Can you use ActiveSync to measure market shares?

Computerworld.com published an article this week called “iPhone, iPad dwarf mobile rivals in small- and mid-sized firms”. It stated: Apple has won the hearts and minds of small- and mid-sized businesses, which have overwhelmingly adopted Cupertino's mobile devices over rivals powered by Android or Windows, an Exchange hosting vendor said last week. Well, my interest was peaked. Mobile devices and Exchange, that is a combination for which I have a soft spot! However reading the article and statements made, I

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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), I think SP1 could hit us around March. But I’ve been wrong before There are some features mentioned: Windows Server 2012 R2 Support This is

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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 about an hour ago I saw a bunch of Knowledge base articles published for Exchange 2013 issues. All of them are fixed by Cumulative Update

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Windows 8.1 Enterprise upgrade: You can’t keep apps?

I was postponing my work laptop Windows 8 Enterprise upgrade to 8.1, because I assumed I would have to install every app over again. My Windows 8 Pro upgrade to 8.1 on my personal desktop didn’t go as smooth as I had hoped. I had to install every (desktop) application again, as I did not have the option to “Keep Windows settings, personal files, and applications” but only “Keep personal files only (data only)” or “Nothing”. Now, I didn’t update

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Exchange RBAC might be more granular than you think

Most Exchange admins probably know (or should know )  the permission model since Exchange 2010 is Role Based Access Control, RBAC for short. With it, you can regulate quite granularly what admins and end-user are able to do, without the hassles of Access Control Lists (ACLs). However, it recently became clear that it might be more granular than you think. You can allow only certain types of PowerShell Cmdlets, have only change rights on a certain Organizational Unit (OU)or types

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I will be presenting at the NGN Exchange evening event on 25th November

On the 25th of November the Dutch usergroup NGN (Netwerk Gebruikersgroep Nederland) will organize an Exchange themed evening event and I'm one of the speakers. I'm extra excited as it will be held at the OGD ICT Diensten head office in Delft, my employer! My session will be about Exchange and mobile devices, focused on ActiveSync but also on Outlook Web App and the OWA App for iPad/iPhone. A very interesting and currently relevant topic, if I say so myself

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Blocking the Windows 8 Mail app in Exchange 2010 & 2013

I think I might start a new tradition: every time a major/important OS or update is released, I try find out how to block it from Exchange . Now, I know the Mail app has been around for some time now. If you recollect, I did some research on how Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) within the Mail app works in general and how it implements security settings in Windows 8. But especially since Windows 8.1 RT has been released yesterday with

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Blog series on Windows 8.1

As it is almost October 18th , a quick plug for my Dirteam.com "co-blogger" Sander Berkouwers 10-part series on the upcoming Windows update: Is your organization ready for Windows 8.1? Part 1, Overview Part 2, The best hardware for the job Part 3, Start Button and Boot to Desktop Part 4, Automatic App Updates Part 5, Managing SkyDrive Part 6, Start Screen Layout Management Part 7, Managing Start Screen Theming Part 8, Start Screen App Pinning Part 9, Disable help

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Failed Exchange Server 2013 CU2 & CU3 install due to security update 2874216 (updated again)

Today a customer asked for my help because an installation of Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 2  (v2) had failed; Their Exchange environment didn’t work anymore and they were stuck. During the installation from Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) to Cumulative Update 2 (CU2), they encountered the following error: Error: Unable to remove product with code 4934d1ea-be46-48b1-8847-f1af20e892c1. Fatal error during installation. Error code is 1603. Last error reported by the MSI package is 'Unable to install because a previous Interim Update

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Apple iPhone 5s TouchID and Exchange ActiveSync (updated)

2013/10/17: Added support statement by Microsoft below Just today I was curious how the Apple biometric convenience solution TouchID on the iPhone 5s would impact password policies enforced by Exchange ActiveSync(EAS). I frequently run into complaints from Android users who previously used a Pattern Lock instead of a PIN to unlock their phones. When my EAS policy sets specific password requirements, the Pattern Lock is replaced by the phone OS to the more traditional PIN (or alphanumeric password) unlock. Unfortunately,

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