On March 20, 2018 Microsoft has released two new quarterly updates:
- Exchange 2016 Cumulative Update 9 (CU9)
- Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 20 (CU20)
There aren’t too many new features in these CUs. The most important ‘feature’ is that TLS 1.2 is now fully supported (most likely you already have TLS 1.2 only on your load balancer). This is extremely supported since Microsoft will support TLS 1.2 ONLY in Office 365 in the last quarter of this year (see the An Update on Office 365 Requiring TLS 1.2 Microsoft blog as well).
Support for .NET Framework 4.7.1, or the ongoing story about the .NET Framework. The .NET Framework 4.7.1 is fully supported by Exchange 2016 CU9 and Exchange 2013 CU20. Why is this important? For the upcoming CUs in three months (somewhere in June 2018) the .NET Framework 4.7.1 is mandatory, so you need these to be installed in order to install these upcoming CUs.
Please note that .NET Framework 4.7 is NOT supported!
If you are currently running an older CU of Exchange, for example Exchange 2013 CU12, you have to make an intermediate upgrade to Exchange 2013 CU15. Then upgrade to .NET Framework 4.6.2 and then upgrade to Exchange 2013 CU20. If you are running Exchange 2016 CU3 or CU4, you can upgrade to .NET Framework 4.6.2 and then upgrade to Exchange 2016 CU9.
If you are coming from a recent Exchange 2013 CU, there are no schema changes since the schema version (rangeUpper = 15312) hasn’t changed since Exchange 2013 CU7. However, since there can be changes in (for example) RBAC, it’s always a good practice to run the Setup.exe /PrepareAD command. For Exchange 2016, the schema version (rangeUpper = 15332) hasn’t changed since Exchange 2016 CU7.
As always, check the new CUs in your lab environment before installing into your production environment!!
Exchange 2016 CU9 Information and download Links
Exchange 2013 CU20 Information and download Links
Exchange Server 2013 enters the Extended Support phase of product lifecycle on April 10th, 2018. During Extended Support, products receive only updates defined as Critical consistent with the Security Update Guide. For Exchange Server 2013, critical updates will include any required product updates due to time zone definition changes.
You might not be able to send email with an Outlook.com, Office 365, or Exchange account until you update to iOS 11.0.1.
If your email account is hosted by Microsoft on Outlook.com or Office 365, or an Exchange Server 2016 running on Windows Server 2016, you might see this error message when you try to send an email with iOS 11: “Cannot Send Mail. The message was rejected by the server.”
To fix the issue, update to iOS 11.0.1 or later.
Microsoft announced the release of four new edX online training courses for Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. If you plan to implement Exchange Server 2016 or Exchange Online, or if you want to make sure that your implementation was done right, the Exchange Server 2016 online training courses are for you.
Course offerings include:
Each Exchange course is targeted to the IT professional audience, with hands-on labs that reinforce student learning. Students are graded on completing each module, as well as on module assessment exams and a final course exam. A Certificate can be earned by completing each course with a passing grade. Courses are self-paced, allowing IT professionals to build Exchange skills at their own pace as their schedules permit.
The first course, CLD208.1x: Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Infrastructure, is free. The remaining three courses are for-fee courses at $49 USD per course.
edX is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider that was developed by MIT and Harvard University. The Microsoft Learning Experiences team has created a wide range of online training courses for edX, and these four Exchange courses are the team’s latest Office releases. They are the first of seven courses that cover the core skills an Exchange administrator needs to proficiently design, implement and manage an Exchange 2016 and Exchange Online implementation.
Last week marks the end of support for the legacy synchronization tools which are used to connect on-premises Active Directory to Office 365 and Azure AD. Specifically Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync) and Azure AD Sync are the tools which are transitioning out of support at this time. Note also that version 1.0 of Azure Active Directory (AAD Connect) is also transitioning of support. The tools were previously marked as depreciated in April 2016.
The replacement for the older synchronization tools is Azure Active Directory Connect 1.1. Customers must have this version of AAD Connect deployed. This is the tool which is being actively maintained, and receives updates and fixes.
Azure AD will no longer accept communications from the unsupported tools as of December 31st 2017.
If you do need to upgrade, the relevant documentation is below:
Upgrade from DirSync
Upgrade from Azure AD Sync
On April 6 i was attending the Dutch Skype for Business user groups event at Microsoft Netherlands. Especially for those present in the Netherlands, we will explain the new telephony capabilities Netherlands in Office 365 (PSTN calling).
17: 30-18: 00 Registration
18:00 to 18:30 Skype for Business Online developments in the Netherlands (van Houttum, MVP)
18:30 to 18:45 Welcome and Key Note Session
18:45 to 19:10 Session 1 (Nordic)
Cloud PBX – Options (AA CQ CCE and more) (Lasse Nordvik Wedo, MVP), support from (Stale Hansen, MVP)
19:10 to 19:35 Session 2 (Germany)
Online Dial Pans with CloudPBX (Thomas Poett, MVP)
19: 35- 20:00 Session 3 (UK)
Trusted Server API SfB (Tom Morgen and Ben Lee, MVPs)
8:00 p.m. to 20:15 BREAK
20:15 to 20:40 Session 4 (Benelux)
Teams in O365 (Johan Delimon, MVP) with support from (van Houttum, MVP)
20:40 to 21:05 Session 5 (Italy)
Hybrid Skype4B Best Practice for Cloud PBX with PSTN Connectivity (Alessandro Appiani, MVP)
If you want to look the session back: https://join-emea.broadcast.skype.com/skype4b-ug.de/9dab4d2cc4074a25b7ab83ddbfe57821/nl-NL/
On April 11, 2017, Exchange Server 2007 will reach End of Life. If you haven’t already begun your migration from Exchange 2007 to Office 365 or Exchange 2016, you need to start planning now.
End of life means that Microsoft will no longer provide the following for Exchange 2007:
- Free or paid assisted support (including custom support agreements)
- Bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server
- Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches
- Time zone updates
Your installation of Exchange 2007 will continue to run after this date. However, because of the changes listed above, we strongly recommend that you migrate from Exchange 2007 as soon as possible.
To learn about your options for migrating from Exchange 2007 to Office 365 or a newer version of Exchange Server, check out Exchange 2007 End of Life Roadmap.
Active Directory Synchronization (DirSync) Deprecation
Action Required by: April 4, 2017
Details: We will be removing the Windows Azure Active Directory Synchronization feature from Office 365, beginning April 4, 2017. You are receiving this message because our reporting indicates your organization is using Windows Azure Active Directory Synchronization. When this change is implemented, administrators will no longer be able to synchronize their Active Directories. Instead of using Windows Azure Active Directory Synchronization, use Azure Active Directory Connect.
Message Center: MC45036 – We are removing Windows Azure Active Directory Synchronization from Office 365
Posted: April 13, 2016
Additional Information: Upgrade Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (“DirSync”) and Azure Active Directory Sync (“Azure AD Sync”)
Action Required by: October 31, 2017 at 5:59 PM UTC
Details: On October 31st, 2017, Exchange Online mailboxes in Office 365 will require connections from Outlook for Windows use MAPI over HTTP, our new method of connectivity and transport between Outlook for Windows and Exchange. In May of 2014, Microsoft introduced MAPI over HTTP as a replacement for RPC over HTTP. RPC over HTTP was a legacy connection protocol that is being deprecated from Exchange Online. Beginning October 31, 2017, Outlook for Windows clients using RPC over HTTP will be unable to access their Exchange Online mailbox. The necessary action depends on the version of Outlook in use in your organization. If you are using Outlook 2007 or earlier, you need to upgrade. Outlook 2007 does not contain support for the MAPI/HTTP protocol. We encourage you to update to the Office 365 ProPlus subscription, or access Outlook via the web browser (which is included in your current subscription plan). Outlook 2010-2016 customers will need to ensure their version of Outlook for Windows is set up to support MAPI/HTTP. At a minimum, you should ensure you have installed the December 2015 update. Lastly, ensure your Outlook clients are not using a registry key to block MAPI/HTTP.
Message Center: MC85988 – Potential service disruption for Outlook for Windows users
Posted: November 16, 2016
Additional Information: KB3201590: RPC over HTTP deprecated in Office 365 on October 31, 2017
Yesterday i attendant Experts Live. I followed the session: Winning hearts and minds of your users with an optimized VDI environment
I saw a interesting thing Using VMware App Volumes and User Environment Manager to Store the Microsoft Outlook Cache (.OST)
Interesting thing to test