Exchange 2013 SP1 Edge Role

Exchange 2013 has bought back the Edge Transport Role in Service Pack 1 by handling all internet facing mails which can provide STMP Relays and Smart host services.

Configurations for Edge role remains the same as you need to add ADLDS.




Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 Features

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP3 was release 12 feb 2013 with Co-Existing Support of Exchange 2013.In addition to it has fixed all the issues which was reported with the previous Service Pack.

Some of the features and Functions are added in the Service pack which has follow

  • Exchange 2013 Coexistence support
  • Sent Items Management feature
  • Windows Server 2012 Supports


Exchange 2013 Co-Existence

This feature introduced to migrate your Exchange Server from 2010 to 2013 in co-existence mode, But you cannot perform an Inplace upgrade you need to do transition from 2010 to 2013.



Sent Item Management Feature

The Sent Items Management feature is great feature from Exchange 2013 which can provides control over whether an item that is “sent as” you, or “on behalf of” you, is copied to your Sent Items folder and to the sender’s Sent Items folder as well.


Windows 2012 Support

Now we can deploy Exchange 2010 on windows 2012


You can find on technet

Exchange Bulk User Creation

Best tool for Creating Bulk Exchange mailboxes for Exchange 2013

You can download the Exchange 2013 Bulk User Creation Tool from the following link. You will need to have version 4.5 of the .NET framework installed as well as the Exchange 2013 management tools.


Recovering a Failed Exchange 2013 Server

Exchange Server recovery is most critical task for Exchange Admin, we need to prepare for any type of disaster recovery

Usually  when there is natural disaster or flood on your current datacenter site you may lose all the servers. So it really important thing to have recovery plan from any kind of situation to recover our servers.

In this blog I’m recovering a lost exchange server 2013 on different hardware,

Exchange 2013 server can be recover by using the Setup /m:RecoverServer switch which rebuilds the Exchange server with the same name by using object information from Active directory.

We need to check the installation path of Exchange Server if we have installed it on different location then we need to use /Targetdir switch to specify the location

Open the ADSIT EDIT tool


Navigate to the following location: CN=Ex-15,CN=Servers,CN=First Administrative Group,CN=Administrative Groups,CN=First Organization,CN=Microsoft Exchange,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=test,CN=Com



Checked the MSExchInstall Path

In my case its default location C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V15

The following task you need to perform for recovery exchange server

  • First we need to reset the computer account from AD
  • Deploy new operating system with windows updates
  • Assign same ip address
  • Join to domain with the same name as before
  • Assign same drive letters on the server
  • Install pre-requisites which is required
  • We will use Setup      /m:RecoverServer mode installation




Reseted the Computer Account

We are done with the new operating system with all the Pre-requisites installed on new server

Lets start recovery mode Setup

Setup /m:RecoverServer /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms


Reboot the server

You can login to

There you are done with your disaster recovery  🙂