Legacy Public Folders to Exchange 2013 migration tips

A couple of weeks ago I performed a Public Folder migration from Exchange 2007 (aka legacy) towards the modern Public Folders of Exchange 2013. As you may know, the traditional migration method using Public Folder replica's isn't available due to a radical redesign of the Public Folder architecture. Instead of dedicated databases, the hierarchy and … Continue reading "Legacy Public Folders to Exchange 2013 migration tips"

Office 365 users can't see free/busy of on-premises users

The past few days I was working on making an on-prem Exchange Server 2013 SP1 environment hybrid with the Office 365 tenant. You would expect that running the Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) would be it, after setting all the requirements as they should. Unfortunately after running the HCW, Office 365 mailboxes couldn't access free/busy information … Continue reading "Office 365 users can't see free/busy of on-premises users"

Disable Offline OWA in Exchange 2013

Although the Offline OWA functionality in Exchange 2013 is a great addition for those that cannot use Outlook (Anywhere with Cached Mode), but are frequently without internet. However, as the browser database in which Exchange OWA stores it’s information isn’t encrypted, it can be a security issue. It can be turned of via the Exchange … Continue reading "Disable Offline OWA in Exchange 2013"

MEC 2014 Meta recap

For those that weren’t at the Microsoft Exchange Conference 2014 in Austin, there is a ton of information now available. It certainly won’t compare to actually have attended this conference, but it’s better than nothing. I’ve probably forgotten a ton of other information, but you gotta start somewhere

Updated – Exchange 2013 DAG, Windows Server 2012 R2 and VMware vSphere? Check support!

UPDATED 28/3/2024: See update below article. A little heads up. While working on an extensive design including Exchange Server 2013 with Service Pack 1 installed on Windows Server 2012 R2, my eye caught a comment in the Facebook group Exchange Server 2013 (Facebook login required). VMwares vSphere 5.1 and higher are shown to be validated … Continue reading "Updated – Exchange 2013 DAG, Windows Server 2012 R2 and VMware vSphere? Check support!"

Be careful with Outlook customizations! Use AutoDiscover!

During a migration from Exchange 2007 to 2013, we moved several mailboxes as pilot users. Coexistence was fully configured and on my test machine everything worked fine. However, the pilot users had trouble connecting with Exchange 2013 after their mailbox was successfully moved to Exchange 2013 servers. OWA and ActiveSync worked without any hitch. The … Continue reading "Be careful with Outlook customizations! Use AutoDiscover!"

The UC Architects Episode 35: Service Packed! is available now!

A few days ago episode 35 of The UC Architects podcast went live! Service Packed! With Steve Goodman hosting, joined by John Cook, Michael Van Hybrid, Michel de Rooij, Serkan Varoglu, Ståle Hansen and yours truly. Our editor was the legendary Andrew Price. In this episode we talk (a lot) about Exchange Server 2013 Service … Continue reading "The UC Architects Episode 35: Service Packed! is available now!"

Exchange 2013 SP1 is out! And now?

Yesterday the Exchange Team finally released Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1). And even as promised within early 2014! Nothing like a major release to get those blog writing blocks lifted . Download SP1 here and see their blog here. Be sure to check out the release notes and the What’s New page. So, what … Continue reading "Exchange 2013 SP1 is out! And now?"

Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 news!

So, no Cumulative Update 3 (CU3) news but as promised by the Exchange Team they posted Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) news on the Exchange Team blog! It is coming early 2014, which I interpret as the first quarter of 2014. Because I now think CU3 will be released somewhere around early December (hint), … Continue reading "Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 news!"

Can we expect Exchange 2013 CU3 and 2010 SP3 RU3 soon? Keep watching KB2891587 and KB2892464!

UPDATE 2013/11/20: It looks like the links currently don’t work anymore, possibly because they referenced a non-released update. That’s too bad, but even when the update is not available yet this kind of information is still quite valuable (something I pointed out in a comment on the Exchange Team Blog The Road Ahead post) Just … Continue reading "Can we expect Exchange 2013 CU3 and 2010 SP3 RU3 soon? Keep watching KB2891587 and KB2892464!"