Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

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
Aug 13, 2013
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Exchange and cloud application platforms - soon to be commonplace?

The news that Microsoft has released a security bulletin that affects Exchange 2007 (SP3), Exchange 2010 (SP2 and SP3), and Exchange 2013 is interesting, if only because it is the first time since the new servicing model for Exchange 2013 came into force. As you’ll recall, one big plus cited for the new model is the clear isolation between cumulative updates and security fixes. In other words, you can apply a security fix without having to first upgrade your server....More
Aug 8, 2013
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Exchange 2013 diagnostic and performance log files 4

A recent question in the Exchange TechNet Forum asked about Performance Monitor (PerfMon) data collector sets that appear in the \Microsoft\Exchange Server \V15\Logging\Diag...More
Aug 6, 2013
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Switching Office 365 plans more easily confirms growing maturity of "the service" 5

The news that Microsoft has made it easier for customers to switch Office 365 plans might not be deemed to be earthshattering, even in August when the pace and impact of technology news sometimes slows to the speed of molasses, but it is important in the context of the growing maturity of the platform....More
Aug 1, 2013
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The sad, curious, and brain-dead demise of TechNet subscriptions 17

I like to think that I am not one of the “enterprise fanboys” referred to by ZDNet's Ed Bott when he wrote about the curious decision taken by Microsoft to phase out TechNet subscriptions, but I am still upset, largely because I think this is a brain-dead decision by the world’s largest software company....More
Jul 30, 2013
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Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 (improved version) and the new Office 365 FastTrack methodology 9

As everyone knows, Microsoft released Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 on July 9. Three days afterward, Microsoft discovered a public folder permissions bug that forced them to say that they’d have to release an individual update (IU) to fix the problem....More
Jul 25, 2013
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Using Outlook Web App 2013 on a hotel TV 2

On a recent trip to Abu Dhabi, I was faced with the situation where the hotel wanted $25/day for Wi-Fi. I think the days when hotels should charge for Wi-Fi are long gone. It’s now a necessity for business travellers rather than a profit center to be milked by the hotel. After all, how much does it take to maintain a wireless network these days?...More
Jul 23, 2013
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First thoughts on using the OWA apps for iOS

I must have been pretty excited by Microsoft releasing their OWA for iOS apps on July 16. So much so that I mixed up Exchange 2013 for Exchange 2010 in a blog post title when commenting on the problem discovered with public folder mailbox permissions soon after Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 shipped. Oh well, that’s what you get when you try and multi-task....More
Jul 18, 2013
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Will the PRISM revelations affect customer plans to move to Office 365? 2

The revelations by Edward Snowden about the amount of data gathered by the U.S. government from various IT companies, including Microsoft, through their PRISM program has inevitably caused concern in companies who are considering moving some or all of their IT infrastructure to cloud services....More
Jul 16, 2013
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OWA iOS app makes its debut 3

When I published “Exchange ActiveSync to be replaced by OWA on mobile devices” on July 9, I certainly didn’t expect to see radical developments in the space quite so quickly, yet that’s just what happened when Microsoft released two free Outlook Web App (OWA) apps for iPhone and iPad in the Apple app store on July 16. Talk about good timing!...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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