TechNet Flash: Next Up, Windows Server "Longhorn"

Received my TechNet Flash today and it said:

The Windows Server code-named “Longhorn” beta program will be kicking off soon, and that means it’s time to pre-register to get your hands on the next generation of the Windows Server operating system. When you Register for Windows Server code-named “Longhorn” beta through the Beta Central program, you will be notified when the beta is available. You’ll also be notified as the additional resources are available, such as Web forums, virtual labs, and other e-learning tools. In the meantime, acquaint yourself with all that’s new in Windows Server “Longhorn”, including improvements in networking, advanced security features, remote application access, centralized server role management, performance and reliability monitoring tools, failover clustering, deployment, and the file system.

 

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DST 2007

Okay some more information for you.  Interesting how this coule be a one off as “Congress retains the right to resume the 2005 Daylight Saving Time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete”

UPDATE #1: Just found this too. it would seem that TWO calendar update tool are going to be avaialble.  It looks like the Outlook Tool will run against a user, so I suspect the Exchange Tool will just do a batch conversion for ALL the users on a server.  One for users and one for administrators to run. To modify a users mailbox, the Exchange Tool is going to need “god” access to all the mailboxes, so you will need an account setup with the right permissions. What will be interesting is how the tool works?  Will it just update the meeting request or will it update and then send out a change to all the attendees?  If it does the later and you batch the messages on the server, make sure you have enough log disk space and you do it out of hours.  We will have to wait and see what the tool does. Check out: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931667.  Right down the bottom. Q: How does the Exchange tool compare to the Time Zone Data Update Tool?
A: The Exchange tool will allow you to apply the time zone update in ‘silent mode’ to a set of chosen mailboxes on the Exchange server. This will mean the user will not have a chance to uncheck appointments that do not need updating.
The Exchange tool only works on server-side calendars. This means that any local Calendars that a user might have, such as in PST stores, can only be updated by the client-side Time Zone Data Update Tool.

and in http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA102086071033.aspx under “Steps you need to take” #4 Run the Time Zone Data Update Tool to update Outlook calendars that are saved on servers running Exchange and on individual computers. End users use the Time Zone Data Update Tool. IT administrators use the Exchange version of the update tool.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dst

 

Rationales for DST: One of the major reasons given for observing DST is energy conservation. Theoretically, the amount of residential electricity needed in evening hours is dependent both on when the sun sets and when people go to bed. Because people tend to observe the same bedtime year-round, by artificially moving sunset one hour later, the amount of energy used is theoretically reduced. A 1975 United States Department of Transportation study showed that DST would theoretically reduce the country’s electricity usage by 1% from March to April, if implemented during these months. These numbers have been supported in Mexico, which began implementing daylight saving time in 1996. Evaluations show national savings of 0.7% of national electric consumption (1.3 billion kWh (TWh)) and reduction of peak load by 500 MW.

Part of the reason that it is normally observed only in the early spring, summer, and early autumn instead of the winter months is that the amount of energy saved by experiencing sunset one hour later would be negated by the increased need for artificial morning lighting due to a later sunrise. During the summer most people would wake up after the sun rises, regardless of whether daylight saving time is in effect or not, so there is no increased need for morning lighting to offset the afternoon drop in energy usage. Another reason for not observing daylight saving time in the winter is concern about children walking to school in the dark.

Another argued benefit of DST is increased opportunities for outdoor activities. Most people plan outdoor activities during sunlight hours. Other benefits cited include prevention of traffic injuries (by allowing more people to return home from work or school in daylight), and crime reduction (by reducing people’s risk of being targets of crimes that are more common in dark areas).

When the U.S. went on extended DST in 1974 and 1975 in response to the 1973 energy crisis, Department of Transportation studies found that observing DST in March and April saved 10,000 barrels of oil a day, and prevented about 2,000 traffic injuries and 50 fatalities saving about U.S. $28 million in traffic costs.


Source: http://www.worldtimezone.com/daylight.html

Date Country changing DST time Description
Mar 2007 USA All States except:
i) Hawaii
ii) Arizona (the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona observes DST).
iii) American Samoa, Guam, Arizona, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands
Dates: 11-Mar 2007 to 04-Nov 2007
Mar 2007 Canada All States except Saskatchewan and parts of Quebec, B.C., and Ontario
Dates: 11-Mar 2007 to 04-Nov 2007
Mar 2007 Bermuda All of Bermuda
Dates: 11-Mar 2007 to 04-Nov 2007

 


DST 2007 changes for US, Canada and Bermuda
This information applies to users in the areas of the United States and Canada that observe daylight saving time.

For the latest information on DST 2007 check out: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/timezone/dst2007.mspx

On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. Beginning in 2007, DST will begin on the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November. The Secretary of Energy will report the impact of this change to Congress.
Congress retains the right to resume the 2005 Daylight Saving Time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete.

Canada and Bermuda made similar changes to their DST rules to be consistent with the U.S. time changes.
The 2007 daylight saving time implementation is as follows:
Clocks change at 02:00 A.M. local time.

On March 11, 2007, clocks will move forward one hour from 01:59 A.M. to 03:00 A.M. On November 4, 2007, clocks will move back one hour from 01:59 A.M. to 01:00 A.M.

This change affects the following time zones:

GMT-3:30 Newfoundland
GMT-4 Atlantic
GMT-5 Eastern US
GMT-6 Central US
GMT-7 Mountain US
GMT-8 Pacific US
GMT-9 Alaska


How do DST changes affect I
T systems worldwide?
Source: http://www.ibm.com/support/alerts/daylightsavingstimealert.html

 

Date and time processing functions in systems and applications in countries implementing the new DST rules (U.S., Canada, Bermuda) are affected. Systems and applications in countries not implementing the DST changes could be affected if they support users, transactions, or applications involving countries that are implementing the new DST rules. For example, scheduling or synchronizing problems may arise where systems make or check date or time stamps relating to transactions in other countries, or there may be difficulty in applications that perform scheduling calculations. Any time-sensitive functions could be impacted by this change.

DST rules affect date and time processing functions in computers and applications. If not set properly, depending upon how uniformly updates are applied, the time could be incorrect by one hour for four weeks each year.


Areas Impacted by this change in daylight saving time:

Preparing for daylight saving time changes in 2007 (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/timezone/dst2007.mspx)

 

Windows Vista No update needed
Windows XP (SP2), Windows Server 2003, Windows Server SP1

Update available

2007 time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928388)

Windows 2000 Update available – (under Extended Hotfix Support)
Windows XP SP1 Not Supported
Windows NT 4 Not Supported
Outlook

Outlook 2007: No update needed.
Outlook 2003, XP and 2000: An Outlook Data Update Tool will be available in January from the Download Center.

Addressing daylight saving time using the Outlook Time Zone Data Update Tool (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/931667)

Prepare Outlook calendar items for daylight saving time changes in 2007 (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA102086071033.aspx)

Exchange Server Exchange Server 2007: No update needed.
Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2: Exchange update (addressing changes in the United States and Canada, excluding Newfoundland) is available through CSS, Microsoft Update (currently as an optional update), and the Microsoft Download Center. For more information, refer to KB article 926666.
Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 1: SP Service Support will be retired January 9, 2007 so Exchange 2003 SP1 is not eligible to receive this update.
Exchange Server 2000/Exchange Conferencing Server 2000: Updates are available now. Exchange 2000 is under Extended Support. Customers with Extended Hotfix Support Agreements (EHSAs) can request hotfix through their Technical Account Managers.
Exchange Server 5.5: The update is available now. Exchange 5.5 is under Custom Support phase until January 2008. Customers with Customer Support Agreements (CSAs) can request a hotfix through their Technical Account Managers.
Exchange Server 2003 Lotus Notes Connector: Download available at Microsoft Download Center (search for “Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes”).
Exchange versions out of mainstream support without EHSA or CSA: No workaround or update available.
Windows SharePoint Services Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: No update needed.
Windows SharePoint Services 2.0: A single global time zone update including changes for the United States and Canada DST change will be made available on January 9 via Microsoft Download Center and on January 29 through Microsoft Update as a critical update. (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/924881)
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Microsoft CRM 3.0: Update delivered via Hotfix available in March 2007. See KB article 925874.
Windows Mobile Windows Mobile: See KB article 923953.
Windows CE based devices Windows CE: See KB article 923027.
RIM Blackberry Impact of North American Daylight Saving Time changes in 2007 on BlackBerry device users.

 

 

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My Xbox 360

So today my xbox 360 returned to me and guess what?  It’s a replacement. The tell tail sign was a new MAC address :-|

So I have hooked it up to my TV and the network and applied the update. Configured my Vista Media Centre to work with it and worked first time (unlike my old 360!)

So I wonder what was wrong will my old 360 … I guess we will never know if the two updates broke it?!

 

 

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More DST 2007

This is turning into a REALLY REALLY BIG issue. 

To be clear the new DST change periods are: March 11, 2007 to April 1, 2007 and from October 28, 2007 to November 4, 2007.

New DST Start

March 11, 2007
(three weeks earlier)

Previous DST Start

April 1, 2007

Previous DST End

October 28, 2007

New DST End

November 4, 2007
(one week later)

 So Microsoft Articles to date are:

Blackberry Articles: US Daylight Saving Time Changes and Blackberry

IBM Articles: Lotus software- Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes for 2007 will affect Lotus software products

Also remember that any other Application that uses CDO will need to be updated.  Check with your Application vendor first.

Outlook is looking like it’s going to be a pain in the butt.  The problem is that when you apply the Windows Operating System Update for DST 2007 you will have Outlook calendar appointments off by 1 hour during the DST Change periods.

The solution requires three things to be in place for Outlook calendar items to be updated properly.

  1. The Operating System update to change the time zone information.  928388 or 914387 (available now).
  2. The Exchange Server 2003 Update for CDO.  926666 (available now).
  3. The Outlook Time Zone Data update Tool and the Exchange Time Zone Update Tool. (not released yet).

If all of these patches and tools are not used together, then there will be calendar inconsistencies.  If you install update 928388 or 914387 for the operating system without doing anything else, users are notice that the meetings during the DST change periods are ahead by 1 hour.  This is expected behavior without installing the Exchange server hotfix 926666 patch and using the Outlook or Exchange tool to rebase the appointments that are in the DST change period. 

The Outlook tool is due to be released in January 2007 through the Microsoft Download Center that can update calendar items in Outlook to accommodate the changes in DST during the Extended DST period. This program is called the Time Zone Data Update Tool for Microsoft® Office Outlook® (Time Zone Data Update Tool).
Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, the newest version of Outlook, has the ability to automatically detect the DST change and prompt the process that updates a person’s calendar to conform to the new daylight saving time rules. However, the Time Zone Data Update Tool contains enhancements that improve upon what is available in Outlook 2007and should be run instead of the out-of-the-box Outlook 2007 experience.

The Time Zone Data Update Tool is necessary to update calendar items that occur during the Extended DST periods for the following earlier versions of Microsoft Outlook:

  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft Outlook 2000

The following table describes the situations when you should download and run the Time Zone Data Update Tool:

 

Outlook 2007 Outlook 2003, Outlook 2002, Outlook 2000
Not required to use the Time Zone Data Update Tool. But it is highly recommended because it includes numerous improvements. Run the Time Zone Data Update Tool.
In environments running Microsoft Exchange, a special version of the Time Zone Data Update Tool may be used to update multiple Exchange mailboxes on the server. In environments running Microsoft Exchange, a special version of the Time Zone Data Update Tool may be used to update multiple Exchange mailboxes on the server.

 

Check out the scenarios at the bottom of 931667 and MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA102086071033.aspx

In the mean I will keep an eye on the Exchange Download Centre (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/results.aspx?freetext=&productID=899CABAF-A55E-402B-AA90-5114BD4C014E&categoryId=&period=120&sortCriteria=date&nr=50&DisplayLang=en)

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Microsoft Photo Info 1.0

Rob sent me a link to this .. Interesting and it’s FREE!


Source: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b038d4b5-1d88-437c-9f54-1fb0d210b5ef&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Photo Info allows photographers to add, change and delete common “metadata” properties for digital photographs from inside Windows Explorer.

When installed, a new “Photo Info” item appears on the context menu for files selected in Windows Explorer. To use, simply select one or more image fiiles, right-click and choose “Photo Info” to open the Photo Info properties editor. You can edit metadata for files individually, or all together as a batch. Photo Info reads and writes metadata in IPTC and XMP formats (depending on file type). It also provides enhanced “hover tips” and additional sort properties for digital photographs in Windows Explorer.

Microsoft Photo Info runs on 32-bit versions of Windows XP (with Service Pack 2 or later) and the Windows Vista operating systems.

 

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24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007

It actually started last week, but here are the 24 x1 hour sessions.  A bit like the TV series I suppose, so that would make Harold Wong our version of Jack Bauer, but Harold is saving the world by spreading the love & adoption of Exchange 2007 ;-)

Also check out that these Webcasts have HOMEWORK!  All of them are at the same time 1930 – 2030 UK Time (will change as the clocks change) aka 1130– 1230 Pacific Time


Source: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/tnexchangeserver.mspx#24HoursofExchangeServer2007

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 01 of 24): Integration of Exchange Server 2007 and Active Directory (Level 200)

Original Air Date: January 19, 2007: This session kicks off our 24-hour learning series on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. In this webcast, we cover the basic relationship between the Active Directory directory service and Exchange Server 2007. Learn about the important components of Active Directory that are required before you can install Exchange Server 2007. We also discuss the components Exchange Server installs and modifies, and we explain what these components do. This presentation starts on a high level with a review of some basic Active Directory concepts; we then get specific and look at the objects and scheme extensions Exchange Server 2007 installs.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 02 of 24): Transport and Routing Architecture (Level 200)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007: In this installment of our 24-hour learning series, we discuss the changes made to the routing and transport functions in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. We review the pros and cons of message routing and transport services in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2000. Then we look at the improvements made to transport and message routing in Exchange Server 2007, highlighting the benefits these enhancements offer users and administrators.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 03 of 24): Planning Installation (Level 200)
Friday, January 26, 2007: In part three of our series, we focus on planning for the installation of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. We concentrate on deploying the five distinct server roles in Exchange Server 2007: Edge Transport, Hub Transport, Client Access, Mailbox, and Unified Messaging. We also cover other planning considerations, including storage sizing, server sizing, server placement, and management options, such as Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). Join us for part four, the next session of our series, for greater detail on installing Exchange Server 2007.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 04 of 24): Installing Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Wednesday, January 31, 2007: In this webcast, we continue with the installation of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 we started in the previous session. We provide an overview of the complete installation process, starting with the Active Directory directory service preparation. Join us as we explore the options for installing Exchange Server 2007 in unattended mode. We describe how to verify your installation was successful and provide troubleshooting techniques if you experienced any issues with the installation. We conclude this presentation by illustrating how to install additional software that might be required by your installation of Exchange Server 2007.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 05 of 24): Transitioning and Migrating to Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Monday, February 5, 2007: In the previous session of this series, we discussed installing Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. But what if you have an existing Exchange Server environment? What are your options then? What if you are using another messaging environment? In this webcast, we cover transitioning from Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2007. We also examine upgrading from Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 or Exchange Server 5.5 and explore migrating from a Lotus Notes environment to Exchange Server 2007.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 06 of 24): Configuring Exchange Server Introduction (Level 200)
Wednesday, February 7, 2007: This webcast and the next webcast in this 24-part series are dedicated to configuring Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. In the first part of this two-part session on configuring the installation of Exchange Server 2007, we look at some post-installation tasks for securing the installation and the delegation of permissions. We explore the administration tools in Exchange Server 2007 and introduce Windows PowerShell, a new command-line shell and task-based scripting technology that we explore in greater detail in later sessions. We also cover implementing the Mailbox server role in Exchange Server 2007, explain how to configure this server role, and describe the database and storage groups. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 07 of 24): Configuring Exchange Server Conclusion (Level 200)
Friday, February 9, 2007: This webcast and the previous webcast in this 24-part series are dedicated to configuring Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. In this second presentation of our two-part session on configuring Exchange Server 2007, we focus on public folders by describing what public folders are, explaining the replication model for public folders, and exploring how client computers access public folders. We spend the majority of time in this webcast demonstrating the administrative tasks you need to perform to configure and manage public folders. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 08 of 24): Introduction to Windows PowerShell (Level 200)
Wednesday, February 14, 2007: In this installment of our 24-hour learning series on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, we explore the new command-line interface, Windows PowerShell. Over the course of the next two sessions, we examine Windows PowerShell and provide examples of how to use it to manage Exchange Server 2007. We describe the new interface, outline the concepts behind it, and illustrate the language Windows PowerShell uses for scripting. Attend this presentation to learn more about operators, conditions, and other scripting techniques for building your first cmdlets, single-feature command-line tools used to manipulate objects in Windows PowerShell. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can regis
ter and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 09 of 24): Using PowerShell for Exchange Management (Level 200)

Friday, February 16, 2007: Having covered the basics of Windows PowerShell in Part 08 of this 24-part series, “Introduction to Windows PowerShell”, this session concentrates on using Windows PowerShell to manage a Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 environment. In this webcast, we cover the Exchange management model, which provides us with the basis for our scripts later on. We spend time in an application showing the scripts and explaining how they work to describe Windows PowerShell management for Exchange Server. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 10 of 24): Recipient Management, Policies, and Permissions (Level 200)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007: This is the first of six webcasts in the series in which we focus on various aspects of security in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. In this session, we explore policies and permissions, and we illustrate the recipient management model, which has changed since Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Join this session to learn how Exchange Server 2007 handles resources and what changes there are to the administrative permission model. We also demonstrate how Exchange Server 2007 gives you the option to separate your Active Directory directory service administration from your Exchange Server. Other topics we cover in the next five webcasts on Exchange Server 2007 security include compliance, antivirus, anti-spam, edge protection with the Edge Transport server role, and Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 11 of 24): Messaging Policies and Compliance (Level 200)

Friday, February 23, 2007: In this session, we look at the messaging policy and compliance features within Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. We define messaging policy and compliance, and we explore the options for implementing messaging policies and records management. We also demonstrate how to implement and configure managed e-mail folders and retention policies. Join this webcast for a discussion on transport rules in Exchange Server 2007, as we examine what they are and describe how to establish them. We conclude this webcast discussing message journaling, illustrating how it works and showing you how to implement it. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 12 of 24): Configuring Edge Transport Servers (Level 200)

Wednesday, February 28, 2007: In this session, we look at the Edge Transport server role in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. While we provided an overview of server roles in an earlier session of this series on Exchange Server 2007, we look at configuring the Edge Transport role in greater detail in this webcast. We begin by exploring the process for implementing an Edge Transport server role and by discussing EdgeSync, a service that provides data replication and synchronization between Active Directory and Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) for a subscribed Edge Transport server. From there, we examine the Internet message delivery, describe how it works, and demonstrate how to configure Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) connectors. We conclude with a discussion of security concerns associated with using SMTP e-mail and illustrate the options you have for securing SMTP e-mail. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 13 of 24): Maintaining Anti-Spam Systems (Level 200)

Friday, March 2, 2007: This is the fourth webcast of six in this webcast series in which we focus on various aspects of security in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. We cover the anti-spam features and review the defense-in-depth approach to anti-spam management in Exchange Server 2007. We discuss Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services and describe how the services work to help protect your organization from malicious software (malware). Join this webcast to learn how to implement the anti-spam features and filtering capabilities in Exchange Server 2007. To complete the homework that is associated

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 14 of 24): Maintaining Antivirus (Level 200)

Wednesday, March 7, 2007: We continue looking at security in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in this session by introducing the antivirus features and the defense-in-depth approach to antivirus in Exchange Server 2007. We review the integration features in Exchange Server for antivirus software and discuss Microsoft Forefront for Exchange Server 2007. Join this webcast to learn how to implement these features in Exchange Server 2007 and to learn how Forefront for Exchange Server 2007 helps provide greater protection and control over the security of your network infrastructure. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 15 of 24): Using Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 for Secure Exchange Server Publishing (Level 200)

Friday, March 9, 2007: In this session, we explore how you can use Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 to allow a Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 environment be exposed to the outside world with little risk. We introduce the topic of our next session, Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access (OWA), by demonstrating ways you can publish Exchange Server 2007 messaging features to a mobile work force. We examine how ISA Server 2006 provides protection for those elements of your network that need to be connected to the outside world. Setting up the correct filters and polices can be tricky; however, we demonstrate how ISA Server 2006 has a number of built-in features that allow you to set up the correct filters and polices using simple wizards. We also describe the polices and filters in ISA Server 2006 and show how you can easily modify them to adapt to any environment. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 16 of 24): Outlook Web Access in Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007
: In this session, we describe the new and enhanced features in Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access (OWA) in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. We discuss the two versions of OWA, Outlook Web Access Light and Outlook Web Access Premium. Join this webcast to learn about the requirements for deploying and securing OWA and the new features in OWA, such as the integration with Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies. We conclude our presentation by exploring how to manage an OWA environment. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 17 of 24): Unified Messaging (Level 200)

Monday, March 19, 2007: In this webcast, we describe deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging (UM). Learn how deploying UM requires integrating Exchange Server 2007 with your organization’s existing telephony system, which can be a significant challenge to Exchange Server administrators, who may have little telephony knowledge. A successful UM deployment requires careful analysis of your existing telephony infrastructure and proper planning. Join this session for help with this planning stage; we explore the requirements and outline the questions you need to answer before deploying UM yourself or hiring a systems integrator to perform the integration. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 18 of 24): Mobility (Level 200)

Friday, March 23, 2007: In previous sessions in our series, we discussed providing services to remote users by using Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access (OWA) and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging (UM). In this webcast, we explore the support for mobile devices in Exchange Server 2007. We cover Exchange ActiveSync and describe how it enables Windows Mobile powered devices to access information on a server running Exchange Server 2007. Join this presentation to learn how to configure ActiveSync virtual directories and how to create and manage ActiveSync policies for mobile devices. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 19 of 24): Introduction to Exchange Server 2007 Disaster Recovery (Level 200)

Monday, March 26, 2007: In this webcast and the next, we look at disaster recovery in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Over the course of these two sessions, we cover:

  • Recovering messaging databases.
  • Preparing for and recovering from mailbox server failures.
  • Preparing for and recovering from non-mailbox server failures.

Join this session to learn about the options for database recovery, backup, and repair, in addition to dial-tone recovery. We also demonstrate the techniques required for these disaster recovery tasks. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 20 of 24): Exchange Server 2007 Disaster Recovery (Level 200)

Friday, March 30, 2007: In this webcast, we expand on the information covered in the previous webcast and further explore disaster recovery for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Our focus in this session is the server; we describe how to perform a recovery on mailbox servers and the other role servers. We discuss the recovery options you have and the data you need to recover a role server in Exchange Server 2007. We also demonstrate the recovery process and the steps you need to take for a successful recovery. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 21 of 24): Monitoring (Level 200)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 : This is the first of four webcasts in the series in which we look at monitoring and troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. In this session, we describe how monitoring an Exchange Server 2007 environment breaks down into two areas, server and client computers. We cover Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (MOM), describe the management pack concept used by MOM to monitor servers, and look closely at the management pack for Exchange Server 2007. We also explain how to use MOM to manage client computer connectivity. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 22 of 24): Using the Toolbox (Level 200)

Friday, April 6, 2007: In this session, we look at the tools in Microsoft Exchange Server 20007 that you can use to maintain an Exchange Server messaging environment. Learn how you can check the health of your Exchange Server environment by using the Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer, a tool that remotely collects configuration data from each server in the topology and automatically analyzes the data. We also introduce the Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant, a tool that helps you troubleshoot performance, manage database recovery, and troubleshoot mail-flow issues. We demonstrate how to use the Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant, and we explain the tool in more detail in the subsequent two sessions. We also cover Performance Monitor, a tool you can configure to collect information about the performance of your messaging system, and we describe how to use the counters in Performance Monitor for monitoring Exchange Server 2007. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.

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: Keep the lines of communication open. We cover troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 MAPI and Client Access Server client computers in the last two webcasts of this 24-part series. Attend this session to learn how to identify the causes for MAPI and remote client computer connectivity issues and what you can do to resolve these issues. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live TechNet Labcast series, or you can register for a self-paced TechNet Virtual Lab.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 24 of 24): Troubleshooting E-Mail Flow (Level 200)

Friday, April 13, 2007: Keep messages flowing. We cover troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 e
-mail flow in this last webcast of the series. Learn how you can troubleshoot internal mail flow, external mail flow, message queue bottlenecks, undelivered e-mail messages, and problems with mailbox servers. To complete the homework that is associated with this webcast series, you can register and attend the live TechNet Labcast series, or you can register for a self-paced TechNet Virtual Lab.

 

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Microsoft Makes It Easier for Organizations to Transition to Its Unified Communications and Collaboration Platform

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jan07/01-21LotusDominoTransitionPR.mspx

REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 21, 2007 — More than ever, organizations worldwide are investing in Microsoft Corp.’s platform for unified communications and collaboration, and they now have an easier way to make the transition with a new set of tools and resources for their IT administrators and employees.

Today, Microsoft announced new tools that will help IBM Lotus Notes/Domino customers take advantage of the new unified communication and collaboration innovations that are being delivered as part of the recently released Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007 technologies. These resources include a new suite of tools for managing transitions of IBM’s directory, messaging and application solutions, as well as new templates for SharePoint Products and Technologies, which make it even easier for IT professionals to roll out customized applications for common business scenarios. Together these tools are making it easier for IBM customers to manage transitions to and start experiencing the benefits of Microsoft’s modern, integrated platform, which increases organizational productivity, streamlines business processes, and reduces IT cost and complexity.

“With the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Office system with SharePoint Server 2007, and solutions such as the next generation of Microsoft Office Live Communications Server in the pipeline, I’m convinced we will continue to see strong adoption of our comprehensive platform in the coming year,” said Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division at Microsoft. “Our clear road map and product innovation are helping customers say yes to Microsoft.”

Lotus software: Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes for 2007 will affect Lotus software products

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Source: http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=899&uid=swg21245334

…  Solution : To ensure that your Lotus software products will work as expected in 2007, it is recommended that the host operating system be updated per the manufacturer’s instructions. Details on operating system patches or updates that are available, as well as links which may be helpful in this regard, are included below in the section titled “Additional information and links relative to operating systems patches/upgrades.”