Linux breakthrough for Visual Basic developers

Shawn sent me this … I wonder if Microsoft will now have to take this into account for future updates to VB?


Source: http://www.regdeveloper.co.uk/2007/02/21/visual_basic_mono_linux/

Windows developers can now port Visual Basic applications to Linux without modifying their code, using an open source project backed by Novell.

The Mono project has built a compiler that lets developers code using Visual Basic inside Visual Studio or other preferred tools environments and run the Visual Basic code on non-Windows platforms without the time and cost of modification.


It would also seem that Mike actually managed to get IE7 working on his Mac by using WINE … Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.

So I suppose it should be possible to run Windows Office on a Mac and Linux .. Hey I wonder if you could run server apps? now that would be interesting, especially with the amount of people who do not like Windows Vista.

Switch off before you drive off

So this have been in the UK for a while but not really inforced.  So the powers that be have upped the fine


Source: http://www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk/campaigns/mobilephones/mobilephones.htm

New legislation to increase the penalty for using a hand-held phone whilst driving will come into force on 27 February 2007. The current fine of £30 will increase to £60 and three penalty points on your licence. Penalty points can mean higher insurance costs. If you get six points within two years of passing your test, your licence will be revoked and you will need to re-sit the test. If the case goes to court, you could risk a maximum fine of £1,000, which rises to £2,500 for the driver of a bus, coach, or heavy goods vehicle.

A driver can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free device if you are not in proper control of your vehicle when using the device. The penalties are the same – £60 fine and three points on your licence.


However the law doesn’t seem to cover using a laptop while driving .. This guy found out it is a BAD idea … Source: http://www.tgdaily.com/2007/02/27/laptop_using_driver/ .. Wonder if this applies for a Darwin Award?  Maybe he was using GPS on his laptop?

” Using your laptop while driving can be hazardous to your health as one Californian man found out. The 28-year-old man died after his Toyota Corolla slammed head on into a Hummer on Highway 99 north of Sacramento. California Highway Patrol Commander Scott Silsbee told UPI that the man was probably lost control because he was typing on a laptop.

Despite the crash, the laptop was still powered on and was plugged into the cigarette lighter. The occupants of the Hummer were slightly hurt and were treated and released “

 

Technorati tags: ,

Exchange 2007 SP1

Humm looks like a secret that crept out or should I say was forced out!  The Beta is not due out until April 2007 with release in Q2, so not that long to wait now. Source: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/02/23/435699.aspx

Standby Continuous Replication (SCR) With Exchange 2007, we introduced Clustered Continuous Replication (CCR) for replication of data between 2 servers within a cluster within the same datacenter. With SCR, data replicates to a non-clustered server in a remote datacenter. If the primary datacenter becomes unavailable, the standby replica in the second datacenter is readily available to be activated.

OWA SP1 will fill in the feature holes that we just didn’t have time to complete by RTM: Personal distribution lists; S/MIME; Rules; Monthly calendar view; Deleted items recovery; Public folder access; OWA 2007 SP1 will add support for viewing Office 2007 file formats as HTML.

Exchange Management Console  SP1 will fill in the GUI holes that we just didn’t have time to complete by RTM, including: Public folder configuration; POP and IMAP configuration; SendAs permission configuration; Delegation wizard scenarios; Web Services

New web service coverage will include: Public folder access ; Delegate management
Folder permission management; IPv6

On Longhorn Server, we will support Exchange 2007 on native IPv6 networks.

Move Mailbox This vital tool administrator tool has been beefed up to include import and export to a .pst

 

A month in Exchange: Feburary 2007

DOWNLOADS
Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console Beta 1
Forefront Server Security Management Console allows administrators to easily manage Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint and Microsoft Antigen, providing a web-based console to centralize configuration and operation, automate the download and distribution of signature and scan engine updates, and generate comprehensive reports. Forefront Server Security Management Console also allows administrators to rapidly respond to outbreaks and update protection across enterprise deployments, improving organizational agility in responding to new threats. Through integration with Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft SQL Server, Forefront Server Security Management Console helps maintain reliability and performance of messaging and collaboration protection.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f9b669c6-6f9f-4c09-8457-c00b5b6ebd7a&DisplayLang=en

Deploying a Complex Exchange Server 2007 Organization (v 07Feb2007)
As its name implies, a complex Exchange organization represents the most intricate topology into which Exchange 2007 is deployed. Of the four defined organization models for Exchange 2007 (simple, standard, large, and complex), the complex Exchange organization is the only model that includes multiple Active Directory directory service forests or the use of synchronization technology. This document will provide the planning and deployment information you need to get your complex Exchange 2007 organization up and running.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=32ba768d-9727-464a-b7e2-3e037d61a8d6&DisplayLang=en

Deploying a Standard Exchange Server 2007 Organization (v 07Feb2007)
Of the four defined organizational models for Exchange 2007 (simple, standard, large, and complex), the standard Exchange organization represents the most common topology into which Exchange 2007 is deployed. As messaging service needs grow beyond the resource limits of a single computer, separation of Exchange 2007 services onto multiple computers becomes the next topological division: the standard Exchange organization. The standard Exchange organization builds upon the simple Exchange organization by deploying multiple computers running Exchange. This document will provide the planning and deployment information you need to get your standard Exchange 2007 organization up and running.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6bd13b0c-88b4-4deb-b55d-7d70916c660c&DisplayLang=en

Deploying a Large Exchange Server 2007 Organization (v 07Feb2007)
Of the four defined organization models for Exchange 2007 (simple, standard, large, and complex), the large Exchange organization is the largest organization model that can be deployed in a single Active Directory directory service forest environment. This document will provide the planning and deployment information you need to get your large Exchange 2007 organization up and running.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8ece7461-1d43-49a9-bacb-dedc0ad3ac9f&DisplayLang=en

Deploying a Simple Exchange Server 2007 Organization (v 07Feb2007)
Of the four defined organization models for Microsoft Exchange 2007 (simple, standard, large, and complex), the simple Exchange organization represents the most basic topology into which Exchange 2007 can be deployed. The simple Exchange organization contains either:
– A single Exchange server that provides all Exchange services and stores all Exchange data for the entire organization.
– Multiple Exchange servers in a topology that includes redundant directory servers and an Edge Transport server in a perimeter network.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b7bad09f-6952-4e54-b482-9fcd30d6c245&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer Web Update Pack (v 2.11.14.0)
This download contains the latest XML and ExBPA.chm files. Use this package to update your existing installation of the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer. NOTE: If Internet connectivity is available, the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer will attempt to automatically update itself from the Internet. Where updates are being applied automatically, there is no need to download the Web Update Pack.

To find out which version of ExBPA.Config.xml is installed on your computer, click the ‘About Exchange Best Practices Analyzer’ link within the tool. The upper version number refers to the core application (e.g. 2.7.7830.0), the lower version is for the configuration XML file.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4f2f1339-cbcd-4d26-9174-f30c10d7ec4c&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Server Intelligent Message Filter v2 Operations Guide (v 07Feb2007)
Microsoft Exchange Server Intelligent Message Filter v2 helps companies reduce the amount of unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE), also known as spam, received by users. This guide provides overall operational information to help optimize the performance of Exchange Server Intelligent Message Filter.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b1218d8c-e8b3-48fb-9208-6f75707870c2&DisplayLang=en

Update for Daylight Saving Time changes in 2007 for Exchange 2003 Service Pack 1 (KB 931978)
Starting in the spring of 2007, Daylight Saving Time (DST) start and end dates for the United States will transition to comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. DST dates in the United States will start three weeks earlier (2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November).

This update includes the changes for the United States DST change for the components affected in Microsoft Exchange. It also includes changes for the time zones in Canada which will make the same change to their DST transition dates from 2007.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=562b5f79-20ac-43e4-b80f-3faf9bac0c89&DisplayLang=en

Exchange Load Generator (64 bit) (v 08.01.0061)
Use Microsoft Exchange Load Generator (LoadGen) as a simulation tool to measure the impact of MAPI clients on Exchange servers. LoadGen allows you to test how a server running Exchange responds to e-mail loads. To simulate the delivery of these messaging requests, you run LoadGen tests on client computers. These tests send multiple messaging requests to the Exchange server, thereby causing a mail load. LoadGen is a useful tool for administrators who are sizing servers and validating a deployment plan. Specifically, LoadGen helps you determine
if each of your servers can handle the load to which they are intended to carry. Another use for LoadGen is to help validate the overall solution.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0fdb6f14-1e42-4165-bb17-96c83916c3ec&DisplayLang=en

Exchange Load Generator (32 bit) (v 08.01.0061)
Use Microsoft Exchange Load Generator (LoadGen) as a simulation tool to measure the impact of MAPI clients on Exchange servers. LoadGen allows you to test how a server running Exchange responds to e-mail loads. To simulate the delivery of these messaging requests, you run LoadGen tests on client computers. These tests send multiple messaging requests to the Exchange server, thereby causing a mail load. LoadGen is a useful tool for administrators who are sizing servers and validating a deployment plan. Specifically, LoadGen helps you determine if each of your servers can handle the load to which they are intended to carry. Another use for LoadGen is to help validate the overall solution.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ddec1642-f6e3-4d66-a82f-8d3062c6fa98&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Release Notes (v 09Feb2007)
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Release Notes contain late-breaking information for Exchange Server 2007.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2600cab1-bf60-49bd-bef5-cb80083275ad&DisplayLang=en

Virtual Machine for Microsoft Exchange Calendar Update Tool
The Exchange Calendar Update Tool enables administrators to update, using the Time Zone Data Update Tool for Microsoft® Office Outlook®, multiple user mailboxes, thereby avoiding the challenges involved with broadly deploying the Outlook Time Zone Data Update Tool to all end-users.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=03d4251d-370f-486d-bb2f-64ff14c546ad&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Domino (v 08.01.0061)
Transporter Suite configures Directory and Free/Busy interoperability between Lotus Domino 6 or 7 and Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and migration of users, mail and applications from Lotus Domino 5, 6 or 7 to Active Directory, Exchange Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=35fc4205-792b-4306-8e4b-0de9cce72172&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Domino Release Notes (v 14Feb2007)
The Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Domino Release Notes contains up to date information that is not included in the Transporter Help file. The Transporter Release Notes augments the Transporter Help.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=362db2ca-b254-4301-b506-749f90ad8669&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Load Generator (v 15Feb2007)
Exchange Load Generator is a benchmarking, pre-deployment validation, and stress testing tool that introduces various types of workloads into a test (non-production) Exchange messaging system.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c7534cb2-4234-41f1-b0b2-ed9f376b4cb2&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console Beta 1 User Guide
Forefront Server Security Management Console allows administrators to easily manage Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security for SharePoint, and Microsoft Antigen.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ae4ce23b-9e1e-455c-87a4-36167fe43107&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Network Monitor 3
Network Monitor 3.0 is a protocol analyzer. It allows you to capture network traffic, view and analyze it. This version is a complete overhaul of the previous Network Monitor 2.x version.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=aa8be06d-4a6a-4b69-b861-2043b665cb53&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Transport Server Role Architecture Diagrams (v 1)
Many components are involved in the transport of messages through the Exchange Server 2007 mail flow pipeline. These diagrams can help you understand how each component affects the processing of messages that enter the Exchange 2007 mail flow pipeline. Exchange administrators can use this information to help diagnose mail flow problems. Developers can use this information to help create third-party agents and applications to work with Exchange 2007.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=612f811d-2953-4c08-945e-833c17150083&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Calendar Update Tool
The Exchange Calendar Update Tool enables administrators to update, using the Time Zone Data Update Tool for Microsoft® Office Outlook®, multiple user mailboxes, thereby avoiding the challenges involved with broadly deploying the Outlook Time Zone Data Update Tool to all end-users.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a9336886-4b28-4010-9416-36d38429438d&DisplayLang=en

Update for Exchange Server 2003 (KB 930241)
After applying a version of Store.exe that is later than 06.05.7651.26 on a computer that is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, the Exchange databases may fail to mount if the security descriptor of the database object has been modified to include a well-known user or group and more than one domain exists in the forest.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2a835a09-8e57-4027-a488-1e61c4b43a10&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 VHD – 32-bit version
Exchange Server 2007 VHD A Pre-configured Virtual Machine
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=10db8a71-28f8-41d7-8421-39c331d19734&DisplayLang=en

Update for daylight saving time in 2007 for Newfoundland for Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 (KB 931915)
Starting in the spring of 2007, daylight saving time (DST) start and end dates for Newfoundland will transition. DST dates will start three weeks earlier (12:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (12:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November).
http://www.microsoft.com
/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e5dccb9f-02d8-424e-9634-11be39068dd8&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Help (v2)
The Exchange Server 2007 Help can help you in the day-to-day administration of Exchange. Use this information to guide you through Exchange Server 2007 features, tasks, and administration procedures.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=555f5974-9258-475a-b150-0399b133fede&DisplayLang=en

Managed Folder Selector Sample (v 09Feb2007)
The Managed Folder Selector sample application can be used to create a managed folder home page that integrates with client applications such as Microsoft Outlook 2007. The home page enables users to add, delete, and view managed folders in their mailboxes. You can also use the Managed Folder Selector sample application to allow a user to manage another user’s managed folders by means of delegated access.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=33152d26-d0a5-42ba-b5f4-9d62823362e7&DisplayLang=en


EVENTS / WEBCASTS

24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007
24 x 1 Hour sessions on Exchange 2007. Click here for more details

2 March 2007: TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 13 of 24): Maintaining Anti-Spam Systems (Level 200)
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
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032323322%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

7 March 2007: TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 14 of 24): Maintaining Antivirus (Level 200)
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.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032323326%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

9 March 2007: 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)
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.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032323328%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

12 March 2007: TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Guided Labcast Series (Part 5 of 8): Remote Client Access with Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Join this TechNet Labcast to learn about the administrator and client experiences when accessing a server running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 from nearly any location. Discover many of the new features in Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access 2007 including calendaring, searching, and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services capabilities. Finally, see how mobile devices interact with Exchange Server 2007. A labcast is a blend of webcast and virtual lab in which we provide a guided, hands-on learning environment. Watch and listen as we demonstrate different tasks using Microsoft Office Live Meeting, then we switch to a TechNet Virtual Lab where you can try it first-hand. Experts are standing by to answer any questions you may have along the way.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032323553%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

14 March 2007: TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 16 of 24): Outlook Web Access in Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
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.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032323559%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

16 March 2007: TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Guided Labcast Series (Part 6 of 8): Using Local Continuous Replication (Level 200)
In this TechNet Labcast, we step you through the Local Continuous Replication features of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Learn to enable Local Continuous Replication (LCR) on an Exchange Storage Group and create an initial seed database for LCR by using BackRest.exe. We also show you how to recover from a disk failure by using the copy taken by LCR. A labcast is a blend of webcast and virtual lab in which we provide a guided, hands-on learning environment. Watch and listen as we demonstrate different tasks using Microsoft Office Live Meeting, then we switch to a TechNet Virtual Lab where you can try it first-hand. Experts are standing by to answer any questions you may have along the way.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032323555%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

19 March 2007: TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 17 of 24): Unified Messaging (Level 200)
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.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032323561%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

21 March 2007: TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Guided Labcast Series (Part 7 of 8): Using Cluster Continuous Replication (Level 200)
We provide an overview of the Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) features of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in this TechNet Labcast. We begin by configuring Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Cluster Services and then installing the active and passive cluster nodes. We conclude by stepping you through the moving of resources between cluster nodes. A labcast is a blend of webcast and virtual lab in which we provide a guided, hands-on learning environment. Watch and listen as we demonstrate different tasks using Microsoft Office Live Meeting, then we switch to a TechNet Virtual Lab where you can try it first-hand. Experts are standing by to answer any questions you may have along the way.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032323557%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

23 March 2007: TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 18 of 24): Mobility (Level 200)
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 th
is webcast series, you can register and attend the live Labcast Series, or you can register for a self-paced Virtual Lab.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032323563%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

26 March 2007: TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 19 of 24): Introduction to Exchange Server 2007 Disaster Recovery (Level 200)
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.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032323565%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

28 March 2007: TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Guided Labcast Series (Part 8 of 8): Configuring an Edge Transport Server in Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Discover the new features in the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Edge Transport server role. Take part in this TechNet Labcast and learn to implement an edge server and how it can help protect your organization from viruses and spam. Also see how a Microsoft Office Outlook Safe Senders List can propagate out to the edge server. A labcast is a blend of webcast and virtual lab in which we provide a guided, hands-on learning environment. Watch and listen as we demonstrate different tasks using Microsoft Office Live Meeting, then we switch to a TechNet Virtual Lab where you can try it first-hand. Experts are standing by to answer any questions you may have along the way.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032324014%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e

30 March 2007: TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 20 of 24): Exchange Server 2007 Disaster Recovery (Level 200)
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.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032324016%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ProviderID%22+Value%3d%22A6B43178-497C-4225-BA42-DF595171F04C%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22lang%22+Value%3d%22en%22%2f%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22cr%22+Value%3d%22US%22%2f%5e%7esParams%5e%7e%2fsParams%5e%7e%2fCMTYDataSvcParams%5e


NEW ON-DEMAND WEBCASTS


NEW/UPDATED DOCUMENTATION 

NEW:

UPDATED


NEW KB ARTICLES

Common Mistakes When Upgrading Exchange 2000/2003 To a Exchange 2007
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/555854

Update for daylight saving time changes in Newfoundland in 2007 for Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/931915

The Exchange 2003 database does not mount, and event IDs 9518 and 9519 are logged in the Application log
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/930241

Exchange System Manager crashes in Exchange Server 2003 after you install Internet Explorer 7
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/932513

You may experience issues when you have many public stores on many different Exchange Server 2003 servers in a large mail organization
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/922894

All-day events are migrated as regular calendar items when you use the “Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes” to migrate calendar items to Exchange 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/924836

The Microsoft Exchange Information Store service stops responding in Exchange 2003 when a user opens an e-mail message that contains right-to-left Unicode characters
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/929035

You cannot open a SharePoint Server 2007 notification message in Outlook 2007 when your mailbox is on an Exchange 2003 server
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/930807

Update for daylight saving time changes in 2007 for Exchange 2003 Service Pack 1
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/931978

Description of the new feature in Exchange Server 2003 that supports Smart Card authentication to Outlook Web Access
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/920209

You experience difficulties when you use an Outlook client computer to connect to a front-end server that is running Exchange Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/924047

You experience incompatibility issues when you implement some operations in Exchange System Manager or in the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in in Exchange 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/928187

Task data is also migrated when you use “Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes” to migrate Lotus Notes calendar data to Exchange Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/924833

The PR_MESSAGE_DELIVERY_TIME attribute of embedded messages cannot be displayed when you enable envelope journaling in Exchange 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/931264

The Exchange Migration Wizard stops responding, or e-mail messages are stuck in the Exchange.box file in Exchange Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/925296

A user experiences various errors in Outlook after you move the user’s mailbox from Exchange 5.5 or from Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2003 SP1 or to Exchange 2003 SP2
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/926084

The logon process stops responding if you try to reauthenticate when you use a third-party program to log on to Outlook Web Access in Exchange 2003 Service Pack 1
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/926115

You cannot differentiate the attachments after you use the Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes to migrate calendar attachments
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/924959

Incorrect results are returned when a CDO 1.21 application uses the GetFirst method to query appointments in Exchange 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/929188

Text in messages is displayed in an incorrect language when you log on to your mailbox by using Outlook Web Access
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/929398

Earlier Outlook clients cant connect to Exchange 2007 Server
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/555851

Error message when you try to remove an orphaned mailbox after a failed move operation in Exchange 2003: “The Operation cannot be performed because this mailbox was already reconnected to an existing user”
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/930363

You receive an error message when you try to set the storage limits to 2 GB or larger for a mailbox or for a mailbox store in Exchange 2003 or in Exchange 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/930366

New reply content is discarded when you reply to or forward an e-mail message in Exchange Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/929872

Windows for Warships

I kid you not .. the Royal Navy is using Windows 2000 on warships and submarines!  All you need is a BSOD at the wrong moment!


Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02/26/windows_boxes_at_sea/

 The Type 45 destroyers now being launched will run Windows for Warships: and that’s not all. The attack submarine Torbay has been retrofitted with Microsoft-based command systems, and as time goes by the rest of the British submarine fleet will get the same treatment, including the Vanguard class (V class). The V boats carry the UK’s nuclear weapons and are armed with Trident ICBMs, tipped with multiple H-bomb warheads.

Symantec enterprise products and daylight saving time

Rob sent me this link with news from Symantec about DST2007 Source: http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2007011911191539?Open&src=w

 

Enterprise Vault is going to need a patch (http://seer.entsupport.symantec.com/docs/286967.htm) but most of the other apps will be sort with the Windows patch

 

TechNet Webcast: Protecting Your Exchange Server with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) (Level 300)

Just got notification of this:

The Data Protection Manager Beta Team would like to remind you about the Exchange Protection demo tomorrow.

“Exchange Protection and Recovery” In this webcast, we show you how to use Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) to protect servers running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2003. DPM is a key part of the Microsoft System Center family of management products, designed to help you manage your Windows-based network environment.

Join Jason Buffington, DPM Technical Product Manager for a Live Meeting @ 9:30 AM (PST) on Thursday, February 22nd.

Register online: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032322917

Audio will be delivered via VoIP and questions may be submitted with the Live Meeting tool. To receive audio, you must have the full Live Meeting Console installed and not just the web portion. Sound checks will be done both 10 minutes and 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

 

Technorati tags: , ,

Microsoft launches Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) Test Drive Program

Cool Check it out! ..


Source: Microsoft launches Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) Test Drive Program

The Microsoft VHD format is the common virtualization file format that provides a uniform product support system, and provides more seamless manageability, security, reliability and cost-efficiency for customers.

You can get the full list here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/results.aspx?pocId=&freetext=msvhds&DisplayLang=en

It includes:

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 VHD
  • Exchange Server 2007 VHD
  • ISA Server 2006 VHD
  • SQL Server 2005 VHD

 

Technorati tags: , ,

Virtual PC 2007 is now available

Its here .. go get it … http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx

Use Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to run multiple operating systems at the same time on the same physical computer. Switch between virtual machines with the click of a button. Use virtual machines to run legacy applications, provide support, train users, and enhance quality assurance.

Virtual PC lets you create separate virtual machines on your Windows desktop, each of which virtualizes the hardware of a complete physical computer. Use virtual machines to run operating systems such as MS-DOS, Windows, and OS/2. You can run multiple operating systems at once on a single physical computer and switch between them as easily as switching applications—instantly, with a mouse click. Virtual PC is perfect for any scenario in which you need to support multiple operating systems, whether you use it for tech support, legacy application support, training, or just for consolidating physical computers.

 

Technorati tags: ,

NAS

You might have seen me moan about my Netgear SC101 and how rubbish it is.  Well the straw that broke the camels back happened last weekend when I “lost” one of my two SC101s and potentially all the data on it.  I have switched both of them off and will try and get the data off them next week.

In the mean time I have just purchased a Synology CS-406e Cube Station with 4x 320gb SATA drives.  The total price was a bit steep but I need a NAS that actually works, and Duane recommended this one (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=468731

I will build it next week and give my progress and views.  I will also compare it against my SC101

In addition I will also build a Windows Home Server using the 4 IDE disks that my SC101 has and I will let you know how that goes too.