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  • Blog Post: Meet the Exchange team!

    During Terry's keynote on INTERACT2008 conference, we showed a 5 minute video that introduces some of the members of the Exchange Team and gives some insight into what they do. We figured that some of you might be interested in seeing it too so it is now posted for everyone to see here: If you...
  • Blog Post: MAPI Messaging Benchmark Being Retired

    MAPI Messaging Benchmark ( MMB3 /MMB4) has been the benchmark for measuring the performance and scalability of computers running Microsoft Exchange Server.  While MMB has served its purpose, it also has limitations in helping our customers compare solutions.  Among the most significant limitations...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Happy 10th birthday, Outlook Web Access!

    Granted, this is a bit belated, but you should know that Outlook Web Access (OWA) just recently turned 10 years old! On May 23, 1997 we have released Exchange Server 5.0. The product contained a Web based e-mail interface which was originally called "Exchange Web Access". Later on, we have changed the...
  • Blog Post: Why we named a bit in the directory after BillG

    The billg bit or the DoNicknameResolution bit is a setting in the Active Directory that controls how Outlook ambiguous name resolution (ANR) works. Normally, when resolving a name in Outlook, a query is done against the AD using the string passed in. The AD will try to match the string against all of...
  • Blog Post: Me Too!

    One way of telling how long a Microsoft employee has been working here is their reaction to the phrase “Bedlam DL3”. Just for grins, I was at lunch in the cafeteria with a bunch of co-workers and I blurted out, totally out of context: “Bedlam DL3”. About 3 of the old-timers in...
  • Blog Post: Sometimes good intentions hurt

    When Exchange 2000 was released one of the goals was to allow third-party developers to write custom applications that they could use to automate mailing, CDO for Exchange was build into Exchange 2000, and CDOSYS was distributed with Windows. These were fairly simple to implement and to make them even...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2007 - The Making of an icon

    Introduction By now you've probably noticed that Exchange Server 2007 has a brand spankin' new icon. Gone is the familiar "Globe and Mail" icon of Exchange versions past, replaced with a new, dynamic and somewhat abstract "X." So how did we come up with this icon? The Old Icon We started looking at the...
  • Blog Post: Squeaky Lobster rears its head again in the Microsoft employee giving campaign

    This post is mainly for other softies who read the blog, but we hope our customers and partners enjoy it with us as the squeaky lobster has long been part of Exchange culture and lore and -- if we have anything to do with it -- will continue to embarrass the developer who started it all for years to...
  • Blog Post: A brief history of time - Exchange Server way

    Ever wondered how Exchange Server evolved over the years? And how come Exchange Server 2007 shows "8.0" as its version number? Here is a brief history of time... it might add a bit to the known history ! First Exchange proof of concept was in the early 90's. Development team usage only. Mercury...
  • Blog Post: Speaking of the Melissa virus….

    As an Exchange Support Engineer, I dread the onset of any virus that will affect our customers. However, given that my name is Melissa, this virus was particularly painful for me! Imagine answering a support call during this outbreak “Thank you for calling Microsoft Exchange Support, this is Melissa”...
  • Blog Post: Let's talk about Server Extension Objects (SEO)

    I’ve worked for Microsoft for about 8 years, all in the Exchange group, and I really enjoy it. The people who work here are bright, self-motivated, and we have the resources we need to get our jobs done. It feels great to ship world-class products that our customers love. However, not everything is perfect...
  • Blog Post: Signed off!

    This morning, we signed off Exchange 2007 for release to you! We've bet the company on this product. Here at Microsoft, we have over 120,000 mailboxes running in production on Exchange 2007 – exceeding our SLA of 99.95% availability. Likewise, over 200 Technology Adoption Partners and Rapid Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Exchange CVP Terry Myerson heading to Windows Mobile

    Terry Myerson , Microsoft CVP for Exchange, is heading over to lead the Windows Mobile product team. The Exchange community will miss Terry,  but this is a fantastic opportunity for him and the Windows Mobile team gains a strong new leader. Terry came to Exchange in 2001. Under his excellent leadership...
  • Blog Post: A brief history of Exchange Team gifts over the years...

    Note: There is absolutely no useful content in this posting whatsoever. If you are looking for some little nuggets to help you administrator Exchange, you aren't going to find it here. If, however, you're a bit bored because Exchange is working so well and there's nothing for you to do, read on. Whenever...
  • Blog Post: EHLO Again!

    Earlier last month, the Exchange team blog turned seven. Our first post, creatively titled “First Post!!!” of the Microsoft Exchange team blog , was dated Feb 09, 2004. From the squeaky lobster to the Exchange 2007 secret decoder ring , we’ve enjoyed sharing Exchange stories with...
  • Blog Post: From crush to product documentation: The story of Squeaky Lobster

    When customers first hear about being able to enable extra JET Blue or ESE Database performance counters via adding a "Squeaky Lobster" registry value, they often think it must be a joke or ask you to repeat it. And invariable the question comes up ... _ why _ "Squeaky Lobster"? Various lore or conjecture...
  • Blog Post: Here is your citation, Wikipedia

    We noticed the following in the Wikipedia article about ESE : Well, here's your citation for you - and we added a few names: Developers who have contributed towards the success of JET Blue include Cheen Liao, Stephen Hecht, Matthew Bellew, Ian Jose, Edward "Eddie" Gilbert, Kenneth Kin Lum, Balasubramanian...
  • Blog Post: Hybrid Mailbox moves and EMC changes

    As customers are upgraded or sign up for the latest version of Office 365 for business, they may notice some changes in their recipient and organization management experience. For instance, we now allow the Organization and Hybrid Migration management experience to be initiated from the Exchange Administration...
  • Blog Post: Why does Exchange use dynamic ports for the Information Store, et cetera?

    Not so long ago, we had this question as a blog subject suggestion, so here it is: Exchange implements many of its services through the remote procedure call (RPC) facilities provided by Windows. RPC is not limited to any particular transport (e.g. TCP/IP). Instead, a service providing RPC access...
  • Blog Post: /Mixed-ing it up: Multipart/Mixed Messages and You

    Greetings, Exchange Administrators! In today’s edition of “and You”, we’ll be covering Exchange’s handing of messages generated by iPhones, iPads, and Macintosh Mail clients. Specifically, we’re going to cover what /mixed content body messages are, how Exchange handles...
  • Blog Post: The history of content conversion in Exchange

    The Exchange server and the client (that evolved into Outlook) were originally (circa 1992) based on the MAPI standard (stands for Messaging Application Programming Interface). Broadly this can be divided into the MAPI data model, and the MAPI object schema. Very simplistically, the MAPI data model can...
  • Blog Post: Why is OOF an OOF and not an OOO?

    Here's an interesting historical question - when we say Out of Office, why does it sometimes get shortened to ‘OOF’? Shouldn’t it be ‘OOO’? Inside Microsoft, ‘OOF’ means not just the message which says you’re Out of Office, but it has grown to mean the...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Access Check

    Exchange 5.5 Security When an Exchange client contacts the Exchange 5.5 store, the Exchange client specifies an Exchange DN to represent the user on the Exchange server. The NT user’s account is validated to ensure that it has the “receive-as” right to that object in the Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Dogfood at home - living the life...

    Introduction For the last few years in the Exchange team, we have embarked on a series of programs intended to bring our engineers closer to our customers and the experience they have with actually using our products. We've been doing a number of different things: holding sessions where we bring in customers...