Migrating Hybrid Public Folders to Office 365

Update: Shameless plug: I’ve written more extensively about public folder migrations from both the 2007/2010 and 2013/2016 perspectives in the book, “Office 365 Administration: Inside Out,” available at http://aka.ms/thebookonit. So, tonight I started the last phase of one of my longest-running projects since joining Microsoft–an Exchange Online migration for a school district that I began…


Exchange Server 2019 Public Preview

We’re pleased to announce a preview build of Exchange Server 2019 is now available. You can download it here. We strongly believe Office 365 delivers the best and most cost-effective experience to our customers, but we understand that some customers have reasons to remain on-premises. Exchange Server 2019 is designed to deliver security, performance, and…


SMB1 Product Clearinghouse

Hi folks, Ned here again. This blog post contains all products requiring SMB1, where the vendor explicitly states this in their own documentation or communications, or where a customer has reported it and shown some degree of proof without vendor refutation. This list is not complete and you should never treat it as complete; check…


Council Spotlight: Would you want personal messages?

First of all, please read this post from Peter Laker: Help us shape the future of your community!   We’re continuing our discussion with the community about the migration process and the new platform. We started this conversation last week: Council Spotlight: What if we manually migrated the articles? There are many different topics to…


Change from AD FS authentication to Pass-Through Authentication with Seamless SSO

Update: We now have some public documentation available for this as well, so be sure to check there, too! https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/active-directory-deployment-plans Imagine this scenario: You’ve been running Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) since before it was cool, and you’re tired of maintaining that highly available infrastructure (at least 4 servers) and the whole federation thing…


Council Spotlight: What if we manually migrated the articles?

First of all, please read this post from Peter Laker: Help us shape the future of your community!   In it, he talks about how we, the TechNet Wiki Community Council, met with the Docs team to talk about a new future for the Wiki Ninjas! And as we plan what that future may look…


Disable SMBv1 in your environments with Configuration Manager Compliance Settings

NOTE: I have updated this blog to remove SMB1 LanmanServer from 2012/8+.   There has been lots of buzz over the recent ransomware attacks. One of the mitigations to keep the attack from spreading is disabling SMBv1 on all your Windows workstation and servers. One of the easy ways to deploy this out, while also…

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Issue with July Updates for Windows on an Exchange Server

The Exchange team is aware of issues with the Windows Operating System updates published July 10th, 2018 causing Exchange to not function correctly. The Windows servicing team has advised us that they will be releasing updates to the affected packages. We encourage Exchange customers to delay applying the July 10th updates, including the security updates…


Disable Office 365 Groups Creation: Redux

Update: I posted roll-back steps at the bottom of the article. Several months ago, I wrote a blog on Disabling Office 365 Groups.  It seems as though we couldn’t leave well enough alone.  Such is a price of progress. I got a new laptop a few weeks ago, and then found myself in the position of…