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  • Blog Post: Improved CalCheck integration with OffCAT

    In the last week there have been two big improvements related to CalCheck and OffCAT that will make life a little easier when troubleshooting ‘calendar’ issues. 1. Relevant solutions for all CalCheck issues added to the following article: 2678030 Information about the Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Exchange 2013 and ADRMS Integration

    I recently did an Exchange 2013 deployment at one of our customers and also integrated with ADRMS so I thought to outline the high level integration steps to assist others. 1. Verify Exchange Servers in Microsoft Exchange Security Groups OU contain your Exchange servers. 2. Modify the default AD RMS...
  • Blog Post: Released: PelNet

    With the huge scale environment I currently work in my team has had some difficulty when it comes to validating customer transport changes, specifically when adding new send connectors or new smart hosts. The same goes for troubleshooting mail flow….you know…whip out good ole’ Telnet, check SMTP status...
  • Blog Post: The Preferred Architecture (Exchange 2013)

    During my session at the recent Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC), I revealed Microsoft’s preferred architecture (PA) for Exchange Server 2013. The PA is the Exchange Engineering Team’s prescriptive approach to what we believe is the optimum deployment architecture for Exchange 2013, and one that is...
  • Blog Post: Updated: Exchange Server Deployment Assistant

    We’re happy to announce updates to the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant ! These updates offer you more deployment options and outline new features that make deployments more flexible and easier to configure. We’ve updated the Deployment Assistant to include the following: Support for the Exchange...
  • 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: Exchange 2003 migration toolkit

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 entered the market on September 28, 2003 and continued the great messaging and collaboration experience that Microsoft Exchange Server had provided in previous releases. As we approach April 8, 2014, we want to inform users of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 of the opportunities...
  • 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: Released: Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1

    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 mailboxes in customer environments...
  • 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: Exchange ActiveSync Guided Walkthrough

    Many users rely on their smart phones 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: 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: OWA Cross-Site Silent Redirection in Exchange 2010 SP2

    By now, many of you have seen the articles that discussed Address Book Policies , hosting changes , and the Hybrid Configuration Wizard , but deep down I know you all have been hoping that we would discuss the most sought after feature that we decided to include in Exchange 2010 SP2. What’s that you...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Enhanced Hardware Virtualization Support for Exchange 2010

    The Microsoft Exchange team is enhancing positioning by including additional supported scenarios regarding Exchange Server 2010 running under hardware virtualization software. As of today, the following support scenarios are being updated, for Exchange 2010 SP1, and later: The Unified Messaging server...
  • Blog Post: Released: v17.8 of the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator

    On October 12, we have released a minor update to the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator that includes enhancements like 3TB disk support and new processor core options. In addition, there are several bug fixes. Please go to our Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Exchange Client Network Bandwidth Calculator Beta

    I am extremely pleased to announce that the all new Exchange Client Bandwidth Calculator Beta is available for download!! Over the past 12 months we have been working on a new calculator to help with Exchange client network bandwidth approximation. This new calculator is based on all new prediction data...
  • Blog Post: MEC 2012 registration is open!

    I hope those of you who signed up for more information already saw the email about Microsoft Exchange Conference 2012 (MEC) registration. The lost conference is back, taking place September 24-26 in Orlando, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Kudos to Dan Bobke for narrowing...
  • Blog Post: Released: Update Rollup 1 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2

    The Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2 to the Download Center. This update contains a number of customer-reported and internally found issues since the release of SP2. See KB 2645995 : Description of Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2' for more...
  • Blog Post: Exchange at TechEd North America 2012

    TechEd North America 2012 happens next week in Orlando, Florida. This year, there are several Exchange break-out sessions and hands-on labs for IT pros and developers, including sessions on Exchange 2010 high availability, virtualization, retention and archiving, load balancing, connecting with SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Upcoming Microsoft webcast on daylight saving time changes in Russia

    Here's an interesting webcast we have coming up this week... This October Russia will not "fall back" and will essentially remain on summer time. This change has widespread implications to all connected information systems. In this webcast geared toward IT Professionals, we'll walk through...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Connectivity Guided Walkthrough (Exchange On-Premises)

    Outlook prompting users for credentials? Outlook users disconnected from their mailboxes? These are a couple of common issues and they can be frustrating to the user. Enter the Outlook Connectivity Guided Walkthrough (GWT). Outlook connectivity issues with Exchange server can be a very frustrating for...
  • Blog Post: BES integration with Exchange Online in Education

    We have had a lot of interest from our education customers on integration with BES in Exchange Online in Office 365. This is something that has not been available in Live@EDU in the past. RIM is making their BlackBerry Could Services for Microsoft Office 365 available at no cost. While the general availability...
  • Blog Post: Cross Org Availability using Federation Trust and Organization Relationship

    Organizations often need to share availability (aka Free/Busy) information with other Exchange organizations. Depending on the version of Exchange Server you're on, there are different ways to do this. Let's take a look at three common scenarios and go through the exact steps required in order to achieve...
  • Blog Post: Released: Update Rollup 4 for Exchange 2010 SP1

    Earlier today the Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 SP1 to the Download Center. This update contains a number of customer-reported and internally found issues since the release of RU1. See ' KB 2509910 : Description of Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Multiple OWA/ECP Virtual Directories on Exchange 2010 Client Access Server

    A while back we published an article explaining the support constraints that surrounded deploying Exchange 2007 with multiple Outlook Web App (OWA) Virtual Directories (see here http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2008/01/07/447828.aspx ) and as this idea seems to come up more and more frequently, we wanted...