The Tips and Tricks Guide to Secure Messaging

Fellow blogger and MVP Jim McBee has been working on an eBook entitled The Tips and Tricks Guide to Secure Messaging.

If after my latest posts you are still in the mood for reading, go ahead and download the first chapter, wich is available for download.

Threats against email systems have evolved to the point that protecting users, mail servers and bandwidth is no longer as simple as installing antivirus software. By some estimates, spam, phishing schemes, viruses, and other unwanted content now make up 70% of all email traffic into an organization’s mail servers. The Tips and Tricks Guide to Secure Messaging by messaging expert Jim McBee introduces IT managers and messaging system administrators to the evolving threat landscape, emerging technologies for data protection, and best practices for protecting users, messaging system resources, and organizational data.

Poor Man’s Library [updated]

There are great Exchange documentation sources on the internet. The Microsoft Exchange Team is probably the most active team in producing good technical documents, but there are also other dedicated sites who publish regular articles.

But there’s nothing like the smell of paper and a fat Exchange book looks good on any shelf. Unfortunately the price of books is not as cheap as it should be (at least for me, who lives in a country with one of the smallest buying power in Europe).

So, if I can’t buy the real thing, I’ll have to find alternative sources. Most of the authors of Exchange books offer sample chapters of their work. I decided to gather all the sample chapters available publicly. I call it Poor Man’s Library:

• Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled, Scott Schnoll
Exchange Server 2003 Tips and Tricks

• Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Patricia Cardoza
Managing Outlook Folders in Office 2003

• Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 24seven, Jim McBee; Barry Gerber
Chapter 4: Understanding Exchange 2003 Data Storage

• CYA Securing Exchange Server 2003 & Outlook Web Access, Henrik Walther, Patrick Santry
Chapter 5 Securing the Outlook Web Access Server

• Mastering™ Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 ,Barry Gerber
Chapter 4: Exchange Server 2003 Architecture

• Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Delta Guide, David McAmis, Don Jones
Chapter 8 “Security”

• Learning Exchange Server 2003, William Boswell
Migrating from Legacy Exchange
Chapter 5, “Managing Recipients and Distribution Lists”

• Anti-Spam Tool Kit, Paul Wolfe  Charlie Scott  Mike Erwi
Chapter 11, Anti-Spam Servers for Windows
Chapter 5, “Blocking spammers with DNS blacklists”

• Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Tony Redmond
Chapter 1, “A Brief History of Exchange”
Chapter 8, “Performance and clusters”

• The Administrator Shortcut Guide to Email Protection, Paul Robichaux
Chapter 3, “Server-Side Antivirus Protection”

• Mission-Critical Microsoft Exchange 2003, Jerry Cochran
Chapter 4, “When Exchange Servers Fall Down”
Chapter 5, “Protecting and Recovering Exchange data”

• MCSA/MCSE Implementing and Managing Exchange Server 2003 Exam Cram 2, Orin Thomas, Will Schmied and Ed Tittel
Chapter 6, “Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting the Exchange Organization”

• The Definitive Guide to E-Mail Management and Security, Kevin Beaver
Chapter 6, “Managing e-mail effectively”

• Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Unleashed, Rand Morimoto
Chapter 3, “Installing Exchange Server 2003”
Chapter 15 “Migrating from Exchange v5.5 to Exchange Server 2003”

• Secure Messaging with Microsoft Exchange 2003, Paul Robichaux
Chapter 13 “Securing Outlook” 

• Monitoring and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Mike Daugherty
Chapter 9, “Backup and recovery operations”

• Exchange Server Cookbook For Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange 2000 Server, Paul Robichaux, Missy Koslosky, Devin Ganger
Chapter 9, “Public Folder Management”

• Microsoft Exchange Server Survival Guide, Wesley H. Peace III
Chapter 3, “Server Components”

• The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 and Exchange 2000 Security, Archie Reed, Darren Mar-Elia, and Sean Daily
Chapter 8 “Managing Exchange 2000 Post-Migration Tasks”

• Secure Messaging with Microsoft® Exchange Server 2000, Paul Robichaux
Chapter 4: Threats and Risk Assessment

• Microsoft® Exchange 2000 Server Resource Kit, Microsoft Corporation
Chapter 6 Deployment Strategies

• Configuring Exchange Server 2000, Liz Mason
Chapter 1 What’s New in Exchange 2000

• Microsoft Exchange Server in a Nutshell, Mitch Tulloch
Chapter 2 Architecture and Operation

If you know any other sample chapters, please let me know.

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Update for Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter (KB911961)

Microsoft released yesterday the February update for the Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail 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 or you can use Microsoft Update. As usual the update comes with the corresponding Knowledge Base article:

Push email anyone?

Microsoft made some announcements regarding its mobile platform at the 3GSM World Congress, happening in Barcelona. Most of the news have to do with the direct push email feature, available since Exchange Server 2003 SP2 was released: Vodafone and T-Mobile will start offering this service to its customers.

Exchange Server SDK Documentation and Samples December 2005

Microsoft recently updated the Exchange 2000 and 2003 SDKs.

The Exchange 2000/2003 Server SDK Documentation and Samples assist developers building applications for Exchange 2000 Server. This release of the SDK provides new and updated information and sample code to help you develop collaborative enterprise applications with Exchange. Included in this release are updates to the SDK documentation, tasks for implementing managed store event sinks, procedures for building managed event sink DLLs, and a task for getting free/busy status over HTTP.

Here are the links:

Exchange ActiveSync Licensing Agreement With Sony Ericsson

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Sony Ericsson has licensed the Exchange ActiveSync protocol to enable more secure, wireless direct synchronization between Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Sony Ericsson’s P990 and M600 phones. This solution will help provide mobile workers with anywhere access to their complete Exchange Server 2003 information, including e-mail, calendar and contacts. For organizations that have deployed Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, additional mobile enhancements such as Direct Push are also supported, providing instant access to newly received e-mail messages. Both of the new phones will be available in the second quarter of 2006.

Read the full Press-Release.