A Month in Exchange: January 2008

Happy New Year to everyone out there … So that was 2007, now lets start all over again.

New Downloads in December 2007
Forefront Security for Exchange Server 10.1 MP for OpsMgr 2007

The Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 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 Operations Manager 2007, and also monitors the health and availability of these products

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 VHD – 32-bit version
This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you to evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Shell Help
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Exchange Management Shell Help file helps you use cmdlets in the Exchange Management Shell to perform day-to-day administration of Exchange 2007. You can view help in the Exchange Management Shell by using the Get-Help cmdlet. This Help file applies to the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) version of Exchange Server 2007

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Help
The Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Help can help you in the day-to-day administration of Exchange. Use this information to guide you through Exchange Server 2007 SP1 features, tasks, and administration procedures.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Notes
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Release Notes contain late-breaking information for Exchange Server 2007.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 Release Notes
This download contains a standalone version of the Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 Release Notes. This release notes document includes information about how to install and configure this management pack. It also describes known issues about the product and suggested resolutions.

Case Study: sellers’ Needs for an Enterprise-Class Messaging and Collaboration Offering
Small and midsize businesses need powerful messaging and collaboration services as much as a large company. However, lacking the financial and human resources needed to deploy an enterprise-class solution on their own, most of these companies turn to resellers for support. But where do the resellers turn? To groupSPARK, which uses the Microsoft® Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) version 4.0 to offer the latest in enterprise-class messaging and collaboration services on a white-label basis. Resellers can offer hosted Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services v3.0 and Dynamics CRM as their own and can even bundle them with additional application and support offerings to meet their business customers’ needs. There are compelling advantages for groupSPARK, too: with this latest release of HMC, groupSPARK has gained a service delivery platform that is more reliable than ever, easier to manage, and easier to expand as business grows.

Case Study: Increasing Profitability Through Delivery of Managed Services
After many years of providing hardware and support services to insurance agencies, the owners of Courtesy Computers wanted to find new ways to engage customers and expand their business. They knew the needs of small to midsize organizations and knew that hosted software services offered great advantages—particularly for firms without a dedicated IT staff. Yet Courtesy’s owners were concerned about the resources it would take to build a hosted services business. Their solution? Turn Courtesy Computers into a managed services company and meet customer needs by reselling the enterprise-grade hosted services of established hosting companies such as AppRiver. By providing a comprehensive suite of tightly managed services, Courtesy has repositioned itself to serve the needs of its customers better, expanded its business, and increased its profit margins significantly.

Case Study: Reselling Hosted Services Strengthens Managed Service Provider’s Offerings
IT service provider Capitol Computer Exchange (CCEX) found itself with an increasing number of customers who wanted a messaging service based on Microsoft Exchange Server but who did not want to host and manage that service themselves. CCEX knew its strengths, however, and did not want to take on the challenge of becoming a hosting service provider. So how best to meet the needs of its customers? CCEX overcame this challenge by teaming up with AppRiver—whose enterprise-grade hosted messaging service, based on Microsoft Exchange, CCEX now resells to customers as part of its own managed services offerings. CCEX’s customers benefit from access to the services they need, CCEX benefits from a stronger long-term relationship with its customers, and AppRiver makes money delivering the hosted services that are its specialty.

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.

Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2007 Datatsheet
Datasheet describing capabilities of System Center Capacity Planner 2007

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes supports the sharing of calendar free/busy schedules between Lotus Domino R5 and R6 and Exchange Server 2003. This tool replaces the Calendar Connector that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and is designed to be used with the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes supports messaging and calendaring interoperability between Lotus Domino R5/R6 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. This tool replaces the Connector that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and includes several updates to support better message fidelity when routing email between Exchange and Domino, support of iNotes and Domino Web Access clients, enhanced Unicode support and reliability.

Collaboration Data Objects, version 1.2.1
Beginning in Exchange 2007 Beta 2 and Outlook 2007 Beta 2, CDO 1.2.1 will no longer be provided as a part of the install of the product. As a result, there is functionality missing that many applications depend upon. CDO 1.2.1 is a package providing access to Outlook-compatible objects through a COM-based API.
CDO 1.2.1 (Collaboration Data Objects, version 1.2.1) is a package providing access to Outlook-compatible objects through a COM-based API. Using CDO, a program can connect to a MAPI store, and then perform operations against that store, including creating and processing calendar items, and resolving and handling mail recipients. Starting with Exchange 2007 and Outlook 2007, Microsoft will distribute CDO 1.2.1 as a Web download, separated from the two products.

Microsoft Exchange Server MAPI Client and Collaboration Data Objects 1.2.1
The Messaging API is a COM-like API that provides access to the contents of messaging stores. CDO 1.2.1 (Collaboration Data Objects, version 1.2.1) is a package providing access to Outlook-compatible objects through a COM-based API. Using either CDO or MAPI, a program can connect to a MAPI store, and then perform operations against that store. Starting with Exchange 2007, Microsoft will distribute the MAPI client libraries and CDO 1.2.1 as a Web download.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes supports the migration of Lotus Domino R5 and R6 mailboxes and associated Domino directory information to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. This tool replaces the Migration Wizard that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and includes improved retention of contents and Unicode characters during the migration from Domino to Exchange Server 2003.

Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with SP1 Documentation
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.

Webcast showing at a desktop near you in January 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008
TechNet Webcast: eDiscovery for E-Mail (Level 200)
Electronic data is increasingly being used as evidence in legal proceedings, dispute resolutions, and compliance matters. IT professionals need tools to help comply with discovery requests that target data in an organization’s inboxes. In this session, we discuss the e-discovery requirements that IT professionals face, and demonstrate how Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Hosted Archive can help IT pros prepare for and respond to these requests.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 1 of 8): Overview (Level 200)
In this first session of our eight-part Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in Depth series, we discuss how Exchange Server 2007 gives you administrators more control, provides anywhere access to your inbox, and includes built-in security and protection mechanisms. We also cover the new Exchange Management Console, and we explain how the improved GUI management tool is simpler for you to use and quicker to navigate. We describe Windows PowerShell, the new administrative interface that provides a rich command-line experience, and we conclude with a look at the significant client improvements and transport rules.

Friday, January 18, 2008
TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 2 of 8): Deployment and Migration (Level 200)
In this session, we take a look at deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. We start with a run through of the hardware, software, infrastructure, and security requirements that you need to meet before you can deploy the first Exchange Server. Then we look at the five server roles, discuss what they do, and describe the options you have for implementing these roles within your organization. We look at the installation process itself, exploring both the GUI and command-line installation routines. Finally, we go on to talk about migration from and co-existence with earlier Exchange Server platforms.

Monday, January 21, 2008
TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 3 of 8): Introduction to the New Management Console (Level 200)
In this session, we focus on using the new Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Console. We start with an overview of the differences between this new interface and the old Exchange System Manager. We then look at how to manage different aspects of the system with the new Console, starting with recipients, and then servers and the organization, using transport rules and so forth. Finally, we spend some time looking at the new Toolbox, which includes the queue viewer and the Best Practice Analyzer.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Implemented New Storage Designs for Exchange Server 2007 (Level 300)
How does Exchange Server 2007 enable a large enterprise to increase mailbox quotas globally by a factor of ten and still lower storage costs, reduce maintenance complexities, and simplify data recovery processes? Microsoft IT was able to take advantage of Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) in new mailbox server designs based on direct attached storage (DAS). Advantages of CCR and DAS over alternative configurations will be discussed along with how MSIT was able to eliminate storage as a single point of failure while at the same time lowering costs to two dollars per gigabyte. Join us at 9:30 AM PST, Tuesday, the 22th of January 2008 to learn how to optimize input/output (I/O) performance by balancing storage with memory capacity according to the total number of users per server.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 4 of 8): Introduction to Windows PowerShell Scripting (Level 200)
Join this fourth session of our in-depth series on Microsoft Exchange Server to discover how you can use Windows PowerShell to perform day-to-day administrative tasks. In this webcast, we provide an overview of Windows PowerShell commands and describe how to construct them. Next, we demonstrate how you can build more complex scripts in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. And then we conclude the webcast with a review of the reporting facilities available in Windows PowerShell.

Friday, January 25, 2008
TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 5 of 8): Client Access and Web Services (Level 200)
In this session, we cover Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Client Access Services. The overall goal of Client Access Services is to add value to the data in your inbox by letting you access that data from wherever you are. As well as Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access (OWA), and mobile device access, we cover some new client access features introduced in Exchange Server 2007. We look at the various underlying components of Exchange Server 2007 Client Access Services. We explore improvements to calendaring functionality, the new Unified Messaging, and the Exchange Server Web services and programmatic access to messaging data. We conclude the webcast by looking at Exchange Server ActiveSync improvements.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 6 of 8): Disaster Recovery (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 servers running Exchange Server and the information they store and handle. We look at server roles, what each server role does, and what happens 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 available recovery solutions and tools.

NEW ON-DEMAND WEBCASTS made available in December 2007
Isn’t it a shame that they don’t offer a podcast option for these, so you could automatically download them to your Zune or other device to watch
TechNet Webcast: Disaster Recovery in Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)

Momentum Webcast: How Microsoft Can Provide E-mail Security, Compliance, and Availability (Level 100)

TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant (Level 200)


New KBs in December 2007
Using KBAlertz now as there is no easy way that I can find to get this from Microsoft.com
Exchange 5.5:  http://kbalertz.com/Technology_55.aspx
Exchange 2000: http://kbalertz.com/Technology_53.aspx
Exchange 2003: http://kbalertz.com/Technology_313.aspx
Exchange 2007: http://kbalertz.com/Technology_515.aspx
Forefront For Exchange: http://kbalertz.com/Technology_523.aspx
December 31, 2007
946957: “HTTP Error 403.4 Forbidden” Error Message When Users With Mailboxes on Exchange Server 2003 Login to OWA Using the Exchange 2007 CAS Server
945966: The Exchange Server Availability report in the Exchange 2003 Management Pack for MOM 2005 may show availability of over 100 percent
946641: How to change the method for transfer encoding after you apply Exchange 2007 SP1 to the Exchange 2007-based server that is running the Hub Transport role
December 28, 2007
944725: Description of the update for daylight saving time changes in 2007 for Exchange 2000 Server
946783: Things to consider before you install Forefront Security for Exchange Server Service Pack 1 on a computer that is running Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1
December 26, 2007
946783: Things to consider before you install Forefront Security for Exchange Server Service Pack 1 on a computer that is running Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1
December 21, 2007
944903: A memory leak may occur in the Inetinfo.exe process in Exchange 2003
945835: Exchange Server 2003 MAPI CDO 1.2.1 and CDO 1.2.1 have been updated for daylight saving time Rules Update 1 (RU1): December 2007
mber 18, 2007
944516: How to register Filter Pack IFilters with Exchange Server 2007
944374: Start times for appointments appear one hour later after November 4, 2007 when they are viewed by a user who has a mailbox on a server that is running Exchange Server 2007
943721: Event ID: 8206 occurs when a MAPI-based application modifies calendar items in Exchange 2003
December 17, 2007
946138: Issues that are fixed in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1
944561: You receive an error message when you try to deploy or to remove a Deployment Agent in Forefront Server Security or in Antigen Enterprise Manager
December 14, 2007
945603: A device continues to synchronize even though the AllowNonProvisionableDevices parameter is set to False in Exchange 2007
December 12, 2007
939471: The text of the e-mail message may be corrupted when Exchange 2007 receives an e-mail message that does not specify character set information
December 7, 2007
945602: Users who use Outlook 2003 cannot publish their free/busy data in Exchange Server 2007
December 4, 2007
945078: A time-out may occur in Exchange Server 2007 when the SA resource is trying to come online
945077: The Outlook Web Access search function does not work for some users in Exchange 2007
945424: VSS-based backups fail on a computer that is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003


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