The Hybrid Mesh

During the recent Microsoft Ignite conference I heard questions related to hybrid and partner free/busy relationships quite often, so I wanted to write about it. This scenario applies to companies with one or more external free busy relationships configured. For instance, you could have two or more companies on-premises sharing free/busy between each other. Then…


A brave new world for Exchange 2016 cmdlet reference topic delivery and updates

Update-ExchangeHelp is an Exchange cmdlet that installs the latest available Exchange cmdlet reference help topics on the Exchange server for use in the Exchange Management Shell (Get-Help <Cmdlet>). Although there are ostensibly Windows PowerShell cmdlets for this same task (Update-Help and Save-Help), they don’t work with the Exchange Management Shell. Update-ExchangeHelp was available in Exchange…


Ask the Perf Guy: How big is too BIG?

We’ve seen an increasing amount of interest lately in deployment of Exchange 2013 on “large” servers. By large, I mean servers that contain significantly more CPU or memory resources than what the product was designed to utilize. I thought it might be time for a reminder of our scalability recommendations and some of the details…


Network Ports for Clients and Mail Flow in Exchange 2013

Once upon a time in a land far, far away I wrote an article that told our action packed supportability story about the relationship of firewalls and Exchange servers. While the majority of response was positive to this purposefully lighthearted article (if you can’t enjoy your work why do it? :), there were other comments…


Outlook Connectivity with MAPI over HTTP

Among the many new features delivered in Exchange 2013 SP1 is a new method of connectivity to Outlook we refer to as MAPI over HTTP (or MAPI/HTTP for short). We’ve seen a lot of interest about this new connection method and today we’ll give you a full explanation of what it is, what it provides,…


Updated: Exchange Server Deployment Assistant

We’re happy to announce updates to the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant! These updates offer you more deployment options and outline new features that make deployments more flexible and easier to configure. We’ve updated the Deployment Assistant to include the following: Support for the Exchange 2013 Edge Transport server role in all on-premises and hybrid deployment…


Announcing the Microsoft Solutions Advisory Board

Microsoft Office Content Publishing is now producing guidance on cross-product solutions involving Exchange Server 2013, SharePoint 2013, Lync Server 2013, Office 365, and Windows Azure. Our goal is to help our customers solve bigger business problems than could be solved through any of these products individually. We have some ideas regarding what solutions to get…


Supporting Windows Mail 8.1 in your organization

Windows 8.1 and Windows RT include a built-in email app named Windows Mail. Mail includes support for IMAP and Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) accounts. This article includes some key technical details of Windows Mail in Windows 8.1. (See Supporting Windows 8 Mail in your organization for Windows 8.0.) Use the information to help you support the…


Easily compare Office 365 features across different plans

Office 365 Service Descriptions provide comprehensive details about features and functionality available in different Office 365 subscription plans. Now there’s a quick way to compare features in different plans. The Office 365 service descriptions Excel web part allows you to select a service or on-premises scenario, select the specific Office 365 service (e.g. Exchange Online,…


Released: The new Exchange Server Deployment Assistant

We’ve listened to your feedback for improving the on-premises and hybrid Exchange Server deployment experience, and we’re happy to announce the release of the new, consolidated Deployment Assistant! The Exchange Server Deployment Assistant now combines all the on-premises and hybrid deployment scenarios from both the Exchange 2013 Deployment Assistant and the Exchange 2010 Deployment Assistant…