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Exchange 2016 is here!

Exchange 2016 has been officially released! Read the official announcement here: More to come soon.

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Autodiscover error 0x80090014 during Outlook's Test E-mail AutoConfiguration

This week I was helping a customer figure out why their Windows 8.1 with Outlook 2013 clients couldn't connect to Exchange 2010 over Outlook Anywhere with Smartcard Authentication, but their Windows 7 with Outlook 2010 clients could.  After a couple days of looking at network traces on firewalls, Process Explorer, and Process Monitor on several clients, we finally figured it out. Keep reading for more details on symptoms, cause, and resolution.

Outlook Profile creation either fails after a single PIN prompt with a message stating that encrypted communication with the Exchange Server could not be established, or profile creation never progresses past the first stage with repeated PIN prompts.

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Where to find me during the Microsoft Ignite Conference

Here are some times/places you can find me during the Microsoft Ignite conference next week.


Sunday May 3rd

3-4 PM - #BeerIT - I'm hoping to make this pre-conference party, but the time conflicts with a meeting I have. Hopefully I'll be able to make it for at least part of it.

6-9 PM - Exchange and Sharepoint Pre-Release Program Pre-Event - This one is invite only, if you have an invite, I'll see you there!


Monday May 4th

6-8 PM Welcome Reception/Ask the Experts in the Expo Hall - I'll be hanging out in the Office 365/Exchange area wearing one of the "EXPERT" Orange shirts.

After Hours - TBD


Tuesday May 5th

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EXCLUSIVE: Exchange 2016 to run on Minecraft!

A month in advance of the Ignite Conference, an anonymous source within the Exchange Product Group tells us Exchange 2016 is being built on, and will run entirely inside of, Minecraft.  Check out my exlusive interview below!


FixTheExchange: Why Minecraft?!

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Join me for "Shut the Front Door! Securing your Messaging Environment" at the Microsoft Ignite Conference on May 6th!

If you haven't already heard, I'll be delivering a session at the Microsoft Ignite conference at the McCormick Place in Chicago Illinois May 4-8.  My session is called "Shut the Front Door! Securing your Messaging Environment". (Session code BRK3109)

UPDATED!  TIME CHANGE! (Updated again, for some reason the strikethrough text isn't working, removed some text to avoid confusion)

The date and time of my session have been officially announced, it will be Wednesday May 6th from 10:45AM to 12:00 PM.  You can find more details here.  Also be sure to check out my promo video on YouTube.

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Exchange 2013 CU8, Exchange 2010 SP3 RU9, and Exchange 2007 SP3 RU16 have been released!

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Exchange 2013 CU7, Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8, and Exchange 2007 SP3 RU15 have been released!

Exchange 2013 CU7, Exchange 2010 SP3 RU8,  Exchange 2007 SP3 RU15, and UM Language Packs for CU7, were all released yesterday.  These include important security fixes for vulnerabilities outlined in MS14-075.

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2014 Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

The Holiday shopping season is upon us, and retailers are posting their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals already.  I refuse to go participate in the madness that is Black Friday, and prefer ordering things online anyway, so I usually participate in Cyber Monday, if I even participate at all.   In recent years, many retailers have made a lot of deals available online for not only Cyber Monday, but for Black Friday as well.  Several even have deals available the entire week of Thanksgiving.  I'll add to this list as they come to me.

Microsoft Store

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Exchange 2010 SP3 RU7 and Exchange 2013 CU6 - Catching up...

Due to traveling and the holidays, I'm a little late on getting this out there...  Exchange 2010 SP3 RU7 and Exchange 2013 CU6 were both released last week (August 26th 2014). 

Exchange 2010 SP3 RU7 has a handful of bug fixes, and so far is rather unintersting and uneventful.

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Exchange 2010 SP3 RU6 and Exchange 2013 CU5 Released!

Exchange 2010 SP3 RU6 and Exchange 2013 CU5 were released today!   RU6 only contains bug fixes.  CU5 includes OAB improvements in addition to bug fixes.


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