These past few years at work, we moved from Novell to Microsoft. It has definitely been a move for the worse.
|Novell||Feature -poor||High quality||Low expense||Security: low profile|
|Microsoft||Feature -rich||Low quality||High expense||Security: target rich environment|
I’m just going to say that I dearly love (not):
- That Exchange Online has a new command
New-DistributionGroup -RoomListwhich cannot be seen in admin.exchange.microsoft.com. New feature? Microsoft says Yay! Actually making it available to end user administrators? Ain’t no-one got time for that. Certainly this has been vetted thoroughly for security, too.
- Exchange Online –> Mail Flow –> Connectors –> Status set to “Off” does nothing. Mail still kept going to the partner, a week later.
- Set-Place command for adding the rooms to the RoomList – error! No worky! How to fix? Reboot the PC I was trying to run the PowerShell script on. Now it works. This is just so impressive. Have you tried turning it off and back on again? It’s two decades into the 21st Centrury – shouldn’t someone up there be ashamed?
- User asks for help, so I get delegate rights to her mailbox. The delegates rights are present (I run a script to check) but never did her mailbox populate so I could see what was going on in her mailbox. I deleted my own OST cache file just to make sure it wasn’t my machine. Ultimately, I had to use Outlook Web Access to see her mailbox.
- Every week we get multiple help desk tickets about folders not populating or visible for delegates.
- Exchange search is awful. Admittedly, I am coming from a GroupWise experience where search was great. But as important as search is, I would have thought that Microsoft could at least have pulled off “competent” – nope. I particularly like (not) that OWA has a drop-down for “search all folders” but the search only searches the current folder. What a bunch a maroons.
These were all in the last three days. I’ve seen nothing but this sort of low quality software for so many months now. Don’t even get me started on SharePoint.
Don’t forget – Microsoft will break your stuff if you do business with a competitor.
Dear Lord I wish I could retire tomorrow.