I’ll be speaking at E-Communications & Collaboration Day 2017 (BE-COM.eu) on May 3rd 2017

In a few weeks, I’ll be travelling to Novotel Leuven in my neighboring country Belgium for the E-Communications & Collaboration Day 2017, a full-day (May 3rd 2017) of expert presentations and content about Office 365, Exchange, Skype for Business and related technologies. During this day, I will be presenting “Securing Exchange Online”: In this session, Dave Stork will go through the capabilities of Exchange Online (Office 365) to further secure your email data and mail flow. Questions like: •    How

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Creating an Activity alert in Office 365

Within Office 365 you can use Audit Logging to monitor specific actions admins and users take. It’s comparable with Auditing within Exchange, but for most of all actions available in your Office 365 tenant. However, you need to do a search to find those actions perhaps long after the fact. That might be adequate for most organizations, but it would be nice to get an near immediate alert on the important stuff. Luckily, that is also possible! Consider the following

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Can I place my Exchange hybrid management server in Azure and use Azure Domain Services?

As some might know (although I and others have to repeat this regularly…), if you enable directory synchronization from your on-premises Active Directory (AD) and you migrate all you Exchange mailboxes to Exchange Online you still require an Exchange server to manage mail(box) objects. It is the only supported solution, even though some use third party tooling or ADSIedit. Luckily this managing Exchange server doesn’t require the same amount of resources compared to Exchange serves hosting actual production mailboxes. In

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Practical PowerShell Exchange Server 2016 aka Writing a book

Some of you may have wondered why I was somewhat quiet. The reason was that during the last year (and a half?) I was writing a book with MVP Damian Scoles. That book is now available as an PDF and Apple iBook! The physical paperback is now also available in our shop and includes a PDF and ePub version. Other eBook formats (Amazon, Kobo, Nook etc.) will follow soon as well. Damian and I decided to keep the whole process

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Exchange Server 2007 (almost) EOL!

Just a quick reminder that Exchange Server 2007 will have no support after April 11th 2017. Although every install will continue without any issue after this date, it is a risk continuing the use of this product. Security fixes won’t come available, but also little things like timezone/daylight savings changes aren’t updated which could have a high impact in your organisation. You can transition to Exchange Server 2010 but preferably Exchange Server 2013. However, I would suggest migrating to Exchange

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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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