Cost Benefits to Embrace the Cloud

I have begun preparations for the (ISC)2 CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) examination. This would become my second (ISC)2 certification, supplementing my current CISSP and further reinforcing my knowledge as it relates to both the “cloud” and security. I will be reviewing one of the introductory concepts covered in the material relating to the cost/benefits … Continue reading Cost Benefits to Embrace the Cloud

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The Tale of the Stubborn Public Folders

    I had a rather meager set of legacy public folders that I was tasked to migrate to Exchange Online, with the single database weighing in at under 5GB.  What was peculiar was the large number of folders and the percentage that were mail-enabled.  The first set up challenges were cleaning up the folder … Continue reading The Tale of the Stubborn Public Folders

What Exchange 2019 Means for Exchange 2003

On first day of Microsoft Ignite 2017, Microsoft announced the broad release of Exchange 2019 in H2 of 2018. The TAP program is open for application. This definitely answers some questions for us, like "Will Exchange Server 2016 be the last on-premises version?" Microsoft has little interest in ending Exchange on-premises for the foreseeable future; … Continue reading What Exchange 2019 Means for Exchange 2003

Active Directory Sizing for Exchange

It is easy to dismiss the sizing of your Active Directory infrastructure simply based on CPU and RAM resource consumption; the resources generally appear to have minimal usage. However, Active Directory [Domain Services] is a little more complicated than that and Exchange Server is the canary in the coal mine, so to speak. There are … Continue reading Active Directory Sizing for Exchange

How to Provision Exchange Online Mailboxes

  After completing a migration to Exchange Online, it is common to have questions like: 1) What is the best practice for provisioning mailboxes? 2) How do I provision mailboxes? 3) Why should I keep this Exchange server around? Well, these are good questions.  Let's start with the last question.  When an organization migrates to … Continue reading How to Provision Exchange Online Mailboxes

Potential Litigation Hold Loopholes and How to Avoid Them

One long standing feature of how Microsoft Exchange works has recently changed: where "Sent Items" reside when you "Send As" another recipient.  The traditional flow is that if "User A" has privileges to "Send As" "User B", then the message would go in the "Sent Items" folder of "User A".  This changed with Exchange Server … Continue reading Potential Litigation Hold Loopholes and How to Avoid Them

Learning Microsoft Identity Manager

Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) is a product with a long history from Microsoft.  While its storied timeline begins many years earlier as a product that Microsoft acquired called ZoomIt Via, Microsoft eventually rewrote the product from the ground up and released it as Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003.  Since that time, the core component has … Continue reading Learning Microsoft Identity Manager