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Skype for Business 2015 Planning Tool (Reports)

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:04:00 +0000

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Get BitLocker Recovery Information from AD Using PowerShell

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:12:00 +0000

Many organizations are taking advantage of Microsoft’s BitLocker drive encryption software that is built into Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and later versions of Windows. To ensure that encrypted drives are accessible to authorized members of organizations, Microsoft has provided the ability to back up BitLocker recovery information to Active Directory (AD). For more information about the details, see Backing Up BitLocker and TPM Recovery Information to AD DS in the TechNet documentation.

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How to Approach Migrating Exchange Public Folders to Office 365 Groups

Tue, 17 May 2016 16:48:00 +0000

This new whitepaper highlights the benefits of using Office 365 Groups, why and when you should consider Groups as a destination for public folders, and how to prepare and migrate your public folders to Groups.

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Codecs of Skype for Business Server 2015

Mon, 16 May 2016 21:18:00 +0000

Byron Spurlock takes a look at the various different codecs that are involved with S4BS and what scenarios they are used with.

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Sunrise announces sunset: Service will discontinue August 31

Thu, 12 May 2016 14:45:00 +0000

As outlook brings in Sunrise sensibility, team says its time to move on

All good things come to an end, and the calendar client acquired by Microsoft to help them rethink Outlook for the mobile era has announce its end: August 31.

"As some of you might already know, we were acquired by Microsoft last year and have now moved on to work on Outlook for iOS and Android," the company wrote in a blog post signed by staff. "Different products, same goal: making your day-to-day life easier and more enjoyable to manage."

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Microsoft launches Skype for Business Mac Public Preview

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:45:00 +0000

General availability targeted for third quarter 2016
"Mobile First. Cloud First." is Microsoft's multi-platform mantra that puts services and availability over pushing their own platform, and their latest news shores that up even beyond competitors' mobile devices: Skype for Business, Microsoft's increasingly powerful communications suite, is coming to the Mac in Q3 2016.

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Cherish your arbitration mailboxes - just in case!

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000

Arbitration mailboxes made their appearance in Exchange 2010 as a special form of mailbox that is designed to be used by Exchange itself rather than a user. In short, there are times when Exchange needs to stuff data away for one reason or another and it makes sense to use a mailbox for this purpose. After all, mailboxes go in databases and can be protected by high availability, and so on…

The full set of arbitration mailboxes is exposed in all its glory by running the command:

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Recycled email addresses and Outlook nicknames

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000

The revelations (last October) that Microsoft is quietly recycling email addresses from its Hotmail, Live, and Outlook.com domains might have come as a surprise to some. According to an email statement from Microsoft to PCWorld.com cited in the article, when an account becomes inactive, “the email account is automatically queued for deletion from our servers.

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Understanding the overhead in an Exchange mailbox database

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000

It’s taken me a while to get around to mentioning the rather useful “Database Growth Reporting” script for Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013 that was described on the EHLO blog in January.  My apologies for this lapse in service. All I can plead is that other stuff got in the way between now and then and that I never really had a chance to test the code out thoroughly, which is a prerequisite before commenting on software.

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