Thursday, October 11, 2007

MS released a new mailbox server role calculator for E2k7....

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A new rollup has been released for E2k7. Get it while it's hot!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Installing certs on Exchange 2007 has become a topic worthy of a book by itself. The
Exchange team just posted a great blog article that sums up most of what you need to
know in one location. Check it out!

Friday, June 08, 2007

There's a great post about SMIME support over at EHLO. I've been testing this
feature with a WM6 and so far it works well. My only complaint here is when you
go to verify a certificate, it fails for me each time. Not sure if this is a device issue
or something else (I only have one WM6 device to test with) but it's a minor issue.

On a side note, while it's nice to see that MS has included encryption of the storage
cards for WM6, why did they also not include on device encryption? This point will
be the difference that alot of corporations use to choose NOT to go to WM devices.
In my environement (Legal), having devices out there with exposed data (even if
only for the amount of time you choose for idle lock out) is un acceptbable. The
thousands of Blackberry devices we have already offer this option so it's a must for

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Bink has an interesting post about a new IP PBX that he is testing. Apparently
they have a version that works with Exchange 2007 UM (currently in beta) which
makes this a fairly inexpensive way to go.

We will most likely see alot more of these as the space matures.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Update rollup 1 for Exchange 2007 is now available and patches two fairly
serious issues:

Friday, April 13, 2007

Finally! Support (via powershell) for greater than 2gb exports of
mailboxes from exchange. This comes via some powershell scripts (export-mailbox
and import-mailbox) courtesy of Exchange 2007 sp1 (yet to be released). It even supports batch processing and filtering in both directions!

Here's hoping we see SCR in sp1 as well.

Thanks guys!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Exchange 2007 sp1 beta 1 release notes are now available. No mention of the
feature I'm hoping for.... Standby Continuous Replication (SCR). Being able to
use log shipping without the requirement of a cluster would be HUGE.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Just an FYI for those working on the DST change with Exchange - on 2/22/07 they updated
the order in which patches are applied so that now they recommend not apply the Exchange CDO patch until after the users calendars are rebased. Previously they were saying to apply the Exchange CDO patch before rebasing. Apparently the change was due to a problem they discovered with the CDO patch and OWA that would allow a user to create a recurring meeting in OWA that would not get fixed with rebasing.

They have also realeased a hotfix for the CDO patch for a rare issue that caused the stores not to mount after the patch was applied:

930241 The Exchange 2003 database does not mount, and event IDs 9518 and 9519 are logged in the Application log;EN-US;930241

The hotfix can be downloaded from here:

For anyone who has used the workaround outlined in:
932599 Information Store database does not mount with Event ID 9519 and 9518;EN-US;932599
MS just announced a parital list of features for Exchange 2007/sp1 and one of them will
be huge if done right - SCR or Standby Continuous Replication. The big killer for us with CCR
was the requirement of both boxes to be on the same subnet. We also did not really want to
have to run a cluster to get replication to a remote data center, instead we were looking to replicate remotely via stand alone boxes. This greatly reduces the complexity (no clustering)
while giving us the data protection necessary in today's environment.

Please, please MS, make SCR work and make it work without stretched subnets.

Friday, February 09, 2007

MS just released the calendar update tool that will fix calendar entries tha show up with
the incorrect time after you apply the OS and Exchange DST patches. As always, be sure to
test this on non-productions servers first since it's a new tool with no history.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

MS released the hotfix for the upcoming DST time change in the US (March 11, 3 weeks earlier then previously). There are also patches for the OS/Outlook and other apps so you may want to check those out as well. This patch requires sp2 for Exchange be installed so if you haven't updated now would be a good time.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Exchange team blog posted a new storage calculator to use for Exchange 2007 that integrates all the current recomendations towards 2007. Pretty cool!
For those people rolling out 2k7 in your production environment, there is a fix for the OAB
server if it lives on a 2003/sp2 box still.