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  • Jan 8, 2015
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    Behind the scenes with the Managed Folder Assistant 2

    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
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    Exchange administrative tools and Active Directory: Not as close as they once were

    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 30, 2014
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    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
  • Dec 24, 2014
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    Changing circumstances make it difficult to measure adoption rate for Exchange 2013

    A journalist asked me whether companies are deploying Exchange 2013 faster or slower than previous versions and what reasons are driving its adoption. I thought about the question a little and then replied that it is impossible to compare the adoption rate of one Exchange version against another because of the different circumstances that surrounded each release. Here’s what I meant....More
  • Exchange Exposed
    Dec 24, 2014
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    Exchange Exposed #2: A Look Back, a Look Forward 2

    Tony Redmond and Paul Robichaux discuss Exchange 2013 CU7, Microsoft's software release cadence, the Acompli acquisition, a potential replacement for Yammer, Exchange 2016, and more....More
  • Dec 23, 2014
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    Does anyone care that the Exchange 2013 Edge Transport server role came back? 6

    When Microsoft shipped Exchange 2013 RTM, they forgot to include the Edge Transport (ET) role in the set available for deployment. Or maybe they omitted ET on purpose. In any case, customers were instructed that they could continue to use the Exchange 2010 version of ET and all would be well. And it was. That is, if you ignore the complaints....More
  • Dec 18, 2014
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    The Confusion around Yammer and Office 365 Groups 4

    I wrote about my experiences of using Microsoft’s Yammer-based Office 365 Community network last July and concluded that Yammer seemed to be a technology looking for a solution to fill....More
  • Dec 16, 2014
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    Exchange Online increases eDiscovery mailbox limit and boasts better performance too

    The Office 365 Roadmap is a great place to look for information about what’s coming up in the cloud-based versions of the Office servers and potentially new versions of their on-premises counterparts. Browsing the “Rolling Out” section recently, I noticed that an entry saying “Exchange eDiscovery mailbox search limit increased to 10K mailboxes,” which prompted some investigation....More
  • Dec 9, 2014
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    Exchange 2013 CU7 debuts along with security fixes and updates for Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 2

    Exchange 2013 CU6 appeared on August 26 Eleven weeks later Microsoft was all set to release Exchange 2013 CU7 until some late-breaking issues forced the correct decision to delay CU7 until everything was right. A month on, build 1044.25 (KB2986485) is now available for your download pleasure. The usual and hopefully now-well understood caveat that you need to test any new build of Exchange thoroughly before deploying it into production applies to CU7....More
  • Dec 4, 2014
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    Chrome, iOS mail app, Groups, Clutter, and Novell - a mixed bag of updates

    Over the past few weeks I’ve been keeping an eye on what’s been happening with some new developments, extended stories, or stuff that just appears out of nowhere. It’s time to report on the current status to bring you all up to speed....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
  • Dec 2, 2014
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    Grading Exchange 2013 in the two years since RTM

    Microsoft formally released Exchange 2013 (the Release to Manufacturing or RTM version) on December 3, 2012. For those who care about those things, the RTM build number was 516.032. Today, with Exchange 2013 CU7, the build number is 1044.xx. The question is how has Exchange 2013 done over two years, seven cumulative updates (including one formal service pack), and a difference of five hundred-odd in builds.   ...More
  • Nov 27, 2014
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    A clash between S/MIME and transport rules

    S/MIME support for Outlook Web App (OWA) is one of the resurrected features that makes its appearance in Exchange 2013 SP1. It’s much the same functionality as exists with Exchange 2010, with the exception that only recent versions of Internet Explorer (IE9 and above) are supported....More
  • Nov 25, 2014
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    OWA functionality gap widens between Office 365 and Exchange 2013 3

    When I wrote about Office 365 Groups, I remarked on the difference in the Outlook Web App (OWA) user interface that has opened up between the cloud and on-premises versions....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
  • Nov 7, 2014
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    Forcing Exchange's Admin Center to use a specific language

      Exchange 2010 SP1 introduced the capability of allowing administrators to run the Exchange Control Panel (ECP) without requiring their account to be linked to a mailbox. This is a big deal for many companies who require people to access their email using “normal” or unprivileged accounts and don’t want administrators to use their mailboxes when logged in with elevated permissions....More
  • Nov 5, 2014
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    Active Directory schema extensions now a feature of every Exchange update

    Exchange administrators first became aware of the application’s need to extend the Active Directory schema when Exchange 2000 switched from its own directory service to embrace the new enterprise-capable X.500-like service launched with Windows 2000....More
  • Nov 3, 2014
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    iOS 8 ActiveSync problem causes out-of-date meetings 1

    I’ve been tracking an iOS/ActiveSync (EAS) issue posted to the Office 365 community on October 22. The problem surfaced when users began to receive notifications that some of their meetings were “found to be out of date” and had been “automatically updated.”...More
  • Oct 31, 2014
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    Azure beckons for Exchange DAG witness servers 3

    As you probably know, TechEd Europe has been taking place in Barcelona this week. Among the various announcements and news snippets released this week is the juicy morsel that Microsoft will support placement of the witness server for a Database Availability Group (DAG) in Azure from January 2015 onwards. No doubt a formal announcement will be published on the EHLO blog....More
  • Oct 30, 2014
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    Office Delve, Exchange mailboxes and even perhaps public folders

    From the perspective of a platform to enable collaboration, public folders are crude and unwieldy. Unsurprisingly, because public folders have received relatively little development since their introduction in Exchange 4.0 in 1996, they really don’t deliver a very good collaboration experience. You put stuff into folders to share it with others; they access the items and maybe update them, and that’s about it....More

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