MOM 2005 SLA Scorecard for Exchange

The Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 SLA Scorecard for Exchange provides an automated mechanism for setting, reporting, and trending performance against service level agreements (SLAs) on Exchange.


The Microsoft® Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 SLA Scorecard for Exchange provides you with an executive dashboard to measure and trend service availability and workloads across multiple server roles in an Exchange Server messaging environment. This solution also enables you to define desired service levels and identify the cause of service outages.


With the SLA Scorecard, you can configure service level agreement (SLA) targets by server role. It uses aggregated MOM 2005 data to compare actual availability to SLA targets that you have defined. You can view the data as trends by week, month, and year. You can also export service outage details to Microsoft Office Excel® for detailed analysis.

In addition to reports, several performance and activity measures provide you with detail about messaging infrastructure activity and use. Correlating this data with availability data helps you determine the causes behind SLA targets that aren’t achieved. With this information in hand, you can fine-tune your infrastructure components to more effectively achieve the SLA target. Similar to the availability metrics, each measure can be reported as a trend by week, month, or year.


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Exchange 2007 online help

While Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 is not publicly available, you can check the full content of its help file which is now available online.


You can also use Exchange 2007 online help as a valuable learning tool, even if you don’t have access to the beta binaries of the product.


Scott Schnoll’s team appreciates any feedback you input, by using the forms available at the bottom of each page.


[UPDATE]

A downloadable compiled HTML Help (CHM) file containing the product documentation for Exchange 2007 Beta 2 is now available at this link.

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Exchange Server 2007 SDK Beta 2

Now that Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2 it’s on the way, it’s time to provide the necessary tools for all of those who develop applications for the newest Microsoft collaboration platform. Meet the brand new Exchange Server 2007 SDK Beta 2.


The Exchange Server 2007 SDK Beta 2 Documentation and Samples assist developers building applications for Exchange Server 2007. This preliminary release of the SDK provides new and updated information and sample code to help you develop collaborative enterprise applications with Exchange. The README file contains installation instructions and late-breaking information about the Exchange Server 2007 SDK Beta 2 Documentation and Samples.

U, for Unified


It’s the “Unified Communications” week for Microsoft. The software giant published a lot of press releases and related stories during this week. This is almost material for a full “Weekend reading” [:)]:



And for those of you who know Gartner Magic Quadrants, here’s the proof that Microsoft is indeed a leader:


Monty Python’s SPAM

From Wikipedia:


Spamming is the abuse of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited, bulk messages. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is also applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, and mobile phone messaging spam.


The term spam is derived from the Monty Python SPAM sketch, set in a cafe where every item on the menu includes SPAM luncheon meat. As the server recites the SPAM-filled menu, a chorus of Viking patrons drowns out all conversations with a song repeating “SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM… lovely SPAM, wonderful SPAM,” hence “SPAMming” the dialogue. The excessive amount of SPAM mentioned in the sketch is a reference to British rationing during World War II. SPAM was one of the few foods that was not restricted and was therefore widely available.


If you want to see the video for this Monty Python’s sketch, here are 2 links:



For the full text of the sketch, go to this link: The Infamous Monty Python Spam Skit!


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Tech.Ed Content

Now that we Europeans lost the Tech.Ed Conference, that has been replaced by IT Forun on steroids, we can still watch some of the contents from Tech.Ed USA 2006 online. Additionally Scott Schnoll posted two of his presentations:

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New documents: PowerShell & Outlook Voice Access

Microsoft published recently new documents about PowerShell (ex-Monad) and Outlook Voice Access:
  • Introduction to the Exchange Management Shell: Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 introduces a new management platform called the Exchange Management Shell, based on Microsoft Windows® PowerShell, formerly codenamed “Monad”. This document outlines the key benefits that the Exchange Management Shell provides to Exchange administrators and developers, and explains how cmdlets are structured, and how data is managed.
  • Quick Reference for Exchange Management Shell: Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 introduces a new management platform called the Exchange Management Shell, based on Microsoft Windows® PowerShell, formerly codenamed “Monad”. This topic provides a list of many frequently used cmdlets, important conventions, and useful tips. The information is presented by feature area, such as recipient, transport, and database administration.
  • Quick Reference for Outlook Voice Access: Outlook Voice Access lets UM-enabled users to access their Exchange 2007 mailbox using analog, digital, or cellular telephones. By using the menu system found in Outlook Voice Access, UM-enabled users can read e-mail, listen to voice messages, and interact with their Outlook calendar. This quick reference sheet shows the navigational tree and the options that are available to UM-enabled users when they are using Outlook Voice Access.

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Update for Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (June 2006)

Microsoft has just released the June 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:



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Exchange tools updated

Two Exchange Server tools were recently updated:


  • Microsoft Exchange Server Public Folder DAV-based Administration Tool (v06.05.7830): Use the Exchange Server Public Folder Distributed Authoring and Versioning (DAV)-based Administration tool (PFDAVAdmin) to perform various management tasks related to public folders and mailboxes. The tool checks the permissions status of each public and mailbox folder and corrects any problems found. The ability to bulk export/import the permissions and replica lists make this tool invaluable in achieving greater productivity in managing public folders. The program can also reports content information of each public folder and mailbox folder such as the number of items in each folder, size of folder and most recent modification date of any item in the folder.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes (v06.05.7830): The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes supports messaging and calendaring interoperability between Lotus Domino R5/R6 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. This tool replaces the Connector that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and includes several updates to support better message fidelity when routing email between Exchange and Domino, support of iNotes and Domino Web Access clients, enhanced Unicode support and reliability.

[UPDATE]
Meanwhile Microsoft updated a couple more tools. You can check the list here.