Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Jun 2, 2015

Managing user mailboxes to specific quotas with retention policies

A little while ago, some of the Exchange MVPs were discussing a company’s desire to have size-based archiving rather than the age-based archiving that retention policies are designed to accomplish. As you might recall, you can define a retention policy that includes tags that use the “Move to Archive” action to instruct the Managed Folder Assistant (MFA) to move items that come under the scope of the policy to an archive mailbox after the retention period elapses....More
May 28, 2015

ESEUTIL is now the evil utility

ESEUTIL has a long history with Exchange. A command-line utility that has clung magnificently to the same interface since Exchange 4.0, ESEUTIL used to be one of the go-to utilities for any administrator. But that was in the bad old days of single databases, flaky disks, and wholesale software bugs, a toxic combination that endowed ESEUTIL with almost magical powers of restoring any Exchange server to rude good health if applied with care....More
May 26, 2015

Microsoft claims 35% of Exchange installed base is now on Office 365 2

In an attempt to catch up with everything that happened at the recent Microsoft Ignite conference, I listened to the Channel 9 recording of a session called “Extending Microsoft Office 365 Visibility, Security and Compliance: Office 365 Management APIs”, which featured the interesting claim that 35% of the Exchange installed base is now on Office 365 (see graphic). The same presentation also stated that some 1.2 million customers now use Office 365....More
May 21, 2015

Updates make Office 365 Groups more useful 2

On Tuesday, I discussed how changes in engineering practices are driving innovation within Office 365. One of the more interesting areas is the use of Office 365 Groups to provide a single identity for access to applications and data drawn from across the service. Microsoft spent a lot of time discussing what they’re up to with Office 365 Groups at the recent Ignite conference....More
May 19, 2015

New engineering philosophies drive innovation within Office 365

Office 365 means different things to different people. Someone who moved from Exchange on-premises probably takes an email-centric view of Office 365 while those who now use it for SharePoint Online see Office 365 through a different lens. This is natural because each of us views the world from our own personal perspective....More
May 14, 2015

Eradicating EV stubs from Exchange mailboxes isn't easy 3

I was astonished at the reaction I received from last week’s post about the new Office 365 Import service and how Microsoft had Symantec Enterprise Vault (EV) squarely in its cross-hairs in a crusade to repatriate information back from EV to Exchange. Many people contacted me to seek more details of the service (it’s available now to Office 365 tenants) or with questions. It is clear that a lot of data has been exported from Exchange over the years. And I mean a lot!...More
May 12, 2015

Why we shouldn’t care that Exchange 2016 really is Exchange 2013 SP2

The great and the good in the worlds of Exchange and SharePoint gathered together in the Signature Room on the 95th floor of Chicago’s Hancock Building on May 3 to celebrate the coming out of Exchange 2016 and SharePoint 2016. It was a nice night, full of discussion about our favorite product, and it was a fine start to the week of Ignite....More
May 8, 2015

Why the power of Office Graph and Delve frightened some Ignite attendees

I've been covering Office Delve since its release to Office 365 tenants last September and enjoyed watching how the application has evolved and learning the power of the underlying Office Graph technology....More
May 7, 2015

Microsoft declares war on Symantec Enterprise Vault and looks to bring back data into Exchange Online 2

Last week I discussed a new data import service that Microsoft has introduced to allow Office 365 customers to send PSTs to Microsoft datacenters for ingestion into the cloud. This week I sat in on an archiving session given by Dheepak Ramaswamy at the Ignite conference and learned some of the thinking and detail around the new capability....More
May 6, 2015

News about Data Loss Prevention for SharePoint Online revealed at Microsoft Ignite

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is a feature that was first introduced in Exchange (2013 and Online) and is now in SharePoint Online (but not the on-premises version). I covered the initial news on this topic last year and took the chance at the Microsoft Ignite conference to find out had the functionality predicted then been realized in production....More
May 5, 2015

News from Ignite: How Exchange 2016 benefits by technology transfer from the cloud

Following their EHLO teaser from a few weeks back, Microsoft delivered a lot more information about what on-premises customers can expect in Exchange 2016 in roadmap and architecture sessions at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago today. The product is still tracking for a release towards the end of this calendar year and I expect to see it in October if previous release patterns are followed....More
May 5, 2015

Roadmap reveals potential for Office 365 Groups

Confirmation that Office 365 Groups occupy an important position in the overall fabric of the service came in an Ignite session that laid out a roadmap featuring new mobile clients, integrations with Delve and Dynamics CRM, and better management capabilities through PowerShell....More
May 4, 2015

Satya Nadella launches Microsoft Ignite 1

Microsoft Ignite is massive. Over 23,000 people have come together in Chicago to attend the technical event that replaces conferences such as TechEd, Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC), and the SharePoint Conference as the once-a-year update for technology professionals. I guess I must be in that category, which is why I ended up at the opening keynote headlined by CEO Satya Nadella this morning. The room was massive (apparently it took two full days to put out all the chairs) and was backed up by a pretty large overflow room that was also full....More
Apr 30, 2015

Clearing the decks for Ignite - more on Office 365 numbers, anti-malware, and PST imports 2

The countdown to Microsoft Ignite next week has truly begun as I have seen a barrage of tweets (is that the collective noun?) to inform me that people have started traveling. It must take a long time to get to Chicago or some camels are involved in the personal travel arrangements of the most interesting people in the technical community. In the meantime, to clear the decks before I get going myself, some interesting things have popped up over the last day or so....More
Apr 29, 2015

Enhanced NDRs for Exchange Online but no news for on-premises servers

Among the blizzard of pre-Ignite announcements, you might have spotted the news from the Office 365 team that they are rolling out "enhanced non-delivery reports (NDRs)". I know that this news will not excite many, but it is important simply because of the massive number of misaddressed messages that arrive into the service....More
Apr 28, 2015

Office 365 Groups show up in Outlook 2016 Preview

Office 365 Groups first appeared in October 2014 to deliver team collaboration workspaces created from an Exchange Online shared mailbox and calendar and a SharePoint Online document library. They have since been enhanced with the addition of a shared OneNote notebook that can be edited by any of the group members....More
Apr 23, 2015

Microsoft on course for $6.3 billion run rate for commercial cloud services implying 90 million Office 365 mailboxes 4

In February, Microsoft estimated that the annual run rate for commercial cloud products was on course to achieve an annual run rate of $5.5 billion by the end of their FY15 fiscal year in June. Today, Microsoft upped that estimate when they released their Q3 FY15 results to say that:...More
Apr 23, 2015

Treat the new Office 365 150 MB maximum message size with caution 1

I hope that the excitement that I heard voiced by many when Microsoft announced that Office 365 now allows the transmission of messages of up to 150 MB has quietened down. Sure, it’s nice to be able to send the manuscript of an entire book via email (something I did the other day with some glee), but some intractable problems exist that must be overcome before the new limit is really practicable....More
Apr 22, 2015

Customer lockbox the most interesting feature in Office 365 security announcements

It’s the conference season. RSA, the big gathering for the security industry, is this week. Microsoft Build is next week and Ignite the week after. Anyone who goes to all three conferences will be battle-weary and exhausted when they’re done....More
Apr 21, 2015

Microsoft teases about Exchange 2016 but the real detail will be at Ignite

A new version of Exchange inevitably creates some speculation as to what big headline features will be included. As examples of headline features, Exchange 2007 introduced log shipping, Exchange 2010 gave us the Database Availability Group, and Exchange 2013 brought Managed Availability to the table. These features are important in terms of convincing customers to upgrade to the new version....More
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Tony Redmond

Tony Redmond is a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro. His latest books are Office 365 for Exchange Professionals (eBook, May 2015) and Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out: Mailbox...
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