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  • Blog Post: Partner Exchange-Vista-Office (EVO) site goes live!

    One of the things I get asked from time to time is can a partner go if they want to find out more information on EVO ... especially the E part i.e. Exchange 2007. Up until now, the answer has been www.microsoft.com/exchange/ which although has lot of information on Exchange 2007, it isn’t targeted...
  • Blog Post: E12 is dead ... long live Exchange 2007

    This one is more of a notification than an announcement as I imagine you saw this one coming. With Beta 2 rapidly approaching, we have finally announced the official name for the next release of Exchange ..... Exchange Server 2007 :-)
  • Blog Post: A picture paints a thousand words

    I like to think of messaging systems as living entities rather than a random collection of servers passing round email. Proof of this is that while working in Microsoft Consulting Services, we had a client run Exmap only to discover that his 'simple messaging infrastructure had sprouted children in the...
  • Blog Post: Have you patched your Exchange server

    This months security patches include a patch for Exchange 2000 (post SP3) and Exchange 2003 (SP1 and SP2). We have discovered a vulnerability where Microsoft Exchange could allow remote code execution. There is some more information here but the best course of action is to go to Microsoft Update and...
  • Blog Post: Everything you wanted to know about Exchange 2007 but were afraid to ask

    Well, at least the basics are on this blog post for a start :-) Scott Schnoll spent new year's eve putting together this excellent post on Exchange 2007 editions - What's the difference? Licensing - What different licenses are available now? 32bit vs 64bit - Why have we done this? Virtualisation - Will...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 with extras !

    Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Dave Thompson , recently suggested that an ‘enterprise’ version of Exchange 2007 could come with hygiene services from both former FrontBridge and Sybari as part of the all in price. Although the name suggests this would be relevant to enterprises only, it’s should...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 and Outlook 2007 ... better together?

    I get asked this question from time to time so I thought it might be a good idea to post something on my blog. The answer to this question is of course YES!. There are a number of features in Exchange 2007 that you just wont get if you don't have Outlook 2007 also. With that in mind, take a look at the...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 taking its ideas from Star Trek?

    Well not quite but it got you wondering didn't it ? Hot of the heels of Exchange 2007 is the Microsoft Transporter for Lotus Domino. This comes in a 32bit and a 64bit flavor, depending on your preference and in the words of the Exchange product team the " Microsoft Transporter for Lotus Domino configures...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 12 Webcast - Improved Exchange System Manager

    As part of the Exchange 12 Webcast series, there will be a webcast on Exchange System Manager in Exchange 12. If you are interested on attending this webcast on April 25th (11:30am PST) the register here
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Beta 2 - Now available for download

    A little late I know but I wanted to post something just in case you missed it! Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 is now available here where you can either download the latest beta or order a DVD Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Let Santa know your last minute present requests!

    I spotted this on someone's blog today and wanted to share this with you :-) It appears that in order to communicate with a new younger generation of kids, Santa has had a meeting with the Windows Live Messenger guys at Microsoft and has signed up for Windows Live Messenger. As you can see, I had a quick...
  • Blog Post: Want to trial Exchange Unified Messaging?

    While reading the Exchange product group blog, I noticed this post which I wanted to share with you all :-) For anyone that would like to trial Exchange Unified Messaging, its now possible to obtain a $1000 starter from Neil May at POST CTI , our UM specialist partner in the UK. There is a lot...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 on the 'price list'

    Microsoft UK has now entered its 'season of launch' and this started yesterday with the press launch of Exchange 2007, Windows Vista and Office 2007. More importantly for Exchange people, Exchange 2007 is now on the price list so its only a while until we RTM (release to manufacturing) followed by availability...
  • Blog Post: Fancy taking Exchange 2007 for a test drive?

    A lot of the time I a recommending to IT Pros that they should go ahead and download a copy of Exchange 2007 in their 'spare time'. Although this sounds like a great idea in principal, I can imagine that not everyone wants to spend their evenings and weekend a) downloading Exchange 2007 and b) installing...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 and Forefront for Exchange has RTM'd!

    At about 11am (PST) on December 8th we released Exchange Server 2007 to manufacturing. Exchange 2003 was on general availability on the 28th of September 2003. Its been 1167 days since the launch of Exchange 2003 and as always the internet has changed a lot during that time with everyone getting more...
  • Blog Post: Everything you wanted to know about Exchange Direct Push but were afraid to ask

    As well as taking a look at the posting on Jason Langridges blog I mentioned earlier, I would also recommend taking a look at the posting made recently by the Exchange team in Redmond. It goes into a fair bit of detail about how Direct Push works but there are some points I would like to highlight...
  • Blog Post: Want to try Exchange Server 2007 yourself?

    I am the first to admit there is nothing like trying something out before you buy it and I am glad to say you can now do this for Exchange 2007. By clicking here you can get an email account for 5 days on a hosted Exchange 2007 server. During this time you can fiddle about with the setting and send/receive...
  • Blog Post: Want to get your hands on Exchange Server 2007 now?

    It occurs to me that most of you have probably already left work for the weekend now, for the few of you that are still in the office, I wanted to let you know that Exchange Server 2007 evaluation is now available for download. If you want to have a play, both the 32bit and 64bit versions are available...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Direct Push with Exchange SP2

    Jason Langridge has posted a document on his blog to detailing how to get Direct Push working with Exchange SP2 and Windows Mobile 5 with MSFP. If you are looking at getting this running in your own environment then I highly recommend popping along to his blog and having a quick read.
  • Blog Post: Exchange 12 Webcasts

    For those of you interested in hearing more about Exchange 12 you might want to attend the following webcasts Client Access and Web Services in Exchange 12 Message Security and Active Protection in Exchange 12 Enjoy!