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June 19, 2014  5:47 PM

Microsoft details Office 365 for Business plans in new roadmap

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Administrators who have been asking questions about the future plans for Office 365 for Business now have some answers.

Microsoft made a roadmap for the business version of Office 365 available to the public today that includes detailed information about upcoming updates. The roadmap includes updates that have already been released as well as updates that will soon roll out, updates currently in development and updates that have been canceled. The roadmap applies to only Office 365 for Business, not the versions for home or personal use.

In a blog post detailing the release, Microsoft officials said the roadmap offers subscribers a look at what to expect in the next few months as well as insight into what they call “long-term investments” for Office Graph and the service codenamed “Oslo.”

Microsoft is also rolling out a new program called First Release, which will give customers who opt-in access to Office 365, SharePoint Online and Exchange Online changes at least two weeks prior to customers in the standard release group. Office 365 ProPlus, Exchange Online Protection and Lync Online don’t apply to the First Release program, the company said.

What do you think of the Office 365 or Business roadmap and First Release plans? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

June 2, 2014  6:03 PM

May in review: the top Exchange Server content

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Microsoft Exchange Server

In this feature, we round up the content that was most popular with our readers in the previous month.

For May, Exchange admins were interested in learning more about the value of PowerShell, Office 365 migrations and fixing corrupted files.

New tool simplifies migration to Office 365

This news story highlights a new tool aimed at easing Office 365 migrations. The tool may be an option for enterprises looking for an efficient way to carry out a hybrid migration, and it can also handle cutover migrations.

Easy ways to fix corrupted PST files

If you’re having issues with broken or corrupted PST files, there are options for repairing them and getting everything to work normally again. The best place admins can start is with the ScanPST.exe program.

Simplify how you learn PowerShell

Although starting from scratch is a good way for admins to increase their PowerShell skills level, another option to consider is using or tailoring scripts that have already been written to complete certain tasks.

Why it’s time to take on PowerShell scripting

Now that GUI is out of the picture for managing Exchange Server, admins need to up their scripting skills in PowerShell. Getting hands-on experience with the Exchange Management Shell is one of the keys to success.

Choose the best Office 365 migration approach

Businesses with complicated setups are warming up to Office 365, but they still have to decide the best way to migrate to Office 365. It helps to know how complex Active Directory environments fit in to Office 365.

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

May 19, 2014  7:02 PM

Microsoft delivers fix for Exchange 2013 SP1 Hub Transport service

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Microsoft delivered a fix for an issue affecting the front-end Hub Transport service in Exchange Server 2013 SP1.

The fix addresses a problem with the Transport service that stops and doesn’t restart after an upgrade to SP1. The issue occurs if the Exchange server has front- and back-end roles and if the front-end Transport service runs on the server.

The receive connector for the HubTransport Transport type with the binding set to port 25 causes the issue, Microsoft said. Only the receive connector for the FrontendTransport type should have the binding set to port 25 if the server has front- and back-end roles, the company added.

The KB details two possible fixes. One fix requires running a command, and the other requires deleting and recreating the receive connector.

We’ll continue to follow this and update if there are any new developments.

What do you think of the fix for the front-end Hub Transport service? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @ExchangeTT.

May 1, 2014  6:11 PM

April in review: the most popular Exchange content

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At the top of each month, we round up the most popular content with our readers from the previous month and share it with you.

For April, our readers were most interested in learning about Exchange 2013 migrations, news that came out of the Microsoft Exchange Conference and the features in Exchange 2013 SP1 admins have been waiting for.

These Exchange 2013 SP1 features should make admins be happy
With Microsoft’s recent release of Exchange Server 2013 SP1, admins are curious about its features because the release typically signals the start of migration projects. Thankfully, this Exchange MVP says the release includes features that make the upgrade worth it.

OWA upgrade will ‘Clutter’ Office 365 users
At the Microsoft Exchange Conference, the company said it would deliver three new features — including long-awaited support for Android to let users access Exchange mailboxes — and a new capability called Clutter for managing high volumes of email.

Office 365 gets first dibs on features over on-premises Exchange
Also coming out of MEC was the news that Microsoft would deliver new features to Office 365 first in its cloud-first, mobile-first strategy. This presents organizations with the migration question of staying on-premises versus a move to the cloud.

Essential guide covers three important steps for Exchange 2013 migrations
Organizations are interested about what an upgrade to Exchange 2013 could mean, so we created this essential guide to cover three important steps in the migration process for organizations to use as a jumping off point for planning.

IBM Domino hopes someone will ask it to dance at the enterprise social
Although some argue IBM has done a good job of bringing its products into the social enterprise, it still lags behind Exchange and SharePoint. But in an interesting twist, Microsoft may have inadvertently built a case for Domino and Notes.

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

April 7, 2014  3:59 PM

MEC reactions to Exchange Server 2003’s retirement

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

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

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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

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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

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

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

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

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

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

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. 

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