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  • Blog Post: Forcing a full OAB download in Outlook 2011

    I want to start this blog by apologising for the lack of posts recently… this is mostly due to me not having anything interesting to say and not wanting this blog to be watered down with irrelevant nonsense… that and working on stuff that I can't talk about yet… Anyway, one thing that I can talk about...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Hybrid Deployment / Exchange Rich Coexistence – Sharing Availability (Free/Busy)

    ** IMPORTANT : This blog includes old instructions for manual configuration of Exchange Hybrid. This method is no longer supported and instead you should be using the Hybrid Configuration Wizard as documented here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh529921(v=exchg.150).aspx ** Updated 24...
  • Blog Post: Office 365–With Mac OS X Lion, Microsoft Office 2011 and Lync 2011 for Mac

    Many of the customers I work with are currently making their way through an Office 365 technical pilot that needs to include Mac OS X machines as well as various versions of Windows.  The Windows stuff seems fairly well documented and since we now have a GA release of Lync 2011 for Mac OS X I thought...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 – Exporting Mailboxes without EXMERGE

    I often see customers struggle to make use of the export mailbox features in Exchange Server 2010.  I suspect this is because it is an area that has changed in the last few years and there is a lot of conflicting information online that doesn't clearly state which version of Exchange the information...
  • Blog Post: Throttling Policies and Exchange Online…

    Throttling policies in Exchange Server 2010 have been an often discussed and much misunderstood part of Exchange over the last few years.  Especially with Exchange Online!  However, Michael Mainer has written a great article about Exchange Throttling policies on his blog.. well worth a read...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Performance Counters are missing–take 2

    Back in the summer (remember that?) I wrote an article about viewing the Outlook performance counters and how to get them to be visible on Windows 7 and Vista. I have recently noticed that there are further complications to this.  On one customer site we could not get the Outlook performance counters...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Performance Troubleshooting including Office 365

    I have been involved in a number of discussions recently regarding Outlook performance troubleshooting in the cloud. Mostly these discussions were in the context of why the customer didn't want to move to the cloud since they figured it would be impossible to troubleshoot Outlook performance afterwards...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Performance Counters are missing…

    I have been working on a number of Exchange projects recently with cloud integration.  One common area of concern when you move a workload to the cloud is end user performance – will my users have an acceptable experience? To help customers make this decision I usually propose some form of user...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Proxy Server Exclusion List – Office 365 Service URL’s

    I am just posting this here since it's a bit of information I regularly provide to customers and I always have trouble remembering where I found it (yes I know I should create a browser bookmark, but I thought I would share!). When you deploy Office 365 one of the most difficult (and poorly documented...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2010 - network latency test results

    Over the past 18 months I have been dealing with more and more cloud engagements.  One thing that crops up during the planning phase of all of these engagements is network link latency and bandwidth requirements. Bandwidth prediction is something I am working on in the background, but network link...