Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Jul 29, 2014
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Yammer - a technology still looking for a solution? 3

The news that Yammer co-founder David Sacks is leaving Microsoft comes as no surprise. It is the nature of the beast that those who create a technology usually leave soon after that technology is bought and absorbed by a larger company. After all, they have lost control of their creation and have been richly compensated for that fact. Moving on to a new challenge is a natural reaction....More
Jul 24, 2014
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Lingering entries for long-deleted servers

Another post, another whinge about something that really should be fixed in Exchange 2013....More
Jul 22, 2014
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The changing nature of email NDRs

We’ve all received NDRs, or non-delivery reports, the way that email servers attempt to be friendly to users when informing them that their email has not been delivered. NDRs have been with us since the very early days of email and several Internet Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments (RFCs) have addressed the need for email servers to generate NDRs in a common format. Given the use of SMTP as the de facto email connectivity standard for many years now (does anyone still use X.400?), you’d expect that NDRs would be a well-rounded feature of any self-respecting email server....More
Jul 21, 2014
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Challenges await as Microsoft dumps MEC, TechEd (and other conferences) for a mega-event 4

Microsoft has announced their intention to run a unified technology event in Chicago in the first week of May, 2015. The new event will replace the previous Lync, SharePoint, Exchange (MEC), Management Summit, TechEd and Project conferences. In short, it’s the mega-conference, a new event that combines technology updates for all of the Office servers plus MMS, which seems like a curious add-on to the Office fold....More
Jul 17, 2014
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Protect users by suppressing Outlook's conflict resolution reports

Most of the time Outlook just gets on with the job of sending and receiving email. But then from time to time some odd items appear, like conflict resolution reports....More
Jul 15, 2014
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Outlook Apps - a new approach worth considering 1

A conversation with a Microsoft engineer at the Microsoft Exchange Conference caused me to wonder if Outlook apps are being overlooked by many companies as they seek to extract value from their deployments. Or indeed, to justify an upgrade to the latest generation of Microsoft Office technology....More
Jul 14, 2014
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Microsoft Learning insults Exchange professionals with simply awful video 3

After viewing their latest video, posted on July 14, that announced that the Exchange 2013 certification exams have been updated for Exchange 2013 SP1, I conclude that the people running whatever part of Microsoft Learning (MSL) that is responsible for this production have been exposed to some potent mind-altering material....More
Jul 10, 2014
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Inconsistent searches all too commonly seen in Exchange

The topic of searching mailboxes came up during the second “Experts Unplugged: Support Issues” session at MEC. In a way it had been covered before at the conference because Microsoft had acknowledged that deficiencies exist in this area and that they are busy developing more precise and effective search capabilities. Apparently the new search will appear in Office 365 towards the end of 2014 and in the next major release of Exchange sometime at the end of 2015....More
Jul 9, 2014
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Codename "Oslo" is now the Delve product

Microsoft announced today that their Office services machine learning project, codenamed “Oslo” when introduced to the world at the SharePoint conference, will be called “Delve” when released as a capability to Office 365 tenants sometime toward the end of 2014....More
Jul 8, 2014
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Security Design Change for Office 365 Public Folders Causes Inbound Email to NDR 1

Last week I wrote about two changes initiated by Microsoft without the benefit of good customer communication. Here’s another example from Office 365 that came to light recently, brought to my attention by David Petree of AppRiver....More
Jul 3, 2014
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Two recent Microsoft changes affecting Office 365; one reversed, one partially 2

The law of unintended consequences was in full flow lately when two well-intended actions provoked some interesting reactions....More
Jul 1, 2014
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Directory flaw led to Exchange Online outage 2

As we all know, Exchange Online experienced a 7-hour outage that affected North American customers on June 24. The episode followed an outage for Lync Online the previous day....More
Jun 26, 2014
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Why running Exchange on Azure is an unattractive proposition

Well over a year ago, I wrote about the first reports of running Exchange 2013 on Azure and noted that this might represent a future deployment option....More
Jun 24, 2014
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Keeping up to date with what's been happening with Set-MailboxDatabase

No matter how long you work with software, it’s impossible to master every possible detail, especially when you’re talking about a complex product like Exchange 2013. Which brings me to reveal two small, but to me, interesting changes that have occurred recently. I say “recently” because I am not quite sure when Microsoft made the changes, but that hardly matters in a world when frequent updates are expected....More
Jun 19, 2014
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Is Microsoft really saying "don't virtualize" Exchange? 4

Microsoft’s embrace of simplicity in all things to do with Exchange 2013 might have the unexpected side-effect of turning customers away from virtualization. If so, it will reverse a trend that had gathered pace ever since Microsoft first saw the light of the virtual day after Hyper-V appeared....More
Jun 17, 2014
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Nothing to fear in MAPI over HTTP 1

Microsoft’s decision to move away from the time-honoured RPC interprocess connection mechanism and replace it with a new approach where Outlook clients make MAPI calls over HTTP connections in Exchange 2013 SP1 has caused a bit of fuss and bother....More
Jun 12, 2014
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OWA for Android debuts but leaves on-premises customers waiting

The Twittersphere erupted yesterday after Microsoft made a “pre-release” version of the long-awaited Outlook Web App (OWA) for Android available in the Android store....More
Jun 10, 2014
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Encrypting email in transit makes a heap of sense

Mainstream media such as the Washington Post (which, as someone living in Ireland, is high on my daily must-read list) got quite excited about Google’s recent announcement that they will name and shame email domains who don’t encrypt inbound and outbound SMTP connections via Transport Layer Security (TLS)....More
Jun 5, 2014
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How flawed firmware can really give your DAG some replication headaches 3

The IBM service bulletin titled “Affected ServeRAID controllers inadvertently supported hard drive sector size 512e and 4k - IBM Servers” has got to be a masterpiece of how to obscure a support statement. I’m sure it is written by someone who is awfully literate in all aspects of storage but it sure does an excellent job of disguising the issues in a mass of incoherent text....More
Jun 3, 2014
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The cyborgs are coming or how Microsoft "Clutter" will help you to do a better job of processing email 2

I’m a big fan of machine learning. That is, if it helps users work smarter. A long time ago (1988), I worked on an artificial intelligence project to develop the first set of rules to automatically process messages as they arrived into user inboxes. That work was on VAX/VMS systems running ALL-IN-1 with a LISP program running in the background to interpret new messages as they arrived. The project eventually resulted in U.S. and European patents....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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