MVP Summit, here I go!

Tomorrow is departure day to MVP Summit 2005. It’s my first time, so I have some high expectations: to meet other MVP’s, get some first-hand information and, of course, watch Steve Ballmer speech.


The most difficult part will be the plane trip: 18 hour in transit! Here are the details of my flights:


Continental Airlines:
1. CO   65 N 28SEP LISEWR HK1 1035 1330
2. CO 1881 N 28SEP EWRSEA HK1 1725 2022
3. CO 1580 V 02OCT SEAEWR HK1 0805 1611
4. CO   64 V 02OCT EWRLIS HK1 2025 0815


I’ll try to post here some information that is not under the NDA.

Update for Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (KB904631)

It’s time for the September update for the Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter.


This update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk e-mail.


The update is available here. It will have the corresponding KB article (not available yet by the time of this post):


How to download Microsoft webcasts

Following my yesterday’s post, wouldn’t it be great if we could download the webcasts and watch them according to our free time? Well, Georgeo Pulikkathara posted the instructions to do that, based on a method suggested by Stuart Gunter and Janco Wolmarans:


Requirements:



Instructions:


  1. Open an on demand webcast as normal. For example go to: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032244882&Culture=en-US.
  2. When you get to the live meeting wrapper, right-click and View Source in Notepad to find the following line of code: var WMFileName    = “mms://streaming.placeware.com/aa4/SCG/web/r/mseventsbmo/b9v47bjd0g8wsm5k/wmm-11657/placeware.wmv“;
  3. Copy the URL. In this example:  mms://streaming.placeware.com/aa4/SCG/web/r/mseventsbmo/b9v47bjd0g8wsm5k/wmm-11657/placeware.wmv
  4. Open NeTransport and paste as new job URL into NetTransport and it works great!
    Just make sure your firewall has the necessary ports open, otherwise it won’t work.

Messaging & collaboration webcasts for October

Here are the planed messaging and collaboration webcasts for October. Thanks again Eileen.


  • Microsoft Webcast: Unlock Lotus Notes Using Microsoft Collaboration Technologies
    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
    Cliff Reeves, General Manager, Microsoft Corporation Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation Jim Bernardo, Enterprise Technical Strategist, Microsoft Corporation
    With advancements in technology, and major new software releases on the horizon from Microsoft and IBM, IBM Lotus Notes/Domino customers are re-examining their readiness for collaboration. In this webcast we discuss how customers can extend their Notes and Domino investments with Microsoft technologies, and why now is the right time to evaluate solutions for integrating your Notes applications within the Microsoft collaboration platform. 
  • TechNet Webcast: Overview of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Administration Features (Level 300)
    Tuesday, October 18, 2005 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
    Malvin M. Seale, Technical Lead, Microsoft Corporation
    Get an overview of the new administration features for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2). This webcast covers changes to the 16GB limit and database size management, Public Folder management enhancements, and improvements to the Offline Address Book in Exchange Server 2003 SP2. 
  • TechNet Webcast: Accessing Exchange Server from Your Mobile Device Using SP2 (Level 300)
    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
    Max Ciccotosto, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
    Does your organization have all the mobile access it could use in the areas of security, flexibility, and affordability? This webcast discusses and demonstrates how Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 provides secure and affordable remote and mobile access to e-mail and Personal Information Manager information across a range of mobile devices. Explore the new mobility enhancements in Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, including the new always-up-to-date functionality, configuring personal identification number lock settings, remotely wiping a device, configuring soft certificates to access Exchange, and other new mobility enhancements. 
  • TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 1 of 14): Deployment Planning (Level 200)
    Wednesday, October 26, 2005 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
    How do you effectively plan and deploy Microsoft Exchange Server 2003? Start with this first webcast of the Exchange Server 2003 Series, where we examine the planning phase of any Exchange deployment. Learn the basic consideration for deployment, including hardware and software required to support one or more Exchange servers. From there we examine the infrastructure requirements, covering basic services such as Domain Name System, Microsoft Internet Information Services and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. Finally, we explain the biggest infrastructure requirement, Active Directory directory service. Covering integration and deployment paths, the presentation shows how Exchange and Active Directory are linked and how to deploy this critical service.
  • TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 2 of 14): Coexistence and Migration (Level 200)
    Friday, October 28, 2005 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
    Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
    Does migration have to be a headache? Not if you create a clear path and follow it. This webcast examines coexistence and migration scenarios when moving from Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 or Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Connecting a Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 environment to Active Directory as a starting point, the webcast shows how to connect the two directory services and troubleshoot them if they stop performing. With the Active Directory service established, learn how to integrate Exchange Server 2003 into this environment. The webcast concludes with a look at the upgrade path for Exchange Server 2000 deployments to Exchange Server 2003.
  • Momentum Webcast: Securing E-mail and Collaboration Servers (Level 100)
    Thursday, October 06, 2005 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
    Chris Ertz, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
    Security is a critical element in keeping e-mail and collaboration systems available and performing optimally. Downtime and network bottlenecks caused by viruses, worms and spam threaten the very productivity these applications are designed to enable. Sybari antivirus and anti-spam solutions provide a layered defense strategy that can help significantly reduce the impact of these threats to Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server. Attendees of this webcast receive a technical overview of the Sybari solutions that includes a live demonstration of Sybari Antigen along with a discussion of multiple-scan engine management, balancing performance with detection rates, and using frequent updates to minimize windows of vulnerability.
  • Momentum Webcast: Exchange Server Sizing (Level 100)
    Thursday, October 27, 2005 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
    Steve Tramack, Senior Engineering Manager, HP Solution Alliances, HP
    Successful Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 deployments depend upon properly sizing and configuring your server environment and storage subsystem. A solid understanding of the business needs and technical constraints of these systems is critical to providing a configuration that offers performance at the service levels demanded by your organization. This webcast outlines a six-step methodology for performance planning that provides best practices related to the key sizing resources for sizing Exchange 2003 back-end servers. We identify available tools and resources from Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft for planning a successful messaging environment. 
  • TechNet Webcast: A Comprehensive Look at Anti-Spam Technologies in Exchange 2003 SP2 (Level 300)
    Monday, October 17, 2005 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
    Mihai Costea, Program Manager, Exchange Server, Microsoft Corporation Alexander Nikolayev, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
    To keep your information technology infrastructure safe, you must be up-to-date on the latest threats and the countermeasures to block or mitigate them. This webcast presents the complete view of the anti-spam techniques in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2. It includes descriptions and technical drill-downs for features that originally shipped in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, plus the additions in Service Pack 2. The webcast concludes with tips and tricks for fighting spam.
  • TechNet Webcast: E-mail Authentication: Importance in Your E-mail Hygiene Strategy (Level 300)
    Friday, October 21, 2005 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
    Craig Spiezle, Director, Microsoft Corporation Harry Katz, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
    E-mail authentication is as essential to e-mail hygiene strategy as it is to building online trust. This webcast outlines the myths and realities of Sender ID, an industry-wide approach to dealing with the problem of e-mail spoofing and phishing. In this webcast we show how the results of Sender ID must be included in the overall e-mail trustworthiness score. Learn the importance of adding reputation to identity, and see how this improves deliverability of legitimate mail, detection of phishing exploits and reduces the occurrence of false positives. This presentation includes a review of industry momentum and progress around anti-spam and anti-phishing efforts. The webcast also shows examples of creating records, and discusses various complementary e-mail authentication approaches.

Update for Exchange 2000 & 2003

Microsoft has released one update for Exchange (2000 and 2003) that corrects some problems with the implementation of DAV:

Both of the updates have the corresponding KB article:


KB bug

My fellow MVP, Alexandre Janeiro, was reading this new Exchange KB article, You cannot add users to a private address book in Outlook when the forest functional level is set to Windows Server 2003, when he spotted an error. The article states the following:


SYMPTOMS
Consider the following scenario:

• You install Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server or Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer.


The last time I checked, installing Exchange 2000 Server on Windows Server 2003 was not an option. But just to be sure, I made some investigation and found the proof:



Meanwhile, Alexandre has already sent feedback to Microsoft.

Application Layer Firewall protection for Exchange 2003 with ISA 2004

A new document about protecting Exchange 2003 with ISA Server 2004. These 2 products really make a happy couple.

The purpose of this document is to detail how to more effectively use the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) filtering capabilities to secure a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 environment connected to the Internet by using ISA Server 2004.

Exchange Server 2003 Folder Listing DoS

Secunia posted this advisory recently:


Description:
A vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, which can be exploited by malicious users to cause a DoS (Denial of Service).

The vulnerability is caused due to an unspecified error in the handling of requests to list public folders, and can be exploited to crash the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service (Store.exe) via an IMAP4 request.

Successful exploitation requires that the following conditions are met:
* User tries to list public folders using IMAP4 version 4rev1
* Exchange server does not allow IMAP4 users to list public folders.
* User does not have a private mailbox on the server.

Solution:
The vendor has issued a hotfix, which can be obtained by contacting Microsoft Product Support Services.