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It’s sometimes interesting to know how old your AD forest is and when the various domains were created.  I recently came across a really useful TechNet Blog with a Powershell snippet to do just this.  My version shown below just has some slightly different formatting.

# How old is the forest?
Get-ADObject -SearchBase (Get-ADForest).PartitionsContainer `
-LDAPFilter "(&(objectClass=crossRef)(systemFlags=3))" `
-pr dnsRoot, nETBIOSName, whenCreated | Sort whenCreated `
| select @{e={($_.DNSRoot)};l=”DomainFQDN”}, `
nETBIOSName, @{e={(get-date $_.whencreated -format dd/MM/yyyy)};l=”whenCreated”} `
| ft -AutoSize

The output should look something like this:

check-forestage

So how old is your forest?

To be honest I’m only writing this one because I know I’ll get confused in the future and will want to refer to something authoritative. :-)

There are two configurable values when considering how to change the Exchange Server 2013 Offline Address Book (OAB) generation schedule from its default of 1 day.  These are:

  • OABGeneratorWorkCycle
  • OABGeneratorWorkCycleCheckpoint

Both are set to 1 day by default.

The values are not well documented and there are conflicting sources on the Internet that describe how they should be set to modify the generation schedule.  From testing, the key value is the OABGeneratorWorkCycleCheckpoint.  If you set this down to, e.g. 2 hours, the OAB will be generated every two hours as the screenshot below clearly shows:

OAB_WorkCycle

The command to set the value on all mailbox servers is shown below:

Get-MailboxServer | Set-MailboxServer -OABGeneratorWorkCycle 01:00:00 -OABGeneratorWorkCycleCheckpoint 02:00:00

Hopefully, this clears up the confusion for you as well as me :-)

If you have Send As permissions on another recipient object (e.g. mailbox, distribution group) you have the ability to specify that object’s primary SMTP address as your “From” address when sending from Outlook and Outlook Web App (OWA).  How you achieve this in OWA is not immediately obvious, so here are some (hopefully helpful) screenshots.  The method works for both Exchange 2013 on-premises and Office 365 OWA.

1. In the New Mail pane, click on the three dots to expose additional options.  Select “Show From”.

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2. With the From field visible, right-click the email address shown and select “Remove”.

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3. Click on the drop-down arrow in the From field.  From there select the address you which to send from/send as.

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4. The address should now appear in the From field.  When you send the email it will send from the address shown.

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That’s all there is to it.  It’s not rocket science, but then it’s not blindingly obvious either.