Thursday, March 26, 2015

Running Exchange PowerShell session from a workstation

PowerShell, as the name suggests, is a powerful tool. In our previous posts, we have explained how to use it to modify Exchange transport agents, check email statistics on the server etc.

Normally you can simply run the Exchange console directly from the server. However, there is also a method to do it from a workstation.

This way you can avoid the whole process of running the remote desktop session and starting the console on the server. You just run the console on a workstation machine, skipping the whole RDP part.

First thing to do is to download and install Windows .Net Framework 4.5 and  Windows Management Framework.

Once it's all installed launch the PowerShell console on the workstation (make sure to start it with the "Run as Administrator" option) and enter the following:

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

The above command allows running scripts on the workstation.Agree to change this policy by entering "y" and hitting the Enter key:

Next command is:

$Login = Get-Credential

It allows to enter your Exchange administrative login credentials and save them as the $Login variable.

Next command is:

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri http://<Exchange Name>/PowerShell/ -Authentication Kerberos -Credential $Login

Make sure to replace the <Exchange Name> part of the command with the FQDN name of your Exchange server.

The last command is:

Import-PSSession $Session

which imports all necessary Exchange cmdlets.

You are now ready to use commands, such as Get-TransportAgent to administer your Exchange server remotely, directly from the PS console.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

MSH Exchange Autoresponder - Installation Quick guide

In the following article, we will explain step by step how to deploy and configure MSH Exchange Autoresponder.

Before you begin make sure that you are performing all below steps logged on directly your Exchange Server with administrative credentials.

Step 1

Download the program from the MSH Software website and save it to your desktop.

Make sure to select one that is compatible with your Exchange version as the program is available in two packages - one for Exchange 2007/2010 and the other for Exchange 2013.

Step 2

Once the file is downloaded click it with the right mouse button and select Extract all... In the new window click the Extract button.

Step 3

Navigate to the folder created by the ZIP file extraction. Locate the MSH.Exchange.Autoresponder.Admin file and double-click it.

The administration panel of the MSH Exchange Autoresponder will launch.

Step 4 

Install the transport agent required for the program operation by clicking the Configure button in the main program first. Next, in the new window click the Install button.

When the program asks to restart the transport service click the Yes button. After a couple of seconds, the list of installed agents should update and show the MSH Exchange Autoresponder agent.

Step 5

Close the Exchange Transport Agents and configure your first automatic response by clicking the Add button, which will launch the configuration wizard.

Set up the autoresponder that suits your need, e.g. as explained in our other article about confirming email receiving by your company.


Congratulations! You have successfully deployed the automatic response solution and configured your first autoreply in MSH Exchange Autoresponder

Make sure to contact our support service if you have any questions or suggestions - we are always happy to help!