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  • Blog Post: How to publish Anonymous Calendar Sharing URL in Exchange Online or Exchange 2013

    Do your users want to share their calendar with anonymous users? Here's a tip related to sharing your calendar via a web link for anonymous users (users outside of your organization). Users can publish their calendar for anonymous viewers using OWA . Organization administrators can also publish a...
  • Blog Post: MEC 2014 wrap-up

    The bands are silent, the booths are dismantled, the R/C racecars are quiet, and Squeaky Lobster has left the building. Microsoft Exchange Conference 2014 is officially done. As we head home stuffed with Exchange knowledge and barbeque brisket, we thought we’d give you a brief photo sampling of the fun...
  • Blog Post: Bringing predictive email to the workplace

    This week at MEC, we’ve been talking a lot about the power of the Office graph, and how it helps us deliver personalized and proactive experiences for email users. As part of that journey, we’re excited to announce an advanced predictive email assistance feature coming to Exchange. This exciting...
  • Blog Post: MEC is Here!

    Greetings from downtown Austin, where Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) 2014 is now underway. Since attendees started rolling into town on Saturday, local bars and restaurants have been full of the sounds of Exchange: conversations about load balancing, debates about EAC vs. PowerShell, and tales of...
  • Blog Post: Mailbox Migration Performance Analysis

    When you're migrating on-premises mailboxes to Office365, there are a lot of factors that can impact overall mailbox migration speed and performance. This post will help you investigate and correct the possible causes by using the AnalyzeMoveRequestStats.ps1 script to analyze the performance of a...
  • Blog Post: Certificate Planning in Exchange 2013

    Now that we understand the load balancing and namespace planning principles and how clients connect in an Exchange 2013 environment that has Exchange 2007 and/or Exchange 2010 deployed, the proper certificates can be constructed and deployed as part of the upgrade process. Of course it goes without saying...
  • Blog Post: This mailbox database contains one or more mailboxes…

    Let’s say you are in process of removing the last copy of a mailbox database or uninstalling an Exchange server and run into the following error message: “This mailbox database contains one or more mailboxes…” You check again and again but can’t find a mailbox on the server being uninstalled or the database...
  • Blog Post: Client Connectivity in an Exchange 2013 Coexistence Environment

    This article is part 3 in a series that discusses namespace planning , load balancing principles , client connectivity, and certificate planning. Over the last several months, we have routinely fielded questions on how various clients connect to the infrastructure once Exchange 2013 is deployed. Our...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: GetLogFileUsage.ps1 script

    Whether you’re using the Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator by Ross Smith IV or the Exchange Client Network Bandwidth Calculator by Neil Johnson, you’ll need to provide statistics about your log file usage to determine bandwidth requirements. Whenever I’ve done that previously...
  • Blog Post: Load Balancing in Exchange 2013

    This article is part 2 in a series that discusses namespace planning , load balancing principles, client connectivity , and certificate planning. Load Balancing Unlike previous versions of Exchange, Exchange 2013 no longer requires session affinity at the load balancing layer. To understand this statement...
  • Blog Post: Namespace Planning in Exchange 2013

    A while back we promised an article on namespace planning and load balancing principles with Exchange 2013. We’re finally going to fulfill that promise as a series of articles. The articles will span several topics, including namespace planning, load balancing , client connectivity coexistence , and...
  • Blog Post: Released: Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1

    Download What's new Release notes Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available for download! Please make sure to read the release notes before installing SP1. The final build number for Exchange Server 2013 SP1 is 15.00.0847.032. SP1 has already been deployed to thousands of production...
  • Blog Post: Data loss prevention in Exchange just got better

    With Exchange 2013, we released a new data loss prevention (DLP) capability based on deep content analysis that helps you identify, monitor, and protect sensitive information. We’re continually looking to expand our DLP capabilities, and today we’re bringing two new ones to you—Document Fingerprinting...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2013 profile might not update after mailbox is moved to Exchange 2013

    Update 3/18/2014: The fix for this issue has been released and is a part of March 11 2014 update for Outlook 2013. Please see the following KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2863911 . We wanted to make certain that Exchange admins are aware of an Outlook issue which may impact your plans to...
  • Blog Post: Exchange ActiveSync Guided Walkthrough

    Many users rely on their smartphones and other mobile devices to access their email and calendar using Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). Any issues with mobile device access and EAS are noticed and reported immediately and a solution is expected just as quickly. To assist you in troubleshooting EAS issues...
  • Blog Post: In Deployment: Directory Based Edge Blocking for Exchange Online Protection

    What is Directory Based Edge Blocking? The Directory Based Edge Blocking (DBEB) feature in Exchange Online Protection (EOP) lets you reject messages for invalid recipients at the service network perimeter. DBEB lets admins add mail-enabled recipients to Azure Active Directory and block all messages...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2013 database schema updates

    Recently, we have seen some questions about what the Update-DatabaseSchema cmdlet in Exchange 2013 is about. So I thought I would share some additional information on the subject. The Update-DatabaseSchema cmdlet is a part of the infrastructure that we’ve built into Exchange 2013 to safely upgrade database...
  • Blog Post: Common mailbox / folder sharing scenarios Guided Walkthroughs now available

    Exchange and Outlook have, for years, been great collaboration platforms, where our customers could share information easily with others. One of the things that came to light when a lot of our customers adopted Office 365 , is that many often have trouble matching their business needs to actual features...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 and 2013 Database Growth Reporting Script

    Introduction Often times in Exchange Support we get cases reporting that the size of one or more Exchange databases is growing abnormally. The questions or comments that we get will range from “The database is growing in size but we aren’t reclaiming white space” to “All of the databases on this one...
  • Blog Post: Responding to Managed Availability

    I’ve written a few blog posts now that get into the deep technical details of Managed Availability. I hope you’ve liked them, and I’m not about to stop! However, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that we also need some simpler overview articles. Fortunately, we’ve just completed...
  • Blog Post: Using Exchange Web Services to Apply a Personal Tag to a Custom Folder

    In Exchange 2010, we introduced Retention Tags , a Messaging Records Management (MRM) feature that allows you to manage email lifecycle. You can use retention policies to retain mailbox data for as long as it’s required to meet business or regulatory requirements, and delete items older than the...
  • Blog Post: Released: Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 3

    The Exchange team is announcing today the availability of our most recent quarterly servicing update to Exchange Server 2013. Cumulative Update 3 for Exchange Server 2013 and updated UM Language Packs are now available on the Microsoft Download Center. Cumulative Update 3 includes fixes for customer...
  • Blog Post: Sending common or canned responses from a shared or repository mailbox

    As a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE), I assist companies with Lotus Notes and GroupWise migrations to Exchange/Outlook environments and have found that different applications act differently. One of the common questions is: Can Outlook/Exchange send canned responses from a common mailbox? The...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud On Your Terms (PART I): Deploying Hybrid

    With Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Online in Office 365 for Enterprises, customers continue to have the flexibility of moving to the cloud on their terms – whether switching fully to the cloud via a cut-over migration, migrating over time with a staged migration, or managing mailboxes both on-premises...
  • Blog Post: Part 1: Reverse Proxy for Exchange Server 2013 using IIS ARR

    For a long time, ForeFront TMG (and ISA before it) has been the go-to Microsoft reverse proxy solution for many applications, including Exchange Server. However, with no more development roadmap for TMG 2010 a lot of customers are looking out for an alternative solution that works well with Exchange...