Quarterly Exchange Updates (December 2016)

Microsoft have released the latest updates to Exchange. The updates are:

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 4
Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 15

Updates include:

  • A New Outlook on the Web compose experience.
  • Support for .Net 4.6.2
  • Change to Pre-Requisites installed by Setup
    • Media Foundation now required instead of Desktop Experience on Windows Server 2012 and later.

More details can be found on TechNet

Latest Exchange Updates (March 2016)

Microsoft have released the latest updates to Exchange.  The updates are:

  • Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 1
  • Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 12
  • Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 13
  • Exchange Server 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 19

Included in the updates are:

  • Updates OWA S/MIME control (now SHA-2 compliant)
  • Remote PowerShell now uses Mailbox Anchoring

Using Discovery Search Mailboxes

Discovery Search Mailboxes are arguably less used in Exchange 2013 (and Exchange online) than they were in Exchange 2010.  This is mainly due to the additional options for handing search results available in the the Exchange Admin Center.  An added factor to this is that the Mailboxes themselves can not be managed from the Exchange Admin Center, making it harder to both assign permission to the mailbox and make them visible so administrators can open them.

Should you wish to do these tasks, the syntax is:

To assign permissions:

Get-Mailbox –RecipientTypeDetails Discovery |Add-MailboxPermission –User searchadminaccount@bret-tech.com –AccessRights FullAccess –InheritanceType All

To make visible in address lists so can be opened:

Get-Mailbox –RecipientTypeDetails Discovery | Set-Mailbox –HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled $False

 

Latest Exchange Updates (March 2015)

Microsoft have released the latest updates to Exchange.  The updates are:

  • Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 8
  • Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 9
  • Exchange Server 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 16

Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 8 includes the following updates to Public Folders:

  • Migrated hierarchies can now contain up to 500,000 folders.
  • New hierarchies can now contain up to 1,000,000 folders.
  • Calendar and Contact Public Folder favorites added in Outlook are now accessible in OWA

In addition to these changes, Activesync Users who are migrated from on premise Exchange to Office 365 will no longer have to manually update their EAS profile.  See here for more details.

Using an Azure VM as a DAG Witness Server

In Exchange 2013, it became possible to have a multi-site DAG configured in an active-active model by using a third site to host the File Share Witness (FSW). Since the release of Exchange 2013, Microsoft have expressed a desire to be able to use Windows Azure as the host of the FSW in this scenario. However, limitations in how site-to-site VPNs were configured in Windows Azure meant that this was not possible.

However, recent changes to Azure have removed this limitation. It is now possible to use Azure as the third site in this scenario.

The running of production Exchange servers is still not supported on Windows Azure so it is still not possible to stretch a DAG to include a Windows Azure site.

More details can be found at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn903504(v=exchg.150).aspx