Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Jan 22, 2015
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Compliance iceberg awaits Facebook @Work

The news that Facebook is trialling a work-oriented implementation of their eponymous social network might seem like bad news for Microsoft, who paid a lot of money in 2012 to acquire Yammer and has been busy since to integrate Yammer into its Office framework....More
Jan 20, 2015
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Reporting Office 365

Microsoft has never equipped on-premises Exchange with good reporting facilities and administrators have had to create their own reports using whatever facilities were available to them or turn to third-party software products such as the long-lived Promodag reports....More
Jan 15, 2015
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Control needed as Office Delve introduces even more potential for confusion

The big news on the Office 365 front last week was the introduction of “Boards” for Office Delve on January 7, labelled by Microsoft as “a new way to organize and share work.” As you probably know, Delve uses the Office Graph database...More
Jan 13, 2015
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Good week for Exchange on-premises customers as Microsoft makes some important updates

Some pretty good things happened in the world of Exchange over the last week that might have passed you by because they didn’t receive much publicity - or maybe because we're all punch drunk from the blizzard of new functionality that has appeared in Office 365. Let me bring the on-premises crowd up to date....More
Jan 8, 2015
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Behind the scenes with the Managed Folder Assistant 2

Given the amount of information accumulating in ever-swelling mailboxes, the Exchange Managed Folder Assistant (MFA) has a lot of work to do each time it sets out to make sure that retention policies have been correctly applied to mailboxes. ...More
Jan 6, 2015
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Exchange administrative tools and Active Directory: Not as close as they once were

When Exchange first embraced Active Directory in Exchange, Microsoft integrated the functionality to allow administrators to work with the Exchange-specific attributes that are used when objects are mail-enabled. When the Exchange management tools are installed on a server, three tabs are added to AD Users and Computers to display attributes grouped under Exchange General, Exchange Advanced, and Exchange Features. The integration eased the movement from the older Exchange 5.5 administration model and hid some of the perceived complexity of dealing with the brand-new Active Directory....More
Jan 1, 2015
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The World of Exchange in 2014 and What's Likely in 2015 1

At the end of last year I made some predictions for the world of Exchange in 2014. As is the way of the world, some I got right and some I got wrong. But everyone loves to argue as to what will happen with technology and it’s time that I made some forecasts for 2015. Before that, here’s a summary of the year gone by in the form of some...More
Dec 30, 2014
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What's changed in the fifteen years since Exchange 2000 shipped

Browsing my Exchange 2000 book recently (don't ask why I should be doing such a thing!), I found a quote by Scott McNealy, then CEO of Sun Microsystems. The quote is from an article in the Wall Street Journal (September 2, 1999):...More
Dec 24, 2014
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Changing circumstances make it difficult to measure adoption rate for Exchange 2013

A journalist asked me whether companies are deploying Exchange 2013 faster or slower than previous versions and what reasons are driving its adoption. I thought about the question a little and then replied that it is impossible to compare the adoption rate of one Exchange version against another because of the different circumstances that surrounded each release. Here’s what I meant....More
Dec 23, 2014
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Does anyone care that the Exchange 2013 Edge Transport server role came back? 6

When Microsoft shipped Exchange 2013 RTM, they forgot to include the Edge Transport (ET) role in the set available for deployment. Or maybe they omitted ET on purpose. In any case, customers were instructed that they could continue to use the Exchange 2010 version of ET and all would be well. And it was. That is, if you ignore the complaints....More
Dec 18, 2014
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The Confusion around Yammer and Office 365 Groups 4

I wrote about my experiences of using Microsoft’s Yammer-based Office 365 Community network last July and concluded that Yammer seemed to be a technology looking for a solution to fill....More
Dec 16, 2014
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Exchange Online increases eDiscovery mailbox limit and boasts better performance too

The Office 365 Roadmap is a great place to look for information about what’s coming up in the cloud-based versions of the Office servers and potentially new versions of their on-premises counterparts. Browsing the “Rolling Out” section recently, I noticed that an entry saying “Exchange eDiscovery mailbox search limit increased to 10K mailboxes,” which prompted some investigation....More
Dec 11, 2014
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Software magic behind Office 365 Groups document libraries

The new Office 365 Groups feature includes “Files,” a library intended to hold documents of interest to group members. The implementation of Files has not been without its problems and I received some criticism after publishing an article on the topic because of the way that I referred to OneDrive for Business in the text....More
Dec 10, 2014
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Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8 withdrawn due to bug in MAPI RPC layer (V2 now available)

Microsoft released Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8 yesterday alongside Exchange 2013 CU7 and a slew of other updates, including MS14-075 security fixes. Today they have pulled the Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8 update because of a regressive bug discovered in the RPC client access layer....More
Dec 9, 2014
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Exchange 2013 CU7 debuts along with security fixes and updates for Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 2

Exchange 2013 CU6 appeared on August 26 Eleven weeks later Microsoft was all set to release Exchange 2013 CU7 until some late-breaking issues forced the correct decision to delay CU7 until everything was right. A month on, build 1044.25 (KB2986485) is now available for your download pleasure. The usual and hopefully now-well understood caveat that you need to test any new build of Exchange thoroughly before deploying it into production applies to CU7....More
Dec 4, 2014
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Chrome, iOS mail app, Groups, Clutter, and Novell - a mixed bag of updates

Over the past few weeks I’ve been keeping an eye on what’s been happening with some new developments, extended stories, or stuff that just appears out of nowhere. It’s time to report on the current status to bring you all up to speed....More
Dec 3, 2014
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Acompli acquisition transforms Microsoft mobile email client strategy

One thing you can always be sure about when working with technology is that change is constant. When I wrote about Microsoft’s evolving mobile strategy for Exchange last May, it seemed pretty clear that Outlook Web App (OWA) was the driving factor to deliver user functionality....More
Dec 2, 2014
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Grading Exchange 2013 in the two years since RTM

Microsoft formally released Exchange 2013 (the Release to Manufacturing or RTM version) on December 3, 2012. For those who care about those things, the RTM build number was 516.032. Today, with Exchange 2013 CU7, the build number is 1044.xx. The question is how has Exchange 2013 done over two years, seven cumulative updates (including one formal service pack), and a difference of five hundred-odd in builds.   ...More
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 3

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
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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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