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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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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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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Tool Tip: RBAC Manager R2 for Exchange

This week I had a session at a customer to customize the default RBAC roles, for instance removing the mobile device remote wipe feature from Recipient Management. Customizing RBAC roles is in most cases not something that is a frequent task, so it can take a while to familiarize and re-familiarize with the concept and all cmdlets. But if your organization does not fit in the default roles, you will have to dig into it. However, I came across a

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