Microsoft Exchange Team has announced they are going to issue Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 early next year.
This SP1 is very much alike Exchange 2007 SP1, nature of features and systems to be added is quite the same – adding 2013 Edge Transport role, S/MIME support in OWA, newest Windows Server 2012 R2 support.
Highly notable improvements to be included in SP1:
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Support – First answering one the most common questions since the release of Windows Server 2012 R2. SP1 will add Windows Server 2012 R2 as a supported operating system for Exchange Server 2013 with SP1. Let your planning begin.
- S/MIME support for OWA – Support for S/MIME in OWA will be brought back in SP1. With SP1 customers will have S/MIME support across Outlook, Exchange ActiveSync clients, and OWA.
- Edge Transport Server Role – The Edge Transport server role for Exchange Server 2013 will be available with SP1.
- Fixes and Improvements – Of course, SP1 will include fixes and improvements in areas you’ve helped us identity. SP1 is the first service pack issued in the new Exchange Server cumulative update release model – thus SP1 is essentially CU4. The installation of SP1 will follow the same process as the prior Exchange 2013 CU releases. SP1 will include all fixes included in previously released cumulative updates for Exchange 2013.
SP1 will require customers to update their Active Directory schema – customers should assume this requirement for all Exchange Server 2013 updates. Plan for this required update to quickly take advantage SP1 updates. Active Directory Schema updates for Exchange are additive and always backwards compatible with previous releases and versions.
On Monday, November 11, 2013, at approximately 5:00PM UTC, Microsoft identified an issue in which some customers that installed or upgraded to the most recent build of DirSync (version 1.0.6553.0002, released on November 5, 2013) may have encountered failures that caused their latest sync cycle to not complete.
This may have resulted in delays in updating the Windows Azure Active Directory data with on-premises changes. Other symptoms may have included receiving “Directory Sync Error Report” emails due to synchronizing objects encountering errors. Engineers successfully updated the DirSync build on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7:00PM UTC.
A complete post-incident report will be available on the Service Health Dashboard within five business days. Please note: If you are encountering this issue, uninstall the latest installed build and install the build currently available through the Admin portal, or use the direct link: Windows Azure Active Directory Sync tool 64 bit.
Updated Azure DirSync is this:
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Although you already can have a quick slip into your Office365 PowerShell environment – this builder allows you to check any changes possibility even faster! Just select-and-use PS verbs and attributes, copy and launch. You are good to go!
Currently PowerShell builder supports general Office365 and SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2013/2010 Server and Foundation PowerShell cmdlets, we can’t wait to have the Exchange Online set ASAP!
Today MS Exchange Team announced issuing Office 365 Best Practices Analyzer available! Take into consideration – this works with Exchange 2013 Hybrid deployment (Another good reason to upgrade your Exchange 2010 Hybrid to 2013, right?!).
You can reach it from your Office 365 admin center – Tools – “Check your on-premises Exchange Server with the Office 365 Best Practices Analyzer“.
In order to run the checks you’ll need to meet the requirements listed below. Your environment will be automatically verified if you are ready to run the checks when you download the tool.
This comes to be the 4th in line of diagnostics and management tools for Office365, along with OnRamp Autochecks (which runs checks to help determine the status of your on-premises or cloud configuration), Office 365 Connectivity Analyzer, and Office 365 Best Practices Analyzer for on-premises PC.
And for previous versions of Microsoft Exchange we can use a refreshed version of ExBPA.
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“How can I quickly logon to Exchange Online powershell?”
If your usual workday implies administering Office 365 organization, or even several ones, – I bet you were looking for automating administration routine procedures. So am I, consulting a number of customers with the Office 365 subscriptions each.
Despite the pretty good Office 365 Admin Portal, many more tasks require or could be done quicker and easier with Powershell. Let’s see what can we automate here:
At first: It’s a good idea to install Windows Azure Powershell module right to your admin workstation:
Now you have a powershell module for Windows Azure Active Directory, which lets you to administer your Office 365 and Exchange Online. Read more…
Today the Microsoft Exchange Team announces the availability of OWA for iPhone and OWA for OWA for iPad, which provides even more value to organizations on any Office 365 subscription that includes Exchange Online. OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad are mobile apps that offer the same email, calendar, and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App on the browser, but with additional capabilities that are only possible through native integration of the app with mobile devices. Read more…
Today, MS Exchange Team released Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) to the Microsoft Download Center. In addition to this article, the Exchange 2013 release notes (updated for CU2) will also be available.
The final build number for Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 is 15.0.712.24.
Changes in Exchange 2013 RTM CU2
In addition to bug fixes, Exchange 2013 RTM CU2 introduces enhancements in the following areas:
- Per-server database support
- OWA Redirection
- High Availability
- Managed Availability
- Cmdlet Help
- OWA Search Improvements
- Malware Filter Rules