The Edinburgh Festival: Fringe – Fringe Sunday

So Sunday afternoon we headed out to the Meadows and Fringe Sunday.  The buzz in Edinburgh this time of year is just awesome.  The sheer amount of extra people is just amazing.

So the Meadows attracted and extra 100,000 people to see the free events.  The Meadows is a large park next to what used to be the Edinburgh Infirmary.

Fringe Sunday on the Meadows offers you the opportunity to see the best of the Fringe for free. Showcasing hundreds of Fringe music, theatre, comedy and dance acts. A unique open-air extravaganza for absolutely everyone.

It was a nice afternoon, but the rain put play to enjoying it to full.  The farmers market was good, as was some of the music and comedy, but most of the tented events suffered from over crowding, so they where not a very good experience, but you do get a feel for the festival.

After leaving like a drowned rat, we headed up to the Royal Mile, which just felt electric, I just cant explain what it’s like .. you just need to be here.

Next stop was up to the underbelly to book tickets from Tuesday night ;-) will let you know later on this one.  The off to the Pleasance Courtyard for a beer and chill out.


Check out more here: http://www.edfringe.com

The Edinburgh Festival: Fringe

I know I am a bit late, but on Saturday we took the 0830 train from Kings Cross up to Edinburgh to spend a few days at the festival.

The journey didn’t start too well.  It usually take about 4 and half hours to get up to Edinburgh, but this time it took an exta hour and a half!

Why, well some enterprising soles stole cabling from the East Coast Mainline at Claypole, near Grantham, which meant that were forced to manually change signals between Grantham and Newark.

Nice .. well this year we are not very organised, so I will post as near as damm to seeing an event


Check out more here: http://www.edfringe.com

Exchange 2007 and Public Folders

So every day is a school day and today I learnt two thing, which means that is enough for one week ;-)

So first off is BES.  If you use Exchange 2007, you MUST have public folders for BES to work?! Yeah!

BlackBerry Enterprise Server obtains free/busy data from the Schedule+Free/Busy Public Folder on the Microsoft Exchange Server. When Microsoft® Outlook® 2007 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 are running in native mode, they use the Availability Service (via Auto Discover) to determine free/busy data, so there is no Public Folder for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to find.

The Availability Service method of accessing free/busy data will be supported in a future version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange but for now you will need to install the Optional Public Folders in your Microsoft Exchange environment and configure the System Public Folder’s Schedule+Free/Busy Properties.


So the next thing I didn’t know anout, but Sardar put me right,  If you have a CCR cluster with a Public Folder store, you CANT have any other Public Folders!  yeah that is what I thought too.

Check this out: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123996(EXCHG.80).aspx near the bottom

CCR and public folder replication are two very different forms of replication built into Exchange. Due to interoperability limitations between continuous replication and public folder replication, if more than one Mailbox server in the Exchange organization has a public folder database, public folder replication is enabled and public folder databases should not be hosted in CCR environments.

 

Dump-Help.ps1 v1.0

Recreation of an old script.  Basically this will run get-help for all commands and output it to c:pshelp .. I like it ;-)

#########################################################################################
$AppName = “Dump-Help.ps1”
$AppVer  = “v1.0 [7 August 2008]”
#v1.0 6 August 2008 : A script is Born
#
#This script Checks dumps the build help information for all commands it can find
# that have a related PSSnapIn
# The output is from get-help -full
# The output is put in the subfolders in c:pshelp
#
#Written By Paul Flaherty
#blogs.flaphead.com 
#Common Variables
$ServerName = hostname   # Server Name
$Today      = Get-Date   # Todays Date
$xUser      = [System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()
$xUser     = $xUser.Name
#########################################################################################

#########################################################################################
#Display script name and version
#########################################################################################
Write-host ” ” $AppName -NoNewLine -foregroundcolor Green
Write-Host “: ” $AppVer -foregroundcolor Green
Write-host “`n Run on $ServerName at $Today by $xUser” -foregroundcolor Yellow
Write-Host “|——————————————————————-|`n”

#########################################################################################
#get the help names that are associated with a PSSnapin
#########################################################################################
$help = get-help * | select name,category,pssnapin | where {$_.PsSnapin -ne $null}

#########################################################################################
#Loop each name
# Set and create the folder path
# Write out the FULL help text
#########################################################################################
ForEach ($item in $help)
{
$x = $item.pssnapin.tostring()
$y = $item.name.tostring()
IF ($x -eq $Null){$x=”x”}
$outfile = “c:PShelp$x”
IF ((test-path $outfile) -eq $False){MD $outfile} 
$outfile += “$y.txt”
write-host $outfile
Get-Help $y -full | out-file $outfile -width 9999

}

#########################################################################################
#End
#########################################################################################

Microsoft Exchange Online Beta Performs Well

The Future of Exchange? Well this is an interesting article check it out!


http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Messaging-and-Collaboration/Microsoft-Exchange-Online-Beta-Performs-Well/?kc=rss

Microsoft’s hosted Exchange offering is easy to configure, maintain and use, but it’s tied too tightly into Windows.
In one of the most substantial incarnations of its software-plus-services model to date, Microsoft is preparing to throw its hat into an already-crowded ring of hosted Exchange providers.

In fact, Microsoft’s Web site lists more than 30 hosted Exchange providers operating in the United States. Perhaps the most significant thing about the company’s Exchange Online offering is that it stands as sort of an “all clear” bulletin for organizations either unaware of the Exchange-in-a-cloud option or reticent about introducing a separate vendor between themselves and Microsoft.

Introducing the Microsoft Certified Master Credential

So just got this in an email and wanted to share with you:


Thank you for registering for and/or attending our Microsoft Certified Master Live Meeting on July 30, 2008. You’ll find a link to the session recording and a few other resources below.

To those of you who had trouble logging in to the morning meeting due to the incorrect link we sent you; I apologize. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting and you have a specific question, please feel free to contact me and I’ll help you find an answer.

A few weeks ago, our presenter and Masters program owner, Per, posted some insight into the program that’s led to a lot of discussion. You can find that, or post your comments and questions for Per, here: http://blogs.msdn.com/trika/archive/2008/06/26/more-on-the-certified-master-programs-from-me-per-the-program-owner.aspx.

REGISTRATION DATE AND DISCOUNT:

The registration tool will open on or near September 1 on this page: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/master/register/default.mspx. During the Live Meeting sessions, Per announced that the first session for each track (October and November dates, as shown below) will be offered at half price. There is no coupon or special action required; applicants accepted for the following sessions will be charged only 50% of the program fee.

  • Exchange 2007: October 6-25, 2008
  • SQL Server 2008: October 13-November 1, 2008
  • Windows Server 2008: November 3-22, 2008

We hope you found the meeting helpful and wish you the best on your next step in Microsoft Certification.

Regards,

Trika

Trika Harms zum Spreckel

MCP Communications

Microsoft Learning

http://blogs.msdn.com/trika/

RECORDING LINK

https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/lmevents/view?id=msft073008PMlm&pw=ATT12126lm

DOWNLOAD THE POWERPOINT

http://cid-17971e0c952a3d0a.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/MSFT%7C_Certification/Masters%7C_July%7C_2008%7C_MCP%7C_LM%7C_CLEAN.pptx

MASTERS PROGRAM:

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/master

MCA PROGRAM:

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/architect/default.mspx

CONNECT WITH OTHER MCPs:

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/community/default.mspx

CONTACT THE HELPDESK:

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/support/worldsites.mspx

A Month in Exchange: August 2008

Damm is that a month already :-| It’s all downhill now .. only 146 days until Christmas!
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New Downloads available in July 2008

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Help [July2008]
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.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5eb0f9a0-2c49-4f2a-8a09-b981ed667821&DisplayLang=en

Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB949870)
Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2007 SP1 customers.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=63e7f26c-92a8-4264-882d-f96b348c96ab&DisplayLang=en

Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2007 (KB953469)
Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2007 resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2007 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2007 customers.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=086a2a13-a1de-4b1d-bd12-b148bfd2dafa&DisplayLang=en

Security Update for Exchange Server 2003 SP2 (KB950159)
A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker with limited access to increase their privileges to compromise Outlook Web Access for Microsoft Exchange Server and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft on all Microsoft Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 servers in your organization.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e099c1d1-5af6-4d6c-b735-9599412b3131&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress Tool (32 bit) [08.02.0060]
Use Jetstress to verify the performance and stability of a disk subsystem prior to putting an Exchange server into production. Jetstress helps verify disk performance by simulating Exchange disk Input/Output (I/O) load. Specifically, Jetstress simulates the Exchange database and log file loads produced by a specific number of users. You use Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, and ESEUTIL in conjunction with Jetstress to verify that your disk subsystem meets or exceeds the performance criteria you establish. After a successful completion of the Jetstress Disk Performance and Stress Tests in a non-production environment, you will have ensured that your Exchange disk subsystem is adequately sized (in terms of performance criteria you establish) for the user count and user profiles you have established. It is highly recommended that the Jetstress user read through the tool documentation before using the tool.

Jetstress 2007 (08.02.0060) Updates: Configuration files and databases created with 08.01.0177 release of Jetstress will not work with version 08.02.0060 . A new configuration file and new databases must be created when using the 08.02.0060 release.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=94b9810b-670e-433a-b5ef-b47054595e9c&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress Tool (64 bit) [08.02.0060]
Use Jetstress to verify the performance and stability of a disk subsystem prior to putting an Exchange server into production. Jetstress helps verify disk performance by simulating Exchange disk Input/Output (I/O) load. Specifically, Jetstress simulates the Exchange database and log file loads produced by a specific number of users. You use Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, and ESEUTIL in conjunction with Jetstress to verify that your disk subsystem meets or exceeds the performance criteria you establish. After a successful completion of the Jetstress Disk Performance and Stress Tests in a non-production environment, you will have ensured that your Exchange disk subsystem is adequately sized (in terms of performance criteria you establish) for the user count and user profiles you have established. It is highly recommended that the Jetstress user read through the tool documentation before using the tool.

Jetstress 2007 (08.02.0060) Updates: Configuration files and databases created with 08.01.0177 release of Jetstress will not work with version 08.02.0060 . A new configuration file and new databases must be created when using the 08.02.0060 release.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=73dfe056-0900-4dbb-b14a-0932338cecac&DisplayLang=en

Release Notes for the Transporter Suite of Tools
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=21d366af-3063-44c9-81c7-38583deebc31&DisplayLang=en

EMEA case study resources
EMEA case study resources: Word and PowerPoint for GCRP programme
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=76cb47e0-546a-4212-9b4a-c58959427b0d&DisplayLang=en

 

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Webcasts showing at a desktop near you in August 2008

Only one Exchange Webcast this Month!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008: TechNet Webcast: Information About Microsoft August Security Bulletins (Level 200)
On August 12, 2008, Microsoft releases its monthly security bulletins. Join us for a brief overview of the technical details of the August security bulletins. The intent of this webcast is to address your concerns. Therefore, most of the webcast is devoted to attendees asking questions about the bulletins and getting answers from our security experts.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032374631&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

Friday, August 15, 2008: TechNet Webcast: High Availability in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 (Part 2 of 2): Disaster Recovery and SCR Deep Dive (Level 300)
Are you prepared for outages that affect e-mail service or data availability? Have you defined recovery strategies and procedures for disasters big and small? In this webcast, we cover the recommended strategies for protecting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 messaging service and data, with an emphasis on the ultimate disaster: a full site failure. Join us as we dive deep into standby continuous replication (SCR), which was designed with these disasters in mind.
http://www.microsoft.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?CMTYSvcSource=MSCOMMedia&Params=%7eCMTYDataSvcParams%5e%7earg+Name%3d%22ID%22+Value%3d%221032381322%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

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Documentation updates for July 2008

Well as expected this didn’t last last long, the website hasn’t been updated since May and  the Exchange Team blog doesn’t shed too much light on things either.

So Looking at the Technical White Papers on TechNet, these appear to be updated:

White Paper: Continuous Replication Deep Dive [July 2008]
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc535020(EXCHG.80).aspx

White Paper: Planning for Large Mailboxes with Exchange 2007 [July 2008]
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc671168(EXCHG.80).aspx

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New KBs in July 2008
New means they appear in KB as Revision 1.0! 
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

July 29, 2008
950757 E-mail senders do not receive an indication that some messages have been held by Exchange Server 2003 until the SMTP service, the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service, or the Exchange server is restarted

July 28, 2008
956297 Microsoft Outlook autodiscover issues while customer is in co-existence while using the same namespace

July 23, 2008
954699 Error message when you try to create a Public Folder database in Exchange Server 2007: “Exchange is unable to create a public folder tree”

July 21, 2008
951192 A MAPI application may close unexpectedly when you use an Exchange MAPI application to connect to an Exchange 2007 server that is running Windows Server 2008

July 10, 2008
950159 Description of the security update for Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2

July 8, 2008
937436 Error message when an Exchange 2007-based user sends a meeting request to a resource that is located in a Lotus Domino resource reservation database: “Error autoprocessing message”
949549 Error message when you import a .pst file by running the Import-Mailbox cmdlet in Exchange Server 2007: “Unable to make connection to the server”
951293 Error message when you enter logon credentials after an Outlook Web Access session times out in Exchange Server 2007: “Server Error in ‘/ExchWeb/bin’ Application”
951263 The heading of the “State” column is translated incorrectly in the German version of the Exchange Management Console in Exchange Server 2007
950758 OVA announces “Unrecognized caller” in an Exchange Server 2007 environment even though Outlook and Outlook Web Access correctly resolve the caller address
951094 You cannot run the New-X400AuthoritativeDomain cmdlet successfully in an Exchange Server 2007 environment if an X.400 address contains a space character
947573 It takes a long time for the Exchange Management Console to load in an Exchange Server 2007 organization that was deployed in a multiple-domain environment
950153 A storage group may not mount after you move the resources from the active node to the passive node while the backup is in progress in Exchange Server 2007
951563 External e-mail message senders receive an NDR when you select the Turkish language setting on a computer that is running Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1
945854 A meeting reminder is still active when you configure Outlook to send no reminders to an Exchange Server 2007 user
953539 The W3wp.exe process may intermittently stop responding, and event ID 1000 is logged in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1
950674 Web services sends meeting request information that has an incorrect time if a delegate modifies an appointment in an Exchange Server 2007 environment
950120 You cannot control the behavior of attachments on mobile devices by using the ActiveSync policy in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1
945453 You cannot log on to Outlook Web Access in an Exchange Server 2007 environment, and you receive an error message: “HTTP Error 403.4”
949206 The e-mail address of a contact does not appear in the Outlook Address Book after you use Exchange Web Services to edit the contact in Exchange Server 2007 with Service Pack 1
950930 You cannot resolve a sender name or a recipient name when the name belongs to an alternative domain tree in Exchange Server 2007
949778 The icons that represent TIFF attachments may not be shown correctly if the e-mail message is viewed by using Outlook Web Access 2007 in an Exchange Server 2007 environment

July 3, 2008
936747 The Availability service may use lots of memory on an Exchange Server 2007-based computer