J003-Content-Exchange-Month-in-Review-Dec2015_SQIn our second foray into the ICYMI series, we’re going to take some advice from one of our readers and go with a less is more approach. Rather than providing as large a series of links, we’re going to curate things a bit more and let you know what we think was really worth reading. Each article or post will have a very brief summary so you have an idea of what it’s about, which will hopefully provide a bit more value to those of you who want to use this for your list of “must reads.” As always, feedback is welcome, so let us know what you think!

The Exchange Team Blog

Odds are good that “You Had Me At Ehlo” will remain our lead in and go-to for all things Exchange. Here’s the top hits from December (not related to Office 365.)

Exchange Management Shell and Mailbox Anchoring
http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2015/12/15/exchange-management-shell-and-mailbox-anchoring.aspx
A change to the way the Exchange Management Shell (PowerShell) works will be introduced with Exchange 2013 CU11 and Exchange 2016 CU1 to anchor your session to the server hosting your mailbox. If your account is not mailbox enabled, you will anchor to where the arbitration mailbox is. That way, you will have a consistent EMS experience in a mixed environment where you want to use 2016 cmdlets, but still have 2013 servers. Just make sure to move your mailbox to a 2016 server (as if that wasn’t the first thing you did!)

Released: December 2015 quarterly Exchange updates
http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2015/12/15/released-december-2015-quarterly-exchange-updates.aspx
The quarterly updates for 2007, 2010, and 2013 were released this month, and this post goes over what they update.

Tony Redmond’s Exchange Unwashed Blog

Long-time blogger and senior contributing editor to Windows IT Pro, Tony Redmond covers all things Microsoft, including both on-prem and Office 365. Here’s some particularly good posts from his December for Exchange on-prem.

Two years on: revisiting a conversation with Exchange development chief Perry Clarke
http://windowsitpro.com/blog/two-years-revisiting-conversation-exchange-development-chief-perry-clarke
Redmond reviews an interview from 2013 he had with Perry Clarke of Microsoft, and then discusses what was said then and how things look two years later. There are some interesting observations, particularly around mobile devices.

Why mailbox anchoring matters
http://windowsitpro.com/blog/why-mailbox-anchoring-matters
Redmond provides some more technical meat behind the aforementioned Exchange team post on the changes to EMS that are coming and goes into more on why you should care.

Active Directory and Exchange – too tight for a rename
http://windowsitpro.com/blog/active-directory-and-exchange-too-tight-rename
A fun read with some history regarding Exchange, Active Directory, why names matter, and why renames can’t. It’s not news to AD geeks, but if  you’ve always wondered “why not” when it comes to renaming, wonder no more!

Exchange Server Pro

MVP Paul Cunningham has some great content he shares on a regular basis.

A Sender Policy Framework (SPF) Primer for Exchange Administrators
http://exchangeserverpro.com/a-sender-policy-framework-spf-primer-for-exchange-administrators/
We’ve always been big fans of SPF, so we were very excited to see Paul carrying on the good fight with a great intro to SPF.

Is 2016 the tear that you eradicate PST files?
http://exchangeserverpro.com/eradicate-pst-files/
I’ve also been on a personal quest to rid the world of PST files once and for all. It’s like Paul is in my brain. This is less a post and more of a teaser for an e-book, but the e-book is free and if you are still fighting the proliferation of PST files on your network, this one is definitely worth your time.

Troubleshooting Exchange

Andrew Higginbotham doesn’t blog frequently, but when he does, it is worth the read.

Unable to delete Exchange 2016 database
https://exchangemaster.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/unable-to-delete-exchange-2016-database/
In this post, Andrew describes an error with the new Exchange 2016 should you decide you want to delete a default database, for which an upcoming CU will fix. His workaround will get you past this though, so if you like to set up new databases just so, check this out!

While there are a lot of Exchange blogs out there, and a lot of great articles, the above are the must-read list for December. If you think we missed something that others must read, please leave a link in a comment and let us know. Also, if Office 365 related content is interesting to you, please let us know and we will include that next month.