Devices with MSFP

By now, you should all already know that Exchange Server 2003 SP2 DirectPush is only available to devices with Windows Mobile 5.0 and with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP), right?

OK, the problem is that MSFP can’t just be downloaded and installed as a regular update, you must obtain it through your OEM vendor.

Jason Langridge compiled recently a list with the most recent devices with MSFP:

SPV M5000
SPV C600
SPV M600

O2 XDA Mini S

Sprint PPC 6700

i-mate (updates via
SP5 e SP5m

QTEK (updates via

Symbol MC70

Gigabye – G-Smart


Oops! I almost missed my 1st anniversary

It was 1 year and 1 day ago that I published my first post in this blog. My adventure in blogging had started some months before, with my other blog in Portuguese (subject: exchange). Since I wanted to reach a broader audience I decided to also blog in English, so for some time I used MSN Spaces to post my experiences with Exchange. After being nominated an MVP I thought it was time to move to, so here I am.

I really hope you like the kind of stuff I keep posting here, but suggestions are welcome. I think my greatest success is “Weekend reading”, which became a classic.

Thank you all for reading my blog and thank you Susan for having the time to manage the site.

Messaging webcasts for May

Eileen Brown posted the most recent list of webcats for May:

TechNet Webcast: Recipient Management and Permissions in Exchange “12” (Level 300)
Tuesday, May 02, 2006 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Brad Clark, Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation
Learn how to create and manage most types of recipients using the management console and management shell in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12,” without Recipient Update Service (RUS) running in the background. See how a lower-level administrator can easily become a Recipient Manager without changing the access control list (ACL). This webcast also provides an overview of the Exchange “12” permissions model along with a primer on provisioning address lists.

TechNet Webcast: Policy Enforcement and Regulatory Compliance with Exchange “12” (Level 300)
Thursday, May 04, 2006 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Shawn M Thomas, Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation
Many companies struggle to meet the changing interpretations of “compliance,” while others have created new business opportunities by implementing tighter controls and increasing the transparency of their business processes. This webcast explains how the new features in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12”, can help your company to enforce policies and comply with regulations. We also describe how the Exchange Server partner community can play an important, ongoing role in the dialog on compliance.

TechNet Webcast: Exchange “12” Management Shell and Scripting (Level 300)
Tuesday, May 09, 2006 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Pacific Time
Vivek Sharma, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
This webcast focuses on the command-line and scripting interface (based on Microsoft Windows “Monad”) in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12.” See how to convert your multiple-page Microsoft Visual Basic and component object model (COM) scripts to a single line in Exchange “12.” We cover the basics of the management shell along with the underlying design and key concepts. Learn tips and tricks for building larger scripts that you can use to automate small, medium, and enterprise business scenarios. The session includes demonstrations of several single-line scripts that you can use immediately, with little or no tweaking.

TechNet Webcast: Secure Collaboration with Antigen (Level 200)
Friday, May 12, 2006 – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Matt Hester, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
Find out how you can help protect your messaging and collaboration servers from viruses, worms, spam, and inappropriate content with Antigen. This webcast explains what Antigen is and describes how it is tightly integrated with Microsoft Exchange Server, SharePoint Products and Technologies, and Live Communications Server to help ensure strong protection and centralized control without taxing server or network infrastructure performance. Learn how the content and file filtering technologies in Antigen can help ensure that your organization complies with corporate content policies, while eliminating inappropriate language and dangerous attachments from internal and external communications.

TechNet Webcast: Protecting Your Exchange “12” Network from Viruses and Spam (Level 300)
Monday, May 15, 2006 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Mihai Costea, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Join this webcast to learn about the agent-based messaging hygiene features in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12”. Out of the box, Exchange “12” provides you with a competitive antispam solution that is composed of multiple filters with frequent updates and a built-in IP reputation system. Of interest to independent software vendors (ISVs) is antivirus technology such as store scanning and mechanisms for reliable and efficient transport scanning.

TechNet Webcast: Scripting Secrets of Exchange Server 2003 (Level 300)
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Paul Robichaux, , 3Sharp
You have probably heard about the Windows “Monad” Shell, the next-generation command-line and scripting environment coming in the next version of Microsoft Exchange Server, code-named Exchange “12.” But were you aware that Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 already includes a robust set of scripting capabilities? You can script many common, tedious operations in Exchange Server 2003, and you can easily write scripts to inspect or change many key configuration settings of your Exchange organization and servers. Join this webcast to learn how to create and manipulate Exchange objects, how to unlock the full power of unattended setup in Exchange, and how to optimize your backup processes using scripts.

TechNet Webcast: Introduction to the Exchange Server Best Practice Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) (Level 300)
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
The Microsoft Exchange Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (ExBPA) is an automated health check and troubleshooting tool. It collects configuration settings and performs network and protocol tests in an Exchange topology, and then sends the results to an XML output file. This webcast describes the benefits of this tool, and covers topics related to its implementation such as scheduling and baseline support. We also discuss how to use the tool with Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005.

Microsoft Office System Webcast: Tips and Tricks for More Secure Communication with Outlook 2003 (Level 100)
Thursday, May 04, 2006 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Andy Reed, Senior Training Specialist, Pacific Technical Consulting (PTC)
Learn the fundamentals of security, auditing, privacy, and protection in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003. Find out how to choose secure passwords, create profiles, limit exposure to viruses and junk e-mail, create more secure attachments, and incorporate encryption and digital signatures into your e-mail. This webcast on connected productivity shows how you can reduce vulnerabilities and enhance reliable communication inside and outside your organization by implementing Outlook 2003 with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. This webcast illustrates these techniques through demonstrations that represent typical interactions between team members.

TechNet Webcast: Mobility Features in Exchange Server 2003 SP2 (Level 300)
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior TS, Microsoft Corporation
Is your organization’s mobile access solution secure, flexible, and affordable? This webcast demonstrates the advanced security features in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and discusses how the product provides affordable access to e-mail and personal information across a range of mobile devices. Join us as we explore the new mobility enhancements in Exchange Server 2003 SP2, including the new Always-up-to-date Notification feature. We also cover configuring personal identification number (PIN) lock settings, remotely wiping a device, configuring soft certificates to access Exchange Server 2003, and more.

TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Does Mobile Messaging (Level 300)
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
David Wilson, Microsoft IT Service Manager, Microsoft Corporation
This webcast describes how Microsoft IT used Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 and Windows Mobile 5.0 with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack to enhance its mobile messaging infrastructure. By implementing these new technologies, Microsoft IT was able to manage mobile devices more easily, better secure mobile devices, and enable end users to take advantage of a richer mobile messaging experience.

Microsoft promotes email authentication technology

During the Email Authentication Summit in Chicago, Microsoft announced that is working with other technology industry leaders to help promote the use of email authentication technology in order to stop the dissemination of spam and other kinds of unwanted messages.

For Microsoft this is of course one more opportunity to promote its own technology, Sender ID.

The Press Release Microsoft Furthers E-Mail Protection Efforts has also some interesting indicators about the growth in Sender ID adoption and the success of using this technology in Hotmail/Windows Live Mail. 

New Exchange documents (?)

There are some new documents about Exchange available to download at the Microsoft site. The names sound familiar, so I’m not quite certain they are new, but the version says 1.0 and they all have yesterday’s date (Apr-11). Here are the links:

MVP another year

It’s my first renewal, I’ve just received the confirmation e-mail saying that I was nominated as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for another year. Overall, my personal evaluation of the program is quite positive. Here are some notes:

  • In my home country, Portugal, there are still lots of people who don’t know the MVP program;

  • Internationally the brand is recognized and a it’s synonym for technical competency;

  • The Global Summit is excellent. It’s a pity that it only happens every 18 months;

  • I think that the privileged information we MVP’s have access could be better;

  • The possibility to met Microsoft employees is a great benefit;

  • And last, but not the least, a word for all the people I got to know from all around the world. Guys, you are terrific (you know who you are)!