Email loops – what happens, when, and why.

The following headers are preserved, unmodified, by all default Exchange implementations: X-MS-Exchange-Inbox-Rules-Loop X-MS-Exchange-Transport-Rules-Loop X-MS-Gcc-Journal-Report X-MS-Exchange-Moderation-Loop X-MS-Exchange-Generated-Message-Source X-LD-Processed X-MS-Exchange-ForwardingLoop X-EOPAttributedMessage X-EOPTenantAttributedMessage X-MS-Exchange-Inbox-Rules-Loop This header represents the number of times a message can be redirected, forwarded, or processed by an automatic-reply. In … Continue reading

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Last call for Calibri as Microsoft’s default font.

Microsoft have announced that Calibri will no longer be the default font in their applications. Those of you with long memories may recall that Calibri replaced Times New Roman as the default way back when Office 2007 was first released. … Continue reading

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Block BCC messages sent to distribution groups

By default inbox-processing rules don’t process the BCC line, for privacy reasons. This means that if you have a carefully-crafted rule in your mailbox to divert Distribution Group messages to a subfolder, the rule won’t work if someone’s doing a … Continue reading

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TLS 1.0 and 1.1: Last call!

I wrote on this subject back in July 2018 but, after a number of extensions to the deadline, the plug is finally being pulled on these outdated and insecure protocols. Microsoft are now under way rolling out updates that will prevent … Continue reading

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Multifactor authentication: where next?

Now that the University is beginning to roll out multi factor authentication (MFA) it is worth reviewing the reasoning behind it, and what future authentication might look like for staff and students at Oxford. Bear in mind that I’m not … Continue reading

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Teams Telephony Trial

Microsoft Teams has slowly been taking over all of the functionality that was previously reserved for Skype. And I’m delighted to be able to say that we now have a very limited trial running that enables Nexus365 users to make … Continue reading

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Teams Cautionary Tale

This is a reminder that personal chats within Microsoft Teams should NEVER be used to store essential business data. This follows a report in The Register that, due to a policy being mis-applied globally instead of individually, KPMG staff mistakenly had their … Continue reading

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Teams and sidebar pinning

Microsoft have reported an issue which is affecting a number of their education tenancies, including ours. The issue is that when a user pins an app to their sidebar in Teams it may be removed automatically. Affected users sees a message … Continue reading

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Covid19: VPN optimisation for Nexus365

If you’re not using the central University VPN for your Nexus365 users you may be concerned about the load on your VPN from self-isolating remote workers. VPN server load can be drastically reduced by ensuring that Nexus365 traffic is NOT … Continue reading

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Nexus365 and Covid-19 Coronavirus

Microsoft have made plans to ensure service continuity should their staff be affected.  There are currently no known impacts to Microsoft 365 services Heightened awareness is in place for the following areas: Service scale and operations – One of the … Continue reading

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