Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1: Install Update #1

What ever happened to double clicking on an service pack and it just works?  I have had a hell of a time installing this in my lab, and I thought I should share some of my issues and fixes with the world at large.

NB: These are from my Test Lab and not production.  My test lab is running on a VMware ESX server (yeah, yeah I know, not supported!)  For any fixes I have found, it is down to you if you want to apply them, don’t come crying to me if they mess something up!

First the easy ones:

  • Got Forefront Security for Exchange Server. You need to upgrade it to Forefront Security for Exchange Server with Service Pack 1
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=68589
  • When you run Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) on Windows Server 2003 or earlier versions of the operating system, we recommend that you install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1). If you cannot install .NET Framework 2.0 SP1, install hotfix Microsoft Knowledge Base article 942027 from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=101219.

Now the interesting ones:

1) setup /mode:upgrade

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unattended Setup

Preparing Exchange Setup

The following server roles will be upgraded
    Hub Transport Role
    Management Tools

Setup previously failed while performing the action “Install”.  You cannot resume setup by performing the action “BuildToBuildUpgrade”.

Exchange Server setup encountered an error.

Fixed by Delete the following registry key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftExchangev8.0HubTransportRoleWatermark

and Change the following registry key from Install to BuildToBuildUpgrade
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftExchangev8.0HubTransportRoleAction

See this for a bit more detail: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2007/05/21/439529.aspx


2) setup /mode:upgrade

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unattended Setup

Preparing Exchange Setup

The following server roles will be upgraded
    Hub Transport Role
    Management Tools

Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check

    Organization Checks              ……………………. FAILED
     The Active Directory Schema must be modified and this user account has insu
fficient permissions. It must be a member of both the ‘Schema Admins’ and ‘Enter
prise Admins’ groups.

    Hub Transport Role Checks        ……………………. COMPLETED

The Exchange Server Setup operation did not complete. For more information, visit http://support.microsoft.com/ and enter the Error ID.

Exchange Server setup encountered an error.

Logon with an account that can extend the schema and re run setup


3) setup /mode:upgrade

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unattended Setup

Preparing Exchange Setup

The following server roles will be upgraded
    Mailbox Role
    Management Tools

Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check

    Mailbox Role Checks              ……………………. FAILED
     Setup cannot continue with the upgrade because the ‘svchost’ () process (ID
: 628) has open files. Close the process and restart Setup.


The Exchange Server Setup operation did not complete. For more information, visi
t
http://support.microsoft.com/ and enter the Error ID.

Exchange Server setup encountered an error.

Some services might have open files and setup will let you know the process and PID. To find the process run tasklist | find “” and kill the process.

tasklist | find “628”
svchost.exe                    628 Console                    0      8,360 K

taskkill /PID 628 /f
SUCCESS: The process with PID 628 has been terminated.

Re Run setup


4) setup /mode:upgrade

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unattended Setup

Preparing Exchange Setup

The following server roles will be upgraded
    Hub Transport Role
    Management Tools

Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check

    Hub Transport Role Checks        ……………………. COMPLETED

Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server

    Hub Transport Server Role        ……………………. FAILED
     Opening package ‘C:Program FilesMicrosoftExchange ServerTransportRoles
agentsHygieneASDat.MSI’ failed. Another version of this product is already ins
talled.  Installation of this version cannot continue.  To configure or remove t
he existing version of this product, use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Pane
l. Error code is 1638.


The Exchange Server Setup operation did not complete. For more information, visi
t http://support.microsoft.com/ and enter the Error ID.

Exchange Server setup encountered an error.

Not worked this one out yet!  I have a support case open with Microsoft.  Will let you know what the deal is when I find out

Exchange 2007: Store Memory!

I have to share this with you .. Checked out one my clusters today.  Only has 67 users on it, with 8 storage groups/databases.

Exchange2007

Just in case you can’t see the picture, that is 28gb for the store and check out the page file usage … yup @ around 30gb. I suppose if you have got the memory, you may as well use it!

Now this server has 8 cores and 32gb of ram!

Suppose the server boys should have given it more than a 2gb page file!

Should it be memory + 10mb or memory x 1.5

Answers on a postcard!

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Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1: New cmdlets

Just run a get-help on an Exchange 2007 RTM vs Service Pack 1.  Here are the new cmdlets

New Cmdlet

Description

Disable-ContinuousReplicationHostName

Use the Disable-ContinuousReplicationHostName cmdlet to disable a Network Name and IP Address resource that was created using the Enable-ContinuousReplicationHostName cmdlet. These resources will be removed from their dedicated cluster group, and the cluster group will be deleted.

Disable-ServiceEmailChannel

The .NET service channel is introduced in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This channel enables Exchange 2007 to store information that it will later forward to applications or devices that are not permanently connected to the Exchange server computer. The Disable-ServiceEmailChannel cmdlet disables the .NET service channel for a specific user. This cmdlet deletes the receive folder in the user’s mailbox under the root folder.

Enable-ContinuousReplicationHostName

Use the Enable-ContinuousReplicationHostName cmdlet to create a Network Name and IP Address resource in a dedicated cluster group that can be used for log shipping and seeding in a cluster continuous replication (CCR) environment.

Enable-ServiceEmailChannel

The .NET service channel is introduced in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This channel enables Exchange Server 2007 to store information that it will later forward to applications or devices that are notpermanently connected to the Exchange server computer. The Enable-ServiceEmailChannel cmdlet enables the .NET service channel for a specific user. This cmdlet creates a receive folder in the user’s mailbox under the root folder named Service E-mail.

Get-X400AuthoritativeDomain

Use the Get-X400AuthoritativeDomain cmdlet to view the configuration information for the X.400 authoritative domains that are configured in your organization

Import-Mailbox

Use the Import-Mailbox cmdlet to import mailbox data from a .pst file to amailbox.

New-X400AuthoritativeDomain

Use the New-X400AuthoritativeDomain cmdlet to create and specify the X.400 authoritative domain for the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 organization. The X.400 authoritative domain defines the standard fields for the namespace that is appended to the recipient identity for all mailboxes that are assigned an X.400 address.

Remove-X400AuthoritativeDomain

Use the Remove-X400AuthoritativeDomain cmdlet to remove an X.400 authoritative domain. When you remove an X.400 authoritative domain, the X.400 authoritative domain object is deleted from the Active Directory directory service.

Set-X400AuthoritativeDomain

Use the Set-X400AuthoritativeDomain cmdlet to edit an existing X.400 authoritative domain for the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 organization. The X.400 authoritative domain defines the standard fields for the namespace thatis appended to the recipient identity for all mailboxes that are assigned an X.400 address.

Test-ImapConnectivity

Use the Test-ImapConnectivity cmdlet to verify that the IMAP4 service is running as expected. The Test-ImapConnectivity cmdlet can be used to test the   IMAP4 functionality for a specified Client Access server for all mailboxes on Exchange 2007 servers in the same Active Directory site.

Test-PopConnectivity

Use the Test-ImapConnectivity cmdlet to verify that the IMAP4 service is ru nning as expected. The Test-ImapConnectivity cmdlet can be used to test the  IMAP4 functionality for a specified Client Access server for all mailboxes on Exchange 2007 servers in the same Active Directory site.

Test-ReplicationHealth

Use the Test-ReplicationHealth cmdlet to check all aspects of replication, cluster services, and storage group replication and replay status to provid e a complete overview of the replication system.

Update-Recipient

Use the Update-Recipient cmdlet to add Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 attributes to recipient objects that are created by the global address list (GAL) synchronization management agent in Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) 2007. The recipient objects you modify using this cmdlet must reside on an Exchange 2007 server.

Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1: Schema Changes

Bl00dy hell .. why oh why .. I need to get AD sign off now before I can even install Service Pack1!

Ran a CSVDE to dump the Schema and then filtered in Excel.  I came up with these:

CN=ms-Exch-Storage-Group,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Schema-Version-Pt,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Resource-Property-Schema-Obsolete,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Extension-Attribute-13,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Resource-Property-Schema,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Foreign-Forest-Public-Folder-Admin-USG-Sid,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Internal-NLB-Bypass-Host-Name,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Additional-Flags,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Allow-Bluetooth,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Allow-SMIME-Encryption-Algorithm-Negotiation,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Approved-Application-List,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Max-Calendar-Age-Filter,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Max-Email-Age-Filter,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Max-Email-Body-Truncation-Size,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Max-Email-HTML-Body-Truncation-Size,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Min-Device-Password-Complex-Characters,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Require-Encryption-SMIME-Algorithm,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Require-Signed-SMIME-Algorithm,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Unapproved-In-ROM-Application-List,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Standby-Copy-Machines,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Resource-Schema,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Virtual-Directory,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Mobile-Mailbox-Policy,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=ms-Exch-Organization-Container,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net
CN=Site-Link,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=go,DC=,DC=net

At the same time Paul found this: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb738144.aspx

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) adds new attributes to the Active Directory directory service schema and makes other modifications to existing classes and attributes. This topic provides information about the Active Directory schema changes that occur when you install Exchange 2007 SP1. These changes are incremental and do not include changes that are made by the initial release of Exchange 2007.

HTC Shift: more delays

Rumor control has it that the shift will be delayed until at least the end of January 2008 due to battery issues.

It sould seem that lasting just about 1hr isn’t good enough ..deeeer really !!

Windows PowerShell Cookbook

In my past life I used to program dBase and Foxpro.  I am the sort of programmer that is kind of lazy, and I like looking for samples of code and then working by code around it, or using the sample to get an Idea how to do stuff.

Typically I use msdn and a number of blogs as my main source of stuff.  That was until I found the Windows PowerShell Cookbook.

Lee Holmes has created a book that is just what I want and need.  It gives me a description of things I would want to do with PowerShell and then working sample code. It is a god send.

Today examples are how can I get perfmon counters from another machine using PowerShell? That would be on Page 270 [Hint: New-Object System.Diagnostics.PerformanceCounter

What is the Page File for anyway?

Every day is a school day, and this make some light reading for a Monday Morning.  Time to start up perfmon on my Exchange Mailbox Cluster


Source: http://blogs.technet.com/askperf/archive/2007/12/14/what-is-the-page-file-for-anyway.aspx

… So, in simplistic terms, the page file is used by Windows to hold temporary data which is swapped in and out of physical memory in order to provide a larger virtual memory set.

… However, now consider a system managed page file on a 64-bit server with 32GB of RAM.  The page file size would range from 32GB to 96GB!  This is why understanding the performance of your server is so important.  Although there are general recommendations about page file sizing that are based on the amount of physical RAM in a system, this is not 100% valid.  If you think about it, the more memory you have, the less likely you are to need to page data out.

The page file needs of an individual system will vary based on the role of the server, load etc.  There are some performance counters that you can use to monitor private committed memory usage on a systemwide or per-page-file basis.  There is no way to determine how much of a process’ private committed memory is resident and how much is paged out to paging files.

… So with this information in mind, what’s the best way to determine the correct page file size?  The first thing is to gather a baseline.  Set up a page file that is statically sized to 1.5GB of RAM.  Then monitor the server using Performance Monitor over a period of time.  Ensure that the peak usage times of the server are monitored as this is when the server will be under the most load (for example, month-end / year-end processing etc).  Using the information from the counters above and also examining the Peak Commit Charge number in Windows Task Manager (shown below) will give you an idea how much page file space would be needed if the system had to page out all private committed virtual memory.

Microsoft Acquires One of Europe's Top Online Map Services

Now that is an interesting purchase

Source: http://www.multimap.com/press/press_releases/pr185_microsoft/

Microsoft Corp. has acquired Multimap, one of the United Kingdom’s top 100 technology companies and one of the leading online mapping services in the world. The acquisition gives Microsoft a powerful new location and mapping technology to complement existing offerings such as Virtual Earth, Live Search, Windows Live services, MSN and the aQuantive advertising platform, with future integration potential for a range of other Microsoft products and platforms. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

HTC defines Mobile Computing with Introduction of Shift

About time too .. I want one NOW!

40gb Harddisk, GSM/GPRS/EDGE .. no sign of GPS :-|

Expansys has it due 11th Jan 2008 and Inkino on the 16th Jan 2007.  Humm late Christmas present or early birthday present?

Source: http://msmobiles.com/news.php/6963.html

Hong Kong — 12 December 2007 — HTC Corp. (TAIEX: 2498; “HTC”), the world’s leading provider of Microsoft® Windows Mobile® smart devices, today announced the expansion of its product portfolio to include a groundbreaking computing device that focus on providing users with the definitive mobile computer experience. The HTC Shift brings a new era in mobile computing by combining the power of Windows Vista®, 3.5G/HSDPA connectivity and always-connected push email into an innovative sliding keyboard design. The HTC Shift is the epitome of extraordinary form, and delivers unparalleled functionality in a sleek, compact design.

The HTC Shift is HTC’s first device to feature the innovative new SnapVUE™ technology. SnapVUE™ provides instant access to emails, calendar, SMS messages and contacts without the need to fully boot up the device, helping to conserve power and extend battery life.

With onboard tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, the HTC Shift allows users to link up to any mobile network, and enjoy high-speed internet access anywhere. With Bluetooth® 2.0 and Wi-Fi®, the Shift is also a perfect companion with most PCs, notebooks and wireless LAN networks.

Weighing in at just 800g and equipped with a 7” touch sensitive ‘slide-n-tilt’ screen, the HTC Shift also hides a full QWERTY keyboard. With up to 2 days of battery life on standby, the HTC Shift is the new way to work efficiently and effectively on the move. (Subject to operation circumstances and settings)

A Month in Exchange: December 2007

Ho Ho Ho … been really busy and now it’s the 12th December .. Sorry :-(

Lets get this party started .. of course the highlight of the month is Exchange 2007 SP1

New Downloads in November 2007

Exchange Server 2007 Component Architecture
This poster highlights the architecture and feature set of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=fdcdf6e5-de47-4b58-8086-282101bcdde9&DisplayLang=en

Planning, Deploying, and Managing Unified Messaging with Exchange Server 2007
The purpose of this document is to help you plan, deploy, and manage Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging servers. The information and procedures in this document focus specifically on the Unified Messaging features of an Exchange 2007 computer that has the Unified Messaging server role installed. This document provides information about Unified Messaging features and the tasks you must perform to plan, deploy, manage, and configure them.

This document is a compilation of the Unified Messaging white papers that are available in the Exchange Server Technical Articles section of the Exchange Server 2007 Library. Each white paper is a compilation of Unified Messaging Help topics. This document is provided as a convenience for customers who want to view the topics in print format. The content in this document applies to the original release (RTM) version of Exchange Server 2007. To read the most up-to-date Unified Messaging topics, including information about Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1, visit the Exchange Server 2007 Library.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=17f0bb1e-f43e-452b-9ff5-f9f77c6222e9&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Domino
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 Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Beta 2 VHD – 32-bit version
This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you to evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Beta 2.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bc381af4-9bd0-49dd-be1a-0c6ee49cd2bc&DisplayLang=en

IT Showcase: Exchange Server 2007 Design and Architecture at Microsoft
Ever wondered how a large enterprise plans and implements design and architecture of its next generation of messaging system? View this content to find out how engineers from the Microsoft IT messaging team will uncover the details on how Exchange 2007 infrastructure was introduced and fully deployed in a 120,000+ mailbox production environment. Topics will include: messaging topology design, hardware planning for various Exchange server roles, Client Access Server and Mobility scenarios, Transport architecture, Mailbox server and storage designs, backup, restore and high availability strategies.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=98c522bc-814a-421a-99c0-d964ed119c0d&DisplayLang=en

Notes Compete – Garudafoods case study
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9b300cc6-26bf-4cf7-a777-a0112ba81306&DisplayLang=en

Everyday Productivity Education Zip File
Navigate through the Microsoft Everyday Productivity Education (EPE) intranet site with this self-guided demonstration and review content that includes Get Started, Learn More, Best Practices, Selection and Reference guides.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=cf57670c-b0ba-4075-b8c9-47cccb711a08&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) SDK November 2007
This release of the Exchange 2007 SP1 Software Development Kit (SDK) Documentation and Samples provides new and updated documentation and samples for building applications that use Exchange 2007 SP1. Use this SDK to help you develop collaborative enterprise applications for Exchange 2007 SP1.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=190f71a4-7b5f-4a4c-99ba-9bd032e16e15&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Unified Messaging Language Packs
Use unified messaging language packs to allow the Exchange Server 2007 system to speak additional languages to callers. This download contains pre-recorded prompts, for example “Welcome, you are connected to Microsoft Exchange” in the language specified by this download. It also enables text to speech translation such that content (e-mail, calendar, contact information, etc.) can be read to the caller in the language of the Unified Messaging language pack.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2b3e23a5-57b6-4a11-8954-f8025ea54bad&DisplayLang=en

Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been designed specifically to help meet the challenges of any business and the needs of all the different groups with a stake in the messaging system. Exchange Server 2007 SP1 is a mission-critical communications tool that enables employees to be more productive and access their information anywhere and anytime while providing a messaging system that enables rich, efficient access to e-mail, calendar items, voice mail, and contacts. For the administrator, Exchange Server 2007 SP1 provides advanced protection options against e-mail security threats, such as spam and viruses, as well as the tools to help manage internal compliance and high availability needs.

In Exchange Server 2007 SP1, several new features and improvements will extend the Anywhere Access capabilities of Exchange Server 2007 to help make employees more productive on whatever device they’re using, provide additional Operational Efficiency tools for administrators seeking a streamlined management and deployment experience, and enable advanced Built-in Protection for more robust high availability and compliance scenarios.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=44c66ad6-f185-4a1d-a9ab-473c1188954c&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange
Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Unified Messaging Language Packs

Use unified messaging language packs to allow the Exchange Server 2007 system to speak additional languages to callers. This download contains pre-recorded prompts, for example “Welcome, you are connected to Microsoft Exchange” in the language specified by this download. It also enables text to speech translation such that content (e-mail, calendar, contact information, etc.) can be read to the caller in the language of the Unified Messaging language pack.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=18426838-7733-4712-8b98-d6d1fd8c2310&DisplayLang=en

Forefront Security for Exchange Server 10.1 Management Pack for MOM 2005
The Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Management Pack for MOM 2005 supports the 10.1 version of Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with Service Pack 1. The MP supplies critical events and alerts on virus and worm activity to MOM 2005, and also monitors the health and availability of these products.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1b4e7d52-c550-4dd7-a11f-2c4029b93451&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with Service Pack 1
Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP1 integrates multiple scan engines from industry-leading security firms into a comprehensive, layered solution, helping protect your Microsoft Exchange Server messaging environments from viruses, worms, spam, and inappropriate content.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2ceb14d4-404b-4d8f-8a21-ebfc71b2e82b&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with Service Pack 1 Readme
Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP1 integrates multiple scan engines from industry-leading security firms into a comprehensive, layered solution, helping protect your Microsoft Exchange Server messaging environments from viruses, worms, spam, and inappropriate content.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8ee79d42-63a6-4927-83f0-035d6a4a23b9&DisplayLang=en

IT Showcase: Daily Operations with Exchange 2007
Daily operations improvements using the new GUI and command line interface. Well received by TAP, RDP customers – here is the how IT Pro’s can use specific scripts to do their day-to-day tasks more efficiently.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=20149c08-21a7-4cbb-a826-2e0125f27bcc&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Antigen SP1 Documentation
The Messaging Security Suite includes Antigen for Exchange, Antigen for SMTP Gateways, and Antigen Spam Manager, and provides server-level protection against the latest e-mail threats.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d00160e-4d15-4459-98a3-89f393ac008e&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services Directory Synchronization Tool 7.3
The Directory Synchronization Tool (DST) helps you keep your on-site Active Directory ® directory service and Microsoft® Exchange Server environment synchronized with your Exchange Hosted Filtering, Exchange Hosted Archive, and Exchange Hosted Continuity services .
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f0417f18-65ba-48a2-a2e9-1f0066e5f5aa&DisplayLang=en


Webcast showing in December 2007 … Is it me or are we getting fewer and fewer webcasts?

Wednesday, December 05, 2007 – TechNet Webcast: Disaster Recovery in Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
In this session, we talk about disaster recovery in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. We discuss how you can plan for disaster recovery by understanding what can go wrong with your Exchange Server-based servers and the information they store and handle. We look at server roles, what each server role does, and what will happen to your Exchange Server organization when a server role fails. When a disaster occurs, you need to get the server up and running as quickly as possible, so during the session, we also look at the tools and recovery solutions available.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032359940%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

Thursday, December 06, 2007 – Momentum Webcast: How Microsoft Can Provide E-mail Security, Compliance, and Availability (Level 100)
Electronic messaging is mission critical to all businesses. Despite best efforts to secure the e-mail gateway, critical messaging systems remain vulnerable to an ever-increasing barrage of threats. Viruses, worms, denial-of-series (DoS) attacks, and spam can zap business productivity, or worse, stop your business in its tracks.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032355610%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

Friday, December 14, 2007 – TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant (Level 200)
This webcast includes a brief demonstration on the usage and capabilities of the Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant (formerly known as the Microsoft Exchange Server Disaster Recovery Analyzer). This suite of tools is also available in the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Console toolbox. We provide a walkthrough of the recovery storage group options available from within the tool. We demonstrate setting up a new recovery storage group, adding databases to this it, mounting these databases from within the tool, and merging mailbox contents. Additio
nally, we show the database repair functionality of the tool, and also include a question and answer session and the chance to provide feedback and suggestions.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032359204%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 made available in November 2007

  • TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Deployment and Migration Strategies (Level 200)
  • Momentum Webcast: Protecting Your HP Storage and Microsoft Exchange Server Solution from Disasters (Level 200)

Documentation updated in November 2007
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/bb330844.aspx?wt.svl=2007resources
– No Updates


New KBs in November 2007

940259: You receive a read receipt that contains incorrect time information from Exchange 2007
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=940259

940710: Non-English characters in the subject of an e-mail message are replaced with question marks when the message is received in Outlook 2003 in an Exchange 2007 organization
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=940710

943507: Error message when you try to install Exchange Server 2007: “[ERROR] Access to the path ‘:SetupServerRolesCommon64’ is denied”
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=943507

941552: You cannot find IMAP4 folders that you created in an Exchange Server 2007 environment when you use OWA 2007 Light to access your Inbox
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=941552

940613: It takes a long time for Outlook Web Access clients to receive a response from a front-end server in an Exchange 2003 environment
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=940613