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Uninstall the retired AntiSpam Agents from an Exchange Server

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Microsoft announced that they deprecated the support for the SmartScreen Antispam content filters for Exchange Servers. This script uninstall the old and retired SmartScreen Antispam Agents from the local Exchange Server.

There are known issues with the SmartScreen AntiSpam content filters if you run Exchange 2016 on Windows Server 2016. So removing them might be always a good idea if you want to have a stable Exchange.

The Script removes the following AntiSpam Agents:

  • Content Filter Agent
  • Sender Id Agent
  • Protocol Analysis Agent

Before running the script and remove the AntiSpam Agents listed above, you should consider a solid alternative solution. There are several good on Premises Solutions available, and there are even more Cloud Services, including Microsoft’s own Exchange Online Protection (EOP). This could be handy if you have Office 365, you just change/tweak the Mailflow and your Mailboxes are protected.
My favorite solution is a CentOS based Linux Box running Postfix, SpamAssassin and MIMEDefang. I use this together with some AntiVirus solutions to scan all inbound and Outbound mails. However, this is just my personal favorite because it’s very reliable and flexible, but I know that many prefer a all-in-one solution running on Windows. Again, there are a lot of great solutions out there!

Workaround for Get-Help issue with Exchange 2016 on Windows Server 2016

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I shared my experience with Exchange 2016 on Windows Server 2016 in the last few weeks.
The most annoying problem, in my opinion, is the Get-Help Issue! I must admit, that I use Get-Help a lot, mostly because the Help is great and why remember every option if you can use Get-Help?

Nevertheless, there is a workaround!

Open a PowerShell Session (On the Exchange Server, or remote) and then type this:

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add-pssnapin -name Microsoft.Exchange.Management.PowerShell.SnapIn

More experience with Exchange 2016

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A while ago, I published an article about my experience with Exchange 2016 so far. Here is a minor update. Since my post, I found another Issue: The Exchange servers seemed to hand during a restart (reboot)!
We applied some patches on Monday and my two (2) servers hang during the restart. The RDP Session was terminated, but then nothing happened. I waited nearly an hour per node, but nothing happened. Even the local console (Via Hyper-V) was unresponsive. Only a hard Power Cycle fixed my issue.

The Patch was applied successful, so I decided to restart both nodes again today, but I had the same issue again.

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