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  • Blog Post: Migrating from Lotus Domino to Exchange

    If you have been tasked to work on a Lotus Domino to Exchange migration project, you will want to take a look at the following document, which goes into EXTRAORDINARY detail about everything you will need to know to make the transition. Screenshots, Single-Phase Migrations, Multiple-Phase Migrations...
  • Blog Post: Take a look under the Kimono

    Have you ever been curious how Microsoft protocols such as SMB, CIFS, BITS, IPSEC, or NTLM work behind the scenes? Perhaps you are a Computer Science student, and you want to see how thing work in a commercially available Operating System, or perhaps you are a developer that works on a product that needs...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Exchange 2007 with Data Protection Manager 2007 - Walkthrough

    Time for part two of my DPM 2007 Series ( Part 1 showed installation ), Protecting Exchange 2007 with DPM 2007... Let's Go! Let's start with required reading, and then I'll walk through the process with screenshots: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Protects Exchange Server Datasheet Protecting...
  • Blog Post: New Features in Exchange 2007 SP1

    While some previous details on Service Pack 1 for Exchange 2007 have been previously disclosed, and then later covered by both Eileen Brown's Blog and the Exchange Team Blog, I see courtesy of the MSGoodies Blog that the official release notes for Beta 1 of the Exchange 2007 SP 1 have just hit the interweb...
  • Blog Post: Security Best Practices

    By no means a comprehensive list, today's Best Practices are brought to you by the letter " security ". TechNet Security Home Assess Your Environment •The Security Risk Management Discipline module •The Assessing Network Security book •The SANS Security Policy Project Protect Your Network •The Deploying...
  • Blog Post: Masters of the (Reading) Universe.

    Unless you are Uber-l33t, you are probably not working on your Microsoft Certified Master certification.  This is  where the best-of-the-best come visit the better-of-the-best on the Redmond Campus to learn everything there is to know about Active Directory Services , SharePoint , OCS , SQL...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Desktop Wallpaper

    For the Exchange Admin in your life... Available in 1024x768, 1280x1024, and 1920x1200 from the Exchange Team blog .
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 SP1 Beta posted to MSDN and TechNet

    The beta for Exchange 2007 SP1 has been posted to MSDN and TechNet for download. Weighing in at a hefty 717MB, it looks like the Exchange Team has been busy. You will of course want to limit this beta to a dev/test environment, while we work the bugs out prior to release. I have covered the new features...
  • Blog Post: More Virtual PC/Server Images

    The product groups have been going buck-wild releasing preconfigured Virtual PC/Virtual Server images for you to play around with! I mentioned a bunch of them in this post , and the master TechNet page is here . Keith , however, noticed a few more: Exchange Server 2007 SP1 VHD - 1.8GB download SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Best Practices

    What are Best Practices? According to Wikipedia : Best Practice is a management idea which asserts that there is a technique, method, process, activity, incentive or reward that is more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other technique, method, process, etc. The idea is that with...
  • Blog Post: Add a buffer to that email you wish you hadn’t sent

    We have all sent e-mails that we later regretted (usually that regret comes seconds after hitting the “send” button).  If you are running Outlook along with Exchange, you can occasionally recall/replace the message .  However, message recall doesn’t tend to work if you: Wait too long to recall...
  • Blog Post: How much iron do I need?

    Photographers get to call their lenses "glass", so server engineers can get away with calling their servers "iron" :). Quite often on the internal discussion lists, I see questions along the lines of "my customer is going to implement Exchange 2007 in their environment. How many servers do they need...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2007 (SCCP) beta available

    What server(s) do I need to run Exchange ? That is a loaded question that I hear several times a week. The answer, of course, is: "It depends". It depends on MANY factors, and Exchange Server Sizing is as much art as it is science. Exchange 2003 Server Sizing and Tuning Exchange 2007 Planning Processor...
  • Blog Post: Migrating to Microsoft Online

    As quoted by Mary Jo Foley , “ In five years, 50 percent of our Exchange mailboxes will be Exchange Online ,” said (Microsoft Senior Vice President Chris) Capossela , who expects a portion of Exchange Online customers to come from customers switching from International Business Machines’ Lotus Domino...
  • Blog Post: 16 New Features in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1

    Most admins are familiar with the process of downloading and applying Service Packs for servers and desktop systems. These downloads, of course, provide hotfixes and security updates that help to keep your systems current. Sometimes, however, a service pack includes something more. This is the case with...