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This post was published first on April 1st 2021

 

Wouldn't it be nice if you could stay in Microsoft Teams even when working with your emails? Microsoft Teams is getting even more mature by providing an App for integrating Outlook into the Microsoft Teams client.

At least it seems that this is the case. or was it?

 

The Outlook App (Preview)

Last week a new App, still in preview, showed up in the Teams Admin Center (TAC) of some demo tenants. I filtered the list of available apps using Outlook as a search term.

Teams Admin Center Screenshot

 

When selecting the app, the details showed that the app was still in preview (v0.41).

Outlook App Details

 

As long as the app is enabled within Teams, you can add the app to a Teams Setup Policy and make it available for users.

Your users can then access the Outlook App using the Teams app bar.

Outlook App in the Teams App Bar

 

You can simply click on Outlook in the app bar and, voilá, you have your Outlook inbox in Microsoft Teams. Due to the architecture of Microsoft Teams, you have access to your Outlook on the Web version of your inbox.

Outlook App (Preview) in Microsoft Teams

 

Links

 

Enjoy Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Outlook. - And remember today's date.

 

 

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When you install a Cumulative Update for Exchange Server 2016 you might receive the following informational message:

MAPI over HTTP, the preferred Outlook desktop client connectivity with Exchange server, is currently not enabled.
Consider enabling it using: Set-OrganizationConfig -MapiHttpEnabled $true
For more information, visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/library(EXCHG.150)/ms.exch.setupreadiness.WarnMapiHttpNotEnabl
ed.aspx

This modern protocol for Outlook has been introduced to Exchange Server with Exchange Server 2013 SP1. The protocol removes the dependency to the Windows Server RPC over HTTP component. The reduced complexity enhances the reliability of the client access protocoll. It's available for quite some time now. 

You can enable MAPI over HTTP on the organization level using the following Exchange cmdlet:

Set-OrganizationConfig -MapiHttpEnabled $true

You can still controll the protocol setting at the user level by deactiviting MAPI of HTTP for certain users, if required:

Set-CASMailbox -Identity [USER] -MapiHttpEnabled:$false

If your IT infrastructue is still not ready for MAPI of HTTP, your IT components pretty outdated. It's time to move forward and to modernize the infrastructure. 

NOTE
Did you know that MAPI over HTTP connects to Exchange Server using TLS to encrypt the connection? Even though that the protocol name is "overHTTP" it literally uses HTTPS securing the connection.


What are you reasons to not enable MAPI over HTTP? Let me know.

Links

 

Enjoy Exchange Server 2016!

 

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This article was originally posted on April 1st 2018


The latest downloadable build of Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 9 disclosed an information that was previously shown accidently to the public by Greg T. during his breakout session BRK3249 - Modern Authentication for Exchange Server On-Premises at Microsoft Ignite 2017.  

BRK3249 - Modern Authentication for Exchange Server On-Premises

As part of the global harmonization of the product name space of the well established Outlook brand the next release of Exchange Server will be named Outlook Server 2019.

This name change was mentioned originally on this slide:

BRK3249 - Modern Authentication for Exchange Server On-Premises - Leak

 

Give it a thought and you'll realize that this change makes absolute sense as different product names for the same software function distract customers and users. 

  • Outlook
  • Outlook for iOS
  • Outlook for Android
  • Outlook on the web
  • Outlook Server

Another reason for renaming Exchange Server is a new functionality for integrating personal mailbox files (PST). It was and still is a tedious task for administrators to get hold of all those PST files in use by end users. Instead of implementing a complex and data protection safe process to import PST files to the primary users mailbox the new Outlook Server 2019 offers synchronized PST folders. A functionality we've waited for for years.

Two new functions are introduced as part the new modern Outlook Server 2019

  • PST Sync
    Synchronized PST files across DAG member servers
  • Linked PST Files
    New Outlook function to connect to server based PST files advertised by AutoDiscover

How does it work?

  • The  $env:ExchangeInstallPath contains a new folder named PSTSync
    The new folder can be accessed by end users using https://<your OWA FQDN>/PSTSync 
  • Add new subfolder for each user with PST files, assign Owner access to the subfolder and inform the users to upload their PST files using that link
  • The uploaded PST files are automatically renamed andf synchronized between the DAG member servers using PSTSync
  • Exisiting PST files are automatically advertised by AutoDiscover as LinkedPSTFile when queried by a modern Outlook version

The following diagram illustrates the new functionality in a simple Outlook Server 2019 setup:

The new Outlook Server functionality

The following screenshot illustrates the new PSTSync folder and some sample PST file for a user with SAMAccountName JohnDoe

PSTSync Sample for JohnDoe

 

It's good the see that there is a future for a email server product like Exchange Server and that after so many years of cloud only an on-premises only feature got added.

 

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Enjoy the day and Happy Easter!

 

 

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On January 5, 2018
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Sometimes you have the need to download the Offline Addressbook (OAB) for the Outlook email client manually.

When initiating a manual OAB download you might encounter a 0x80200051 error. A common mitigation scenario is to switch between Outlook Online-Mode and Outlook Cached-Mode multiple times. This mitigation scenario does not solve the issue.

OAB Download Error Message (DE)


When you active Outlook Cached-Mode it is required to perform a full OAB download. The OAB download dialogue provides an option to download OAB changes only. This option ist selected by default. To start a full OAB download you must deselect the checkbox.


OAB Download Settings (DE)


Using this download setting you will not encounter the mentioned error and the Offline Addressbook is downloaded by your Outlook email client sucessfully.

Enjoy Outlook!

 

 

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When you delete a public folder using a legacy Outlook client, you can easily restore the deleted folder and it's content using the Recover Deleted Items function. 

Due to a fancy trick implemented in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016 the recovered folder will not be recovered using it's full name.

This phenomenon has been verified with Exchange On-Premises and Exchange Online on the server side and Outlook 2013/2016 and Outlook 365 ProPlus.

The following example uses public folders in Exchange Online and Outlook 365 ProPlus.

Example

In this example I will delete and recover a public folder named My Public Folder.

Public folder hierarchy before deletion

After deletion of My Public Folder and it's content, I need to select the original parent folder and click the Recover Deleted Items button in the button bar.

Select original parent folder

Recover Deleted Items

The Recover Deleted Items dialogue opens and we select the deleted item for recovery. The dialogue displays the original name of the deleted folder.

Recover Deleted Items (DE)

After recovering the deleted folder the folder is recovered with the first character only.

Recovered public folder with first character only

That's an annoying result in regards to customer self-care when users restore deleted items on their own behalf.

But wait, there is a solution available.

Solution

The solution requires today's primary administrative tool available: PowerShell.

Step 1

Get an overview of public folders currently located in the public folder dumpster

Get-PublicFolder –Identity “\NON_IPM_SUBTREE” –Recurse 

Name             Parent Path
----             -----------
NON_IPM_SUBTREE
[...]
My Public Folder \NON_IPM_SUBTREE\DUMPSTER_ROOT\DUMPSTER_EXTEND\RESERVED_1\RESERVED_1\65722859-3...
Sub Folder 1     \NON_IPM_SUBTREE\DUMPSTER_ROOT\DUMPSTER_EXTEND\RESERVED_1\RESERVED_1\65722859-3...
Sub Folder 2     \NON_IPM_SUBTREE\DUMPSTER_ROOT\DUMPSTER_EXTEND\RESERVED_1\RESERVED_1\65722859-3...
[...]

 

Step 2

Export the list of public folders currently located in the public folder dumpster and find the identity of the deleted public folder you want to recover

Get-PublicFolder –Identity “\NON_IPM_SUBTREE” –Recurse  | fl | Out-File D:\TMP\publicfolderdumpster.txt

publicfolderdumpster.txt excerpt:


RunspaceId                     : 6ce9588e-829b-4592-aedc-85f9a2e2c963
Identity                       : \NON_IPM_SUBTREE\DUMPSTER_ROOT\DUMPSTER_EXTEND\RESERVED_1\RESERVED_1\65722859-366a-4e0
                                 9-81fe-ea576ec7a6f7\My Public Folder
Name                           : My Public Folder
MailEnabled                    : False
MailRecipientGuid              : 
ParentPath                     : \NON_IPM_SUBTREE\DUMPSTER_ROOT\DUMPSTER_EXTEND\RESERVED_1\RESERVED_1\65722859-366a-4e0
                                 9-81fe-ea576ec7a6f7

Step 3

Recover the deleted public folder to the correct parent target folder

Set-PublicFolder –Identity "\NON_IPM_SUBTREE\DUMPSTER_ROOT\DUMPSTER_EXTEND\RESERVED_1\RESERVED_1\65722859-366a-4e09-81fe-ea576ec7a6f7\My Public Folder" –Path “\TestFolders” –Verbose

As a result the public folder is recovered with it's original name.

Notes

There are some other things to consider when recovering deleted modern public folders.

Public folders originally located in the hierarchy root are always recovered to the public folder mailbox holding the primary hierarchy. 

Public folders originally located in the hierarchy root will replace the permissions of child public folders when restored. 

More on these default restore behaviours can be read here.

Links

Nevertheless, enjoy modern public folders.

 

 

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