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

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Getting Started with Office 365 Groups

UPDATE: I have created a module to make the process more streamlined.  The post has a link. Office 365 (O365) Groups have existed for a while now and have began to reach a level of maturity that supports broader usage. In addition, many newer features in O365 depend on O365 Groups. What are Office 365 … Continue reading Getting Started with Office 365 Groups

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

Azure Active Directory Identities

This post is an introductory post in an upcoming and unfolding series regarding identity management. Whether for Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Azure, or 3rd party apps, having an understanding of identities in Azure AD is a must have feather to have in your cap.  These different identities require some decisions early on that are rather … Continue reading Azure Active Directory Identities

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

Identifying Mailboxes without a Cloud Alias

In a hybrid Exchange scenario, mailboxes should be stamped with aliases that are mapped to the tenant unique namespaces (e.g. *.onmicrosoft.com).  If a mailbox does not contain these aliases, it will fail to migrate.  These aliases are normally applied via Email Address Policies, but if the AD object is set to block Email Address Policies … Continue reading Identifying Mailboxes without a Cloud Alias