Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

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 Apparently the public folders have been replaced by a mixture of SharePoint, OneDrive (for Business presumably), and site mailboxes....More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
Oct 6, 2014
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A personal view of the HP split

The news that HP plans to split itself into two separate companies, broadly speaking one to cover the enterprise space (servers, software, and services) and one focusing on devices (PCs and printers), comes as no real surprise. Actually, it’s only a surprise that this development has taken quite so long because the stress lines between the different HP business units have existed for a long time....More
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
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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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