Monday, October 20, 2014 - 08:04

I wouldn't use third party tools without good reason, especially ones that attempt to repair a corrupt database. Call me cautious, but if I can move mailboxes out of a database that's causing some...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 09:44

Technology changes all the time so administrators need to update their skills to match what's happening in the industry. There will always be a need for folks to manage technology - but it will be...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:16

Yep, sad events... and some odd decisions.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:16

I'm actually surprised that they made the change. The comment was pretty harmless.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:14

RGillies, I assume you're the same person I know of who works at Microsoft. In any case, you're entitled to your opinion. In my view, once something appears in public, it is fair to comment on it...

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 15:17

Sorry, the Connections sessions were not recorded. You'll just have to come to a physical conference!

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 18:04

Some of the folks affected by the cuts asked me to keep their names out of this post; others were quite happy to be cited. To keep everyone happy, I decided to go along the path of not identifying...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 09:09

I'm sorry, but there are no plans to run an EMEA Exchange Connections event. There are many local user group events run in different countries and perhaps they will invite some of the Connections...

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 10:44

Brian Reid (MVP) has posted a how-to guide to using a GPO to apply the registry fix that allows Chrome to continue working with OWA until May 2015 http://www.c7solutions.com/2014/09/group-policy-...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 19:23

I imagine that Microsoft programmers are like everyone else and use common techniques to solve common problems. The issue now is that a common technique based on the use of the showModelDialog...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:30

A fix for Exchange 2010 Outlook Web App is suggested in http://blog.leederbyshire.com/2014/09/15/a-workaround-for-an-outlook-web-app-problem-with-chrome-and-modal-popup-dialogs/ I have not tested...

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 14:47

There's a couple of technical issues that have to be solved before Delve finds its way to on-premises customers. First, the algorithms have to be tweaked and refined so that they work well for...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 22:27

Entering the twilight zone is OK if you are prepared. Testing before deployment gives you that preparation... I think!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:18

Office (and Exchange) has traditionally shipped new versions around October. Given the current state of the cycle, I think it would be reasonable to expect something to appear around that time in...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 05:14

I think you're right. The first patch is to make sure that Exchange 2007 and 2013 play nice together and you don't have Exchange 2013 databases going offline for no good reason. The second is to...

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:24

You can take it that the MVPs have made the point to the Exchange PG that Chicago has to be different. If they reproduce another TechEd, then the unique spirit created at MEC due to the...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 15:03

Sorry about the extra zero. That's the nature of trying to report stuff as it develops. Information has been appearing on a drip feed today but I now know that Microsoft has some escalation...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 13:08

I disagree. It is true that applying patches without testing is a recipe for disaster simply because a patch might conflict with some aspect of your environment. Finding out that this is the case...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 11:31

You kind of get bored with 10 point Courier after a while, though...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:07

Nope. Thankfully.

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 18:46

MEC has been completely shelved. It is no more. It has ceased to be (again). I think it's a huge pity but that's where we are... Now it's up to Microsoft to show that they can deliver the uber-...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 02:56

Respectfully, I don't think the "Dummies" series of books are intended for the kind of people who need to take certification examinations. See http://www.expta.com/2014/07/an-open-letter-to-...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 15:42

With Outlook 2013, which is what I use now, I click on the ... in the bottom bar (at the end of Mail Calendar People etc) to reveal a menu that includes "Folders" - clicking on Folders reveals all...

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 17:33

I think it was a 7 hour outage rather than 9 and Microsoft knows exactly what happened. All described in http://windowsitpro.com/blog/directory-flaw-led-exchange-online-outage

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 14:45

To be clear, I have no problems with a decision to virtualize an application, provided that the decision is taken with sufficient reason to back it up. And I have no problem with a deployment of...

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 13:49

Hi Matt, I don't think you were unlucky. Many people in the industry were smitten by the notion that you could virtualize everything and gain lots of advantages. This was a valid assertion in some...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 16:20

OWA for Android is now available. See http://blogs.office.com/2014/06/11/owa-for-android-now-available-on-select-devices/ for details. The important things are that you have to run a KitKat (4.4)...

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 05:15

@PNewell, what a tale of woe you tell! It's a great story though because it underlines the need for administrators to test every aspect of their hardware before putting it into production. And...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 15:43

Jeff is absolutely right. Microsoft announced OWA for Android at MEC on March 30 and set an expectation that the release of the code was imminent. Two months later and it still hasn't appeared. I...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 17:36

Some might indeed say that. I think it's somewhat true because email has to be examined to make Clutter effective. The question is what use is made of the resulting data. In this case, it seems...

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