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Sizing Edge Transport Servers for a (Large) Hybrid Deployment

Posted by Michael Van Horenbeeck MVP, MCSM on Apr 25, 2017 11:45:03 AM

When it comes to sizing a typical on-premises Exchange Server deployment, Microsoft has really gone out of their way to provide all the information you need. Along with the Mailbox Role Requirements Calculator, I believe Microsoft’s guidance to be one of the most complete in the industry–leaving little to the imagination and with clear guidance on what you should and shouldn’t do.

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Topics: Hybrid Deployment, Edge Transport

Legacy Public Folder Migration – Notes from the Field

Posted by Thomas Stensitzki on Apr 18, 2017 1:57:26 PM

This post is about a recent migration of legacy public folders hosted on Exchange Server 2007 to modern public folders hosted on Exchange Server 2013.

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Topics: Exchange 2013 Public Folders, Public Folders, Exchange 2007, Exchange Migration, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013, Exchange

Skype for Business Hybrid Options

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Apr 12, 2017 1:06:17 PM

I have spent most of the last six years of my professional life configuring Exchange hybrid deployments for organizations looking to move their email into Office 365. Speaking from the perspective of someone who has set it up repeatedly, Exchange hybrid is straight forward. You take your on-premises Exchange organization’s and run the Hybrid Connectivity Wizard (HCW) to connect to Office 365. I suppose there is more to it than that, but this blog post is not the place to go into those details.

In this blog post, I want to talk about the hybrid options for Skype for Business. Hybrid for Skype for Business is a much newer offering from Microsoft, and in my opinion (as someone who has not set it up for hundreds of customers) much more complex.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud, Skype, Skype for business

Reply or Reply All: Controls, Options, and Best Practices

Posted by Jeff Guillet MVP, MCSM on Apr 4, 2017 4:40:35 PM

Since the dawn of email, organizations have struggled with the way that users reply to emails. Confusion (or worse) occurs when emails include groups, CC, BCC, internal, and external recipients. Choosing to use "Reply All" may release confidential information to the wrong people or cause mail storms between senders and recipients – sometimes bringing email servers to their knees.

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Topics: email safety tips, Outlook

What Does “Supported” Mean to Microsoft?

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Mar 27, 2017 2:16:17 PM

There are a few words Microsoft likes to use in several different situations. “Federated” is a great example of this. Federated can mean several different things in the Microsoft world, and it can sometimes be hard to tell what sort of “federation” you’re talking about.

“Supported” is another word Microsoft uses to mean different things in different situations, and what I’d like to talk about in this blog post.

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Topics: Cloud, Exchange Support, Office 365, Microsoft, Office 2013

Azure AD Connect Hybrid writeback & permissions

Posted by Michael Van Horenbeeck MVP, MCSM on Mar 21, 2017 1:08:52 PM

In the world of hybrid headaches, directory synchronization is the root of all evil. While there's nothing wrong with using directory synchronization (I'm a big fan), most of the issues and questions I encounter when dealing with hybrid issues are a direct result of not understanding directory synchronization and how the process works. 

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Topics: Azure active directory

Exploring Azure Stack

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Mar 14, 2017 1:08:11 PM

The cloud! We get it. Specialization has been the way of the world since the industrial revolution, and IT isn't immune from that trend. 

The financial model makes sense for software companies and their customers. The support model makes sense for IT departments. Cloud makes sense for everyone…except when it doesn’t. 

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Topics: Azure Stack

Using custom policies with Skype for Business Online

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Mar 7, 2017 12:54:51 PM

Another feature introduced at Ignite 2016 has now been released to the public, including the ability to create and modify Skype for Business Online Policies. Before diving into the details, here’s a short introduction of SfB policies and what they are used for.

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Topics: Skype for business

The New OneDrive Admin Center

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Mar 1, 2017 10:47:50 AM

I once read an interview with a NASCAR driver who said, "When there is a wreck on the track ahead of you, all you can do is aim right at it and hope for the best." The interviewer was taken aback. They asked why they would drive straight at the wreck. 

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Topics: OneDrive

The Case Against the Cloud

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Feb 21, 2017 12:51:30 PM

It's safe to assume if you're reading this you're very aware of "the cloud." Unless you've been under a rock for the last five or six years, you know Microsoft has gone all in on their cloud services. You've heard a thousand reasons why you should move your organizations IT services to the cloud. But that doesn't mean every organization should. Here are some reasons not to move to the cloud. 

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Topics: Cloud, Office 365

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