An Update on Office 365 Requiring TLS 1.2

Hello Exchange Server followers! In December 2017 it was announced Office 365 planned to discontinue support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 connections on March 1st, 2018, and after that time only TLS 1.2 connections would be allowed when interacting with Office 365. Many of you have been asking for additional detail on what this…


Demystifying Hybrid Free/Busy: what are the moving parts?

Hybrid Free/Busy is one of those things that many people do not fully understand. If everything works well, the complexity is hidden from view and people working in various parts of organization can seamlessly work together. But if things go wrong… you will appreciate deeper understanding of what makes it work. This is why we…


Exchange Server TLS guidance, part 1: Getting Ready for TLS 1.2

Overview As the realm of security in technology continues to evolve over time, every so often we say hello to newer and more competent versions of technologies while saying goodbye to their older siblings. By the time you are reading this article you may have learned Office 365 intends to stop accepting inbound network connections…


Permanently Clear Previous Mailbox Info

We are introducing a new parameter that can be called by using the Set-User cmdlet in Exchange Online PowerShell. The feature is focused for customers doing migration of on-premises mailboxes to the cloud and you will be able to use it within three weeks or so (Edit 1/19: we updated this due to slower than…


Announcing Hybrid Modern Authentication for Exchange On-Premises

We’re very happy to announce support for Hybrid Modern Authentication (HMA) with the next set of cumulative updates (CU) for Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2016, that’s CU8 for Exchange Server 2016, and CU19 for Exchange Server 2013. What is HMA? HMA (not HAM, which Word keeps trying to correct it to for me) provides users…


PAW your way into Office 365 Migrations

We have had lots of questions regarding what PAW is when it comes to MRS Migrations, so let’s take a few minutes to explain PAW benefits to you. First off, what is this PAW we keep speaking of? PAW, or Protocol Agnostic Workflow, is new functionality within the Migration Service that really enhances the experience…


Why is my Address Rewriting not working as expected?

Address Rewriting is a feature of the Transport Agent that runs on the Edge Server role. It enables the modification of addresses for both senders and recipients on messages that enter and leave your Exchange organization. First introduced in Exchange 2007, customers are using Address rewriting to present a consistent appearance of E-mail Address for…


Migrate your public folders to Office 365 Groups

Over the last few months, we ran a TAP Program where our customers tested the batch migration process to move their public folders (both online and on-premises) to Office 365 Groups. We want to thank all of the customers who helped us out with the testing by sharing their experiences with us. The TAP program…


An update to "Important notice for Office 365 email customers who have configured connectors"

Since we posted this blog post, we have received positive responses from many of our customers, who have proceeded with changing their connectors (as per instructions in the post), thereby protecting their email/domain reputation. However, we are also aware of customers who are either in the midst of making this change or need some additional…


Help us test Exchange public folder migrations to Office 365 Groups

Update: this beta program is now closed; please see this for the feature availability announcement. If you are using Public Folders (legacy or Modern) and would like to migrate some of them to Office 365 Groups, we are working on a solution for that. We are starting with the migration of Calendar folders and will…