Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

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 2

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
Aug 29, 2013
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Controlling Outlook Web App for Devices 3

Two topics deserve some discussion following the release of the Outlook Web App (OWA) for iOS apps. First, why are the apps only usable against Office 365 domains? Second, what aspects of the mobile device management capability built into Exchange do these apps leverage?...More
Aug 27, 2013
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Trauma for Exchange 2013 servers when Managed Availability goes bad 19

Managed Availability is one of the more interesting and perhaps compelling new features introduced in Exchange 2013. The idea is simple: to incorporate the ability to monitor, detect, and fix common problems that occur in a messaging system within the product so that it can, in a sense, take care of itself....More
Aug 22, 2013
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Impressive Office 365 uptime data means more pressure on on-premises IT managers 4

I guess that we should all be impressed at Microsoft’s proclamation about “Cloud Services that you can Trust: Office 365 availability”. The numbers look good and some impressive commitments to continued performance are made, all of which is good news....More
Aug 20, 2013
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120,000 mailboxes - you need the dedicated Office 365 service!

The announcement from New York State that they have decided to consolidate 27 different email, word, and data processing systems, including the migration of 120,000 mailboxes, by moving to Office 365 by the end of 2013 is interesting for many reasons....More
Aug 15, 2013
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Trading time for quality to improve Exchange 2013 updates 7

Some interesting information was included in the Q&A portion of the Exchange team’s post following the MS13-061 fiasco. As you might recall, this security bulletin was the first test of the new serving model for Exchange 2013....More
Aug 14, 2013
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MS13-061 causes search controller headaches for Exchange 2013 4

Yesterday Microsoft issued a set of security fixes, including a critical patch (MS13-061) that affected Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010, and Exchange 2007....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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