Global Azure Bootcamp 2019

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By , May 2, 2019 7:23 PM

Azure Security and Governance

Like every year we have had another Global Azure Bootcamp, we hosted our boot camp like year here at Microsoft Iselin Office in New Jersey.  And this time event was completely sold out and we have more than 30 people in waiting list. There were a variety of topics on everything related to #Azure. All other speakers were Microsoft speakers other an Me 🙂

This event was streamed live throughout the day and our media team were also able to record the session which will be available very soon. So, you can watch the whole recorded session sometime very soon. However, I did an experience and recorded just my session using a #gimble and I believe it came out good. You can watch my session below; however, you won’t be able to see the slide deck, but you can watch and listen to and it will give good enough idea about my whole talk.

I talked about #AzureGovernance and #AzureSentinel and did a number of demos including different business scenarios.  If you are interested in learning about these new features do watch my video below and sign-up for the trail version. As requested, I’ve put my slide decks for you.

Join our user group – https://www.meetup.com/NJO365UG/

10 time saving tips and tricks with Outlook mobile

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By , March 7, 2019 11:56 PM

Here is a great opportunity for you – don’t miss it

When it comes to productivity , the very first thing come to my mind is calendaring which no better than “Outlook”. So here is an opportunity if you really want to make the most of Outlook and take your productivity to next level.

This is how you do it

Join the Outlook mobile team LIVE every month for a webinar that will highlight cool tips and tricks that save you time and spark joy. You also get to ask any questions and share feedback with the team directly. 

In this webinar, you will learnWhy Outlook mobile is the right choice for youBest practices for getting startedCool tips and tricks that spark joy and let you accomplish the most important tasks in just a few secondsAsk questions or share your feedback directly with the Outlook team

https://info.microsoft.com/US-NOGEP-CATALOG-FY19-03Mar-28-MasterOutlookmobileCLE-1411_CatalogDisplayPage.html

Exchange 2019 Early Updates

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By , February 12, 2019 11:46 PM

Microsoft Exchange vulnerability has been in the news for the last few weeks and today Exchange PG released early Cumulative Updates This update is pretty for all versions (supported) versions of Exchange Server.

Release Details

The KB articles that describe the fixes in each release and product downloads are available as follows:


What is a common update fix?

  • 4490060 Exchange Web Services Push Notifications can be used to gain unauthorized access

This particular fix applies to all the CU for all Exchange Servers. No matter which version of Exchange Server you are ruining, this fix is available as below in different CU

This change in behavior becomes effective in the following Exchange releases:

How to Deploy

There is no special requirement. If you deploy the CU then bring you servers in the maintenance mode or you can run the /PrepareAd from the binaries. and don’t forget to Test, Test and Test in your lab first.

In order to apply these changes, a directory admin will need to run the cumulative update setup program with the /PrepareAD parameter. When multiple Exchange versions co-exist in a single Active Directory forest, the cumulative update matching the latest version of Exchange deployed should be used to run /PrepareAD. Setup will automatically run /PrepareDomain in the domain where /PrepareAD is executed. Environments with multiple domains in the forest will need to run the cumulative update setup program using the /PrepareDomain parameter in all domains in the forest. These steps will update the rights granted to Exchange Servers in the Active Directory to meet the new permissions scope. More information on /PrepareAD and /PrepareDomain is available at this link.”

JAN 14 2020 -One year from today Exchange Server 2010 will no longer be supported

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By , January 14, 2019 3:15 PM

Jan 14 2020 – One year from today Exchange Server 2010 will no longer be supported.

What does end of support mean?

Exchange Server, like almost all Microsoft products, has a support lifecycle during which we provide new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and so on. This lifecycle typically lasts for 10 years from the date of the product’s initial release, and the end of this lifecycle is known as the product’s end of support. When Exchange 2010 reaches its end of support on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide:

  • Technical support for problems that may occur
  • Bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server
  • Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches
  • Time zone updates

Your installation of Exchange 2010 will continue to run after this date. However, due to the changes and risks listed above, we strongly recommend that you migrate from Exchange 2010 as soon as possible.

 

What are my options?

We’ve [Exchange PG] created a page (https://aka.ms/Exchange2010EndOfSupport) where we outline options, but in order to stay supported you essentially can;

  • Migrate all mailboxes to Office 365 and remove all Exchange 2010 servers by Jan 2020, making sure any on-premises servers used for administration purposes are on a supported version.
  • Go Hybrid with Office 365, remove all Exchange 2010 servers by Jan 2020 and make sure any on-premises servers are on a supported version.
  • Stay On-Premises and upgrade to a newer version of Exchange Server.

Clearly we think moving to Exchange Online and Office 365 is a good idea. We really do believe that’s where you’ll get access to the most secure and productive software with the lowest TCO. But over and above all of that, and in relation to the subject of this post – it gets you out of the upgrade business. If you migrate fully to Office 365 you really don’t need to worry about these big bang version migrations any more. You just have to make sure you keep a much smaller number of on-prem servers up to date, and you’re good.

If you do want to stay on-premises don’t forget that you cannot upgrade directly from Exchange 2010 on-premises to Exchange Server 2019. You can upgrade to Exchange 2013 or 2016 directly from Exchange 2010 and we recommend you upgrade to Exchange 2016 if you have the choice. It will give you a longer support lifecycle and more features. Given how similar 2013 and 2016 are from a migration standpoint, it’s also just as easy to go to 2016 as it is 2013. So, upgrade to Exchange 2016, and then you have the option to go to 2019 if you want to.

What if I need help?

If you have a complex deployment, or if you just don’t have the time or skills you might need some help. That’s fine, there are plenty of ways to get help.

If you’re migrating to Office 365, you might be eligible to use our Microsoft FastTrack service. FastTrack provides best practices, tools, and resources to make your migration to Office 365 as seamless as possible. Best of all, you’ll have a real support engineer that will walk you through your migration, from planning and design all the way to migrating your last mailbox. If you want to know more about FastTrack, take a look at Microsoft FastTrack.

If you run into any problems during your migration to Office 365 and you aren’t using FastTrack, or you are migrating to a newer version of Exchange Server, we’re still here to help. Here are some resources you can use:

You might choose to engage a partner to help too. We have a great number of partners with deep skills in Exchange, and we’re sure one of them will be able to help you. Start your search here – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/solution-providers/home

So What Now?

What now? You need to get started if you haven’t already. Time really does fly and Jan 14th2020 is only a year away.

Tick Tock.

Exchange 2019 Server is here – What are you waiting for?

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By , September 11, 2018 7:46 AM

Yes Exchange 2019 Server finally available to public although it is in a public preview, but it has all the major features in it. For IT Pro who just want to test it they can simply download it from here.

For those who’d like to know more about the product, here is high level product overview

Secured by Design

This product version Exchange 2019 is now even more secured. Now you can install Exchange 2019 Server on Windows Server 109 Core version. As per Microsoft this is the most secured deployment of Exchange Server, but it doesn’t mean that GUI version is less secured. End of the day it is your choice which method you prefer to manage your Exchange 2019 Server.

“Exchange Server 2019 installed on Windows Server 2019 Core provides the most secure platform for Exchange.”  (Exchange Team, July 24, 2018)

 

Improved Performance | More Compute Less Servers

Today in the market there is enough computer, storage and memory with the server hardware. Storage being the cheapest one followed by compute and then memory. If you shop for server then you will they come with multiple processor and each processor with many cores. It gets very tricky when you have to deploy Exchange 2013/2016 under PA. The existing requirement for the deployment of Exchange 2016 is 24 Core (12 ore per pro) and maximum 192 GB RAM. In this you need to look for specific model of the servers. Now with Exchange 2019 this is not an issue anymore. Exchange 2019 support 48 Core and 256GB RAM. (still waiting for accurate sizing details from exchange team). Not sure if it would matter to have 4×12 Core or 2×24 core proc. It still helps because this will significantly reduce the number of servers in the large-scale deployment.

 

Another significant change in the architecture the way it manages the disk storage. Now Exchange 2019 server has the built-in capability to support multi-tiered storage architecture.Exchange 2019 leverages SSDto store key search data, improves login faster and faster retrieval of messages. Now what is required in order to set it up I’d recommend you wait for more details from Exchange Team on their blog.

 

Database failover is nothing new to Exchange Admin. When a database if failed and a new copy is activated search has to build from start which takes time and impact on end-user experiment and additional burden to Exchange Admin.  Now with the new architecture in Exchange 2019 these search indexes are now within the databasesand normal log shipping includes the database and search data in a single replication and the index is always up to date on all database copies.  This is big relief for sure

 

Improved End-user Experience

Exchange is known for its state-of-the-art communication and collaboration feature and has a very large footprint in the market. Exchange being in Office 365 as Exchange Online has the most up to date feature in the service. With this new product IT admin and end-user will be able to see some of those features in their on-premises Exchange server 2019. Exchange product team has announced that “Do Not Forward”and “Simplified Calendar Sharing”will be available in on-premises version.  Exchange Admins will also see some more features related to calendaring, and new administration improvements to manage events in end-user’s calendar and delegate permission assignment.

 

What is the release date of Exchange 2019?

We hope to hear more details about Exchange 2019 during MS iGnite 2018

 

Setup and Manage Multi-Factor authentication in M365

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By , March 26, 2018 3:12 AM

Secure your Office 365

If you have recently signed up for Office 365 subscription, your account becomes the Global Administrator account for your tenant. In order to secure your access to the account there a few very simple steps. In order to enable multi-factor auth you can do it by logging into your M365 Business/Enterprise Portal.

Setup Multi-Factor Auth in M365

Goto Admin Portal and select the desired user and follow the steps

 

 

 

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