Tag: Exchange

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Some weeks ago Veeam announced Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 and now you can finally download the Beta of it. To be honest with you the installation is brutally boring and simple, so I will only show you how you quickly can create a new backup job.

First create a new job

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 New Backup Job

Select a which mailboxes you want to backup

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 New Backup Job Select Mailboxes

configure schedule and retention and you are ready to go

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 New Backup Job Schedule

And guest what, with the Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange, you can also restore mails from your Office 365 mailboxes.

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange

Check out the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 here.

Server Posterpedia

Microsoft Server Posterpedia Windows 8.1 App just updated

Some days ago Microsoft released some of the new architecture poster for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. Today Microsoft released an update in the Windows App Store for their Server Posterpedia App including the new Hyper-V 2012 R2 posters and some design changes.

Server Posterpedia is an interactive app that uses technical posters as a reference for understanding Microsoft technologies. This app includes all the reference posters from different Microsoft Server Technologies such as Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Exchange or Windows Azure. The great thing about this App, you can not only checkout the different posters and zoom in, if you click on a specific topic for you get directly linked to the right TechNet article. This can help find some TechNet references really easy and fast.

You can get the Server Posterpedia App in the Windows Store. and you can get some more information about this awesome App on my blog: Microsoft Server Posterpedia Windows 8 App or on serverposterpedia.com.

Microsoft Exchange

Create a DNS Entry for Exchange Autodiscover

This is a short blog post how you can create the DNS records and entry for Microsoft Exchange Autodiscover in the Genotec Hosting Control Panel. This works also with other DNS providers as well.

  1. First login to the HCC (Hosting Control Center).
  2. Navigate to domain names and choose your domain
  3. (OPTIONAL) If you not already have, create a new A record for your mail server (for example mail.the-it-crowd.ch)
    A Record
  4. (OPTIONAL) If you do not already create an MX record for your domain, create an MX record
    MX record
  5. Create a CNAMEDNS entry for your Exchange autodiscover domain. Normally this is pointing to your mail server. You could also use the already existing mail.the-it-crowd.ch A record. But I would recommend you to create this CNAME.
  6. Create the Autodiscover SRV record
    TYP: SRV HOST: _autodiscover._tcp.the-it-crowd.ch. DATA:
    0 0 443 autodiscover.the-it-crowd.ch.

You can find more information about Microsoft Exchange on Microsoft Docs.

I hope this blog post gives you an overview of how you create a DNS entry for your Microsoft Exchange Autodiscover setup. If you have any questions, please leave a comment. If you are running Office 365 and Exchange online check the following blog post about Office 365 – Verify your domain hosted at Genotec.

Office 365 and Windows Phone Mango – an awesome team

WindowsPhone7Office365Now I am still working with Office 365. I am still try to test all the features and also the support for mobile devices like the iPhone or Windows Phone 7. As a Windows Phone 7 developer I could get the beta for the next update of Windows Phone 7 called Mango. Now Mango will support Office 365. You can simply add your Office 365 account on your phone and this will connect you to Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.

What is missing in first beta of the Windows Phone 7 Mango update is Lync, but Microsoft is working on that.

Office 365 – Can not receive mails with ownen Mail Domain


After working with some test accounts in Microsoft Office 365 I realized I could not send mails to my own domain. In the Office 365 control panel everything looked right and the domain was active. I also added the mail addresses to the user accounts.

The error I got back was:

Final-Recipient: rfc822;[email protected] Action: failed Status: 5.4.1 Diagnostic-Code: smtp;550 5.4.1 Relay Access Denied

After creating a support ticket with the Microsoft Office 365 the support called me and checked my account. Now the problem was I already added the domain to another Office 356 account. So the Forefront had the domain added as duplicated domain.

 Office 365 Forefront

 You can check the status of your domains in Forefront by clicking on the Exchange Online Administration (Manage) like on the Overview site. Now you can click


Now on your Exchange Online Management page click on Mail Control on the left site.


On the right site you can click on Configure IP safelisting, perimeter message tracing, and e-mail policies.


Now in the Domain tap you can check if you have a domain entry whichs starts with “duplicated…..”. If you have a entry like that you have to open a support ticket and the Forefront Online Team will remove the entry from your Account and you have to add the Domain again.

By the way this was the first time I used the Microsoft Support for Office 365 and it was a really good experience. Microsoft really offers a great Service here with fast and qualified support.


Powershell: How to connect to Office 365 with Powershell

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You can simply manage and administrate Office 365 from your Powershell prompt or with your own Powershell scripts.


Here is how you can connect to Office 365 with Windows PowerShell:

First create a object with your Windows Live Credentials. This command will open a Windows in which you can enter your Windows Live Credentials for your Office365 Accout. In my case [email protected] and my password.

$LiveCred = Get-Credential

You can open a new Session:

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $LiveCred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

Now join the session with:

Import-PSSession $Session

To close the Session:

Remove-PSSession $Session

Now if you join the PS session with Enter-PSSession you can now work online and run commands like Get-User. More about working with Powershell and Office 365 in the next posts.

Microsoft Office 365


In the last days I started to work with the Microsoft beta of Office 365. After testing it for a while I think this could be a great solution for small & medium businesses. And its a really hard competitor to Google Apps. There are a lot of advantage which Office 365 has agains Google Apps and I think because it is a Microsoft Solution for a lot of companys this is the better way to go, if they already used Microsoft Products or have a Microsoft enviroment.

  • More options and features instead of  Google Apps, for example in Exchange or Forfront which protects Exchange and SharePoint Online for free.
  • Microsoft Solutions – the most people and companys already use them.
  • Powershell – This is a really cool feature. You can administrate  the whole Office365 online serivce with Windows Powershell.

In the next few weeks I will post some blog post about how to use Office 365 and some Powershell How To posts.