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  • Blog Post: Get the inside scoop on Exchange at Microsoft Ignite

    This morning we published the first look at the Ignite session catalog providing you a better view of what to expect at Ignite . Ignite brings together the Exchange Conference with TechEd and other Microsoft technology events. By attending Ignite, you’ll have access to a broad set of content on Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Exchange 2010 DAG (Single Site) Using Data Protection Manager 2010

    Our friends over in the Data Protection Manager product group recently posted this article on how you can protect your Exchange 2010 high availability architecture using the next version of Data Protection Manager.  To find out more about DPM 2010, head over to the DPM blog . - Ross Smith IV
  • Blog Post: Looking Back on Testing

    It’s amazing how much can change in six years. Test has always been an area of constant innovation, creative problem solving, and process improvement. As a result of this continuous improvement we have dramatically changed our work lives as testers. When I started my first contract job for Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Got annoying Exchange error messages? Tell us!

    We are looking at improving strings (text, wording) of error messages, event log messages, Perfmon counters, popups etc for next version of Exchange. We'd like to get some feedback on what you see as problematic areas in this subject. Good examples would be some specific product areas (components...
  • Blog Post: What would you like to see in Mailbox Manager in future versions of Exchange?

    We're looking for some feedback on the mailbox manager feature, in three parts: #1: If you use it today, why - what scenarios do you use it for? For example, to reduce mailbox size to reduce backup time, to keep users under a certain SLA mailbox size, corporate retention policies, etc... just tell...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 beta documentation now available on the Microsoft Exchange Server TechCenter!

    Hi, this is Kevin Allison, and I lead the User Education group within the Microsoft Exchange product organization. I am pleased to announce that the beta documentation for Exchange 2007 has just been posted to the Microsoft Exchange Server TechCenter! http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange...
  • Blog Post: Video: Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Domino demo

    Erik Ashby , Edward Wu and Jenna Lyday give a live-meeting Webcast demonstrating the new Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Domino. They show how the suite can be used for migrating accounts, mailboxes and applications from Domino. You can get to the video here: - The Exchange Team
  • Blog Post: Writing Managed Sinks for SMTP and Transport Events

    Summary: This document provides developers an overview of how to write event sinks for SMTP and Transport events in managed code using wrappers that obscure some of the details of communicating with the unmanaged server. Introduction Writing event sinks in managed code allows the programmer to...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting messages stuck in 'Messages awaiting directory lookup' queue

    This blog post is a troubleshooting tip to tackle messages sitting in the Messages awaiting directory lookup queue of your Exchange 2000 / 2003 server. Also known as the Pre-categorization queue, "Messages awaiting directory lookup" queue is the queue where messages are held during the Categorization...
  • Blog Post: Size of Exchange Server 2007 UM (Unified Messaging) messages

    When talking about Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging (UM), we often get a question: "Just how big will those messages be?" The size of UM voice messages depends on the size of the attachment that holds the voice data. In turn, the size of the attachment depends on three factors: (1)...
  • Blog Post: The story of the MSDTC resource and Exchange 200x cluster servers

    As I already mentioned on my blog , here is some information on a somewhat confusing subject. I added two more questions about MSDTC that we hear often: Over the years, the best practice recommendations on where to place the MS Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) resource in Exchange cluster...
  • Blog Post: How to Export and Import mailboxes to PST files in Exchange 2007 SP1

    There might be times when an Exchange Administrator will need to export the contents of individual mailboxes to offline files in order to present specific users with a format that is easily portable and ready to consume using Outlook clients. To fulfill this need Exchange 2007 SP1 will have a new set...
  • Blog Post: How to find public folder calendars and their owners?

    With the new DST changes, many customers are asking about how to identify all their public folder calendars and their owners. Fortunately, this is very easy to do using PFDAVAdmin . When you create a folder that holds appointment items, this sets the PR_CONTAINER_CLASS (0x3613001E) property on the folder...
  • Blog Post: How to block all outbound mail to a specific address with Exchange

    Some customers want to block all mail sent from inside the company to a specific email address outside the company. To do this, create a contact in the Active Directory and give it the email address to which you want to block mail. Then, on the “Exchange General“ tab of the contact's properties...
  • Blog Post: Fax in Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging

    Unified Messaging provides the functionality of having voice mail, email and fax to a single location that is the user's mailbox. In Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging the fax feature is limited to inbound fax only. Which means that, an external or internal caller can call to the UM server and leave a fax...
  • Blog Post: Remove Exchange Attributes vs. Delete Mailbox

    Over time, several people have inquired about the differences between the "Delete Mailbox" and "Remove Exchange Attributes" functionality in Exchange 2000/2003. Note: The Remove Exchange Attributes option only appears in the Exchange Tasks wizard within the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in...
  • Blog Post: How to export Exchange-related stuff out of the active directory

    Few days ago, KC forwarded me a question she got off one of blog posts. How do you export the list of mailbox-enabled users out of Active Directory? There are many ways of doing this, but one of easier (and the output can be worked with easily) is to use the built-in CSVDE tool to accomplish that. ...
  • Blog Post: We updated the Exchange 2007 Server Storage Calculator...

    ...that we blogged about here . What's new, you ask? The previous version outlined the minimum capacity requirements necessary deploying Exchange databases and transaction logs. It did not account for the fact that customers may not want to design a LUN at maximum capacity or miss the fact that they...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Beta 2 is here!

    I'm very happy to share that Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 is now available for everyone to download . Visit the preview site to find links to all Beta 2-related documentation. Whereas Beta 1 was an engineering milestone of a work in progress, with Beta 2 we are feature complete. From here to RTM...
  • Blog Post: Why on earth did my email to a public folder go there?

    The following has come up in various guises in internal questions and so I thought it was about time this was given to a wider audience. I’ve just sent an email to a public folder – how did it actually get there, given I have multiple replicas of the folder...? Delivering an email to a mailbox is relatively...
  • Blog Post: How to manually delete a Full-Text Index

    There was a post on the Microsoft.Public.Exchange.Admin newsgroup last month asking for assistance on how to manually delete a Full-Text Index as ESM was hanging when trying to delete the Full-Text Index. I thought it would be advantageous to not only post the response on the Newsgroup, but also on the...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2003 Server Service Pack 2 (SP2) Anti-Spam Framework

    "Spam is our e-mail customers' No. 1 complaint today, and Microsoft is innovating on many different fronts to eradicate it" - Bill Gates . With the release of Exchange 2003 Server SP2 Microsoft and the Exchange Server Product Unit are taking another big step in helping alleviate the Unsolicited Commercial...
  • Blog Post: More Exchange analyzer TLA's*

    * TLA = Three Letter Acronym In September 2004, we released the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer (ExBPA). We followed up on this success in November 2005 with the Performance Troubleshooter (ExPTA) and the Disaster Recovery Analyzer (ExDRA). Over recent months we have been working on a new analyzer...
  • Blog Post: Video series - Exchange 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR)

    Now that Beta 2 of Exchange Server 2007 is available for public download and preview, I thought I would present a blogcast about one of my favorite features: Cluster Continuous Replication, or CCR for short. CCR is a high availability feature of Exchange 2007 that combines the asynchronous log shipping...
  • Blog Post: Is there Exchange swag in your future?

    Hi all, A while back we held a limerick contest and gave away some prizes. We also gave away some "vintage" exchange swag to user groups around the world too. It's been a while since we've done a giveaway, and it's high time we did it again! One of our favorite things to see in the exchange community...