Exchange PowerShell: How to enumerate Distribution Lists, managers and members

Exchange PowerShell

Continuing with my series on Exchange PowerShell in this post we will look at how to enumerate distribuition lists, their managers and list their members.

From time to time I’m asked to check or update distribution lists for clients. The PowerShell Cmdlets we are going to be looking at today will allow us to generate a CSV file of distribution lists, their managers and a list of members for each list. It can be used as part of a basic audit of an Exchange System.

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Exchange PowerShell: How to check the number of items in the Inbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items and Junk Email

Exchange PowerShell

In this post we will look at how to find out how many items are in a users Inbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items and Junk Email.

Every so often I get a call from a user complaining that Outlook is slow while moving from/to/within their Inbox. More often than not it’s because their Inbox has 1000′s of items in it and the user has never done any house keeping to keep their mailbox in shape.

The PowerShell reports we are going to generate today can be used proactively to prompt users to do some house keeping on their mailbox before they experience a problem.

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Large Sophos Endpoint update to be released next week


From 15th April Sophos will be releasing a larger than usual (up to 140MB) update for their Endpoint Security and Control software.

Although this is not large in comparison to some Microsoft Updates it may still be something you want to plan for especially if you have remote users on poor links or a large number of Endpoints in your environment.

The update includes the following:

  • Improvements to Windows 8 support.
  • Improved support for the Windows 8 modern user interface.
  • Device control can block smart phones based on MTP/PTP protocols
  • Minor changes to antivirus information details.

The update will require a reboot to take effect, however your computer will remain fully protected until you restart your computer.

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How to open Internet Explorer 11 in Desktop Mode on Windows 8.1

Internet Explorer 11In Windows 8.1 there are two different ways of using Internet Explorer. One way is to open Internet Explorer from within the Desktop mode, which gives you visible tabs, the address bar, and easy access to the Internet Explorer options.

Internet Explorer 11 Desktop Mode - OxfordSBSGuy website

The other is to use Internet Explorer from the New User Interface (previously known as Metro), and is called a Chrome-less mode because it uses all of the screen and is border-less.

Internet Explorer 11 - Chrome-less mode oxfordsbsguy website

By default Internet Explorer decides which mode to open, but if you would always like it to open in desktop mode how do you configure it?

From the desktop run Internet Explorer by running it from the program location, or press Windows Key + R, and type iexplore.

Click on the Tools button in the top right hand corner (it looks like a cog) or press Alt + X, and select Internet Options and then the Programs tab.

Or from within the New User Interface go to Control Panel (just start typing it), and select Internet Options.

Go to the Program tab, and from the drop down box, select how you would like Internet Explorer to open.

Internet Explorer 11 - Options - Programs

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Exchange PowerShell: How to list all SMTP email addresses in Exchange

Exchange PowerShell

In my last Exchange PowerShell post i looked at listing users hidden from the Global Address List. In this post we’ll look at listing all email addresses in use in Microsoft Exchange. This can be useful if you are trying to add an email address and you get an error message because it is already in use somewhere.

Although email addresses are most often associated with mailboxes, they can be found in other items too. In Exchange, Contacts and Distribution lists also have email addresses (as do Public Folders which we’ll look at another time). For that reason we can’t use Get-Mailbox which we used in the last post as that will limit our search to mailboxes only, instead we’ll be using Get-Recipient.

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