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  • 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
  • Jun 9, 2015

    How Exchange's new ever-expanding archive mailbox works

    Microsoft’s announcement of their intention to enable a “truly bottomless archive” for Office 365 enterprise tenants might have created some curiosity as to how Microsoft intends to provide this feature. Apart from the massive increase in disk space, that is, because we all know that Office 365 wants to provide users with massive repositories....More
  • Jun 2, 2015

    Managing user mailboxes to specific quotas with retention policies

    A little while ago, some of the Exchange MVPs were discussing a company’s desire to have size-based archiving rather than the age-based archiving that retention policies are designed to accomplish. As you might recall, you can define a retention policy that includes tags that use the “Move to Archive” action to instruct the Managed Folder Assistant (MFA) to move items that come under the scope of the policy to an archive mailbox after the retention period elapses....More
  • May 28, 2015

    ESEUTIL is now the evil utility

    ESEUTIL has a long history with Exchange. A command-line utility that has clung magnificently to the same interface since Exchange 4.0, ESEUTIL used to be one of the go-to utilities for any administrator. But that was in the bad old days of single databases, flaky disks, and wholesale software bugs, a toxic combination that endowed ESEUTIL with almost magical powers of restoring any Exchange server to rude good health if applied with care....More
  • May 26, 2015

    Microsoft claims 35% of Exchange installed base is now on Office 365 2

    In an attempt to catch up with everything that happened at the recent Microsoft Ignite conference, I listened to the Channel 9 recording of a session called “Extending Microsoft Office 365 Visibility, Security and Compliance: Office 365 Management APIs”, which featured the interesting claim that 35% of the Exchange installed base is now on Office 365 (see graphic). The same presentation also stated that some 1.2 million customers now use Office 365....More
  • May 14, 2015

    Eradicating EV stubs from Exchange mailboxes isn't easy 3

    I was astonished at the reaction I received from last week’s post about the new Office 365 Import service and how Microsoft had Symantec Enterprise Vault (EV) squarely in its cross-hairs in a crusade to repatriate information back from EV to Exchange. Many people contacted me to seek more details of the service (it’s available now to Office 365 tenants) or with questions. It is clear that a lot of data has been exported from Exchange over the years. And I mean a lot!...More

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