Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Feb 25, 2014

Exchange Server 2013 SP1: A Mixture of New and Completed Features 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Jan 21, 2014

Why I needed to use Outlook Web App's in offline mode instead of Outlook

I've made lots of comments about Outlook Web App (OWA) recently. Justifiably so, I think, seeing that I have actually been using OWA more than I usually do and Microsoft released their OWA for iOS apps....More
Jan 16, 2014

Service packs and cumulative updates make my head dizzy 2

Now that the dust has settled around Microsoft’s announcement that Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is on the way in “early 2014” along with updates for the other server applications in the Office suite, it’s probably a good time to reflect on the changing nature of service packs.<...More
Jan 14, 2014

Counting Client Access Licenses 5

Client Access Licenses (CALs) have a reputation for being difficult to figure out. Two exist for Exchange – the standard CAL that covers access to the basic feature set (such as being able to send and receive email) and the enterprise CAL, or eCAL, that licenses extended features such as in-place eDiscovery holds, customized ActiveSync policies, Unified Messaging, or Data Loss Prevention (DLP). The eCAL is additive to the standard CAL, so if you have an eCAL, you can use any of the functionality that exists in Exchange....More
Jan 9, 2014

Server heal thyself - Managed Availability and Exchange 2013 3

Returning to the topic of Managed Availability, in my last post I covered the logic and rationale that drove Microsoft to develop and implement such a capability in Exchange 2013 (and, possibly more importantly for their own purposes, in Exchange Online). This post looks at the implementation and how successful it has been to date.  ...More
Jan 7, 2014

The need for Managed Availability

As we start off in 2014, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at technology that gained increasing visibility during 2013. In terms of Exchange, there’s really only one candidate in that space: Managed Availability, otherwise known as the “Rodney Dangerfield” of the product (the reader is invited to figure out that analogy for their own amusement). I’ll cover the topic in two posts: this will cover the logic and rationale behind why Managed Availability exists....More
Jan 2, 2014

Some well-loved Exchange products expire in 2014 - or at least, their support expires - time to upgrade! 4

As we enter 2014, I’m sure that you are all looking back on 2013 and wondering how the year went by so quickly. For many, it was time to begin the process of finally bringing Exchange 2013 into production after Microsoft released the necessary updates for Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, and a set of cumulative updates, the latest of which (Exchange 2013 CU3) seems to be pretty stable and dependable.  ...More
Dec 31, 2013

Ten predictions for the world of Exchange in 2014 5

2013 seemed to go by in a flash as I was busy most of the year. Well, busy in my context, which means that I ended up doing stuff that I like to do, such as writing this blog. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on what I think will happen during 2014:...More
Dec 26, 2013

Not always straightforward to calculate the costs of moving on-premises email to Office 365 2

I received lots of comments and email after I posted details of my support experience with an Office 365 upgrade from Wave 14 to Wave 15. Thankfully everything was restored to full health once the problem was escalated within Microsoft and I have enjoyed using the Wave 15 version of Office 365 ever since....More
Dec 24, 2013

Running Exchange 2013 on Amazon Web Services 3

I’ve covered the topic of using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host Exchange when I speculated on when cloud application platforms might become commonplace for applications such as Exchange....More
Dec 19, 2013

ADSIEdit solves yet another problem for Exchange 2013 mailbox servers 3

Proving once again the usefulness of ADSIEdit, the “brain surgery” utility that fixes many problems in Active Directory, we see how KB2897047 describes using ADSIEdit to fix a small oversight that might have crept into Exchange 2013 servers after they had been upgraded to CU2 and indeed, an issue that might have persisted after the servers had been upgraded to...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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