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  • May 20, 2014
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    Microsoft pulling back on some MEC commitments and a rather delicious rumour 2

    Listening to last week’s edition (#362) of the “Windows Weekly” (featuring Paul Thurrott and Mary-Jo Foley) broadcast, I was intrigued by the rumor that Microsoft will make a trial version of the next major version of on-premises Exchange at TechEd EMEA in Barcelona (October 28-31)....More
  • May 15, 2014
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    The case of the apparent log roll

    “Log roll” is a technique used in Exchange 2007 CCR/SCR clusters to force replication between cluster members at times when not much activity is occurring on the servers. When servers are busy, log replication happens regularly as transactions fill the 1MB logs and force Exchange to close off the active log, create new logs, and replicate. It’s a virtuous cycle....More
  • May 13, 2014
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    If Gmail had a reasonable client (like Outlook) 2

    I don’t know who Microsoft invites to attend their regular “Plugfest” events when they discuss protocols and interoperability with Microsoft products, but I hazard a guess that not many invitations wing their way to the Googleplex in Mountain View. This thought came into my mind when I considered why Gmail still struggles to break into many corporate environments....More
  • May 8, 2014
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    The irritation of mailbox database pings and event 6002

    Continuing a campaign to rid Exchange of annoying and silly details (like the error message discussed recently), my next target is event 6002, which is logged on an ongoing and continuous basis by “MS Exchange Mid-Tier Storage” (whatever that is)....More
  • May 6, 2014
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    Why you absolutely cannot upgrade Windows on an Exchange server

    In September 2012, just before the RTM version of Exchange 2013 shipped, I wrote about choosing between Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012 as the operating system for Exchange 2013 deployments. At that time I concluded that an equal case could be made for either version of Windows, but that it made sense to select the more modern version because it would last for the supported lifetime of Exchange 2013. As we’ve seen with Exchange 2003, that could be a decade or more....More
  • May 1, 2014
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    Session 3: Data Loss Prevention  

    Presented by:Tony Redmond and Paul Robichaux Running Time: 55 min DLP is a new feature introduced in Exchange 2013 to allow organizations to better control how sensitive data is handled in email. Policies can be defined to control what data types can be sent in email and policy tips to help users understand what is acceptable and what is not. Exchange 2013 SP1 adds the ability to create custom sensitive data types from documents used in the business. DLP integrates with transport rules and planning is required to ensure that processing flows as expected....More
  • May 1, 2014
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    Session 2: Coping with HA and MA  

    Presented by:Tony Redmond and Paul Robichaux Running Time: 56 min Users expect their email to just work, around the clock. Delivering that kind of service quality takes a great deal of effort, so Exchange includes a number of features that seek to make it easier. In this session, Paul Robichaux will discuss how to harness the Exchange high availability design features and the new Managed Availability tool set to maximize your service uptime and get early notification of potential problems to deliver the best possible service to your users....More
  • May 1, 2014
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    Session 1: What's New in Exchange 2013  

    Presented by:Tony Redmond and Paul Robichaux Running Time: 60 min With each new release of Exchange, Microsoft refines the architecture and implementation, sometimes in surprising ways. In this session, Tony Redmond will cover the major changes from Exchange 2010, including the reduced set of server roles, refinements in the way that services communicate between servers, and changes to the administrative and management interfaces....More
  • May 1, 2014
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    Strong speaker line-up for Exchange Connections 2014

    We are very fortunate that a great group of industry experts submitted session proposals for Exchange Connections 2014, which takes place at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas on September 15-19. All the reports I hear indicate that the Aria offers much superior conference facilities to the Mandalay Bay, which has been the home of Connections for a decade and I'm looking forward to seeing what a modern top-of-the-range facility delivers....More
  • Apr 29, 2014
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    Exchange 2013 is a resource hog - no surprise there 6

    Each time a new version Exchange appears, we have a debate about the escalating hardware requirements. Everyone gets very upset that the new software demands more memory, more CPU, more disk, and possibly more knowledge on the part of those who work with the product. The same cycle of realization, debate, and condemnation (of Microsoft, because their software costs so much money to deploy) has happened since Exchange 4.0 appeared in 1996....More
  • Apr 24, 2014
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    Why installing a multirole Exchange 2013 server is the best option 1

    Many years ago, Microsoft came down from the mount and proclaimed the goodness of individual server roles....More
  • Apr 22, 2014
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    Value simplicity above complexity in Exchange designs, deployments, and operations 2

    One of the subtle but persistent topics taken up by many Microsoft speakers at the recent Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) was the need to eliminate complexity in implementation. Clearly a feeling exists within the denizens of Redmond that customers get their Exchange deployments wrong too often because they insist on over-complicating matters. There’s probably a fair degree of truth here as IT designers, administrators, and consultants do love to engineer complexity into solutions....More
  • Apr 17, 2014
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    Best practice evolves as knowledge transfers from Office 365 to on-premises Exchange

     If you attended the recent Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin with a focus on some of the high availability sessions, you might have come away with two clear changes to what has been well-accepted best practice up to now. Of course, best practice is never static as it flexes and evolves in light of experience and changes in software and hardware, so it’s hardly surprising that the first Exchange conference in eighteen months might challenge some established ideas....More
  • Apr 15, 2014
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    DAG or server: A database's got to be owned somewhere

    The bug reported by Paul Cunningham in his article “Exchange Server 2013 Error: An Inconsistency in the Active Directory Was Detected” describes a scenario when an attempt is made to create a new mailbox database only for Exchange to report an inconsistency in Active Directory. The error text indicates that MsExchMasterServerOrAvailabilityGroup property for the new database was invalid....More
  • Apr 11, 2014
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    Cherish old Exchange databases to avoid the pesky DatabaseGuidNotFound error

    Since Microsoft released Exchange 2013 SP1 on February 25, a number of similar errors have been reported in different forums, all of which have the following characteristics: ·         User mailboxes are moved from Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2013 SP1 databases. ·         The old databases are removed from the organization....More
  • Apr 10, 2014
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    Being open about Office 365 operations drives credibility of "the service" 2

    I have used Office 365 since its launch in June 2011 and followed its development closely since. After two initial hiccups in August and September 2011, both seemingly rooted in manual intervention, the service has delivered an impressive record of reliability and availability. Despite this, some in the industry are still wary of moving utility applications such as email to the cloud....More
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