Create an Outlook Shortcut on Desktop to open Directly into a Public Folder

This code was written to replace a batch file after reading a post in a Sysadmin forum. It will create a shortcut on the users desktop where run that directs them to a Public folder on opening of the shortcut.


Exchange management console slow to open

I’ve seen a number of instances where the console takes far too long to open. This is due to the EMC checking for a certificate revocation list. This can be resolved by making two changes in the Internet Explorer security settings:

Turn off (Uncheck) “Check for publisher’s certificate revocation” & “Check for server certificate revocation” options on the server/workstations you are starting the EMC (Exchange Management Console) on

  • In Windows Internet Explorer –> Tools –> Internet Options –> Advanced tab
  • In the Security section, uncheck the below two options “Check for publisher’s certificate revocation” & “Check for server certificate revocation”

IE Security Settings

Outlook 2013 Messages still going to Junk E-mail Folder even when Junk filter is turned off

The resolution for this was to login as the user via Outlook Web Access and disable it in there. To do this, log into OWA and go to Options > Block or Allow Settings and choose to turn it off – then save the settings.

There is a powershell cmdlet to disable this for Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013 and Office 365. The Cmdlet is


You can find more info here: