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Just when Microsoft released the EWS update for Microsoft Entourage, today it announced that it will be replacing Entourage with Microsoft Outlook for the Mac. Outlook for the Mac will be included in Microsoft Office Business Edition and be released at the end of 2010 more than likely. Maybe there will finally be an AutoArchive for Mac OS X?

August 13th, 2009

Posted In: Mac OS X, Microsoft Exchange Server

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For those who have been waiting for a time when Entourage uses less bandwidth, has enhanced support for EWS features and well, works better, the time has come. The beta came and went and we waiting. And the wait is now over. Entourage Web Services Edition is now available for download. You only really need this if you have an Exchange Server 2007 environment and can support EWS.

August 13th, 2009

Posted In: Kerio, Mac OS X, Microsoft Exchange Server, Windows Server

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In Exchange 2007, the Client Access Server (CAS) role accepts connections from clients in order to allow them access to the Exchange Server infrastructure (mailboxes, public folders, GAL, etc). CAS accepts connections from:
  • POP3 and/or IMAP4 clients
  • Outlook Web Access (OWA) and/or OWA Light clients
  • Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) clients
Entourage falls into this category, and so when you are deploying Exchange 2007 alongside Entourage you will point your clients at your host running CAS.  This is a change from previous versions, where you could enable IIS on any host and point clients there; however, it is similar in that CAS is very similar to the front end functionality that this option entailed. There are certain design considerations CAS imposes, as well as benefits to how things were handled in Exchange 2003.  With Microsoft Outlook clients, you could migrate a mailbox between Exchange Servers and Outlook would read the new location of the mailbox automatically and reconfigure itself for the new server.  This has never been a feature of Entourage (although you can use a clustered pair), but now you point all clients to your CAS host and the mailboxes can then be moved between Storage Groups and Servers without having to touch the clients.  However, if you change CAS servers you may find yourself performing some client reconfiguration. In smaller environments, where ports are directly coming into the server from the WAN, you won’t find the CAS role to be a big design consideration.  Clients can simply connect over port 80 or 443 (not including the LDAP lookups obviously).  But in larger environments where all data needs to be proxied in some way, you may find the move to a CAS role complicated.  Here, look to Microsoft’s IAS server, which would be placed into the DMZ and then allow connections from Entourage and other ActiveSync/OWA clients. A number of people have been asking about ActiveSync clients, for Snow Leopard.  The same principles will apply for Mail.app, provided it is a true ActiveSync client: simply point Mail.app at your CAS host. One of the key reasons why Exchange adoption is so prolific is Public folders.  Public folders are likely on their way out, giving way to replacing the concept with Microsoft SharePoint.  I’m not going to say I love nor hate the idea, but in many institutions Public folders have been around for a long time, and while you likely will have until 2016 (worse case) to retire them, sometimes it takes as long to retire something as it took to build it in the first place…  In the meantime, many of the common tasks for managing Public folders are going to require you to hop into PowerShell, so keep that PowerShell book close at hand if you find you’re doing a lot of work with Public folder management (New-PublicFolder -name BillyBob).  Just something to keep in mind. Finally, Exchange 2007 has a number of features for automatic archiving of data.  Entourage has no features for auto-archive.  So consider leveraging Exchange’s built in features, or as we’ve seen in some environments, having an out-of-band solution for managing archiving of mail to pst (or whatever format you prefer).

April 16th, 2009

Posted In: Mac OS X, Microsoft Exchange Server

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Kerio leverages the OWA aspect of Entourage so if you open up OWA on the firewall then Entourage will be able to work over port 80 (or 443).

September 22nd, 2007

Posted In: Kerio, Mac OS X

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I originally posted this at http://www.318.com/TechJournal For years, we’ve had issues with the fact that there is no good built-in auto-archive feature for Entourage. This has led to many an Exchange environment getting out of control with a lot of Mac clients. To get around this issue, check out Entourage Email Archive X 3.4.0. It’s a utility for archiving emails and/or attachments for Entourage in Mac OS X. EEAX 3.x works on OS X 10.4.x (Tiger) with Microsoft Entourage 2004. You can Download latest EEAX 3.4.0 from: http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/14011 If you need an evaluation copy drop an email to: info@softhing.com.

June 30th, 2007

Posted In: Kerio, Mac OS X, Microsoft Exchange Server

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