Exchange 2003 on Windows x64? No way Jose!

Recently, I was at a customer implementing a full IT infrastructure – AD, Exchange, SQL, etc. – and we had a bunch of servers already installed. Most of these servers were new and they supported Windows x64, so what the heck, why not have state-of-the-art OS?

The problems arose when we started installing the Exchange Server machine. Forestprep and Domainprep went really smooth, no problem what so ever. But when I kicked the Exchange Setup, it kept warning me that ASP.NET was not installed. So after some Googling, I found out that this configuration is not supported (damn, I should have known that!).

You can run Exchange 2003 on x64 hardware as long as you install the 32 bit version of Windows. That’s what I did.

Here are some related links:

P.S. BTW, the Jose on the title, it’s me: Rui Jose Silva 😉

Managing Exchange Messaging Services by Using Metrics

Great, great document from the Microsoft IT team: Managing Exchange Messaging Services by Using Metrics.

This white paper covers:

  • The business value of monitoring and managing Exchange messaging services as an end-to-end business service.

  • The team roles that Microsoft IT uses in monitoring and managing its Exchange messaging services.

  • The meaning of Exchange messaging service management.

  • The components of Exchange messaging service management.

  • The metrics that Microsoft IT uses for monitoring and managing its Exchange messaging services.

  • The processes that Microsoft IT uses for managing its Exchange messaging services.

  • The products and technologies that Microsoft IT uses to monitor and manage Exchange messaging services (including the Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 SLA Scorecard for Exchange).

  • The best practices that Microsoft IT uses in managing its Exchange messaging services.

And here’s a brief summary of the best practices Microsoft IT follows:

  • Use MOM 2005 to monitor Exchange Server 2003

  • Apply MOF best practices.

  • Collect metrics by using an automated method.

  • Clearly identify the business requirements for the service and map them to appropriate service levels.

  • Use the service virtual team approach for service delivery.

  • Adopt knowledge management processes that deliver consistent Exchange messaging services at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

  • Complete all the details of the service map to understand the dependencies and facilitate SLA and OLA discussions.

  • Conduct service review meetings weekly and monthly.

Sender ID overview

Microsoft published version 2.0 of its Sender ID overview brochure. Here are the companies that already adopted this technology:

And here are some more interesting links:

  1. Sender ID: “Implementation Tips for the Sender ID Framework—Creating Your SPF Record”

  2. Sender ID: “Sender ID Framework Deployment Overview”

  3. “Sender ID: Authenticating E-Mail” Specification (Draft)

  4. Sender ID: “Sender ID Framework Executive Overview”

  5. Sender ID: “Sender Policy Framework: Authorizing Use of Domains in Mail From”

TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows

Whether you are an Exchange Admin, a curious or just a newbie, everyone should know some TCP/IP basics.

Microsoft published yesterday TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows. Definitely a must read!

“This online book is a structured, introductory approach to the basic concepts and principles of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol suite, how the most important protocols function, and their basic configuration in the Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003 and Windows® XP operating systems. This book is primarily a discussion of concepts and principles to lay a conceptual foundation for the TCP/IP protocol suite and provides an integrated discussion of both Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).”

Standalone Device Emulator 1.0

Finally! Microsoft has just released a standalone version of the device emulator (smartphone and pocketpc). Before this, if you wanted to play around with mobile devices without actually buying them, you had to install Visual Studio and a bunch of other stuff, although there was a more “light” workaround (Standalone Emulator). Well, but now we have the official standalone version and it comes with the latest Windows Mobile 5.0 with Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP), which means we have access to Exchange 2003 SP2 functionalities: DirectPush and Remote Wipe.

The emulator is available at this link and here are some pictures of how it looks like.


Note: By the time I posted this, the download page had a little error on the title 😉


Messaging Webcasts for June


Tuesday, June 06, 2006 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time

Ryan McGee, Senior Product Manager, Security Product Market, Microsoft Corporation

This webcast outlines the Microsoft approach to securing a messaging infrastructure. Learn about the comprehensive, multi-layered Microsoft messaging solution comprised of on-premise software and hosted services that complement Microsoft Exchange Server. These products and technologies help prevent server outages, improve employee productivity, and enable secure remote access to Exchange Server. The customer’s ability to choose how they want to deploy and manage their messaging infrastructure is given particular focus in this session.TechNet


Wednesday, June 07, 2006 – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Scott Jamison, Information Worker Architect, Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Office Outlook provide key integration points such as contacts and calendars. However, many users want additional integration. This webcast explains how to better integrate SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Outlook, and Microsoft Exchange Server using custom Web parts, Single Sign-On (SSO), search in SharePoint Portal Server, and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005.

Thursday, June 08, 2006 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 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 Server 2007. Out of the box, Exchange Server 2007 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.

Monday, June 12, 2006 – 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Pacific Time

Terry Myerson, General Manager of Exchange, Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the next major version of Exchange Server, represents a leap forward. Information workers can now access larger mailboxes, and e-mail administrators have a more manageable and secure e-mail infrastructure than in the past. In this webcast, we provide an overview of the Exchange Server product direction and look at some of the new features that are included in the product.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 – 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time

Alexander MacLeod, Software Development Engineer Test Lead, Microsoft Corporation, Charlie Chung, Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Built on a standard Microsoft installer so that you can take advantage of patching services such as the Software Update Service. New server roles so that you can flexibly deploy the topologies you require. The power to automate installation. These are just some of the new advancements in the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 setup experience. This is a must-see webcast if you are looking for an overview and walk-through of how to deploy Exchange Server 2007.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 – 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM Pacific Time

David Howell, Group Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Unified Messaging is being integrated into Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Attend this webcast to learn about the features and benefits of Exchange Unified Messaging. Exchange Unified Messaging supports speech recognition, so this demonstration is one you aren’t going to want to miss! See how Exchange can take voice mail and fax messages and how you can call in over any phone to access your voice mail, e-mail, calendar, or contacts. Exchange Unified Messaging also supports a speech-enabled corporate directory service (an automated attendant) right out of the box, so that you can customize a highly professional telephone presence for your company.

Thursday, June 29, 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.

Thursday, June 01, 2006 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time

Tim Armstrong, Technology presenter, Microsoft Corporation

Maintaining the security and availability of e-mail is a daily responsibility for IT professionals. Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 was developed with this challenge in mind. Exchange Server 2003 builds on the strengths of the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory directory service to provide your organization with a secure and powerful e-mail infrastructure. Attend this webcast to learn how Exchange and Active Directory work together to increase the security and availability of your e-mail system, while opening new ways for users to access their information.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Peter Eicher, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Attend this webcast to learn about the latest versions of Microsoft Antigen for Exchange, Antigen for SMTP Gateways, and Antigen Spam Manager. Discover how these products can help protect your business from viruses, worms, spam, and inappropriate content. Find out how Antigen manages multiple antivirus engines to help improve overall virus detection, integrates multiple anti-spam technologies for maximum protection against unsolicited e-mail, and prevents undesirable language or inappropriate content from entering or leaving your organization’s e-mail system. This session includes a live demonstration of Antigen for Exchange, in addition to a discussion of new features like integration of the new Microsoft antivirus engine, improved cluster support, and an enhanced signature update process.

Update for Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (May 2006)

Microsoft has just released the May 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 or you can use Microsoft Update. As usual the update comes with the corresponding Knowledge Base article:

Administration Guide for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003

Microsoft has just updated the document Administration Guide for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, which is now in version 4.0. There you can find some hundreds (!) of administration procedures thoroughly described. Definitely a must read!

This guide explains how features work in the Exchange Server architecture, and how to configure and manage these features for optimal results. This content ranges from configuring global settings at an organizational level, to managing individual servers, to managing Exchange clusters. After reading this guide, you will have a solid understanding of what it takes to configure and manage your Exchange Server 2003 organization.

Security update for Exchange 2000 & 2003

Microsoft released a security update for Exchange, included in the monthly security bulletin. This vulnerability, MS06-019, can allow remote code execution and it’s described in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 916803. To get the update, follow one of these links: