20 Years of Exchange

It was an honor and privilege to be included in a small gathering last night celebrating the 20thdsc00024 Anniversary of Microsoft Exchange. The product group, MVPs and the writers/Rock-Stars were all there to commemorate the landmark achievement.

There were folks in that room who gave me opportunities many years ago to publish articles and chapters in books. Because of their trust and support I was able to branch off and write many more articles, to speak at events and to expand my own horizons within the field. In fact as I looked around the room and shook hands I was humbled by the realization of how many of them have helped me over the years.

This event was not about strategizing the future of email, our careers or even the future of Exchange. This gathering was a pure trip down memory lane and an opportunity for us to reacquaint and reconnect. I don’t know if there will be another version of Exchange but I will continue to help the Exchange community as we continue our migration into the cloud.

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Office 365 eDiscovery bolsters an admin’s compliance arsenal

Many organizations contemplating a move to Office 365 have major concerns about security and compliance. Some may even abandon plans to move to the cloud because of compliance worries. Many of the legal and regulatory tasks administrators perform with on-premises Exchange Server can now be replicated with the updated Office 365 eDiscovery tool and other compliance utilities.

Microsoft recently shifted the location of Exchange management tools, and it put most of the retention and compliance utilities in the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center. In fact, the Office 365 eDiscovery feature has more power and versatility than similar tools in on-premises Exchange Server 2013 and 2016, and the Office 365 Exchange administrator console.

Last week, TechTarget published my entire article with walk-throughs, screenshots and lost of details. Follow this link for more details: Office 365 eDiscovery