connection and Exchange should be present.
The default Unity Connection configuration settings is sufficient for a maximum of 2000 users and 80 milliseconds of round-trip latency between Unity Connection and Exchange servers.For more than 2000 users and/or more than 80 milliseconds of latency, we can change the default configuration as per cisco guide.

4)Unity Connection should be  configured to use DNS,  its recommend to configure Unity Connection to use the same DNS environment in which the Active Directory/exchange environment is publishing its records. If Split DNS configuration is used then all the required entries for Unity Connection needs to be configured on both the places.

Configuring Unified Messaging Services Account:

  1. This account will be used for unified messaging services to make it look generic.
  2. Do not create a mailbox for this domain user account. There are known histories where the unified messaging services not functioning properly with the mailbox.
  3. Do not add this account to any administrator group.
  4. This account must be enabled , with complex password and password never expire.

Create RBAC role for the dedicated mailbox account:

Run the below command in Exchange management shell for the created service account to get permission on exchange for searching the mailboxes.
New-ManagementRoleAssignment -Name rolename -Role:ApplicationImpersonation -User useraccount

Confirm Exchange 2016 Authentication and SSL Settings :

This part is very much required because Unity manager looks for EWS and Autodiscover for the service to work.

Authentication can be checked by logging into IIS manager in Exchange 2016 – Expand Sites – click Autodiscover and see the authentication and SSL settings


Check the same for EWS also.

Note: Unity Manager supports NTLM or Basic Authentication.
Depending upon the authentication setting we have on Exchange Autodiscover and EWS the same authentication must be used on the Unity manager.

If require SSL is enabled on both the protocols EWS and Autodiscover , then we need download SSL certificates from the Exchange server and install them on the Unity Connection server.

Below tasks needs to be completed in CUCM:

1) Create a new Unified Messaging Services in Unity Connection from Cisco Unity Connection Administration.
2) Upload the Exchange certificates to the Unity Connection server.
3) Enabled Unified Messaging for users in Cisco Unity Connection through Cisco Unity Connection Administration.
4) Users with Unity Connection mailboxes needs to have licenses assigned for this component through Cico Prime License Manager.

Rest detailed procedures on the above steps can be seen from the Cisco Articles for CUCM.

Thanks & Regards
Sathish Veerapandian

POP3 Error Msg=UserConnectionLimitReached

Recently in one of the Exchange 2013 environment POP3 clients started getting the problems in downloading the emails from the server.

The strange issue was users were unable to download the emails intermittently and it was not permanent for POP3 accounts.
When this issue occurs the POP3 accounts will stall for a while and later after some time it would start collecting the emails from the server without any issues.

This really looked strange and inorder to troubleshoot further enabled the POP3  protocol logging by the below command

Set-POPSettings -Server “CAS01” -ProtocolLogEnabled $true

After a while looked into the POP3 logging and strange to see the below message


This issue is happening, because the POP3 connections are sending more requests to the server.

This  is the main reason for the application to intermittently drop the connection.

When the connection limit  per user exceeds the default allowed limit, the connection will be forcibly closed by the mail server. And then this connection reset will happen after 4 minutes after which the client can reestablish the connection , download the emails until it reaches the threshold limit of per user.

The default value for the single user is 16

Can be seen from EAC – Servers – Edit – POP3 

Also can be seen by  running Get-POPSettings | fl


So the POP3 Throttling policy allow the counter reset after 24000 milliseconds . So when the user connection limit exceeds the default value he wouldn’t be able to connect till the next counter reset happens.


So the POP Connection limit can be increased by running the below command

Set-POPSettings -MaxConnectionsPerUser  “connectionvalue”

Its important to note that both the POP services POP& backend needs to be restarted after this change to take effect,so we can go ahead and run the below command for the restart of the services.

Get-Service *POP* | Restart-Service

Additional Info:

The POP3 throttling policy value can be seen by running the below command:

Get-ThrottlingPolicy -Identity Default* | fl POP*

POPMaxConCurrency – The PopMaxConcurrency parameter specifies how many concurrent connections a POP user can have against an Exchange server at one time. A connection is held from the moment a request is received until a response is sent in its entirety to the requestor.
POpMaxBurst-  The PopMaxBurst parameter specifies the amount of time that a user can consume an elevated amount of resources before being throttled.
POPRechargeRate – The PopRechargeRate parameter specifies the rate at which the user budget is charged back
POPCutoffBalance – The PopCutoffBalance parameter specifies the resource consumption limits for a user before that user is completely blocked from performing operations on a specific component.

There were Get-WorkloadPolicy IMAP,POP commandlets present before Exchange 2013 CU6 , but later now these commandlets have been removed post CU6 and replaced with Set-SettingsOverride but strictly this Set-SettingsOverride command should be used only under the supervision of Microsoft Support professional.

These values also can be modified based on the requirement , just in case if we have any applications which requires these values to be modified as per the requirement.

Thanks & Regards
Sathish Veerapandian

Exchange log the real client IPs in the IIS hit logs for SNAT load Balancing

In most of the cases we would like to know the Email client authentication attempts from external sources along with their source IPs.

It can be in below scenarios:

1) Frequent account lockouts happening for an email user where we would like to know the source host causing the account lockout.
2) Security team would like to collect the logs with the real ip for any future investigation for a compromised account.

In most of the cases exchange services are published through load balancer and servers are behind the load balancers. When Exchange is load balanced at layer 7, it will become non-transparent. Due to this the the actual client source IP address is replaced by the load balancer’s own IP address, and therefore ONLY this address will be recorded in the IIS logs.
As a result of this the Microsoft IIS client logs in the Exchange  for each client connections will have the assigned load balanced IP recorded rather than the actual source IP.

For example if the exchange services are published via SNAT  through a load balancer like KEMP, F5 etc.., the IIS logs  cannot get the real source ip. Because in a SNAT, the destination IP address is maintained but the  actual source IP address is changed.

Example of SNAT :


When a packet passes through a NAT device Either source or destination IP address is changed/modified according to the type of NAT it is using. However the information about these changes made to packets are maintained in NAT device’s connection table

There is an option in the most of load balancers like KEMP , F5 to create an X-Forwarded header and enable them.

Once done The X-Forwarded-For header option when enabled will capture the source address of the client and append it in the header.

After this we need to add an extra value in the advanced logging module on all exchange servers to enable to log this real IP on the IIS logs.

Enable Advanced Logging on all Exchange 2016 Servers perform the below:

The first task is to deploy the Custom Logging role service. If we do not deploy this role service, we may receive an error  “Feature not supported” error when trying to edit the custom log definition.

To enable the Custom Logging role service in Windows server   2012  R2 & 2016 :
1. Open Server Manager.
2. Click Add Roles and Features.
3. In the Add Roles and Features wizard navigate to Custom Logging Role which  is under the Web Server > Web Server > Health and Diagnostics category.
4. On the Confirmation page, click Install.

Now Open IIS Manager- Select Logging



Select Fields



Create a new custom field-

Field Name – we can give any name so that it will reflect on the logs as new column

Source Type – Request Header


Perform an IIS reset after this.Now we will start seeing the IP address of the client PC’s in our IIS logs rather than the IP of the load balancer.


Compliance Search in Exchange 2016

Till Exchange 2013 we were using the Search-Mailbox to delete any suspicious spam emails circulated in the organization.

From Exchange 2016 there is a new component New-ComplianceSearch introducted for performing this action.
In exchange 2016, New-ComplianceSearch cmdlet was introduced to search and delete messages. There are no limits for the number of mailboxes in a single search when using New-ComplianceSearch. If you use Search-Mailbox, you can only search a maximum of 10,000 mailboxes in a single search.

Still the Search-Mailbox is applicable and working for Exchange 2016 servers as well.

Example to create compliance search:
New-ComplianceSearch -Name “New Phishing Message” -ExchangeLocation “All”


Allowed parameters are few of them but we require these two at-least for better search:

ContentMatchQuery – The ContentMatchQuery parameter specifies a content search filter and uses the KQL – keyword query language syntax

Example :

New-ComplianceSearch -Name “Remove Phishing Message” -ExchangeLocation “All” -ContentMatchQuery “‘virus’ AND ‘your account closure'”

ExchangeLocation – This parameter specifies the location to look for the search

Accepted values are:
Specific Mailbox can be mentioned.
A distribution group can be mentioned.
All – When we specify all it looks for All mailboxes.

Force – After specifying this parameter only the command executed . Not sure why this was the case.

Also there is an  option  to modify the created one by using Set-ComplianceSearch cmdlet

When a new compliance search is created a shadow in-place ediscovery search will be created in In-Place eDiscovery & Hold page in the EAC like below.

But the status will not be started and we can see this by running Get-MailboxSearch as well.

Microsoft recommends to delete this autocreated shadow In-Place eDiscovery search.
Instead run the Microsoft provided script in New-ComplianceSearch page that will convert an existing compliance search to an In-Place eDiscovery search

So when we run Get-ComplianceSearch we need to see the Compliances that we created

But When we run  Get-MailboxSearch We should not see any shadow in-placediscovery which was created f0r them.

In short below will be the procedure:

  1. Create a new compliance search.
  2. Remove the shadow in-placediscovery created for the new compliance search.
  3. Run the script provided in step 3 in this technet article – Compliance Search
  4. Start the In-Place eDiscovery search – Start-MailboxSearch
  5. Create an In-Place Hold
  6. Copy the search results
  7. Export the search results
  8. Use New-ComplianceSearchAction -SearchName “Remove Phishing Message” -Purge -PurgeType SoftDelete and delete the message


When we run the compliance search ps1 script provided by microsoft we should enter the value of the new compliance we created as below


While creating the inplace hold better to enter the values of all the available fields


Once the search completed there is an option to preview the search results through delegated admin account.


After that the data can be exported as PST.


Post that the New-ComplianceSearchAction command should be used to remove the emails.


  1. New-ComplianceSearch limits to deleting 10 emails per mailbox at once on a single command, though there is no limits on number of mailboxes to search.
  2. Search-Mailbox limits to deleting 10000 emails per mailbox on at once on a single command.
  3. New-MailboxSearch will be depreciated soon on future updates most likely , since this command will no longer be available on Office 365 from July 2017 as per technet source.

Thanks & Regards
Sathish Veerapandian
MVP -Office Servers & Services

Expanding the Disks on Exchange Databases

This article outlines few tips of extending the storage of exchange servers where it hosts the database and log files.

For physical Server:

Add new disks in the RAID hard-drive bay and use array management utility to install the new disks to  the existing Raid.

Then expand Raid size (using Raid utility) for these disk which needs to be expanded. After this in the Raid config utility we see the extra space.Most of the SAN systems has the option to dynamically extend the disk space allocated for the servers.

So we can check the below thing using the storage management utility that we have based on the type of RAID and storage we have (eg. netapp)

• Checking initial status of the existing drives to make sure they are healthy.
• Inserting new Hard Drives in the available slots in the hard drive bay.
• Check the Status of the new drives in the storage array management utility.
• Initialize the new disks and make it available.
Then use Disk-part and extend the disk in the windows on the Exchange hosts.

Example for extending the presented disk :
Open command prompt, type: Diskpart.exe
In DISKPART prompt, type: Select Volume 1 (Selects the volume.)
In DISKPART prompt, type: Extend Size=50000 (If you do not set a size, in example like 50GB set it will use  all of the presented size).
In DISKPART prompt, type: Exit.

Using Disk Part does not affect the system accessing the data and can be done anytime.

For VMWare:

Expand the volume size of Exchange database partition from the vSphere client.
After this the additional space will be reflected immediately on the Exchange servers on diskmgmt.msc.

Expansion of the Exchange database or log drives  in VMWare is seamless however to be safe its always recommended to have a good backup in place before making this change.

Extend the database partition on the VMWare.
Extend the Presented disk in disk management.
If the disks are assigned for VM make sure they are thick provisioned.

Most of the hosted LUNs (eg like from netapp and others) can be grown and shrunk without a single problem on the application side and other vendors are the same.

Using Disk Part does not affect the system accessing the data and can be done anytime.

For hyper v :

Switch-over all databases to one server.
Shutdown the server.
In Hyper-V, increase the disk size of all database disks.
Start the server.
After this we need to Expand the Disk in the disk manager before you move the databases back.
Move the databases back to the activate on preferred node.
Repeat for the remaining servers.

Additional tips:

1) If the primary Mailbox database is increasing its better to have a de-duplication archival solution in place which will manage the storage increase efficiently.
2)Make sure all the new presented exchange drives are MBR formatted.
3)If we are extending the disks for DAG then we need to extend the disks for all DAG members hosting the copies.
4)In larger deployments where we host multiple copies in DAG its always better to have the database disks aligned in the Mount Points only.
5)Dynamic expansion of the VHDx files are supported. Older method of Dynamically expanding VHD’s not supported.
6)Always use the file system as REFS for Exchange 2016 only for Exchange DB’s & logs. Use NTFS for Exchange binaries.
7)Microsoft recommends to use the partition structure as GPT since GPT Is a newer standard  supporting up to 128 partitions in windows and is gradually replacing MBR. MBR type partitions are still supported. MBR only works with disks up to 2 TB in size
8)Better to have a healthy backup before starting these procedures.
9)For VMWare partition expansion ensure that these VM’s are not in snapshots before extending the VMDK files.
10)Better to perform this operation on a low I\O operations period on the array.
For DAG members better to expand the disks one by one on their copies see the results and then proceed.

Thanks & Regards
Sathish Veerapandian
MVP – Office Servers & Services

OWA Error – There are too many active sessions connected to this mailbox

Recently one of the shared mailbox which resides on Exchange 2016 while trying to access from web mail the users were getting the below error.

This was a shared mailbox accessed by multiple team members.


This issue happened for only one mailbox and it was fine for rest of the users.

Looked into the IIS logs for the affected mailbox and there were multiple connections coming from different sources.

IIS logs location can be found on below location

Further looked  into the Event Viewer and found the event id 9646 with the below message for source MSExchangeIS
Client Type OWA Exceeded the maximum objects of 16 per session
So looked into the default connection OWA limit of the mailbox to see default values

The Default value can be seen by running the below command


See the values of RcaMaxConcurrency and OwaMaxConcurrency for Global Throttling Policy and the Default Throttling Policy

What is RcaMaxConcurrency ?

The RcaMaxConcurrency is a parameter which controls how many Simultaneous parallel connections an RPC Client Access user can establish against an Exchange server at same time.

These connections are considered when the server receives the request from the user until the connection is closed(Eg: The connection is considered as terminated only when the User closes the browser,goes offline,sign outs)
If users attempt to make more concurrent requests than their policy allows, the new connection attempt fails. However, the existing connections remain valid.

A valid value is an integer from 0 to unlimited. The default value is 40.

What is OwaMaxConcurrency ?

The OwaMaxConcurrency is a  parameter specifies how many concurrent connections an Outlook on the web user can have against an Exchange server at one time. A connection is held from the moment a request is received until a response is sent in its entirety to the requester. If users attempt to make more concurrent requests than their policy allows, the new connection attempt fails. However, the existing connections remain valid.

The OwaMaxConcurrency parameter has a valid range from 0 through unlimited . The default value is 20. To indicate that the number of concurrent connections should be unthrottled (no limit), this value should be set to $null.

Create a new policy with some more values for RcaMaxConcurrency and OwaMaxConcurrency and then assign some or all users to that rather than changing the default policy

Create a new Throttling Policy
New-ThrottlingPolicy -Name HighUsage -OwaMaxConcurrency 50 -RcaMaxConcurrency 100

Apply this policy only to the affected users
Set-Mailbox -Identity tonysmith -ThrottlingPolicy HighUsage

There is one more method which will override the default throttling policy which can be applied on the registry but this will be applicable for all mailboxes :

Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
Type Maximum Allowed Service Sessions Per User, and then press ENTER.
On the Edit menu, click Modify.
Type the decimal value that specifies the number of sessions that you want to use, and then click OK.
Exit Registry Editor.

Since this will be applicable for all mailboxes better to avoid this registry entry.

For the above behavior as a first step its always better to reach the affected end user , verify from how many devices and PC he has connected, Try to disable and re-enable the owa feature for a while and see the results. If still we keep getting the event id 9646 for the affected user then we can create a throttling policy and assign the user to the policy.

Thanks & Regards
Sathish Veerapandian
MVP – Office Servers & Services 

Frequent Popups in Outlook -The Microsoft Exchange Administrator has made a change that requires you quit and restart Outlook

This error message can  frequently appear for users after the mailbox migration from Exchange 2010 to 2013 or 2016 .

The actual cache is that this error will be coming up only for few users and it appears to be perfectly fine for rest of the users.The thing is that the Outlook will appear to be working fine , users will be able to send/receive emails except for this annoying message keeps prompting the users very often.

On Further Analysis identified that this occurs only for users who have  multiple delegated accounts mapped  under Outlook.The User mailbox resides  on different database and the mapped Delegated accounts resides on different databases.

The delegated account is not fully established the connection to the new Mailbox Databases after the migration due to some reason and the users delegated mailbox table did not receive the delegate permissions accounts information. We can further look  a deep analysis on the mailbox tables on the affected user by using MFCMAPI  and looking into ACL tables but then that will consume a lot of time.

Mostly the below two solutions will  fix this issue:

1)Recreate the Outlook profile which will reestablish the connectivity to the new databases for the delegated accounts and update the mailbox table for this user.
2)Moving the mailbox to a different database which will reset the mailbox table receive folder values , update the ACL tables for delegate accounts and solve the issue.

But still not sure what is causing this issue
Also there is one more possibility which might cause this issue
The msExchHomePublicMDB attribute on Exchange 2016 databases should not have the legacy public folder object(Exchange 2010).

If we find this value in Exchange 2016 databases we can go ahead and remove them ,Since there are no more OAB end points  that depends on PF’s and no more Outlook clients that require PF’s in Exchange 2013,2016 Environment.

Inorder to remove them perform the below:

Open ADSIEDIT.MSC – Configuration Container – Navigate to Configuration Container – Expand Services – Microsoft Exchange – Domain – Administrative Group – Exchange Admininstrative Group – Databases – Right click on the databases seen on the righ pane and choose properties – Look for msExchHomePublicMDB and if it has any values clear them. Make sure to clear this values for all the other databases we have.


Very IMP note:

This above troubleshooting is applicable only for users migrated from Exchange 2007/2010 to 2013/2016 and not for the below  scenarios in any cases.

1) Issue occurs after the mailbox was moved to a new Exchange site or forest with same Exchange versions Exchange 2010.
3) Issue occurs after Changes were made to the public folder databases in Exchange 2010.
4) Issue occurs after Changes were made to the Exchange server endpoint.
5) Lync wasn’t restarted after the mailbox was moved or after the Exchange server endpoint was changed.
6) You’re running an older version of the Outlook client.
7) The service re-balances mailboxes on databases at various sites.

Thanks & Regards
Sathish Veerapandian
MVP  – Office Servers & Services

Customize Meeting responses to HTML tag in Exchange 2016

By default when a meeting room response is received the end user receives a plain message that says your request was accepted.

This response  is ok for the internal users since they are aware of where the meeting room is located.
But when a external person or vendor is invited for the meeting it makes really difficult for that person to find the office and meeting room location.

This blog focuses on adding the meeting room location for the meeting room response in html,so that the external users can find the location of the office and the meeting room easily.

If we require to add only the additional response with basic plain text we can use the below command and add the required text message.

Set-CalendarProcessing -Identity “phoenix” -AddAdditionalResponse:$true  -AdditionalResponse:”Welcome to Phoenix Meeting Room”

But the above command will not help us in adding any html tags and company logos for the meeting response.

In order to add the custom HTML tag we can perform the below steps:

Adding html tags in meeting response is possible by accessing that resource mailbox via ECP through delegated admin account for that resource mailbox.

After opening the resource mailbox via ECP navigate to settings


After that enable the tick add additional text and add the required html tag.

Adding the direct link here will not run the HTML and show the actual links in the meeting response.The big change here from Exchange 2010 version is that we need to add the actual html code as shown in the below example.


Just playing around with the simple html and adding the required values will suffice this requirement.

Also we can refer a background image company logo uploaded in the sharepoint sites to these meeting responses which will give a better look.

In below case have added only the office location so that the users can drive in easily and reach for the meeting and the company logo  fetched from SharePoint sites for better look with the below HTML tag.

<DIV><FONT size=2 face =Tahoma>For the office location, <A href="https://enter yourgooglemapslocationhere">Click here</A>
Jumeriah lake Towers
Opposite to Downtown
<div ><img src=""></img></a></div>

After adding the above html  users get the meeting room location and the company logo at the bottom in their meeting response like below example.


Make sure to use the supported  image formatting as per the below tech net source

Hope this helps

Thanks & Regards
Sathish Veerapandian
MVP – Office Server and Services

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