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Microsoft Launches Exchange 2019 Into Preview

Microsoft has just launched the preview version of Exchange 2019. The good news is that it's a new version. What might be unexpected is the lack of new features. Some worthy plumbing won't turn user heads, but then again, when you're the best standalone email server on the planet, do you need to change very much? Dropping Unified Messaging will cause some brows to darken. Expect some sparks at Ignite.

Jul 24, 2018|Tony Redmond


Happy 10th Birthday Hyper-V!

On February 19, 2003, Microsoft announced that the corporation has acquired a privately held virtualization vendor called Connectix. It might not have seemed like it then, but this acquisition was the genesis of something huge in the IT world, and I’m not limiting that to just Hyper-V.

Jul 2, 2018|Aidan Finn

Cloud Computing

Access Azure Virtual Machines Using the Serial Console Recovery Tool

In this Ask the Admin, I'll show you how to access an Azure Windows Server virtual machine using the serial console independently of the OS and network.

Apr 26, 2018|Russell Smith

Office 365

Choosing the Best Mobile Office 365 Email Client

Companies that move to Office 365 have to decide what mobile email client to use. A native client that uses Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) or Outlook? In the past, the best choice was probably something like the iOS mail app. Now, Outlook is the focus of Microsoft's mobile efforts and it's where all the new functionality appears. EAS is still valuable, just less so than it was before.

Mar 27, 2018|Tony Redmond

Microsoft Azure

Everything You Need to Know About Azure Infrastructure – January 2018 Edition

It’s a new year and it’s time for new things. This month I’m starting a monthly series to summarize some notable things that have happened in Azure IaaS.

Jan 31, 2018|Aidan Finn

Windows Server

Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: Earnings Special Edition

Because quarterly earnings are in the air, this edition of Short Takes focuses on Microsoft's earnings announcement this week.

Oct 27, 2017|Paul Thurrott

Microsoft Azure

Replicate Azure Virtual Machines to Another Region for Disaster Recovery

Aidan Finn discusses how to enable disaster recovery replication of Azure virtual machines from one region to another region, which will enable your services to survive a massive outage in an Azure data center or region.

Jul 12, 2017|Aidan Finn

Windows 10

After NSA Exploits Leak, Microsoft Finds Itself in an Odd Position

Microsoft has quietly patched security vulnerabilities used by the NSA after they were made public over the weekend but who tipped off Microsoft remains unknown.

Apr 17, 2017|Brad Sams

Windows Server 2016

Sponsored: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft Nano Server

Aidan Finn and Mike Resseler discuss features and functionality available in Microsoft Nano Server.

Jan 11, 2017|Petri IT Knowledgebase

Office 365

Outlook Anywhere Gets the Bullet

Microsoft has announced the demise of RPC over HTTP (“Outlook Anywhere”) connections, which will be blocked for connections to Exchange Online from Outlook desktop clients from October 31, 2017. The year’s notice is intended to allow tenants to upgrade clients to the necessary versions.

Nov 16, 2016|Tony Redmond

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