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  • Nov 26, 2015
    blog

    Building efficient keyword queries for eDiscovery searches in Exchange and SharePoint

    The ability to run searches across a mixture of Exchange mailboxes and SharePoint sites to uncover the deep and dark secrets of those who would prefer their work to go unnoticed is what, in some degree, eDiscovery is all about. Microsoft has invested heavily in the area of compliance over the last decade, with the initial work showing up in Exchange 2010 and SharePoint 2010. There was much to like in the first implementation, especially in Exchange 2010, if only because so many legal discovery actions center on email....More
  • Nov 17, 2015
    blog

    Why Microsoft decided to keep deleted items in Exchange Online and why it might be the right decision 2

    Some interesting discussion has flowed into my mailbox since Microsoft announced their decision to stop cleaning out the Deleted Items folder of user mailboxes in Office 365. The announcement appeared on February 20 and started a 28-day countdown to implementation....More
  • Oct 13, 2015
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    FUD continues over OWA backdoor exploit 5

    Last week, I wrote about a report issued by security company Cybereason that reported how an attacker had gathered 11,000 sets of user credentials after planting a compromised OWAAUTH.DLL file on an Exchange server. A spirited debate duly resulted and Cybereason commented back on the original post....More
  • Oct 7, 2015
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    Doubtful security report about OWA flaw gains headlines but offers little real value 13

    The recent Cybereason report titled “A new persistent attack methodology targeting Microsoft Outlook Web Application (OWA)” probably caused some heart flutters for Exchange administrators who might have imagined that the client had been compromised in some fundamental way. I didn’t have quite that reaction because I don’t think the results described in the report are valid....More
  • Oct 1, 2015
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    Exchange 2016 debuts to delight on-premises customers 4

    After what seems to have been a much calmer Technology Adoption Program (beta tests), Exchange 2016 passed all the required quality benchmarks to reach Release-to-Manufacturing (RTM) status on September 29. Of course, RTM is an archaic term dating back to the time when software was ceremoniously handed over by development to the folks who created copies of the distribution kit on floppy disks, then CDs, and latterly DVDs for delivery to customers....More
  • Sep 17, 2015
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    All the Exchange news from IT/DEV Connections 2015

    I’m on the way back home after the 2015 IT/DEV Connections conference, which took place this week in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. Thankfully, everything seemed to run smoothly and the Enterprise Collaboration track functioned without too many problems. We had to do one quick room switch and Surface Pro 3 and other PCs posed some “interesting” AV challenges to get output to the projectors. HDMI seemed to be a particular problem and the AV team was not impressed that many speakers ran Windows 10 build 10532. Apparently VGA remains the lingua franca for AV guys....More
  • Sep 15, 2015
    blog

    Updates lay the foundation for the launch of Exchange 2016 3

    Because it’s been a while since Microsoft shipped Exchange 2013 CU9, today’s release of Exchange 2013 CU10 came as no surprise. After all, we have all become accustomed to the quarterly cadence of updates that are required to keep Exchange 2013 servers fully supportable, largely because the last few updates have been easily deployable and high quality....More
  • Sep 14, 2015
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    Moving back to Windows Phone 8.1

    Last Friday, I gave up on Windows 10 Mobile (build 10512). The new version of the O/S, which is still very much in beta, had been running on my Lumia 1020 for the last month and had become increasingly unstable. Frequent reboots were necessary to restore normal service and performance was so slow at times that I wondered whether Windows 10 Mobile was wading through treacle. Battery life was another issue and the phone behaved like one of those warming bricks used by climbers and hill walkers to keep their digits toasty. I was an unhappy camper....More
  • Sep 3, 2015
    blog

    Father of PowerShell promoted to Microsoft Technical Fellow 3

    The news that Jeffrey Snover has been promoted to Technical Fellow, the top of Microsoft’s technical career path, is very welcome. Apart from being a really nice guy with a sometimes doubtful taste in ties, Jeffrey goes out of his way to answer questions on Twitter (@Jsnover)....More
  • Aug 27, 2015
    blog

    ESEUTIL - even more evil for DAGs

    All of the comments I included in my post “ESEUTIL – the evil utility” apply to both standalone servers and those who are members of a Database Availability Group (DAG). I bet you wouldn’t be surprised if I told you that there’s even more to consider when you contemplate running ESEUTIL against a database that has copies within a DAG....More
  • Aug 20, 2015
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    Removing on-hold items from Exchange and SharePoint: unsupported but doable

    The usual reason for placing a mailbox on hold is to retain its contents for some legal or regulatory purpose. However, the situation might arise when it is necessary to remove some items from a mailbox that is on hold. For instance, someone might successfully sue your company to demand the removal of all information pertaining to them or some particular activity. If ordered to permanently remove the material, there is little you can do but comply....More
  • Aug 18, 2015
    blog

    New report slams Office 365 compliance features unfairly 2

    Compliance is a pretty big deal for many companies, especially those who operate in regulated industries. Almost every jurisdiction mandates that companies preserve certain records related to their business dealings. Given the widespread use of Exchange and SharePoint for communications, it should come as no surprise that Microsoft has invested heavily in building compliance features to support their use in business operations....More
  • Jul 30, 2015
    blog

    Exchange transport pipeline not quite so much of a chokepoint as before

    When Exchange 2013 CU9 appeared in June 2016, I thought that there were no surprises lurking in the new code....More
  • Jul 16, 2015
    blog

    What you should do to secure mailboxes when employees die

    Last week, I discussed the steps that companies can take to secure an Exchange mailbox after an employee is terminated or otherwise leaves the company. I also looked at the steps to accomplish the same goal for Office 365 in this article....More
  • Jul 7, 2015
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    Securing an Exchange on-premises mailbox after an employee is fired 3

    Securing information after someone is fired (in HR terms, let go with good reason) is often important, especially if the now-terminated employee is suspected of some form of misconduct.  Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 offer a range of methods to secure and protect mailbox data but software features are useless unless they are executed properly within a well-documented and tested process....More
  • Jul 2, 2015
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    Google’s Undo Send feature is better than Outlook Recall Message, but still not totally effective

    For whatever reason, the news that Google had upgraded Gmail’s experimental “Undo Send feature from beta to become a full-blown feature available to all caused quite a fuss last week. The feature has been around since 2009, when it first revealed by Google Labs. It’s a mystery why such a useful option took six years to make the transition....More
  • Jun 25, 2015
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    VMware tells Microsoft that they don't know anything about Exchange 2013 performance 6

    I always like it when technologists have a fight. Not a proper fight you understand, one with bare fists and the like, but a good old-fashioning mauling with words....More
  • Jun 18, 2015
    blog

    Using intelligent capture and analysis tools to eliminate PSTs

    Returning to the topic of PSTs, but only because you can never have enough of these pestilent files, after I wrote about Microsoft’s new Office 365 import service, I had the chance to chat with some of the companies who are dedicated to tracking PSTs down....More
  • Exchange Exposed
    Jun 17, 2015
    Commentary

    Exchange Exposed #4: Exchange 2016 and the future of on-premises IT

    In this episode, Paul and Tony meet (over a transatlantic connection) to explore the latest developments in the world of on-premises and cloud Exchange with their guest, Justin Harris of Binary Tree....More
  • Jun 16, 2015
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    Exchange 2013 CU9 appears alongside roll-up updates for Exchange 2007 SP3 and Exchange 2010 SP3 2

    It’s a sad but true fact that all computer software loses some of its “edginess” as its lifecycle progresses. When Exchange 2013 CU8 appeared on March 17, I called it a “boring” update because it included no major new functionality. On the other hand, CU8 exhibited none of the obvious problems in areas like coexistence and hybrid connectivity that had afflicted previous updates....More
  • Jun 2, 2015
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    Managing user mailboxes to specific quotas with retention policies

    A little while ago, some of the Exchange MVPs were discussing a company’s desire to have size-based archiving rather than the age-based archiving that retention policies are designed to accomplish. As you might recall, you can define a retention policy that includes tags that use the “Move to Archive” action to instruct the Managed Folder Assistant (MFA) to move items that come under the scope of the policy to an archive mailbox after the retention period elapses....More
  • May 28, 2015
    blog

    ESEUTIL is now the evil utility

    ESEUTIL has a long history with Exchange. A command-line utility that has clung magnificently to the same interface since Exchange 4.0, ESEUTIL used to be one of the go-to utilities for any administrator. But that was in the bad old days of single databases, flaky disks, and wholesale software bugs, a toxic combination that endowed ESEUTIL with almost magical powers of restoring any Exchange server to rude good health if applied with care....More
  • May 26, 2015
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    Microsoft claims 35% of Exchange installed base is now on Office 365 2

    In an attempt to catch up with everything that happened at the recent Microsoft Ignite conference, I listened to the Channel 9 recording of a session called “Extending Microsoft Office 365 Visibility, Security and Compliance: Office 365 Management APIs”, which featured the interesting claim that 35% of the Exchange installed base is now on Office 365 (see graphic). The same presentation also stated that some 1.2 million customers now use Office 365....More
  • May 14, 2015
    blog

    Eradicating EV stubs from Exchange mailboxes isn't easy 3

    I was astonished at the reaction I received from last week’s post about the new Office 365 Import service and how Microsoft had Symantec Enterprise Vault (EV) squarely in its cross-hairs in a crusade to repatriate information back from EV to Exchange. Many people contacted me to seek more details of the service (it’s available now to Office 365 tenants) or with questions. It is clear that a lot of data has been exported from Exchange over the years. And I mean a lot!...More

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