Category : Exchange

VMware takes on the big boys with Boxer app for AirWatch

VMware launched a new version of the Boxer iOS app earlier this month and its pretty awesome. The app is for companies using VMware to manage their employee’s mobile devices VMware Boxer is available for both AirWatch and Workspace One customers. The app includes some attractive features, not surprising as Boxer is intended to replace the preloaded Mail feature on the Apple iPhone and iPad.

screen-shot-2015-10-15-at-9-03-16-amThe new app allows for preference customization such as change of sound when new emails arrives. You can also take different actions by swiping email messages, and easily bulk edit messages. The app combines email and calendar taking away the need to navigate away from Boxer in order to see your calendar events. Similar to other applications put forth by Microsoft and Google in terms of functionality.

Boxer VMware will be made free for AirWatch users on the orange, blue and yellow plans. For those who have already committed their email needs to VMware, no need to worry. If you are one of the many that still want VMware purely for email management, VMware will release a special build on the app that will let consumers more more slowly and provide more time between updates. Most consumer and commercial users will be presented with rapid release updates as they are made available, but the extra feature for businesses that wish to update at a slower pace is an attractive option.


 

If you would like to educate yourself in more detail about the information presented in this blog post please visit: VMware goes after Outlook with Boxer email app for Airwatch

 

Exchange 2010 SP3 Update

I recently had to update a couple of my clients computers to the latest service pack for Exchange 2010. SP3 recently was released which was a major update to Exchange. This updates resolves several issues so it should not be skipped. However before you run this update, make sure you have a valid backup of your current Exchange server. I was fortunate enough to not have to use the backup, however I did run into a bit of a scare on my first run of the update. The average time for this update is estimated about 30 minutes. The first server I ran this update on it ran for over 6 hours! Yes I said over 6 hours! I started this update just after 8pm, and it was still running at 12am. I decided I was going to let it run and wake up at 5 am. The update finished in 6 hours 12 minutes. I rebooted the server and the server and Exchange are working properly, but you can easily understand the scare. I then had to run the update on another clients server, and it ran for only 27 minutes! It was quick and fast and after the reboot, again everything ran smoothly. The moral of the story is be prepared for it to either take awhile, or be quick and easy, and if all else fails, make sure you have that backup!!!

CalCheck

Ever have problems with items within an outlook calendar becoming corrupt, or it is just acting quite strange? Well Microsoft has released a utility that is  called CalCheck that allows you to check your outlook calendars for corruption and other issues. CalCheck is a command line program and we here at bva find it to be useful.

Essentially the tool opens an outlook profile in order to gain access to your outlook Calendar. It checks for multiple things such as free/busy publishing, permissions, delegate configuration and automatic booking. It will then check each calendar item for known problems, generates a report for you.

All in all, this is a time saver for any IT technician as it gets right the the heart of outlook calendar issues. If you want to read the rest of the article on the CalCheck utility, access the link below.

Download it here.

 

Using Windows to Back Up and Restore Exchange Data

Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 comes equiped with a plug-in so users can back up and restore your Exchange databases. For all of the tips, tricks, and how-to’s please visit Microsoft’s link here. This plug-in allows users to enable Windows Server Backup to create the Exchange-aware VSS backups. Do you still have Exchange 2010? Not to worry, they will explain the steps for the 2010 version as well.

Office 365 Will Include 2013 Product Versions- Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and Office

The Office 365 update that includes the 2013 product versions of Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and Office will be available February 27th.  This is a fundamental shift in our business that began several years ago and continues today with the release of Office 365 Home Premium. This is a brand new Office never experienced before.  For the first time, consumers can subscribe to Office as a service instead of purchasing Office as a piece of software to install. The new Office subscription is an entirely new way to think about the productivity experience with entirely new benefits.

Office 365 Home Premium subscribers receive all the full-featured Office applications they know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits built in. One subscription can run the service on up to five devices, all for just $99.99 a year. People will love instant access to all their documents and settings across their devices and how Office takes full advantage of the new Windows 8 touch interface. They’ll love staying connected to the people and information they care about. And they’ll love having the latest version of Office at all times because it simply updates without the hassle of purchasing and upgrading to a new version.   Smaller businesses are also choosing Office 365 at a rapid pace, with a 150 percent increase in the number of small and medium-sized businesses using the service over the past 12 months. These businesses will get to enjoy the new Office 365 service for businesses beginning Feb. 27.