Messaging & collaboration Webcasts for December

If you read Eileen Brown’s blog you probably already know this, if not you should start reading it!

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 11 of 14): Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (Level 200)
Friday, December 2, 2005 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
The Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) is an automated health check and troubleshooting tool. An essential tool for any Exchange administrator the ExBPA collects configuration settings and performs network and protocol tests in an Exchange topology. Join this webcast as we will cover what the tool is and how to install it, set it up, and use it.

TechNet Webcast: Making the Transition from Lotus Domino Messaging to Exchange Server (Level 200)
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Erik Ashby, Exchange Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
Join this webcast to get in-depth knowledge of the recommended process for transitioning from an IBM Lotus Domino to a Microsoft Exchange Server messaging topology. Learn about the best path to an easy transition, and find out about recent updates to the tools available from Microsoft that can help you migrate from IBM Lotus Notes and Domino.

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 13 of 14): Mobility (Level 200)
Friday, December 9, 2005 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
This webcast covers the mobility support in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, including the new mobility features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Mobile 5.0. The webcast provides a brief overview of Open Mobile Alliance, and then shows how to configure and enable OMA, before covering some security considerations. From there the webcast discusses Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) access considerations, examining WAP 1.x and WAP 2.0 gateways and how they affect Secure Sockets Layer traffic. The presentation concludes with a brief Windows Mobile 5.0 discussion featuring the Messaging & Security Feature Pack, its integration with SP2, the features of SP2, and what business issues it solves.

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 14 of 14): Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (Level 200)
Wednesday, December 14, 2005 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
This final webcast looks at the new features within Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2. We will cover the improvements in the Intelligent Message Filter and the mailbox enhancements, increased storage limits for standard edition, as well as some of the mobility improvements in the service pack.

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts (Level

Friday, December 16, 2005 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Michael Murphy, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
Your organization is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, and it is stable. What can you do to improve your Exchange operations, customize them, and optimize them to better meet the requirements of your organization? This webcast provides tips on how to customize system messages, create custom address lists, customize Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access, and control which versions of Outlook are allowed to connect to the Exchange server. We also show you how to use Mailbox Manager and create catch-all mailboxes.

TechNet Support WebCast: Troubleshooting public folder replication – Level 300
Thursday, December 15, 2005: 10:00 A.M. Pacific time (Coordinated Universal Time – 7 hours).
Provides an overview of public folder replication. Discusses how to troubleshoot public folder replication problems by reducing the problem area. Talks about what data to collect and what tools to use to troubleshoot public folder replication problems.

Momentum Webcast: Use Third-Party Tools to Migrate Smoothly from Lotus Notes to a Microsoft Collaboration Platform (Level 100)
Monday, December 05, 2005 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Pacific Time
Gary Devendorf, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
Learn how you can quickly and easily migrate your Lotus Notes databases to a Microsoft collaboration platform that is based on Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies. Through demonstrations, this webcast introduces you to several tools offered by third-party providers that can help smooth your migration from Lotus Notes to the collaboration platform.

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2003 In Depth (Part 12 of 14): Client Security (Level 200)
Wednesday, December 07, 2005 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
This webcast covers client security for use with Microsoft Office Outlook, Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access (OWA), and POP3 and Internet Message Access Protocol version 4rev1 (IMAP4) access (except mobile devices, which are covered in Part 13). The Outlook segment presents security features that relate to attachments security, address book and object model access, security zones, S/MIME, Remote Procedure Call over HTTP and Information Rights, anti-virus protection, and spam protection through filters. The OWA segment shows how to secure OWA access, Secure Sockets Layer with OWA, how to enable and configure it, S/MIME within the OWA environment, the infrastructure, and integration with firewalls and publishing through Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server. The presentation concludes by addressing POP3 and IMAP4, following the same steps as with Outlook and OWA.

Applying the Principles of MOF to Exchange

Good news for all the MOFaholics out there! Microsoft released recently Exchange Service Management Guide, a top-down, business-driven approach to managing a messaging environment.

This guide applies Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) principles and specific prescriptive guidance for managing Microsoft Exchange in a mission-critical enterprise setting. The guidance will help you implement process and team best practices within the context of the MOF Process Model. It is aligned with the corresponding components of Exchange Service Management.

I wonder if this guide will evolve to become a service management function in the MOF Process Model.

IT Forum news

Microsoft IT Forum 2005 in Barcelona gave us some exciting news about the next version of Exchange. Bloggers posted them really fast, so here are the relevant links: 

Exchange tools: new & improved

Microsoft made available a set of Exchange tools, some are new, others just updates. Let’s start on the new ones:

These two tools build on the framework of ExBPA and allow us to define a set of iterative steps to be performed to achieve a particular goal. The Microsoft Exchange Team has published a post regarding this subject: New additions to the ‘Analyzer’ Tool Family.

Let’s move on to the updated tools. The main reason for these updates has to do with the recent release of the Exchange 2003 service pack 2: