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  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Deployment Assistant Wizard updated

    This is pretty nice update since it is adding in updates for coexistence and cloud hybrid and cloud only scenarios if you looking at our cloud offering for Exchange Online. Here is a checklist for moving to the Office 365’s Exchange Online: Updated Coexistence checklist for deploying Exchange 2010 with...
  • Blog Post: How does faxing work with Exchange unified messaging?

    I had this question from a university in the rocky mountain range.  With Exchange Server 2007 unified messaging, the UM server can directly detect a fax tone using the T.38 FOIP (Fax Over IP) standard and route inbound faxes to an extension. It does not provide the ability to send faxes outbound...
  • Blog Post: How can I route out certain outbound domains to specific SMTP gateways?

    I had a Rocky Mountain university ask how they could route specific internally defined SMTP domains that are sending out of the Hub Transport to an Encryption server. To accomplish this, a custom Transport Agent is required.  A transport agent is akin to the event sinks of Exchange 2003 where you...
  • Blog Post: I want to deploy Exchange Server 2007 on Hyper-V. What works?

      I found this useful TechNote on support boundaries for Exchange 2007 running on Hyper-V:   Terms You  Should Know: Hypervisor — a layer of software sitting just  the hardware and beneath one or more operating systems Root —the physical machine that runs the hardware virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Where should I place my Exchange UM server?

    This is a common question I get since your PBX may not be in the same place as your mailbox servers.   Where do I put the Exchange UM components if I have a PBX in one location and an Exchange mailbox in another?   The typical rule of thumb to follow is: Place your SIP gateways close to your...
  • Blog Post: We trust each other don't we part II: Can I share Free/Busy information between two Exchange 2007 organizations?

    Here is some additional information to supplement Greg's post. I had the same question this week from a Pacific northwest university so this must be Free/Busy week.   Here are the prerequisites required for this to work: 1.  Representation of the target user contact objects in the source Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Bricks layer backups

    I hate to even say it. Customers still ask for it but alot of implementations are still done via MAPI calls to individual mailboxes. This can give you a very large backup window. With Exchange 2003 and 2007 you can use the Recovery Storage Group. In Exchange 2007 this can be done via shell: Restore...
  • Blog Post: New Exchange 2010 Sp1 Visio Shapes available

    Grab the shapes here .
  • Blog Post: How can I speed up the Exchange Management Shell launch?

    Have you noticed it takes quite a long time to open up the Exchange command shell? I timed it and it takes anywhere from 20 to 30 seconds to launch. I found a way to knock this down to 2-3 seconds. This script updates the GAC with some of the Exchange assemblies and makes Command Shell respond well....
  • Blog Post: UM and hypervisor-based clustering now supported when virtualizing Exchange 2010

    Some great news announced by the product team today: The Unified Messaging server role is now supported in a virtualized environment. Combining Exchange 2010 high availability solutions (database availability groups (DAGs)) with hypervisor-based clustering, high availability, or migration solutions that...
  • Blog Post: GroupWise Migration

    This is an older topic but one that I’ve run across recently with education customers. I’m planning to migrate from Novell to Microsoft and I have GroupWise. What are my options? Well, we deprecated our migration tools when we launched Exchange 2007. So we don’t have a tool to go directly from GroupWise...
  • Blog Post: Customer asks "How can I ensure that messages in an archive are tamper-proof?"

    I believe the real question is how can I prevent my organizations messages from being tampered. The answer is PKI. Public Key Infrastructure. In Exchange 2007 PKI is used for a number of things from self-signing on install to PKI for TLS for the Edge Transport Server. PKI has been traditionally used...
  • Blog Post: How can I delegate the UM administration to my telco team?

    I had an Ivy league university ask about this.  There is a way to do this documented below:   General split permission model - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996881(EXCHG.80).aspx . UM Split Permission model - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb266903(EXCHG.80).aspx...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 14 video and info announced today

    A video was published today by our Exchange team discussing our upcoming release of Exchange 14 here . The key message being: Exchange 14 represents a new generation of Microsoft server technology that is designed, built and tested from the ground up for Software+Services.   Q & A provided:...
  • Blog Post: ISAP errors on Exchange 2007

    I just reinstalled Exchange 2007 on Windows 2008 in Hyper-V and I was coming across an error with the ISAPI Filters. Event ID: 2268 Raw Event ID : 2268 Record Nr. : 3746 Source: W3SVC-WP Category: None Type : Error Machine : EX2007EDU Description: Could not load all ISAPI filters for site “Default Web...
  • Blog Post: Addendum to previous post: When an Outside Caller leaves a voicemail, I get ‘A message from an unrecognized number’ in Outlook Voice Access

    In my previous post around this, I mentioned there is an Exchange 2007 Rollup3 needed to resolve this problem but I need to be a bit more clear on that suggestion. The Rollup3 only resolves this behavior when the recipient of the voicemail is in one dial plan and the caller, who is also UM enabled, resides...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 – Evaluation bits have arrived!

    Grab your beta evaluation copy of Exchange 2010 here .   What is new in Exchange Server 2010?:   Flexible and reliable · Remove the need to deploy complex and costly clustering and third-party data replication products for full-scale Exchange redundancy SCC is a no longer an option and the...