Exchange, Mac, News and Misc


Using OWA 2003 as the Default Mail Client in Your Organization – Excellent article with tips that every Exchange Admin should read.

What are zombie users?  – Great explanation of ACL, DACL, SACL, etc. Must read.

“Motorola’s MOTOSYNC™ Provides Direct Wireless Mobile Connectivity to Industry-Leading Microsoft Exchange Server 2003”


Virtual PC for Macintosh 7.0.1 (English) was posted to MSDN Subscriber Downloads on November 19, 2004.

News and Miscellaneous:

PowerPoint Viewer 2003 – Nice :)

How to help protect against a WINS security issue – Man I hate WINS!

International Computer Security Day is November 30

Windows 2000, Exchange, In the news..

Windows 2000:

Are you still running Windows 2000? Sure, we all are. Microsoft just announced that service packs for 2000 are done. They will create a rollup, but SP5 for Windows 2000 is not going to happen. Time to upgrade to Windows Server 2003 eh?


MSDTC and Exchange clusters – Awesome must read article if you are clustering Exchange 2003.

Explaining Exchange 2003 Http Access (Part 1) – Good stuff.

In the news…

“The Squeeze On BlackBerry” – Good stuff

TechNet Quarter 2 FY05 Downloadable Documents – Tons and tons of excellent information on Exchange, Group Policy and Security.

PSSDIAG Data Collection Utility – If you have not used this tool yet, you should. Do I have to mention its free?

Hector Protector Button/Screen Saver – Microsoft cares about our future and our children. The Hector Protector is a project to help protect our youth.

Dell Unites with Microsoft to Provide Better Management Solutions

Dell, Microsoft make a patch pact for servers,+Microsoft+make+a+patch+pact+for+servers/2100-1010_3-5452868.html

Lastly, Jesper Johansson from Microsoft has a three part series on passwords. I have met Jesper several times over the last year and had great conversation with him in Malaysia. It’s really about time that we all live security and not just talk about it. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

SMS, 2000, 2003


Microsoft Puts New Life Into Its Systems Management  – Interesting information on Dell, though personally I still like working with HP better.


Update for Windows 2000 (KB883114)


Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB883114)

Update for Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2003 (KB870772)

Exchange, XP, 2003/AD


Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool – Updated – again

How to configure an RPC over HTTP topology on computers that are running Exchange 2003 with Service Pack 1

Implementing a Two Node Cluster with Windows 2003 Enterprise – Excellent article with pictures.


Update for Windows XP (KB887742)

Update for Internet Explorer 6 for XP Service Pack 2 (KB888240)

Windows 2003 – Active Directory:

Update for Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2003 (KB810395)

Troubleshooting Group Policy in Microsoft® Windows® Server – Version 2.0 – great stuff

Group Policy Infrastructure White Paper – Version 2.0 – great stuff

Internet Information Services 6.0 Migration Tool – Version 1.1

Exchange, XP, Office, Misc.


More on Exchange 200x SRS + SRS troubleshooting tips! Good stuff.

Office 2003 Add-in: Microsoft Outlook SMS Add-in (MOSA) – Send SMS text messages from your phone through Outlook.


Update for Windows XP (KB886677)


Internet and Local Area Network Bandpass Performance of Microsoft Office 2003


Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Deployment Planning Guide

Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator Version 1.06 (build 302)

Exchange, XP, SMS, Mom, Misc.


Worksheet: Disaster Recovery Preparation for Exchange Server 2003

Exchange Technet Webcasts for December

How different versions of Outlook and Exchange deal with HTML message body? – Very interesting stuff.

Royalty-Free Sender ID for E-mail License Agreement

Bill Gates is most “spammed” person in the world: Microsoft CEO

From Kim Akers – Senior Director, Exchange Marketing (thanks to for the cut and paste of the really good stuff)

Apparently one third of messaging admins would rather get divorced than have e-mail go down!

80% of organisations believe that e-mail is more important than the phone.

Estimated 80% of an enterprise’s information sits on individual’s computers.

Even today, some 40% of Exchange seats are still on 5.5.

Microsoft deals with 9.5 million items of spam each day. They are only using IMF and Exchange’s other filtering capabilities i.e. no third party products are being used. IMF is saving them $300,000.

IMF performance/statistics can be reviewed via the performance monitor counters. An IMF update should be along in the next couple of months. IMF can’t be installed on a cluster (although it will work with mailboxes that are homed on a cluster), nor does it work with Exchange 2000. However, in both cases it is possible to implement an Exchange 2003 server on the gateway to run it the IMF.

The recent ActiveSync licensing deal with PalmOne is likely to be the first of many. There is a desire for ActiveSync to be adopted and used on both Microsoft powered Smartphones and also non-Microsoft powered devices. Look out RIM.

The Exchange Best Practices Analyser has been a great success with over 85000 downloads since September 21st. Tremendous feedback has been received. The application checks 1200 settings against 800 rules.




Using the Windows Firewall INF File in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 – Version 1.4




Systems Management Server 2003 OS Deployment Feature Pack


Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Administration Feature Pack


Mom 2005:


Deploying MOM 2005 at Microsoft




Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment Standard Edition


Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment Enterprise Edition


White Paper: Patch Sequencing in Windows Installer version 3.0


Network Access Protection Platform Architecture


IT Security at Microsoft Overview

Exchange, Windows Server 2003, XP, LCS, SPS, SMS, Office, Misc.


Update for Exchange 2003 (KB 883543) – This is a post SP1 Exchange 2003 update.

Exchange 200x SRS – how does it fit into the big picture?

Microsoft Product Support’s Reporting Tools (MPSReports)  – For Exchange

Designing an Active Directory/Exchange 2003 environment using the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer

Exchange 2003 and WINS – Do you need WINS?

Windows Server 2003:

Update for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (KB883646)


Troubleshooting Windows Firewall in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2

Live Communications Server 2003/5:

Live Meeting 2003 Document: R2 API Reference Guide

Live Meeting 2003 Document: Awareness Resources

Live Meeting 2003 Document: Deployment Resources

Live Communications Server 2005 Standard Edition Document: Deployment Guide

Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Release Notes 1.0

Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Instant Messaging Etiquette Guide

Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Feature Guide

Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Business Value of Presence

Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Active Directory Schema Extensions

Live Communications Server 2005 Document: Active Directory Preparation Guide

SharePoint Portal Server:

Managing SharePoint Products and Technologies Performance at Microsoft


Using Microsoft SMS 2003 to Distribute Microsoft Office 2003


Update for Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (KB873362)

Office 2003 Tool: WordprocessingML Transform Inference Tool


Windows Installer 3.0 Redistributable

MDAC Utility: Component Checker

BizTalk Accelerator for HIPAA 3.0 Product Documentation Update

Introduction to the Microsoft Enterprise Platform for UNIX Professionals

Updates to Understanding IPv6

Mixed Workload Consolidation Guide

Fast Facts – MS at a glance

Key Events in Microsoft History

Exchange, SMS, Misc.


Messaging Hygiene at Microsoft


Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Upgrade – English

Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Scan Tools – English


Scripting Security Descriptors

Understanding Mobile IPv6