Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Apr 9, 2015
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Do you need Advanced Threat Protection? Maybe some new malware is en route to your mailbox!

If you use Exchange Online, either as the standalone plan or as part of an Office 365 commercial plan, any inbound email sent to your tenant is cleansed by going through Exchange Online Protection (EOP), essentially a massive barrier of servers dedicated to intercepting and removing bad stuff from email before unwanted rubbish reaches inboxes. EOP is also available as a hosted email filtering service that can be used by on-premises servers....More
Apr 7, 2015
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What's your back-out plan if an Office 365 deployment is unsuccessful?

When I wrote asking whether backups are necessary for Exchange Online (or the rest of Office 365), some readers responded to say "yes – because we want our data to be under our control". This doesn't really mean that they don't trust Microsoft or cloud services in general. It's simply that these companies want to have a complete copy of their data available for their use should the need arise....More
Apr 2, 2015
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Enterprise Collaboration sessions selected for IT/DEV Connections 2015

It was gratifying to receive so many session submissions for IT/DEV Connections 2015, which takes place at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas on September 14-17. As you might know, this year the conference is organized around a set of tracks that we think match the interests of attendees, with "Enterprise Collaboration" being the track of most interest to those looking for Exchange and Office 365 content....More
Mar 31, 2015
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MDM for Office 365 - better than EAS policies, but not quite full mobile device management

The announcement on the Office 365 blog that Microsoft is now making mobile device management (MDM) capabilities available within Office 365 has many attractive aspects for companies who are coping with the demands  of BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Using the updated version of the Office 365 Admin app

The Office 365 Admin app was refreshed by Microsoft on March 13 and I have spent some time playing around with it to understand how useful the app is in real life. As those of us who have been around for a while know to our peril, things that demo well at trade shows and in grand keynotes often fail to prove satisfactory when introduced to the harsh facts of production life....More
Mar 24, 2015
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RBAC Manager: making Exchange role-based access control more understandable 2

Until Exchange 2010, control over Exchange objects was exercised by good 'ol Windows Access Control Lists (ACLs) and Access Control Entries (ACEs). The upside of this implementation was that it was shared with Windows so if you understood how ACLs worked for Windows, you had a fair chance of understanding it for Exchange. The downside is that ACLs are a crude control mechanism that works well when configuring user access to objects such as files but is less satisfactory in the world of Exchange....More
Mar 19, 2015
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The various flavors of Outlook

Much excitement was generated on March 16 when Microsoft announced the general availability of a preview version of Outlook 2016 (desktop) along with a rake of other Office 2016 announcements. The new version of Outlook won't be formally released until much later this year, probably in conjunction with the release of Exchange 2016,  Among the improvements included in Outlook 2016 as mentioned in the announcement were:...More
Mar 17, 2015
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Exchange 2013 CU8 appears. Instant boredom ensues - but for the best possible reason 3

There comes a point in the lifecycle of every product when it becomes boring. I fear that's the point now reached by Exchange 2013....More
Mar 16, 2015
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Microsoft releases Delve after six months incubation in Office 365 First Release program

I am so happy to see that Microsoft made a big thing about Office Delve at their Convergence event in Atlanta today. The only thing is that this news has been coming for a very long time....More
Mar 12, 2015
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Why PSTs should never show their faces on a file share 5

I don’t mind it being known that I hate PSTs. Not because I buy into the “everything must be in the Store” line, even though this is an excellent approach to take for any company seeking to implement compliance standards within the organization. My opposition is more fundamental and is all to do with the many technical problems exhibited by PSTs....More
Mar 10, 2015
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Stopping reply-all responses to messages is harder than you might think

Sixteen years after Outlook first appeared to make the “Reply All” the biggest trap that users can fall into in terms of sharing email with people whom they didn’t intend, Microsoft Research produced an Outlook add-in called “NoReplyAll” to bar recipients from using the reply, forward, or reply all options for messages they receive. The add-in has been around for a while and the latest version is 3.14 dated 2 August 2013....More
Mar 5, 2015
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Clutter evolves to become more useful - but still only for Office 365

Over the past few months I have valued the impact that Exchange Online's Clutter feature made on my Inbox. Lots of annoying communications from various companies containing offers that I couldn’t really be bothered with snuck past spam folders only to run smack into Clutter. The upshot was that several thousand messages never made it to my Inbox and remain unread and unwanted in my Clutter folder....More
Mar 3, 2015
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Do Exchange Online backups make sense?

Microsoft is well-known for using native data protection (aka "no backups") for Office 365. Exchange mailbox data is protected by using four database copies spread across two datacenters and the full array of features like Single Item Recovery, single page patching, and automatic reseed is used to ensure that mailboxes stay online all the time....More
Feb 26, 2015
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Why PowerShell is often not the best tool for reporting Exchange data

After I discussed the topic of reporting Office 365 in January, some folks contacted me to ask whether it was really necessary to go to the bother and expense of buying an additional software package to generate reports about Office 365 data....More
Feb 24, 2015
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How Office 365 Groups could be so much better - and probably will be in the future

When I recently discussed the confusion that I see how Office 365 Groups (or “modern groups”) and Yammer appear to serve much the same purpose (albeit in different ways) might be taken as overly critical of Yammer....More
Feb 19, 2015
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Compliance and hybrid problems loom as Microsoft plans to keep every deleted item in Exchange Online

The Office 365 Roadmap item telling us that Microsoft is "Removing the Deleted Items Retention Period" might cause some brows to furrow, especially when you read the description:...More
Feb 18, 2015
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First update for Outlook apps improves security but lots remains to be done

Microsoft announced the first update to the Outlook for iOS and Android apps on February 17 since the launch of the rebranded software acquired from Acompli last month....More
Feb 17, 2015
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Delve ups and downs illustrate complexity of Office 365 engineering

As some of you might know, I quite like Office Delve, the Office 365 feature introduced in September 2014 for English-speaking countries, even if Microsoft created some confusion when they updated Delve with “Boards” (or tagging to use another term) in January. Don’t get me wrong – being able to tag documents unearthed by Delve with project names and other useful terms is a very useful facility....More
Feb 12, 2015
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What Microsoft needs to do to upgrade the Outlook apps

The recent discussions provoked by Microsoft’s decision to release a rebranded version of the Acompli client acquired in late 2014 as the Outlook for iOS and Outlook for Android apps were interesting in many ways. I’m sure that Javier Soltero and his ex-Acompi colleagues received a taste of what it means to be responsible for a Microsoft client that serves such a large installed base of enterprise customers....More
Feb 10, 2015
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Delve exposes Exchange email attachments but some fine-tuning is needed

Some time ago I posted a note wondering when Delve would start to notice that an awful lot of very interesting information is stored in Exchange mailboxes. People use email to circulate all sorts of ideas and the content held in message bodies and attachments seemed like an excellent source of information for Delve to mine, especially since the same search technology is shared across Exchange and SharePoint....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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