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  • Sep 17, 2015

    All the Exchange news from IT/DEV Connections 2015

    I’m on the way back home after the 2015 IT/DEV Connections conference, which took place this week in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. Thankfully, everything seemed to run smoothly and the Enterprise Collaboration track functioned without too many problems. We had to do one quick room switch and Surface Pro 3 and other PCs posed some “interesting” AV challenges to get output to the projectors. HDMI seemed to be a particular problem and the AV team was not impressed that many speakers ran Windows 10 build 10532. Apparently VGA remains the lingua franca for AV guys....More
  • Sep 15, 2015

    Updates lay the foundation for the launch of Exchange 2016 3

    Because it’s been a while since Microsoft shipped Exchange 2013 CU9, today’s release of Exchange 2013 CU10 came as no surprise. After all, we have all become accustomed to the quarterly cadence of updates that are required to keep Exchange 2013 servers fully supportable, largely because the last few updates have been easily deployable and high quality....More
  • Sep 14, 2015

    Moving back to Windows Phone 8.1

    Last Friday, I gave up on Windows 10 Mobile (build 10512). The new version of the O/S, which is still very much in beta, had been running on my Lumia 1020 for the last month and had become increasingly unstable. Frequent reboots were necessary to restore normal service and performance was so slow at times that I wondered whether Windows 10 Mobile was wading through treacle. Battery life was another issue and the phone behaved like one of those warming bricks used by climbers and hill walkers to keep their digits toasty. I was an unhappy camper....More
  • Sep 3, 2015

    Father of PowerShell promoted to Microsoft Technical Fellow 3

    The news that Jeffrey Snover has been promoted to Technical Fellow, the top of Microsoft’s technical career path, is very welcome. Apart from being a really nice guy with a sometimes doubtful taste in ties, Jeffrey goes out of his way to answer questions on Twitter (@Jsnover)....More
  • Aug 27, 2015

    ESEUTIL - even more evil for DAGs

    All of the comments I included in my post “ESEUTIL – the evil utility” apply to both standalone servers and those who are members of a Database Availability Group (DAG). I bet you wouldn’t be surprised if I told you that there’s even more to consider when you contemplate running ESEUTIL against a database that has copies within a DAG....More
  • Aug 20, 2015

    Removing on-hold items from Exchange and SharePoint: unsupported but doable

    The usual reason for placing a mailbox on hold is to retain its contents for some legal or regulatory purpose. However, the situation might arise when it is necessary to remove some items from a mailbox that is on hold. For instance, someone might successfully sue your company to demand the removal of all information pertaining to them or some particular activity. If ordered to permanently remove the material, there is little you can do but comply....More
  • Aug 18, 2015

    New report slams Office 365 compliance features unfairly 2

    Compliance is a pretty big deal for many companies, especially those who operate in regulated industries. Almost every jurisdiction mandates that companies preserve certain records related to their business dealings. Given the widespread use of Exchange and SharePoint for communications, it should come as no surprise that Microsoft has invested heavily in building compliance features to support their use in business operations....More
  • Aug 5, 2015

    The unnecessary renaming of Outlook Web App 3

    The news that Microsoft is introducing a set of changes into their web client for Exchange Online was expected. After all, many of the changes described in yesterday’s Office blog post are already available in Exchange 2016 Preview, which must have set a new benchmark in terms of on-premises software receiving new features ahead of the cloud....More
  • Jul 30, 2015

    Exchange transport pipeline not quite so much of a chokepoint as before

    When Exchange 2013 CU9 appeared in June 2016, I thought that there were no surprises lurking in the new code....More
  • Jul 22, 2015

    Exchange 2016 (preview) now available for testing

    Microsoft has made a preview version of Exchange 2016 available for download. The code is on track for final release later on this year as part of the Wave 16 set of Office server applications, probably in the late October timeframe, which would match the release cadence for the last few versions....More
  • Jul 16, 2015

    What you should do to secure mailboxes when employees die

    Last week, I discussed the steps that companies can take to secure an Exchange mailbox after an employee is terminated or otherwise leaves the company. I also looked at the steps to accomplish the same goal for Office 365 in this article....More
  • Jul 7, 2015

    Securing an Exchange on-premises mailbox after an employee is fired 3

    Securing information after someone is fired (in HR terms, let go with good reason) is often important, especially if the now-terminated employee is suspected of some form of misconduct.  Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 offer a range of methods to secure and protect mailbox data but software features are useless unless they are executed properly within a well-documented and tested process....More
  • Jul 2, 2015

    Google’s Undo Send feature is better than Outlook Recall Message, but still not totally effective

    For whatever reason, the news that Google had upgraded Gmail’s experimental “Undo Send feature from beta to become a full-blown feature available to all caused quite a fuss last week. The feature has been around since 2009, when it first revealed by Google Labs. It’s a mystery why such a useful option took six years to make the transition....More
  • Jun 25, 2015

    VMware tells Microsoft that they don't know anything about Exchange 2013 performance 6

    I always like it when technologists have a fight. Not a proper fight you understand, one with bare fists and the like, but a good old-fashioning mauling with words....More
  • Jun 18, 2015

    Using intelligent capture and analysis tools to eliminate PSTs

    Returning to the topic of PSTs, but only because you can never have enough of these pestilent files, after I wrote about Microsoft’s new Office 365 import service, I had the chance to chat with some of the companies who are dedicated to tracking PSTs down....More
  • Exchange Exposed
    Jun 17, 2015

    Exchange Exposed #4: Exchange 2016 and the future of on-premises IT

    In this episode, Paul and Tony meet (over a transatlantic connection) to explore the latest developments in the world of on-premises and cloud Exchange with their guest, Justin Harris of Binary Tree....More
  • Jun 16, 2015

    Exchange 2013 CU9 appears alongside roll-up updates for Exchange 2007 SP3 and Exchange 2010 SP3 2

    It’s a sad but true fact that all computer software loses some of its “edginess” as its lifecycle progresses. When Exchange 2013 CU8 appeared on March 17, I called it a “boring” update because it included no major new functionality. On the other hand, CU8 exhibited none of the obvious problems in areas like coexistence and hybrid connectivity that had afflicted previous updates....More
  • Jun 11, 2015

    Microsoft updates Exchange ActiveSync to ensure that mobile clients stay connected 1

    The news that Microsoft is releasing a new version of the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol (16) into Office 365 might have passed you by. It certainly didn’t register on my radar (mostly because I don’t read the development blogs – I mean, how many blogs can one person follow?), but fortunately one of the other Exchange MVPs shared the information....More

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