Tony Redmond


Tony Redmond is a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and the author of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out (Microsoft Press) and Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out: Mailbox and High Availability (Microsoft Press). He blogs about Exchange and related topics at Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed and also at Follow Tony on Google+.

Delve Analytics lets Office 365 users track (and maybe change) bad email habits

At the recent Dreamforce conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella described Delve Analytics as "a new information discovery and knowledge tool to track your time, because that's the most valuable resource you have." In other words, Delve Analytics analyzes information extracted from Office 365 to help people work smarter.

Office 365 Planner and Office 365 Groups combine to deliver lightweight task management

Microsoft released Office 365 Groups as a new approach to team-based collaboration in October 2014.

Multi-Factor Authentication and Office 365 - Better protection, better security
I've avoided using multi-factor authentication (MFA) for too long. Not because I didn't want to secure my personal information but rather because MFA seemed to be too much hassle to configure and live with. Waiting for an SMS text to arrive when I need to read a new message in my mailbox or need to access an important document was boring and irritating. But because that information is important, it needs to be protected against hackers and others who enjoy cracking accounts that only rely on passwords.The good news is that the latest batch of applications and Microsoft's cloud technologies make MFA easier to configure and use, so perhaps it's time to change. I have!
A call to action: It’s time to eliminate PSTs 7
It should come as no surprise that I don't like PSTs very much. The files are outdated, insecure, and obscure information that should be kept online in many cases. However, it's enormously difficult for companies to convince users to move from a position where they control their own storage to keeping everything online where data is exposed to compliance oversight, eDiscovery, and so on. It's a real issue when confidential corporate information is stuffed away in an invisible place and, as we learned from the recent Sony hack exploit, it can be terribly embarrassing when that data leaks. Given the amount of online storage now available, I think that it's time to eradicate PSTs. Let's get this job done!
Using Office 365 Groups with Outlook 2016
Office 365 Groups are viewed in different ways. Some think of them as a replacement for traditional distribution groups. Others view them as an easy way to set up collaborative workspaces or small teams. Both are correct, but the more important way of thinking about Office 365 Groups is as a way for group members to gain access to multiple Office 365 applications using a single identity. It's an interesting vision that allows Microsoft to emphasize integration across Office 365. The major deficiency up to now has been that these groups are only available through a web browser. Mobile clients are on the way, but because Outlook is so important to many workers, the fact that Outlook 2016 supports Office 365 Groups is perhaps even more important. Here's how it works.
Exploring Office 365 Groups 7
A new collaboration method has debuted in Office 365 in an attempt to make it easier for users to share information. Office 365 Groups combine different aspects of Exchange and SharePoint to deliver a single place to store conversations, calendar, and files for a group.
People View Feature in OWA for Office 365
New People View Feature in Outlook Web App for Office 365
This new feature identifies and highlights the most important unread email in the Inbox, helping users process large mailboxes more efficiently.
To understand loose truncation, you need to understand the replication process.
Loose Truncation in Exchange Server 2013 SP1
By enabling loose truncation, you can ensure that the disks holding the transaction logs waiting to be replayed into database copies won't run out of space.
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Exchange's Evolving Mobile Email Device Strategy 3
Learn about Microsoft's strategy for developing email clients for mobile devices.
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Exchange Server 2013 Data Loss Prevention
Exchange Server 2013's Data Loss Prevention (DLP) technology will be valuable to companies that have invested heavily in Microsoft technology and have deployed or plan to deploy Exchange 2013.
Exchange Server 2013 Transitions from RPC to HTTP
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013's transition to MAPI over HTTP has started. Find out what MAPI over HTTP is, and why it's needed.
Mailbox Auditing in Exchange Server 2010 (and 2013) 2
In Exchange Server 2010 SP1 and later, you can audit individual mailboxes. Here are the PowerShell commands you'll need to know.
Office 365: Prepare Yourself to be Upgraded 2
We live in interesting times, or so we’re told. This is true right now for Office 365, which is about to go through the biggest software upheaval that has occurred in its short life to date when the Office 15 versions
Office 365: Time to Make the Switch? 3
Considering the move to Office 365? Take a look at the top 10 pros -- and cons -- before you decide.
Comparing Office 365 releases to the measured pace of on-premises software
March 29, 2016

I guess the response might be something like "we are upgrading stuff in the back end so we have to keep the clients upgraded too, hence the changes to the streamed version. On...

The curious case of the blank default retention policy in Exchange Online
March 23, 2016

That's a reasonable and logical suggestion. Good idea!

Office 365 Admin Center switches to jazzy new interface
March 19, 2016

Response from Anne Michels, Microsoft product manager (posted non Yammer):

Hi Tony,
First of all, thanks for reading my blog posts and for already thoroughly...

Interesting connectors make cloud data sources available to Office 365 Groups
March 17, 2016

Update: A bug discovered in the connector code has been fixed by Microsoft. Unfortunately, the side effect is that you need to recreate any connectors that you have...

Exchange 4.0 cleared to fly 20 years ago today
March 17, 2016

I can guarantee you that I will not be seen wearing a bow tie at any anniversary bash. The last time was thanks to Photoshop...

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