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VMworld Speaking Session Schedule
As mentioned in a previous post, I have been accepted to speak at VMworld2011 the week of August 29 in Las Vegas. Since that time I have been working on my presentation with my speaking partner and VMware SE Jeff Szastak. We have submitted the first draft of our deck in for comments and gotten some good feedback. I have now begun to incorporate those changes in to the deck as the final version is due in early August. I am excited to be going to this conference for the first time and especially so ......

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2011 6:04 AM

Apple WWDC Keynote Highlights - My Observations
I wanted to take a moment and jot down some of my initial impressions on the announcements coming from the Apple hype machine today at the keynote. Not being able to attend - largely due to it selling out in two hours - made me especially bitter that Apple would not allow the event to be streamed live. Steve said during the keynote that if they sold more tickets he didn't know where they would hold it. Considering it takes place at Moscone West, the smaller of the two centers, try moving it across ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 2:54 AM

Speaker Session Accepted for VMWorld 2011
I was pleasantly surprised by my inbox yesterday to find that my session submission for VMWorld 2011 had been accepted! I had been trying for many years to break in to doing some sessions at Microsoft's TechEd - always to no avail. It always seemed like you had to know the secret handshake, be an MVP or work for Microsoft. I felt like I was destined to settle with speakling at user groups, no matter how badly I tried to get more experience in front of larger groups. So when my local VMWare account ......

Posted On Saturday, June 4, 2011 7:24 AM

Microsoft TechEd 2011 Day Two
I know – where the heck is the Day One post? I will have to post that legacy post later. I am moving on with the current day. Day one was packed with activities to say the least, capped off with a wonderful dinner sponsored by @BetsyWeber of @TechSmith fame. Day two began with the death march out to the dining hall in the remote wild of Hall C. Luckily, apart from meals, I haven't had any reason to venture all the way back out to Hall C. Being an Exchange-focused geek I have been able to spend all ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 17, 2011 3:59 AM

Office 2010 Technical Preview
Microsoft is accepting submissions for the waitlist for the Office 2010 Technical Preview. This is an especially great opportunity if you are already running Exchange 2010 in the lab and want to see how using Outlook 2010 will enhance the experience with things like mail tips, conversation view and universal inbox. The preview is slated to kick off in July. If you attended TechEd 2009 this year, you get priority seeding in to the preview. Sign up in one click at the TechEd event site with your login ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 19, 2009 8:47 AM

TechEd 2009 Updates
I am going to be blogging the sessions I attend at TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles right here on my humble blog. They will be almost exclusively messaging and mobility related - ‘cause that’s how I roll! I will also tweet as much as I can (I only have two arms) under @ntpro. You can also follow general TechEd 2009 tweets by searching hash tags #teched and #tela09. Great blog post from the team the runs the hands on labs (HOL) at TechEd. Three days away – it is almost time. Technorati Tags: Twitter,tweet,Exchange ......

Posted On Friday, May 8, 2009 3:40 PM

Designing Exchange 2010
As I contemplate the design that was going to be an organizational upgrade to Exchange 2007 – I am now shifting gears towards skipping to an upgrade of Exchange 2010. Some things that are influencing my decision: The ability to use lower tier storage without compromising performance on the mailbox server. Thanks to all of the database optimizations like sequential writes, db schema re-design and table optimization, cache changes, etc. The database is now truly a portable and replicable object. Now ......

Posted On Monday, April 27, 2009 8:28 PM

Exchange 2010 Mailbox Configuration Scenarios
So I am trying to sketch out some mailbox server scenarios for my Exchange 2010 design. I think I am leaning towards iSCSI or perhaps direct-attached SAS drives, but since I am doing virtualized Exchange servers, I don’t think I can load all the storage I need in to the ESX chassis. That leaves me with iSCSI. I am looking at three models to ‘standardize’ on for the business: Config 1: 1Gb mailboxes x 1000 mailboxes max = 1Tb database Config 2: 1Gb mailboxes x 500 mailboxes max = 500Gb database 3Gb ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:12 PM

Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Announced today were the new features for the next OS version release for the Mac OS X – 10.6 – code named Snow Leopard. Each of the previous seven released over the last eight years since OS X was introduced ushered in over 1000 new features. Number of new features being slated for introduction with Snow Leopard? Zero. None. Nada. Okay, wait, there is one. Native OS integration with Microsoft’s Exchange server. Apple publicly acknowledged the market share Exchange server holds and has built native ......

Posted On Monday, June 9, 2008 6:46 PM

Palm Smacks RIM
LOL. Cute image from Palm highlighting RIMs service outage last week. Technorati Tags: Palm,RIM,Blackberry ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 19, 2008 8:11 AM

PostPath Email and Collaboration Server
I have recently been introduced to a company called PostPath. They are a new technology company that have created a Linux-based alternative to Microsoft's Exchange. Their proposition is that Microsoft Outlook is the killer application. As long as users can run Outlook and have all the features and functionality that they are used to, it shouldn't matter what is serving it up on the back end. And if that back end can run on cheaper hardware and storage with a highly-flexible open source OS, all the ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 29, 2008 12:16 AM

Microsoft Releases Four New E2K7 (Exchange) Whitepapers
Microsoft has released four new whitepapers detailing how Exchange 2007 is used internally. I am a big fan of these papers. I like to see how the maker designs, uses and maintains its own software. You always find some good tips and previously unknown tricks. Some of the best sessions I have ever been to at TechEd have been the "how we do this at Microsoft" ones. Exchange Server 2007 Design and Architecture at Microsoft Managing the Calendaring and Collaboration Process By Using Exchange Server 2007 ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 2, 2008 2:41 PM

Exchange 2007 Design and Architecture at Microsoft
I love these white papers from "How Microsoft Does IT." Obviously these guys are very skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to deploying their own technology. The insight you get is invaluable and really comes in to play when designing your own installations. From the web site: Ever wondered how a large enterprise plans and implements design and architecture of its next generation of messaging system? View this content to find out how engineers from the Microsoft IT messaging team will uncover ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 6:49 PM

Microsoft Downloads Gets Jiggy With Exchange
Microsoft's download site has released (or re-released\updated) a whole raft of Exchange Server related content. Enjoy at will. Exchange Load Generator (32 bit) Exchange Load Generator (64 bit) Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync Certificate-Based Authentication Tool Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress Tool (32 ......

Posted On Thursday, August 2, 2007 3:39 PM

Microsoft Exchange Certification Beta Exams
I just found out that I passed the beta for 70-238 (Pro: Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007). I had previously passed the beta for 70-237 (Pro: Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007). Unfortunately, as detailed here, I did not pass 70-236 (TS:Configuring Exchange Server 2007) and I did not get a chance to take it in beta due to some scheduling conflicts. I don't think there is any sub-designation for passing just the IT Pro tests but not ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 10, 2007 3:46 PM

Aggreg8: Exchange Working Group
I have started for some time now an Exchange working group on the Microsoft\Culminis community site Aggreg8. It now has a decent amount of traffic and conversation with lots of questions posted that many in the Exchange community may find helpful. You may also be able to share your experience with others. Please stop by and take a look. I can also give out some invitations if they are needed. Leave a comment. Update: Okay, so while traffic spiked I had been remiss in looking at post dates - nothing ......

Posted On Friday, July 6, 2007 10:32 AM

Microsoft Says WM6 TCO Better Than With RIM
Microsoft published a white paper detailing the TCO on Windows Mobile 6 devices vs. RIM's Blackberry. Surprisingly they find a 28% savings in the Wm6 devices over Blackberries. And when studying the 160 enterprise customers they found 85% of them already had the incoming ports open needed for direct push since they are the same ones used for OWA. Nice ......

Posted On Monday, July 2, 2007 4:32 PM

Exchange Server 2007 RU3 Released
Microsoft has released rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2007. You can download it here. This rollup also contains all the fixes from rollups 1 and 2. It is also rumored to also contain a fix that allows for IMAP connectivity to the soon forthcoming Apple iPhone. Other fixes include: • 931328 (http://support.microsoft.c... An integer is added to the end of the legacyExchangeDN attribute of a newly created mailbox in Exchange 2007 • 930468 (http://support.microsoft.c... The attachment ......

Posted On Friday, June 29, 2007 2:36 PM

Podcasts: How Microsoft IT Designs and Architects its Exchange 2007 Based Messaging Environment
Microsoft has another great podcast up around the messaging design that went in to its Exchange 2007 environment. And please Microsoft, let me download the entire podcast so I can listen to it offline. IMO that is a requirement to be a podcast. Streaming sucks. From the download page: Ever wondered how a large enterprise plans and implements design and architecture of its next generation of messaging system? View this content to find out how engineers from the Microsoft IT messaging team will uncover ......

Posted On Monday, June 4, 2007 2:23 PM

Is Outlook 2007 Bad for Exchange 2003?
I have had this brought up by some co-workers and wondered if anyone from MS would like to officially comment? When Outlook 2003 was released there was the potential for un-patched Exchange 5.5 information stores to get corrupted or experience problems and dismount. Is Outlook 2007 officially (as in written somewhere - not just anecdotally) supported against a mailbox on an Exchange 2003 SP2 server? Comments welcomed. Update: I finally found, buried here, this: Connectivity to Microsoft Exchange ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 23, 2007 11:18 AM

Exchange 2007 and Virtualization
As of SP2, Exchange 2003 was supported in production in a Microsoft virtual environment. Now that Exchange 2007 requires 64 bits to be supported in production and Microsoft does not have a virtualization platform that supports a 64 bit guest, Exchange 2007 is not supported in production in a virtual environment. From the Microsoft document Technical Architecture of Exchange 2007: Exchange 2007 and Virtualization Exchange 2007 is not supported in production in a virtual environment; however, as stated ......

Posted On Thursday, May 3, 2007 5:01 PM

Exchange 2007 OWA
You know with all the web advances (is that the 2.0 web or the 3.0 web?) that the next version of OWA was going to rock. I am happy to say that it really rocks. A lot of people have blogged about the free Microsoft and Unisys Exchange 2007 demo account you can request. I got one quickly and fired it up. If anyone would like to email me my address is chris.haaker@exchange2007de... . This means you spammers! Let's see what this baby can do! One of the features I really love spending a fair portion ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 24, 2007 2:35 PM

MailShadow

An interesting option for Exchange server disaster recovery.

Posted On Thursday, April 19, 2007 9:01 AM

Exchange 2007 SP1 Requirements
You Had Me at EHLO just posted some information on Exchange 2007 SP1. This one stood out - it will be a bit before Windows Server 2003 SP2 is implemented. Of course, it will be a bit before Exchange 2007 is implemented! Regarding the operating system, SP1 for Exchange 2007 will require Windows Server 2003 SP2. This will be a hard dependency for installation, so the operating system must be upgraded to Windows Server 2003 SP2 before you upgrade the Exchange 2007 RTM installation to Exchange 2007 SP1, ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 11, 2007 1:39 PM

River of Mail?
In the world of RSS and newsreaders there is a war of preferences going around over how people prefer to read their feeds. Categorized by feed, type of feed, or as a “river of news.” In other words first in, first displayed, in a long list and you simply scan top-to-bottom. I have tried both and IMO both have merit. River of news lets you see everything in an instant, and I find it useful for quickly locating important event. Then I read the “normal” stuff later on. When I am ready to consume all ......

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 10:58 AM

Message Statistics Sample Agent for Exchange 2007
When I first learned a lot about the Edge Server role in Microsoft Exchange 2007 last year at TechEd, I asked about the reporting that would be available. IT managers and directors love to request metrics on spam, discarded email and volume and the Edge server seemed to be the place where the raw data would best be obtained. Today I see a Message Statistics Sample Agent on Microsoft Downloads. From the official release: The Message Statistics sample agent examines and records aggregate information ......

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 8:11 AM

Adding Exchange Tabs to ADUC in Vista
There has been a hack and an official KB on how to run ADUC under Vista. And while not perfect, it is functional. No one I know can understand Microsoft's logic for not having this solved prior to shipping Vista. If you also want to enable the Exchange extensions in ADUC there is one more step. After you do the things mentioned here, copy these three DLL's from a Windows 2003 Server (c:\%systemroot%\system32): netui0.dll netui1.dll netui2.dll Then re-register regsvr32 \windows\system32\maildsmx.... ......

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2007 10:44 AM

No More IIS in Exchange 2007
Many of you that have been working with and paying attention to Exchange 2007 already know this - the new SMTP protocol has been re-written from the ground up as a separate component that is no longer dependent on IIS. Here is some more detail from DepLarge.doc - a guide on deploying Exchange 2007 in a large environment from Microsoft. New SMTP Transport Stack In Exchange 2007, the SMTP protocol is provided by the Microsoft Exchange Transport service (MSExchangeTransport.exe). In earlier versions ......

Posted On Monday, March 26, 2007 9:43 AM

OOO: Inside or Outside
The Exchange team blog posted a great article on the features available with different versions of Outlook when coupled with different versions of Exchange on the back end. One of the cool features when using Outlook and Exchange 2007 is enhanced Out of Office Assistant. You have the option to customize and turn off or on Out of Office messages for those inside your organization and those outside your organization. Very nice. You also have a number of rich text formatting options available so you ......

Posted On Monday, March 5, 2007 2:07 PM

Virtual Machine for DST?
I saw this on the Microsoft Download website and had to take a look. It looks to be a virtual machine with all of the Exchange-based DST tools loaded on it. You then join it to the domain and you have a workstation pre-configured to run all the tools for DST adjustments. At least, I think that's what it is for. The description on the website is a little thin IMO and I don't want to download 1.5GB and then hope there is documentation in there! They should include it as a separate readme or be more ......

Posted On Saturday, March 3, 2007 8:25 AM

More Exchange 2007 Beta Exams Released
Beta exam 71-237 ITPro: Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 has been released. With this exam you will earn credit towards the certification for Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Messaging Administrator. The exam goes live on March 1st and the beta ends on March 27th. It should go live within 30-60 days of that date if previous beta tests have been any indication. You are allotted four hours for this test. Find exam preparation information: http://www.microsoft.com/le... ......

Posted On Thursday, March 1, 2007 1:12 PM

SOEUG March and April Meetings
Please join the Southern Ohio Exchange Users Group on March 7, 2007 for a night of presentations highlighting Exchange 2007 and Windows Vista. We will be presenting several technical demonstrations on Exchange 2007 including deployment, operational efficiency and Unified Communications. We will also have some fun and informative Windows Vista technical demonstrations as well. Please register here so we have an accurate head count for food and drinks. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30pm and ......

Posted On Saturday, February 24, 2007 8:59 AM

Microsoft Exchange 2007 Certification Information
For all of you Exchange engineers out there dying to know how the certification path for Exchange 2007 is shaping up, check out these informational webcasts talked about over on Trika Harms zum Spreckel's blog. One of the best titles for a blog I have seen lately. If you have ever been to TechEd, you can't help but smile ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 3, 2007 12:29 PM

Aggreg8
I didn't want to announce this previously as I wasn't sure if it was intended to be publicly unleashed yet. However, seeing as how it is advertised in the latest TechNet Flash email newsletter I am sure I can share now! Here is the blurb from the newsletter: Are you interested in knowing what your peers are saying about Microsoft Office 2007? Do you want to see the feedback on the new Windows Vista license changes? Or maybe you have a new script you'd like to share with a larger group of IT pros. ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:09 PM

Harold Wong's Exchange Webcast
I love Harold's webcasts on Exchange. He is a highly knowledgeable TechNet presenter. I recommend checking out his on-going 24 Hours of Exchange 2007 webcast series (I would list the link here but finding an event on the Microsoft website is about as frustrating as it gets IMO). I just completed hour 11 which focused on Policies and Compliance. Here are some highlights: Hub transport rules are not replicated to all the hub transport servers by any Exchange replication engine nor are they stored in ......

Posted On Friday, February 23, 2007 3:00 PM

Exchange 2007 SP1 is Coming
The You Had Me at EHLO blog is dishing the scoop on the forthcoming service pack 1. Look for an April release timeframe. What I am looking forward to: OWA - personal distribution lists, rules and deleted items recovery. OWA - viewing Office file formats as HTML. EMC - public folder configuration (I know they're going but it is going to take a while) EMC - SendAs permission configuration Move mailbox to include import\export to a .pst. Can I also blow by the 2gb limit? :) ......

Posted On Friday, February 23, 2007 2:41 PM

Win an Exchange 2007 "Branded" Zune

The "You Had Me at EHLO" blog is running a contest for the most excellent Exchange 2007 limerick. Grand prize is a Microsoft Zune engraved with the Exchange 2007 logo and catchphrase ...

Posted On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 12:08 PM

February Southern Ohio Exchange Users Meeting
Dear Southern Ohio Exchange Users Group - I am pleased to announce that Microsoft MVP and all around Exchange good-guy Paul Robichaux will be speaking at the February 1st meeting in Mason, Ohio at 6:30pm (Max Technical Training Center). Paul will be addressing Unified Messaging in Exchange 2007. Paul has been actively working with Exchange and a leader in the community for as long as I can remember. Paul is a partner with 3Sharp, author of truckload of books and magazine articles (Windows IT Pro ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 16, 2007 8:46 AM

Paul Robichaux to Speak at February SOEUG Meeting
I am pleased to announce that we will be having Paul Robichaux speak at the February meeting of the Southern Ohio Exchange User's Group. The meeting is taking place on February 1st in Mason, Ohio at the new Max Technical Training Center. You can read more about it at the website for the group. Paul is a well-known Exchange MVP, speaker, consultant and author. I will have the registration site up soon for the meeting. Paul will be speaking on the new unified messaging features in Exchange 2007. Technorati ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 10, 2007 12:47 PM

And Now Back to Exchange ...
A week out of the blogosphere feels good - and a refreshing way to recharge the batteries! Of course, now I have to wade through 700+ news items. I have not removed my laptop from its bag since December 22nd. It was hard at times, but I made it. I noticed a lot of people are getting their blogs in a knot over Microsoft giving out some review laptops loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate to select bloggers. I wasnt selected so it is hard for me to be anything but envious. On the other hand, I find it ......

Posted On Friday, December 29, 2006 11:55 AM

What Happens to my Exchange Log Files?
One of the new strategies for Exchange 2007 servers is to use Continuous Local or Cluster Replication (CLR or CCR) and then run the backups off of the replicated database, leaving the active one alone. However, as we know, running online backups on the database clears the transaction log files (as long as circular logging is turned off) when completed. What happens in this new scenario since backups aren’t run against the active database? Scott Schnoll, master of Exchange Server clustering, has the ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 12, 2006 2:19 PM

And Now That Exchange 2007 Has Been Released
Now that you will soon be able to download that shiny new copy of Exchange 2007, you should begin in earnest designing the environment in which you want it to operate (and you know that means someone up the food chain will want a pretty picture of said design). So, without further ado, here are the Exchange 2007 Visio stencils. Just in the nick of time! I am a little disappointed that they arent done in the "new" style Microsoft has been using for all of its Visio icons, but rather the "old" flat ......

Posted On Friday, December 8, 2006 8:06 AM

Exchange 2007 is RTM
From the Exchange Team blog "You Had Me at EHLO" (which IMO is one of the best blog titles ever): Exchange 2007 is RTM. Documentation Technorati tags: Exchange 2007, Exchange, RTM, Microsoft Exchange, You Had Me at EHLO ......

Posted On Friday, December 8, 2006 7:37 AM

User Guide for Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server
This new paper from Microsoft details the Forefront Security for Exchange beta. From the site: Forefront Security for Exchange protects organizations against the latest threats by managing multiple antivirus scan engines at multiple layers throughout the e-mail infrastructure. This approach allows Forefront for Exchange to minimize the average window of exposure for emerging e-mail threats by providing continual signature updates from multiple antivirus labs around the world. Forefront also protects ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 29, 2006 2:53 PM

SOEUG November Meeting Notes
A big thank you to the presenters at the November Southern Ohio Exchange User's Group meeting! Matt Hester from Microsoft presented on Exchange 2007 and Windows Vista. It was great to get some more information on unified messaging which is possibly the most requested topic where Exchange 2007 is concerned. We also heard from Tim Brunner on Symantec's Enterprise Vault product and how it helps medium to large organizations with compliance and retention. Our next meeting will be in January and you can ......

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 9:24 AM

Podcasts: How Microsoft IT Designs Its 64-bit Exchange Server 2007 Infrastructure
From Microsoft Downloads: How does a large enterprise plan and implement the migration of its existing 32-bit messaging system to the 64-bit platform? In this podcast, find out how Microsoft IT was able to take advantage of 64-bit architecture to fully deploy Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in its production environment. Hear engineers from the Microsoft IT messaging team describe how they were able to overcome some of the toughest performance bottlenecks in the Microsoft messaging systems. Learn ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 21, 2006 2:52 PM

Exchange 2007 SKUs

Here is a list of the available editions and features, as well as CAL information for the next version of Exchange. To be released on November 30, 2007.

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 7:28 AM

Microsoft Offers Pre-Compiled Virtual Hard Drives
Microsoft Download has now posted a number of virtual hard drive (.VHD) images pre-installed with Windows Server products like Exchange 2007, SQL 2005, ISA Server 2006 and Windows Server 2003 R2. This is a brilliant move IMO as it removes one of the biggest barriers to testing software in a virtual environment: the time it takes to install and set up the environment. I am curious to see the licensing and expiry around these images, but again, IMO, this is clearly a move in the right direction and ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 9:45 AM

Exchange 2K7 Online Virtual Labs
Exchange Server 2007: A Quick Hands-on Overview in an Online Virtual Lab Express

In this 30-minute Virtual Lab Express, you will familiarize yourself with the Exchange Management Console and Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access, and work with compliance and records management rules.

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:05 PM

Exchange 2007 Wants to Know Which Version of Outlook You Are Using!
I took a spin through the TechNet Virtual labs for Exchange 2007 and I was very impressed! The experience was smooth and very well organized. I even learned a few interesting things. When running through the installation for a new server, one of the steps is to query you for the versions of Outlook you will be running in your environment. All Outlook 2007 or a mix of previous versions of Outlook? I wondered why you are prompted for this information. I had an inkling as Exchange 2003 is able to restrict ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 6:04 PM

Exchange 2007 Install From Command Line
Exchange 2007 has a new feature where it can be installed from a command line. This also allows for easily scripted mass installs for the enterprise, or a way to better standardize builds across many engineers or locations. You can test it out at the TechNet virtual labs mentioned in my previous post. "To ease deployments in large environments, Exchange Management Shell scripts can be used to automate server installation and provisioning." >exsetup /roles:clientaccess /mode:install ......

Posted On Friday, October 27, 2006 3:17 PM

Exchange 2007 Virtual Labs
From Eileen Brown's excellent Exchange-focused (usually) blog comes some links to TechNet Virtual Labs* for Exchange 2007: *For a limited time they are also giving away XBox 360's to lucky people who complete a lab and survey. Exchange Server 2007: Installing Exchange Server 2007 Exchange Server 2007: Using Management Console and Shell Exchange Server 2007: Administering Exchange Server 2007 Server Roles and Mailboxes Exchange Server 2007: Remote Client Access with Exchange Server 2007 Exchange Server ......

Posted On Friday, October 27, 2006 8:27 AM

Follow Up Comments on Unified Messaging in Exchange 2007
Eileen Brown, a Microsoft UK Technical Evangelist Manager, emailed me some comments on my last post. Apparently IE7 wasn't playing nice with the comments engine! Thanks for your persistence Eileen. BTW she has an awesome blog - especially for those with a bent towards Exchange! Below are her comments. It does much more than that... You can cancel all of your meetings, record a voice mail attachment and send that out too. You can get a reading of your email and calendar items too. From whatever phone ......

Posted On Friday, October 13, 2006 9:27 AM

Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging
Now this rocks! I am in an organization for the first time in a long while that does not routinely give mobile devices (Blackberries or Windows Mobile) out to all IT staff members (or even us important ones). I have had to get used to not having access to my calendar and upcoming appointments when away from my desk or laptop (on the upside I am not a slave to the crackberry). Being that my memory is terrible (just ask my wife) I was close to resorting to printing out my calendar each day and carrying ......

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 1:13 PM

TechNet Radio Answers Questions on Exchange 2007
Kevin Remde, Microsoft TechNet Presenter and uber blogger presents Q&A with the Microsoft Exchange 2007 team members. Earlier this year at TechReady he cornered the team and talked about deployment, unified messaging and disaster recovery. Introduction by the sultry-voiced Aurora Queen. tags: Exchange, Exchange2007, Kevin+Remde, unified+messaging, disaster+recovery, Aurora+Queen, TechNet ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 12:40 PM

November Southern Ohio Exchange Users Group Meeting Call for Topics
Now taking submissions for topics for the November meeting. Currently slated for 6:30pm on November 16th at Max Technical Training in Dayton, Ohio. Tentative speakers so far include Microsoft TechNet's Matt Hester and Symantec. Please hit the email link or leave a comment with topics and I will endeavor to get an expert to speak. See you there. tags: Exchange, SOEUG, IT+Pros, Southern+Ohio+Exchange+User... ......

Posted On Monday, October 2, 2006 10:28 AM

Podcasts: How Microsoft IT Defends Against Spam, Viruses, and E-Mail Attacks
Microsoft is really starting to ramp up its production of pod and screencasts. And the TechNet team is also converting webcasts in to podcasts so you can listen to them as well (at least until you get that great Zune device with its luscious video screen in a month). If you drive a lot as a consultant or for other reasons (roadtrip??) these are great to have! Get the mp3 version or the wma version. Abstract: How Microsoft IT Defends Against Spam, Viruses, and E-Mail AttacksDetailed discussion on ......

Posted On Monday, October 2, 2006 10:12 AM

How to do Exchange 2003 Recipient Tasks in Exchange 2007
The You Had Me at EHLO Exchange blog has a great article on how with Exchange 2007 you no longer do recipient-based tasks from within ADUC (Active Directory Users and Computers) but from within the Exchange 2007 Management Console (or PowerShell). This is great news for a large enterprise where the AD and Exchange engineers may be on seperate teams and not so great for smaller shops where one or more engineers do both roles ......

Posted On Friday, September 29, 2006 10:37 AM

Microsoft Antigen 9.0 Management Pack for MOM
The new Microsoft Antigen Management Pack for MOM supports the 9.0 versions of Microsoft Antigen for Exchange, Microsoft Antigen for SMTP Gateways, and Microsoft Antigen Spam Manager. The MOM pack supplies critical events and alerts on virus, worm, and spam activity to MOM 2005, and also monitors the health and availability of these products. Download here ......

Posted On Friday, September 29, 2006 8:37 AM

How to Get Exchange Information from ADUC Without Installing ESM
I have had trouble in the past when installing the Exchange System Manager (ESM) on my laptop so I can modify email information about a user in Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC). I get conflicts with Outlook (some shared or overwritten DLLs I imagine) or in the case of Outlook 2007 Beta 2, outright consistent crashes. I found this article by Jim McBee on how to copy just the needed DLLs from an Exchange server to the workstation in question. The page isn't available on his site for some ......

Posted On Thursday, September 21, 2006 11:11 AM

TechNet Virtual Lab: Antigen
TechNet virtual labs are now available for Antigen, Microsoft's latest security acquisition. The brand was recently released and updated to version 9.0 as part of the Microsoft ForeFront umbrella. There is also a beta version available for Exchange 2007 server. I found the lab to be well constructed, hitting all the needed areas for a good understanding of how Antigen can be configured in an Exchange environment. Highly recommended if you have a spare hour to learn more about this product. And if ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 6:14 AM

SOEUG in Dayton or Cincinnati?
As I start to ramp up the advertising and collaboration around the Southern Ohio Exchange User's Group I have been approached about an interesting idea. For those unaware of the Southern Ohio geography, Cincinnati anchors the southern border with Kentucky and then approximately 45 minutes north is the smaller city of Dayton. The space between Dayton and Cincinnati has almost been completely developed, and some suggest Dayton could just be a suburb of Cincinnati someday. The Microsoft offices were ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 8:19 AM

Exchange 2007 Management Console Overview
Amanda has a great overview of the new Exchange 2007 management console over at the EHLO blog. It has some great screenshots and comparisons with the Exchange 2003 ESM to highlight the changes in the way you interact with Exchange 2007. Personally, I love the new console. The three pane layout allows for you to get more done in less screen real estate. However, once I finish mastering the PowerShell, I dont plan on being in the new ESM much ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 6:43 AM

August TechNet in Columbus, Ohio
Come and see the always excellent Matt Hester in Columbus, Ohio on August 24th at the AMC Easton Town Centre 30. He will be presenting on Windows Vista, Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007. I have seen Matt present several times and he never fails to entertain and present some very in-depth and informational subject matter. And he's an Ohio State fan. He's not perfect however - he likes the Cleveland Browns - a team that cannot buy a center ... see all the details here ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 10:48 AM

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