Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog http://windowsitpro.com/blog/41435/feed en Cherish your arbitration mailboxes - just in case! http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cherish-your-arbitration-mailboxes-just-case <div class="node-body blog-body"><p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Arbitration mailboxes made their appearance in Exchange 2010 as a special form of mailbox that is designed to be used by Exchange itself rather than a user. In short, there are times when Exchange needs to stuff data away for one reason or another and it makes sense to use a mailbox for this purpose. After all, mailboxes go in databases and can be protected by high availability, and so on&hellip;</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">The full set of arbitration mailboxes is exposed in all its glory by running the command:</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cherish-your-arbitration-mailboxes-just-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/cherish-your-arbitration-mailboxes-just-case#comments Exchange Server 2013 Exchange Server 2016 Exchange Server 2010 arbitration mailboxes arbitration mailboxes Exchange 2010 Exchange 2010 Exchange 2013 Exchange 2013 Get-Mailbox Get-Mailbox mailbox migration service mailbox migration service mailbox moves mailbox moves Mailbox Replication service MRS MRS Replication service Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000 89661 at http://windowsitpro.com Recycled email addresses and Outlook nicknames http://windowsitpro.com/blog/recycled-email-addresses-and-outlook-nicknames <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> The revelations (last October) that <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2052586/microsoft-is-quietly-recycling-outlook-email-accounts.html" target="_blank">Microsoft is quietly recycling email addresses</a> from its Hotmail, Live, and Outlook.com domains might have come as a surprise to some. According to an email statement from Microsoft to PCWorld.com cited in the article, when an account becomes inactive, &ldquo;<em>the email account is automatically queued for deletion from our servers.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/recycled-email-addresses-and-outlook-nicknames" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/recycled-email-addresses-and-outlook-nicknames#comments Exchange Server 2013 Exchange Server 2010 Office 365 Exchange Server 2007 Outlook address auto-complete address auto-complete Email address policy Email address policy Exchange 2013 Exchange 2013 Hotmail Hotmail Live.com Live.com Outlook 2013 Outlook 2013 Outlook.com Outlook.com recipient cache recipient cache Yahoo! Yahoo! Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000 87341 at http://windowsitpro.com Managing the dumpster - setting quotas for the Recoverable Items folder http://windowsitpro.com/blog/managing-exchange-dumpster-recoverable-items-quota <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> <span style="font-size: 13px;">The &ldquo;dumpster&rdquo; has been a feature of Exchange since Exchange 2000 to provide a last-chance opportunity for users to recover deleted items without having to ask an administrator to restore data from a backup. The current implementation, introduced in Exchange 2010, uses </span><a href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2009/09/25/3408389.aspx" style="font-size: 13px;" target="_blank">a folder structure under the Recoverable Items folder</a><span style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;rather than a special database view.</span></p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/managing-exchange-dumpster-recoverable-items-quota" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/managing-exchange-dumpster-recoverable-items-quota#comments Exchange Server 2013 Exchange Server 2016 Exchange Server 2010 Office 365 Dumpster Dumpster Exchange 2010 Exchange 2010 Exchange 2013 Exchange 2013 Exchange Online Exchange Online Legal Hold legal hold Litigation Hold litigation hold Office 365 Office 365 quotas quotas Recoverable Items Recoverable Items Set-Mailbox Set-Mailbox Set-MailboxDatabase Set-MailboxDatabase Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000 66661 at http://windowsitpro.com <p>The &quot;dumpster&quot; is the charming name for the place in an Exchange mailbox where deleted items go to fester until they are eventually removed from the database. It&#39;s a feature that has been around since Exchange 2000. Instead of the hidden view used by older versions, Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 implement a folder structure under the Recoverable Items root. It&#39;s more complicated because it has to support more than simple deletions. A separate quota is assigned to control the amount of space the Recoverable Items structure can occupy. Sometimes it&#39;s not enough...</p> Why an open archive API is needed to transfer data between cloud services http://windowsitpro.com/blog/open-archive-api-transfer-data-between-cloud-services <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Microsoft is listed as one of the &ldquo;Challengers&rdquo; in <a href="http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-2RFQBEU&amp;ct=151103&amp;st=sb" target="_blank">Gartner&rsquo;s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving</a> (29 October 2015), which is testimony to the hard work and effort put into building out the compliance features over the last few years since their debut in Exchange 2010.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/open-archive-api-transfer-data-between-cloud-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/open-archive-api-transfer-data-between-cloud-services#comments Office 365 archive archive archiving archiving Azure Media Services Azure Media Services Exchange Online Exchange Online hybrid Hybrid import service import service metadata metadata Office 365 Office 365 ShareGate ShareGate SharePoint Online SharePoint Online Video Portal Video Portal Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000 155211 at http://windowsitpro.com Understanding the overhead in an Exchange mailbox database http://windowsitpro.com/blog/understanding-overhead-exchange-mailbox-database <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It&rsquo;s taken me a while to get around to mentioning the rather useful &ldquo;Database Growth Reporting&rdquo; script for Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 that was described on the <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2014/01/06/exchange-2010-and-2013-database-growth-reporting-script.aspx">EHLO blog</a> in January. &nbsp;My apologies for this lapse in service. All I can plead is that other stuff got in the way between now and then and that I never really had a chance to test the code out thoroughly, which is a prerequisite before commenting on software.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/understanding-overhead-exchange-mailbox-database" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/understanding-overhead-exchange-mailbox-database#comments Exchange Server 2013 Exchange Server 2010 Database database Exchange 2010 Exchange 2010 Exchange 2013 Exchange 2013 ExRCA ExRCA Jet Jet mailbox mailbox OffCAT OffCAT Reporting Reporting size size Support Support Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000 92661 at http://windowsitpro.com The ultimate cloud email heresy http://windowsitpro.com/blog/ultimate-cloud-email-heresy <div class="node-body blog-body"><p> Email systems seem to be in a perpetual state of migration. Since 1996, the on-premises implementation of Microsoft email technology has gone through nine major changes, or roughly one every two years. No sooner are you done and dusted with one migration than the next appears on the horizon. It&rsquo;s a wonder that we get any real work done at all.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/ultimate-cloud-email-heresy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/ultimate-cloud-email-heresy#comments Office 365 consumer email consumer email Exchange 2013 Exchange 2013 Exchange Online Exchange Online free email free email Gmail gmail Google Apps Google Apps Hotmail Hotmail Office 365 Office 365 Outlook 2003 Outlook 2003 Outlook.com Outlook.com Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:01:00 +0000 86781 at http://windowsitpro.com Comparing Office 365 releases to the measured pace of on-premises software http://windowsitpro.com/blog/comparing-office-365-releases-measured-pace-premises-software <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Experienced administrators at companies that decide to move some workload from on-premises to the cloud are confronted by many challenges. I&rsquo;ve covered some of those in recent posts, such as the <a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/no-advanced-training-for-exchange-admins" target="_blank">lack of advanced training</a> and figuring out <a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/how-small-glitches-can-cause-big-problems-complex-cloud-infrastructures" target="_blank">how to cope with service outages</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/comparing-office-365-releases-measured-pace-premises-software" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/comparing-office-365-releases-measured-pace-premises-software#comments Office 365 cadence cadence first release first release general availability general availability Office 365 Office 365 Preview Preview release cycles release cycles RTM RTM sp1 SP1 TAP TAP Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000 164391 at http://windowsitpro.com The path to native high availability for Exchange http://windowsitpro.com/blog/how-exchange-achieved-high-availability <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I received quite a few notes after recent posts covering&nbsp;how <a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/story-exchange-iops" target="_blank">Exchange&rsquo;s storage demands have evolved</a> over the last decade and what <a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/how-microsoft-focus-low-cost-storage-impacts-exchange-market" target="_blank">this means for third-party vendors who sell high-end storage</a>. Some pointed out that the storage vendors won&rsquo;t mind too much if some of their market has disappeared because Exchange now favors JBOD.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/how-exchange-achieved-high-availability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/how-exchange-achieved-high-availability#comments Exchange Server 2013 Exchange Server 2016 Exchange Server 2010 Office 365 DAG DAG Database Availability Group Database Availability Group Exchange Exchange Greg Thiel Greg Thiel high availability High Availability iops IOPS SAN SAN storage storage Wolfpack Wolfpack Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000 164991 at http://windowsitpro.com The curious case of the blank default retention policy in Exchange Online http://windowsitpro.com/blog/curious-case-blank-default-retention-policy-exchange-online <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Recently I had occasion to check the default retention policy (called the Default MRM Policy) for my Office 365 tenant. As you do, I ran the <em>Get-RetentionPolicy</em> cmdlet and saw the following:</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/curious-case-blank-default-retention-policy-exchange-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/curious-case-blank-default-retention-policy-exchange-online#comments Office 365 Exchange Online Exchange Online Managed Folder Assistant Managed Folder Assistant MFA MFA MRM MRM Office 365 Office 365 retention policy retention policy retention tags retention tags Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000 163001 at http://windowsitpro.com Office 365 Admin Center switches to jazzy new interface http://windowsitpro.com/blog/office-365-admin-center-switches-jazzy-new-interface <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>At the start of March, Microsoft began the process of switching out the current version of the Office 365 Admin Center to a fresh design. The new interface has been in preview for a couple of months and is now the default view exposed when portal.office.com is accessed by most tenants. Curiously the switch occurred despite the fact that the new interface is not yet functionally equivalent to the older Admin Center.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/office-365-admin-center-switches-jazzy-new-interface" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/office-365-admin-center-switches-jazzy-new-interface#comments Office 365 EAC EAC Exchange Online Exchange Online new design new design Office 365 Admin Center Office 365 Admin Center SharePoint Online SharePoint Online Skype for Business Skype for Business Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000 164981 at http://windowsitpro.com Lots of Exchange on-premises updates to install http://windowsitpro.com/blog/lots-exchange-premises-updates-install <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Microsoft launched <a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/exchange-2016-debuts-delight-premises-customers" target="_blank">Exchange 2016 on October 1, 2015</a>. Five-and-a-half months later Exchange 2016 has <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2016/03/15/released-march-2016-quarterly-exchange-updates.aspx" target="_blank">its first cumulative update (CU1) along with a batch of other updates</a> &ndash; Exchange 2013 CU12, Exchange 2010 SP3 RU13, and Exchange 2007 SP3 RU19.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/lots-exchange-premises-updates-install" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/lots-exchange-premises-updates-install#comments Exchange Server 2013 Exchange Server 2016 Exchange Server 2010 Exchange Server 2007 Exchange 2007 SP3 RU19 Exchange 2007 SP3 RU19 Exchange 2010 SP3 CU13 Exchange 2010 SP3 CU13 Exchange 2013 CU12 Exchange 2013 CU12 Exchange 2016 CU1 Exchange 2016 CU1 on-premises on-premises updates Updates Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:57:00 +0000 165311 at http://windowsitpro.com Exchange 4.0 cleared to fly 20 years ago today http://windowsitpro.com/blog/exchange-20-years-ago-today <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I awoke this morning to a note from Iain McDonald to remind me that it was twenty years ago today that Microsoft approved the release of build 837 of a new product called Exchange Server. After being signed off in March 1996, the formal launch happened <a href="https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh135098(v=exchg.150).aspx" target="_blank">the following June</a>. It took time to get the &ldquo;gold&rdquo; build sent to manufacturing so that copies could be distributed to customers plus all the ancillary activities such as marketing.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/exchange-20-years-ago-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/exchange-20-years-ago-today#comments Exchange Server 2013 Exchange Server 2016 Exchange Server 2010 Exchange Server 2007 20 years old 20 years old anniversary anniversary Exchange 4.0 Exchange 4.0 Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000 165131 at http://windowsitpro.com The @ legacy of Ray Tomlinson http://windowsitpro.com/blog/at-sign-legacy-ray-tomlinson <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I was sad to learn of the death of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Tomlinson" target="_blank">Ray Tomlinson</a> on March 5. For those who don&rsquo;t know, Ray was the engineer who figured out <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120364591" target="_blank">how to send email between computers</a> in 1971. Part of that effort was the selection of the at sign (@) as the delimitation between personal account name and email domain for addressing messages.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/at-sign-legacy-ray-tomlinson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/at-sign-legacy-ray-tomlinson#comments Exchange Server 2013 Exchange Server 2016 Office 365 Arpanet Arpanet BBN BBN email history email history mail routing mail routing Ray Tomlinson Ray Tomlinson SMTP SMTP X.400 X.400 Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000 164771 at http://windowsitpro.com The downside of being a filer and other reasons why Outlook's cached limits might bite you http://windowsitpro.com/blog/Outlook-cached-limits <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>One of the points I made in &ldquo;<a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/how-to-improve-exchange-recover-deleted-items-option" target="_blank">How Exchange&rsquo;s Recover Deleted Items option could be improved</a>&rdquo; is that it would be nice if Exchange could track the folder that an item was deleted from so that the item could be restored there if required. Some said that this wasn&rsquo;t needed because they never use anything but the Inbox and Sent Items folders.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/Outlook-cached-limits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/Outlook-cached-limits#comments Exchange Server 2013 Exchange Server 2016 Office 365 Outlook cached Exchange mode cached Exchange mode Exchange Online Exchange Online filing filing Limits Limits Office 365 Office 365 online search online search OST OST Outlook 2013 Outlook 2013 Outlook 2016 Outlook 2016 piling piling PST PST RDS RDS Windows Desktop Search Windows Desktop Search Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000 162431 at http://windowsitpro.com Exchange mailbox anchoring runs into stormy waters http://windowsitpro.com/blog/exchange-mailbox-anchoring-runs-stormy-waters <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>When Microsoft announced that Exchange 2013 CU11 and Exchange 2016 CU12 would implement a &ldquo;<a href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2015/12/15/exchange-management-shell-and-mailbox-anchoring.aspx" target="_blank">mailbox anchoring</a>&rdquo;, a new way of connecting Exchange Management Shell (EMS &ndash; or PowerShell if you like) sessions to Exchange servers, I weighed in with some <a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/why-mailbox-anchoring-matters" target="_blank">thoughts on the topic</a> and basically said that the new approach was a good idea.</p></div> <p><a href="http://windowsitpro.com/blog/exchange-mailbox-anchoring-runs-stormy-waters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://windowsitpro.com/blog/exchange-mailbox-anchoring-runs-stormy-waters#comments Exchange Server 2013 Exchange Server 2016 arbitration mailbox arbitration mailbox Exchange 2013 CU11 Exchange 2013 CU11 Exchange 2013 CU12 Exchange 2013 CU12 Exchange 2016 CU1 Exchange 2016 CU1 mailbox anchoring mailbox anchoring Remote PowerShell remote PowerShell server FQDN server FQDN Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Blog Tony Redmond&#039;s Exchange Unwashed Thu, 03 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000 164041 at http://windowsitpro.com