The Halloween season is upon us. But, to be honest, it’s not easy to scare someone who works in IT. We’re not scared of zombies – Exchange 2003 in the basement never really bites anyone. We’re not scared of vampires – we just don’t like the sun that much… What really scares us is the true monsters that we meet each day in our mailboxes. That’s right, emails are what really frightens us. Read some of the scariest ones, if you dare…Continue reading "Trick or threat – a quick guide to scary emails"
In this article, you’ll find out how the serverless computing model can be achieved with Microsoft’s cloud technologies, and how it can facilitate application development and deployment processes. To show how the serverless architecture works, let’s have a look at a real-life scenario – implementation of a data sharing service.Continue reading "Building a serverless architecture using Microsoft cloud technologies – a case study"
Dear Microsoft Exchange 2010, you’ve brought us, admins, a lot of joy. But your end is drawing near and fast. The end of Extended Support, also known as the end of life was planned on January 14, 2020, together with Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. However, because of all the love for the good old 2010 version, and the fact that it still remains very popular, Microsoft reschedules Exchange Server 2010’s demise. The current date is October 13, 2020. This might seem like a lot of time. But if you have some experience performing Exchange Server migrations, you probably know that the time for planning and migrating is running out quicker than one might expect…Continue reading "Exchange 2010 – end of life is now… rescheduled. What to do next?"
There might be situations when it’s necessary to block the mail flow outside an organization for specific users or user groups. Let’s find out how you can use Exchange Online mail flow rules to prevent Office 365 users from sending emails to external recipients.Continue reading "How to prevent Office 365 users from sending emails outside the organization?"
In the last article, Advanced eDiscovery in Office 365 explained, I’ve shared some knowledge about Advanced eDiscovery in Office 365 – how it works, how is it different from eDiscovery. In this article, I will show you how to create and configure an Advanced eDiscovery case in Office 365 to find relevant data.Continue reading "How to create an Advanced eDiscovery case"
MailTips, or mail tips, are the notifications Outlook and Outlook on the web shows when an email you create meets some requirements. They appear, for example, if a message is about to be sent to external recipients or to someone who has automatic replies turned on. Those notifications can prove to be very helpful or, on some occasions, even life-saving.Continue reading "MailTips in Office 365"
First, it is crucial to understand what eDiscovery (Electronic discovery, e-Discovery) is. There are two most important meanings:
Legal perspective – eDiscovery is the electronic aspect of hunting for electronically stored information in case of a law suit or investigation. It also relates to legislation which regulates this aspect. eDiscovery applies to all systems.
Microsoft 365/ Office 365 perspective – eDiscovery is a mechanism, or a set of features, designed to help with searching, collecting and exporting data from Microsoft 365 organizations. As the name suggests, the primary purpose of eDiscovery (mechanism) is to help in case of litigation and to comply with the legal definition of eDiscovery. This article is about the Office 365 / Microsoft 365 mechanism and its premium version – Advanced eDiscovery – in particular.Continue reading "Advanced eDiscovery in Office 365 explained"
Microsoft 365 security center is the new home for monitoring and managing security for your Office 365 tenants and all the other Microsoft 365 resources. The new security-related platform takes the spot previously occupied by Office 365 security & compliance center. Even though the new security experience offers more options, the old center is still available, although buried a bit deeper. Read on to learn what’s new in the Microsoft 365 security center, and how to find the old Office 365 security and compliance center.Continue reading "Microsoft 365 security center and exporting mailbox data to PST"
Exporting mailboxes to PST is a well known workaround for backup, archiving and migration of Exchange mailboxes. The video below shows all the steps required to export emails, contacts, calendars and other mailbox items to a Personal Storage Table (PST) files.
[Update]: This post was updated on May 08, 2020.
One of the most interesting security options in Exchange 2019 is the Client Access Rules feature. It allows the administrator to define rules to block or limit access to EAC (former ECP) and to EMS (Exchange Management Shell). This functionality was not present in previous versions of Exchange and now it is a security milestone for small organizations, which cannot afford solutions like firewall operating at OSI layer 7 (application layer) to restrict access from the outside of the organization.