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  • Exchange Exposed
    Apr 17, 2015
    Commentary

    Exchange Exposed #3: Contemplating compliance

    In this episode, Paul and Tony review the latest happenings in the world of Exchange and look forward to what they think might happen at the Microsoft Ignite event in May. They are joined by Kamal Janardhan of Microsoft to talk about how the compliance features are evolving in Exchange and in the new Office 365 Compliance Center....More
  • Apr 9, 2015
    blog

    Do you need Advanced Threat Protection? Maybe some new malware is en route to your mailbox!

    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
  • Apr 2, 2015
    blog

    Enterprise Collaboration sessions selected for IT/DEV Connections 2015

    It was gratifying to receive so many session submissions for IT/DEV Connections 2015, which takes place at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas on September 14-17. As you might know, this year the conference is organized around a set of tracks that we think match the interests of attendees, with "Enterprise Collaboration" being the track of most interest to those looking for Exchange and Office 365 content....More
  • Mar 24, 2015
    blog

    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
    blog

    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
    blog

    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
    blog

    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
  • Mar 10, 2015
    blog

    Stopping reply-all responses to messages is harder than you might think

    Sixteen years after Outlook first appeared to make the “Reply All” the biggest trap that users can fall into in terms of sharing email with people whom they didn’t intend, Microsoft Research produced an Outlook add-in called “NoReplyAll” to bar recipients from using the reply, forward, or reply all options for messages they receive. The add-in has been around for a while and the latest version is 3.14 dated 2 August 2013....More
  • Feb 26, 2015
    blog

    Why PowerShell is often not the best tool for reporting Exchange data 1

    After I discussed the topic of reporting Office 365 in January, some folks contacted me to ask whether it was really necessary to go to the bother and expense of buying an additional software package to generate reports about Office 365 data....More
  • Feb 19, 2015
    blog

    Compliance and hybrid problems loom as Microsoft plans to keep every deleted item in Exchange Online

    The Office 365 Roadmap item telling us that Microsoft is "Removing the Deleted Items Retention Period" might cause some brows to furrow, especially when you read the description:...More
  • Feb 18, 2015
    blog

    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
    blog

    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
  • Feb 3, 2015
    blog

    Shock! Outlook 2010 users on Windows XP experience problems with Exchange 2013 CU7 4

    It might have escaped your attention that Windows XP came to the end of the support runway in April 2014, a fact that certainly appears to be the case for the folks who have reported issues running Outlook 2010 on Windows XP against Exchange 2013 CU7 servers....More
  • Feb 2, 2015
    blog

    Worried about security and privacy in Outlook for iOS and Android? Here's your chance to debate the issues

    Last Friday I posted an article outlining the reasons why I thought some of the concerns expressed about some security and functionality weaknesses in the rebranded Outlook for iOS and Android apps (late Acompli) were an overreaction. Cue a heap of tweets and other feedback directed my way, some of which questioned whether I was serious. Well, I was. I still think that some of the opinions posted on the Internet are way over the top....More
  • Jan 30, 2015
    blog

    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 29, 2015
    blog

    The underappreciated Exchange Replay Lag Manager

    Much like the members of the People’s Front of Judea struggled to find good with the Romans in Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”, those running on-premises Exchange servers often wonder whether Microsoft’s whole-hearted embracement of the cloud has benefited them. But it has, even if the rapid appearance of new features inside Office 365 sometimes makes the on-premises crowd think they are the forgotten few....More
  • Jan 27, 2015
    blog

    What wasn't revealed in the next chapter of Office on Windows

    Microsoft certainly did an impressive job of describing their plans for Windows 10 on January 21 and then followed up on January 22 with details of what’s going to happen with Office 2016 in a post titled “The next chapter of Office on Windows”. Cue a feeding frenzy of news reports, most of which did nothing more than faithfully replicate the words of Julia White....More
  • Jan 13, 2015
    blog

    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 8, 2015
    blog

    Behind the scenes with the Managed Folder Assistant 3

    Given the amount of information accumulating in ever-swelling mailboxes, the Exchange Managed Folder Assistant (MFA) has a lot of work to do each time it sets out to make sure that retention policies have been correctly applied to mailboxes. ...More
  • Jan 6, 2015
    blog

    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
    blog

    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 30, 2014
    blog

    What's changed in the fifteen years since Exchange 2000 shipped

    Browsing my Exchange 2000 book recently (don't ask why I should be doing such a thing!), I found a quote by Scott McNealy, then CEO of Sun Microsystems. The quote is from an article in the Wall Street Journal (September 2, 1999):...More

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