Calendar Sharing in App still not possible. Outlook for iOS and Android – What it has and What is missing.

A year ago Microsoft launched the App Outlook for iOS and Android,  which is a very user friendly app.. This app does a phenomenal job on iOS (I’ve not used it on Android) in terms of composing email, send/receive emails and pretty what you need to stay connected. It has swipe feature , you can swipe RIGHT  or LEFT  to take actions like archive, delete, move, flag, mark as read/unread or schedule. Unlike other email apps, Outlook lets you personalize these swipe gestures to match your unique email habits. It is simple and amazing 🙂 with a – BUT ONLY FEATURE WITH SWIPE (wish they gave drop down menu for swipe), so if you swipe to left it will Archive (enabled by default) and if you swipe right then it will Schedule (enabled by default) it for you.

SWIPE LEFT

Outlook for iOs

SWIPE RIGHT

ORight

Customize Your Swipe SettingsswipeoptiniOS

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swiperight

Add 3rd Party Calendar Apps but still lacking to add someone else calendar in your Exchange / O365 Organization

Here you can add 3rd party calendar apps such as Facebook Events etc. I’m surprised here that why Microsoft Office 365 Team was in a rush to put these social media event/calendar App instead of adding the feature to add multiple Exchange calendar which more productive for any type of business. 

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Apps Links
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/owa-for-iphone/id659503543?mt=8 (I believe this App is still on AWS and stores your password – If you are security freak like me then I’d not recommend, atlas not for you corporate email account)

https://community.office365.com/en-us/w/mobile/owa-for-iphone-and-owa-for-ipad

https://blogs.office.com/2015/01/29/deeper-look-outlook-ios-android/#t07RFZwMsz3xqIOR.97

Microsoft Exchange Server Deployment Assistant – Need Some Improvements

The Exchange Server Deployment Assistant is a web-based tool that asks you a few questions about your current environment and then generates a custom step-by-step checklist that will help you deploy different versions of Exchange Server for different types of scenarios.

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Microsoft Exchange Product Team has done a phenomenal job introducing this tool and keeping it updated on regular basis.  While I was working on some scenario I figure there need to be some re-ordering and and couple of new links needs to be added. Hope it make sense to ExchangeTeam 🙂

I’ve selected On-Premises Scenario

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Next I selected
Disjoint namespace – No
Migrate Public Folders – Yes
Edge Co-Existance – No

Next you will see the navigation checklist
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Suggestion #1 Re-Order Service Connection Point (SCP)

The improvement I’m talking about is SCP order should be either in Install Exchange 2016 OR or Should be the 2nd step in Configure services. I think it has to be be the next step right after you install the Exchange Server 2016

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Suggestion #2 – In Finalize Your Deployment – Add More Steps or link into that section.

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Modify or Remove Exchange 2010, this link only cover the scenario where you have only one mailbox server or mailbox server with Database Availability. It does not cover the details if the legacy Exchange Server 2010 has Database Availability Group. So to cover a DAG scenario those two link are very important. and it has to be part of the deployment assistant in my opinion.

 

 

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Is Office 365 right fit for my business ?
How can I save on my IT operation cost ?
How do I backup my data?

How can I be more productive using Office 365?

OR any other nagging questions you may have, come and join us at Willowboork Mall Wayne NJ on May 6th at 6:00 PM.

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Market Statistics
Microsoft now has 22 million consumers subscribed to Office 365
More than 80 million users on Exchange Online
More than 70 million commercial customers

Exchange 2016 Cumulative Update 1 Installation

Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange 2016 has been out since 03/15 but I didn’t get a chance to write about it. Below you will find some step how to roll it out in your environment. Of course it has a number of fixes and  that’s the reason you need to update you server. The server patching process is different on a single exchange server 2016 and in a environment where you have more than one server and running DAG and CAS behind the load balancer. For a HA environment , you will need to plan accordingly.

This is one of the example when you run this cmdlet on Exchange 2016 prior to CU 1
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Below is the screen capture of Exchange 2016 RTM version (before CU 1)

 

Here is the installation process
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Here is the Server build of Exchange 2016 CU 1 with a new schema

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List of issues fixed by CU 1

Here is the list of all issues fixed in this Cumulative Update CU 1

Updated OWA S/MIME control
New distribution package for Exchange Server 2016 update
Change to Mailbox Anchoring for Remote PowerShell
Additional languages for Outlook on the Web
.Net 4.6.1 Support
Slow installations on Windows Server 2012 R2
Support for Standalone Hybrid Configuration Wizard in Exchange Server 2010

.Net 4.6.1 Support

Make sure you are not running this version of DotNet Framework. This version is nut supported yet.

For the latest information on Exchange Server and product announcements please see What’s New in Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2016 Release Notes. You can also find updated information on Exchange Server 2013 in What’s New in Exchange Server 2013Release Notes and product documentation available on TechNet.

Now if you run Test-ExchangeSearch , you will get this cmdlet working

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Now you have successfully installed the CU 1

Cheers:)

 

Exchange 2016 Install – Step by Step

This blog post is specially for those who are planning to install Exchange 2016 and wanted to get an idea. There is nothing special installing the Exchange Server 2016 but of course there a a lot of planning involved if you are doing a migration project from Exchange to Exchange Migration or Exchange to O365 or a Hybrid setup.  This install is a step by step (screen shots) for Exchange 2016 installation.  2

The server OS is Windows Server 2012 R2 running on my Hyper-V 2012 R2 Host.
To install the pre-requisites and automate the installation I’ve used Michel de Rooij’s script. I recommend using that script , it save a lot of time.

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Below Error is the DotNet Framework Error. As soon as I manually installed the DotNet Framework 4.5.2 I was able to proceed the installation.

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Cheers ! Now you have successfully installed the Exchange Server 2016

Changes to Microsoft OneDrive – 15Gb to 5GB

This is the email I received earlier today – this is surprising to many customers but it is not surprise me at all as I’m already suing my #OD4B. And this is also very common when you sign-up for any free service or free subscription, and these free services can be changed anytime for any reason. This update is only for OneDrive for Personal Account Only, it does not impact on your Office365 Business Account.

We want to let you know about some upcoming changes to OneDrive. On July 27, 2016, the amount of storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. We are also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus.

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So your data is not going be deleted and keeping in that in mind Microsoft giving you almost 18 months to move your data. I don’t know wether you will upgrade to OD4B (OneDrive For Business) or go with any 3rd party such as #Dropbox or ect.

This is what and how it is going ti impact on your OneDrive Quota

 

  • If you are a free user and have over 5 GB of content in your OneDrive, you will receive an email with an offer to claim a free 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal*, which includes 1 TB of storage.
  • If you do not claim this offer, you will need to purchase additional storage or remove some of your files. Otherwise, 90 days after you receive your first notice, your account will become read-only.
  • If you are over quota after the 90 days, you will still have access to your files for 9 months. You can view and download them. However, you will not be able to add new content.
  • If after 9 months you are still over quota, your account will be locked. That means that you will not be able to access the content in your OneDrive until you take action.
  • If after 6 more months you fail to take action, your content may be deleted.

For more details check out Office Page

Are you still behind Exchange 2013 CU 12?

Issues that this cumulative update fixes

Notes

  • The Cumulative Update 12 package can be used to run a new installation of Exchange Server 2013 or to upgrade an existing Exchange Server 2013 installation to Cumulative Update 12.
  • It is not necessary to install any Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Updates or Service Packs released prior to Cumulative Update 12 before you install Cumulative Update 12.

Again I’m going to write about why and what are most important reasons to upgrade. In my opinion the issues either are high visible to end-user or related to end-user productivity or impacting on the production.

So if you are still on Exchange 2013 Cu11, this is the time to upgrade it to Cu12 and it’s been already released since last month as of March 15, 2016. Next update will be sometime in June. So there are still some very good reasons to upgrade to Exchange 2013 CU12.

You can download the Exchange 2013 CU12 from here
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51499