Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Exchange team posted a great piece over on their blog about the reasons
behind going to 64bit for E12. The big doozy here (a 70% reduction in disk I/O)
almost seems impossible but if they pull it off it will more than make up for the
64bit requirement. That type of disk I/O reduction makes running multiple
Exchange 12 virtual machines possible and even probable once we get the windows
hypervisor in Longhorn.

Lot of exciting things happening!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Over at they announced the first WM5 device to be released with
the MSFP (AKU2). Of course it was only released in Taiwan but it's nice to see them coming
out anywhere with the rumors of the Visto lawsuit. Here's hoping Sprint get's theirs out the
door asap.,45107

Friday, December 16, 2005

MS released one more piece in the road to the new AUTD in Exchange 2003/sp2. The activesync web admin tool is now available for download. This allows you to remotely wipe a device if needed and can also be used to view/delete devices associated with a specific AD account. This was a big piece that was missing when comparing their solution to something from RIM or Good so it's nice to see it's out in advance of AKU2 being released by the carriers.
Been busy for a while with year end stuff.... thought I would post today to get back
in the swing of thing:

MS released the office communictor 2005 web client for LCS 2005/sp1. This is a nice
addition to the stand-alone client. Now all we are missing is the soon to be released
communicator client for windows mobile! Download away.

I've also been hearing some rumors of the possibility that AKU2 for windows mobile devices
(the one that will enable the new push AUTD) may be delayed because of the Visto lawsuit. If
this is true it will be a real shame. It's obvious MS engineered the new version of AUTD on
their own and then some shell company comes along with a few non-specific patents and attempts to litigate their way in to a settlement. The USTO really needs to change the way they hand out patents or nothing is going to get done in this business.

Hopefully this is all just rumor and we will see AKU2 shortly.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Microsoft just released a bunch of new or updated tools for exchange:

ExBPA - updated to version 2.5
ExPTA - performance troubleshooting analyzer
ExDRA - disaster recovery analyzer
PFDAVADMIN - updated version of a great tool for bulk modification of permissions
on public folders and mailboxes. Now officially a supported tool (yeah!)

I use ExBPA frequently and it's a great tool. ExPTA apparently uses the Exmon
technology to assist with troubleshooting outlook popup errors relating to slow RPC
performance. Check them out!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Microsoft posted updated support policies for running Exchange on Virtual Server. It is now
officially supported under certain scenarios (see the KB for specifics). I think this will open
up some interesting doors although performance will be suspect until we get to Longhorn
server with the new virtual machine aware processors (VT and Pacifica)from Intel and AMD

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

SP2 for Exchange 2003 is out! Be sure to install on test/lab servers first to identify
issues in your specific environment.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Another great post over on the Exchange team blog about some specific in the SenderID
piece coming in sp2 for Exchange 2003. It's not going to stop spam (considering most of
the people publishing SenderID records are spammers) but it will at least give us another
tool to identify 'possible' spam.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Over at the Exchange Team blog they just announced some additional info on sp2
and database size limits. One really cool feature now available in both standard and
enterprise is the ablility to set a maximum size limit for a database. This was something
not available in the past and is a nice addition. They also give you a 24hr warning window
before taking the database offline so you can take the appropriate action. Hopefully
these changes will be implemented in the UI instead of as registry settings.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Microsoft just announced a new 'SBS-like' offering for medium size businsesses (50-500 users)
that will included Longhorn server and E12 (among other things.) It's called 'Microsoft Windows Server Centro' and will probably end up being a multi-server solution with a managed interface.

Sounds Interesting.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Looks like there is more controversy over Sender-ID and SPF brewing. Since spammers
have been the biggest adopter of Sender-ID/SPF it remains to be seen how well this will
combat spam.

Friday, August 19, 2005

The link to the CTP release of Exchange 2003 sp2 is active now. Just an
FYI that this is not production ready and should only be used in a test environment.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Microsoft will be releasing a CTP preview of Exchange 2003 sp2 on Friday according
to many different sources. This service pack has some great updates in it with regard
to mobile messaging and spam filtering. Since this is not released software, only install
on non-productions sytems and be sure to test thoroughly.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Not mail related but.... there is a great article on securityfocus about Microsoft's
'honeymonkey' project. It great to see them being pro-active about finding security
vulnerabilities.... hopefully that translates in to much more secure client OS in Windows

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Enterprise Magazine posted a story this morning about Microsoft including their
speech server technology in a future release of Exchange, most likely as part of
their unified messaging strategy. Should be interesting to see.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Today I was explaining to someone how to align a disk using diskpar for Exchange
2003 and thought some documentation would be nice for this person to reference. Fellow
MVP Daniel Petri has a nice write up about this process with pictures!

Friday, July 22, 2005

One question I get asked alot is how to export the membership of a distribution
group in Exchange 2000/2003. The easiest way I know is to use 'ldifde' against
Active Directory to export that information into a text file. So I wrote up a KB
article describing the process:;en-us;555365

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Microsoft just posted a great doc on -1018 errors with some extraordinary detail
on why they happen and what changes were made in Exchange 2003 sp1 to correct

Good stuff!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Over at, he posted about some of the changes coming in Exchange 2003 sp2:

IMF (now called junk mail filter) included by default
Sender-ID Support
Anti-phishing support (non-configurable)

With these changes and the windows mobile changes talked about earlier, this should be
a feature packed service pack.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

A couple different sites have posted about a new powertoy released for windows
mobile called 'Global Contact Access' that allows you to do GAL lookups from any
pocket pc or smartphone 2003 device. I haven't seen any documentation yet but
the download is here:

Exchange 2003 FE server is required for this to work.


Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Head on over to as he is blogging from Tech-Ed Europe. Seems MS is
talking more open about details in Exchange 12 than they did at the US Tech-Ed.

Highlights for E12:

Log shipping
Fully scriptable UI (based on Monad)
Public Folder support gone after E12

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Here's a worthwhile blog post.... sometime in November, Microsoft is going to mark
any message coming in to hotmail as spam if it doesn't have a Sender-ID record. This
will definitely get people motivated to get their record setup and will most likely spur
other big ISP's to do the same.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Tech-Ed 2005 (Day 3):

Some additional announcements include Sender ID support in Exchange 2003 sp2
and raising the limit for the standard version of Exchange server to 75gb. The second
accouncement was a huge win for small businesses as old limit (16gb) did reflect current
usage for a business of <50 users.

Attended a few sessions so far.... Paul Bowden gave a great talk on performance monitoring
in Exchange 2003. If you ever get a change to see him talk, run dont walk to the class.

I'll post more later.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Tech-Ed 2005: Day one

Announced Exchange 2003 sp2 with new mobile features for windows mobile 5.0

Remote wipe
Policy Based control
True "push" email to devices with no reliance on SMS.

Good stuff... more to come later.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

I will be in Orlando the whole week for Tech-ed 2005. I'm working in the exchange
cabana so if your in town stop by. I will be blogging the big announcmens made by MS
and anything else worth posting so stay tuned.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

MS just released sp1 for SBS 2003. Good news for all those small business
customers running this release (which is the best release to date).

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

There is a great post on some new public folder bit coming out with E2k3 sp2 over at
the Exchange team blog. This stuff can be very confusing and it's worth checking it out
to get a better understanding of how it all works.

Monday, April 25, 2005

An issue has just been found in MS05-019 and W2k3/sp1 that can cause clients
to be unable to connect to Exchange servers after either of these has been applied.
This KB talks about this issue and a hotfix that is now available for the issue:

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

New Exchange 2003 security patch release this morning.... test before applying
to production servers!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

MS just released a new free tool that allows you to monitor performance between
the exchange server and the client. This was an internal tool that has now been released
to the public. This kind of performance monitoring can be difficult to get so it's nice
to see MS releasing tools like this to assist admins.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Over on the exchange team blog, Nino has a good article about the new Security Configuration
Wizard in W2k3sp1 and how it effects Exchange. Check it out!

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Thursday, March 17, 2005

There is a great post on the exchange team blog from Nicole Allen on performance
metrics with outlook and how it's affected by the number of items in key folders.
Great info (thanks Nicole!).
MS released a new version of the Exchange best practices analyzer today (version 2.0).
There is also a MOM pack for the EXBPA that has some cool features in it. Check it out:

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Over at Redmond mag they have a good article on E12 with some details on
the changes to the Jet engine. One biggy I'm looking forward to is log shipping.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Over on the MS Exchange product group blog, Evan Dodds (exchange clustering guru)
had a great article on the details of the mailbox move and what goes on behind the scenes.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Of the new vulnerabilities released today, this one has the biggest impact on exchange
and should be installed right away.
Microsoft today announced they were buying Sybari software, makers of the Antigen
antivirus product for exchange. This was somewhat expected as Sybari has always been
the most inovative company in this space. They originally developed the 'ese scanning'
technique which was light years ahead of the Microsoft sanctioned method (vsapi) and
was copied by other vendors (Trend Micro) as it's benefits were proven. Congrats to Sybari
on this venture and hopefully the product will improve with it's new owners.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Another post-sp1 patch was released for Exchange 2003. This one has to do with
scripting mailbox moves. As always, test before rolling out to production servers.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Looks like some more progress has been made on the SPF front with
Microsoft finally merging their called-ID spec.,com_content/task,view/id,51/Itemid,2/

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Mary Jo over at MW has a bit more info on E12. The not surprising news is
we will still see a jet based store (not that going to a sql based store would be
a magic bullet anyways).,1995,1752696,00.asp?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535

Thursday, January 06, 2005

MS just released beta 1 of their antispyware software. This was the software purchased
from Giant Software a few months ago. So far it looks very similar to the last version Giant
put out and is working well.