Archives September 2006

New CESN tab in tab bar.


You may have noticed that I have added a new tab to the bar at the top of the site.

The CESN tab will soon be the gateway to the resources available through membership of the Culminis Exchange Support Network.

For more info click on the link:

I will be sorting out the content over the next week or so and then you will need to sign up. I will detail the full process soon.



A mention for MMMUG in the Windows IT Pro Exchange and Outlook Newsletter

Just thought you might like to know that MMMUG has been mentioned in the Windows IT Pro Exchange and Outlook Newsletter.

You must sign up to see the full newletter but here is our bit!

To sign up and have a look at the full newsletter go here:


***SPECIAL: UK Exchange and Mobility User Group Launches
by Anne Grubb,

IT pros in the UK who have an interest in Exchange and Windows Mobile devices have a new focal point for their community. The Microsoft Messaging & Mobility User Group UK, started in July by Nathan Winters, a Unified Communications?Consultant for?Dimension Data?in London, with help from Eileen Brown of Microsoft UK, is the UK’s first Exchange-related user group. “I attended the first [Mark] Minasi Forum meeting in May, which inspired me to try and set up something community-based in the UK,” said Winters.

Winters’ vision for the user group is to serve as a gathering point for Exchange enthusiasts of all levels of experience and “provide a link between Microsoft and Exchange users to improve the product and the skills of those using Exchange,” he said. The group’s Web site at will play a key role in driving the user group and, Winters said, “becoming a key resource for Exchange pros with high-quality articles and well supported forums.” The group will also have regular meetings with speakers from within and outside Microsoft and also is planning an Exchange Server 2007 launch event with Microsoft and Culminis, a user group for IT professionals interested in Microsoft products.



Our Inaugural meetings.

Hi All,

I thought I would take this chance to put together a quick note about our inaugural meetings.

In Reading on Wednesday 13th, we had 12 members for our very first meeting. From the feedback people certainly seems to get something out of the evening and we had a decent amount of interaction with the speakers!

On Thursday 14th, we had approx 15-20 participants. Again there were plenty of questions and it was certainly an enjoyable evening topped off by a visit to the local pub kindly funded by Eileen Brown!

So, a big thank you to all who came and sorry for those who couldn’t make it. I will be looking to put together an event in October and very much would like your suggestions about topics.



An overview of Exchange Database utilities

Take a look at the link below for a great overview of the eseutil Exchange DB tool:



Another useful troubleshooting tool for Exchange is ISINTEG. The link below is a good reference of the usage of the tool:



The basics of ISINTEG are:


Before running ISINTEG ensure that your information store is running and any databases to be checked are dismounted.

Then run:

c:\program files\exchsrvr\bin\isinteg -s servername -test alltests

A better solution for showing SCL ratings in Outlook

I have been doing some work with the IMF recently after we moved away from using Antigen internally.

One thing that was particularly irritating was allowing Outlook users to see the SCL rating a mail received.

Well now there is a better way.


ShowSCL for Exchange 2003 application allows you to place the message SCL score to the message category, so that you can easily find, sort, filter, or group the items by the SCL value.”


For more info see

Protecting RPC over HTTPS with ISA 2004 – problems!


I was called today by a good friend and colleague who is an SBS MVP. He was having problems getting access to Exchange using RPC over HTTPS. This had been working until MS support got their hands on things whilst fixing a separate issue!

So what to do. Well firstly we scoured the web to find a simple step by step document on how to set this up. Whilst there are certainly many resources out there which all touch on the issue we frankly didn’t find anything which simply ran through from start to finish. (Note to self – I must write something along these lines!)

Anyway back to the issue. Whilst looking in the logging section we found that traffic was being blocked and was clearly not authenticating properly. OWA was working fine so the certificates and authentication in that area were fine. After a little bit of tinkering and setting the listener to force authentication things were no better. So at this point we decided to simply start from scratch and blow away the existing rule.

This done we went through the steps to create a Mail Publishing rule. Having completed the rule we tested OWA and found that still worked. So then we tested the RPC over HTTPS. Again. nothing!

At this point we were both a little confused as having set things up from scratch we both expected success. It was then that I had a thought and checked the Path tab of the rule seen below:

What I found was rather interesting. The /RPC/* entry (highlighted in the red box) was missing. Having added it as can be seen, everything worked fine!

What is strange about this is we literally wiped out all Mail Pulishing configuration and set it up from scratch. The fact that this entry didn’t get entered by default certainly surprised both of us.

Anyhow, hope this helps someone else in this situation, it certainly made me happy especially as I got it fixed in time to watch the second half of the Grand Prix qualifying!




How to Remote control your WM5 device.

I have recently been investigating the best way to do demos involving WM5 devices.

Having looked into the Emulator briefly I didn’t have a great deal of luck getting it to work! (something else to play with when I get a minute!)

So I moved onto looking at other methods and discovered the Windows Mobile Devloper Power Toys one of which is a Remote Display app.

So, after downloading and installing, no luck! They don’t really support WM5.

So I googled a little more and then found that actually there is a work around!

Have a look at the article here:


Bascially the key section is as follows:

“It’ll only run on WM5 devices (all of them) if you copy c:\Program Files\Windows Mobile Developer Power Toys\ActiveSync_Remote_Display\devices\wce400\armv4\cerdisp2.exe to the \Windows directory on your PDA and, then, start it there. Then, you will need to manually start c:\Program Files\Windows Mobile Developer Power Toys\ActiveSync_Remote_Display\ASRDisp.exe (NOT cerdisp2.exe as described in c:\Program Files\Windows Mobile Developer Power Toys\ActiveSync_Remote_Display\readme.txt!) on your desktop.”

Thanks for this tip to Werner Ruotsalainen.