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Our Top Exchange & Office 365 Blog Posts of 2016

Another year, another slew of exciting Exchange and Office 365-related news. To give you a glance at top events, insights and conversations of 2016, we've compiled a list of our favorite blog posts of the year. Browse through these posts, and let us know others you'd add to the list!

AD FS Claims Rules and Modern Authentication — Vasil Michev, MVP

Modern authentication has been around for a while now, and it’s great. It brought support for the latest and greatest in authentication and authorization protocols and made new scenarios available. It gave us simple, unified experience across devices and platforms and improvements to the Alternate Login ID feature. On top of all that, it enabled proper support for two-factor authentication for all clients and put an end to the Office 2013 RTM fiasco (bye-bye rich clients, rest in peace app passwords!) Read more.

Microsoft Releases Azure AD Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on — Jeff Guillet, MVP, MCSM

One of the most important aspects of moving to a cloud solution like Office 365 is to provide a way for users to authenticate to their cloud resources. Organizations typically want to reduce administrative overhead and user confusion by managing only one directory, be it the on-premises directory (AD) or the cloud directory (Azure AD). Read more

Setting Up a Simple Exchange Server 2016 Lab — Paul Cunningham, MVP

The best way to learn about Exchange Server is to get hands-on with the product. And the best way to get hands-on without risking a production environment is to build your own test lab. Read more.

Hybrid Headache: Modern Public Folders and Exchange Online: A Story of Love and Hate? — Michael Van Horenbeeck, MVP, MCSM

Over the past few years, Microsoft has made many attempts to do away with public folders. If you've had the pleasure to work or are still working with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010, I’m sure you’ll remember the many rumors about Public Folders being deprecated in “vNext.” Yet, they still exist today in Exchange 2016 –although not in exactly the same form as in earlier versions of Exchange. Read more.

Migrating Distribution Lists to Office 365 Groups — Nathan O'Bryan, MVP, MCSM

Office 365 Groups are a newish feature of Office 365 that allow for collaboration across several different cloud applications. Office 365 Groups are the cloud only evolution of Site mailboxes, a technology introduced with Exchange and SharePoint 2013 that gave users a single place to access data stored on both Exchange and SharePoint. Read more

Understanding Controller Caching and Exchange Performance — Andrew Higginbotham, MVP, MCM, MCSM

One of the primary talking points of my Storage Configuration Options for Exchange session at IT Dev Connections was around JBOD with Exchange, and what that definition means to various people. Since Exchange 2010 and the advent of the Database Availability Group, the idea of deploying Exchange onto JBOD has spread like wildfire. Starting with laughs and jeers from the IT community at the mere idea of placing production workloads onto non-RAID protected direct-attached storage, evolving to the largest Exchange deployment in the world (Office 365) running on JBOD storage. Read more.

Preservation Policies in Office 365 — Vasil Michev, MVP

Preservation policies were introduced almost a year ago as part of the Compliance Center in Office 365 (which you might also know as the Protection center, or as Security & Compliance Center after the latest rebranding). In a nutshell, they allow you to preserve content across (almost) all Office 365 workloads. They also provide support for true immutability of the data, such that even the company administrators cannot override. Read more.

With Exchange 2016, Are SANs Finally Dead? — Paul Cunningham, MVP

With the release of Exchange Server 2016 it’s time for on-premises customers to consider their upgrade options. Which means that it’s also a good time to review their Exchange storage strategy. Since the days of Exchange Server 2010 the storage performance requirements for Exchange have decreased, which is a good thing. Read more.


What were your favorite Exchange and Office 365 blogs of 2016? Let us know in the comments!