Exchange – New capabilities in for HCW Hybrid Agent

As you may be aware, the Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) is evolving and is currently proposing an ‘Hybrid Agent’ mode in preview (see https://t.co/lRmjI6r6Dv). Well, the Hybrid Agent preview has been updated and is now providing more capability: Multi agent support: you can now deploy more than one Hybrid Agent in your environment Manual download: you can now manually download the Hybrid Agent without running the HCW Agent status:…

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Exchange – The April Security Update (KB4487563) for Exchange 2019 fails to install

It is this time again, the monthly patch release from Microsoft. This month a security update for Exchange 2019, 2016 and 2013. Problem is the patch (may) failed to install on Exchange 2019 (don’t know for 2016 and 2013 as I don’t have these version anymore), leaving Exchange in a bad shape as the services won’t start anymore. As you should (not to say must) install these updates using an…

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Exchange Online – You can now unblock restricted users

As you may know, with Exchange Online you can (and should have) set a policy an outbound spam policy to block users for sending email if they have been compromised. This has now been moved to the Security & Compliance Center (SCC) in the Alert section In addition of this move, administrators have now the ability to unblock such users from the SCC portal from the Threat Management\Review section by…

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Exchange – New Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard in preview

A new Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) is now available in preview. This new Hybrid Configuration Wizard is called either Hybrid Agent or Modern Hybrid to differentiate it from the current HCW version. This new HCW has a lower inbound/outbound connectivity requirements and use an agent, making it more appropriate for install in DMZ. The Hybrid Agent is built on the Azure Application Proxy, helping to reduce the connectivity requirements…

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Exchange – Exchange 2010 is reaching his end of life, please act

A quick reminder (as even if mail migration seems easy, it always take some time to complete), Exchange 2010 is reaching his end of life in January 14th, 2020 This means there will be no longer technical support, bug or security fixes. If you still have Exchange 2010 in production and do not have yet started for migration (to either Exchange 2016/2019 or Exchange Online), please start immediately Microsoft is…

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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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