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How do you fix Outlook display issues?

Outlook crashes and rendering issues might require an upgrade -- or a downgrade -- for administrators who want to avoid a Band-Aid approach and want a permanent solution.

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Email, Messaging and Collaboration Clients

Users must access Exchange Server email through clients like Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Web Access (OWA), instant messaging and unified messaging programs or mobile devices. Get tips and tutorials to help you install, configure, manage and troubleshoot email and messaging clients in an Exchange Server environment.

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  • Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

    Microsoft Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is Microsoft's optional cloud-based service that scans and filters email to protect subscribers from malware in attachments and hyperlinks to malicious websites.

  • Microsoft Office 365 Admin Center

    The Microsoft Office 365 Admin Center is the web-based portal administrators use to manage user accounts and configuration settings for the Office 365 subscription services, including Exchange Online and SharePoint Online.

  • Microsoft Office 365 admin roles

    Microsoft Office 365 admin roles give users authorization to perform certain tasks in the Office 365 admin center. Only the global administrator can assign or modify an admin role, which grants the permissions required to control certain functions in Office 365.


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Email, Messaging and Collaboration Servers

How you deploy, manage and troubleshoot your email, messaging and collaboration servers depends greatly on which version or versions you're running and in what combination. These tips and tutorials are sorted by server type and version to help you target your administration efforts to Exchange 2007, Exchange 2003, Exchange 2000, Exchange 5.5 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS).

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  • application program interface (API)

    An application program interface (API) is code that allows two software programs to communicate with each other.

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Managed Availability

    Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Managed Availability is a built-in monitoring and recovery platform in Exchange 2013.

  • Microsoft Outlook MailTips

    Microsoft Outlook MailTips is an opt-in tool for Exchange Server 2013 that will send alerts to end users when they are about about to click "reply all" to a large distribution list, send sensitive information to someone outside the organization or send a message to someone who is out of the office.


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Exchange Security

Constant threats from spam, phishing, and viruses and the increase in email compliance and e-discovery requirements mean messaging administrators need to be well-versed on a variety of email security issues. Discover tools, tips and tutorials that will help secure and protect email in a Microsoft Exchange Server environment. You'll learn how to configure policies and encyption, set up a VPN or firewall, manage user passwords and permissions, and more.

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Exchange Administration

Microsoft Exchange Server administration involves a lot of moving parts and components. Find the resources and references you need to manage and troubleshoot Exchange Server efficiently and effectively, including tips, tutorials and tools to help you address common errors, performance issues, monitoring and log analysis, DNS and Active Directory configuration, and much more.

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Exchange Deployment and Migration

It is important to have a solid grasp on best practices, processes and gotchas before beginning an email upgrade or migration. Discover the architecture considerations, hardware requirements and configuration planning processes you need to do before deploying a new version of Microsoft Exchange Server.

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  • IMAP migration (Internet Message Access Protocol migration)

    IMAP migration transfers mailbox content from an existing Exchange server to later versions of Exchange, Exchange Online and Office 365.

  • Exchange staged migration

    The staged Exchange migration process transfers data and mailboxes from one Exchange server to another, either on-premises or in the cloud.

  • cutover migration

    The cutover Exchange migration process transfers data and mailboxes from one Exchange server to another in a single batch. Related user accounts are then administered in Office 365.


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Exchange Storage and Data Management

Records retention requirements have created exponential Microsoft Exchange Server storage and data management growth. Get the resources you need to successfully set up and manage Exchange data like mail stores, transaction log files and .PST files, and learn archiving, backup and disaster recovery best practices to keep your email and databases secure and accessible.

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  • risk map (risk heat map)

    A risk map, also known as a risk heat map, is a data visualization tool for communicating specific risks an organization faces. A...

  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...


  • federated identity management (FIM)

    Federated identity management (FIM) is an arrangement that can be made among multiple enterprises to let subscribers use the same...

  • cross-site scripting (XSS)

    Cross-site scripting (XSS) is a type of injection security attack in which an attacker injects data, such as a malicious script, ...

  • firewall

    In computing, a firewall is software or firmware that enforces a set of rules about what data packets will be allowed to enter or...



  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...


  • all-flash array (AFA)

    An all-flash array (AFA), also known as a solid-state storage disk system, is an external storage array that uses only flash ...

  • volume manager

    A volume manager is software within an operating system (OS) that controls capacity allocation for storage arrays.

  • external storage device

    An external storage device, also referred to as auxiliary storage and secondary storage, is a device that contains all the ...


  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.