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  • Jul 29, 2014
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    Yammer - a technology still looking for a solution? 3

    The news that Yammer co-founder David Sacks is leaving Microsoft comes as no surprise. It is the nature of the beast that those who create a technology usually leave soon after that technology is bought and absorbed by a larger company. After all, they have lost control of their creation and have been richly compensated for that fact. Moving on to a new challenge is a natural reaction....More
  • Jan 24, 2013
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    Mark Crispin, father of IMAP, RIP

    Mark Crispin, father of the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) died on December 28, 2012. Due to the contribution Crispin made to email interoperability and access, his passing deserves the acknowledgement of the global email community. Although it’s now regarded to be an outdated protocol because it does not support the advanced features of modern email systems, IMAP still has a dedicated band of followers and is used by tens of millions of people daily to fetch email from Gmail, Exchange, Zimbra, and just about every other email server on the face of the planet. The major value of IMAP is its sheer ubiquity, with the golden rule being that if a client can’t access a server using another method, it probably can using IMAP. The world of email was very different when the first versions of IMAP were written at Stanford University in the mid-1980s. The vast majority of mailboxes were served by proprietary systems such as Digital’s ALL-IN-1 or IBM PROFS and the Internet was a loose collection of servers connected with dial-up telephone links. The Post Office Protocol (POP) existed then as it still lingers on today, but only allowed users to download messages from a server. This sufficed in many situations then – servers and clients alike were resource poor and it was deemed to be a good thing to remove items from server mailboxes to bring them down to clients for processing. Crispin conceived IMAP as a mail access protocol that advanced the state of the art by allowing access to more than an Inbox folder on the server, supported concurrent access to mailboxes, and offered much more functionality to manipulate messages than the POP protocol allowed. Originally developed in Lisp, a language much favoured by people working on Artificial Intelligence at the time, on a Digital TOPS-20 computer, the value of IMAP was realized in its fast evolution and adoption to the point where IMAP4 appeared in 1994. IMAP4 has been extended many times with additions by vendors (...More
  • Jan 18, 2013
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    IceWarp Provides All-In-One Communications Infrastructure

    For many companies, 2013 is likely to be a year of system upgrades, or at least investigating the new versions of software as they become available. In a Microsoft-centric world, businesses have big decisions around nearly every major IT component, from OSs with the releases of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, to office productivity with Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013, to administration with System Center 2012. Unless your Microsoft Exchange Server implementation is seriously ailing, moving to Exchange Server 2013 might be a low priority this year. Even if your business does need a messaging system upgrade, either to get off older, no-longer-supported software or to take advantage of new features, installing the new Exchange still might not be in the budget....More
  • Nov 22, 2012
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    Exchange 2013 and TMG explained

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers! While you’re all tucking into turkey, the rest of us are sweating over hot keyboards (memo to self, time to look into laptop’s cooling capabilities) and interpreting the latest missive emitting from the EHLO blog. In this case, the ever-erudite Greg Taylor goes into print to explain how to publish Exchange 2013 to the Internet using TMG. The subject matter might strike you as strange, given that Microsoft announced their intention of discontinuing TMG alongside their other on-premises security products in September. Why therefore bother to go to the trouble of documenting how to use a soon-to-cease product (licenses still available until December 2012) alongside the brand-new-and-sparkling Exchange 2013 (which can’t be really deployed yet)? In fact, the Exchange team, in particular Greg Taylor, is simply repeating the advice given at MEC when he pointed out that: a) TMG is very popular in the Exchange community where it is extensively used as a reverse proxy b) Microsoft won’t stop mainline support for TMG until April 2015 c) Why worry, be happy, and something will come along that’s much better than TMG by then QED. Or for those who weren’t forced to ingest Latin at school, something that needed to be demonstrated, in this case the wisdom of continuing to use TMG. And that’s exactly what Greg shows as he explains the publishing rules that are necessary to make the wonders of Exchange 2013 available to the Internet. But there’s more. Buried in the text are two interesting discussions about new aspects of Exchange 2013. The first is the cloud app model, something that I know you’re all waiting to use as the prospect of being able to consult Bing Maps to find out where the sender of a message is located will bring joy to many. Or so the folks who demo the feature tell us. Greg says that the apps are cool and that’s good enough for me, but I do have a nagging doubt that Bing Maps will be able to cope with the more r...More
  • Oct 1, 2012
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    Email in the Cloud: Avoid the Pitfalls

    Email services have long been one of the first places companies have looked for outsourcing to the cloud. It makes a lot of sense: Few companies are in the business of providing email (with the exception of service providers), although email is essential to almost every business. Therefore, why not let someone else manage this function and free up your IT resources to focus on projects more central to your company's mission?...More
  • Sep 11, 2012
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    Exchange 2013 Site Mailboxes; a new beginning for collaboration?

    What are we to make of the latest attempt by Microsoft to achieve collaborative nirvana in the shape of Exchange 2013 site mailboxes as described in a recent EHLO post? Those of us experienced enough to have gone through many false dawns in the past might be forgiven to being a tad cynical about the promises of collaboration bliss, the easy interaction between SharePoint and Exchange, the completeness of discovery searches across multiple repositories, and the excellence of the Outlook 2013 user interface, but that’s not a reason to consign site mailboxes to the wastebasket, at least not at this point. Everyone will have their own definition of what collaboration means and how this can be best achieved within Exchange. Some believe that email (still the collaborative application par excellence) is good enough, provided it is used well. Others consider public folders to be capable of satisfying the needs of their organization and look forward to the advent of “modern” public folders in Exchange 2013. And there are many who have invested heavily in SharePoint and are annoyed that Microsoft has not been able to connect Exchange to SharePoint in any coherent manner since SharePoint was first released some eleven years ago. I doubt that site mailboxes will do much for anyone who is focused on email or public folders. There is sufficient in Exchange 2013 to keep these folk happy and anyway, the thoughts of having to deploy SharePoint 2013 into production....More
  • Aug 23, 2012
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    The Basic Impossibility of Renaming an Exchange Server 2

    Because we’re all skilled computer professionals who have carefully considered a suitable computer naming convention before deploying any server into production, I can’t think of good reasons why anyone would ever want to rename an Exchange server. On the other hand, I can think of some pretty bad reasons for wanting to rename a server such as wishing to update all names following a corporate merger or as part of a rebranding exercise launched by the marketing department....More
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