Category: Exchange

February 22nd, 2019 by Exchange
You may have heard about "Office 365 equivalency rights" or "dual use rights". These rights allow users to access on premises servers, such as Windows Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Skype for Business Server using their Office 365 E3 or E5 licenses. Office 365 equivalency licenses only provide user use rights, not server rights. In other words, O365 licenses are equivalent to Exchange Server Client Access Licenses (both Standard and Enterprise) and Windows Server CALs, but you ...

Keep on reading: Clearing up confusion about Office 365 Equivalency Use Rights

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February 20th, 2019 by Exchange
Join me Thursday, February 21st, as I present a session on Exchange Server patching, specifically around the new security patches just released. I'll be presenting to a live audience via Skype for Business at the Colorado Unified Communications User Group (COUCUG). Where: 7595 Technology Way, Suite 400 Denver, CO 80237 When: February 21st, 4:00-6:00 pm Who: Anyone interested in Microsoft Unified (Intelligent) Communications Agenda (all times in Mountain Standard Time): 4:00-4:10 p...

Keep on reading: Join me at COUCUG for a talk about the new Exchange patches

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February 15th, 2019 by Exchange
We often get request from customers to control mail flow routing in a hybrid deployment, for various compliance requirements. Achieving the desired routing greatly depends on where the MX record is pointed to and the involvement of 3rd party mail gateways. Also, use of Centralized Mail Transport and the two mandatory Office 365 native domains - tenant.onmicrosoft.com and tenant.mail.onmicrosoft.com may make it even more complex....

Keep on reading: Advanced Office 365 Routing: Locking Down Exchange On-Premises when MX points to Office 365

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February 14th, 2019 by Exchange
At Ignite 2017 and 2018 we began telling you about the Meta Cache Database feature we’re using in the O365 cloud service to improve scenario performance and store more mailboxes on ever-growing hard disk drives (HDDs). If you have not had a chance to join us at Ignite or would like a refresher, here are the two sessions: Ignite 2017 – Exchange High Availability and Storage for Insiders Ignite 2018 – Email search in a flash! Accelerating Exchange 2019 with SSDs For those of you who have b...

Keep on reading: Meta Cache Database (MCDB) Setup Guide is available

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February 13th, 2019 by Exchange
In Office 365 the managed folder assistance is responsible for applying data retention policies to mailbox items.  For example, if you have a policy to purge items older that 90 days from deleted items – the managed folder assistant will process this information. A question that sometimes arises is how can I track the last time the managed folder assistant processed a given mailbox.  Administrators of Exchange Online actually have an interface into this information.  Within the...

Keep on reading: Office 365: Tracking last run times of the managed folder assistance / exchange life cycle.

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February 12th, 2019 by Exchange
Today we are announcing the availability of quarterly servicing updates, cumulative and update rollups, for all supported versions of Exchange Server. Exchange Server 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019 all receive an update package. These updates include important fixes to address vulnerabilities being discussed in blogs and other social media outlets. While it is not the normal or preferred practice to release security updates in a cumulative update package, the nature of the product changes dictate...

Keep on reading: Released: February 2019 Quarterly Exchange Updates

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February 9th, 2019 by Exchange
Believe it or not – as of today, this blog has been around for 15 years! That’s right… the very First post was published on February 9, 2004, with How the M: Drive came about hot on its heels. Not too shabby for something people said would never work!...

Keep on reading: 15 years!

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February 8th, 2019 by Exchange
Microsoft is retiring Unified Messaging (UM) in Exchange Online and replacing it with Cloud Voicemail and Auto Attendant services.  This impacts voicemail processing and Auto Attendant in Exchange Online for all customers using these workloads. The following servers connecting to Exchange UM Online will be transitioned by Microsoft to Cloud Voicemail on or before February 2020: Lync Server 2013 Skype for Business Server 2015 Please note this announcement refers to Unified Messaging which is t...

Keep on reading: Retiring Unified Messaging in Exchange Online

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February 7th, 2019 by Exchange
Microsoft just announced the new Hybrid Agent Public Preview. This represents an important step toward making it easier for on-prem organizations to implement a hybrid configuration with Exchange Online. Work on the new hybrid agent was announced at Microsoft Ignite 2018 in Orlando, FL to great fanfare. I wrote an article for the ENow ESE blog where I discuss what it all means and caveats for this implementation. Read it here. Did you find this information useful? Post a comment and share it w...

Keep on reading: The Microsoft Hybrid Agent: What you need to know

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February 5th, 2019 by Exchange
The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived! We are pleased to announce the Microsoft Hybrid Agent for Exchange Server is now available for preview! We talked in some depth about the Hybrid Agent back at Ignite 2018 in Orlando, if you want a refresher on what we covered there you can see that recording here. The Hybrid Agent was designed to remove some of the existing challenges customers face today when establishing a Hybrid Exchange environment. This includes, but is not limited to, a...

Keep on reading: The Microsoft Hybrid Agent Public Preview

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