Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Aug 6, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Jul 16, 2013

New servicing model hiccups as Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 public folder permissions bug appears 5

I read the EHLO post describing the problem Microsoft discovered with public folder mailbox permissions after a move with a sense of déjà vu and deep concern. Coming just three days after they had posted the news about Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 availability, I’m sure that the Exchange development group was not too amused when they discovered the problem either....More
Jul 11, 2013

Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 makes its appearance

Microsoft released the second servicing update for Exchange 2013 RTM (CU2) on July 9, 2013, some fourteen weeks after CU1 and in line with its goal to make service updates available on a quarterly basis (read this to be once during a quarter rather than on a strict quarter boundary)....More
Jul 9, 2013

Exchange ActiveSync to be replaced by Outlook Web App on mobile devices? 16

In a couple of recent posts I discussed the developing user interface seen in Outlook Web App (OWA) for both Exchange 2013 and Exchange Online and how OWA takes a new approach to public folder support. These enhancements plus a most welcome increase in the client's responsiveness from Exchange 2013 CU1 onward have combined to make OWA 2013 a very nice place to work....More
Jul 8, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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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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