Work begins to repair severed net

This makes an interesting read, and makes you realise how vulnerable the internet actually is!
Work has begun to repair two damaged internet cables in the Mediterranean Sea that were severed last week.

Flag Telecom, one of the firms responsible for the cables, says it will take about a week to be fixed.

The break in cables has caused disruption to net services in the Middle East and India. The cause is still not known.

OWA & Out of Office Assistant

So off the back of this post “942227: You may receive duplicate Out of Office messages in Outlook 2003 after your mailbox is migrated to Exchange Server 2007” one of the workarounds is to use OWA to set the OOO.  So I wanted to be able to send a link out to a user that will take them direct to  OOO page in OWA

So after some surfing I came up with nothing to help me, the IIS logs come to the rescue.

Use the following URLs to get direct to …

Contacts: https:///owa/?ae=Folder&t=IPF.Contact
Calendar: https:///owa/?ae=Folder&t=IPF.Appointment
Tasks: https:///owa/?ae=Folder&t=IPF.Task 

Regional Settings: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Regional
Messaging: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Messaging
Spelling: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Spelling
Calendar Options: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Calendar
Out of Office Assistant: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Oof
Junk E-Mail: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=JunkEmail
Change Password: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=ChangePassword
General Settings: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=General
Deleted Items: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=DeletedItems
Mobile Devices: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=Eas
About: https:///owa/?ae=Options&opturl=About

Not you need to turn off FBA to get this to work 

A Month in Exchange: February 2008

New Downloads in January 2008

Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console Documentation
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.

Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer Web Update Pack
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.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live Early Access II E-mail Router
The E-mail Router is an interface between the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live system and an e-mail system.

IT Showcase: Managing the Calendaring and Collaboration Process By Using Exchange Server 2007 Web Services
Two distinct groups at Microsoft have the challenging task of scheduling thousands of people for speaking engagements or for job interviews each year. Understand how Microsoft used Exchange Server 2007 Web Services to automate a near real-time solution to create integrated communication and collaboration; one that can display multiple meetings and multiple presenters per meeting; within its own enterprise using an improved development toolset that offers better functionality than previously available from Microsoft.

Microsoft Transporter Suite
Transporter Suite contains a set of tools for migrations from both Lotus Domino Servers, and generic IMAP/POP sources. For Lotus Domino the suite contains a set of tools for Directory and Free/Busy interoperability between Lotus Domino 6 or 7 and Exchange Server 2007 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. In addition for Lotus Domino the suite contains migration tools to migrate users, groups, personal address lists, mailboxes, personal mail archives, and applications from Lotus Domino 5, 6 or 7 to Active Directory, Exchange Server 2007, and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. For generic POP/IMAP servers the suite contains a set of tools to bulk migrate mailboxes from any generic email servers that support the POP3 or IMAP4 protocol to mailboxes in Exchange Server 2007

Microsoft Transporter Suite Release Notes
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.

Exchange Hosted Services Continuity Datasheet
Microsoft® Exchange Hosted Continuity is a business continuity solution that helps protect and provide continuous access to e-mail for a business and its employees. This datasheet outlines the details and benefits of the Continuity service.

EHS Archive Datasheet
Today’s business demands the need for a centralized, easily accessible and multi-functioning mail repository. Exchange Hosted Archive (EHA) assists with this enterprise goal.

HMC 4.0 – Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 White Paper
This white paper introduces the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) new features related to the Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration version 4.0. In particular, it addresses key features in anywhere access, built-in protection, and operation efficiency.

Podcasts: How Microsoft IT Impleme
nted New Storage Designs for Exchange Server 2007

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.

Microsoft Antigen 9 with SP1 Readme
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.

Webcast showing at a desktop near you in February 2008
Two .. u gotta be joking

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 7 of 8): Key Scenarios, Examples, Demos, and How-to’s (Level 300)
In this session, we cover three main how-to themes. In the first part of the webcast, we show how Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 can provide built-in protection within your Exchange Server organization. We show you how to establish an ethical firewall using transport rules and how to establish and test local continuous replication (LCR) to provide continuous availability. Next, we discuss how Exchange Server offers anywhere access to your mailbox and describe how to reinforce this. In the third part of this session, we look at how easy Exchange Server is to manage. By the end of the session, you will have a great understanding of how to perform many of the administrative tasks that Exchange Server 2007 makes possible.

The link to this one doesn’t work
TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server In Depth (Part 8 of 8): Master Concepts and Optimize Your Server Environment (Level 300)
In this final session of our in-depth series on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, we start with a look at message hygiene. Your e-mail system is constantly being bombarded with unwanted and undesirable messages, and as a messaging administrator, it’s your job to clean that up. Next, we discuss messaging policies. With recent accounting scandals and the global terrorism threat, governments and their agencies require organizations to store, and produce on request, pertinent e-mail messages. Exchange Server 2007 provides policies to help you achieve this goal with simple to setup and administer policies. Finally, we explain how messages can be made secure whilst in transit through your organization, between organizations, and across untrusted networks, like the Internet.

New KBs in January 2008
Using KBAlertz now as there is no easy way that I can find to get this from
Exchange 5.5:
Exchange 2000:
Exchange 2003:
Exchange 2007:
Forefront For Exchange:

January 30, 2008
948000: You cannot start the Microsoft Exchange Transport service on an Exchange Server 2007 Hub server
942227: You may receive duplicate Out of Office messages in Outlook 2003 after your mailbox is migrated to Exchange Server 2007
947345: The Exchange 2007 Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) setup process is unsuccessful if the replication of the computer account is not completed in the scheduled time
947802: You cannot connect to a clustered Exchange 2007 server through a server that has the Client Access Server (CAS) role installed by using the /exchange virtual directory

January 29, 2008
947174: Event ID 1000 is logged when you move a mailbox on a server that is running Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2
943413: The Microsoft Exchange Information Store service stops responding intermittently on a server that is running Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2
947281: When you try to install Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 on an Exchange Server 2007-based computer, Setup fails

January 28, 2008
947283: Error message when you try to install Exchange Server 2007: “Internet Explorer Script Error”

January 25, 2008
947809: Information about whether to use the Forefront Server Security Management Console to manage a Forefront Server Security for Exchange installation in an Exchange 2007 Single Copy Cluster configuration
947282: Error message when you prepare an Active Directory forest for Exchange Server 2007: “Schema update failed”

January 24, 2008
946111: Error message when you run the Eseutil.exe tool to defragment the database on an Exchange Server 2003-based computer: “Operation terminated with error -2102”

January 22, 2008
946818: The Microsoft Exchange Information Store service may crash intermittently on an Exchange 2003 SP2 server

January 21, 2008
945324: Exchange 2007 may change the code page of MIME e-mail messages when the messages are downloaded by using a POP3 client or by using an IMAP4 client

January 16, 2008
947168: Users cannot log on to Outlook Web Access after you apply Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 in an Exchange 2007 environment

January 14, 2008
945836: The Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes, the Exchange Server 2003 Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes, and the Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes have been updated for daylight saving time Rules Update 1 (RU1): December 2007

January 10, 2008
942442: The Content Filtering agent does not block HTML e-mail messages even if custom words and phrases are in the message body on an Exchange Server 2007 Edge server

January 8, 2008
943184: The SPN list on the front-end server is not updated when you follow the steps in Knowledge Base article 920209 to deploy Kerberos Constrained Delegation in an Exchange 2003 front-end and back-end environment

January 3, 2008
944722: An update for daylight saving time changes in Venezuela is available for computers that are running Exchange 2003 SP1

December 31, 2007
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
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