Exchange Server 2013 Preview – Administration – Part 5

In Part 5 of this series I am covering the Organizational Tab in the new Exchange Administration Console.

In this tab Microsoft has grouped together three global/organizational wide options which don’t relate in any way. First is the setup of sharing between different organizations, then a new feature called ‘Apps’ and finally Address Lists. Each of these play their own role in the Exchange Org.


Just like in Exchange 2010, Exchange Server 2013 Preview provides a build-in feature of enabling federation between Exchange organizations.

So how do you create a Federation Trust – click ‘enable’ on Sharing Tab, under ‘Federation Trust’:







Once completed, you can see that the Federation Trust screen has changed:



How do we enable a Federation Trust now that the feature is enabled? Notice you can remove this feature:



When you click on Edit sharing-enabled domains, you can configure the primary shared domain for the trust. Note the DNS record note.



After clicking ‘Update’ go to your Domain Controller and create the TXT record with this text.







Make sure that your domain is verifiable otherwise you will get this error:



Create a similar trust on the secondary server.

Federation trust – Links for reference:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335047(v=exchg.150).aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee332350(v=exchg.150).aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd638083(v=exchg.150).aspx

Apps


A new feature that Microsoft added was Apps. These applications are visible in the Exchange 2013 Outlook Web App. A further explanation of the apps can be found here. As of the writing of this article there were not a lot of applications, but I expect this will change with the RTM being released to the public in the next few months.




When you click on apps, you will see that there are three Apps installed – Bing Maps, Suggested Appointments and Action Items. Each of these is visible in the Exchange 2013 OWA.

** NOTE **
Before we begin, it is worth noting that the computer that you do this from needs to have the Office 2013 Preview bits installed. You will see later what happens when you do not have this installed.

So how to add an app to OWA using the EAC? First we click on the’+’ or Add button which will bring up a menu of where to get a new application from:




Click on “Add from Office.com”




Now that we are at Office.com, how do we get an app installed? First click on an application you wish to install. In my example, I will use Linked In.

Click ‘Add’ under the LinkedIn for Outlook:



This will bring up the installation page for the LinkedIn App for OWA. Click on Add here as well to install this into your Exchange 2013 environment.



With Office 2013 Preview installed:




Click yes.





Once the app is install, you will need to enable it for use in the Exchange Administration Console.





Notice that the “User Default” for the app is Disabled. To enable it, open up the Exchange Management Shell. First, we need to get information on the applications installed. Type in ‘get-app |ft displayname,identity -auto’.




To enable to application in OWA for all users, simply run this ‘set-app -identity exchdemo.local/Users/Administrator\333bf46d-7dad-4f2b-8cf4-c19ddc78b723 -DefaultStateForUser enabled -organizationapp’:




Check again with get-app:




Then check the GUI:




Where does the app show up?
Well, let’s look at what Outlook Web Access looked like prior to the addition of the LinkedIn application.




Once this is enabled, then you can see it in OWA:


If you do not have Office 2013 Preview installed, you will receive two errors. One error will be a certificate issues. The second issue will be an error telling you that the web site does not exist.




If you click to continue to the Office.com website, you will see that the site you want cannot be found. this is due to Office 2013 Preview not being installed.




Last tab is for Address Lists, these existed in 2010 and are back in 2013:




So what can you do with the Address Lists?



Not much:



Notice the circled area, management via Powershell only.

Let’s say you wanted to add a custom list for something internal to your organization, this is what you would do in the GUI:



To add additional conditions, scroll down to ‘Add a Rule’:



Use the drop down box that appears to select one:



In my test one here, I chose ‘State or Province’. This produces a pop-up box to enter criteria:



Click OK.



You can add additional rules. Once all are added, click ‘Save’.



Click OK.



The rest of the management can be done in PowerShell. To find out what commands are relevant, simply type in ‘get-command *addresslist*’ to see what pertains to these lists:



As you can see there are a few commands for which to manage these. Refer to these TechNet links in order to get more information on the commands:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj218649(EXCHG.150).aspx


This concludes Part 5 of my series on the Exchange Administration Console. Look for Part 6 coming soon.

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