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April 7, 2014  3:59 PM

MEC reactions to Exchange Server 2003′s retirement

Posted by: Toni Boger
Exchange Server, MEC, Microsoft

Tomorrow marks the end of support for a number of Microsoft products, including extended support for Exchange Server 2003. At last week’s Microsoft Exchange Conference in Austin, attendees wrote messages to the retiring version of Exchange. These are some of our favorites.







For a recap of other highlights from MEC, read more about Microsoft’s new ‘Clutter’ feature for Outlook Web App users and how Office 365 will get first dibs on features over on-premises Exchange.

What are your thoughts on the retirement of Exchange Server 2003? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

March 31, 2014  7:05 PM

Reactions to MEC 2014 keynote

Posted by: Toni Boger
IamMEC, MEC, Uncategorized

The cloud, OWA for Android and Yammer received a lot of attention during the Microsoft Exchange Conference keynote address. Here’s a look at some of our favorite reactions from conference attendees.

March 5, 2014  6:13 PM

Microsoft releases fix for Exchange 2013 SP1 bug

Posted by: Toni Boger
Exchange Server 2013, IamMEC, Microsoft

One week after releasing Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1, Microsoft released a fix for a bug after receiving customer complaints.

The bug, which prevents third-party or custom-developed transport agents from working with Exchange 2013 SP1, is caused by invalid XML code in global assembly cache policy configuration files. The company released a new PowerShell script that corrects the formatting error in the built-in Exchange 2013 configuration files that govern transport extensibility.

Microsoft says admins should be able to just run the script if they’re upgrading existing Exchange 2013 installations with third-party agents installed in Exchange 2013 SP1. However, if they’re installing Exchange 2013 SP1 on a new server, it’ll require a few more steps.

Exchange experts have taken notice of the bug and how it affects Microsoft’s image. Exchange MVP Tony Redmond wrote in his blog about how the bug brings Microsoft’s testing processes into question, and this isn’t the first time they’ve been questioned. Back in August, the company’s testing processes were in question when it pulled an Exchange update after revealing it didn’t test the update in its own environment.

We’ll continue to follow additional developments about Exchange 2013 SP1.

Have you had firsthand experience with the bug affected Exchange 2013 SP1? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

March 3, 2014  4:01 PM

February in review: the top Exchange Server content

Posted by: Toni Boger
Exchange Server 2013, IamMEC, Office 365

At the beginning of each month, we look at the most popular content with our readers and share it with you.

For February, Exchange Server admins were most interested in Active Directory, hybrid Exchange Servers and third-party security tools for email.

How to use Active Directory for managing Office 365

Once your organization has a successful migration to Office 365, you’ll have to learn how to manage Exchange’s mailboxes in the cloud. AD is mostly still the way to go to manage Office 365, but know what AD can’t manage.

Five steps for an easier Exchange 2013 migration

Enterprises face a lot of prep work to take care of before migrating to Exchange Server 2013, and that can be an overwhelming process. These five tips can help minimize the stress and ensure a smooth migration.

Why hybrid Exchange Server deployments are easier than ever

This tip takes an in-depth look at everything that’s involved in creating a hybrid Exchange Server deployment with Office 365 and on-premises Exchange as well as why it’s easier than ever to make these deployments happen.

How to care for and maintain an ADFS server

After your organization sets up ADFS, there are important things to maintain. This tip takes a look at the critical operations to care for in an ADFS server as well as how to troubleshoot any problems that could come up.

Taking a closer look at third-party email security tools

Use what you know about your Exchange environment to evaluate if the tools you have are enough or if you need to consider outside tools to keep your environment safe and secure.

What content was most helpful for you last month? Was it something we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

February 25, 2014  5:54 PM

Microsoft releases Exchange Server 2013 SP1 for download

Posted by: Toni Boger
Exchange Server 2013, IamMEC

Microsoft made the long-awaited Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 available for download today.

First announced in November 2013, the company said Exchange Server admins could expect to see a number of new and improved features in SP1. These features include new support for Windows Server 2012 R2; it also sees the return of S/MIME support for OWA and the Edge transport server role.

The download can be found here.

In addition to releasing Exchange 2013 SP1, Microsoft also released Update Rollup 5 for Exchange 2010 SP3 and Update Rollup 13 for Exchange 2007 SP3.

Exchange MVP Tony Redmond has already given his initial impressions of the release in his Exchange Unwashed blog. We’ll continue to follow up on the Exchange 2013 SP1 release in the coming weeks and talk with Exchange experts about what features you should know about.

What features are looking forward to in the Exchange 2013 SP1 release? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

February 3, 2014  4:01 PM

January in review: the top Exchange tips and features

Posted by: Toni Boger
Exchange Server 2013, Office 365, Office Web App (OWA), Outlook

At the top of every month, we take a look at the most popular Exchange Server content with our readers from the previous month and share it with you.

To kick off 2014, our readers were most interested in ADFS’s role for Office 365 identity management, troubleshooting common problems in Outlook and weighing the pros and cons of Office Web Apps Server 2013.

What content was most helpful for you and your organization last month? Was it something we didn’t include in our list? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

ADFS vs. Password Sync for Office 365 identity management
As you consider what’s the best option for managing Office 365 identities, consider the pros and cons of two popular choices: ADFS and the Password Sync feature. Depending on your enterprise’s needs, one of these could improve how your enterprise manages identities.

How to manage Office 365 identities with an ADFS server
Exchange admins have multiple options for managing identities in Office 365, and one popular option is an Active Directory Federation Services server. This tip walks admins through the ADFS server installment process as well as the considerations and caveats of its installation.

Troubleshoot Outlook problems with five tips
As well as Outlook can work for admins and end users alike, frustrating problems will inevitably come up. These tips tackle five common problems that can happen and how to fix them, including fixes for failed connectivity and repeated password prompts. 

Do you need Office Web Apps Server 2013?
If your organization is looking at upgrading to Exchange 2013, consider using OWA Server 2013. It can be a good option if you install multiple Office 2013 Server products, but WebReady document viewing is still included and provides similar functionality in smaller organizations.

Sharing calendars in Exchange 2013
End users have options for how they share calendars in Exchange 2013, but the simplest way is enabling the standards-compliant, built-in feature for sharing calendars. This tip takes admins through each step to make this happen. 

January 13, 2014  6:51 PM

GoDaddy and Microsoft partner up on Office 365

Posted by: Toni Boger
Microsoft, Office 365

Note: This post was written by Jeremy Stanley, Associate Site Editor.

In a move said to assist small businesses,, Inc., discussed a partnership with Microsoft to bring its Office 365 service to subscribers.

It will bring features like custom domain names for business email addresses to customers of the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based GoDaddy. Plus, it will bring all of the products Office 365 is known for, including Lync messaging and other versions of the full suite of Office applications.

Office 365 for GoDaddy customers will expand globally in three months, but it’s only available for use in the U.S. for now.

What do you think of the partnership? Are you a GoDaddy customer? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @ExchangeTT

January 2, 2014  6:21 PM

December in review: the top Exchange Server features and tips

Posted by: Toni Boger
Exchange Online, Exchange Server

In our monthly feature, we take a look at the content that was most popular with our readers in the previous month and share it with you.

For the last month of 2013, our readers were most interested in the skills and topics they should know to improve their skills set, creating a deep-dive learning plan, how to prep for Exchange Online migrations and more.

What Exchange Server content helped you and your organization most last month? Is it something that isn’t on our list? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

Essential Guide: the three Microsoft collaboration tools to know
This essential guide takes a look at the three Microsoft collaboration tools every Exchange admin should get to know for their organizations: Lync, SharePoint and Office 365. Readers can take a look at how SharePoint can ease collaboration, the benefits of using Office 365 for collaboration and how admins can size up Lync for their enterprise.

The eight Exchange skills and topics admins should know
If you want to increase your Exchange knowledge and bring it to the next level, it’s time to buckle down and tackle these eight topics and skills. These topics and skills can make you a more valuable IT professional and are easy to transition between different versions of Exchange and Office 365.

Create a deep-dive learning plan to dig deeper than your credentials
Credentials are a wonderful thing, but they don’t automatically make you a great Exchange Server professional. You’ll have to dig into Exchange’s inner workings to make that happen. This tip takes a look at some paths you can follow to make the right deep-dive learning plan for you.

The most popular Exchange Server news stories of 2013
There were plenty of news stories about Exchange Server in 2013, but these five had the most clicks from readers. The Apple iOS 6.0.1 Exchange 2010 bug was a huge story, as were the Exchange 2010 SP3 release and Microsoft’s backtracking of a Patch Tuesday update.

Help your organization prepare for an Exchange Online migration
Getting ready for an Exchange Online migration can be a daunting task, but following these steps can help ensure that the experience is a smooth one for you and for end users. One major thing you should keep in mind is communicating with end users about what they should expect to see during the migration.

December 2, 2013  5:15 PM

November in review: the top Exchange Server content

Posted by: Toni Boger
Exchange Server, Exchange Server 2013

In our monthly feature, we round up and share the Exchange Server content from the previous month that was most popular with our readers.

Exchange admins kept busy in November by reading up on Exchange 2013 migrations, fixing disk consumption problems and email migrations.

What content was most helpful for you and your organization last month? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

Enterprises are delaying Exchange 2013 migrations …
The adoption rate for Exchange 2013 remains low for a number of reasons. Quality issues and technical limitations have been major factors in why organizations are slow to adopt it, but our expert says this trend will likely change.

… But you should probably upgrade. Here are three reasons why.
Despite a low adoption rate for Exchange 2013, there are solid arguments for making the jump to the latest version of Exchange. A simpler infrastructure is a major benefit of an upgrade, as is the potential to have better use of your existing hardware.

Simple fixes for Exchange Server disk space consumption issues
Exchange can use an excessive amount of disk space and can drive admins crazy trying to free up that space. Thankfully, there are some simple steps Exchange admins can take to clear up these disk space consumption issues.

Thanks to cloud, email migration doesn’t have to be a migraine
The idea of migrating email to the cloud is daunting for Exchange admins, and for good reason. But there are tools that can make the migration simpler while including additional services such as archiving and email management.

Cloud-based features a big benefit when you buy Exchange 2013
When you implement Exchange 2013 in your organization, your organization is more ready for an eventual move to the cloud. Exchange 2013 deployments can also help organizations move away from third-party tools and have more time to focus on end users’ needs.

November 20, 2013  8:56 PM

Microsoft plans Exchange Server 2013 SP1 release for early 2014

Posted by: Toni Boger
Exchange Server 2013, Outlook, OWA

Microsoft is readying the first  Exchange Server 2013 service pack for release early next year, the company said Wednesday

In a post on the Exchange Team Blog, Brian Shiers, the Exchange technical product manager, said Exchange admins can expect to see a number of new and improved features with the SP1 release.

The most anticipated feature of SP1 will be support for Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft will bring back a feature left out in Exchange 2013: S/MIME, which will support OWA, ActiveSync clients and Outlook. SP1 will also include Exchange 2013′s Edge Transport server role. SP1 will roll in all of the fixes that have been released in Exchange 2013 cumulative updates.

Exchange admins will have to update their Active Directory to use SP1. Shiers recommended that admins plan for the AD change well in advance so they can quickly take advantage of SP1 after its release.

Shiers also addressed Cumulative Update 3 and the timing of releasing SP1 first. He said news for a CU3 release is “imminent” and will be discussed “very soon,” but gave no indication of a timeframe.

What do you think about the Exchange 2013 SP1 news? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

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