Running a Secure Service

The Ask Perry blog is alive!  In this edition I spend time discussing a topic I frequently hear from customers, "how do we run a secure Office 365 service".  I am joined by my new host Julia White to review this topic both from a data center view and from a customer control perspective. Here…

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Smart Indexing in the New Exchange

One of the big shifts that continues to reshape the software industry is the rapid drop in the cost of storage. These costs are dropping so rapidly that in addition to the absolute costs dropping rapidly there is also a rapid shift in the relative cost of storage with respect to other physical resources or…

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New Exchange Architecture

Well the new version of Exchange is almost ready to be released and the first MEC in a decade is starting in a few days!  So we can actually start talking about what is in the next version of Exchange for our on-premise customers and for our the next release of the Office 365 service. …

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Managing Access to the Exchange Online Service

In this installment we talk a little bit about how we have built on the underlying RBAC infrastructure and PowerShell to enable zero elevated access in the service.  This is a very important part of the overall access control system that makes sure that anyone who needs to administer the service is protected from accidentally…

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Moving Mailboxes with the Mailbox Replication Service

Welcome back to lovely sunny Seattle/Redmond, figuratively speaking of course.  This video is a discussion about our approach to moving mailboxes—the Mailbox Replication Service (MRS).  Starting with Exchange 2007 SP2 moving forward, administrators can create long running move jobs for load balancing, migrating between versions, replacing and upgrading hardware and for making the jump to…

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Immutability in Exchange

In this video we spend some time talking about an aspect of our archiving and compliance story for Exchange on-premises and the service. Specifically, if you do decide to take advantage of the simplicity and lower costs of co-locating your ‘archive’ data with your primary mailbox data, (see here for a previous discussion about why…

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Running a Service with Large, Low Cost Mailboxes

This video provides some answers to the question we’ve heard a lot – How can you provide large mailboxes in the service at such a low cost? In the video, I talk about some of the ways that enable us to get the costs of our service so low, which helps us provide a low…

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Shifting to a Services Culture

In my last Geek Out video we talked about the interesting technical differences in building a service versus building software for companies to run on-premises. This time we spend some time talking about the cultural shift the team went through as services became one of the main products of the Exchange team and the key…

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Special Edition Geek Out with Perry – TechEd North America 2011

During TechEd North America in Atlanta earlier this year, Ann Vu invited attendees to record the questions they wanted me to answer.  When she got back, she interrupted a meeting I was having in my office with Matt Gossage to get some answers to questions about long-term email preservation, database recovery, clustering concepts, site resiliency,…

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High Availability for the Exchange Service

It has been a while since my last posting.  We have been pretty busy dotting the i’s on the new Office 365 service, and deploying the beta (which has gone very smoothly). The conversation this time is centered on the framework through which we have tackled the challenges of making sure that we can deliver…

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