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  • Aug 27, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • May 6, 2015

    News about Data Loss Prevention for SharePoint Online revealed at Microsoft Ignite

    Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is a feature that was first introduced in Exchange (2013 and Online) and is now in SharePoint Online (but not the on-premises version). I covered the initial news on this topic last year and took the chance at the Microsoft Ignite conference to find out had the functionality predicted then been realized in production....More
  • Apr 23, 2015

    Treat the new Office 365 150 MB maximum message size with caution 1

    I hope that the excitement that I heard voiced by many when Microsoft announced that Office 365 now allows the transmission of messages of up to 150 MB has quietened down. Sure, it’s nice to be able to send the manuscript of an entire book via email (something I did the other day with some glee), but some intractable problems exist that must be overcome before the new limit is really practicable....More
  • Exchange Exposed
    Apr 17, 2015

    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

    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
  • Apr 2, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    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

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