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  • Apr 9, 2015
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    Do you need Advanced Threat Protection? Maybe some new malware is en route to your mailbox! 1

    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? 12

    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
  • Jan 6, 2015
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    Exchange administrative tools and Active Directory: Not as close as they once were 1

    When Exchange first embraced Active Directory in Exchange, Microsoft integrated the functionality to allow administrators to work with the Exchange-specific attributes that are used when objects are mail-enabled. When the Exchange management tools are installed on a server, three tabs are added to AD Users and Computers to display attributes grouped under Exchange General, Exchange Advanced, and Exchange Features. The integration eased the movement from the older Exchange 5.5 administration model and hid some of the perceived complexity of dealing with the brand-new Active Directory....More
  • 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

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