Dec 082013
 

After patching a box or installing new software in an environment it is important to ensure your environment returns to a stable state. Most of the time, this sheet or something similar should be used when testing changes or updates. To ensure an change or update doesn’t affect your production environment it is always recommended to use a development lab environment before rolling any changes into production. Please feel free to add additional information to this spreadsheet.

Test Scenario Pass/Fail Results / comments

MS OUTLOOK

   
Access various MS Outlook folders in the mailbox (Outlook Views – MAPI Access)    
Access Global Address Book (LDAP access to GC)    
Send email between users internal, external, users on other mailbox servers in other AD sites    
Read Email    
Open Attachment    
Reply to message    
Access and create new entry in Public folders (Permissions & MAPI to PF Store)    
Schedule meeting and view free busy for the attendees    
Turn on/Access Out Of Office and reply respond.    
Access and verify Rules    

BLACKBERRY Handheld

   
Send E-Mail    
Receive E-Mail    
Reply to E-Mail    
Lookup Mail Address (GAL Testing)    
Forward E-Mail    
Lookup Distribution Group and send e-mail    
Send E-Mail with attachment    
Send a meeting request    
Test Scenario Pass/Fail Results / comments

OWA

   
Access Outlook Folders    
Access Public Folders    
Access Global Address List    
Read E-mail    
Send Attachments    
Open Attachments    
Reply to message    
Access and create new entry in Public folders (Permissions & MAPI to PF Store)    
Schedule meeting and view free busy for the attendees    
Turn on/Access Out Of Office and reply respond.    

Exchange

   
Verify Exchange Services    
Verify Queues    
Verify Mail Store Dismount and Mount    
Verify running state protocols    
Verify System Polices    
Verify Routing Group/Connector    
Verify Public Folders    
Verify MAPI Version (Indicate changes version number)    
Review application logs for errors    
Load performance counters and get a baseline    
Run ExBPA resolve an issues    
Run ExTRA resolve an issue    
Run Powershell commands to test server health    

Forefront Mail

   
Verify services are running and engines are updating    
Verify message are being scanned    
Verify error free Event log    
Verify access to Console    
Verify Admin notification    

 

 

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Dec 042013
 

 

This is post 3 in a series of 3 Exchange mini health assessment posts. The CAS role mini heath check post can be found here. The HUB mini health assessment post can be found here.

The third PS1 script is a limited health assessment for the Mailbox role. The script runs through 4 functional areas:  core Exchange service status, Test mail flow, MAPI connectivity, and ExBPA (errors are exported to the report and warnings are displayed on screen). Once the data is collected, the results are exported to a simple HTML report.

mailbox_health_script

Find the script and code here.

Happy Exchanging!!!

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