The Three UC Amigos

Three Microsoft UC technology specialists covering U.S. Education

February, 2010

  • Is there a way to stop outbound spam attacks from inside my campus?

    This was a question from a college in Colorado. They had a student email account hijacked from a phishing scam and it was then used for a mass outbound spam attack.  The question became: How I can prevent this? Is there a way to throttle outbound...
  • What are the hardware requirements for a combined Exchange 2010 HUB/CAS role?

    I was asked this by a school district in Minneapolis that was deploying Exchange 2010.  I have seen this becoming a popular deployment option since CAS is proc heavy (3 proc cores for every 4 mailbox proc cores) and Hub is not as proc heavy (1 proc...
  • How can I prevent students from IMing executive management?

    This was a question from a school district in Illinois. They wanted to prevent the students, hosted in OCS, from finding management via a search in OCS and accidently IMing/video chatting with them.   There is an ethical wall sample script written...
  • How can I analyze my public folder usage?

    I was asked this by a university in Arizona with thousands of public folders.  I found a free tool call PfRep on our Codeplex site that will analyze and help clean up Exchange 2000/2003/2007 public folders via visual color coding (red is heavily...
  • New Windows Phone 7 Series demo

    This was a pretty cool demo of the upcoming Windows Phone 7. I like some of the new Outlook Mobile combo calendar and email filter strip features and the overall UI look and feel.   Visit the new phone UI video demo here .   Here is the official...
  • Migration of Custom Prompts

    One of the areas to review in migration from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 is around Auto-attendants and the use of custom prompts. In Exchange 2007 these prompts are stored in separate directories under “Program files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\UnifiedMessaging...
  • Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging

    Scalability. Lots of changes with Exchange 2010 including Voicemail preview. We haven’t seen the upper bounds of scale with Exchange 2010 but I can tell you that based on testing with Exchange 2007 SP1 against Exchange 2010 (with Voicemail Preview turned...
  • Very cool OCS 2007 R2 Architecture Poster available

    If you like visual aids to help understand how OCS 2007 R2 works, how the clients connect, protocols used, then there is an excellent poster available for download here . It is perfect your techno geek cube wall!   I broke it out so you could see...
  • New Exchange Server 2010 training webcasts and How Do I videos

    Some really useful Exchange 2010 content just showed up. I really like the ‘How Do I’ short videos: For short demos on how to get started with Exchange 2010, check out the new library of “How Do I” videos: · Getting Started with Archiving in Exchange...