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I'm a technical writer at Microsoft who writes about SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync, and how you can use them with Office 365.

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  • Blog Post: FOPE to EOP Service Upgrade

    Last week one of my coworkers published some TechNet content that will be of interest to Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) customers. It's called the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) Transition Center . You may know that all FOPE customers are being upgraded to Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Interview with an IT Pro

    Recently I interviewed a couple IT pros I know to get their feedback on our products and our technical documentation (most of the questions are about Exchange, Exchange documentation, and Office 365, since I work on those products). My goal is to get a feel for how an IT pro approaches our products and...
  • Blog Post: The New Office 365

    I haven't written a post in over a month! That's because I've been heads down on help content for the new Office 365. :-) We launched it this week, so I have a moment to give you links to a few resources: Personally, I work on the Exchange Online Protection (EOP) help content on TechNet, so I'll call...
  • Blog Post: Decommissioning your Exchange 2010 servers in a Hybrid Deployment

    I wanted to advertise this blog post by Timothy Heeney on the Exchange Team blog, Decommissioning your Exchange 2010 servers in a Hybrid Deployment , since Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE), the product I write about ( FOPE User Guide ), is in the mix on hybrid deployments and hybrid is...
  • Blog Post: Updated FOPE Support Service Description

    We just updated the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange Support Service Description . A reference guide that describes the support included in a subscription of stand-alone FOPE.
  • Blog Post: Audio/Slide Presentation: Understanding Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

    This presentation by Robert Gillies, Understanding Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange , which was recently posted on Channel 9 , is a good introduction to the product for a system administrator or technical manager. It's helpful if you are new to FOPE, or are just considering it. He covers...
  • Blog Post: Video: Hybrid Configuration Wizard

    In a previous post, Microsoft Exchange SP2 and the Hybrid Configuration Wizard , I introduced the Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) and discussed how it makes hybrid deployment (where you have a portion of your mailboxes on premises and a portion hosted in the cloud) much more simple. I recently came...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Mail Flow in Office 365 - TechNet Radio

    This post is piggybacking on Where did that email go? In this podcast, Troubleshooting Mail Flow in Office 365 , Blain Barton and Scott Landry discuss how to troubleshoot mail flow in Office 365. Scott has a lot of experience, and brings to light a bunch of tips and tricks to use when you get that...
  • Blog Post: Exchange and Forefront Online Protection for Exchange folks on Twitter

    I want to share with you some helpful resources on Twitter. Firstly, my user assistance team (a group of technical writers who focus on Exchange and FOPE) started a Twitter account called FOPE_UA about five months ago. Feel free to ask us any technical questions. We specialize in FOPE, but we might be...
  • Blog Post: FOPE FAQs

    I mentioned one of these links in my last post, but I wanted to call out these FOPE FAQs separately, since we have been updating them with new questions regularly. Office 365 Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) FAQ - Covers questions about FOPE from an Office 365 user's perspective...
  • Blog Post: How do I create an email footer using FOPE?

    A guest post from my cohort on the Office content publishing team: Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) users commonly ask about creating a footer for outgoing email. You may want to add a disclaimer to your outbound email for HIPAA or other legal compliance reasons, or you may simply want...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Directory Sync for FOPE

    The Directory Sync tool helps you automate the process for synchronizing your users with Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE). I've written about it previously here at Directory Synchronization for FOPE , which is simply an introduction to the tool. I want to point out a couple more resources...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Exchange SP2 and the Hybrid Configuration Wizard

    Exchange Service Pack 2 was just made public and includes the Hybrid Configuration Wizard, which the team built to make it easier for customer to configure hybrid deployments. By "hybrid" deployment we typically mean a case where a portion of your organization's mailboxes are hosted with Office 365,...
  • Blog Post: FOPE policy rules - using regular expressions to match a credit card number

    A question came through one of our internal distribution lists this week. A consultant was trying to create a policy rule in Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) that would trigger on a message containing a credit card number. FOPE supports basic regex, so some possible variations are the...
  • Blog Post: Where did that email go?

    I may have written about this before - but today I looked through my old posts and I couldn't find it - so I decided to talk about it again. We get a lot of questions coming in to our team like, "My colleague says they sent me a message and I never got it. Where is it? How do I find it?" This can be...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Online Protection for Exchange: Overview Video

    This graphical video, Forefront Online Protection for Exchange: Overview , does a nice job of succinctly explaining how FOPE works and the business value it provides. It explains how FOPE protects email and its service level agreements, and also graphically illustrates how it processes email.
  • Blog Post: Video: Data-Loss Prevention with Forefront Online Protection for Exchange and Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server

    I recently landed on the Exchange Server video hub and there are quite a few helpful videos there. A couple I've watched this week are Forefront Online Protection for Exchange: Overview , which provides a graphical overview of how FOPE works and discusses its business value, and Exchange Technical Video...
  • Blog Post: Feature Set Comparison for FOPE Deployments

    We have been getting a lot of questions like, "Can I access the FOPE Administration Center if I'm a Live@edu customer?" or "Do I need to do directory synchronization for my FOPE deployment?" This topic, Feature Set Comparison for FOPE Deployments , is helpful. It contains a table that describes Forefront...
  • Blog Post: New Help Content: Exchange Hosted Archive (EHA) Quick Start Guide

    If you are a Forefront Online Protection for Exchange customer who is getting started with Exchange Hosted Archive , the following topic, Exchange Hosted Archive (EHA) Quick Start Guide , shows abbreviated steps required to set up the service, in one place. More thorough technical documentation for...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Online Protection for Exchange is Required for Exchange Hosted Encryption

    A question came through one of our discussion forums about whether Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) is required before you can subscribe to Microsoft Exchcange Hosted Encryption . The answer is yes. Microsoft Exchange Hosted Encryption provides policy-based encryption from sender to...
  • Blog Post: Directory Synchronization for FOPE

    I wanted to publicize a couple links regarding the Directory Synchronization Tool for Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE). From the administrator's guide: "The Directory Synchronization Tool (DST) 9.1 is an application that helps you keep your on-site Active Directory Domain Services and...
  • Blog Post: Switching to FOPE from Another Messaging Protection Solution

    You may be interested in Microsoft's messaging protection solution, Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE), but you currently use another messaging-protection online service or a spam-protection appliance. The following TechNet topic, Switching to FOPE from Google Postini, the Barracuda Spam...
  • Blog Post: How Forefront Online Protection for Exchange and Office 365 Work Together

    On the Microsoft podcasts site you can find a recently released podcast, Forefront Online Protection for Exchange and Office 365 - Better Together (direct link to the mp3), that addresses how Forefront Online Protection for Exchange and Office 365 can work together. It focuses mainly on features of FOPE...
  • Blog Post: Delegated Administration Experience with Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

    You can delegate your FOPE administration to someone outside your company by using features available on the Advanced Tab in the FOPE administration center. The Advanced Tab provides a consolidated view of multiple companies. The Advanced tab provides Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE...
  • Blog Post: FOPE in Office 365

    The FOPE documentation contains a topic, FOPE in Office 365 Beta Feature Differences , that shows the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange features available for Office 365 Beta, Live@edu, Business Productivity Online Suite, and so on. It's helpful if you have asked questions like, "We have the Office...
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