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  • Sep 19, 2014
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    Wrapping up Exchange Connections 2014

    Returning from Exchange Connections after a busy week in Las Vegas. The sessions were superb and we had great speakers, including a cast of well-known Exchange MVPs who fully lived up to their reputation for independent advice. We also had some great sessions delivered by Tim McMichael and Wes Blalock from Microsoft. And of course, as is normal at a technical conference, everyone worked extremely hard and no fun at all outside the sessions was had by anyone....More
  • Sep 17, 2014
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    Product quality and functionality gaps top-of-mind issues at Exchange Connections

    Exchange Connections rolled into Las Vegas for its annual get-together this week. I had the privilege of opening the conference and introducing some of the important issues and concerns that are addressed in sessions....More
  • Sep 15, 2014
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    Google kills showModalDialog API in Chrome 37 and does evil to Exchange 5

    Google, that well-known purveyor of the “don’t be evil” slogan, certainly cast the evil eye on Outlook Web App (OWA) and the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) when it changed version 37 of the Chrome browser (both 32-bit and 64-bit) to deprecate the showModalDialog method, which creates a modal dialog box that retains input focus while open....More
  • Sep 2, 2014
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    Why Exchange 2016 will be coming to you soon 2

    All of the hoo-hah that occurred at the recent Microsoft Exchange Conference around the many wonderful things that will soon appear in Office 365 as described in Microsoft’s “Evolution of Email” post will have fallen on stony ground for some. Those of us who use Office 365 will, of course, have no opportunity to vote on the matter because we have to accept the functionality provided in the service....More
  • Aug 28, 2014
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    OWA bug compromises item preservation for litigation and in-place holds

    Microsoft has confirmed that a bug in Outlook Web App (OWA) can be exploited to compromise in-place or litigation holds. The bug means that a user can remove items from their mailbox without Exchange tracking that action and preserving copies of the items. All other clients work properly – the problem is only with OWA. However, it affects Exchange Online (Office 365) and all supported versions of Exchange 2013, including the recently released cumulative update 6 (CU6)....More
  • Aug 22, 2014
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    TechEd Europe session selection not good news for on-premises customers or independent voices 5

    Those of you who plan to go to TechEd EMEA in Barcelona at the end of October might be disappointed to discover the lack of independent advice that exists at the conference regarding Exchange and associated technology. The Exchange MVPs, many of whom live in Europe, are also disappointed because Microsoft declined every MVP-led session that was proposed, most of which were submitted by speakers with strong track records of successful presentations at different events....More
  • Aug 21, 2014
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    Another opportunity for automation in eDiscovery for SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013

    Why is it that anything that involves co-operation between Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013 is quite so hard to setup and fragile to manage? It’s almost as if the two products are the result of work done by two very different development groups rather than part of one great big happy “Office Servers” family....More
  • Aug 19, 2014
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    The joy of an impractical 100,000 Exchange 2013 mailbox configuration 1

    Last November, I wrote about some configurations advanced by Hitachi and IBM that appeared to meet the storage needs of 120,000 Exchange 2013 mailboxes. In a nutshell, I didn’t think too much of the configurations because they featured Database Availability Groups (DAGs) that deployed only two copies of each mailbox database. That just doesn’t make sense in any way if you want to run such a large Exchange deployment....More
  • Aug 14, 2014
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    Rapid development in Office 365 reflects current software engineering practice

    The old carefully-paced world of software engineering worked well at a time when everyone accepted that it took time to design, program, test, and ship good software. It is a different matter today when any self-respecting web site is deemed static and perhaps even stagnant if it is the same from one week to the next....More
  • Aug 13, 2014
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    Update causes Outlook 2013 to fail to open archive mailboxes 5

    I don’t tend to pay much attention to my archive mailbox. It sits there in the list of resources opened by Outlook but I never really feel the need to go and check that the Managed Folder Assistant (MFA) is moving items to the archive in accordance with my retention policy. It just happens, and like most users, I just let it happen and forget all about the items that accumulate in those archive folders....More
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