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+.

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 The files are outdated, insecure, and obscure information that should be kept online in many cases.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 6
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 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.
Exchange Server 2013 Preview
Microsoft will release Exchange Server 2013 as part of its Wave 15 release of Office application servers in early 2013. Exchange 2013 represents three years of output and includes numerous changes, improvements, and tweaks.
Search & Destroy Email Content with Exchange 2010
Need to rid your Exchange mailboxes of unwanted messages, fast? A few cmdlets are all you need.
Corrupted Items and Mailbox Moves in Exchange 2010 5
Are your mailbox moves constantly disrupted by an excess of "bad" items? Find out how you can adjust Mailbox Replication Service (MRS) settings to mitigate this issue.
Why Microsoft decided to keep deleted items in Exchange Online and why it might be the right decision
November 19, 2015

Yes. Create your own retention policy that includes a retention tag to clear out items from the Deleted Items folder and assign it to mailboxes. That's the best way because it...

A call to action: It’s time to eliminate PSTs
November 10, 2015

@ebraiter, my condolences at being restrained to a 500 MB mailbox quota. I'm sure that your IT department has excellent reasons to justify creating a compliance and security...

Exchange 2016 debuts to delight on-premises customers
November 3, 2015

It's certainly supposed to be supported. Have you filed a case with Microsoft?

FUD continues over OWA backdoor exploit
October 14, 2015

First, OWA for Devices is pretty obsolete software. As soon as Acompli was acquired by Microsoft in late 2014 (see

Doubtful security report about OWA flaw gains headlines but offers little real value
October 13, 2015

Thanks for your comments. I appreciate where you are coming from. In response.
1. I agree with you that Microsoft can do a better job of securing their...

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