Exchange Null Path Statement

Travelling to see different customers from one side of Canada to the other is always interesting.  This post is written whilst in Vancouver and is from a reported customer issue waaaaay out East. The Exchange admins pointed out that they were consistently running into an issue when they applied an Exchange Cumulative Update (CU) to…

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End of Exchange 2013 and Office 2013 Mainstream Support

Time marches on.  Exchange 2013 and Outlook 2013 have now exited out of mainstream support and will be serviced as per their extended support life cycle policy. Several years Ready For The Next Episode? and The New Exchange were the first posts here on Exchange 2013.  The latter has an image of how the Exchange…

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Transport Rule Changes For Next Exchange Cumulative Updates

Microsoft has provided rich support for Exchange on-premises to integrate with Exchange Online for several years.  This coexistence is one of the major strengths of the Microsoft cloud solution as it allows customers to perform Digital Transformation at their own pace. It is not expected that an organisation will transition all of their on-premises mailboxes…

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March 2018 Exchange Security Updates–Have You Updated?

Patch Tuesday this month featured updates to address security issues in Exchange 2010, 2013 and 2016.   Tuesday the 13th heralded the arrival of Rollup Update Rollup 20 (RU20) for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 along with updates for Exchange 2013 and 2016. Exchange 2010 SP3 RU20 is the latest rollup of customer fixes currently…

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Exchange 2013 CU20 Released

Exchange 2013 CU20 has been released to the Microsoft download centre!  Exchange 2013 has a different servicing strategy than Exchange 2007/2010 and utilises Cumulative Updates (CUs) rather than the Rollup Updates (RU/UR) which were used previously.    CUs are a complete installation of Exchange 2013 and can be used to install a fresh server or to…

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Arbitration Mailboxes – Lay of The Land

At this point in time, most Exchange administrators will have seen and worked with arbitration mailboxes.  Chances are that the first encounter was somewhat unexpected and revolved around an issue with Exchange 2013 health mailboxes or being unable to delete the default mailbox database in Exchange 2010. To illustrate where the different arbitration mailboxes were…

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Exchange 2013 CU19 Released

Exchange 2013 CU19 has been released to the Microsoft download centre!  Exchange 2013 has a different servicing strategy than Exchange 2007/2010 and utilises Cumulative Updates (CUs) rather than the Rollup Updates (RU/UR) which were used previously.    CUs are a complete installation of Exchange 2013 and can be used to install a fresh server or to…

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Office 365 Pilot Group Mail Flow Issues

When initially deploying and configuring Office 365, one of the initial questions is to select the on-premises objects which will be replicated to Azure Active Directory.  It is strongly recommended that all of the required directory and user hygiene is fully completed prior to the installation of Azure AD Connect.  It is easier and simpler…

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How To Compare Exchange Schema Changes

In the initial versions of Exchange, there was no Active Directory.  In this land before time, Windows NT directory services was available and Primary Domain Controllers and Backup Domain Controllers ruled the roost.  Exchange 4.0 to 5.5 maintained a separate directory in Exchange over and above the Windows NT directory.  This all changed with the…

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Exchange 2013 CU18 Released

Exchange 2013 CU18 has been released to the Microsoft download centre!  Exchange 2013 has a different servicing strategy than Exchange 2007/2010 and utilises Cumulative Updates (CUs) rather than the Rollup Updates (RU/UR) which were used previously.    CUs are a complete installation of Exchange 2013 and can be used to install a fresh server or to…

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