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Mailscape 365 - A Comprehensive Review

Posted by Paul Cunningham on Sep 12, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Editor's Note: Originally posted by Paul Cunningham (Microsoft MVP) on his blog, Practical365, this review is extremely comprehensive and discusses the many ways Mailscape 365 can be used in Office 365 cloud and hybrid environments. 

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud, Cloud, Exchange Hybrid Deployments, Cloud Management, Hybrid Headaches

Assigning Office 365 Licenses by AD Group Membership

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Sep 5, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Since the dawn of time (if the dawn of time was in 2011), assigning licenses in Office 365 has been a pain. It has never been complicated, but it has also never been a pleasant experience.

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Topics: Active Directory, Office 365, Office 365 Customization

Alternative Architecture for Exchange On-Premises (Virtualization)

Posted by Andrew Higginbotham on Aug 29, 2017 6:00:00 AM

In my previous article in this series, we discussed Exchange “Alternative Architecture” options for medium-to-large businesses. We specifically covered common storage design options and which were ideal to design the best solution for a customer that has decided to remain on-premises and chosen to not follow the Preferred Architecture. To reiterate, I’m a big fan of Office 365 and the Preferred Architecture but I understand many customers will not follow either of these two routes. Therefore, if they deviate from either of these options they should at least follow the recommended guidance that can increase the uptime and better the performance of their solution.

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Topics: Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, Exchage Server, Exchange, Preferred architecture

Security Features Guide for Office 365 Administrators

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Aug 22, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Office 365 is Microsoft's premier cloud service, and the clear leader in the "back office" server cloud offering market. If your organization has not moved to Office 365 yet, it's a safe bet that someone within your organization will be making a strong push to get you there soon.

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Topics: Office 365, Office 365 security, Office 365 security and compliance center

Performing eDiscovery Against A Specific Folder

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Aug 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

One common request when performing an eDiscovery or using the Search-Mailbox cmdlet has long been the option to search a specific folder only. Possible scenarios for such requests are to delete/purge items from a (sub)folder or copy them to a different mailbox, etc. Similarly, an “exclude folder” functionality can sometimes be useful. With the latest additions to the service, we are now able to scope eDiscovery/Content searches to specific mailbox, SharePoint or OneDrive for Business folders!

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Topics: SharePoint, OneDrive

Alternative Architecture for Exchange On-Premises (Medium to Large Environments)

Posted by Andrew Higginbotham on Aug 8, 2017 6:00:00 AM

In my first article in this series, I discussed Alternative Architecture options for Small Businesses who choose to stay on-premises. My intent was to ensure that if a business chose to remain on-premises but did not wish to implement Microsoft’s Preferred Architecture for Exchange, they would at least deploy in a way that will reduce complexity and increase uptime of the solution. While the first article focused on options for small businesses, this article will begin to discuss common deployment options seen in medium to large environments. We’ll focus on popular storage technologies found in this space; RAID and advanced storage solutions (SAN/NAS/Hyper converged). As the type of architecture found in this space is so varied, we’ll focus more on sound design principles and best practices.

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Topics: Exchange, Exchange 2016

Modern Attachments with OneDrive for Business

Posted by Thomas Stensitzki on Aug 1, 2017 6:00:00 AM

In the past and even today, we are used to “share” documents and files by sending copies as email attachments. This behavior is often the source of end user frustration when message size limitations are enforced. Especially when size limitations for internal and external recipients are different. Users do not understand why they cannot send any file to any recipient of their choice.

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Topics: Office 365, OneDrive, Collaboration Tools

Understanding Auto-Upgrade Options in Azure AD Connect

Posted by Jeff Guillet MVP, MCSM on Jul 25, 2017 6:00:00 AM

For hybrid customers, Azure Active Directory Connect is one of the most important tools you need to keep Azure AD up-to-date. Besides directory synchronization, it provides means for authentication to Office 365 resources using password hash sync, pass-through authentication, or AD FS.

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Topics: Azure AD Connect

The New Microsoft 365

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Jul 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Microsoft introduced a new product, or at least a new SKU, at Inspire (the new name for the Microsoft partner conference) called Microsoft 365. This new product is a combination of two existing products, and the first "cloud" version of Windows 10.  In this blog post, I'm going to look at Microsoft 365. What it is, what it costs, how you'll use it, and if you want it at all.

What is "Microsoft 365"?

First, it's a terrible name. I get confused as I look back though what I have written in this blog post, so I don’t think it’ll be a surprise to find that this name confuses customers.

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Topics: Office 365, Microsoft, Microsoft 365

Alternative Architecture for Exchange On-Premises (Small Businesses)

Posted by Andrew Higginbotham on Jul 13, 2017 6:00:00 AM

In recent years, the Exchange Product Team began recommending the "Preferred Architecture" for Exchange On-Premises. Inspired by what Microsoft found successful in their Office 365 datacenters, the Preferred Architecture (PA) was designed with several business requirements in mind:

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Topics: Exchange 2010, Office 365, Exchange 2013, Exchange

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