A Month in Exchange: April 2008

So here we are again:

New Downloads in March 2008
Microsoft Exchange Load Generator [Version: February2008]
The Exchange Load Generator (LoadGen) document describes installing Exchange Load Generator on a client computer and then steps through configuring, creating, running, customizing, repeating, and stopping the test. Information is provided about the user interface, the XML configuration file, and the command-line program, each of which performs specific functions of the tool. Additionally, there are topics for using System Monitor and LoadGen data, things to consider when looking at test results, and consolidating System Monitor data and analyzing LoadGen. Non-task descriptions include operational recommendations, features of the tool, and a reference of performance counters.

Exchange Load Generator is used as a simulation tool to measure the effect of MAPI clients on Exchange servers. LoadGen enables you to test how a server that is running Exchange responds to e-mail loads. To simulate the delivery of these messaging requests, you run Exchange Load Generator tests on client computers. These tests send multiple messaging requests to the Exchange server, which causes a mail load. LoadGen is useful for administrators who are sizing servers and validating a deployment plan. Specifically, LoadGen helps determine whether each of your servers can handle the load that they are intended to carry. Another use for LoadGen is to help validate the overall solution.

The Exchange Load Generator and the accompanying documentation replace the Load Simulator tool and information.

Optimize your Business Productivity Infrastructure
A collaborative environment can lead to dramatic increases in business value by decreasing IT support requirements and costs and enabling more effective business processes. This session will describe how you can develop and optimize your collaboration infrastructure using a systematic approach known as Infrastructure Optimization.

FPT Introduction
FPT Introduction

Successful Migration to the Microsoft Platform
With a wealth of knowledge and experience in both consultancy and IT, Mr Heathcote will share several examples of successful migrations to the Microsoft platform, and how this move has enabled these organizations to dramatically improve business collaboration, translating to increased productivity and return-on-investment.

Microsoft Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging PBX Configuration Note for Avaya Communication Manager 4.0.1
This PBX configuration note contains information about deploying Exchange 2007 UM with Avaya Communication Manager and SIP Enablement Services using direct SIP connection. You can use it to help decide if Exchange 2007 UM is the appropriate solution for your organization.

Webcasts showing at a desktop near you in April 2008
Ohh a few this month ..Nice ;-) Must be UM month!

Monday, April 07, 2008: TechNet Webcast: An Overview of Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging (Level 200)
In this presentation, we give you an idea of what Unified Messaging (UM) is with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. We answer questions like how is it different from other UM solutions? What are the components in a real-life UM implementation? We introduce the components and describe their functions in the system. We tell you how you can test it today, set up a test environment, or even set up a demo/proof of concept (POC). We explain how UM is also a fax solution. Join this session to learn more about what you need to do to provide inbound fax for your company with UM.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008: TechNet Webcast: Creating and Managing Dial Plans, Gateways, and Mailbox Policies for Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging (Level 300)
In this presentation, we describe the purpose of dial plans, IP gateways, and Mailbox Policy objects in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging. We also demonstrate the configuration of each object and describe how they relate to each other. We discuss dialing rules and dialing restrictions for outbound calls made in Unified Messaging.

Monday, April 14, 2008: TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging: C
onfiguring the Auto Attendant (Level 300)
In this session, we highlight the auto attendant and usage in a Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging environment. Learn how to set up an auto attendant and discover more about some of its features. We look specifically at the following topics:

  • How you can apply an auto attendant in your environment
  • Dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) versus speech enabling of an auto attendant
  • Managing custom greetings for an auto attendant
  • Key mappings and the usage in the auto attendant
  • Using dialing restrictions (from dial plan) as it relates to the auto attendant
  • Use of an operator for your auto attendants


Wednesday, April 16, 2008: TechNet Webcast: Planning for Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging Deployment and Scalability (Level 300)
In this presentation, we focus on proper planning for Unified Messaging to provide an efficient and simple deployment model that is highly scalable–without increasing the complexity of the deployment. We discuss the recommended deployment option and the required steps for all deployment options to create a scalable Unified Messaging system that supports large numbers of Unified Messaging users. We also discuss recommendations and guidelines for placement of UM servers, PBXs, and IP gateways to include geographic disbursement and network bandwidth considerations.

Friday, April 18, 2008: TechNet Webcast: Speech Recognition and Grammar Generation in Unified Messaging for Exchange Server 2007 (Level 300)
A good unified messaging experience hinges on speech recognition. In this discussion, we talk about the speech recognition feature of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging. We focus on key features, configuration, and the underlying architecture. Also, the grammar generation process is an integral part of speech recognition. We discuss how grammar files are generated and how the speech engine utilizes grammar files for speech recognition. We briefly discuss regular expressions that are used to customize grammar files.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008: TechNet Webcast: Configuring Office Communications Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging Interoperability (Level 300)
During this presentation, we focus on the common configuration challenges faced by administrators in configuring Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 interoperability. Specifically, we review the requirements that demand mutual configuration such as the UM Gateway, Communications Server Active Directory Contacts, location profile, etc., and their impact on interoperability. We also discuss Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 client logic, such as accessing exchange presence information and voice mail.

Friday, April 25, 2008: TechNet Webcast: Migration, Co-Existence, and Deployment Strategies with Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging (Level 300)
Considering migrating from voice mail to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging? Are you looking for co-existence or Voice Profile for Internet Mail (VPIM)? We provide planning and architecture guidance for voice mail migrations to Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging, in addition to a technical overview of using partner solutions for voice mail co-existence during the migration process. Specifically, we provide an understanding of voice mail to Exchange Unified Messaging migrations and architectures. Also, we provide an overview of how to set up co-existence between Exchange Unified Messaging and previous voice mail systems.

New KBs in March 2008
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://

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

March 25, 2008
949527 Some users cannot access Exchange Server 2007 Outlook Web Access after you create new mailboxes or migrate existing mailboxes

March 24, 2008
949526 The Exchange Server 2007 installation fails during the PrepareSchema step, and you receive an error message in the Setup log

March 21, 2008
943881 Tasks are unexpectedly deleted even though they are not past their age limit in an Exchange Server 2003 environment

March 20, 2008
556073 Outlook Web Access users are unable to save appointments or respond to meeting requests
949882 RTF files that have been renamed to use a file name extension other than .rtf may not be detected when you create a file name-based filter for RTF files in Forefront Security for Exchange Server

March 17, 2008
948801 If an SMTP connector set the Outbound Security option to “Integrated Windows Authentication,” the SMTP connector does not work in the IIS Metabase when you restore an Exchange Server 2003 server by using a Disaster Recovery mode
946506 The Autodiscover service fails for some Outlook 2007 users after you install Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1

March 14, 2008
949759 Error message when you use the Exmerge tool to try to export the contents of a mailbox in Exchange Server 2003: “MAPI_W_PARTIAL_COMPLETION”
949485 The message body of the original e-mail message may be corrupted when the envelope journaling feature is enabled in Exchange Server 2003

March 13, 2008
948039 A link in a message does not work as expected in Outlook Web Access 2003

March 12, 2008
948934 Event ID: 9040 may occur every 15 minutes on a computer that is running Exchange Server 2007

March 11, 2008
948997 Some users have new empty mailboxes that point to the first mailbox store in the first storage group after you perform an authoritative restoration of Active Directory in Exchange Server 2003
948078 An e-mail message has a blank body when you use Outlook Web Access 2003 to access a mailbox in Exchange Server 2003
948908 You cannot see the Mailbox role in the Exchange Management Console after certain updates are automatically installed

March 10, 2008
945309  An external NDR message is sent to all recipients on a distribution list in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1
949363 Notifications are sent by using the host name of the cluster node that was previously active after a failover occurs in Forefront Security for Exchange Server
949366 The FSCMonitor.exe process stops responding in Forefront Security for Exchange Server
949368 When you try to configure filter lists in Forefront Security for Exchange Server, Forefront Security Administrator may crash, and an event is logged in the Application log
949365 The real-time processes fail, and you receive error messages after you use the Local System account during the Forefront Security for Exchange Server setup process
949367 Forefront Security for Exchange Server crashes, and the Dr. Watson debugger logs events in the Application log when Forefront Security for Exchange Server updates the scan engines
946864 Description of Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Security for Exchange Server Service Pack 1

March 6, 2008
947014 An Exchange Server 2007 mailbox server randomly generates many transaction logs in an Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 environment
949893 You cannot create a new mailbox or enable a mailbox in an Exchange Server 2007 environment on February 29, 2008
949361 The proxy password is reset to a blank or empty password after a cluster node failover occurs in Forefront Security for Exchange Server
949364 A deletion text file does not use a .txt extension when you send an e-mail message by using the new version of Yahoo! Mail in Forefront Security for Exchange Server

March 5, 2008
946958 The operation is not successful when you run the “Restore-Mailbox” cmdlet, and you receive an error message in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1

March 4, 2008
947500 Exceptions to a recurring appointment incorrectly change the appointment’s start time to 12:00 AM in an Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 environment
949113 Unexpected modified instances of a recurring meeting may appear when you use Entourage to access a calendar on a computer that is running Exchange Server 2007

March 3, 2008
947147 An application may encounter a 0xc0000005 access violation error after you install security update 911567 on an Exchange 2003 server
949114 Duplicate calendar items may appear when you use Entourage to access a calendar on an Exchange 2007 server
948808 Error message when you try to access SharePoint Server from Outlook Web Access in Exchange Server 2007 “Object doesn’t support this property or method”
948047 An event ID 1080 message is logged in the System log every three seconds after you run the Set-ExchangeServer command to set the static domain controllers on an Exchange 2007 cluster node

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