Exchange – An updated Hybrid Configuration Wizard adds additional configuration transfer settings

As you may be aware, the Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) has been able to migrate some organization configuration settings (ActiveSync Mailbox Policy, Mobile Device Mailbox Policy, Retention Policy and Tag) to Exchange Online since June 2018. Now, an updated version is coming and will be able to add additional organization settings like: ActiveSync Device Access Rule ActiveSync Organization Settings DLP Policy Malware Policy Organization Config Policy Tip Policy In…

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Exchange – The latest Exchange version is now available

Good news, today Microsoft has released the latest Exchange version – Exchange 2019. It is being available through the Volume License or MSDN. That said, you can deploy Exchange on Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019, but it is highly recommended to deploy Exchange 2019 with Windows Server 2019. Exchange 2019 also supports installation on Windows Server 2019 Core. To know more about what’s new and what’s removed with…

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Office 365 – A multi blog posts to read about Office 365 ATP and the phishing protection

A very good multi-part / multi-post reading about Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and the anti-phishing capabilities https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/cloudready/2018/07/31/introduction-email-phishing-protection-guide-enhancing-your-organizations-security-posture/

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Exchange Online – Mailbox Auditing will be enabled by default

A good news for compliance and security, Exchange Online Mailbox auditing will now be enabled by default. The schedule is all commercial tenant will be set by end of calendar year. All mailboxes already set for auditing will continue to be enabled, while all others will then be audited. A new parameter for the Set-OrganizationConfig cmdlet will also be introduce for Exchange administrator to override (not recommended) this new configuration.…

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Exchange Online – Exchange Web Services (EWS) So long and thanks for all the fish

Microsoft has announced that Exchange Web Services (EWS) on Exchange Online will no longer get any further updates and Basic Authentication for EWS will be decommissioned. NOTE This does not apply to Exchange On-Premises (for now ?) Microsoft has been heavily investing in the Graph technology and it is highly recommended to start using/migrating Graph for your interaction with Exchange Online, in lieu of EWS. In parallel, because we all…

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Exchange Online – Automatic events processing from email

You can now have your Exchange Online mailbox setting up for you new events based on emails you receive, which could be either flights or hotel reservations, live events like concert or package delivery. To manage the automatic event creation based on emails, you need to go to your mailbox settings (https://outlook.office.com/owa/) and turn on/off the feature and options. NOTE this feature is turned on by default Click the Gear…

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Exchange Online – You can download a quarantined email

A new option has been deployed on the Security and Compliance portal for quarantined emails. You can now download a quarantined email to help you analyze it. As the email has been put in quarantine it is important to download it on a secure client (aka with an up to date antivirus protection and potential additional security configuration) to avoid spreading bad stuff within your network. This option may be…

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Exchange – You can now manage remote shared mailboxes from On-Premises Exchange

With Exchange 2013 CU 21 (https://support.microsoft.com/help/4099855) or Exchange 2016 CU 10 (https://support.microsoft.com/help/4099852) you can now directly create and manage remote shared mailboxes from your On-Premises Exchange with PowerShell. Before taking advantage of these new PowerShell commands (see below) you first must prepare you Active Directory (which from my point of view should be executed anyway for any CU you installed) setup.exe /PrepareAD /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms Then you will be able to create…

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Exchange Online–You can now exclude the dumpster from Public Folders migration

Just off the press, you can now exclude dumpster from your Public Folders migration from Exchange 2013/2016 to Exchange Online. Until then the PF dumpster was migrated along with the PF data, resulting in longer public folders migration. Without thinking neither with the potentials issue of data in the dumpster corrupted. To exclude the dumpster from your PF migration you need to use the new parameter –ExcludeDumpsters when creating the…

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Exchange Online – Exchange Hybrid Organization Transfer

You know already that you can integrate your Exchange On-Premises with Exchange Online in an Exchange Hybrid configuration, allowing a consistent user experience wherever the mailbox is hosted. But there was still few things missing. Few of them are (or were) the retention policies / retention tags, OWA / Mobile /ActiveSync policies which needed to be re-created on Exchange Online and maintain in both place. An updated Exchange Hybrid Configuration…

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Exchange Online – Update in Office 365 Message Encryption for attachments

An update is going to be rolled out (and disabled by default) for Office 365 Message Encryption. With this update administrators will be able to allow/deny the opening of an attachment outside of an Office 365 service (like Gmail or Outlook) were not able to open attachments send using Office 365 Message Encryption. As of today (and until your administrators enable it), attachments can not be opened when sent through…

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Teams – Support for eDiscovery for Teams users with on-premises mailbox

You can request, through a support request (see below for details), to get your Office 365 tenant enabled for eDiscovery for Teams when you are in Exchange Hybrid configuration. eDiscovery for Teams has been already deployed some time ago across Office 365 tenant; this update will cover the scenario when a user is still hosted on Exchange on-premises and is using Teams. Below a diagram explaining how the eDiscovery will…

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Exchange Online – Outlook on the Web is going to support third party storage

As you  may already know, Exchange (both on-prem 2016 and online) supports the use of OneDrive for Business for file storage (including attaching files from OneDrive for Business). An update is going to be deployed (as usual Targeted tenant first with a completion scheduled for end of September) to allow use of third party storage. IMPORTANT NOTE this updated feature is not enabled by default; which means if you want…

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Exchange Online – A better mail flow dashboard is coming out

Microsoft is deploying a better dashboard to have insight in mail flows. This dashboard will be available worldwide by the end of May from the Security and Compliance center (https://protection.office.com). Thanks to this dashboard you will have some insights for your mail flow, like: how many emails are stuck in queue (on Office 365) for more than 1 hour how many emails are going through specific connector alerts forwarded emails…

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Exchange Online – New Message Trace available in the Security and Compliance Portal

An updated Message Trace is now available from the Security and Compliance Portal on Office 365. The Message Trace on Exchange Online is very well known tool to help troubleshooting mail flow issues but had few glitches. With this new Message Trace, you will be able to create custom queries and save them, have a list of previous queries executed so you can reused them, increase to the last 10…

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