Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Nov 27, 2014
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A clash between S/MIME and transport rules

S/MIME support for Outlook Web App (OWA) is one of the resurrected features that makes its appearance in Exchange 2013 SP1. It’s much the same functionality as exists with Exchange 2010, with the exception that only recent versions of Internet Explorer (IE9 and above) are supported....More
Nov 25, 2014
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OWA functionality gap widens between Office 365 and Exchange 2013

When I wrote about Office 365 Groups, I remarked on the difference in the Outlook Web App (OWA) user interface that has opened up between the cloud and on-premises versions....More
Nov 20, 2014
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Office 365 Groups problem exposes the seamy side of evergreen software

The smell of something quite not right gathered around Office 365 Groups this week as users found that they could not access the OneDrive for Business sites used for document storage because of an obscure SharePoint Online setting....More
Nov 18, 2014
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FAQ: Answers to common Office 365 Clutter questions

The introduction of the new Clutter feature in Office 365 last week certainly provoked many questions, including at a spirited online discussion hosted by the Exchange product group in the IT Pro Network last Thursday. I’ve attempted to answer some of the most common questions here....More
Nov 13, 2014
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OWA updates in Office 365 help with Chrome showModalDialog issue but no joy for on-premises versions 2

By now you’re probably well aware that Google deprecated the showModalDialog method in version 37 of their Chrome browser to cause some problems for Outlook Web App (OWA) and Exchange Administration Center (EAC), both of which use the method to display modal screens to collect user input. Well, there’s good news and bad news on that topic....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Microsoft pulls Exchange updates to fix installer problem

We were all geared up for the release of Exchange 2013 CU7, Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8, and Exchange 2007 SP3 RU15 today when Microsoft made a last-minute decision to defer the updates....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Clutter arrives to impose order on Office 365 mailboxes

Microsoft introduced the Clutter feature at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) last April and has featured in the Office 365 Roadmap since. At that time they said that Clutter would show up in Office 365 before the end of 2014 and true to their word, Clutter is now rolling out to tenant domains worldwide....More
Nov 7, 2014
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Forcing Exchange's Admin Center to use a specific language

  Exchange 2010 SP1 introduced the capability of allowing administrators to run the Exchange Control Panel (ECP) without requiring their account to be linked to a mailbox. This is a big deal for many companies who require people to access their email using “normal” or unprivileged accounts and don’t want administrators to use their mailboxes when logged in with elevated permissions....More
Nov 5, 2014
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Active Directory schema extensions now a feature of every Exchange update

Exchange administrators first became aware of the application’s need to extend the Active Directory schema when Exchange 2000 switched from its own directory service to embrace the new enterprise-capable X.500-like service launched with Windows 2000....More
Nov 3, 2014
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iOS 8 ActiveSync problem causes out-of-date meetings

I’ve been tracking an iOS/ActiveSync (EAS) issue posted to the Office 365 community on October 22. The problem surfaced when users began to receive notifications that some of their meetings were “found to be out of date” and had been “automatically updated.”...More
Oct 31, 2014
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Azure beckons for Exchange DAG witness servers 3

As you probably know, TechEd Europe has been taking place in Barcelona this week. Among the various announcements and news snippets released this week is the juicy morsel that Microsoft will support placement of the witness server for a Database Availability Group (DAG) in Azure from January 2015 onwards. No doubt a formal announcement will be published on the EHLO blog....More
Oct 30, 2014
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Office Delve, Exchange mailboxes and even perhaps public folders

From the perspective of a platform to enable collaboration, public folders are crude and unwieldy. Unsurprisingly, because public folders have received relatively little development since their introduction in Exchange 4.0 in 1996, they really don’t deliver a very good collaboration experience. You put stuff into folders to share it with others; they access the items and maybe update them, and that’s about it....More
Oct 28, 2014
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Pondering the connections made by Office Delve

On September 11, I reported that I consider Office Delve “to be possibly the most interesting new technology introduced into Office 365 since its launch.” You might consider that Delve has not had much competition for such an elevated status, but that’s beside the point....More
Oct 23, 2014
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The fallacy of the workstation File Share Witness

The hoary old theory that you can use a Windows 7/8 workstation to act as the witness server for an Exchange Database Availability Group (DAG) has been doing the rounds. Granted, it is a theory and no one that I know has yet succumbed to the desire to attempt to implement such a configuration. But as a public service, let me say for once and for all that the idea is unsupported, ill-advised, unpredictable, and just plain silly....More
Oct 20, 2014
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Appointments reappear in OWA calendar as one Chrome bug is fixed

Users of Outlook Web App (OWA) who like to use the Chrome browser have run into choppy waters recently. As it turns out, three distinct problems are in play. The first is Google’s deprecation of the showModalDialog method in Chrome version 38 that stops OWA (and the Exchange Administration Center) displaying modal dialogs to input data when objects are edited. The same problem afflicts Microsoft CRM....More
Oct 16, 2014
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Why Exchange Online now preserves BCC and DL information in message headers

If you browse the Office 365 roadmap, you might come across “Preserving DL membership and BCC for Exchange In-place hold” as one of the features listed as now rolling out and wonder what this means....More
Oct 14, 2014
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Microsoft turns off the last public folder in their internal Exchange deployment

News has emerged from Microsoft that they managed to shut off the last on-premises public folder in September 2014, some 18 years after the original deployment. Apparently the public folders have been replaced by a mixture of SharePoint, OneDrive (for Business presumably), and site mailboxes....More
Oct 10, 2014
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Exchange: the gateway drug to the cloud 7

In an unsurprising comment, at least to me, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at the recent Gartner conference that: “Office 365 is the new Exchange and one will cannibalize the other. The key is to ensure that current Exchange customers can transition on their own terms.”...More
Oct 9, 2014
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Google Chrome and Office Servers - the continuing saga

Following along from the showModalDialog fiasco affecting Outlook Web App (OWA) and the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) in Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010, and Office 365 as well as Microsoft CRM, another example of how Google Chrome doesn’t quite play nice with Microsoft Office applications is in the inability of the 64-bit version of the browser to handle Lync meeting URLs correctly....More
Oct 7, 2014
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Email and the evolving state of Office 365 collaboration features

Reading the Forbes.com report describing how Thierry Breton, the Chairman and CEO of Atos has been attempting to eradicate email when it comes to internal communication and collaboration, some thoughts on how email fits into the collaboration spectrum came to mind, specifically in respect to the Atos experience (as reported)....More
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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...
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