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  • Jul 15, 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • Jun 12, 2014

    OWA for Android debuts but leaves on-premises customers waiting

    The Twittersphere erupted yesterday after Microsoft made a “pre-release” version of the long-awaited Outlook Web App (OWA) for Android available in the Android store....More
  • Jun 10, 2014

    Encrypting email in transit makes a heap of sense

    Mainstream media such as the Washington Post (which, as someone living in Ireland, is high on my daily must-read list) got quite excited about Google’s recent announcement that they will name and shame email domains who don’t encrypt inbound and outbound SMTP connections via Transport Layer Security (TLS)....More
  • Jun 5, 2014

    How flawed firmware can really give your DAG some replication headaches 3

    The IBM service bulletin titled “Affected ServeRAID controllers inadvertently supported hard drive sector size 512e and 4k - IBM Servers” has got to be a masterpiece of how to obscure a support statement. I’m sure it is written by someone who is awfully literate in all aspects of storage but it sure does an excellent job of disguising the issues in a mass of incoherent text....More
  • May 29, 2014

    Learning about DLP in SharePoint Online - a most unusual activity for an Exchange person

    The fact that Microsoft has posted 469 recordings on their Channel 9 site from the recent TechEd North America event is a wonderful thing. I don’t particularly care for the scale of TechEd and the chance to go back for a conference so soon after MEC (sessions from that event are also online) seemed like overkill, so I didn’t make the journey to Houston....More
  • May 27, 2014

    Exchange 2013 CU5 - the totally unremarkable update (in a good way) 2

    Microsoft has just released Exchange 2013 CU5. It seems like this is the first version that is what you'd expect a cumulative update to be. No new features, just improving the fit and finish of the server, fixing some bugs, and polishing Exchange up slightly. What a relief to have an update that works first time and improves the quality of the product....More
  • May 20, 2014

    Microsoft pulling back on some MEC commitments and a rather delicious rumour 2

    Listening to last week’s edition (#362) of the “Windows Weekly” (featuring Paul Thurrott and Mary-Jo Foley) broadcast, I was intrigued by the rumor that Microsoft will make a trial version of the next major version of on-premises Exchange at TechEd EMEA in Barcelona (October 28-31)....More
  • May 15, 2014

    The case of the apparent log roll

    “Log roll” is a technique used in Exchange 2007 CCR/SCR clusters to force replication between cluster members at times when not much activity is occurring on the servers. When servers are busy, log replication happens regularly as transactions fill the 1MB logs and force Exchange to close off the active log, create new logs, and replicate. It’s a virtuous cycle....More
  • May 13, 2014

    If Gmail had a reasonable client (like Outlook) 2

    I don’t know who Microsoft invites to attend their regular “Plugfest” events when they discuss protocols and interoperability with Microsoft products, but I hazard a guess that not many invitations wing their way to the Googleplex in Mountain View. This thought came into my mind when I considered why Gmail still struggles to break into many corporate environments....More
  • May 8, 2014

    The irritation of mailbox database pings and event 6002

    Continuing a campaign to rid Exchange of annoying and silly details (like the error message discussed recently), my next target is event 6002, which is logged on an ongoing and continuous basis by “MS Exchange Mid-Tier Storage” (whatever that is)....More
  • May 6, 2014

    Why you absolutely cannot upgrade Windows on an Exchange server

    In September 2012, just before the RTM version of Exchange 2013 shipped, I wrote about choosing between Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012 as the operating system for Exchange 2013 deployments. At that time I concluded that an equal case could be made for either version of Windows, but that it made sense to select the more modern version because it would last for the supported lifetime of Exchange 2013. As we’ve seen with Exchange 2003, that could be a decade or more....More
  • May 1, 2014
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    Session 1: What's New in Exchange 2013  

    Presented by:Tony Redmond and Paul Robichaux Running Time: 60 min With each new release of Exchange, Microsoft refines the architecture and implementation, sometimes in surprising ways. In this session, Tony Redmond will cover the major changes from Exchange 2010, including the reduced set of server roles, refinements in the way that services communicate between servers, and changes to the administrative and management interfaces....More
  • May 1, 2014
    Windows IT Pro

    Session 2: Coping with HA and MA  

    Presented by:Tony Redmond and Paul Robichaux Running Time: 56 min Users expect their email to just work, around the clock. Delivering that kind of service quality takes a great deal of effort, so Exchange includes a number of features that seek to make it easier. In this session, Paul Robichaux will discuss how to harness the Exchange high availability design features and the new Managed Availability tool set to maximize your service uptime and get early notification of potential problems to deliver the best possible service to your users....More
  • May 1, 2014
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    Session 3: Data Loss Prevention  

    Presented by:Tony Redmond and Paul Robichaux Running Time: 55 min DLP is a new feature introduced in Exchange 2013 to allow organizations to better control how sensitive data is handled in email. Policies can be defined to control what data types can be sent in email and policy tips to help users understand what is acceptable and what is not. Exchange 2013 SP1 adds the ability to create custom sensitive data types from documents used in the business. DLP integrates with transport rules and planning is required to ensure that processing flows as expected....More

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