Gerod Serafin's WebLog

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Gerod Serafin's WebLog

  • Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate Available <Updated>

    Today we announced that Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate (RC) is available for download at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c6d27da1-ba2c-4570-a491-c0d7b39ede8b&displaylang=en (This link works...) Some things...
  • 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...
  • Fix for Online Backups of Exchange 2003 with SP1

    When doing online backups of Exchange 2003 with SP1 you may not be successful and you may get the following in your application logs: ID: 217 Source: ESE Type: Error Category: Logging/Recovery Description: Error -4001 During backup of a database location...
  • Running Exchange System Manager on Windows XP

    Recently I got asked (again) about running the Exchange System Manager (ESM) on Windows XP. It works, but what if you use Outlook on the same machine? It is officially unsupported. Or to state it another way, if you have a problem with Outlook or the...
  • Updated DST 2007 Information

    Today, Microsoft posted some much awaited information about the steps that will be necessary for Exchange Server, the Operating System, Windows Mobile, and Outlook clients. You can find it here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/timezone/dst2007.mspx ...
  • Exchange and Windows Server Updates - Inetinfo repeatedly crashes

    On Saturday we released two updates. One is for Exchange 2003 and one is for Windows 2000 SMTP. This fixes an issue where the Inetinfo.exe repeatedly crashes and restarts. You may see the following errors: Source: Service Control Manager Type: Error Event...
  • EXBPA has been released!

    Wouldn't you like to know: When you need to have Bios updated on your Servers? When the settings on your Antivirus software is incorrect? When your configuration is not optimal for performance? When you have software updates for Exchange? EXBPA can do...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Title Change - Advisory Support Engineer

    When my wife used to get asked what I did for work she used to say she didn't know. So, I had to explain it to her in the simplest terms I could. "I keep large companies' email working for them." My current title is Advisory Support Engineer for Exchange...
  • Exchange Product Version List

    I don't know who started this list first, but it is useful for me. I thought that I would put it out there for everyone to use. I’ve added some versions that weren’t on it originally and made some corrections as well. If you find that this list is wrong...
  • Nokia to use Windows Media Player

    (Credit - Paul Robichaux) ( http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/feb05/02-14NokiaCollaborationPR.asp This is yet another reason why I don't have an IPod . Way to go Nokia.
  • Page 23 Meme

    I got this from Adam . Not sure why I'm doing this, but here goes: Grab the nearest book. Open the book to page 23. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. “To this he said: 'Sovereign...
  • 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...
  • News from Tech-Ed 2004 Tuesday - Part 2

    Introduced today was the Best Practices Analyzer for SQL Server. This is interesting to Exchange Admins because next is the Best Practices Analyzer for Exchange 2003. This tool swill take a look at your environment and make recommendations based on what...
  • News from Tech-Ed 2004 Monday - Part 2

    New in Exchange 2003 SP1 - The ability to consolidate sites even from 5.5 to Exchange 2003! Prerequisites: The fix from KB article 836489 must be installed on 5.5 servers. Target server must be Exchange 2003 SP1 All ADCs must be running...
  • Running Outlook 2003 vs. Outlook 2007 against Exchange 2007

    What functionality would you lose if you ran Outlook 2003 against an Exchange 2007 server instead of running Outlook 2007? http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/evaluation/featurecomparison.mspx It looks like you would not have the following (listed in my...
  • New Hotfix for those pesky 9548 Events...

    One of the more common events we see in organizations that are migrating to Exchange 2003 from 5.5 is the 9548. Event Type: Warning Event Source: MSExchangeIS Event Category: General Event ID: 9548 Date: Date Time: Time Computer: Computer Name Description...
  • Links for More Information About Exchange 2003 SP2

    Exchange 2003 SP2 was released to the Web early this morning. It's a good idea to install this (after a backup and testing) as there are a number of fixes in this as you can see by looking at the fix list at KB article 906669 . If you look at the list...
  • CTRL-F in Outlook

    Does anyone else find the fact that you have to do an F4 in Outlook to Find something extremely annoying? I use CTRL-F for every other application to do a Find. But evidently Forwarding is more important. I found that Jenson Harris wrote about this...
  • Part 3 - I used to do it this way… Now how do I do it? Administering Exchange 2003 vs. Exchange 2007

    To return to part 1 click here Stop or start Public Folder replication in 2003 vs. 2007 In Part 2, we discussed how to synchronize the hierarchy or Public Folders. But, that does nothing for the content. Sometimes there may be a need to stop the...
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  • News from Tech-Ed 2004 Monday

    Internally at Microsoft, when you submit a Dr. Watson dump, they all get put into what we call buckets. This gives us the ability to see which issues are occurring the most frequently and prioritize them. During the Keynote, Steve Balmer mentioned that...
  • News from Tech-Ed 2004 Tuesday - Part 3

    I attended the session entitled: “General Session: Exchange Server Today and Tomorrow”. Most of the presentation covered what was called the 9 most frequently asked questions. I know that I don't get asked these questions that much, but that...
  • Microsoft scores highest in customer-respect study

    Years ago, Steve Ballmer outlined Microsoft's values. Two of them that were mentioned together were “Honesty and Respect“. I've never really had a problem in the workspace being honest about what I think, but (to a fault) I have not always...