Microsoft Exchange Webcasts for April

Hi,

Eileen Brown?posts these each month so I thought that it might be good to get them up on this site too! So here are all the Exchange webcasts from MS in April.

Cheers

Nathan

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TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 21 of 24): Monitoring (Level 200)
Wednesday, April 04, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032324018&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 22 of 24): Using the Toolbox (Level 200)
Friday, April 06, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032324021&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 23 of 24): Troubleshooting MAPI and Client Access Server Clients (Level 200)
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032324419&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 24 of 24): Troubleshooting E-Mail Flow (Level 200)
Friday, April 13, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032324417&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting Exchange Server Mail Flow Issues Using the Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant 1.1 (Level 300)
Monday, April 30, 2007 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Todd Luttinen, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Haruya Shida, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032333147&Culture=en-US

Microsoft Office System Webcast: 12 Tips for Improved E-Mail Etiquette (Level 100)
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Laura Stack, President, The Productivity Pro, Inc.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032332498&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Windows PowerShell and Windows Management Instrumentation (Level 200)
Tuesday, April 17, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Don Jones, Scripting Guru, Author, SAPIEN Technology
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032321869&Culture=en-US


Content Guides Exchange 2007 Microsoft Exams

Hi,

In case anyone is thinking about doing the new Exchange 2007 exams information about their content is available below:

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Preparation Guide for Exam 70-236

TS: Exchange Server 2007, Configuring

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-236.mspx

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Preparation Guide for Exam 70-237

Pro: Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-237.mspx

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Preparation Guide for Exam 70-238

Pro: Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-238.mspx

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Cheers

Nathan


Fighting Spam with Exchange

Hi,

Again not a long post, but never the less, hopefully something useful;

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Recently I found a piece of software which extends the IMF somewhat. It gives the ability to do Whitelisting and Blacklisting, Adjust SCLs by Keyword, Reroute mail to a mailbox or PF (a quaretine area), Strip attachments and much more.

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To find out more about this software check out the website here:

http://www.windeveloper.com/imftune/

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Overall, I personally find that the outsourced solution for Spam management (Exchange Hosted Services, MessageLabs, Postini etc) is the best/easiest solution but if you have no choice (or funds) for such a solution then the software above should help. (Note it isn’t free but is not at all expensive)

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Cheers

Nathan


Sizing up which Outlook version is right for you.

This is a question that has been raised to me recently a couple of times.

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“Should we put in Exchange 2007 and stick with our existing Office 2003 install?”

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Well, personally, No!

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There is sufficient new functionality in Exchange 2007 that requires Outlook 2007 to work either fully or at all. Therefore, I suggest that you either go with Outlook 2007 or evaluate moving users to OWA.

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Take a look at this comparison page here for more info:

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Cheers

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Nathan


ExBPA and the Exchange 2007 Readiness Check

Hi,

I guess the Exchange Best Practices Analyser tool is now well known. It is a download which MS Exchange team provides to help you to verify whether your Exchange environment is configured correctly.

To download it go here:

Download page

Updates page

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Now, what you might not know, is that since version 2.7 with the updates version 2.11.9.0 there is now another type of test that it can run.

The Exchange 2007 Readiness Check will do just that, running a variety of tests to see whether your org is ready for Exchange 2007. For more info about what is tested see the blog post here:

Exchange team blog

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Now one thing you might find is that when you download, install and run the tool the new test doesn’t show up. This seems to be because when you run for the first time the updates have not been installed (they get downloaded on first run).

So to run the new Readiness Check shut and open the ExBPA tool after the updates have run and you will now see the new test.

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Hope this is useful, the tool certainly is!

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Cheers

Nathan


Using ISINTEG for Exchange DB testing

ISINTEG is used to check and fix the integrity of the Information Store DB in Exchange. It is the only tool that understands the Exchange DB at a mail and object level rather than at the pages/table level which ESEUTIL operates at.

Given that this tool requires the DB to be dismounted you won’t be running it all the time. Really you only need to run it when you are having specific problems perhaps with corrupted items in a mailbox for example.

The follows links are a great source of help if you are planning to run this tool on your DB.

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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/301460/

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http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Exchange-ISINTEG-ESEUTIL.html

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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/182081

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Hope these help

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Cheers

Nathan


A massive number of Exchange resources

Hi,

Now to be honest I can’t take credit for all this info as it was provided to me by a friend!

Anyway, it is far to useful to not post so here goes:

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If you have ever wanted to test the latest Microsoft software within a sandbox environment, without the need to dedicate one or more systems to the project ?? try the TechNet Virtual Lab.

TechNet Virtual Lab: Exchange Server 2007

Take advantage of the latest key features of Exch 2007, with this lab providing exploration of MS AD & Exch management packs; plus a walk though on server Config. Additionally you can explore AntiSpam and SMTP security features, and the migration from Exch 5.5.

The TechNet Virtual Labs offer labs in the following topics:

Exchange Server 2007: Virtual Lab Express

? Virtual Lab Express: Introduction to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Exchange Server 2007

? Exchange Server 2007: Installing Exchange Server 2007

? Exchange Server 2007: Using Management Console and Shell

? Exchange Server 2007: Using Management Console and Shell Labcast

? Exchange Server 2007: Administering Exchange Server 2007 Server Roles and Mailboxes

? Exchange Server 2007: Remote Client Access with Exchange Server 2007

? Exchange Server 2007: Remote Client Access with Exchange Server 2007 Labcast

? Exchange Server 2007: Compliance and Retention

? Exchange Server 2007: Compliance and Retention Labcast

? Exchange Server 2007: Using Local Continuous Replication

? Exchange Server 2007: Using Cluster Continuous Replication

? Exchange Server 2007: Configuring an Exchange Server 2007 Edge Server

Exchange Hosted Services

? Exchange Hosted Services: Providing E-Mail Continuity and Disaster Recovery

? Exchange Hosted Services: Policy-Based Message Encryption

? Exchange Hosted Services: E-Mail Compliance Using Microsoft Exchange Hosted Archive

? Exchange Hosted Services: Implementing Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services

? Exchange Hosted Services: E-Mail Filtering Using Microsoft Exchange Hosted Filtering

? Exchange Hosted Services: E-Mail Archiving Using Microsoft Exchange Hosted Archive

Exchange Server 2003: Virtual Lab Express

? Virtual Lab Express: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003-Distribution

Exchange Server 2003: Deploy

? Migrating From Exchange Server 5.5 Windows NT Server to Exchange Server Windows Server Part 1

? Migrating From Exchange Server 5.5 Windows NT Server to Exchange Server Windows Server Part 2

Exchange Server 2003: Operate

? Implementing Mobile Solutions with Exchange Server 2003 SP2

? Publishing an Exchange Server with ISA

? Managing Exchange and Active Directory with MOM 2005

? SMTP Security Features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

Exchange Server 2003: Troubleshoot

? Disaster Recovery with Exchange Server

Exchange Server 2003: Security

? Designing Anti-Spam Defenses Using Intelligent Message Filter

? Secure Messaging and Collaboration

? Antigen Servers: Protecting Exchange Server against Viruses and Spam

This VHD contains Exchange 2007 plus MS LCS 2005 ? this is a preconfigured VM contained within the VHD format ? you will need VS2005R2 to run the VHD ? you will also need to register in order to download the files

Exchange Server 2007 VHD

You will also need additional disk and memory resources for running the virtual machine. This VHD is pre-configured to use approximately 10GB of hard disk space and approximately 512MB of memory.

Links

Exchange Server 2007 VHD

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition VHD

Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 VHD

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition VHD

TechNet Virtual Lab: Exchange Server 2007


Old mail being resent on server reboot!

A strange issue occured today at one of our clients. We patched the server over night and did the customary reboot. Then this morning, the client reported that one of their customers had received mail that was sent in December!!

Now although I have not 100% identified the problem it seems likely that it was one of two things!

Either mail stuck in the SMTP pickup folder/queue that had been re-processed or, and I think more likely from the searching I have done, mail stuck in the Temp Tables.

So if you happen to be looking for info on this type of problem take a look at these links:

Link 1 from google groups

Link 2 from blogger

Link 3 a MS TechNet article

Link 4 a MS KB article

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I will continue the troubleshooting tomorrow by looking into the queues and then trying to use MFCMAPI (or its replacement) to inspect the Temp Tables.

If anyone has any other ideas, then let me know!

Thanks

Nathan