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  • Dec 24, 2015
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    Active Directory and Exchange - too tight for a rename 2

    1999 seems such a long time ago now, but that's when many of us first faced the need to deploy Active Directory (AD). For many companies, the need arose because Microsoft replaced the Exchange Directory Store (DS), used for Exchange 4.0 to 5.5, with Active Directory in Exchange 2000. The DS was very much like AD....More
  • Nov 17, 2015
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    Why Microsoft decided to keep deleted items in Exchange Online and why it might be the right decision 2

    Some interesting discussion has flowed into my mailbox since Microsoft announced their decision to stop cleaning out the Deleted Items folder of user mailboxes in Office 365. The announcement appeared on February 20 and started a 28-day countdown to implementation....More
  • Oct 13, 2015
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    FUD continues over OWA backdoor exploit 5

    Last week, I wrote about a report issued by security company Cybereason that reported how an attacker had gathered 11,000 sets of user credentials after planting a compromised OWAAUTH.DLL file on an Exchange server. A spirited debate duly resulted and Cybereason commented back on the original post....More
  • Oct 1, 2015
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    Exchange 2016 debuts to delight on-premises customers 6

    After what seems to have been a much calmer Technology Adoption Program (beta tests), Exchange 2016 passed all the required quality benchmarks to reach Release-to-Manufacturing (RTM) status on September 29. Of course, RTM is an archaic term dating back to the time when software was ceremoniously handed over by development to the folks who created copies of the distribution kit on floppy disks, then CDs, and latterly DVDs for delivery to customers....More
  • Sep 15, 2015
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    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
  • Aug 27, 2015
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    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
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    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
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    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
  • Jul 16, 2015
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    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
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    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
  • Jun 18, 2015
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    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
  • Jun 16, 2015
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    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
  • May 28, 2015
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    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
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    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
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    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
  • Apr 9, 2015
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    Do you need Advanced Threat Protection? Maybe some new malware is en route to your mailbox! 2

    If you use Exchange Online, either as the standalone plan or as part of an Office 365 commercial plan, any inbound email sent to your tenant is cleansed by going through Exchange Online Protection (EOP), essentially a massive barrier of servers dedicated to intercepting and removing bad stuff from email before unwanted rubbish reaches inboxes. EOP is also available as a hosted email filtering service that can be used by on-premises servers....More
  • Mar 24, 2015
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    RBAC Manager: making Exchange role-based access control more understandable 2

    Until Exchange 2010, control over Exchange objects was exercised by good 'ol Windows Access Control Lists (ACLs) and Access Control Entries (ACEs). The upside of this implementation was that it was shared with Windows so if you understood how ACLs worked for Windows, you had a fair chance of understanding it for Exchange. The downside is that ACLs are a crude control mechanism that works well when configuring user access to objects such as files but is less satisfactory in the world of Exchange....More
  • Mar 19, 2015
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    The various flavors of Outlook

    Much excitement was generated on March 16 when Microsoft announced the general availability of a preview version of Outlook 2016 (desktop) along with a rake of other Office 2016 announcements. The new version of Outlook won't be formally released until much later this year, probably in conjunction with the release of Exchange 2016,  Among the improvements included in Outlook 2016 as mentioned in the announcement were:...More
  • Mar 17, 2015
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    Exchange 2013 CU8 appears. Instant boredom ensues - but for the best possible reason 3

    There comes a point in the lifecycle of every product when it becomes boring. I fear that's the point now reached by Exchange 2013....More
  • Mar 12, 2015
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    Why PSTs should never show their faces on a file share 5

    I don’t mind it being known that I hate PSTs. Not because I buy into the “everything must be in the Store” line, even though this is an excellent approach to take for any company seeking to implement compliance standards within the organization. My opposition is more fundamental and is all to do with the many technical problems exhibited by PSTs....More
  • Feb 18, 2015
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    First update for Outlook apps improves security but lots remains to be done

    Microsoft announced the first update to the Outlook for iOS and Android apps on February 17 since the launch of the rebranded software acquired from Acompli last month....More
  • Feb 12, 2015
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    What Microsoft needs to do to upgrade the Outlook apps

    The recent discussions provoked by Microsoft’s decision to release a rebranded version of the Acompli client acquired in late 2014 as the Outlook for iOS and Outlook for Android apps were interesting in many ways. I’m sure that Javier Soltero and his ex-Acompi colleagues received a taste of what it means to be responsible for a Microsoft client that serves such a large installed base of enterprise customers....More
  • Jan 30, 2015
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    Do the ex-Acompli now Outlook clients really compromise security or is everyone overreacting? 10

    I fear that some of the noble denizens of the Internet quite lost the run of themselves following Microsoft’s January 29 announcement that their Acompli acquisition had received the full benefit of a corporate rebranding and had emerged to be available as Outlook for iOS and Outlook for Android (limited to some phones and tablets)....More
  • Jan 13, 2015
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    Good week for Exchange on-premises customers as Microsoft makes some important updates

    Some pretty good things happened in the world of Exchange over the last week that might have passed you by because they didn’t receive much publicity - or maybe because we're all punch drunk from the blizzard of new functionality that has appeared in Office 365. Let me bring the on-premises crowd up to date....More

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