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  • Mar 11, 2014
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    Exchange's interesting document fingerprinting feature

    After its introduction in Exchange 2013, Data Loss Prevention (DLP) never really impressed. Although the technology is an interesting extension of transport rules and Microsoft’s initial foray into the world of DLP (see this link for the EHLO blog post on the topic), it was limited by need to deploy Outlook 2013....More
  • Mar 10, 2014
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    Apple releases iOS 7.1 - Exchange administrators applaud (or not)

    The news that Apple has released iOS 7.1 creates an opportunity for Exchange administrators to get ahead of any potential problems in the interaction between the iOS mail app and Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). The rule is simple – test the new release before your users upgrade their iPhones and iPads and check that everything works, including the usually problematic areas of calendaring....More
  • Mar 6, 2014
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    EMS command logging reappears in Exchange 2013 SP1

    In January, I wrote about how you can use administrator auditing to gain some insight into the internal workings of the Exchange Administration Center (EAC). This is a somewhat unnatural replacement for the three methods available in the Exchange 2010 EMC to see the Exchange Management Shell (EMS) commands that the console executes to get work done....More
  • Mar 5, 2014
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    Exchange 2013 SP1 suffers late-breaking bug that affects third-party products 1

    Like many others, I eagerly anticipated the arrival of Exchange 2013 SP1. The first service pack of any Microsoft server application has a special resonance with the installed base, most of whom are reluctant to deploy the RTM version of any software. Far better, the adage goes, to let others blaze a trail to glory....More
  • Feb 27, 2014
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    Exchange 2013 SP1 introduces simplified DAGs 1

    The TechNet article “What’s new in Failover Clustering in Windows 2012 R2” contains a description of an “Active Directory-detached cluster“, which refers to a cluster deployed without the traditional dependencies on Active Directory. These dependencies are caused by the need to register computer objects representing the cluster in Active Directory and include the cluster name object (CNO). An example of a CNO for an Exchange 2013 cluster is shown below....More
  • Feb 25, 2014
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    Exchange Server 2013 SP1: A Mixture of New and Completed Features 6

    Microsoft has announced the release of Exchange 2013 SP1, or cumulative update 4 (CU4) to its friends. The announcement will no doubt come as pleasant relief to those who insist that no Microsoft server product can ever be installed until the first service pack appears. Like waiting for the first cuckoo of spring to sing before planting, such a well-worn adage is challenged in an era when the demands of the cloud mandates that on-premises customers receive quarterly updates, but some people find it hard to shift old habits. In any case, SP1 is now available for download....More
  • Feb 20, 2014
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Counting Client Access Licenses 4

    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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