Microsoft offers security bulletins in RSS Finally!

RSS: Really Simple Syndication


TechNet is now providing an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feed for its Security Bulletins, with more RSS content for IT pros on the way in the months ahead. RSS feeds deliver new content to you on the topics you are interested in. All you need to take advantage of these feeds is a RSS client, such as one of the titles listed below.

What Is RSS?

RSS provides a convenient way to syndicate information from a variety of sources, including news stories, updates to a web site or important bulletins. Regardless of the purpose for which the RSS file is being used, by watching this XML file, you can quickly and easily see whenever an update has occurred. Of course, viewing the RSS feed in Internet Explorer and manually reloading the page every few minutes is not the most efficient use of your time, so most people take advantage of some form of client software to read and monitor RSS feeds.

There are many different RSS clients available, but here are a selected few that we’ve tested and that you may find useful:

NewsGator, and
RSS Bandit, which you can build and customize yourself.

If you’re using Microsoft SharePoint, you can get RSS feeds delivered to your SharePoint site using Tim Heuer’s RSS FeedReader Web Part. The RSS FeedReader can be placed on a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 web part page or a Windows SharePoint Services team site/web part page.

How Do I Use RSS?

Whenever you see RSS (or sometimes XML), it should link to an RSS feed that you can subscribe to via your RSS client.

The basic process is as follows:
1) Copy the URL for the RSS feed you want to your clipboard.
2) Paste it into the Address Bar of the RSS feed reader of your choice.
3) Optionally choose to refresh or continue/discontinue subscribing to the feed.

This, for example, is exactly the way it works in SharpReader; in FeedReader, clicking the New button opens a “New Feed Wizard,” where you paste the URL of your choice. Most other programs operate similarly.

Get the Feeds

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More Microsoft News Feeds

Please note: it may take up to four hours for the RSS feed to reflect the latest bulletins.

Exchange Intelligent Message Filter

On the 2nd June 2004, Microsoft release an add-in to the Exchange 2003 called Exchange Intelligent Message Filter. (Build 06.05.7202)

Intelligent Message Filter is based on Microsoft SmartScreen Technology from Microsoft Research. By using e-mail characteristics tracked by SmartScreen technology, Intelligent Message Filter can help determine whether each incoming e-mail message is likely to be spam. Based on this likelihood, you can choose to block e-mail messages at the gateway or at the mailbox store. For more information about Intelligent Message Filter, see Exchange Intelligent Message Filter Overview.

You can download it by going to the following link:

MOM management pack
In addition they have also released a MOM management pack (Build 06.05.7226).  You can download it from:

Update to Exchange 2003: All-In-One Tools

Again on the 25th May 2004, Microsoft updated the web download tool for Exchange 2003

The Tools have been upupdated to build number 06.05.7226. The following tools are included:

  • Add Root Certificate
  • Address Rewrite
  • Application Analyzer 2003 for Lotus Notes [new?]
  • ArchiveSink
  • Authoritative Restore
  • AUTD Binding Cleanup [new]
  • Auto Accept Agent [new]
  • Badmail Deletion and Archiving [new]
  • E-Mail Journaling Advanced Configuration [new]
  • Importer for Lotus cc:Mail Archives
  • Disable Certificate Verification
  • DNS Resolver
  • Error Code Look-up
  • Exchange Server Domain Rename Fixup [new]
  • Exchange Server Profile Update [new]
  • Exchange Server Stress and Performance 2003
  • Inter-Organization Replication
  • Exchange Deployment Tools
  • Mailbox Merge Wizard (ExMerge)
  • GUIDGen
  • Jetstress
  • LegacyDN [new]
  • Load Simulator 2003
  • Information Store Viewer (MDBVU32)
  • Management Pack
  • Management Pack Configuration Wizard [new]
  • MTA Check
  • Outlook Web Access Web Administration [new]
  • SMTP Internet Protocol Restriction and Accept/Deny List Configuration
  • Up-To-Date Notifications Troubleshooting
  • WinRoute
  • Exchange Support Tool: Exchdump [new]

You can download them from here:

Service Pack 1 For Exchange 2003

The 25th May 2004 saw the release of Service Pack 1 For Exchange 2003. Available in 9 languages, it provides updates and improvements to Exchange Server 2003 such as:

  • Enhanced security
  • Updated deployment tools to make Exchange Server 5.5 upgrades and site consolidation even easier
  • New language support for Outlook Mobile Access and Outlook Web Access spelling checkers
  • Enhancements to the Outlook Mobile Access user interface that include out-of-office modification, a larger text entry field, search folder support, and improved menu navigation
  • Co-existence and migration support in a new Active Directory Connector and IBM Lotus Notes R6 Connector
  • Updates and improvements based on your feedback

For more information check this link out: