Category: Exchange

August 16th, 2017 by Exchange
Odd Things Happening Inside Office 365 Despite the recent success of Office 365 (in terms of revenue earned for Microsoft), I cannot lose the feeling that some quality control, communications, and testing issues lurk inside the service. A troubling number of small but telling incidents have happened over the last few weeks to raise my awareness and consider what is going on. Data Breach First, the small matter of a data breach on August 3 where administrators who accessed the Usage Reports secti...

Keep on reading: Better Testing and Communication Needed for Office 365

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August 15th, 2017 by Exchange
The Office 365 portal often had a wealth of information regarding the status and health of your services.    One of the components that reports health through the portal is the status of DNS records for domains that are added to Office 365.  You can observe this health reporting by accessing Setup –> Domains.     Your domains will be listed and domains that are currently flagged for issues display a warning symbol and are flagged for possible service issues.  ...

Keep on reading: DNS Errors and Warnings in the Office 365 Portal

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August 15th, 2017 by Exchange
Administrators can view and configure auto reply settings for an Exchange Online mailbox using the Set-MailboxAutoReplyConfiguration and Get-MailboxAutoReplyConfiguration PowerShell cmdlets.   Using Set-MailboxAutoReplyConfiguration, you can schedule an automated reply to start at a specific time.  For example, to create a scheduled auto reply that starts at 6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on August 16 and ends at 6:00 pm EDT on August 17, I would run the following command:  &...

Keep on reading: Configure Auto Reply for a Mailbox

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August 1st, 2017 by Exchange
Hello again! In our last article, we discussed recommendations for deployment of public folders and public folder mailboxes. In this post, we will be discussing methods and tips for monitoring connections being made to the Public Folder mailboxes with the help of different log types available in Exchange Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2016. This article mainly focuses on logging related to public folder mailbox activity and provides information on how to analyze these logs to get the...

Keep on reading: Modern public folders logging and when to use it

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July 18th, 2017 by Exchange
Microsoft announced today the Discontinuation of support for Session Border Controllers in Exchange Online Unified Messaging. This article is meant to explain what this means and why it's such a big deal. Session Border Controllers (SBCs) are used to route SIP-SIP traffic. They act as two-legged single-purpose firewalls, used only for SIP traffic. SBCs are usually deployed in the DMZ, where one interface faces the internal network (gateway/PBX) and the other faces the Internet (Offi...

Keep on reading: Discontinuation of Session Border Controllers in O365 and Why You Should Care

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July 18th, 2017 by Exchange
In July 2018, we will no longer support the use of Session Border Controllers (SBC) to connect 3rd Party PBX systems to Exchange Online Unified Messaging (UM). We’re making this change to provide a higher quality of service for voicemail, using standard Exchange and Skype for Business protocols. Customers considering a new deployment of this scenario should be aware that they will have a little less than a year to complete one of the migrations below. Customers with existing deployments...

Keep on reading: Discontinuation of support for Session Border Controllers in Exchange Online Unified Messaging

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July 13th, 2017 by Exchange
I published a new article to the ENow Exchange & Office 365 Solutions Engine Blog (ESE), "What to Do When the Office 365 Portal Goes Down". This article talks about recent availability failures in the Office 365 portal and provides direct URL links to Office 365 features and admin portals. Bookmark this page for reference the next time the portal becomes unavailable for your tenant! Did you find this information useful? Post a comment and share it with others!

Keep on reading: New article: What to Do When the Office 365 Portal Goes Down

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July 12th, 2017 by Exchange
Symptom: Customer reported Jetstress failures with the message, “Fail – The test has 1.05381856535713 Average Database Page Fault Stalls/sec. This should be not higher than 1.” The customer had recently purchased multiple servers to be used in an Exchange DAG and these Jetstress failures were halting the project. What was unique about this deployment is the customer was using all local SSD storage for the solution. Analysis: I asked the customer to provide their Jetstress configuration...

Keep on reading: Jetstress – Too Many IOPS?

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July 10th, 2017 by Exchange
Microsoft’s planned transition of eDiscovery features in SharePoint Online and Exchange Online to the Security and Compliance Center (SCC), a new, unified security and compliance console has been delayed. Figure 1 eDiscovery in Office 365 Security and Compliance Center Microsoft had earlier announced that the transition would take place on July 1, 2017. You would […]

Keep on reading: eDiscovery transition in Office 365: Exchange Online eDiscovery transition delayed

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June 28th, 2017 by Exchange
Microsoft released Azure Active Directory Connect version 1.1.553.0 on June 26, 2017. More importantly, they published an important security advisory one day later. Microsoft Security Advisory 4033453 - Vulnerability in Azure AD Connect Could Allow Elevation of Privilege explains, The [ADD Connect version 1.1.553.0] update addresses a vulnerability that could allow elevation of privilege if Azure AD Connect Password writeback is misconfigured during enablement. An attacker who successfull...

Keep on reading: Important update for AAD Connect - Version 1.1.553.0

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