Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Oct 24, 2013
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Why the upper version always wins in mailbox moves 1

Some might be surprised at the TechNet statement about moving mailboxes in Exchange 2013 that says: In Exchange 2013 you must move mailboxes between Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 from the Exchange 2013 admin center (EAC) and the Exchange Management Shell....More
Oct 22, 2013
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The influence Managed Availability has over DAGs that you might not realize

By now I guess that it is a well-known fact that the Managed Availability framework in Exchange 2013 is one of the major developments in this release....More
Oct 17, 2013
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Making use of the data logged by Exchange

Two recent posts on Microsoft’s EHLO blog have pleased me very much because they focused in on an area that is often overlooked by Exchange administrators – using the data logged by Exchange for analysis or planning purposes....More
Oct 15, 2013
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Why I don't think on-premises Exchange is dead 24

One of the questions raised by some attendees at the recent Exchange Connections conference is the future of on-premises software. Apparently there’s quite a few people who think that Microsoft us busily killing off all its on-premises editions of server applications in the rush to embrace the cloud. In other words, products like Exchange 2013 might be the last in the line because Microsoft wants customers to use Exchange Online in Office 365....More
Oct 10, 2013
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Skills for new people coming into a Windows infrastructure shop 4

It’s always nice to meet someone who actually reads your blog. Apart from hearing what that person thinks of the blog content, I like asking if they have any questions that could be discussed in a future blog....More
Oct 8, 2013
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NFS and Exchange - not a good combination 3

You always know that you’re in the presence of a real expert because they are able to take a complex problem and reduce it to a simple easy-to-understand statement. And so it was when Jeff Mealiffe (Mr. Performance from the Microsoft Exchange product group) spoke about the “Virtualizing Exchange 2013” at Exchange Connections last week. Normally I run a mile when presentations about hardware start....More
Oct 5, 2013
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Exchange Connections 2013 wrap-up

Another Exchange Connections conference has been put to bed and I’m en route back to Europe from the delights of Las Vegas. It seems appropriate to write a wrap-up report as I await a plane in McCarren airport. Here goes....More
Oct 3, 2013
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Highlights from Day 2 of the Exchange Connections Conference

Day 2 of Exchange Connections dawned bright and sunny, as you’d expect in Las Vegas. Not that we see much of the sunlight when buried deep in the bowels of the Mandalay Bay conference center paying attention to sessions, or just drinking some pretty awful coffee while hanging out with different people. In any case, here’s what I got from today’s sessions:...More
Oct 2, 2013
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Hot points from Exchange Connections 5

It’s been very satisfying to see such a great bunch of people turn up for Exchange Connections, which truly lived up to its ambition of being the best independent conference covering Exchange. It's not only the speakers, of course, because they are always great (I have to say that otherwise they’ll never submit a session proposal again). The important thing is that lots of attendees are here asking some great questions about Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013, Office 365, hybrid connectivity, ActiveSync, and Lync interoperability....More
Oct 1, 2013
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Release of Apple iPhone 5s and iOS 7 gives new headaches to Exchange administrators 1

Apple’s release of their new iPhone 5c and 5s models and the accompanying update of the iOS operating system to version 7.0 (or whatever point build it is now at) seems to have delighted consumers. Certainly the normal queues appeared at Apple stores in the rush to get one of the new devices and the iTunes servers were overwhelmed with the demand to download iOS 7. All good stuff, even if the notion of a gold iPhone seems strange to someone like me, who isn’t particularly fashion-conscious....More
Sep 26, 2013
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When Best Practice goes bad 1

Sometimes best practice – or rather, perceived best practice – goes horribly wrong. This fact of computing life is revealed with a vengeance in a recent blog by MCM Andrew Higgenbotham describing a difficult support problem with Exchange 2013 RTM CU2....More
Sep 24, 2013
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Fun all round with the UC Architects at Exchange Connections 1

Continuing my posts previewing sessions at next week's Exchange Connections conference, I think that the live UC Architects broadcast will be a highlight of the event (at Wednesday, 2:30pm). Anyone who has listened to one of their regular podcasts will know that the UC Architects are not slow at coming forward....More
Sep 19, 2013
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Managing a 500,000 mailbox Exchange 2010 deployment 3

If you’re one of the fortunate who will attend the Exchange Connections conference in Las Vegas next month, be sure to consider the session “Notes from the Field: Running a 500,000 mailbox on-premises Exchange Server Deployment” at 10AM on Wednesday....More
Sep 17, 2013
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Stubbing is OK when Microsoft does it in Exchange 2013 site mailboxes

Microsoft has long railed against the worthlessness of stubbing, a technique used by third-party archiving vendors to extract large items and attachments from user mailboxes and replace them with a smaller item pointing to the archive repository. But now it turns out that Microsoft uses stubbing in Exchange 2013 as the basis for site mailboxes. Confused? Read on......More
Sep 13, 2013
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Windows 8.1, Outlook Web App, and IE11 3

Apparently, over two million people have downloaded Windows 8.1 RTM since the software was released by Microsoft. I’m in that category as I have an awful weakness for wanting to use new software; even worse, I have a habit of installing the new software after it is downloaded....More
Sep 12, 2013
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Microsoft Learning screws its credibility 1

The news that Microsoft Learning (MSL) had cancelled the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) and Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) accreditations(and done so in a pretty shabby manner) sent shock waves throughout the technical community, if only because the “what’s next” question. Some felt, for instance, that the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program was at risk....More
Sep 10, 2013
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The case of the erroneous disk space checker 3

Following on my post about how a glitch in Managed Availability in Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 can cause BSODs in multi-domain configurations, another problem in Exchange’s automated monitoring and reporting systems is causing furrowed brows for administrators....More
Sep 5, 2013
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Tuning .NET for the Exchange 2013 Information Store - come to Exchange Connections to learn more! 2

As the chair of Exchange Connections (Las Vegas, Oct 1-3), one of the more important tasks that lands on my desk is to review draft decks for all of the presentations that will be delivered at the Conference....More
Sep 3, 2013
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Doubling of Exchange Online mailbox sizes leaves me cold 1

Please forgive me, but I cannot become excited at the news from Redmond that Microsoft has doubled mailbox sizes for Exchange Online to 50GB. The previous 25GB was plenty big enough for me and it seems like mailbox sizes have become the “mine is bigger than yours” measurement between Microsoft and its major online competitor....More
Sep 1, 2013
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Microsoft Learning kills MCM and MCA accreditations 4

All is not well in the ecosystem that surrounds Microsoft server products. At least, not from the perspective of those outside the Redmond campus who look at decisions emitting from the puzzle palace and wonder why…...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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