Category: Exchange

October 16th, 2017 by Exchange
In Office 365 we provide administrators the ability to access important information about the service via the message center.  At https://portal.office.com on the main administration page the message center option appears in the center view.     When selecting the message center option the administrator is presented with a list of notifications, announcements, and other messages regarding Office 365.     One of the options at the top right of the list is an option to e...

Keep on reading: Office 365: Who can receive the weekly digest email…

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October 11th, 2017 by Exchange
Cluster failures due to transient cluster communications problems can often lead to databases failing over between nodes or nodes being removed from cluster membership.  For many administrators the occasional network hiccups that can drive up the likely hood of this occurring is a fact of life.  It is definitely more prevalent when cluster nodes are geographically dispersed.   On occasion there are recommendations to change the cluster network thresholds that determine if a node i...

Keep on reading: Exchange, Cluster, and Network Thresholds

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October 10th, 2017 by Exchange
Office 365 groups are the recommended replacement for legacy distribution groups in Office 365.  You can learn more about Office 365 groups at the following link:  https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Learn-about-Office-365-Groups-b565caa1-5c40-40ef-9915-60fdb2d97fa2   In an effort to assist in the adoption of Office 365 groups we now offer administrators the opportunity to upgrade legacy groups to Office 365 groups.  The option exists both in the Exchange Control Panel, ...

Keep on reading: Office 365: Upgrading legacy distribution lists to Office 365 Groups

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October 9th, 2017 by Exchange
Ignite 2017 was busy and fun! We loved talking to many of you, answering many of your questions and listening to your feedback. Many teams are still collecting their thoughts into action items and following up with many of you. We also walked. A lot. You know what we mean if you were there!...

Keep on reading: Looking back at Microsoft Ignite 2017

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October 3rd, 2017 by Exchange
In Office 365 it may become necessary to change recipient types for on premises accounts.  In this scenario contoso.com provided a mailbox within their Office 365 tenant for a user.  A decision was made to host the users mailbox within a different mail system but authentication would still occur against the contoso.com domain.  The desire was to retain the original active directory account provisioned for the user and have the user appear in the global address list with routing...

Keep on reading: Office 365: Converting a remote mailbox to a mail user…

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October 2nd, 2017 by Exchange
We wanted to post a quick note on our blog to mention to all that at Microsoft Ignite 2017 we have announced that we will be releasing Exchange Server 2019 as an on-premises release to our customers....

Keep on reading: Exchange Server 2019

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September 30th, 2017 by Exchange
Ignite Wind-down After a busy week in Orlando, I am in full wind-down mode and recovering from the Ignite 2017 conference. The event itself was excellent, but there were many complaints about how far attendees had to walk between the West and South halls of the Orange County Conference Center. Some reported Fitbit step counts of over 40,000 for a day, which is a lot. Moving from the West hall, where many of the Office 365 sessions were located, to the expo area in the South hall, was a humid an...

Keep on reading: Podcasts and Flights at Ignite 2017

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September 28th, 2017 by Exchange
Today, Microsoft has made some quite big (and important!) announcements around the work they are doing to improve the experience for Hybrid Exchange customers. These announcements were all “dropped” during session BRK3155 (How to thrive as an organization in Exchange Online), and – for most – came quite unexpected. If there’s one piece of feedback...

Keep on reading: Summary of announcements for Hybrid Exchange @ Ignite

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September 27th, 2017 by Exchange
As announced at Ignite 2017, Outlook for iOS & Android will soon be fully powered by the Microsoft Cloud for hybrid Exchange on-premises customers. These updates will also provide support for management via Microsoft Intune, included in Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). This article outlines what the changes will provide for customers and how to apply to participate in the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for this new architecture....

Keep on reading: TAP: Outlook mobile support for Exchange on-premises with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security

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September 26th, 2017 by Exchange
I’m happy to announce a significant update to our scalability guidance for Exchange 2016. Effective immediately, we are increasing our maximum recommended memory for deployments of Exchange 2016 from 96 GB to 192 GB. This change is now reflected within our Exchange 2016 Sizing Guidance, as well as the latest release of the Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator. We have received ongoing feedback that the previous recommended maximum memory size of 96 GB was far too limiting, and that it ...

Keep on reading: Ask the Perf Guy: Update to scalability guidance for Exchange 2016

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