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  • Apr 10, 2014
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    Being open about Office 365 operations drives credibility of "the service" 2

    I have used Office 365 since its launch in June 2011 and followed its development closely since. After two initial hiccups in August and September 2011, both seemingly rooted in manual intervention, the service has delivered an impressive record of reliability and availability. Despite this, some in the industry are still wary of moving utility applications such as email to the cloud....More
  • Apr 3, 2014
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    Microsoft Exchange Conference 2014 finishes on a high 3

    The Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin came to its natural end on Wednesday evening when sessions halted at 6PM. Some technical conferences go on a little too long and become an endurance course. I don’t think this happened at MEC because three days seemed to be the right length for attendees to be updated on the latest developments in the world of Exchange....More
  • Apr 2, 2014
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    Day 2 of MEC delivers great sessions, great content 1

    The second day at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin was possibly the best day of sessions and content that I have ever experienced at a Microsoft technical conference. That’s not a statement that I make easily, so let me explain my day and why I think it was so good....More
  • Apr 1, 2014
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    Understanding the messages from the Exchange Conference keynote

    The keynote at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin was a curious mixture of humor (the Greg Taylor and David Espinoza video), failed demos, low energy levels at times, announcements that were posted elsewhere before the keynote got to make them, and discussions of new technology....More
  • Mar 31, 2014
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    Wanted: Great speakers for Exchange Connections 2014

    If you’re attending the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin this week, I’m sure that you are up to your neck in Exchange, Lync, and Office 365 content and the thought of presenting at another conference next September couldn’t be further from your mind....More
  • Mar 27, 2014
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    What to do (and what not to do) at the Microsoft Exchange Conference 1

    The suitcase is packed (with too much stuff), the air tickets are confirmed, I have great hope that a hotel room will be waiting, and I’m off to the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in Austin. The conference begins next Monday and I anticipate learning some new stuff over the following three days. At least, that’s the plan....More
  • Mar 25, 2014
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    Technology is so much easier when everyone shares their knowledge 6

    I note that the avuncular Steve Goodman has posted an updated version of his well-respected Exchange environmental report, refreshed to deal with Exchange 2013 SP1. Don’t worry, this PowerShell script is well capable of dealing with Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007 servers as well, which makes it a very valuable tool indeed....More
  • Mar 20, 2014
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    No warning about patch required for Exchange 2013 SP1 2

    As we all know, the happiness around the release of Exchange 2013 SP1 on February 25 was quickly pierced by reports that third-party add-on products could not be installed with SP1 due to some formatting problems in two XML configuration files included in the kit....More
  • Mar 18, 2014
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    Exchange message tracing extended to 90 days in Office 365 - what about the on-premises version?

    Listening to a call about the recent decision by Microsoft to support message tracing in Office 365 for up to 90 days, my mind wandered (as it does). Not, I hasten to add, because of any inadequacy on the part of the presenter, but more to consider the nature of message tracing and why we need it at all....More
  • Mar 13, 2014
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    Contemplating the RSS feed for Exchange Knowledge Base articles 2

    The folks responsible for maintaining the RSS feed describing the latest Microsoft Knowledge Base articles for Exchange 2013 (or the equivalent feed for Exchange 2010) must share the high availability principle of multiple copies delivering the best service. What’s for sure is that they very much like publishing at least two copies of every article, if not three or four....More
  • 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
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