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  • Oct 23, 2014
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    The fallacy of the workstation File Share Witness

    The hoary old theory that you can use a Windows 7/8 workstation to act as the witness server for an Exchange Database Availability Group (DAG) has been doing the rounds. Granted, it is a theory and no one that I know has yet succumbed to the desire to attempt to implement such a configuration. But as a public service, let me say for once and for all that the idea is unsupported, ill-advised, unpredictable, and just plain silly....More
  • Oct 20, 2014
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    Appointments reappear in OWA calendar as one Chrome bug is fixed

    Users of Outlook Web App (OWA) who like to use the Chrome browser have run into choppy waters recently. As it turns out, three distinct problems are in play. The first is Google’s deprecation of the showModalDialog method in Chrome version 38 that stops OWA (and the Exchange Administration Center) displaying modal dialogs to input data when objects are edited. The same problem afflicts Microsoft CRM....More
  • Oct 14, 2014
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    Microsoft turns off the last public folder in their internal Exchange deployment

    News has emerged from Microsoft that they managed to shut off the last on-premises public folder in September 2014, some 18 years after the original deployment. Apparently the public folders have been replaced by a mixture of SharePoint, OneDrive (for Business presumably), and site mailboxes....More
  • Oct 10, 2014
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    Exchange: the gateway drug to the cloud 7

    In an unsurprising comment, at least to me, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at the recent Gartner conference that: “Office 365 is the new Exchange and one will cannibalize the other. The key is to ensure that current Exchange customers can transition on their own terms.”...More
  • Oct 9, 2014
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    Google Chrome and Office Servers - the continuing saga

    Following along from the showModalDialog fiasco affecting Outlook Web App (OWA) and the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) in Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010, and Office 365 as well as Microsoft CRM, another example of how Google Chrome doesn’t quite play nice with Microsoft Office applications is in the inability of the 64-bit version of the browser to handle Lync meeting URLs correctly....More
  • Oct 7, 2014
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    Email and the evolving state of Office 365 collaboration features

    Reading the Forbes.com report describing how Thierry Breton, the Chairman and CEO of Atos has been attempting to eradicate email when it comes to internal communication and collaboration, some thoughts on how email fits into the collaboration spectrum came to mind, specifically in respect to the Atos experience (as reported)....More
  • Oct 2, 2014
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    Memories of Microsoft IT's 7-node mega-Exchange 2003 cluster 1

    Depending on your taste and the topic under discussion, nostalgia can be either mind-bendingly boring or terrifically interesting. A few weeks ago, I was shooting the breeze with a friend about some of the old Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) events that we had attended and our attention focused on some of the EMEA events that happened at the Acropolis in Nice, France....More
  • Sep 30, 2014
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    The best Exchange documentation update ever? 8

    I received quite a few messages after discussing how the recent Microsoft layoffs had affected some of the technical writers who covered topics such as High Availability and Information Protection for Exchange (on-premises and cloud). The decision came as a shock to everyone, not least those on whom the axe had fallen, because the general consensus was that the product documentation had been much improved over the last few versions....More
  • Sep 25, 2014
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    Microsoft layoffs impact Exchange technical writers - where now for documentation? 7

    I know far too much about the mechanics of corporate layoffs. Acquired through bitter experience working at executive level in DEC, Compaq, HP, and EDS, I know that all layoffs are horribly painful exercises, even if some of those who are laid off end up with better positions at other companies. There’s just something dreadful about informing someone that their work at a company has come to a sudden end and that they are about to be detached from the corporate body....More
  • Sep 23, 2014
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    Chrome problem for Exchange due to Google haste and Microsoft inattention

    I’ve been pondering how Google managed to do evil to OWA and EAC (and Microsoft CRM and other enterprise applications) when it removed the showModalDialog method from Chrome Version 37. As reported in KB3001145, the issue affects different elements of OWA and EAC in both the on-premises and cloud versions of Exchange. At this point, apart from using a different browser, there is no workaround except a registry hack that puts off the day of doom until May 2015....More
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