DNS Errors and Warnings in the Office 365 Portal

The Office 365 portal often had a wealth of information regarding the status and health of your services.    One of the components that reports health through the portal is the status of DNS records for domains that are added to Office 365.  You can observe this health reporting by accessing Setup –> Domains.  …

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Configure Auto Reply for a Mailbox

Administrators can view and configure auto reply settings for an Exchange Online mailbox using the Set-MailboxAutoReplyConfiguration and Get-MailboxAutoReplyConfiguration PowerShell cmdlets.   Using Set-MailboxAutoReplyConfiguration, you can schedule an automated reply to start at a specific time.  For example, to create a scheduled auto reply that starts at 6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on August 16…

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Office 365: Clutter Enabled and Outlook Web Access

As most administrators are aware the clutter feature of Office 365 has been automatically enabled within their tenants.  End users manage the clutter feature through Outlook Web Access.  For example – https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Turn-off-Clutter-in-Outlook-a9c72a77-1bc4-40e6-ba6d-103c1d1aba4c?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US   Recently a customer presented with a tenant where clutter was not automatically enabled for them.  The users were not recently migrated, had…

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Exchange – No log files can be truncated.

In Exchange 2007 we introduced the ability to perform passive replica backups of an Exchange database.  In conjunction with this change we introduced a new method of determining when log files can be truncated.  Starting with Exchange 2007 log files are either truncated through the Information Store service or through the replication service.   The…

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Office 365 / Exchange Online – Disable One Drive for Business Integration

Exchange Online has been extended to take advantage of One Drive for Business as a location to access or store email attachments.  Users of Outlook Web Access may notice that they have the ability to now attach files from One Drive for Business (ODFB) when composing a new message.         In addition…

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Exchange and Office 365: Mail Forwarding

Exchange Server and Office 365 offer many different options for forwarding messages to different recipients. Some of these options exist for users and others are for administrators. Administrators can also control how forwarding is handled within the organization.   The forwarding options available to clients and administrators are described below. Each of these methods has…

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Office 365: Manage distribution groups that I own…

In Office 365 Outlook Web Access allows for individuals to manage distribution groups that the own.  Originally the distribution groups option was found by selecting the GEAR in the upper right hand corner and selecting the options menu.     When selecting options the subsequent dialog has a GROUPS feature where individual users can manage…

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Office 365: Bulk update email addresses

In Office 365 there may be a need to perform a bulk update to email addresses across accounts.  The accepted domain may need updating as new domains are added or the email address prefix may be changing.    In an on-premises environment the bulk modification of email addresses can be performed through adjustments in the…

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Exchange 2010 / Exchange 2013 – Determining the repair count of a database.

On the EHLO blog we recently announced a support change for databases that have been repaired.  The updated policy can be found here – https://aka.ms/m6o4vl.   A question that has been asked after reading this policy is whether or not the repair count can be determined while the database is online.  The answer is –…

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My Exchange 2013 DAG has gone commando…

Introduction   When running Exchange 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2, administrators can create a DAG without an administrative access point (which we recommend, by the way). Windows 2012 R2 is the only product dependency for this configuration, making it available to the majority of deployments.  In this post I’d like to take a look…

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