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  • Feb 20, 2014

    Four synchronization issues between Outlook and site mailboxes

    Site mailboxes provide a new collaborative interface between SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013 that’s intended to exploit the different strengths of the two products – document management for SharePoint and email for Exchange. Outlook 2013 Professional Plus is the only client that can currently access site mailboxes....More
  • Feb 18, 2014

    Exchange's most annoying and confusing error message 1

    Coding error messages and making sure that the errors are generated in the right place and at the right time is probably well down the list of “things I want to do at work” for software developers. I was never happy to spend time composing error messages and inserting them into code and I can’t imagine that the Exchange developers are too enthusiastic about the task either....More
  • Feb 13, 2014

    The raging debate around the lack of NFS support in Exchange 3

    Based on some of the Twitter traffic that I have received recently, my post “NFS and Exchange – not a good combination” appeared to have hit a nerve with some NFS vendors. People working at Nutanix and EMC used Twitter to tell me how wrong I was in saying that NFS might corrupt Exchange databases....More
  • Feb 11, 2014

    The Outlook 2013 slider and its potential effect on archive mailboxes

    In September 2012, I speculated whether the change in OST format in Outlook 2013 and the introduction of the “slider” would have any effect on users. As it happens, the slider – which allows users to decide how much of their mailbox should be cached in the OST for offline access – might have a more long-term effect on Exchange....More
  • Feb 6, 2014

    Viewing administrator audit entries - a start made, more to do

    I discussed how to enable administrator audit logging and access the resulting audit entries in Exchange 2010 as long ago as April 2011. Apart from enabling administrator auditing by default in newly-deployed organizations, not much has really changed since that time....More
  • Feb 4, 2014

    The unhappy mixture of Office 365, Outlook Web App, and Windows XP

    On December 3, I blogged about some Outlook Web App (OWA) problems that users running Windows XP clients with IE8 had experienced. In a nutshell, browser was less than optimal. In fact, a sluggish snail was faster to paint pages than OWA could....More
  • Jan 30, 2014

    Google Chrome and corporate Windows IT environments 2

    Reading a blog post describing why Chrome is not usable within corporate Windows environment, my mind wandered a tad to consider why Chrome has been my preferred browser for the past several years....More
  • Jan 28, 2014

    Managed Availability needs a human-friendly interface 1

    As we look forward to the arrival of Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1), it’s worth asking what additional feature you would like to see appear in the on-premises software. At least, I think it’s a question worth asking, so here goes....More
  • Jan 23, 2014

    Discovering what PowerShell cmdlets are run by Exchange Administration Center

    If, like me, you regret the loss of the three PowerShell “learning features” in the transition from Exchange 2010’s management console (EMC) to the new Exchange Administration Center (EAC) as used in Exchange 2013, your pain might be relieved a little by the realization that administration auditing can reveal some of the same PowerShell detail that ca...More
  • Jan 21, 2014

    Why I needed to use Outlook Web App's in offline mode instead of Outlook

    I've made lots of comments about Outlook Web App (OWA) recently. Justifiably so, I think, seeing that I have actually been using OWA more than I usually do and Microsoft released their OWA for iOS apps....More
  • Jan 16, 2014

    Service packs and cumulative updates make my head dizzy 2

    Now that the dust has settled around Microsoft’s announcement that Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is on the way in “early 2014” along with updates for the other server applications in the Office suite, it’s probably a good time to reflect on the changing nature of service packs.<...More
  • Jan 14, 2014

    Counting Client Access Licenses 3

    Client Access Licenses (CALs) have a reputation for being difficult to figure out. Two exist for Exchange – the standard CAL that covers access to the basic feature set (such as being able to send and receive email) and the enterprise CAL, or eCAL, that licenses extended features such as in-place eDiscovery holds, customized ActiveSync policies, Unified Messaging, or Data Loss Prevention (DLP). The eCAL is additive to the standard CAL, so if you have an eCAL, you can use any of the functionality that exists in Exchange....More
  • Jan 9, 2014

    Server heal thyself - Managed Availability and Exchange 2013 3

    Returning to the topic of Managed Availability, in my last post I covered the logic and rationale that drove Microsoft to develop and implement such a capability in Exchange 2013 (and, possibly more importantly for their own purposes, in Exchange Online). This post looks at the implementation and how successful it has been to date.  ...More
  • Jan 7, 2014

    The need for Managed Availability

    As we start off in 2014, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at technology that gained increasing visibility during 2013. In terms of Exchange, there’s really only one candidate in that space: Managed Availability, otherwise known as the “Rodney Dangerfield” of the product (the reader is invited to figure out that analogy for their own amusement). I’ll cover the topic in two posts: this will cover the logic and rationale behind why Managed Availability exists....More
  • Jan 2, 2014

    Some well-loved Exchange products expire in 2014 - or at least, their support expires - time to upgrade! 4

    As we enter 2014, I’m sure that you are all looking back on 2013 and wondering how the year went by so quickly. For many, it was time to begin the process of finally bringing Exchange 2013 into production after Microsoft released the necessary updates for Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, and a set of cumulative updates, the latest of which (Exchange 2013 CU3) seems to be pretty stable and dependable.  ...More
  • Dec 31, 2013

    Ten predictions for the world of Exchange in 2014 5

    2013 seemed to go by in a flash as I was busy most of the year. Well, busy in my context, which means that I ended up doing stuff that I like to do, such as writing this blog. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on what I think will happen during 2014:...More
  • Dec 26, 2013

    Not always straightforward to calculate the costs of moving on-premises email to Office 365 2

    I received lots of comments and email after I posted details of my support experience with an Office 365 upgrade from Wave 14 to Wave 15. Thankfully everything was restored to full health once the problem was escalated within Microsoft and I have enjoyed using the Wave 15 version of Office 365 ever since....More
  • Dec 24, 2013

    Running Exchange 2013 on Amazon Web Services 3

    I’ve covered the topic of using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host Exchange when I speculated on when cloud application platforms might become commonplace for applications such as Exchange....More
  • Dec 19, 2013

    ADSIEdit solves yet another problem for Exchange 2013 mailbox servers 3

    Proving once again the usefulness of ADSIEdit, the “brain surgery” utility that fixes many problems in Active Directory, we see how KB2897047 describes using ADSIEdit to fix a small oversight that might have crept into Exchange 2013 servers after they had been upgraded to CU2 and indeed, an issue that might have persisted after the servers had been upgraded to...More
  • Dec 17, 2013

    Talking Exchange Server with Microsoft's Perry Clarke 3

    Perry Clarke, corporate VP for Microsoft Exchange, and Tony Redmond discuss the issues surrounding Exchange Server, including the cloud, the future of on-premises software, and how mobile computing has changed the IT landscape....More
  • Dec 17, 2013

    Microsoft discontinues Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 1

    The news (December 17) that Microsoft had decided to discontinue Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) came as no shock....More
  • Dec 12, 2013

    How Exchange 2013 measures and monitors server health 2

    The discussion about Managed Availability and its use of Performance Monitor to gather and measure data relating to Exchange 2013 server health prompted a question about how many probes does Exchange 2013 deploy to assess how well its components are working....More
  • Dec 10, 2013

    Office 365: a kind of dogfood environment for on-premises Exchange 2

    You might have been puzzled by the statement “If you want clues about what’s coming in the next version of Exchange Server, keep an eye on what’s happening in Office 365” contained in Microsoft VP Perry Clarke’s attempt to pacify the on-premises community. Where does one look for clues in Office 365? Does Microsoft say where the new bits are? And would you know a new feature if you saw it?...More
  • Dec 6, 2013

    What question would you ask Microsoft's Exchange development supremo? 20

    I need your help. Next Friday (December 13), I shall interview Perry Clarke, Microsoft CVP for Exchange development (in other words, Perry is responsible for every bit of code written for Exchange, both on-premises and cloud). I have known Perry for many years and have quite a few questions to ask him about the future direction of Exchange and other issues, but I thought that I’d open it up to the Exchange community and invite you to submit questions that you’d like me to ask Perry....More
  • Dec 5, 2013

    How nice: Microsoft is now monitoring my Office 365 email

    I hear that the much-trumpeted doubling of Exchange Online mailbox sizes to 50GB isn’t going to plan and not all tenant domains will be upgraded to the new quotas by the end of 2013. The new date is apparently “by the end of the first quarter of 2014”, which is soon enough. I cannot imagine that there are hordes of Office 365 subscribers waiting to stuff their mailboxes with sufficient junk to fill the new quotas....More
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