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Intersting things I have seen on the internet, October 14th

Afternoon. Lots of stuff in the last week-and-a-bit. Firstly, you may be interested to take part in the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary survey – if you take part then you’ll get the results mailed to you in March. Interesting stuff. Also please be aware that organisations running Exchange 2007 (like us) may be affected by this issue, causing meetings in Russian time zones to appear incorrectly after October 26. This will be fixed around the middle of November, or the 128th of Mitwoof if you’re in Russia. Anyway, on with it.

 

Exchange Design:

There’s a new version of the JetStress tool available.

How to integrate Exchange Online with Lync Online, Lync Server 2013, or a Lync Server 2013 hybrid deployment and How to integrate Exchange Server 2013 with Lync Server 2013, Lync Online, or a Lync Server 2013 hybrid deployment.

Need to move mailboxes from one office 365 tenant to another? You need the Microsoft Office 365 merger migration guide for Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online. Yes you do.

 

Exchange Troubleshooting:

I get bored of saying it. Microsoft get bored of saying it. Now you can get bored of reading it (actually, it’s been around a while, but it’s just been updated and it’s worth reading) Fix Outlook connection problems by upgrading to the latest version

Exchange 2013 has a problem with lazy indices causing unexpected x-overs. This is discussed here – Those Pesky Lazy Indices. The article is remarkable for two reasons – firstly, it’s written by Mr McMichael, and secondly it refers to “failovers”. I thought that was verboten? It appears it’s 2013 CU5 that is mostly affected.

Damian Scoles has a really nice article on troubleshooting mailflow during migrations. Not just how to fix it, but actually how to troubleshoot it. Nice.

Outlook 2013 users who have installed the September 2014 Update may experience a certificate error when they open outlook. Microsoft are investigating this.

MRSProxyConfiguration settings are not honoured when they are configured. This will be fixed in CU7, they say.

 

Exchange General:

Tony Redmond discusses the implications for Exchange on-prem of Satya Nadella’s statement “Office 365 is the new Exchange and one will cannibalize the other. The key is to ensure that current Exchange customers can transition on their own terms.” Even if he’s right (and he usually is…), the opportunities for basing a career around Exchange are going to be limited, at the least. Still at least we’ll have exchange 16 to look forward to in the near future. It might be interesting to have a look at some of the stuff that might make it into the next version.

Paul Cunningham has a nice explanation of the 2013 Autoreseed feature on his blog.

 

Core General:

Probably the coolest article in this post: Introducing the Netlogon Parser (v1.0.1) for Message Analyzer 1.1. This is awesome. If you only click on one link, this one should be it. It really showcases the power of Message Analyzer. Paul E Long also has made a plea for MessageAnalyzer feedback. He’s particularly after feedback on performance issues. So, while it’s true, “It’s great, Paul!”  isn’t going to cut it.

There’s an interesting video on virtual networks within Azure on Channel 9. Also got some info on internal load balancing. Sounds like a recipe for calls, to me.

Lakshman Hariharan has a second post on Network Trace Analysis using message analyzer. I’m really keen on this tool (really? Who knew) I’m thinking of doing some online training on it if anyone is interested.

For those of you intending to do your MCSA 2012 R2, there’s an offer on the 70-412 ebook here. Offer expires next Sunday (19th).

Microsoft are really an open source company. Honest, guv. That link is worth looking at, however, for the link to Introduction to Programming with Python on the Microsoft virtual academy. Except I’ve just posted it, there. Oh well. It’s got a picture of a man holding a toaster too.

 

Office 365:

FREE EXCHANGE KEYS! FREE EXCHANGE KEYS! How to obtain an Exchange Hybrid Edition product key for your on-premises Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2003 organization

Office 365 and azure visio stencils from Keith Mayer. If Visio stencils do it for you, then here they are.

New Azure AD enhanced auditing and activity reports coming soon.

Another update to the “how to troubleshoot Azure Active Directory Sync tool installation and Configuration Wizard error messages”. I wish I could come up with snappy product names like that.

Turns out you might find outlook 2010 suddenly runs verrrry slowly with Office 365 – in which case install the August 2013 hotfix package. Note this is a hotfix package, not a rollup. Confusing.

Archive mailbox issues for a mailbox that’s migrated to or from Office 365

There’s going to be a lot of startled admins out there (step 2 of the solution) On-premises users aren’t getting email messages from Office 365 users in an Exchange hybrid deployment

Office 365: Outlook and mobile device connectivity troubleshooting resources

Another general troubleshooting article: Domain errors in the Office 365 portal. You need to expand the table, otherwise it looks like it’s just taunting you.

How to change the AD FS 2.0 service communications certificate after it expires. Useful information regarding certificate manipulation…

NEW! “The server cannot service this request” error when you use In-Place eDiscovery & Hold to search a large number of mailboxes “may be corrected in a future update!”

Troubleshooting Azure Multi-Factor Authentication issues

There’s been an update to the Office 365 mail flow troubleshooting index.

The latest “From Inside the Cloud” post deals with mail and transport encryption in Office 365.

Damian Scoles (again?) has posted a couple of troubleshooting articles on his “Just a UC guy” website. They’re a bit specialised, but I really like his writing style and his systematic approach, both to troubleshooting and documentation, so I’m going to link to them here. Have a look; you could learn a thing or two. Manager’s Team Calendars with Exchange / Office 365 Hybrid  and Free/Busy Hybrid Troubleshooting.

 

Lync:

Jeff Schertz has written a long and detailed article on configuring QoS for Lync IP phones. Lots of pictures. Lots of links. I’m still out of my depth with it.

 

It’s October. That means it must be time for the September 2014 Cumulative Update 5.0.8308.813 for Lync Server 2013 (conferencing server). What does this fix? Nothing at all. A bit like the unified comms, apparently. The front end and edge updates, web components, core components and conferencing attendant updates all appear to actually do something. I’m sure I’ve mentioned in the past that each Microsoft update contains a handful of fixes to public intersting things that i have seen on the internet, october 14thproblems, and a lorryload of fixes to stuff that Microsoft don’t tell people about. They may all be downloaded here. This article contains a list of the most recent updates for Lync Server 2013. If you bookmark it, you can look at it regularly. Or use something like follow that page to tell you when it changes. Or, god forbid, Microsoft’s own RSS feed.

 

And finally…

 

Damn fine cherry pie.

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Intersting things that i have seen on the internet, october 3rd

Right, this is hopefully a little more timely than the last one. Those of you sitting an MCP exam at a Pearson VUE testing centre may notice that the interface is slightly different. Hopefully this will help you feel good about your exam. Probably not as good as passing the thing, though.

 

Exchange Troubleshooting:

Short and sweet – how to check the autodiscover SRV record using NSLookup, from Rhoderick Milne

Having problems accessing automapped mailboxes in Exchange 2010 recently? Have a look at this article.

New! Exciting! An exchange 2013 CU6 bug design feature! Load balancer marks Exchange server as down in an Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 6 environment.

Can’t create an Exchange 2013 public folder mailbox? “An existing Public Folder deployment has been detected” error when you try to create a public folder mailbox in Exchange Server 2013.

 

Exchange General:

Good news, bad news. Good news; my friend Justin Harris has earned a “2014 Microsoft Exchange Server MVP” Award. Thoroughly deserved! Congratulations Justin. He does an excellent podcast with Larry Novak, a great Exchange engineer at Microsoft.

Bad news; Microsoft layoff senior technical writers. I can’t see how this is possibly a good thing. The writers in question produce some of the most authoritative and in-depth articles on exchange available. Exchange 2010 has been really well documented, Exchange 2013 less so (where is all the performance monitoring stuff, for instance?) – it looks like 2015 will be barely detailed.

 

Core General:

Some interesting and useful information from the Defrag show on the latest and greatest Microsoft product; not Sway, not windows 10, but Minecraft. I can’t begin to tell you how excited my boys are that their father is now officially a minecraft support engineer. There’s also some stuff on Windows perfmon counters for HDDs, and yes, some stuff on windows 10. Who cares? “It looks like you’re building an underground labyrinth filled with zombies. Would you like help?”

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Clippy has his own Realm, where his army of countless slaves build mile high idols in his image.

Also very exciting (if you support stuff) is Mark Russinovich discussing SysMon on the defrag tool show. Also his latest novel, Rogue Code.

Keith Mayer has advice on using Azure to look at the windows 10 technical preview here, if that’s what floats your boat.

The recommended hotfixes for 2008 R2 clusters article has been updated.

 

Office 365:

Free/busy lookups between Exchange Online and on-premises users stop working after you set up OAuth authentication. You’ll need (it says) to have a mix of Ex2k13 and Ex2k10 on prem, so hopefully it won’t be a problem, but it’s worth checking for if you see any issues with free/busy and OAuth.

The EHLO blog has an article on the new bulk email feature in Exchange Online Protection. If you’re at all interested in how Microsoft handles your spam, then you may enjoy the linked video – “How does Microsoft handle my spam?

I know there have been a few comments about the wealth of material available for the office 365 exams. Just when you think you can’t possibly fit any more in, along comes the official Microsoft Learning Study Group for MCSA : Office 365.

Once again, Microsoft would like to reassure us all that Office 365 does not mean that we will all lose our jobs. Ummm. More kool-aid here. Strangely, they never wrote a part 2.

How to enable a debug trace for the Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant, but not how to analyze it. Sigh.

Troubleshoot single sign-on setup issues in Office 365, Windows Intune, or Azure.

Refreshed advice on Using WAN Optimization Controller devices with Office 365. That’s those riverbed steelhead things… Tricksy.

Mixing Office 2007 and Office 365 causes problems editing Office documents in OWA.

Troubleshooting Lync Online DNS configuration issues in Office 365.

Troubleshooting *more* sign-in issues in Office 365, Azure or Windows Intune.

A List of Attributes that are Synced by the Windows Azure Active Directory Sync Tool.

 

Lync:

Having problems with Lync after migrating your users to office 365? Richard Brynteson explains how to force lync to autodiscover again.

Troubleshooting Lync Sign in issues. Not new, but good. Plus it was linked to in this excellent article that explains a bit about the troubleshooting process…

 

And finally, those crazy cats at MSL have another video for you. If you can bear it, see super sigma and psychomagician explain how online proctored exams work. What, girls? No hats?

 

That’s it for now. Keep an eye out for that creeper.

Interesting things that I see on the internet 31/03/2013

TL;DR, sorry. It’s been a while since the last one, you can blame a couple of my customers for this. I guarantee that this mail is however all killer, no filler, or whatever it is that the cool kids are saying these days. I’ve read every single article, and will be going back to some of them (particularly the xperf and memory troubleshooting stuff) with my notebook and pen, and working through them carefully. Log files are ACE.

 

Exchange Design:

The advice for loadbalancing Exchange 2013 has been reviewed and updated.

An interesting and quite deep post on Data Loss Prevention in Exchange 2013: View article… there’s a long and in-depth video covering similar ground here.

Ross Smith has a multi parter on name space planning and load balancing – related topics that can easily catch us out – Part 1 on namespaces,  part 2 on loadbalancing, part 3 on client connectivity and part four on certificate planning. It’s like an MCM in bite size pieces. I’d encourage you to read these until you are quoting great chunks in your sleep.

We can guess how much bandwidth our users need when planning a migration, or we can accurately measure it. the latter is so much nicer, don’t you think? So why not use the new log file statistics script  on the EHLO blog? View article…

An excellent and comprehensive checklist of steps required to migrate from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010, along with links to the relevant articles. Many of these steps are the same as might be required for a move to Exchange 2013: View article…

Tom Shinder has an interesting post on the Microsoft view of “Solutions”: View article…

A series of articles on the “new” edge server role in Exchange 2013 – start here: View article…

Scott Schnoll has written a thorough explanation of what windows server2012 R2 means for DAGs in Exchange 2013: View article…

There are new versions of quest Notes Migrator for Exchange and migrator for GroupWise. Have fun…

 

 

 

Exchange Troubleshooting:

Andrew Higginbotham’s bad day – always check the simple stuff first: View article…

Many times I’ve asked people to send me a screenshot  or a dir/p dump of their log file directory, so I can see how quickly they are generating log files. Now there’s an exciting tool that will do it for me. Better still, it will do it for YOU! View article… (yes, it’s the same tool as before – it’s both a troubleshooting and design tool!)

There is an update to the office configuration analyser tool – version 1.2 has been released. It’s getting more and more like the BPA every… um.. .year. This is a great tool that will highlight configuration errors in your outlook setup and look for common problems. it can be run from the command line, and it can even manage group policies; View article…

Is that mailbox move going really slowly? Want to find out why? Or do you just need to measure how quickly things happen so you can estimate how long a migration is going to take? Try the analyzemoverequeststats.ps1 script. Don’t be put off by the fact it refers constantly to office 365 – it will work with a migration to anything running exchange 2013 – office 365 and on-prem. View article…

Apple have released iOS 7.1 – I expect we can start seeing this on our systems soon: View article…

Anyone installing Exchange 2013 SP1 may be aware of the bug that breaks some third party addons – well the fix is here (but for some reason no-one is talking about it much) View article…

A link to Steve Goodman’s Exchange environmentals powershell script, and a plea for wider knowledge sharing: View article…

There is a handle leak in MAPI/CDO version 8.3.0.8309 and earlier, and a new version of MAPI/CDO fixes it; View article…

The “Current issues with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and third-party devices” page has been updated with some new stuff: View article…

Common reasons for calendar information to go missing or be wrong. It’s an oldie, but a goodie, and lists a bunch of best practice to avoid problems… View article…

Cracking article on how to turn folder permissions into a pretty picture using powershell: View article…

We’ve spoken  before about content indexes and search, but here’s another short sweet article that illustrates how easy it is to fix these issues; View article…

A useful article explaining the recent changes to the Exchange 2013 BPA; View article…

 

Exchange General:

Tim McMichael has a detailed plan here for migrating users to a new DAG on new hardware by physically shifting the databases – interesting. Read carefully, and, if you decide to do it at any point, I’d suggest following it exactly – if you can think of a shortcut, Tim will have already thought of it and have a good reason not to follow it. View article…

Nathan Winters has a useful post bringing together a bunch of resources on the discovery features in Exchange, Lync and Sharepoint. That’s “search” to those of us who prefer short words. View article…

How to search for deleted items in a mailbox. With step by step instructions and full colour pics; View article…

Keith Mayer has a post on the wonderful new capabilities of OneDrive (previously SkyDrive) to act as a powershell script editor, here: View article… shame it’s still blocked by ITG.

There’s a long blog post about recent enhancements to Exchange Online Protection. Will this stop the moaning? Time will tell… if you can’t be bothered to read the article, just watch the video.

The latest version of the Managed API for Exchange Web Services has been released, if you’re developing custom interfaces.

Here’s a long and detailed video on the new features in Exchange 2013 SP1 from the ignite website.

A great article on how OAB distribution works in Exchange 2013, a companion to the previous article on Exchange 2010 and 2007; View article…

If you have five minutes, why not read Rhoderick Milne’s RBAC primer? Or his “exchange 2010 tip of the day”? or his Exchange 2013 tip of the day series? He also has some handy tips on filtering powershell cmdlets.

 

Core General:

Top support issues for IIS – read this and learn about the most common problems: View article…

New event log entries that track NTLM authentication delays and failures in Windows Server 2008 R2 are available View article…

Are you having trouble with your ISP? Here’s a lovely article on how to use message analyser to troubleshoot your own “slow internet” problems, rather than constantly be told to try turning it off and then on again: View article…

If you want a good view of MS cloud, with plenty of links to articles on hyper-v, Microsoft cloud, azure and so on, then I’d encourage you to have a look at Keith Mayer’s blog; View article… one day I’ll have time to follow the multipart “building your hybrid cloud” series…

Ash McGlone has a pair of posts on cleaning up unnecessary AD groups with Powershell, here and here. You could just download the scripts, but I’d encourage you to read the posts and understand how they work. It’s also interesting fuel to a debate I’m having with a colleague at the moment around “do TSS’s need to be able to do maths?” I say yes, btw.

Here’s an interesting explanation of IPv6 and Windows 2012 R2 failover clustering.

There’s a really useful post on the Ask PFE blog about Microsoft training options, with lots of detail on MVA, channel 9 and so on; View article…

Thinking about certification? Why not have a look at the certification challenge  that Microsoft are currently running? I’m currently mulling over whether or not to have a think about maybe considering taking a gander at the possibility of contemplating MCSD… but I’m not sure.

An interesting article on failover clustering and active directory integration, including how it changes with each widows version; View article…

There’s two more articles released in the Xperf Xpert series; one on long service load times, and one on how slow network affects boot times.

This is an excellent article on how to troubleshoot memory pool leaks, with a walk through of a real-life problem. Genuinely, this is great.

 

Office 365:

“Geek out with Perry” returns with a video on secure service in Exchange online. This is Perry Clarke, giant throbbing brain. Not one to miss: View article…

Exchange online migration guided walkthrough, written by Tim Heeney, Microsoft’s premier Michael Richards impersonator: View article…

Setting up a hierarchical address book in office 365: View article…

How to set up message encryption with Office 365, here, and for those who can’t be bothered to watch the video, here’s some words. This also works in Exchange 2013 sp1.

Here’s some videos on how to set up and troubleshoot multifactor authN in office 365.

Here’s another two articles in the Ask PFE series on building an ADFS lab; ADFS proxy and Upgrading to server 2012 R2.

Microsoft have released documentation on configuring Hybrid eDiscovery using OAuth

 

Lync:

Here’s an interesting pair of articles on persistent chat and high availability in Lync 2013. Part 1 and part 2.

 

Still no word of the sessions from LyncConf 2014 appearing on Channel 9. The Sharepoint conference sessions are available now, though: http://channel9.msdn.com/Browse/Events?sort=recent

interesting things i have seen on the internet 30/12/2013

it’s been too long since the last one of these, but there were one or two challenges earlier this month (on the plus side, the overtime will pay for christmas). i apologise therefore for the unwieldy size of this post; hopefully you’ll have a quiet day or two before the post-christmas rush in which to go through and pick out items of interest. i’d like to think it’s all interesting, of course.

 

Exchange Design

mapi extensions for http. well, this is properly fascinating… instead of encapsulating the rpc call into an http packet, this adds mapi extensions for http, enabling outlook to connect to the CAS using nothing but http, if i’m reading it correctly.

there’s a new version of the 2013 server role requirements calculator. please don’t email Ross telling him he’s made a mistake. not unless you’re really really sure, anyway.

Tony Redmond has a cassandra post here about migrating to modern public folders. he’s never wrong, so i’d pay close attention to him on this.

Michel de Rooij has been playing with JetStress, and published this article on the differences in ESE performance between 2010 and 2013.

 

Exchange Troubleshooting

possibly the most useful article published in the last few months; the technet blog “top support issues” broken down by product, and in the case of exchange, by functional area as well. you’ll notice that issue number 1 is how to deactivate file level antivirus (FLAV) filter drivers. it amazes me how often disabling FLAV causes a problem to disappear. last month i posted a link to an exhaustive exclusions list for FLAV. here it is again.

there have been updates to the “current issues with Activesync and third party devices” article for exchange 2007 and exchange 2010 which may help explain some recent challenging behaviour. the fix for recent challenging behaviour has been to upgrade to SP3 RU2 for exchange 2010, by the way.

There are updates to the replacement for the MPS utility – the new Microsoft Diagnostic Tool. expect a more detailed post on how to use this in the near future, but for now, have a look at this KB article.

and here is the first unfixed bug in SP3 that microsoft will put their hand up to – attendees display incorrectly in outlook. not too serious, but i bet we’ll have someone moaning about it. workaround only, so far.

as previously mentioned, but it bears repeating, IE11 and OWA don’t play nicely together.

a quick and dirty guide to troubleshooting group policies and outlook. surprising how often group policies are at the root of weird outlook behaviour. not as often as third party plugins, though.

 

Exchange General

Earlier this month Tony Redmond had a great interview with Perry Clarke, the head of the Exchange Product Group at Microsoft. On premises exchange is definitely not doomed. definitely. While there isn’t that much technical content, it’s good to read the vision for Exchange, and an explanation of some of the problems experienced this year.

do i need DAC in a single AD site: Rhoderick Milne has a lovely summary of DAC here, plus a discussion of its use in a single AD site. (the answer is “probably”, by the way). it’s also worth reading his posts on RBACCU lifecycles and “6 mistakes to avoid with CU command line installations” You’ll be seeing a lot from me, and probably a lot of other people, over the coming months about CU lifecycles, service pack lifecycles and so on. for instance, read down a bit…

Rollup 8 for exchange sp2 and rollup 4 for exchange 2010 sp3 are released!

eh? it’s only five minutes since the last rollup was released! ‘sright – this IS the last rollup, but with security bulletin MS13-105 included – rollup 3 (for instance) has been withdrawn and replaced with rollup 4.

full details here:

Exchange 2007 SP3 RU12 – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2903911
Exchange 2010 RTM RU5 – http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=2407113
Exchange 2010 SP1 RU8 – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2787763
Exchange 2010 SP2 RU8 – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2903903/en-us
Exchange 2010 SP3 RU4 – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2905616
Exchange 2013 RU1 – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e5c9ecf5-e36f-4164-9960-c91d01a83521
Exchange 2013 RU2 – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=35f891ce-8a0d-4d25-abe1-ea45ec81b4e0

if you’ve downloaded rollup 7 for sp2 with the intention of applying it after the change freeze is lifted, then you might want to download it again, now.

there are a lot of posts about the demise of forefront UAG, but the advice regarding TMG last year holds true – it’s still supported, it just won’t to be available for purchase, a bit like the vauxhall frontera. a lot like the frontera, in fact; overpriced and unpopular. WAP is the future for exchange 2013, we’re told, but configuration advice is pretty thin on the ground. i’ll have a more detailed post on options later.

here’s a nice post on the correct way to use new-mailboxSearch, which may be timely for some of you.

using powershell to get public folder permissions. a series of useful cmdlets for listing and manipulating public folder permissions in exchange 2010 and 2013.

you’ll all know how to add full mailbox access for another user; however you might not be aware of the way to disable the automapping that inevitably follows. Paul Cunningham also has a useful script to get an ActiveSync device report.

There is also a useful pair of posts on the EHLO blog about understanding the Activesync mailbox log, for those who’d like to dig a little deeper.

Techtarget’s top exchange server content of 2013. some of this is interesting. some of it is probably less so. very few people (other than me) care about the demise of the MCSM, for instance.

Tony Redmond has an article on running Exchange 2013 in the cloud. synopsis; it’s possible, but not supported. yet.

Steve Goodman’s article on important Exchange skills and topics is useful as a checklist – if you’re weak on any of this, now you know what you need to learn (hybrid deployments, in my case).

the EHLO blog has a couple of useful posts on the new litigation and in-place hold functionality in Exchange 2013 and Office 365, and a general introduction to managed availability. you may recall i’ve posted before on how MA is likely to affect customers who see every MDB x-over as a disaster.

Core General

how to build your ADFS lab on server 2012 part 1 & part 2.

we’re going to be seeing a lot of ADFS this year, i should think, so it makes sense to have a good play with it. as an added bonus, the lab includes a bit of message analyser work, the all-singing, all-dancing replacement for netmon. yes, i AM still using wireshark, as it happens, but i feel guilty about it.

how to monitor traffic to your DCs.

i am really excited about this post. now all i need is a spare day or two to play around with it. or someone to log a call which looks like it might benefit from this approach…

“hi nick, i’d like to log a call about out of office not resetting correctly”

“great, we’ll need to follow the method outlined in this article on DC traffic!”

A real life memory pool leak

i love this article – it details the troubleshooting process really clearly. he also calls out three rules at the end which are incredibly important, and, in my experience, always overlooked:

  • complex environments spawn complex problems – we need to co-operate with other teams, not just look for an opportunity to chuck a problem over the wall into their laps.
  • benchmarking, baselining, call it what you want – it’s vital. if you don’t know where you’ve been, it’s difficult to know where you are.
  • don’t assume you know what the problem is without looking at the evidence. it’s all too easy to spend a lot of money fixing stuff that isn’t broken.

Office 365

henrik Walther’s guide to configuring an office 365 trial subscription – well, you’ve got to start somewhere. I’d recommend keeping an eye on his blog, here, and also on the main msexchange.org website for more useful office 365 resources. i’m a bit of a novice when it comes to office 365, so if anyone has any useful resources that I have missed, then please let me know, and i’ll include them.

Paul Robichaux has a nice guide to the office 365 beta exams, for those who are thinking of taking them. the warning about the amount of Sharepoint Online material looks pertinent; i’m very proud of my total ignorance regarding sharepoint, but it looks like i may have to rectify that…

Timothy Heeney has an interesting post on why URL filtering is a better way to secure access to Office 365 than IP filtering.

There’s a list of recent and upcoming office 365 support webcasts from the ignite website here. some of these look pretty good, but i’ve not gone through any yet, so it may by hype… if the “hybrid config wizard and hybrid free/busy” presentation from Timothy Heeney (again!) is anything like his live presentation, it’ll be excellent. (Adriaaaan!)

Tony Redmond has this useful post on the use of Office 365 as a test bed for on-premise exchange, and how to get a heads up on the changes that are likely to be coming in future cumulative updates.

 

right – that’s it. there was lots more i could have posted about, but if you’ve made it this far, you’ve had enough, i should think.

Thank you all for your feedback and encouragement this year. I wish you all a peaceful and prosperous 2014.