04 Oct

Dispatch from Orlando: Takeaways from Microsoft Ignite 2018

Our field team returned from Microsoft Ignite with this digest of key takeaways. Teams Microsoft Teams is getting a lot of air time this year. When selecting sessions, we thought we saw more sessions on Teams than on anything else, even Exchange. Teams is undergoing a fundamental shift. Microsoft is repositioning it as the default Read more…

19 Jun

June Exchange Updates Include Important Changes for Legacy Versions and Planned Upgrades

Microsoft released the June 2018 quarterly Exchange updates today. In addition to fixing reported issues and adding functionality, the installation packages “include important changes to the pre-requisites required to install Exchange Server.” These are important changes to note, especially if you are planning an upgrade to Exchange 2016 or Exchange Online. This release includes updates Read more…

07 Jun

Bug Alert: Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, 2016, and Exchange Online

Microsoft has issued KB3161916, detailing a bug affecting migrations from legacy public folders to modern public folders on Exchange 2013, Exchange 2016, or Exchange Online.  The issue is serious enough that, if you meet the criteria, you should stop any public folder migrations until a fix is released. The normal procedure to migrate public folders involves connecting Read more…

01 Apr

Message Retention Management and Exchange Web Services

Anyone out there remember “BaseFolderOnly”? If that term means anything to you, it may elicit feelings of rage and frustration. For those of you who may not recognize this term, please allow me to explain. When Microsoft debuted Exchange 2007, it introduced new message retention management tools, now commonly referred to as MRM 1.0. Initially, Read more…

03 Dec

Citrix NetScaler MPX and VPX Sizing

Recently, I’ve been asked by a number of clients to help size and implement Citrix NetScaler VPX virtual appliances. Citrix positions the NetScaler as a ‘high-speed load balancing and content switching, data compression, content cashing, SSL acceleration, network optimization, application visibility and application security’ platform. With so many available functions, firms need to size carefully Read more…

03 Jul

Exchange 2010 SP2 RU3 and Cross-Site RPC Client Access Changes

As you may have already read in Ross Smith IV’s excellent article on the cross-site RPC client access changes associated with Exchange 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 3 (see here), the flexibility now exists to control whether cross-site RPC client access is allowed. Prior to SP2 RU3, a mailbox database copy could be activated in any Read more…

14 Feb

Using Microsoft Exchange PST Capture

Since the advent of the technology, email administrators have had to figure out how to store all of the messages that we send and receive.  In Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Outlook environments, PST files have long been the storage mechanism of last resort.  The downsides of PST use have already been written about at length Read more…

05 Dec

Exchange 2010 SP2 Released!

Today, Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for Exchange 2010: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/12/05/released-exchange-server-2010-sp2.aspx While there are a number of hotfixes and other items included, there is also some key new functionality being introduced as well: Cross-Site Silent Redirection for OWA – This is a tremendous improvement over current functionality where, if a firm leverages redirection between Client Read more…

02 Dec

Exchange 2010 Supported on vSphere 5.0

Recently, Microsoft added vSphere 5.0 as a supported hypervisor for Exchange 2010 to their Server Virtualization Validation Program support policy wizard.  Exchange 2010 RTM and SP1  are both listed as supported running on Windows 2008 RTM and Windows 2008 R2 on vSphere 5.0.  In addition, Exchange 2007 SP1, SP2 and SP3 are listed as supported on Read more…

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