Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Mar 27, 2014
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What to do (and what not to do) at the Microsoft Exchange Conference 1

The suitcase is packed (with too much stuff), the air tickets are confirmed, I have great hope that a hotel room will be waiting, and I’m off to the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin. The conference begins next Monday and I anticipate learning some new stuff over the following three days. At least, that’s the plan....More
Mar 25, 2014
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Technology is so much easier when everyone shares their knowledge 6

I note that the avuncular Steve Goodman has posted an updated version of his well-respected Exchange environmental report, refreshed to deal with Exchange 2013 SP1. Don’t worry, this PowerShell script is well capable of dealing with Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 servers as well, which makes it a very valuable tool indeed....More
Mar 20, 2014
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No warning about patch required for Exchange 2013 SP1 2

As we all know, the happiness around the release of Exchange 2013 SP1 on February 25 was quickly pierced by reports that third-party add-on products could not be installed with SP1 due to some formatting problems in two XML configuration files included in the kit....More
Mar 18, 2014
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Exchange message tracing extended to 90 days in Office 365 - what about the on-premises version?

Listening to a call about the recent decision by Microsoft to support message tracing in Office 365 for up to 90 days, my mind wandered (as it does). Not, I hasten to add, because of any inadequacy on the part of the presenter, but more to consider the nature of message tracing and why we need it at all....More
Mar 13, 2014
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Contemplating the RSS feed for Exchange Knowledge Base articles 2

The folks responsible for maintaining the RSS feed describing the latest Microsoft Knowledge Base articles for Exchange 2013 (or the equivalent feed for Exchange 2010) must share the high availability principle of multiple copies delivering the best service. What’s for sure is that they very much like publishing at least two copies of every article, if not three or four....More
Mar 11, 2014
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Exchange's interesting document fingerprinting feature

After its introduction in Exchange 2013, Data Loss Prevention (DLP) never really impressed. Although the technology is an interesting extension of transport rules and Microsoft’s initial foray into the world of DLP (see this link for the EHLO blog post on the topic), it was limited by need to deploy Outlook 2013....More
Mar 10, 2014
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Apple releases iOS 7.1 - Exchange administrators applaud (or not)

The news that Apple has released iOS 7.1 creates an opportunity for Exchange administrators to get ahead of any potential problems in the interaction between the iOS mail app and Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). The rule is simple – test the new release before your users upgrade their iPhones and iPads and check that everything works, including the usually problematic areas of calendaring....More
Mar 6, 2014
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EMS command logging reappears in Exchange 2013 SP1

In January, I wrote about how you can use administrator auditing to gain some insight into the internal workings of the Exchange Administration Center (EAC). This is a somewhat unnatural replacement for the three methods available in the Exchange 2010 EMC to see the Exchange Management Shell (EMS) commands that the console executes to get work done....More
Mar 5, 2014
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Exchange 2013 SP1 suffers late-breaking bug that affects third-party products 1

Like many others, I eagerly anticipated the arrival of Exchange 2013 SP1. The first service pack of any Microsoft server application has a special resonance with the installed base, most of whom are reluctant to deploy the RTM version of any software. Far better, the adage goes, to let others blaze a trail to glory....More
Feb 27, 2014
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Exchange 2013 SP1 introduces simplified DAGs 1

The TechNet article “What’s new in Failover Clustering in Windows 2012 R2” contains a description of an “Active Directory-detached cluster“, which refers to a cluster deployed without the traditional dependencies on Active Directory. These dependencies are caused by the need to register computer objects representing the cluster in Active Directory and include the cluster name object (CNO). An example of a CNO for an Exchange 2013 cluster is shown below....More
Feb 25, 2014
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Exchange Server 2013 SP1: A Mixture of New and Completed Features 6

Microsoft has announced the release of Exchange 2013 SP1, or cumulative update 4 (CU4) to its friends. The announcement will no doubt come as pleasant relief to those who insist that no Microsoft server product can ever be installed until the first service pack appears. Like waiting for the first cuckoo of spring to sing before planting, such a well-worn adage is challenged in an era when the demands of the cloud mandates that on-premises customers receive quarterly updates, but some people find it hard to shift old habits. In any case, SP1 is now available for download....More
Feb 20, 2014
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Four synchronization issues between Outlook and site mailboxes

Site mailboxes provide a new collaborative interface between SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013 that’s intended to exploit the different strengths of the two products – document management for SharePoint and email for Exchange. Outlook 2013 Professional Plus is the only client that can currently access site mailboxes....More
Feb 18, 2014
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Exchange's most annoying and confusing error message 1

Coding error messages and making sure that the errors are generated in the right place and at the right time is probably well down the list of “things I want to do at work” for software developers. I was never happy to spend time composing error messages and inserting them into code and I can’t imagine that the Exchange developers are too enthusiastic about the task either....More
Feb 13, 2014
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The raging debate around the lack of NFS support in Exchange 3

Based on some of the Twitter traffic that I have received recently, my post “NFS and Exchange – not a good combination” appeared to have hit a nerve with some NFS vendors. People working at Nutanix and EMC used Twitter to tell me how wrong I was in saying that NFS might corrupt Exchange databases....More
Feb 11, 2014
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The Outlook 2013 slider and its potential effect on archive mailboxes

In September 2012, I speculated whether the change in OST format in Outlook 2013 and the introduction of the “slider” would have any effect on users. As it happens, the slider – which allows users to decide how much of their mailbox should be cached in the OST for offline access – might have a more long-term effect on Exchange....More
Feb 6, 2014
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Viewing administrator audit entries - a start made, more to do

I discussed how to enable administrator audit logging and access the resulting audit entries in Exchange 2010 as long ago as April 2011. Apart from enabling administrator auditing by default in newly-deployed organizations, not much has really changed since that time....More
Feb 4, 2014
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The unhappy mixture of Office 365, Outlook Web App, and Windows XP

On December 3, I blogged about some Outlook Web App (OWA) problems that users running Windows XP clients with IE8 had experienced. In a nutshell, browser was less than optimal. In fact, a sluggish snail was faster to paint pages than OWA could....More
Jan 30, 2014
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Google Chrome and corporate Windows IT environments 2

Reading a blog post describing why Chrome is not usable within corporate Windows environment, my mind wandered a tad to consider why Chrome has been my preferred browser for the past several years....More
Jan 28, 2014
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Managed Availability needs a human-friendly interface 1

As we look forward to the arrival of Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1), it’s worth asking what additional feature you would like to see appear in the on-premises software. At least, I think it’s a question worth asking, so here goes....More
Jan 23, 2014
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Discovering what PowerShell cmdlets are run by Exchange Administration Center

If, like me, you regret the loss of the three PowerShell “learning features” in the transition from Exchange 2010’s management console (EMC) to the new Exchange Administration Center (EAC) as used in Exchange 2013, your pain might be relieved a little by the realization that administration auditing can reveal some of the same PowerShell detail that ca...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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