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  • Dec 4, 2014
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    Chrome, iOS mail app, Groups, Clutter, and Novell - a mixed bag of updates

    Over the past few weeks I’ve been keeping an eye on what’s been happening with some new developments, extended stories, or stuff that just appears out of nowhere. It’s time to report on the current status to bring you all up to speed....More
  • Dec 3, 2014
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    Acompli acquisition transforms Microsoft mobile email client strategy

    One thing you can always be sure about when working with technology is that change is constant. When I wrote about Microsoft’s evolving mobile strategy for Exchange last May, it seemed pretty clear that Outlook Web App (OWA) was the driving factor to deliver user functionality....More
  • Dec 2, 2014
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    Grading Exchange 2013 in the two years since RTM

    Microsoft formally released Exchange 2013 (the Release to Manufacturing or RTM version) on December 3, 2012. For those who care about those things, the RTM build number was 516.032. Today, with Exchange 2013 CU7, the build number is 1044.xx. The question is how has Exchange 2013 done over two years, seven cumulative updates (including one formal service pack), and a difference of five hundred-odd in builds.   ...More
  • Nov 27, 2014
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    A clash between S/MIME and transport rules

    S/MIME support for Outlook Web App (OWA) is one of the resurrected features that makes its appearance in Exchange 2013 SP1. It’s much the same functionality as exists with Exchange 2010, with the exception that only recent versions of Internet Explorer (IE9 and above) are supported....More
  • Nov 25, 2014
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    OWA functionality gap widens between Office 365 and Exchange 2013 3

    When I wrote about Office 365 Groups, I remarked on the difference in the Outlook Web App (OWA) user interface that has opened up between the cloud and on-premises versions....More
  • Nov 13, 2014
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    OWA updates in Office 365 help with Chrome showModalDialog issue but no joy for on-premises versions 2

    By now you’re probably well aware that Google deprecated the showModalDialog method in version 37 of their Chrome browser to cause some problems for Outlook Web App (OWA) and Exchange Administration Center (EAC), both of which use the method to display modal screens to collect user input. Well, there’s good news and bad news on that topic....More
  • Nov 11, 2014
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    Microsoft pulls Exchange updates to fix installer problem

    We were all geared up for the release of Exchange 2013 CU7, Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8, and Exchange 2007 SP3 RU15 today when Microsoft made a last-minute decision to defer the updates....More
  • Nov 7, 2014
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    Forcing Exchange's Admin Center to use a specific language

      Exchange 2010 SP1 introduced the capability of allowing administrators to run the Exchange Control Panel (ECP) without requiring their account to be linked to a mailbox. This is a big deal for many companies who require people to access their email using “normal” or unprivileged accounts and don’t want administrators to use their mailboxes when logged in with elevated permissions....More
  • Nov 5, 2014
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    Active Directory schema extensions now a feature of every Exchange update

    Exchange administrators first became aware of the application’s need to extend the Active Directory schema when Exchange 2000 switched from its own directory service to embrace the new enterprise-capable X.500-like service launched with Windows 2000....More
  • Nov 3, 2014
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    iOS 8 ActiveSync problem causes out-of-date meetings 1

    I’ve been tracking an iOS/ActiveSync (EAS) issue posted to the Office 365 community on October 22. The problem surfaced when users began to receive notifications that some of their meetings were “found to be out of date” and had been “automatically updated.”...More
  • Oct 31, 2014
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    Azure beckons for Exchange DAG witness servers 3

    As you probably know, TechEd Europe has been taking place in Barcelona this week. Among the various announcements and news snippets released this week is the juicy morsel that Microsoft will support placement of the witness server for a Database Availability Group (DAG) in Azure from January 2015 onwards. No doubt a formal announcement will be published on the EHLO blog....More
  • Oct 30, 2014
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    Office Delve, Exchange mailboxes and even perhaps public folders

    From the perspective of a platform to enable collaboration, public folders are crude and unwieldy. Unsurprisingly, because public folders have received relatively little development since their introduction in Exchange 4.0 in 1996, they really don’t deliver a very good collaboration experience. You put stuff into folders to share it with others; they access the items and maybe update them, and that’s about it....More
  • 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 16, 2014
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    Why Exchange Online now preserves BCC and DL information in message headers

    If you browse the Office 365 roadmap, you might come across “Preserving DL membership and BCC for Exchange In-place hold” as one of the features listed as now rolling out and wonder what this means....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

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