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August, 2005

  • Exchange 2003 SP2

    I am expecting a Customer Technology Preview build of Exchange 2003 SP2 to be made available soon (hopefully within the next 2 weeks) for public download. As soon as I hear that it is available, I will post an update with the link to the download. Stay...
  • Seattle Sunny while Phoenix Rainy????

    I spend July 30th - August 8th in Seattle, Washington for training. As I reflect on that week, I realized that I enjoyed wonderful weather (mid 80's) the entire time I was there. For most of that time, back home in Phoenix, AZ it was storming and humid...
  • Exchange 2003 SP2 Community Technology Preview available for Download

    I know a lot of people have been waiting for Exchange 2003 SP2 to release. I've blogged in a previous entry that a pre-release version of SP2 will be out shortly. Yeah, yeah, you say, but WHEN will it be out????? That is a great question! Here's the...
  • Sushi in Vegas

    As I blogged in my first blog, I am a HUGE sushi fan. Some of the best sushi I've had is in Las Vegas and I am really looking forward to my visit to Vegas at the end of August. I am thinking about doing some sushi at Sushi House Manda for some of the...
  • Exchange Security Webcast - August 24, 2005 11 AM - 12:30 PM PST Post Webcast Notes

    I just finished delivering a webcast on Implementing Exchange Server 2003 Security. If you want to view this later, please visit this link. During the webcast, I did a demo on Block List configuration, but used some "dummy" RBL providers. I said I...
  • The Official SBS Support Blog is Up and Running!

    My friend Kevin Remde (his post is here ) has informed me that the SBS Support Team has launched their own blog. For those of you who use or support Small Business Server 2003 installations, you might want to add the Official SBS Support Blog to your...
  • TechNet Event: Phoenix, AZ - August 30, 2005 (Follow up)

    We just had our TechNet Event in Phoenix yesterday morning at the Scottsdale Hilton (beautiful resort, but too dang hot to be standing outside). We had 201 people show up for the event and overall, most people were happy with the topic discussed (SQL...
  • Live Communications Server Intelligent IM Filter

    For those of you who are familiar with the Exchange Intelligent Message Filter, there is now a version available for Live Communications Server!!! It is available for download here . And, it's FREE ! Of course, if you don't think it's fair to get this...
  • Book Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    I've been waiting for the latest Harry Potter book to come out and when it finally did, I went to the Phoenix Library and placed a hold on the book - I was 430th on the list. I finally got the book yesterday and started reading it around 10:30 PM. At...
  • Webcasts: Exchange 2003 Week coming in October (if all goes well)

    With Exchange 2003 SP2 due out soon (Community Technology Preview due out tomorrow), there will be some webcasts delivered to help our customers better understand the new features and capabilities included in SP2. I don't have the exact dates and times...
  • Exchange 2003 SP2 Community Technology Preview - Update: Download link is LIVE!!!!

    I know quite a few folks have been testing the download link from my previous blog post on Monday, August 15th and have been receiving the error that the page is not available (I know this since I've been getting quite a few emails asking when it will...
  • IM Worm on the spread??

    Looks like there is another IM worm on the loose (similar to KELVIR). For those of you who are using IM, please do NOT click on any random links sent to you in an IM conversation! Good news? For those of us running Communicator in a Live Communication...
  • SQL 2005 Roadshow in Phoenix - 8/23/05 "Notes from Harold"

    The SQL 2005 Roadshow came through Phoenix, Arizona today. I had the opportunity to attend and staff the Microsoft Information Table as well as listen in on a few sessions. The keynote was delivered by Kamal Hathi, Product Unit Manager for SQL Integration...
  • Science Fiction: Knife of Dreams

    I have been a fan of the Wheel of Times series by Robert Jordan since 2000 when my co-worker Justin Preston introduced me to the first book. After a very long wait, book eleven of the series is now due out on October 11 (just 2 months away!). As soon...
  • To 64 Bit or Not

    With the availability of 64-bit (x64) processors on the market now adays, I was thinking whether it even made sense to purchase a 32-bit processor. As I look into the future (next 2 years or so), I'm thinking all new processors will be 64 bit (including...
  • Southern Nevada Network User's Group - Meeting on September 7, 2005

    The Southern Nevada Network User's Group (SNNUG) will be meeting on September 7th, 2005 at the Clark County Government Center, 4th Floor Gold Room. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. I will be discussing (presenting and demoing) Windows...
  • Rocky Mountain Exchange Server User Group - Denver August 9, 2005

    I had an opportunity to engage with the Rocky Mountain Exchange Server User Group yesterday in Denver. We discussed different options and considerations for Exchange 2003 Disaster Recovery. David Brandt (Microsoft) and Dustin Smith (Interlink) presented...
  • AZ SMB UG Meeting - August 11, 2005

    The Arizona SMB User Group had a great meeting on Thursday evening (August 11, 2005). Stephen Cracknell from the TS2 team presented on Microsoft Small Business Accounting via Live Meeting. Other than a few minor connectivity issues (Stephen was presenting...
  • TechNet Webcast: Implementing Exchange Server Security

    I will be presenting a webcast on Wednesday, August 24th, 2005 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST). The topic is Implementing Exchange Server Security (level 200). If you are interested in signing up for the webcast, please register here .