A call to action: It’s time to eliminate PSTs

Insecure, uncontrolled, and pervasive - it's time to kill these files off
It should come as no surprise that I don't like PSTs very much. The files are outdated, insecure, and obscure information that should be kept online in many cases. However, it's enormously difficult for companies to convince users to move from a position where they control their own storage to keeping everything online where data is exposed to compliance oversight, eDiscovery, and so on. It's a real issue when confidential corporate information is stuffed away in an invisible place and, as we learned from the recent Sony hack exploit, it can be terribly embarrassing when that data leaks. Given the amount of online storage now available, I think that it's time to eradicate PSTs. Let's get this job done!

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Understanding what the Exchange 2016 Preferred Architecture really means

The notion of “best practice” has long been an elastic commodity when applied to Exchange architecture and design. Consultants and consulting companies have professed to have their own magic method to ensure the successful deployment of Exchange since the first version appeared nearly twenty years ago. There’s nothing harmful in following a successful recipe. Problems only appear when people refuse to change the recipe to reflect new developments.

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Exchange 2016 debuts to delight on-premises customers

After what seems to have been a much calmer Technology Adoption Program (beta tests), Exchange 2016 passed all the required quality benchmarks to reach Release-to-Manufacturing (RTM) status on September 29. Of course, RTM is an archaic term dating back to the time when software was ceremoniously handed over by development to the folks who created copies of the distribution kit on floppy disks, then CDs, and latterly DVDs for delivery to customers.

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All the Exchange news from IT/DEV Connections 2015

I’m on the way back home after the 2015 IT/DEV Connections conference, which took place this week in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. Thankfully, everything seemed to run smoothly and the Enterprise Collaboration track functioned without too many problems. We had to do one quick room switch and Surface Pro 3 and other PCs posed some “interesting” AV challenges to get output to the projectors. HDMI seemed to be a particular problem and the AV team was not impressed that many speakers ran Windows 10 build 10532. Apparently VGA remains the lingua franca for AV guys.

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