M. Omer Siddiqui's Blog

Infrastructure pieces on the web

October, 2011

  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 Download and Guided Evaluation

    Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 empowers your people to do their best work from more places – whether they’re using a PC, phone or web browser. It can maximize existing investments and help people accomplish more by bringing server capabilities...
  • Health Provider Saves $4 Million, Improves Communications, by Moving Email to Cloud

    Advocate Health Care is the largest healthcare provider in Illinois. With employees in multiple locations, Advocate wanted to improve its messaging technology to make sure that clinicians and employees could communicate clearly, quickly, and accurately...
  • Accepted Domains, Shared SMTP Address Spaces and Recipient Filtering

    Accepting inbound mail for a DNS domain and relaying it to responsible mail hosts outside your Exchange organization was a simple process in Exchange 2003, albeit one that required some explanation, which was discussed in the following articles: KB 321721...
  • Updated Process Tracking Log (PTL) tool for use with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010

    Exchange Message Tracking Logs hold a wealth of information about email messages during transport. Utilities that can parse message tracking logs and analyze them for administrators have historically been important tools when troubleshooting certain mail...
  • Safety Scanner

    Do you think your PC has a virus? The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. Note...
  • Some exciting updates to the Exchange web site

    Over the past few months there have been some exciting updates to the Microsoft Exchange product website at microsoft.com/exchange . We've made these changes to showcase the product to a wider audience, including customers who want to learn about Exchange...
  • Comparing Google Apps and Microsoft Exchange

    Organizations today—more than ever—need adaptable and cost-effective communication tools. Microsoft Exchange helps achieve new levels of reliability and performance by delivering features that simplify administration, help protect communications, and...
  • Find your lost or stolen Windows Phone

    You probably already know how to help keep your personal information safe on the Internet . But what about everything that’s stored on your smart phone ? If your Windows Phone is stolen or if you lose it, you can make your phone ring, you can lock it...
  • Released: Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2010 SP1

    Earlier today the Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2010 SP1 to the Download Center. This update contains a number of customer-reported and internally found issues since the release of SP1. See 'KB 2608646: Description of...
  • Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

    To see if your PC is ready for Windows 7, download the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It scans your PC for potential issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs, and recommends what to do before you upgrade. (If you’re already running...
  • Future of /Hosting Mode

    With the release of Exchange 2010 SP1, we introduced the /hosting mode switch – a feature which deploys Exchange using an Active Directory structure that affords complete separation between tenant organizations shared on the same underlying platform....
  • Windows BUILD

    See the Windows Build website at http://www.buildwindows.com/ Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide for upgrading Active Directory from Microsoft Windows 2003 to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Microsoft...
  • Windows Server 8 Hyper-V

    Last month at the BUILD Conference we introduced Windows Server 8 and began discussing how it will help customers deliver the most dynamic, available, and cost-effective server platform for what we call "cloud optimized IT." I wanted to follow...
  • Windows 8 Keynote–Video #2

    Watch the second keynote video for Windows at http://channel9.msdn.com/events/BUILD/BUILD2011/KEY-0002 Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide for upgrading Active Directory from Microsoft Windows...
  • Exchange Online - Hosted Email for Business

    Built to deliver the enterprise-grade security and reliability that businesses require, Microsoft Exchange Online provides hosted email, calendar and contacts on your PC, phone and web browser. Built-in anti-virus and antispam filters protect your information...
  • Windows 8 Keynote–Video

    Watch the Windows keynote video at http://channel9.msdn.com/events/BUILD/BUILD2011/KEY-0001 Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide for upgrading Active Directory from Microsoft Windows 2003 to Microsoft...
  • October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Every October, Microsoft recognizes National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the United States through our partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). NCSAM was created to help increase awareness of online safety and security...
  • Released: v17.8 of the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator

    On October 12, we have released a minor update to the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator that includes enhancements like 3TB disk support and new processor core options. In addition, there are several bug fixes. Please go to our...
  • BES integration with Exchange Online in Education

    We have had a lot of interest from our education customers on integration with BES in Exchange Online in Office 365. This is something that has not been available in Live@EDU in the past. RIM is making their BlackBerry Could Services for Microsoft Office...
  • Demystifying Exchange 2010 SP1 Virtualization

    It’s been a few months since we announced some major changes to our virtualization support statements for Exchange 2010 (see Announcing Enhanced Hardware Virtualization Support for Exchange 2010 ). Over that time, I’ve received quite a few excellent questions...