KC Lemson

By KC Lemson [MS]

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  • Blog Post: Funny how things go...

    A while ago, I mentioned that I am now the User Experience manager for Exchange, over the design & usability teams. One of the things my team does is run focus groups and usability studies, and we ran a focus group with eight IT pros/exchange admins in December to explore some of the areas we're...
  • Blog Post: Easy to remember URLs for Exchange 2003 resources

    When you install Exchange 2003, two shortcuts will be added to Exchange's Program Files folder - one to the Exchange Technical Library, and the other to the Exchange Tools & Updates page. This is one of the steps that the Exchange team has taken towards ensuring that the content and bits that...
  • Blog Post: IE add-in to display HTTP header traffic

    When I worked on OWA, I used NetMon a lot to do sniffs of the traffic between client and server. Although NetMon is powerful, it's a bit overkill for quick & dirty checks. A coworker just pointed me at IEHttpHeaders , which is a nifty addin that adds a pane to IE that shows you the headers of the...
  • Blog Post: Finding a user with ldp.exe in a large container

    A while back I posted on how to use ldp.exe to look up a user in the AD . I left out an important part, which I learned today thanks to the tireless Nino Bilic . In any LORG, the list of users in a given container is likely to be so large that browsing the tree won't let you see all the users....
  • Blog Post: I've got a feva, and the only cure is shipping Exchange 2007

    We're very very close now. :-) More cowbell, baby!
  • Blog Post: "Enable forms-based authentication" checkbox is grayed out on clusters

    I noticed a thread on one of the Exchange yahoogroups a few weeks ago about how the "Enable FBA" checkbox was grayed out on a certain server. It turns out that this is the expected behavior on clustered servers (and as a workaround, can use a front-end to connect to the BE cluster, and enable FBA on...
  • Blog Post: Tips from Tosh

    Tosh is a developer on the Outlook Web Access (OWA) team I used to work with when I was a PM on OWA. Of course, the one feature we worked on together never happened, but such is the breaks of the software business :-) He's posted several OWA tips recently: Drag and Drop attachments with the S/MIME control...
  • Blog Post: Use LDIFDE to look up the distribution lists a user is a member of

    I've blogged previously about using ldp, a handy tool: Look up a user in the AD using LDP Finding a user in a large container using LDP I had to use it again recently to look up the DLs a user was on, but the default display in LDP does not contain enough characters for that attribute to...
  • Blog Post: How does Microsoft use clustering with Exchange?

    #1: Read about it: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/deploy/depopt/scenep2.asp #2: Talk about it with Microsoft's Exchange IT gurus (Dec 3, 1-2PM Pacific Time): http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet...
  • Blog Post: HTML email: friend or foe?

    JWZ asked recently how ubiquitous support for HTML mail is today in the various mail clients being used. Not surprisingly, many of the comments ended up missing his point entirely, resulting in this comment of his and someone else who saw the humor in the responses. Many of the comments ended up discussing...
  • Blog Post: It's *information* overload, not email overload

    I am so tired of reading blog posts that point the finger at email and imply that the problem is that we have too much email and that the solution are other technology streams, 1:many communication, etc. Guess what folks, email has 1:many too, call them groups or mailing lists or distribution lists or...
  • Blog Post: And in the spirit of RTM and the holiday season...

    I leave you with this lovely poem, penned by Donald Livengood at HP and included here with his permission: Twas nearly a fortnight before Christmas, and on December the 8th TAPs and RDPs waited patiently, each having some faith Their testing now done, and not seeing a blip They all wondered quietly...
  • Blog Post: Exchange admins - help me with an experiment?

    We talk to Exchange admins all the time about what their pain points are, what they wish was different about exchange, what they like, etc and we’ve shadowed admins for a few hours at a time to see what their routines & activities are like, but I am wondering if we are missing out on some more subtle...
  • Blog Post: 7 Things you can't say on the internet

    Great post from Josh. Although I admit I'm biased about #4 on his list...
  • Blog Post: Find out what version of Exchange is on a server

    Here's some tips for finding out more about your Exchange server: Neil Hobson has a great tip on the MSExchange blog today about finding out the Exchange version of a server by checking a file. Neil also posted this tip last month about using Exchange System Manager to see more details about...
  • Blog Post: Archives from Exchange & Outlook Magazine available online

    One of my Exchange MVPs just pointed me at this great archive: http://www.ftponline.com/archives/magazines/exchange/ .
  • Blog Post: Using ldp.exe to look up a user in the active directory

    I'm tired of having to look up the query syntax every time I need to do it, so blogging it: 1. Start ldp.exe 2. Connection | Connect and choose your DC 3. Connect | Bind and authenticate 4. View | Tree and browse to the top-level OU from which you want to search 5. Connect | New to clear the right...
  • Blog Post: The permissions tab on my calendar folder is missing

    If you're using Outlook against an Exchange server, you can share folders between users. This can be done via a few different UI entrypoints - you could go to Tools | Options | Delegates and add a user, or you could right click on a folder and choose Permissions. The target user ('delegate') can then...
  • Blog Post: Quickly view the internet headers of a message in Outlook

    Just about anyone who runs mail servers needs to look at headers from time to time. This is especially true during the development of product such as Exchange, as we track down and fix bugs. I wrote this little macro to make that a little easier. Select a message, click the button to run the macro, and...
  • Blog Post: Apologies in advance for messing up your RSS aggregator by changing the name of my blog

    ...but the time has come. 11 years at Microsoft, all of them in the Outlook & Exchange teams, and now that's coming to an end. Next Friday will be my last day in Exchange, after which point I will be moving to the Mobile team, to be the lead PM for the photos & camera experience. Holy crud, it...
  • Blog Post: Try before you buy

    If you want to see the new tricked-out Outlook Web Access 2003 or test-drive the mobily features in Exchange 2003, sign up for a free trial account: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/evaluation/trial/online.asp
  • Blog Post: Items deleted via IMAP are available in the dumpster

    A discussion I had with some coworkers over lunch reminded me of another "dumpster trick" for Exchange: items deleted via IMAP can be recovered via the dumpster. I previously described the per-folder dumpster concept in September 26th 's blog entry. IMAP has a different deletion model than...
  • Blog Post: Least obvious yet terribly useful Outlook/OWA calendaring feature...

    While reviewing some custom OWA themes we're developing, one of the designers pointed out this odd orange mark halfway through one of the numbers on the calendar view, wondering if it was a bug in the CSS in the custom theme: Actually, it's one of these tiny little details that I think is so slick...
  • Blog Post: Exchange/OWA tip o' the day

    Exchange has a feature called 'deleted item recovery', usually referred to as the dumpster. When it is enabled, when you empty your deleted items folder, items are placed in the dumpster for a server-configured number of days. The client can choose to retrieve the items from the dumpster until that...
  • Blog Post: Pre-fill in "To" field on a new message in OWA 2003

    In OWA 2003, you can now create a message and fill in an address on the To field with a single URL: http://server/exchange/user/drafts/?cmd=new&mailtoaddr=user@domain.com To fill in multiple addresses: http://server/exchange/user/drafts/?cmd=new&mailtoaddr=user@domain.com;user2...