Using an Azure VM as a DAG Witness Server

Microsoft
I’m happy to announce support for use of an Azure virtual machine as an Exchange 2013 Database Availability Group witness server. Automatic datacenter failover in Exchange 2013 requires three physical sites, but many of our customers with stretched DAGs only have two physical sites deployed today. By enabling the use of Azure as a third physical site, this provides many of our customers with a cost-effective method for improving the overall availability and resiliency of their Exchange deployment. You can learn more about the deployment and configuration process, as well as learn about our best practices in the TechNet Library article. It’s important to remember that deployment of production Exchange servers is still unsupported on Azure virtual machines, so it’s not yet possible to stretch a DAG into Azure. This…
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Exchange 2010 SP2 upgrade error

Microsoft
I was performing an SP2 upgrade on a clients Exchange 2010 Sp1 environment today and whilst upgrading the first "Mailbox Server Role" in the DAG the upgrade process came up with the following error:- Error:       The following error was generated when "$error.Clear();              if ($exsSid -eq $null -or $exsSid -eq "")             {             $exsSid = get-ExchangeServerGroupSID -DomainController $RoleDomainController             }            start-setupservice -ServiceName MSExchangeADTopology -ServiceParameters                  $exsSid,$RoleDomainController " was run: "Service 'MSExchangeADTopology' failed to reach status 'Running' on this server.".  Service 'MSExchangeADTopology' failed to reach status 'Running' on this server. Looking at the exchange setup logs it was discovered that the Exchange Trusted Subsystem was not a member of the Builtin Administrators group. To add use the following procedure: - Open Active Directory Users and Computers Under domain name (For example contoso.com), locate the Builtin Container, and on the right hand side select…
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