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  • 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
  • Feb 11, 2014
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    The Outlook 2013 slider and its potential effect on archive mailboxes

    In September 2012, I speculated whether the change in OST format in Outlook 2013 and the introduction of the “slider” would have any effect on users. As it happens, the slider – which allows users to decide how much of their mailbox should be cached in the OST for offline access – might have a more long-term effect on Exchange....More
  • Jan 14, 2014
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    Counting Client Access Licenses 4

    Client Access Licenses (CALs) have a reputation for being difficult to figure out. Two exist for Exchange – the standard CAL that covers access to the basic feature set (such as being able to send and receive email) and the enterprise CAL, or eCAL, that licenses extended features such as in-place eDiscovery holds, customized ActiveSync policies, Unified Messaging, or Data Loss Prevention (DLP). The eCAL is additive to the standard CAL, so if you have an eCAL, you can use any of the functionality that exists in Exchange....More
  • Jan 2, 2014
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    Some well-loved Exchange products expire in 2014 - or at least, their support expires - time to upgrade! 4

    As we enter 2014, I’m sure that you are all looking back on 2013 and wondering how the year went by so quickly. For many, it was time to begin the process of finally bringing Exchange 2013 into production after Microsoft released the necessary updates for Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, and a set of cumulative updates, the latest of which (Exchange 2013 CU3) seems to be pretty stable and dependable.  ...More
  • Dec 17, 2013
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    Talking Exchange Server with Microsoft's Perry Clarke 4

    Perry Clarke, corporate VP for Microsoft Exchange, and Tony Redmond discuss the issues surrounding Exchange Server, including the cloud, the future of on-premises software, and how mobile computing has changed the IT landscape....More
  • Dec 17, 2013
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    Microsoft discontinues Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 1

    The news (December 17) that Microsoft had decided to discontinue Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) came as no shock....More
  • Dec 6, 2013
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    What question would you ask Microsoft's Exchange development supremo? 20

    I need your help. Next Friday (December 13), I shall interview Perry Clarke, Microsoft CVP for Exchange development (in other words, Perry is responsible for every bit of code written for Exchange, both on-premises and cloud). I have known Perry for many years and have quite a few questions to ask him about the future direction of Exchange and other issues, but I thought that I’d open it up to the Exchange community and invite you to submit questions that you’d like me to ask Perry....More
  • Nov 25, 2013
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    Kitkat causes ActiveSync headaches for Android users 2

    As you probably realize, many of the mobile device vendors who create tablets and smartphones running the Android operating system license it to connect to Exchange using ActiveSync (EAS).  And despite the differing implementations of email clients on the various Android devices, most of the time connections are easy and reliable, which is exactly how you’d like them to be....More
  • Nov 7, 2013
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    Using Get-HealthReport to monitor DAGs

    It’s always nice to receive feedback about a post....More
  • Oct 17, 2013
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    Making use of the data logged by Exchange

    Two recent posts on Microsoft’s EHLO blog have pleased me very much because they focused in on an area that is often overlooked by Exchange administrators – using the data logged by Exchange for analysis or planning purposes....More
  • Oct 8, 2013
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    NFS and Exchange - not a good combination 3

    You always know that you’re in the presence of a real expert because they are able to take a complex problem and reduce it to a simple easy-to-understand statement. And so it was when Jeff Mealiffe (Mr. Performance from the Microsoft Exchange product group) spoke about the “Virtualizing Exchange 2013” at Exchange Connections last week. Normally I run a mile when presentations about hardware start....More
  • Oct 5, 2013
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    Exchange Connections 2013 wrap-up

    Another Exchange Connections conference has been put to bed and I’m en route back to Europe from the delights of Las Vegas. It seems appropriate to write a wrap-up report as I await a plane in McCarren airport. Here goes....More

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