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  • Jan 1, 2015
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    The World of Exchange in 2014 and What's Likely in 2015 1

    At the end of last year I made some predictions for the world of Exchange in 2014. As is the way of the world, some I got right and some I got wrong. But everyone loves to argue as to what will happen with technology and it’s time that I made some forecasts for 2015. Before that, here’s a summary of the year gone by in the form of some...More
  • Dec 10, 2014
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    Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8 withdrawn due to bug in MAPI RPC layer (V2 now available)

    Microsoft released Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8 yesterday alongside Exchange 2013 CU7 and a slew of other updates, including MS14-075 security fixes. Today they have pulled the Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8 update because of a regressive bug discovered in the RPC client access layer....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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Sep 23, 2014
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    Chrome problem for Exchange due to Google haste and Microsoft inattention

    I’ve been pondering how Google managed to do evil to OWA and EAC (and Microsoft CRM and other enterprise applications) when it removed the showModalDialog method from Chrome Version 37. As reported in KB3001145, the issue affects different elements of OWA and EAC in both the on-premises and cloud versions of Exchange. At this point, apart from using a different browser, there is no workaround except a registry hack that puts off the day of doom until May 2015....More
  • Sep 19, 2014
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    Wrapping up Exchange Connections 2014 4

    Returning from Exchange Connections after a busy week in Las Vegas. The sessions were superb and we had great speakers, including a cast of well-known Exchange MVPs who fully lived up to their reputation for independent advice. We also had some great sessions delivered by Tim McMichael and Wes Blalock from Microsoft. And of course, as is normal at a technical conference, everyone worked extremely hard and no fun at all outside the sessions was had by anyone....More
  • Sep 15, 2014
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    Google kills showModalDialog API in Chrome 37 and does evil to Exchange 6

    Google, that well-known purveyor of the “don’t be evil” slogan, certainly cast the evil eye on Outlook Web App (OWA) and the Exchange Administration Center (EAC) when it changed version 37 of the Chrome browser (both 32-bit and 64-bit) to deprecate the showModalDialog method, which creates a modal dialog box that retains input focus while open....More
  • Jul 22, 2014
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    The changing nature of email NDRs

    We’ve all received NDRs, or non-delivery reports, the way that email servers attempt to be friendly to users when informing them that their email has not been delivered. NDRs have been with us since the very early days of email and several Internet Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments (RFCs) have addressed the need for email servers to generate NDRs in a common format. Given the use of SMTP as the de facto email connectivity standard for many years now (does anyone still use X.400?), you’d expect that NDRs would be a well-rounded feature of any self-respecting email server....More
  • Jul 17, 2014
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    Protect users by suppressing Outlook's conflict resolution reports

    Most of the time Outlook just gets on with the job of sending and receiving email. But then from time to time some odd items appear, like conflict resolution reports....More
  • Jun 24, 2014
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    Keeping up to date with what's been happening with Set-MailboxDatabase

    No matter how long you work with software, it’s impossible to master every possible detail, especially when you’re talking about a complex product like Exchange 2013. Which brings me to reveal two small, but to me, interesting changes that have occurred recently. I say “recently” because I am not quite sure when Microsoft made the changes, but that hardly matters in a world when frequent updates are expected....More
  • Jun 10, 2014
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    Encrypting email in transit makes a heap of sense

    Mainstream media such as the Washington Post (which, as someone living in Ireland, is high on my daily must-read list) got quite excited about Google’s recent announcement that they will name and shame email domains who don’t encrypt inbound and outbound SMTP connections via Transport Layer Security (TLS)....More
  • Jun 5, 2014
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    How flawed firmware can really give your DAG some replication headaches 3

    The IBM service bulletin titled “Affected ServeRAID controllers inadvertently supported hard drive sector size 512e and 4k - IBM Servers” has got to be a masterpiece of how to obscure a support statement. I’m sure it is written by someone who is awfully literate in all aspects of storage but it sure does an excellent job of disguising the issues in a mass of incoherent text....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 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 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
  • Mar 27, 2014
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    What to do (and what not to do) at the Microsoft Exchange Conference 1

    The suitcase is packed (with too much stuff), the air tickets are confirmed, I have great hope that a hotel room will be waiting, and I’m off to the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin. The conference begins next Monday and I anticipate learning some new stuff over the following three days. At least, that’s the plan....More
  • Mar 25, 2014
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    Technology is so much easier when everyone shares their knowledge 6

    I note that the avuncular Steve Goodman has posted an updated version of his well-respected Exchange environmental report, refreshed to deal with Exchange 2013 SP1. Don’t worry, this PowerShell script is well capable of dealing with Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 servers as well, which makes it a very valuable tool indeed....More
  • Mar 13, 2014
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    Contemplating the RSS feed for Exchange Knowledge Base articles 2

    The folks responsible for maintaining the RSS feed describing the latest Microsoft Knowledge Base articles for Exchange 2013 (or the equivalent feed for Exchange 2010) must share the high availability principle of multiple copies delivering the best service. What’s for sure is that they very much like publishing at least two copies of every article, if not three or four....More
  • Mar 10, 2014
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    Apple releases iOS 7.1 - Exchange administrators applaud (or not)

    The news that Apple has released iOS 7.1 creates an opportunity for Exchange administrators to get ahead of any potential problems in the interaction between the iOS mail app and Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). The rule is simple – test the new release before your users upgrade their iPhones and iPads and check that everything works, including the usually problematic areas of calendaring....More
  • Feb 18, 2014
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    Exchange's most annoying and confusing error message 1

    Coding error messages and making sure that the errors are generated in the right place and at the right time is probably well down the list of “things I want to do at work” for software developers. I was never happy to spend time composing error messages and inserting them into code and I can’t imagine that the Exchange developers are too enthusiastic about the task either....More
  • Feb 13, 2014
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    The raging debate around the lack of NFS support in Exchange 3

    Based on some of the Twitter traffic that I have received recently, my post “NFS and Exchange – not a good combination” appeared to have hit a nerve with some NFS vendors. People working at Nutanix and EMC used Twitter to tell me how wrong I was in saying that NFS might corrupt Exchange databases....More

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