Shadow IT in Exchange and Office 365

Shadow IT is the result of consumer services outpacing the IT department’s ability to provide tools to end users. When the IT department doesn’t provide tools to help employees solve problems, they often search for their own answer. Before the advent of cloud services that were easy to use, many people used their own devices…

Using Office 365 Mobile Device Management

Whilst many organizations have found Exchange Online’s built in device management functional, it’s increasing found to be lacking in capability compared to third-party device mobile device management solutions. ActiveSync is a good protocol, which excels at delivering push email to devices, and combined with Exchange’s mobile device quarantine features and remote wipe provides a set…

Express Route with Office 365

A move to Office 365 means organizations must access some mission-critical services over the Internet. This isn’t often a major issue, and any downsides are outweighed by the benefits of consuming cloud services instead of managing services on premises. Some organizations have a complex infrastructure and established regional and worldwide networks; they want to retain…

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Product Review: Kernel for Exchange

There are times in every Exchange administrator’s career where there will be a disaster and having the right tools at hand is not only helpful – it can be career saving. Kernel for Exchange is one such tool and fulfils the primary purpose of extracting data directly from Exchange Mailbox Databases – including those that…

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Configure a geo load balancer for Exchange 2013

A key component in a number of highly available Exchange 2013 implementations is multisite availability with geo load balancing. Building Exchange to work across more than one data center mitigates the major business risk that comes with keeping Exchange Server on-premises — the loss of a data center or site due to a power issue,…