The end is nigh for Exchange 2007: support nearing end and some other reasons to upgrade

The Exchange Team blog reminded us today that in about a year the extended support for Exchange Server 2007 will end. This means no more updates of any kind, not even security updates. Feature updates already stopped 4 years earlier when Mainstream support ended. The product will continue to run, but how longer it’s being kept in production that will add some risk to your environment due to security issues not being fixed. You can find lifecycles of other Microsoft

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Exchange Server 2016 is available! Now what?

Today Exchange Server 2016 for on-premises installations became available! Some important links: Exchange Team Blog: Exchange Server 2016: Forged in the cloud. Now available on-premises. Direct download (without a valid license key this is an 180 day evaluation) Exchange 2016 Unified Message Language Packs Technical Documentation Release Notes Product guide (feature glance) Before you rush with installing it, beware of the requirements: Coexistence only with Exchange 2010 SP3 RU11 and/or Exchange 2013 CU10 No Exchange 2007 coexistence support! Install OS can be Windows Server

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In light of Windows 10: Comparing Service and Privacy agreements

There’s been a lot of media attention regarding Windows 10 and privacy concerns. Unfortunately not all reports contain correct facts while others suggest some of the implemented technology is unique for Windows 10. There’s a lot of bad reporting (do some of them even fact check?) or even malicious FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) out there. Now, don’t get me wrong, knowing how the products you use handle your (meta)data and privacy is IMHO very important and should receive all

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I’ll be speaking at GWAVACon 2015 and the UC Day

I’m happy to report that I will be speaking in two upcoming events: the two day event GWAVACon 2015 in Berlin (Germany) on the 22nd and 23rd of September and the one-day Unified Communications Day event in Birmingham (UK) on the 28th September. On GWAVACon my sessions will be the English versions of: What’s new in Exchange 2016 Exchange Architecture and Sizing Exchange Server Migrations & Updates For a full agenda, click here. On the UC Day my session will be: Tooling your Exchange For

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Test it yourselves: Exchange Server 2016 Preview is now available!

Today the Microsoft Exchange Product Team released the public Preview of Exchange Server 2016! See the announcement on the EHLO blog. Now everybody can install, investigate and test the latest iteration of Exchange Server, which is part of the Wave 16 of all Office applications (such as Office 2016, Skype for Business, SharePoint 2016 etc.). Some of these features are already present in Office 365, others will be added in time. As this is a Preview release, don’t install this in a

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Cheat Sheet: Setting Exchange Mailbox User Permissions via PowerShell

One of the things I get asked about quite a lot, is how you can set specific permissions in Exchange Server and Exchange Online. Most cases the Management Console (in 2010) or the Exchange Admin Center (EAC, Exchange 2013 & 2016 and Online) provide most basic permissions like Full Access, Send As and Send On Behalf. However, sometimes an admin has to set Send on Behalf permissions on a Shared Mailbox or disable AutoMapping, those options are not available via

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Yay! Renewed as an Exchange MVP

Today was a nerve racking day (a lot of F5/F9 to refresh my MVP profile page and to see if I got that one mail in Outlook), but eventually I received some good news: Dear Dave Stork, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Exchange Server technical communities

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Checking security protocols and ciphers on your Exchange servers

Microsoft states that Exchange 2010 and 2013 are secure out of the box. With this they mean that every traffic coming in and out of Exchange is one way or another encrypted. Whether this is web traffic or specific for SMTP. Even IMAP and POP are enabled with mandatory encryption (although the services are disabled by default). However the past few months we’ve had reports that specific encryption protocols and ciphers (algorithms used for encryption and decryption) used aren’t considered safe

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IIS Exploit can reboot your Windows Server; install patch KB3042553 ASAP

This week Microsoft release a patch for Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 and up that fixed a critical remote execution bug, see MS15-034 and CVE-2015-1635 for more info. Unfortunately the patch was reversed engineered and now an exploit is available. This was detected and described by ISC SANS. They added Denial of Service (DoS) as possible impact, next to Remote Code Execution. As it turns out, the DoS in question actually causes a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD, also known as bugcheck)

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Azure Active Directory Synchronization: Object Matching

This post is the fifth in a series about Azure Active Directory Synchronization and will cover Object Matching. Other posts have covered and will cover: Introduction, Part 1 Introduction, Part 2 Filtering, Part 1 Filtering, Part 2 Alternate Logon ID Object Matching and Joining Object matching or joining is relevant if you have multiple Active Directory (AD) forests you want to use for Directory Synchronization to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Previously with DirSync, it wasn’t possible (or supported) to connect

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