Sunday, February 26, 2017

Installing Exchange 2016 CU4: Service 'WMSVC' Failed to Reach Status 'Running' On This Server

Upgrading our Microsoft Exchange 2016 servers to CU4 failed with this error:

Service 'WMSVC' failed to reach status 'Running' on this Server"

In our case, we had a valid SSL certificate.  Why did it mysteriously disappear from IIS' Management Service??? I reapplied the certificate, restarted IIS, and resumed the Exchange CU4 in-place upgrade.

Here is the error screen, btw:


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Outlook won't remove Exchange Mailboxes: "This group of folders is associated with an email account. To remove the account...."

What a way to start the morning: Outlook added 25 account folders to my list of folders. (perhaps that's why it took four minutes to open.) Selecting a folder, then Right-click to close "Ted Kelly" brought up a message: "This group of folders is associated with an email account. To remove the account, click the File Tab, and on the Info tab click Account settings. Select the email account, and then click remove." (See image, below)  Problem solved!?!

It does not work -- there are no accounts with that name to remove.  A Microsoft Answer was not helpful.  What changed?

Well, this weekend we tested the latest build of our Exchange-to-Exchange migration tool.  I granted "Full Access" to several accounts to see how they migrated.  Hmmmmm.  I wonder if it's a feature from Exchange 2010 SP1:.... auto mapping of shared mailboxes to user’s Outlook 2010 profiles will remove a support headache.  Ok.  They swapped one headache and replaced with a migraine.

How do you un-automap the mailboxes?

Two ways:  
1. Use Exchange Management Shell Powershell to turn automapping false:

Add-MailboxPermission -Identity  -User  -AccessRights FullAccess -InheritanceType All -Automapping $false

2. Use ADSIedit to edit the MsExchDelegateListLinked attribute for that User Object, and remove .

Failed to remove additional account folders

Thursday, February 02, 2017

To our domestic and international readers

We're NOT with this guy.

We just live in the same place he's trying to control.

If you've been following current events you get the impression that the political system in the US is really fucked up right now.

That is a correct assessment.

Please know that NONE of us in Sumatra Development are supporting Trump or his racist, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist agenda (how many prejudices does this guy and his deplorable supporters HAVE? Short answer: all of them).

And we're giving time off for anyone with no active projects to protest or take action as they see fit.

American liberty is too precious to lose now.