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2015 was a big year for Exchange and its related technologies, as Microsoft released Office 2016 in September and Exchange Server 2016 in October.
With the release of Exchange 2016, administrators were curious to learn what deployment options exist for the newest iteration and how to prepare their architectures for the upgrade.
Email security also took center stage last year as former secretary of state and current presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's use of personal email raised eyebrows and questions about email policies in the workplace.
New features in Office 365 and Microsoft Outlook were also hotly pursued Exchange Server information in 2015.
The good news about deploying Exchange 2016
With the Client Access Server and Mailbox roles combined and simplified coexistence between Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013, admins will have an easier time deploying Exchange 2016 than they did with previous iterations. But admins should exercise caution and introduce the new version slowly to avoid any issues.
Five common Outlook errors and how to solve them
Certain Outlook error messages, such as password prompts or reinstall issues, are commonplace for organizations running Exchange. Our expert offers tips for troubleshooting Outlook issues that admins are bound to come across.
Office 2016 customers lose Skype for Business
Microsoft released Office 2016 last year, but customers who upgraded either had Skype for Business removed from their machines or received a compatibility error message when trying to reinstall the program.
How Modern Authentication works in Outlook
One essential piece of Exchange Server information from 2015 revolves around Modern Authentication in Outlook. It offers a true single sign-on experience by integrating browser-based authentication into Outlook and Office clients. Admins can also enable multifactor authentication to prompt end users for an additional authentication factor.
Clean up Office 365 mailboxes with Clutter
The Clutter feature in Office 365 uses Office Graph to learn users' habits and sort messages into a separate "clutter" folder to create more inbox space. Users can also train Clutter to ignore certain messages.
How to set up a multi-forest hybrid deployment in Exchange
A multi-forest hybrid Exchange deployment exists when an organization has a single Office 365 tenant for multiple Active Directory environments running Exchange. Organizations that don't want to run separate Exchange environments can benefit from running a multi-forest hybrid deployment.
Three options for disabled Exchange mailboxes
Many organizations disable Exchange mailboxes after an employee leaves, but mail continues to accumulate even if the account is deleted. Setting up a transport rule is an important Exchange Server tip to prevent the mailbox from receiving any new email.
IT pros question Clinton's use of personal email
Reports that Hillary Clinton used her personal email during her tenure as secretary of state raised many questions about corporate email policies and security issues. One such concern is that personal email accounts cannot be used for e-discovery purposes.
Architecture recommendations for Exchange Server 2016
When Microsoft released Exchange 2016, the company emphasized the importance of deploying the server on commodity hardware to ensure resiliency. Microsoft's team also shared other Exchange Server tips, such as using a single namespace per protocol across a data center pair.
The best apps for Office 365 and Exchange Server
As Office 365 becomes more popular, there are a bevy of apps -- such as OWA and Office Mobile -- that organizations should use to get the most out of the suite. Admins should also consider apps that monitor Office 365 health, such as Office 365 Admin.
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