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  • Blog Post: Forefront Protection for Exchange - Antispam Video HERE

    Alex Nikolayev, a program manager on the Forefront Server Protection team, was recently interviewed on video about the new antispam filters available in Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE). Alex gives an excellent overview of the antispam filters in FPE and how they are integrated into...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 SP2 Rollup 2 is now released - Get it HERE

    The release of the rollup via Microsoft Update has now gone live. Get the RU here . In addition to bug fixes reported by customers we have added new rules to the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer to check the health of your system. Starting this rollup, customers who wish to deploy the new BPA health...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO Enable Telnet in Windows 7 and Vista

    Telnet is a well known reliable protocol to communicate with different network hosts.It provides a bidirectional interactive communication facility between two hosts. If you want to use the Telnet application in Windows 7 then please note that it is not enabled by default. To enable it, you will have...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2010 Troubleshooting Issues – Part II

    Best practices in Exchange 2010 deployment Before kicking off the actual implementation stage, verify that the required third party products in your company (e.g. Antivirus, Backup, etc.) support Exchange 2010 and Windows 2008 R2. Remeber you may well be able to cut some licence cosots with new...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2010 Troubleshooting Issues – Part III

    Common issues seen in Exchange 2007 migrations to Exchange 2010 Strange errors may appear during OWA/Outlook Anywhere, Offline Address book management (e.g. Event ID 9519 "Error 0x80004005" in the application event log, etc.). Event ID 9519 "Error 0x80004005" is logged in the Application...
  • Blog Post: Default Authentication Settings Exchange 2007/2010 IIS Application & Virtual Directories!!

    Im getting alot of questions around the default authentication setting for the exchange virtual directories - So I though I would dig this out as a handy reference; You can find these settings in IIS7. Select each Virtual Directory and then IIS section –> Authentication. Listed are the virtual...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Storage Calculator Updated... Finally! Get it HERE

    Well, It’s been well over a year, but we have finally updated the Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator to coincide with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange 2007 Performance Benchmarking Guide whitepaper update. Take a look at the Updates Tracking page...
  • Blog Post: BPOS Price Drop of 40% - So go get your 25GB mailbox in the cloud!!

    As more Microsoft Partners are offering Business Productivity Online Services to their customers, the cloud-based Exchange, Sharepoint, Office Communicator and Live Meeting Services have been scaling up in Microsoft datacentres around the world. These economies of scale have allowed Microsoft to...
  • Blog Post: Keeping your head in the cloud - Monitoring BPOS

    MessageOps has posted an applicaiton for monitoring Exchange Online. This looks like a really useful tool for identyfing service latency or connection issues. Keep an eye on these guys! http://www.messageops.com/ExmonDownload.html
  • Blog Post: PLEASE Dont put HUB or CAS in the Perimeter Network!!

    This is a GREAT post from the team over at EHLO about the dangers of a bad design decision; We sometimes hear customers talking about putting Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2010 Client Access Servers (CAS) into the Perimeter network (sometimes referred to as the "DMZ" - Demilitarized Zone). A Perimeter...
  • Blog Post: Public Folder Problems in Exchange 2007 CCR - its all about replication...

    We see a number of cases coming through support regarding an issue with Public Folder databases after a CCR failover on an Exchange 2007SP1/SP2 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) cluster. This is pretty well documented, but seems to be either misunderstood or simply unknown to many Exchange admins...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2008R2 and Exchange 2007 - Supported or not...??

    Server administrators be warned; if you’re looking at Windows Server 2008 R2 you need to be aware we (Microsoft) are not currently supporting Microsoft Exchange 2007 on this platform. Instead, you must upgrade to Exchange 2010. This news was made public via the Microsoft Exchange Team blog when discussing...
  • Blog Post: Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2007 SP2 has now been released!

    Microsoft has released Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (KB 971534) to the download center. The release of the rollup via Microsoft Update will happen on November 24. While the bulk of the changes in this rollup are bug fixes, there have also been some great improvements to...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2010 - HOWTO Set up Multiple EXCHANGE profiles from a single account

    A new and currently not widely known capability in Outlook 2010 is the ability to sync with multiple Exchange Servers . To do this, simply close down Outlook and configure the required profiles using the Control Panel > Mail applet. This is useful for a number of scenarios - testing, when...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO increase the Logging Levels in Exchange 2003,2007 and 2010

    Im often asked about logging levels in Exchange and to be fair to my customers, when I'm not asked I will always turn the tables and start the discussion. Logging is an important troubleshooting step, and when implimented correctly can also become a powerful pro-active mechanism to help identify issues...
  • Blog Post: Deleted Mailbox not appearing in Disconnected mailbox GUI?? Read on...

    This seems to be a very common complaint from the field - Deleted mailboxes will appear in disconnected mailbox list, but these changes it will not reflect immediately. You have to wait for online maintenance to run and complete before the mailboxes are correctly listed If you accidentally delete...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE - Support for Exchange 2007 on Windows Server 2008R2 is coming!!

    Great news on the Exchange 2007 support front as posted here at EHLO We are listening and this sort of U turn really shows how powerful your feedback really is! " We always talk about listening to customers and sometimes this is written off by many as 'marketing speak'. In fact, we do take feedback...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2010 has reached RTM! Product Code and Install Guide Here!!

    Great news… the product is now RTM, refer the DPM Blog for details The RTM Evaluation Software for DPM 2010 is available at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/bb727240.aspx A single DPM server can protect – 100 production servers 1,000 Windows clients 2,000 SQL databases...
  • Blog Post: Update Rollup 10 for Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Update Rollup 3 for Exchange 2007 SP2 and Update Rollup 3 for Exchange 2010 have been released - Links HERE!

    MIcrosoft has released the following update for Exchange Server : Security Update for Exchange 2000 Server (KB976703) Security Update for Exchange 2003 SP2 (KB976702) Update Rollup 10 for Exchange 2007 SP1 (KB981407) Update Rollup 4 for Exchange 2007 SP2 (KB981383) Update Rollup 3 for...
  • Blog Post: The Cryptic NDR Codes Revealed!

    Seems I am always being asked about the actual meaning of the various cryptic non delivery reports generated by Exchange, This blog explains the meaning of the NDR Error Codes received in Non-Delivery reports. This information can be useful in determining the specific cause of the email delivery failure...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Capacity Planning Tool Released - Get it HERE!

    A quick one - I recommend anyone about to deploy FPE to take a look at the new PFE 2010 capacity planning tool to ensure you have correct capacity (memory and CPU) on the server roles before going live! It can be downloaded here
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 and Windows Server 2008R2... The facts about our support stance

    I have had a large number of customer requests asking for help to clarify our support stance - so here goes; The news was initially made public via the Microsoft Exchange Team blog when discussing rollup 9 for Exchange Server 2007 service pack 1 Specifically, the Exchange Team note that one of...
  • Blog Post: New Antigen category in WSUS!!

    A new product family called Antigen will be added to your WSUS server in the next few days. The Antigen product category will include updates, including service packs, optional updates, and critical or security updates, for the Microsoft® Antigen 9 for Exchange and Microsoft® Antigen 9 for SMTP. Antigen...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server Supportability Matrix

    It seems currently there are so many different versions of Windows/Active Directory we can all easily get confused to what Exchange Server version is supported on which OS/Active Directory. Luckily there is a support matrix that explains this very clearly! Below is a screenshot of the Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Migration / Transisition Options CLEARLY Explained HERE!

    There seems to be a great deal of confusion currently around the question of migrating to Exchange 2010 - Everyone seems pretty intent on doing it, but many find it hard to identify the correct upgrade path to suit thier current environment. Exchange has always had a specific combination of operating...