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Get Your Top 10 Exchange 2016 Questions Answered at MS Exchange Con 2016

Posted by ENow Software on Aug 10, 2016 11:37:27 AM

As an Exchange administrator, keeping your finger on the pulse of leading business technologies can fall low on your list of priorities, especially as daily support tickets pile up. Often, admins also don't have the time or resources to spend a week at an out-of-state conference.

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Topics: MSExchange, Exchange 2016

Are You Ready for Exchange 2016?

Posted by ENow Software on Jun 28, 2016 3:11:10 PM

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Topics: Exchange 2013, MSExchange, Exchange 2016

New DAG Activation Feature in Exchange 2016 CU2

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Jun 20, 2016 12:46:26 PM

Microsoft recently announced a new DAG copy activation feature that will be available in Exchange 2016 CU2, but before we talk about that, I’d like to do a quick refresher on how database copy activation works currently and will continue to work for Exchange 2013 and 2010.

The whole point of a Database Availability Group (DAG) is to have multiple copies of a database that are ready to activate in the event of a problem with the server hosting the primary copy. The suggested number of copies for a database is 4, but that depends on your backup strategy and high availability requirements. For the purpose of this article, we’ll use an organization that has four databases each with four copies on four different servers located in two sites. For the sake of the illustration, our databases will be names 1 through 4, and the copies of each database will be designated with a -1 through -4. The primary copy of database 1 will be 1-1, the quaternary (that’s the fancy word for fourth) copy of database 4 will be 4-4. Our database layout is going to look like this

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Topics: Exchange 2016, database availability groups, Exchange 2016 CU2

With Exchange 2016, are SANs Finally Dead?

Posted by Paul Cunningham on Feb 2, 2016 2:33:00 PM

With the release of Exchange Server 2016 it’s time for on-premises customers to consider their upgrade options. Which means that it’s also a good time to review their Exchange storage strategy.

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Topics: exchange online, Exchange 2016, SANs

Setting Up a Simple Exchange Server 2016 Lab

Posted by Paul Cunningham on Jan 20, 2016 2:53:00 PM

The best way to learn about Exchange Server is to get hands-on with the product. And the best way to get hands-on without risking a production environment is to build your own test lab.

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Topics: Exchange, Exchange Server, Exchange Server Tips, Exchange 2016

Your Weekly Exchange and Office 365 Digest - 11.13.15

Posted by Tracy Lwi on Nov 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Here are a few of the headlines we deemed worthy this week:

Advanced sharing scenarios with Exchange Hybrid deployments

The functionality in Exchange Hybrid has matured, enabling organizations to mix mailboxes on-premises and in the cloud and retain much of the normal sharing capabilities people rely on for day-to-day collaboration. 

In this post, Steve Goodman delves into the types of sharing available in Exchange hybrid and improvements to sharing in Exchange 2013 CU10.

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Topics: Hybrid Deployment, Exchange 2013, Exchange 2016, hybrid configuration wizard, Exchange 2013 CU10

Advanced sharing scenarios with Exchange Hybrid deployments

Posted by Steve Goodman on Nov 12, 2015 8:45:34 AM

The functionality in Exchange Hybrid is now quite mature. It’s been available since the launch of Office 365 (or even before if you include the embryotic support in Live@EDU) and provides the rich co-existence functionality that allows organizations to mix mailboxes on-premises and in the cloud, retaining much of the normal sharing capabilities people rely on for day-to-day collaboration. 

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Topics: Exchange Hybrid Deployments, Exchange 2016, hybrid configuration wizard, Exchange 2013 CU10, improvements to sharing in Exchange

Your Weekly Exchange and Office 365 Digest - 11.06.15

Posted by Tracy Lwi on Nov 6, 2015 11:01:32 AM

Congratulations to all the 2015 Exchange Oscar winners this week! What better way to celebrate than with your weekly Exchange and Office 365 fix? 

Here are a few of the headlines we deemed worthy this week:

Office 365 Groups: What the Exchange Administrator Needs to Know

Last year, Microsoft introduced Office 365 groups, a collaboration and communication tool that "brings together people, information and apps across the Office 365 platform."

Office 365 groups are the future of company-wide collaboration, and as an Exchange administrator, you need to understand this tool before it takes off.

In this video, Justin Harris explains what these groups look like from a technical perspective, walks you through the features and benefits and offers a look at the administrative options available. Click here to read more.

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Topics: Hybrid Deployment, Exchange 2016, Office 365 groups, OneDrive

Your Weekly Exchange and Office 365 Digest - 10.30.15

Posted by Joel Brda on Oct 30, 2015 12:06:41 PM

It's Friday! Start your Halloween weekend off right with some of the top Exchange and Office 365 headlines from the week:  

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Topics: Exchange Migration, Office 365, Exchange, Exchange Server Tips, Exchange 2016, mailbox corruption, mixed Exchange environments

Overcoming corruption during mailbox moves

Posted by Andrew Higginbotham on Oct 26, 2015 4:44:06 PM

The following blog post is a trimmed-down excerpt from the eBook "Exchange Server Troubleshooting Companion":

Mailbox corruption is not a new problem for Exchange Administrators, Support Engineers, and Consultants. Causes of corruption can vary and include:

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Topics: Exchange 2013, Exchange 2016, mailbox corruption, repairing logical corruption, mailbox quarantine

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