Creating an Send Connector on Exchange 2013

Want to send email from your Exchange 2013 server? Exchange 2013 is all web based so the setup is much different than previous versions of exchange such as 2010 or 2007. To create an send connector, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to https://yourserver.com/ecp
  2. Log in as administrator
  3. Go to mail flow
  4. Go to send connectors
  5. Click the plus Icon
  6. Leave the type to custom and click next
  7. Click next again and leave the settings to default
  8. For address space, click the plus icon and put * in domain and click next
  9. Add your source server and click finish

You will now be able to send email to the internet from your exchange server!

Dacentec Dedicated Server Review

I recently picked up a dedicated server from Dacentec who are owned by CentriLogic. The server was on the cheap side, only $50 a month for a Dell CS24-SC which was a steal. For that price, something wasn’t going to be right but I was wrong. The server is nice and zippy, its packed with an 8 core Intel Xeon and 16 GB’s DDR2 memory (could have gone for DDR3 but went for the cheaper option).

Currently, the server is running ESXI which hosts my test VM’s as I picked up a /29 subnet for an extra $6 a month which allow’s me to have 5 internet facing VM’s and the main IP is used as a management port on a different subnet. The server runs 5 VM’s without an issue as all the VM’s are very fast and even with the memory usage at 14 GB for the host and CPU’s running very high, the server is still very quick and responsive.

Uptime of the server has been solid along with the connection on the server. I have 10 TB’s bandwidth to use and within the past few day’s I have managed to use over 200 GB’s of it and the network when doing massive download’s didn’t have any problems. Normally when I buy servers which are in the US and me being in the UK, I normally have massive amounts of lag and I tend to try to go for UK servers but with Dacentec, I didn’t have this issue and it felt like the server was in my LAN.

I will be keeping this server until I pick up a newer one for my home as for the price, its well worth it. I have opened a few support tickets with Dacentec and they were answered in the space of me making a coffee which was very impressive.

Overall, the servers are great at Dacentec. While they might me for everyone, for a test environment and a few production servers, it gets the job done.

Any thoughts? Leave them in the comments below!

Unable to Ping Domain Name on Domain Controller – Server 2008 R2

I recently picked up a dedicated server from Dacentec and reinstalled it with one of their Server 2008 R2 templates. I made it a domain controller and away I go. However, the way the template was configured seemed to be doing something weird with the DNS where I could not ping the domain.local.

After looking up the error and doing dcdiag /fix and several reinstall’s and reboot’s and the issue seems to be down to a setting on certain network card’s where it doesn’t tick register the computer within the DNS. While a simple fix, quite a few people seemed to have had this issue with certain installs of Server 2008 R2.

Hopefully this fix’s the issue for someone else without hours of reinstalling and head scratching.

Let me know your thought’s in the comments!