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  • Blog Post: Video: Vivek Sharma and Mihai Jalobeanu on Exchange Management Shell

    This is an (almost 23 minutes long) interview with Vivek Sharma (Program Manager) and Mihai Jalobeanu (Software Dev Engineer) from Exchange System Management team, talk about Exchange Management Shell (aka Monad). There will be a follow-up video with some demos that they did as a part of this interview...
  • Blog Post: Exchange administrator focus groups at Tech-Ed

    We will be conducting focus group sessions (with Exchange Administrators) at the below dates/times on email management, email policies (retention, expiration, deletion, journaling, compliance, etc), as well as Calendaring (focus on Free/Busy issues and OOF). During these sessions, we will also show prototype...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 migration overview

    Introduction The process of migrating mailbox content between Exchange servers has been greatly improved for Exchange 2007. Differently than previous versions, our tools are now part of the server code and are therefore more integrated and functional. There are three tasks used for mailbox migration...
  • Blog Post: OPATH recipient filtering for Exchange Server 2007

    OPATH is basis for the filtering syntax used by PowerShell, and is therefore the filtering syntax used by Exchange 2007. It replaces the complicated syntax of LDAP used in Exchange 2003, and will allow for filters which are easier to create and interpret. For native PowerShell filters, all work is done...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2007: Platforms, Editions, Product Keys and Versions

    Scott Schnoll posted a very interesting blog post on his blog , where he goes over some frequently asked questions about Exchange Server 2007. He talks about: Editions and Licenses 32-bit vs. 64-bit Exchange 2007 and Virtualization Evaluations and Product Keys What's Missing from the 32-bit Version Final...
  • Blog Post: Performance troubleshooting basics

    Since I occasionally troubleshoot performance problems, I thought I’d write up the basics of the process I use. Due to the nature of this topic, this isn’t going to be a comprehensive coverage of all possible performance problems. I just want to focus on the main process, and list a few of the things...
  • Blog Post: Exchange news!

    A new frontier for Exchange was entered today, as we announced our intent to acquire FrontBridge Technologies . They are one of the leading providers of managed services that address corporate email security, compliance, and availability requirements. We’re really excited about this acquisition because...
  • Blog Post: On Regtrace and how to disable it correctly

    What is Regtrace? Regtrace is an extremely useful debug tool, which helps Exchange Escalation Engineers and Developers to diagnose and resolve an Exchange 2000 problem, usually transport related problems. There are many scenarios where Regtrace data is required to debug and troubleshoot an Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2003 OWA XBOX theme, anyone?

    Lee Derbyshire wrote an article over at msexchange.org - on how to create your custom Exchange 2003 OWA themes . To make this more fun, we made the files needed for XBOX-inspired OWA theme available here . A little preview of this eye-candy: Happy XOWAing! - Nino Bilic
  • Blog Post: When customers put pre-release Exchange code in production...

    Like many of the product groups within Microsoft, Exchange relies heavily on a fairly small but dedicated set of our customers who make up the Technology Adoption Program (or TAP). TAPs exist in varying sizes and flavors, but the basic idea is that they replace the former array of early-adopter, joint...
  • Blog Post: On Digital Photos, Overseas Travel, and Outlook Web Access

    1 Background A few weeks ago, I returned from a two week bicycling adventure through the fjords of Norway. Accompanying me on this trip was an old racing buddy and friend from grade school as well as a bit of his extended family. Each of us was armed with a digital camera. In those...
  • Blog Post: Does OWA have pop-up ads?

    Several times I've received mail from OWA users kindly notifying us of pop-up ads associated with OWA. I know this is rational on their part - they start up OWA and suddenly there's pop-up ads for various companies selling unmentionables. Well, folks, I can assure you, there is no secret account in the...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 200x SRS - how does it fit into the big picture?

    The SRS is a service that makes possible the exchange of directory information between Exchange Server 5.5 Directory and the dissimilar Windows Active Directory. In mixed mode organizations, the SRS is necessary because Exchange 5.5 directory information can only be replicated between Exchange 5.5 servers...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2003 SP1 Security Configuration Wizard and Exchange servers

    Now that Windows 2003 SP1 is out , I wanted to mention a tool that has shipped as part of Windows 2003 SP1. While the tool itself is not installed by SP1, the shortcut to the Help file is placed on the server desktop when SP1 is installed. What does that have to do with Exchange? About the tool: ...
  • Blog Post: MIME messages delivered to public folders show up as post items

    In Exchange 5.5, when you emailed a MIME message to a public folder, it would be delivered to the public folder as an email message (message class IPM.Note). In Exchange 2000/2003, this behavior changed, a byproduct of the new support for native MIME content. In Exchange 5.5, all messages were converted...
  • Blog Post: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Beta 2 goes live!

    System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Beta 2 is now available for download! DPM 2007 Beta 2 is designed to provide a best-of-breed protection and the most robust, reliable recovery experience for Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint. Try out the new standard for Windows backup and recovery...
  • Blog Post: Recent change of Internet Explorer 6 behavior in handling ActiveX controls and its effects on OWA

    Summary A cumulative security update has been recently released for Internet Explorer 6 for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. This update changes the way in which Internet Explorer handles some Web pages that use ActiveX controls and Java applets. As...
  • Blog Post: Configuring SMTP Domains for Inbound and Relay

    So for many weeks I've debated about what to post here. My colleagues and I have worked pretty hard since the release of Exchange 2000 to document the SMTP Transport stack. So I figured by now everyone knew everything there was to know about setting up SMTP domains for inbound and relay. We covered the...
  • Blog Post: Checking on the public folder backfill process

    This goes somewhat hand in hand with my previous entry where I talked a little about how the backfill process works. You’ve set up a new public store, or changed the replica list for a specific folder. In either case, there’s a dance the server participates in to get everything caught up...
  • Blog Post: Be Aware of Message Default Limit Changes When Upgrading Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2003

    In Exchange 2003 some of the default settings were changed to tighten security. One of these settings is the sending and receiving message size settings. In Exchange 2000, no default size was set, but in Exchange 2003 the Sending message size and Receiving message size settings for the Exchange organization...
  • Blog Post: Solving the Phone Synchronization Problem End-to-End

    (or, The Design of Exchange Direct Push in Exchange 2003 SP2) Background I bought my first cell phone in the summer of 2000 – the venerable Nokia 5160. With the attendant giddy excitement of a new consumer electronics purchase, I started adding names and numbers to the addressbook on the phone...
  • Blog Post: What is the Exchange ActiveSync Up-to-date feature and how does it work?

    One of the new features in Exchange 2003 is Exchange ActiveSync. Exchange ActiveSync allows you to synchronize your Windows Mobile 2003 Device with your Exchange mailbox over a wireless network without having to cradle the device . The Up-to-date (UTD) feature notifies the device if there is a new item...
  • Blog Post: PFDAVAdmin tool version 2.6 released - great new features!

    Last week, we released an updated version of Microsoft Exchange Server Public Folder DAV-based Administration Tool (aka PFDAVAdmin) Version 2.6 (Build 7830) to the web. You can download it from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=635BE792-D8AD-49E3-ADA4-E2422C0AB424&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: Community and Help Experience Survey: 163 responses and still going!

    We wanted to follow up on the survey post that we ran not so long ago and give you an idea of what some results told us. Although 44% of you tagged yourselves as lurkers, we had an overwhelming amount of participation in the "Community and Help Experience" survey. We want to thank all of you for taking...
  • Blog Post: The Secret Decoder Ring - The Hidden Truth in the Exchange 2007 Admin and Routing Group Names

    As most people know, back in the days of Exchange 5.5, Exchange servers were grouped into sites, representing groups of well-connected servers. In Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003 we introduced the idea of routing groups, which represented well-connected servers, and administrative groups, which represented...