Join us Sept 13-14 at the Microsoft Exchange Community (MEC) Technical Airlift

By September 9, 2022Microsoft Exchange

7:00am – 7:50am

Troubleshooting Slow Email Delivery in Outlook

Why does Outlook MapiHttp take so long for some calls? Can Exchange logging provide an answer? In this session, we’ll talk about how to troubleshoot slow Outlook behavior, starting from the Outlook client, and going through IIS, HttpProxy, BE, Store, AD and disk. We’ll focus on what to look for in the logs and what tools can be used.

Nourdin Boulassel

Upgrading to Exchange Server 2019

Are you still on Exchange 2013, Exchange 2016, or even an older, legacy version of Exchange Server? Following the Exchange Server 2019 prerequisites sounds easy. But upgrading to a new Exchange Server version is not only about the technical requirements. Thomas and Sigi will share in this session their experience and address best practices to make the upgrade process as smooth as possible. Learn how to upgrade your On-Premises Exchange environment to the latest Exchange Server version.

Siegfried Jagott; Thomas Stensitzki

Secure Exchange Online with Privileged Identity Management 

Exchange Online security should start with securing your tenant using Privileged Identity Management (PIM). Follow the least privilege principle and don’t have your administrative accounts granted persistent high permissions. In this session, we’ll discuss how a large company implemented PIM for all Exchange admins and how to create custom roles to allow specific Exchange admins to grant admin consent for a subset of OAuth 2.0 permission scopes.

Ingo Gegenwarth

Round Table discussion – Exchange Admin Center and Manageability

This is a roundtable session with members of the Exchange Admin Center and Exchange Manageability Infra team. We’ll talk about what we have done in the last 6-12 months, and we would like to get your feedback on this work and work we have planned in the future.

Aditya Mukund; Abhishek Kumar

How to secure Exchange in an interconnected world and a never-ending battle against evil

In a world that is plagued with zero-day vulnerabilities, and the potential of a data breach is constantly lurking around, properly securing your systems should be a top priority. Exchange is no different. In this session, Michael will explore the different elements that contribute to a secure Exchange environment, ranging from base OS hardening, Exchange Server permissions, patching strategies, how and what to properly monitor, and the sense and non-sense of anti-virus and EDR on an Exchange Server. If you’re still running one or more servers on-premises, even if you’ve already migrated to Exchange Online, this session is for you!

Michael Van Horenbeeck

8:00am – 8:50am

Simplify your Exchange Admin Experience

Are you performing several tasks on a regular basis, e.g., daily, weekly, or monthly? Are you in charge of several Exchange on-premises and/or online environments? If you’re interested in simplifying your daily admin experience, tweaking your own existing toolset for free, and leveraging LDAP, Microsoft Graph or Azure AD, you should attend this session! You will learn how you can customize your own toolbox based on your own needs.

Ingo Gegenwarth

Exchange Server & Hybrid Feature Review

This session covers some of the new security and manageability capabilities being added to Exchange Server and Exchange Hybrid deployments.

Srividya Varanasi; Mukesh Kumar

Use Outlook Actionable Messages and Take Action in Outlook

Outlook Actionable Messages is a simple and powerful declarative layout format with adaptive cards that offer a lot of flexibility and allow for visually rich cards. Adaptive cards and the fluid framework create a new experience in Outlook and Outlook on the web. In this session you will learn about the different options and capabilities of adaptive cards and how they can enhance your daily routines to speed up business processes. You will also see that the same experience is true for Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Viva.

Martina Grom; Toni Pohl

Exchange Online: Security Inspired by Law

Here in the Czech Republic, there are Cyber Security Laws that instruct some government and critical infrastructure organizations to implement specific e-mail security measures. With the help of Exchange Online, Defender for Office 365, and Microsoft 365, we deploy the needed security requirements and comply with the law. Even if you are not governed by these laws, implementing these security measures is the best practice. Come learn what they are and how to implement them in your organization.

Peter Vlk

End User Security and Exchange Server

In this talk we will look at how you can secure your end users authentication to Exchange Server using Modern Authentication. Given the changes in the business and personal landscape over the past two years you almost certainly have lots of users working remotely or even still working remotely and you might have enabled that quite quickly. We will look at how you can easily turn on a secure authentication service for your on-premises Exchange Servers using Azure AD or, if you have no cloud technology at all in use, how you can do it completely on-premises. We will look at tips and tricks from doing this in large organizations and how you can safely role this out with a minimal impact.

Brian Reid

9:00am – 9:50am

Use Advanced Message Tracking to identify Junk-Mail or Spoofing

Discover the SMTP header as a rich basis to start an investigation into why a message was sent to the Junk-Mail folder or Quarantine. Learn how to use a combination of Message Tracking and Defender Explorer to investigate your messages in depth, so you can decide on appropriate responses in your Exchange Online Protection and Microsoft Defender for Office 365 policies.

Siegfried Jagott

Protecting Mail Flow: A Practical Approach

This session discusses the fundamental issues with SMTP that enable malicious behaviors, such as spoofing. It also discusses the available solutions to mitigate those issues, and how to increase your protection with minimal effort.

Dave Stork

Automate Exchange Online at Scale – Lessons Learned from Large Environments

Enhance the typical management and governance tasks for Exchange Online with PowerShell scripts in a secure and automated way. In this session, we present lessons learned from a large SaaS app implementation and how to manage Exchange Online at scale with Exchange Online PowerShell and the Graph API.

Martina Grom; Toni Pohl

Bringing your Exchange Scripts into the Modern Age

In this session, I will walk you through the challenges of upgrading your existing scripts to use modern authentication and provide guidance on how you can analyze your scripts and make the necessary changes to upgrade them for the modern age.

Michel de Rooij 

Round Table discussion – Exchange Server & Hybrid

This is a roundtable session for a discussion between the Exchange Server engineering team and customers. We’ll talk about our future plans for Exchange Server and solicit ideas from you for additional features and investments in Exchange Server. Is there something you’d like to see us add or change? Come to this session and let us know!

Srividya Varanasi; Mukesh Kumar

10:00am – 10:50am

Amplify Exchange Online with Power Automate

As an Exchange Online admin, your daily routines can include repetitive and time-consuming processes. With Power Automate, you can automate your processes and save time and money, and best of all, you don’t need to have budget to pay a software developer. Power Automate can turn you into a citizen developer with no-code solutions. This session will be a primer to help you understand the basic components of Power Automate and walk you through creating automation for Exchange Online and orchestrating the use of other Microsoft 365 technologies.

Joel Ricketts

Ask the Experts: Exchange Online Admin Team

Come meet some of the team responsible for the Exchange Admin Center, Exchange PowerShell, and Manageability for Exchange Online.

Aditya Mukund; Abhishek Kumar

Ask the Experts: Basic Auth Deprecation in Exchange Online (Repeat)

Come meet some of the team responsible for deprecating Basic Auth in Exchange Online.

Greg Taylor

Ask the Experts: Exchange Server Team

Come meet some of the team responsible for developing Exchange Server.

Srividya Varanasi; Mukesh Kumar

11:00am – 11:50am

Hybrid Identity Management

In this session we will explore how administrators manage hybrid identities between the on-premises Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, and Exchange Online. We will review the synchronization options that are available for implementation and tools available for managing recipient objects.

Timothy McMichael

Customer Key in Exchange Online

With Customer Key in Microsoft 365, customers are in control of the encryption keys for protecting their Data-At-Rest in Microsoft Cloud. Customer Key enables organizations from regulated industries to meet their own regulatory requirement of encrypting data using customer managed keys. Customers now have even more flexibility than ever before. Not only can tenant admins assign data encryption policies to individual Exchange Online mailboxes, but admins can also assign a single policy that encrypts data for all tenant users across multiple workloads.

Christopher Warren

Modernize your Exchange Web Services apps with Microsoft Graph

Many organizations developed custom apps and solutions using Microsoft’s popular Exchange Web Services (EWS) for accessing data as emails, calendar items, contacts and more. EWS is based on SOAP and provides a Managed API interface for developing .NET client applications against Exchange. Today, EWS is superseded by Microsoft Graph. Graph is the new unified REST-endpoint for accessing Microsoft 365 services and the key to the modern Microsoft 365 services. If you have existing solutions based on EWS, now’s the time to learn how to use Modern Authentication and how to replace EWS with the new cloud endpoints, and how to use all the new functionalities and benefits. We demonstrate how to upgrade an existing EWS based .NET App to Microsoft Graph and extend it with new features. You learn the keys of using the Microsoft Graph Services, about security and authorization and real-world experiences with the Graph. This is a session for developers and decision makers to see how to develop their Microsoft 365 apps with modern technologies.

Martina Grom; Toni Pohl

Deep Dive into Microsoft Defender for Office 365

Taking a deep look at the comprehensive email security capabilities Microsoft Defender for Office 365 provides on top of Exchange Online. We’ll look at a broad set of capabilities from protection and detection to hunting, investigation and response workflows that help your organization achieve better email security posture and incident response readiness.

David Fantham

Master the Graph for Exchange PowerShell

This session will delve into the mystery of using the Microsoft Graph APIs to manage Exchange Online with PowerShell.

Tony Redmond

12:00pm – 12:50pm

Troubleshooting Exchange Server Performance Issues

This session provides insights for troubleshooting Exchange Server performance issues and provides guidance on what data to collect and how to analyze performance issues.

David Paulson

What’s new in Outlook Calendar

This session covers new features and improvements we have made in Outlook calendar in the last one year.


1. Compliant Meetings: Make your meetings secure and compliant by applying sensitivity labels

2. GSuite Migrator: Is your organization migrating from GSuite to Microsoft 365? Calendar migration through Google workspace migrator now supports migrating online meeting links. More enhancements are planned to be released this year.

3. Shared Calendars: Are you an IT admin wanting to find out more about the new shared calendars platform? We made improvements to the way shared calendars in Microsoft 365 and rolled it out to delegates.

Mouli Gopalakrishnan; Harini Palaniswamy; Kiran Rajarathna

Ask the Experts: Microsoft Defender for Office 365 Team

Come meet some of the team responsible for deprecating Basic Auth in Exchange Online.

Brandon Koeller; David Fantham

An Insider’s View of Exchange Online Connectivity

Learn about how one of the world’s largest SaaS products is delivered with high availability and low latency via globally distributed network infrastructure and discover ways to ensure your on-premises network is configured optimally to ensure world-class end-user experience.

Jeff Mealiffe

1:00pm – 1:50pm

Deep Dive on Hybrid Mail Flow

Dive into the guts of hybrid mail delivery and learn about the inner workings of internal/external mail, the effects of certain configuration on connectors, and best practices for securing hybrid mail.

Hien Nguyen

A Day in Exchange Support Engineering

The session provides insight into what happens when you open a case with Microsoft Support. We’ll talk about the lifecycle of cases, including scenarios where cases are escalated within to the product team for resolution.

Nasir Ali; Akash Bhargava

Exchange Server and Teams Integration

This session provides insights, capabilities, and architectural understanding when using Microsoft Teams in combination with Exchange Server mailboxes.

Ralf Leistner

Ask the Experts: What’s new in Outlook Calendar

Come meet some of the members of the Outlook Calendar team.

Allison O’Mahony; Shiraz Cupala; Julia Foran; Harini Palaniswamy

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