Upcoming IT events in 2017

As we know how important networking is, we decided to prepare a smart guide to IT conferences in 2017 for administrators. Apart from some airtight arguments on why not to attend IT conferences, we believe that attending this kind of events can be extremely fruitful. This is not only a great chance to socialize with IT community, but also to catch up with new trends in the industry or to listen to those informative real-life stories from admin’s life.

If for some reason you haven’t thought of any particular conference to attend this year, we give you this list of upcoming IT events in 2017.The list includes, in our opinion, most interesting and popular IT events that every sysadmin should attend at least once in their IT-lifetime. Take a look at our event map to quickly locate an event you are interested in. If some events attract your special attention, you can quickly copy them from the calendar on the website to your own Google calendar to be sure you don’t miss them.

In our calendar, you will definitely find these two events: IT/Dev Connections (we really like this one – with real-life IT challenges and great community – see our commentary on this conference), and Microsoft Inspire (former Worldwide Partner Conference).

To check out our full list of IT conferences, visit this website. Let’s network in 2017!

IT events in 2017 for e.g. Exchange and Office 365 administrators.

Happy Holidays from CodeTwo!

As 2016 comes to an end we are all preparing for a short Christmas break. Although many of us have planned a longer break during this period, CodeTwo Customer Service will be available for you for the most of the time. Our office will be only closed on weekends (as usually) and on Monday, December 26th.

This has been a great year for us here at CodeTwo. In June, our new product for managing email signatures and disclaimers in Office 365, CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365, went out of beta stage and immediately gained your attention. Over the last few months we managed to add some unique features to it which now make it the most advanced and versatile email signature solution for Office 365 on the market.

We also didn’t forget about the rest of our solutions for Exchange Server and Office 365 that were constantly developing throughout the year. For instance, our Exchange & Office 365 migration solutions gained IMAP support and the programs for creating backup copies of Exchange/Office 365 mailboxes have been improved with the possibility to back up public folders. CodeTwo Backup will soon see another major update which will make it possible to back up SharePoint and OneDrive for Business folders. The beta program for this version is just about to start!

We look forward to 2017 and the new challenges ahead of us. But as for now, we wish you all wonderful and peaceful holidays. See you back right after Christmas!

Happy Holidays from CodeTwo

New! Back up Exchange and Office 365 public folders to local drive

We are happy to announce that a long awaited feature has been added to our backup solutions. Starting with this update, CodeTwo Backup for Office 365 and CodeTwo Backup for Exchange are all set to back up public folders in Office 365 and Exchange environments.

CodeTwo Backup programs are secure solutions that allow to save users’ mailboxes, and now also public folders data, to local drives, archive data and, if necessary, restore entire mailboxes, folders or even single items.

With CodeTwo Backup version 1.6 you can back up Office 365 and Exchange Public Folder to local drive!

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Will Microsoft finally harness collaboration with new features in Office 365?

At IT conferences I always try to attend sessions that are not only technical but also focus on management and collaboration. I always wonder how a given feature or solution would influence the productivity of the teams I work with, and whether it would help at all, or whether the result would be the exact opposite of what was expected.

I’ve heard of companies blocking internal IM features in Skype for Business due to the fact that some employees spent too much time chatting, and that the key employees were constantly flooded with IMs until they decided to permanently log off from the program.

Obviously, the tool is just a tool, and some internal rules are always required to use it properly. But a user is just a user and “old habits die hard”. Just take a look at Public Folders and how many times Microsoft has tried to publicly assassinate them.

I was, however, surprised to see how many IT pros at this year’s IT/DEV Connections in Las Vegas and UC Day in Birmingham expressed their interest in Office 365 Groups. It’s not just Microsoft’s sales pitch and global marketing explosion, it’s really the users who are actively interested in this feature. Since Office 365 groups are pretty new, it’s still hard to tell whether it’s just an attractive feature or a solution that will ultimately change the way of collaboration of Office 365 users.

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Add signature with image in first email and text-only footer in replies

In many business scenarios it makes sense to stamp emails with signatures which include images. The obvious examples that come to mind are social media buttons and marketing banners, but I’m sure you can think of a bunch of other ones (users’ photographs?).

This, however, may come into conflict with the need to not overcrowd the recipient’s eye with too much content or to simply conserve disk space.

CodeTwo Exchange Rules and CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 solve this by allowing to automatically add a full-blown email signature to new emails and a simplified version to subsequent replies and forwards.

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5 reasons not to attend IT/Dev Connections

IT/Dev Connections organized by Penton Media is believed to be among a few famous IT conferences in the world that focuses on Microsoft technology but is neither organized nor supported by Microsoft. Therefore the feel of the conference is different than at Ignite or WPC.

Last year I wrote a review of the 2015 edition. Today, I’d like to update it with a “slightly” different opinion.

Here are the 5 reasons why you should NOT attend IT/Dev Connections:

1. You are superstitious

If you hold superstitious beliefs, you probably know that there is a superstition that having bananas on a fishing boat may bring bad luck. It’s pretty hard to have bananas on a boat in Vegas (as it’s pretty hard to have a boat in Vegas), but there’s a lot of hand-shaking here with Microsoft MVPs and IT Pros from all over the US (and some from Europe). And… there is a superstition in African culture not to shake hands with anyone or… your testicles (sic!) will disappear!

Glad I’ve got two kids already! How about you, SuperTekBoy?

CodeTwo reprezentative and SuperTechBoy at IT Dev Connections.

Who else did I shake hands with? Paul? Michel? J. Peter? Are you guys ok now?

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