TeamsFest 2020

I am honored to speak at TeamsFest 2020.

TeamsFest 2020 is a TeamsFest is a 100% free, 100% community-driven conference dedicated to Microsoft Teams.

Edge Transport Server, EdgeSync, and Certificates

The use of Exchange Edge Transport Servers requires the synchronization of user and configuration data from internal Exchange Servers to the Edge Transport Servers. The synchronization utilizes secure LDAP (EdgeSync) to transmit the data securely and is based on an Edge Subscription.

When you create a new Edge Subscription on your internal Exchange Servers by importing the Edge Subscription XML-file, establishing the EdgeSync-connection might fail.

Receive Connector RemoteIPRanges Limit

Exchange Server uses Receive Connectors for providing SMTP endpoints for incoming connections. A modern Exchange Server provides a default connector on TCP port 25.

Sometimes you might have a requirement to create a new receive connector for selected incoming SMTP connections. A standard requirement is a receive connector for relaying messages to external recipients. This cannot (should not) be achieved using the default connector.

Exchange Recipient Type Values

This is a post summarizing the configuration values for important Exchange-related Active Directory object attributes.

Whenever you need to look up these values for troubleshooting, or editing the values manually.

Remote Work and Global Collaboration – An Interview

This interview Adnan and I talk about the challenges in the current situation with COVID-19. Companies are forced into enabling remote work at a pace they cannot control efficiently. At the same time, the fast-rising numbers of users utilizing collaboration tools put additional load on company networks that those were never planned for. IT departments are required to deliver the same high-quality standard for remote workers as for the on-premises workforce.

Interview with Adnan Rafique for iMentorCloud

Adnan Rafique is a Collaboration Architect for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365. He is a subject matter expert in this area since the days of Exchange Server 2007.

He reached out to me to record an interview on Office 365, the impact of cloud technologies to the daily operations of IT administrators, and the requirement for life-long learning.

Notes from the Field – Free and Busy without federation Gateway

If you want to share free and busy details between two exchange organizations normally, you will use the Microsoft Federation Gateway. Sometimes this is not possible like for compliance reasons or other business reasons. But there exists a way to do this, even without an Active Directory trust between two organizations.

Deactivate Offline Address Book Download

When you configure an Outlook profile to use Cached Mode the client software uses a special address book to resolve email addresses and other information. This address book is named Offline Address Book (OAB) and is built and provided by the Exchange Organisation hosting the mailbox. The client downloads OAB changes when Outlook starts and a checks for further OAB changes in intervals.