Lesser known Powershell keyboard shortcuts

Here you go.

Page Up – Jumps to the first command in the command history buffer.

Page Down – Jumps to the last command in the history buffer.

Ctrl + Left Arrow – Goes to the left one word at a time.

Ctrl + Right Arrow – Goes to the right one word at a time.

F7 – Shows command history buffer. You can use the up and down arrow keys to navigate the buffer and press Enter to select the command. You can also press F9 and select a command by its number.

Ctrl + Home – Deletes all the characters at the current position up to the beginning of the line. Characters to the right of the current position, if any, remain intact.

Ctrl + End – Deletes everything from the current position up to the end of the line.

Alt +F7 – Clears the command history and start you off with a new list.

Character + (F8) – Shows all the commands you’ve entered that begin with the ‘Character’, one by one. For example, G +F8 will show you commands you’ve entered that begin with a ‘G’.


– Thanks, Jinesh.



Configure Automatic Replies for a user (OOF) from Exchange 2010 Server.

Yes, you can now configure Out Of Office replies for a user directly from the server – without having to grant yourself permission and access user’s mailbox. You can configure auto-reply options either using the Exchange Control Panel or using the Shell.

You can also manage Inbox Rules for your users using *-InboxRule cmdlets:

– Get-InboxRule
– Set-InboxRule
– New-InboxRule
– Remove-InboxRule
– Enable-InboxRule
– Disable-InboxRule

Read the post on Exchange Team Blog.

-Thanks, Jinesh.

Good read: Moving a database between DAGs

Tony Redmond, in his post, discusses the available options for moving a database between DAGs. “Though the unbreakable connection that exists in all previous versions of Exchange to tie a database to a specific server no longer exists”, he says, “the notion of a totally portable database is not yet implemented.”

He gives a couple of options to accomplish the task of moving the database. One is to use the move mailbox function to move all the mailboxes from the database to a database or databases in the second DAG. However, this is not easy for large number of mailboxes or for moving multiple databases between DAGs. The second idea, proposed by Tim McMichael of Microsoft, is that it would be possible to use a “swing server” to transport the database from one DAG to another.

Steps involved would be:

  • Commission a specific mailbox server and introduce it into the first DAG.
  • Transfer a copy of the mailbox database to be transferred to that server and make it active.
  • Remove all other copies of the mailbox database so that the only copy is now present on the swing server.
  • Remove the swing server from the first DAG and add it to the second DAG before completing the process by creating whatever number of additional copies of the database are necessary in the second DAG.
  • Finally, you remove the copy of the database from the swing server and remove it from the second DAG.

Obviously, there are some downsides to the swing server technique. First, it requires additional hardware. Second, there will be a time when the mailbox database (or databases) lose redundancy as you have to reduce them to just one copy before it’s possible to move between DAGs. The redundancy can be reintroduced as soon as the databases join the second DAG but even so, it will take time for the copies to be seeded. Last, this is a moderately complex multi-step technique.

Which method to use will be your call depending on the situation.

Read the full post

-Thanks, Jinesh.


Upcoming PST Capture tool that can search, import and destroy PST files

Microsoft has announced a new tool, PST Capture, which will be downloadable and free, and will enable you to discover .pst files on your network and then import them into both Exchange Online (in Office 365) and Exchange Server 2010 on-premises (in your Company servers). Interesting part is that the tool can, optionally, destroy the discovered PST files.

Bharat Suneja has a post about the tool, where he also discusses how importing and exporting .PST files evolved over the years.

– Thanks, Jinesh.

The History of Email [INFOGRAPHIC]

While Evolution Of Email [Infographic] had a lot of interesting stuff like it all started as early as 1965 to Microsoft Outlook for DOS, The History of Email brings more things like Queen Elizabeth II became the first head of state to send an email and Homer Simpson’s email address.

Click image to see larger version.


-Thank, Jinesh.

Ten Email criteria every company should consider

Taken from How to Choose the Right Email Solution for your Business.

-Thanks, Jinesh.

Evolution Of Email [Infographic]

Below is a cool infographic, by Microsoft, which shows the Evolution Of Email.

– Thanks, Jinesh.