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  • Blog Post: Be aware: October 26 2014 Russian time zone changes and Exchange

    We wanted to give you a heads up that depending on the version of Exchange you are running, there might be some impact to either names of time zones that are changing on October 26, or the way that actual meetings are displayed in affected time zones. Customers using our newer versions of Exchange, 2010...
  • Blog Post: How to publish Anonymous Calendar Sharing URL in Exchange Online or Exchange 2013

    Do your users want to share their calendar with anonymous users? Here's a tip related to sharing your calendar via a web link for anonymous users (users outside of your organization). Users can publish their calendar for anonymous viewers using OWA . Organization administrators can also publish a...
  • Blog Post: Common mailbox / folder sharing scenarios Guided Walkthroughs now available

    Exchange and Outlook have, for years, been great collaboration platforms, where our customers could share information easily with others. One of the things that came to light when a lot of our customers adopted Office 365 , is that many often have trouble matching their business needs to actual features...
  • Blog Post: Configuring inter-org Free/Busy lookups for Exchange 2007 mailboxes in an Exchange 2010 SP1 federated organization

    To enable cross organization/premise Free/Busy lookup for users located on Exchange 2007 servers when there is an organization relationship in place with the business instance of the Microsoft Federation Gateway (default instance for Exchange 2010 SP1) it is necessary to add the availability address...
  • Blog Post: What does Exchange 2007 Availability Service do?

    The Exchange Server 2007 Availability service improves free/busy data access for information workers by providing secure, consistent, and up-to-date free/busy data to clients that are using Availability Web Service (like Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or Exchange 2007 Outlook Web Access). Outlook 2007...
  • Blog Post: Setting Folder Permissions in Outlook - what really happens?

    Someone asked the following, so I thought I would try and address the issue as I think it is one that is commonly misunderstood: Could you enlighten us on what happens when an Outlook user uses the permissions tab on a folder to grant access to other users? It apparently isn't the same as when...
  • Blog Post: Exchange and Daylight Saving Time 2007

    As many of you know, there will be a change next year in the transition dates for US daylight saving time. I won't go into all the gory details here, but if you want them follow this link http://www.microsoft.com/windows/timezone/dst2007.mspx This site will be updated to provide all the latest information...
  • Blog Post: How do you know which mailboxes are registered with the Auto Accept Agent?

    This is my 4 th blog post on the subject of Exchange 2003 Auto Accept Agent. If you want to see previous posts, you can see them here: one , two and three . The listings of Mailboxes that are registered on any given server are currently homed in the SystemMailbox. These registrations are populated...
  • 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: CalCheck - The Outlook Calendar Checking Tool

    Over the past year or so I have been working on this tool - adding functionality and checks based off my experience as an Outlook engineer, and from suggestions given by other engineers. Well, this February the tool has been released so that all our customers can download and use it to check for potential...
  • Blog Post: Raising diagnostic logging for Message Access might cause calendar issues with Exchange 2007 SP2

    There is potential for calendar related problems when new diagnostic logging for Message Access, which is available in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is raised from its default setting of Lowest . A Knowledge Base article and a fix are in the works at this time and will be available soon...
  • Blog Post: The Hybrid Free Busy Troubleshooter Now Available

    Hybrid Free/Busy troubleshooter As customers move their organization into the Cloud or choose to coexist, there is a need to ensure that some of the basic functionalities users have grown accustomed to, continue to work. While some of you will move all of the users in a cutover fashion which...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Preparing for DST - How to make the transition step-by-step

    If you have been checking our DST Webcast page , you could see the following Webcast is coming up shortly: Preparing for Daylight Saving Time: How To Make The Transition Step-by-Step Event ID: 1032330844 Language(s): English. Product(s): Exchange Server,Outlook,Windows. Audience(s): IT Professional....
  • Blog Post: uCan iCal with Exchange and Outlook

    iCal, or internet calendaring, generally isn't heavily used or widely understood. When it is used, it generally creates some confusion since it produces different results based on what server and clients are used. Rather than babble on about all the RFC info, lets use an example to show what this is...
  • Blog Post: More DST Webcasts coming up

    If you did not see our Webcasts for daylight saving time changes in 2007 page yet, you should know that there are two DST Webcasts coming up this week: Preparing for daylight saving time: How to make the DST transition step-by-step Microsoft DST team members walk through how to use the Windows, Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Recurring Meeting Requests with Conflicting Instances 2: The Power of Delegates

    The key takeaway from my last post on this topic was that the Resource Booking Assistant never allows double booking of a resource room calendar as a result of a recurring meeting request (please see Automatic Processing of Recurring Meeting Requests with Conflicting Instances ). Since there are times...
  • Blog Post: Time to Check Your Calendars Again

    Well, it's that time again.  Time for the clocks to change, as a result of Daylight Savings Time (DST).  If you are an Exchange administrator, and haven't heard how the time changes impact your messaging environment, then you have probably been shipwrecked on a deserted island with no communication...
  • Blog Post: Video: How to rebase a Resource Calendar using the Outlook Time Zone Update tool and the /FORCEREBASESUPPRESSALL switch

    In this video, we are demonstrating how to use the updated Outlook Time Zone Tool to update a resource mailbox. We are also demonstrating one of scenarios where a meeting item may become double booked if Direct Booking is used. Please view this to help you understand the process of updating your resource...
  • Blog Post: Advisory: Potential changes to Daylight Saving Time in Iraq

    Microsoft has learned of a potential change to the observance of daylight saving time (DST) in Iraq. This change may affect customers who use the Baghdad time zone. An early, unsubstantiated report says that the Ministry of Iraq has decided that the country will no longer observe DST even though they...
  • Blog Post: Running the Exchange Calendar Update Configuration Tool in report only mode

    EDIT: This post has been updated on 10/9/2007 to address comments and questions that we got from you on original post. The Exchange Calendar Update Configuration Tool was not designed to work in a report only mode through the tool's UI. However, there is a technical work around that will allow you to...
  • Blog Post: Change the default range of free/busy data published for all users

    One question I see asked a lot is if there is a way to publish Free/Busy information for all users from the server-side. In Outlook the default is to publish 2 months of Free/Busy information per user. So is there a way to extend the default other than changing it from the client? The short answer to...
  • Blog Post: Additional information about Exchange and Daylight Saving Time 2007 is now available

    As a followup to Elizabeth's previous post I wanted to let you know that the "Preparing for daylight saving time changes in 2007" page has been updated with more information related to Exchange, Outlook, Windows and other products. Please keep checking that page for more information: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Argentina DST change on 12/30/2007

    The government of Argentina has announced (read more about it here , here and here ) the implementation of daylight saving time (DST) in Argentina. The following are the start and end dates for the daylight saving time defined: Daylight saving time begins: Sunday, December 30 th , 2007 at 00:00...
  • Blog Post: The extended Daylight Saving Time period for the US and Canada begins this Sunday (Oct. 28 2007)

    If you have not used the Time Zone Data Update Tools in your environment previously and you have users with appointments that appear to be off by one hour during the week of October 28, 2007 – November 4, 2007 then you should consider whether or not to run the Exchange Calendar Update Tool (941018...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Calendar Repair Assistant

    Exchange 2010 had many new enhancements and improvements over prior versions of Exchange. One really cool feature was the introduction of the Calendar Repair Assistant (CRA). The CRA is a mailbox assistant that is configurable through the Exchange Management Shell and runs within the MS Exchange Mailbox...