Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

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
Feb 5, 2015
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80 million Exchange Online users as Office 365 progress continues 4

Microsoft’s latest results (for the second quarter of their FY15 year, released on January 26) contained the interesting news that “Commercial cloud revenue grew 114% driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamic CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $5.5 billion.“...More
Feb 3, 2015
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Shock! Outlook 2010 users on Windows XP experience problems with Exchange 2013 CU7 4

It might have escaped your attention that Windows XP came to the end of the support runway in April 2014, a fact that certainly appears to be the case for the folks who have reported issues running Outlook 2010 on Windows XP against Exchange 2013 CU7 servers....More
Feb 2, 2015
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Worried about security and privacy in Outlook for iOS and Android? Here's your chance to debate the issues

Last Friday I posted an article outlining the reasons why I thought some of the concerns expressed about some security and functionality weaknesses in the rebranded Outlook for iOS and Android apps (late Acompli) were an overreaction. Cue a heap of tweets and other feedback directed my way, some of which questioned whether I was serious. Well, I was. I still think that some of the opinions posted on the Internet are way over the top....More
Jan 30, 2015
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Do the ex-Acompli now Outlook clients really compromise security or is everyone overreacting? 12

I fear that some of the noble denizens of the Internet quite lost the run of themselves following Microsoft’s January 29 announcement that their Acompli acquisition had received the full benefit of a corporate rebranding and had emerged to be available as Outlook for iOS and Outlook for Android (limited to some phones and tablets)....More
Jan 29, 2015
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The underappreciated Exchange Replay Lag Manager

Much like the members of the People’s Front of Judea struggled to find good with the Romans in Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”, those running on-premises Exchange servers often wonder whether Microsoft’s whole-hearted embracement of the cloud has benefited them. But it has, even if the rapid appearance of new features inside Office 365 sometimes makes the on-premises crowd think they are the forgotten few....More
Jan 27, 2015
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What wasn't revealed in the next chapter of Office on Windows

Microsoft certainly did an impressive job of describing their plans for Windows 10 on January 21 and then followed up on January 22 with details of what’s going to happen with Office 2016 in a post titled “The next chapter of Office on Windows”. Cue a feeding frenzy of news reports, most of which did nothing more than faithfully replicate the words of Julia White....More
Jan 22, 2015
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Compliance iceberg awaits Facebook @Work

The news that Facebook is trialling a work-oriented implementation of their eponymous social network might seem like bad news for Microsoft, who paid a lot of money in 2012 to acquire Yammer and has been busy since to integrate Yammer into its Office framework....More
Jan 20, 2015
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Reporting Office 365

Microsoft has never equipped on-premises Exchange with good reporting facilities and administrators have had to create their own reports using whatever facilities were available to them or turn to third-party software products such as the long-lived Promodag reports....More
Jan 15, 2015
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Control needed as Office Delve introduces even more potential for confusion

The big news on the Office 365 front last week was the introduction of “Boards” for Office Delve on January 7, labelled by Microsoft as “a new way to organize and share work.” As you probably know, Delve uses the Office Graph database...More
Jan 13, 2015
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Good week for Exchange on-premises customers as Microsoft makes some important updates

Some pretty good things happened in the world of Exchange over the last week that might have passed you by because they didn’t receive much publicity - or maybe because we're all punch drunk from the blizzard of new functionality that has appeared in Office 365. Let me bring the on-premises crowd up to date....More
Jan 8, 2015
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Behind the scenes with the Managed Folder Assistant 3

Given the amount of information accumulating in ever-swelling mailboxes, the Exchange Managed Folder Assistant (MFA) has a lot of work to do each time it sets out to make sure that retention policies have been correctly applied to mailboxes. ...More
Jan 6, 2015
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Exchange administrative tools and Active Directory: Not as close as they once were

When Exchange first embraced Active Directory in Exchange, Microsoft integrated the functionality to allow administrators to work with the Exchange-specific attributes that are used when objects are mail-enabled. When the Exchange management tools are installed on a server, three tabs are added to AD Users and Computers to display attributes grouped under Exchange General, Exchange Advanced, and Exchange Features. The integration eased the movement from the older Exchange 5.5 administration model and hid some of the perceived complexity of dealing with the brand-new Active Directory....More
Jan 1, 2015
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The World of Exchange in 2014 and What's Likely in 2015 1

At the end of last year I made some predictions for the world of Exchange in 2014. As is the way of the world, some I got right and some I got wrong. But everyone loves to argue as to what will happen with technology and it’s time that I made some forecasts for 2015. Before that, here’s a summary of the year gone by in the form of some...More
Dec 30, 2014
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What's changed in the fifteen years since Exchange 2000 shipped

Browsing my Exchange 2000 book recently (don't ask why I should be doing such a thing!), I found a quote by Scott McNealy, then CEO of Sun Microsystems. The quote is from an article in the Wall Street Journal (September 2, 1999):...More
Dec 24, 2014
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Changing circumstances make it difficult to measure adoption rate for Exchange 2013

A journalist asked me whether companies are deploying Exchange 2013 faster or slower than previous versions and what reasons are driving its adoption. I thought about the question a little and then replied that it is impossible to compare the adoption rate of one Exchange version against another because of the different circumstances that surrounded each release. Here’s what I meant....More
Dec 23, 2014
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Does anyone care that the Exchange 2013 Edge Transport server role came back? 6

When Microsoft shipped Exchange 2013 RTM, they forgot to include the Edge Transport (ET) role in the set available for deployment. Or maybe they omitted ET on purpose. In any case, customers were instructed that they could continue to use the Exchange 2010 version of ET and all would be well. And it was. That is, if you ignore the complaints....More
Dec 18, 2014
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The Confusion around Yammer and Office 365 Groups 4

I wrote about my experiences of using Microsoft’s Yammer-based Office 365 Community network last July and concluded that Yammer seemed to be a technology looking for a solution to fill....More
Dec 16, 2014
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Exchange Online increases eDiscovery mailbox limit and boasts better performance too

The Office 365 Roadmap is a great place to look for information about what’s coming up in the cloud-based versions of the Office servers and potentially new versions of their on-premises counterparts. Browsing the “Rolling Out” section recently, I noticed that an entry saying “Exchange eDiscovery mailbox search limit increased to 10K mailboxes,” which prompted some investigation....More
Dec 11, 2014
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Software magic behind Office 365 Groups document libraries

The new Office 365 Groups feature includes “Files,” a library intended to hold documents of interest to group members. The implementation of Files has not been without its problems and I received some criticism after publishing an article on the topic because of the way that I referred to OneDrive for Business in the text....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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