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  • Aug 26, 2014
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    Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 6 begins to address public folder scalability

    The release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 6 (CU6 – build 995.29) comes as the summer vacation period winds down. Still, attention might still be more focused on the pressing matters of vacation, cold beer, and ice cream and not on having to upgrade email servers....More
  • Aug 22, 2014
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    TechEd Europe session selection not good news for on-premises customers or independent voices 5

    Those of you who plan to go to TechEd EMEA in Barcelona at the end of October might be disappointed to discover the lack of independent advice that exists at the conference regarding Exchange and associated technology. The Exchange MVPs, many of whom live in Europe, are also disappointed because Microsoft declined every MVP-led session that was proposed, most of which were submitted by speakers with strong track records of successful presentations at different events....More
  • Aug 21, 2014
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    Another opportunity for automation in eDiscovery for SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013

    Why is it that anything that involves co-operation between Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013 is quite so hard to setup and fragile to manage? It’s almost as if the two products are the result of work done by two very different development groups rather than part of one great big happy “Office Servers” family....More
  • Aug 19, 2014
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    The joy of an impractical 100,000 Exchange 2013 mailbox configuration 1

    Last November, I wrote about some configurations advanced by Hitachi and IBM that appeared to meet the storage needs of 120,000 Exchange 2013 mailboxes. In a nutshell, I didn’t think too much of the configurations because they featured Database Availability Groups (DAGs) that deployed only two copies of each mailbox database. That just doesn’t make sense in any way if you want to run such a large Exchange deployment....More
  • Aug 14, 2014
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    Rapid development in Office 365 reflects current software engineering practice

    The old carefully-paced world of software engineering worked well at a time when everyone accepted that it took time to design, program, test, and ship good software. It is a different matter today when any self-respecting web site is deemed static and perhaps even stagnant if it is the same from one week to the next....More
  • Aug 13, 2014
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    Update causes Outlook 2013 to fail to open archive mailboxes 5

    I don’t tend to pay much attention to my archive mailbox. It sits there in the list of resources opened by Outlook but I never really feel the need to go and check that the Managed Folder Assistant (MFA) is moving items to the archive in accordance with my retention policy. It just happens, and like most users, I just let it happen and forget all about the items that accumulate in those archive folders....More
  • Aug 12, 2014
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    2TB seems like such a good size for a mailbox database 3

    I am sometimes asked about how large an Exchange mailbox database should be allowed to grow. In an era of ever-swelling mailboxes, it’s a good question. After all, if you’re going to indulge users with 100GB mailbox quotas, you have to figure out where those mailboxes will be stored....More
  • Aug 7, 2014
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    Why an Office 365 update caused the Exchange 2013 HCW to crash 1

    The publication of KB2988229 on July 30 and an accompanying EHLO post provided formal acknowledgement that a problem exists with the Exchange 2013 Hybrid Configuration Wizard (in all supported versions of the product)....More
  • Jul 31, 2014
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    Office 365 by the numbers - an ever-increasing trajectory

    Last November, I attempted to figure out how many Office 365 paid subscribers Microsoft had signed up on the basis of their reported $1.5 billion annual run-rate (at the time). I concluded that some 15.625 million paid subscriptions were in place on the basis of an average $8/month fee....More
  • Jul 29, 2014
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    Yammer - a technology still looking for a solution? 3

    The news that Yammer co-founder David Sacks is leaving Microsoft comes as no surprise. It is the nature of the beast that those who create a technology usually leave soon after that technology is bought and absorbed by a larger company. After all, they have lost control of their creation and have been richly compensated for that fact. Moving on to a new challenge is a natural reaction....More
  • Jul 24, 2014
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    Lingering entries for long-deleted servers

    Another post, another whinge about something that really should be fixed in Exchange 2013....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 21, 2014
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    Challenges await as Microsoft dumps MEC, TechEd (and other conferences) for a mega-event 4

    Microsoft has announced their intention to run a unified technology event in Chicago in the first week of May, 2015. The new event will replace the previous Lync, SharePoint, Exchange (MEC), Management Summit, TechEd and Project conferences. In short, it’s the mega-conference, a new event that combines technology updates for all of the Office servers plus MMS, which seems like a curious add-on to the Office fold....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
  • Jul 15, 2014
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    Outlook Apps - a new approach worth considering 1

    A conversation with a Microsoft engineer at the Microsoft Exchange Conference caused me to wonder if Outlook apps are being overlooked by many companies as they seek to extract value from their deployments. Or indeed, to justify an upgrade to the latest generation of Microsoft Office technology....More
  • Jul 14, 2014
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    Microsoft Learning insults Exchange professionals with simply awful video 3

    After viewing their latest video, posted on July 14, that announced that the Exchange 2013 certification exams have been updated for Exchange 2013 SP1, I conclude that the people running whatever part of Microsoft Learning (MSL) that is responsible for this production have been exposed to some potent mind-altering material....More
  • Jul 10, 2014
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    Inconsistent searches all too commonly seen in Exchange

    The topic of searching mailboxes came up during the second “Experts Unplugged: Support Issues” session at MEC. In a way it had been covered before at the conference because Microsoft had acknowledged that deficiencies exist in this area and that they are busy developing more precise and effective search capabilities. Apparently the new search will appear in Office 365 towards the end of 2014 and in the next major release of Exchange sometime at the end of 2015....More
  • Jun 26, 2014
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    Why running Exchange on Azure is an unattractive proposition

    Well over a year ago, I wrote about the first reports of running Exchange 2013 on Azure and noted that this might represent a future deployment option....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 19, 2014
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    Is Microsoft really saying "don't virtualize" Exchange? 4

    Microsoft’s embrace of simplicity in all things to do with Exchange 2013 might have the unexpected side-effect of turning customers away from virtualization. If so, it will reverse a trend that had gathered pace ever since Microsoft first saw the light of the virtual day after Hyper-V appeared....More
  • Jun 17, 2014
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    Nothing to fear in MAPI over HTTP 1

    Microsoft’s decision to move away from the time-honoured RPC interprocess connection mechanism and replace it with a new approach where Outlook clients make MAPI calls over HTTP connections in Exchange 2013 SP1 has caused a bit of fuss and bother....More
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