Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Oct 2, 2014
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Memories of Microsoft IT's 7-node mega-Exchange 2003 cluster 1

Depending on your taste and the topic under discussion, nostalgia can be either mind-bendingly boring or terrifically interesting. A few weeks ago, I was shooting the breeze with a friend about some of the old Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) events that we had attended and our attention focused on some of the EMEA events that happened at the Acropolis in Nice, France....More
Sep 30, 2014
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The best Exchange documentation update ever? 8

I received quite a few messages after discussing how the recent Microsoft layoffs had affected some of the technical writers who covered topics such as High Availability and Information Protection for Exchange (on-premises and cloud). The decision came as a shock to everyone, not least those on whom the axe had fallen, because the general consensus was that the product documentation had been much improved over the last few versions....More
Sep 25, 2014
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Microsoft layoffs impact Exchange technical writers - where now for documentation? 7

I know far too much about the mechanics of corporate layoffs. Acquired through bitter experience working at executive level in DEC, Compaq, HP, and EDS, I know that all layoffs are horribly painful exercises, even if some of those who are laid off end up with better positions at other companies. There’s just something dreadful about informing someone that their work at a company has come to a sudden end and that they are about to be detached from the corporate body....More
Sep 23, 2014
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Chrome problem for Exchange due to Google haste and Microsoft inattention

I’ve been pondering how Google managed to do evil to OWA and EAC (and Microsoft CRM and other enterprise applications) when it removed the showModalDialog method from Chrome Version 37. As reported in KB3001145, the issue affects different elements of OWA and EAC in both the on-premises and cloud versions of Exchange. At this point, apart from using a different browser, there is no workaround except a registry hack that puts off the day of doom until May 2015....More
Sep 19, 2014
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Wrapping up Exchange Connections 2014 4

Returning from Exchange Connections after a busy week in Las Vegas. The sessions were superb and we had great speakers, including a cast of well-known Exchange MVPs who fully lived up to their reputation for independent advice. We also had some great sessions delivered by Tim McMichael and Wes Blalock from Microsoft. And of course, as is normal at a technical conference, everyone worked extremely hard and no fun at all outside the sessions was had by anyone....More
Sep 17, 2014
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Product quality and functionality gaps top-of-mind issues at Exchange Connections

Exchange Connections rolled into Las Vegas for its annual get-together this week. I had the privilege of opening the conference and introducing some of the important issues and concerns that are addressed in sessions....More
Sep 15, 2014
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Google kills showModalDialog API in Chrome 37 and does evil to Exchange 6

Google, that well-known purveyor of the “don’t be evil” slogan, certainly cast the evil eye on Outlook Web App (OWA) and the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) when it changed version 37 of the Chrome browser (both 32-bit and 64-bit) to deprecate the showModalDialog method, which creates a modal dialog box that retains input focus while open....More
Sep 11, 2014
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Office Delve debuts to help Office 365 users find information again 3

New technology is like a new car - it smells nice and you don't know what all the buttons do. As time goes by, the technology becomes lived in and you know its flaws and weaknesses as well as its strengths. And so it is with Office Delve, now available to the First Release group within Office 365 to liberate users from the tyranny of not knowing where their information is stored. I hope it does well, but it's early days yet......More
Sep 8, 2014
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Yet another co-existence bug in Exchange 2013 CU6 causes ActiveSync failures for Exchange 2007 users 2

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water because Microsoft had moved swiftly to fix the hybrid connectivity and Exchange 2007 Store interoperability bugs that afflicted Exchange 2013 CU6 since its release on August 26, news comes of yet another problem....More
Sep 2, 2014
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Why Exchange 2016 will be coming to you soon 3

All of the hoo-hah that occurred at the recent Microsoft Exchange Conference around the many wonderful things that will soon appear in Office 365 as described in Microsoft’s “Evolution of Email” post will have fallen on stony ground for some. Those of us who use Office 365 will, of course, have no opportunity to vote on the matter because we have to accept the functionality provided in the service....More
Sep 1, 2014
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Microsoft fixes hybrid connectivity problem in Exchange 2013 CU6 2

Microsoft has published KB2997355 to provide a script fix for the issue that plagued Exchange 2013 administrators when they found that they couldn’t use the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) to manage Exchange Online mailboxes after deploying Exchange 2013 CU6....More
Aug 30, 2014
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Exchange 2013 CU6 hybrid and co-existence bugs cause administrators to despair 1

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you can’t say that you haven’t been warned to test newly released cumulative updates before you deploy them into production....More
Aug 28, 2014
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OWA bug compromises item preservation for litigation and in-place holds

Microsoft has confirmed that a bug in Outlook Web App (OWA) can be exploited to compromise in-place or litigation holds. The bug means that a user can remove items from their mailbox without Exchange tracking that action and preserving copies of the items. All other clients work properly – the problem is only with OWA. However, it affects Exchange Online (Office 365) and all supported versions of Exchange 2013, including the recently released cumulative update 6 (CU6)....More
Aug 26, 2014
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Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 6 begins to address public folder scalability

The release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 6 (CU6 – build 995.29) comes as the summer vacation period winds down. Still, attention might still be more focused on the pressing matters of vacation, cold beer, and ice cream and not on having to upgrade email servers....More
Aug 22, 2014
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TechEd Europe session selection not good news for on-premises customers or independent voices 5

Those of you who plan to go to TechEd EMEA in Barcelona at the end of October might be disappointed to discover the lack of independent advice that exists at the conference regarding Exchange and associated technology. The Exchange MVPs, many of whom live in Europe, are also disappointed because Microsoft declined every MVP-led session that was proposed, most of which were submitted by speakers with strong track records of successful presentations at different events....More
Aug 21, 2014
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Another opportunity for automation in eDiscovery for SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013

Why is it that anything that involves co-operation between Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013 is quite so hard to setup and fragile to manage? It’s almost as if the two products are the result of work done by two very different development groups rather than part of one great big happy “Office Servers” family....More
Aug 19, 2014
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The joy of an impractical 100,000 Exchange 2013 mailbox configuration 1

Last November, I wrote about some configurations advanced by Hitachi and IBM that appeared to meet the storage needs of 120,000 Exchange 2013 mailboxes. In a nutshell, I didn’t think too much of the configurations because they featured Database Availability Groups (DAGs) that deployed only two copies of each mailbox database. That just doesn’t make sense in any way if you want to run such a large Exchange deployment....More
Aug 14, 2014
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Rapid development in Office 365 reflects current software engineering practice

The old carefully-paced world of software engineering worked well at a time when everyone accepted that it took time to design, program, test, and ship good software. It is a different matter today when any self-respecting web site is deemed static and perhaps even stagnant if it is the same from one week to the next....More
Aug 13, 2014
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Update causes Outlook 2013 to fail to open archive mailboxes 5

I don’t tend to pay much attention to my archive mailbox. It sits there in the list of resources opened by Outlook but I never really feel the need to go and check that the Managed Folder Assistant (MFA) is moving items to the archive in accordance with my retention policy. It just happens, and like most users, I just let it happen and forget all about the items that accumulate in those archive folders....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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