Author Archives: Tony Redmond ("Thoughts of an Idle Mind")

About Tony Redmond ("Thoughts of an Idle Mind")

Exchange MVP, author, and rugby referee

Write some code and you can influence DAG failovers (for now anyway…)


A recent debate on the Exchange 2013 (unofficial) Facebook group started off with the question “can I built my own failover criteria in a DAG?” and pointed to the TechNet page on Active Manager. The debate began with sheer denials, … Continue reading

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Using PowerShell to convert Exchange Distribution Groups to Office 365 Groups


At last week’s Microsoft Ignite conference, I had the chance of attending a session called “Evolving distribution lists with Office 365 Groups” (a recording of the session is available online). The session described the integration with Outlook 2016 (no plans … Continue reading

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Ignite 2015 wrap-up: Very much a V1.0 product


I’m just back from the Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago. With over 23,000 people attending, it was a huge event and the central concourse reminded me of a very busy railway station from time to time. Microsoft has announced that … Continue reading

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New management cmdlets for Office 365 Groups


Several of the sessions about Office 365 Groups given at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago have addressed the obvious deficiency in management controls that exist in the initial implementation. Part of this was the total inability to create new groups or … Continue reading

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Understanding how Exchange Online runs


Understanding how Office 365 operates is always an interesting challenge because Microsoft usually doesn’t say too much about how things work within the service. But the Exchange Online folks are pretty good at telling what they are up to, which … Continue reading

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Launching Office 365 for Exchange Professionals at Microsoft Ignite


Over 20,000 people are attending Microsoft Ignite this week, where we are all busy attending and giving sessions, meeting partners and friends, and generally making sure that we are well plugged into the technology community. Paul Cunningham, our co-author and esteemed … Continue reading

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Exchange Unwashed Digest – April 2015


April was a very busy month. First, Microsoft had a lot of conferences to attend and therefore had many announcements to make. It seemed like every marketing manager had something to say, so we had a blizzard of announcements that … Continue reading

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