Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Jul 8, 2013
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Rapid evolution in Exchange compliance features causes some problems 4

Microsoft has poured huge amounts of engineering effort into Exchange to produce the array of compliance features available in Exchange 2013. As is often the case with software, backward compatibility poses a problem in some areas. It's worth keeping an eye on the detail....More
Jul 2, 2013
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Interesting approach to public folder support in Outlook Web App 2013

Outlook Web App 2013 is updated in Exchange 2013 CU1 to reintroduce public folder support - but only the modern variety. And interestingly, you cannot browse the public folder hierarchy any more. Instead, you add the folders you're interested in to your favorites and access them that way....More
Jun 27, 2013
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Outlook Web App 2013 and its morphing user interface

I might not have like Outlook Web App (OWA) 2013 as much as I do its predecessor because I consider the 2010 version to be more functional than the current release. But that’s not to say that OWA 2013 does not bring some new tricks to the party and my feeling on the topic might just be because some of the new OWA features don’t work for me....More
Jun 25, 2013
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Exchange 2013's version differences and testing difficulties 2

Microsoft is doing a lot to reduce version dependencies in Exchange and much progress has been made in Exchange 2013. Unfortunately, some problems still exist and some of those bugs are ones that you would have thought might have been picked up during testing. Perhaps Microsoft does not do so much interoperability testing with legacy versions......More
Jun 20, 2013
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Statistics, vile lies, and mailbox data

I like the Get-MailboxStatistics cmdlet, if only because it provides an insight into mailbox contents, which you sometimes need to understand in order to perform tasks such as server sizing....More
Jun 18, 2013
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Once a quarter is not once every thirteen weeks (for Exchange 2013 cumulative updates)

Those of you who marked your calendar for July 2 as the likely date for Microsoft to release Exchange 2013 CU2 will probably be disappointed as there are no signs that Microsoft will release CU2 on this date. This might come as a surprise given the interpretation that most people, including myself, arrived at when Microsoft announced their new servicing strategy for Exchange 2013 last February and said “CU’s will be delivered on a pre-determined schedule four times a year”. Being slightly nerdy, four times a year became “once a quarter” and then “every thirteen weeks”....More
Jun 13, 2013
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Exchange 2013 books gradually appear - deployments must be starting

It takes some time after a product is shipped before books containing a real insight into the product appear. The fact that some new Exchange 2013 books are soon to be published must indicate something - maybe that deployments are about to commence in real volume?...More
Jun 11, 2013
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Suppressing journaling for Exchange 2013 Managed Availability synthetic messages 1

  Fellow MVP Jeff Guillet was the first to comment about the effect of the synthetic messages generated by the Exchange 2013 Managed Availability system on journaling. At that time we were still learning about the way that Exchange 2013 worked in production and some problems could be expected, especially around the finer operational aspects of the new server....More
Jun 10, 2013
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Fantastic session line-up selected for Exchange Connections

Receiving 85 session proposals for Exchange Connections was a simply great outcome. The variety available created terrific pressure for selection as only 16 agenda were slots assigned originally for Exchange-related content....More
Jun 5, 2013
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Database limits head north in Exchange 2013 CU2 while LinkedIn causes headaches elsewhere 2

It’s the week for TechEd North America but I’m not there due to a previous commitment to drive down through France to discover some new vineyards, a task that I am happy to report was successfully carried out. But thanks to the wonders of the Interweb and spotty Wi-Fi connections, I have been carefully tracking matters as they unfolded in New Orleans and elsewhere so that I can report them to you....More
Jun 4, 2013
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Comparing results from different calculators is a fool's game (and Exchange 2010 SP3 RU1) 2

  I guess that it was inevitable that people would rush to use the Exchange 2013 server role requirements calculator and compare its output to the results generated by the Exchange 2010 mailbox server calculator. And of course, the results do not match. Not by a long way, because Exchange 2013 uses a different architecture than its predecessor and because server hardware has different capabilities than it had when Exchange 2010 was designed....More
May 30, 2013
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Using an Office 365 free trial domain to test software

The natural approach when wanting to try out new technology is to set up some test computers.This is the right approach in many situations as it is the best way to verify that technology will actually work in your environment.But if youjust want to find out how technology works, perhaps running a quick test on a cloud platform will do the job. In this case, I used a Office 365 trial domain to test the latest Wave 15 server applications....More
May 28, 2013
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The demise of the infamous FSW warning

A number of interesting tweaks have been made to Exchange 2013's high availability capabilities in CU1, including the long-overdue eradication of the infamous warning that Exchange has insufficient permission to access a DAG's File Share Witness. All good stuff!...More
May 23, 2013
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UC Architects make a splash with their new Windows Phone App 2

It's nice to have some help to filter the mass of information that we have to cope with on a daily basis. The fine people known as "the UC Architects" have made a Windows Phone app available. Those of you who insist on using i* devices or Android can use their podcast feed. And there's more because Microsoft has updated its RSS feed for Exchange. All good stuff!...More
May 21, 2013
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The rather splendid Exchange 2013 server calculator 5

The old adage is that you wait forever for a bus and then two come along in quick succession. So it is with Exchange 2013 hardware planning tools with the May 6 article on performance planning methodology being followed by by a May 14 release of an updated mailbox role calculator. All seems well and there's lots of goodness in the Excel-driven calculator. But do remember to engage your brain as recommendations derived by software are not always (or ever) perfect....More
May 16, 2013
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Migration challenges await in City of Boston's transition to Gmail 3

Microsoft lost its most recent fight with Google as the City of Boston decided to move from Exchange to Gmail and Google Docs. I see some challenges ahead to migrate Microsoft Office documents to Google Docs but the most interesting question that arises from this situation is why Microsoft failed to win with Office 365. After all, when you are the incumbent, it's hard to lose. Isn't it?...More
May 14, 2013
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New email features from Microsoft and Google prove the worth of competition

  Apropos to my recent post about the importance of the competition that has occurred between Google and Microsoft in the evolution of email since the introduction of Gmail in April 2004, two other recent developments by Google seem worthy of positive comment....More
May 9, 2013
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Configuring site mailboxes: a candidate for automation 2

Exchange 2013 supports site mailboxes, a new way of document-centric collaboration that bridges the gap between Exchange and SharePoint. To use site mailboxes, you need to deploy SharePoint 2013 alongside Exchange 2013 and use Outlook 2013 as the client. Outlook is clever enough to mask the join marks between the email items stored and managed by Exchange and the documents held in SharePoint, with each site mailbox using a form of shared mailbox in Exchange and a SharePoint site. So good so far and we’re off to a new era of collaborative bliss – or maybe not....More
May 7, 2013
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The curious lack of Exchange 2013 hardware planning tools

Exchange 2010 has a great mailbox server role calculator available to help plan server configurations. Yet eight months after its release, Microsoft still has not updated its tools to support Exchange 2013. What's going on and why might this be so? Perhaps it's the nature of the changes that have been made to Exchange 2013. What's for sure is that you will need to equip servers with more memory......More
May 2, 2013
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Exchange Connections - Calling all speakers

Las Vegas in October - conference time again. But with a difference - Exchange Connections is back and it's going to be packed with insightful and practical information about Exchange and its surrounding ecosystem. Opportunities exist for speakers and you can submit session ideas until May 14. It should be great fun!...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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