Gerod Serafin's WebLog

Helping to keep large organizations' e-mail running

March, 2004

  • Scanning password protected .zip files

    I found this on the NTBUGTRAQ mailing list from a Michael Maloney. I don't know the validity of this, but it seemed interesting enough to post. I would be interested in hearing whether or not this works. “ With the release of Beagle.H and Beagle...
  • Why Exchange 5.5 Performance Optimizer on Windows 2000 SP4 doesn't always work

    Ok, first I guess I should give some history about the utility known as Performance Optimizer (Perfwiz). Years ago, when Exchange 5.5 was first released, Microsoft didn't have a whole lot of customers with really large Information Store (IS) databases...
  • FAQ Mania

    Q : What are the advantages to using Windows 2003 Enterprise over the standard version when running Exchange 2003? A : More processors. (Updated: RPC over HTTPS is available on the Standard version as well, so I removed my mistake.) Q : How do...
  • Even more Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

    Q : If I use OWA at a kiosk, what data is cached on the client? A : All OWA user data except attachments are sent with a no cache directive so that the browser shouldn’t cache anything. Non-user data like gifs and scripts are cached. To prevent...
  • On the road, again.

    Well, I was traveling way too much yesterday and I am in class this week so I am going to cheat a little and post some FAQ questions that I have compiled. Some of these may not be interesting to you , but some may. Q : Are there any problems with doing...
  • Why messaging should be a tier-one service

    Have you ever had your your phone system go down in your workplace? Did it effect your work? Most of us would agree that having a phone available at all times is a requirement for almost all white-collar jobs. That's why companies make sure that their...
  • Recommended post SP4 fixes for Exchange 5.5

    First of all, I want to let you know that I highly recommend that you run Exchange 2003 since the support date for Exchange 5.5 has already past (and 2003 rocks!), but since so many companies are still running 5.5 I wanted to forward you a list that I...
  • How to change the SMTP Banner

    Some customers feel that letting people know what kind of SMTP server they are running is a security vulnerability. I can see their point. Once a vulnerability is in the wild all you need to do is find the servers... So some would like to change that...
  • Still more Frequently Asked Questions...

    Q : Can I do an in-place upgrade of 55 to Exchange 2003. A : No, you can upgrade Exchange 2000 to 2003 or install Exchange 2003 and them move mailboxes from 5.5 to 2003. Q : How many GCs do I need dedicated for Exchange 2003? A : A good ratio...
  • New White paper: Client Network Traffic with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

    One of the most common questions we get is how does Outlook 2003 compare with previous versions of Outlook. Also, how does Outlook Web Access 2003 compare with OWA 2000? Well, now there is a real detailed look at the benefits of the newer versions. It...
  • BitTorrent and RSS (So happy together?)

    Ok, I just found this article linked from Slashdot and perhaps you have seen it already, but I must say, it sounds very interesting. Speed Meets Feed in Download Tool http://www.wired.com/news/infostructure/0,1377,62651,00.html
  • Some ways to improve OWA over dial-up

    Sometimes customers see slow performance when accessing OWA over Dial-up and using SSL. Here are some things that you should check to make sure that you are getting the best performance. Make sure that compression is enabled on the FE server...
  • How to collect Outlook 2003 connection performance from Exchange 2003

    I found this internally and I asked one of our Exchange Program Managers why this wasn't public yet. His reply was: “No reason. Should at least be a KB”. So I wrote one. But in the meantime, I thought I would share it with you. Client...
  • Windows XP SP2 RC1 is available

    Go get it now... http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/sp2preview.mspx
  • Gonna start playing with ISCSI

    Today I decided to set up my first Exchange 2003 cluster server using ISCSI to connect to the quorums. I'm also going to do this through Virtual Server so this should be pretty interesting. I'll let you know more when I have this finished. Don't know...
  • Some ways to improve OWA over dial-up

    Sometimes customers see slow performance when accessing OWA over Dial-up and using SSL. Here are some things that you should check to make sure that you are getting the best performance. Make sure that compression is enabled on the FE server...