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Exchange 2010 Management Console Initialization Failed: The WS-Management service cannot process the request

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 6

I recently ran across a small problem while trying to open the Exchange 2010 Management Console. I received an initialization failure error message.


The full error message is below:
“The attempt to connect to http://server/Powershell user ‘Kerberos’ authentication failed: Connecting to remote server failed with the following error message: The WS-Management service cannot process the request. The system load quota of 1000 requests per 2 seconds has been exceeded. Send future requests at a slower rate or raise the quota for this user. The next request from this user will not be approved for at least xx milliseconds.”

Exchange Management Console - The ws-management service cannot process the request

To resolve the problem, I opened a command prompt and ran iisreset.

Command Promotp - iisreset

Below are a couple of good links on Technet regarding EMC issues.



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4. Exchange PowerShell: How to check the number of items in the Inbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items and Junk Email

5. Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update installation tips and best practices

PowerShell: Get-ADComputer to retrieve computer last logon date (and disable them) – part 2


In this article we’ll look at using Get-ADComputer and Set-ADComputer to list computer accounts which haven’t logged in for xx days, and then automatically disable them.

In part 1 we looked at how to use Get-ADComputer to list computers by name and sort them by their last logon date with the premise that we can use the information to remove historic computer accounts from the domain.

Now we know the computer accounts we want to work with we will look at modifying the PowerShell command to automatically disable them.

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How to clean up WinSxS folder on SBS 2011 or Windows 2008 R2

Windows SBS 2011

On some early installations of SBS 2011 OEMs weren’t always very generous with the hard disk partition size for C:, and administrators quickly found themsleves juggling for diskpace. Luckily there are wizards to move various componets of SBS (Exchange, WSUS, Sharepoint and Home Folders) to different locations, namely a different partion or data drive, but even by doing that an installation that has now been running for several years may find diskspace running out.

Last month Microsoft released an optional update for Windows 2008 R2 which added the ability to cleanup the WinSxS folder by using the Disk Cleanup Wizard. The WinSxS folder can often be numerous Gigabytes in size because it contains a copy of all the Windows Updates applied to the computer, effectively a complete copy if Windows so that you are able to roll back an update if you need to.

The only caveat to this process is that on the Windows 2008 R2 server you need to install the Desktop Experience Feature to be able to run the Disk Cleanup Wizard.

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How to remote wipe a mobile phone using Outlook Web Access

Microsoft Exchange

In this post I walk through how to remote wipe your mobile phone using Microsoft Outlook Web Access. This can be useful if you have lost your phone or it had it stolen, or if you have just replaced it with a new one. Continue reading

PowerShell: Get-ADComputer to retrieve computer last logon date – part 1

PowerShellI’ve written about Get-ADUser several times already to find out Active Directory user information, but in this post we’ll be using Get-ADComputer to find out the last logon date for the computers in Active Directory.

As computers are retired or fail and are replaced how often do admins remember to remove the computer accounts from Active Directory?

You can use the command we are going to create below to enumerate the last login date for all the computer accounts in your domain, so that you can safely disable and remove them after they have been inactive for a period of time. Continue reading

Exchange 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 6 Installation Tips

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 6

Edit: Update Rollup 17 is now available for Exchange 2010 SP3 see the post Exchange 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 17 installation tips.

On February 12th Microsoft released the Exchange 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 6. See the official post here.

I’ve installed this on my test SBS 2011 server and compared to some previous update rollups it doesn’t take that long to install, 17 minutes in total, and my test SBS server isn’t very powerful.

You may also want to consider waiting a couple of days before deploying the update rollup in your production environment as the previous two update rollups had the first version pulled, before a v2 was released.

While looking for others experience of installing the update rollup I’ve come across a few suggestions that might help speed the install up and a few best practice tips. This has been updated from my previous tips on installing update rollup 4, found here.

1. Reboot the server prior to installing the update rollup. If it has been up for a while a reboot will make sure it is in a know good state.

2. Run the update from an elevated command prompt.

3. In Internet Explorer, deselect “Check for Publisher’s certificate” and “Check for server certificate revocation”, from Internet Options, Advanced tab, Security options.

4. Disable antivirus software.

5. Have a full backup and a system state backup of the server.

While the update is installed it will automatically stop Exchange and IIS service, and restart them again once complete.

Once the update has finished, remember to undo the changes made in steps 3 and 4 above.

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1. Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP3 is now available

2. Exchange 2010 SP2 update rollup 6 is now available