Messaging webcasts for August

From Eileen’s blog:


Microsoft Webcast: Optimize Your Exchange Server Availability Through Service Level Management (SLM) for Messaging (Level 200)
Wednesday, August 02, 2006 – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Tom Bondi, Engagement Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Maintaining high availability for Microsoft Exchange Server-based messaging systems is vital to business survival and growth. Any e-mail downtime, even short periods of outages, can bring work to a stop, leading to lost opportunities and increased IT support costs. Service Level Management (SLM) for Messaging is a solution from Microsoft Services that can help prevent this scenario from happening. In this webcast, we explain how SLM can help you achieve significant, measurable, and sustained improvements in your organization’s messaging environment and deliver the productivity, efficiency, and return on investment required by your business.


TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Monitors and Manages the Exchange Messaging Infrastructure as a Service (Level 300)
Tuesday, August 15, 2006 – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Grant Hogan, Microsoft IT Service Manager, Microsoft Corporation
In this webcast, learn how Microsoft IT improved its messaging service using targeted metrics and great processes. Hear about the service level agreements (SLAs) and reports the company uses to focus on operational and service improvements. We describe IT service reviews and explain why they are an important component of a successful service. We also show examples of experience-based scorecards and the metrics that go beyond server uptime to enhance the messaging experience for end users.


Microsoft Office System Webcast: A “First Look” at Five New E-mail and Collaboration Features in the 2007 Microsoft Office System (Level 100)
Thursday, August 24, 2006 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Evan Archilla, Senior Training Specialist, Projectline Services
The 2007 Microsoft Office system helps users better manage their time and information, connect across system boundaries, and take advantage of a broad set of new capabilities for sharing information more effectively. Join us for this informative webcast to learn five important ways the 2007 Microsoft Office system helps users increase productivity and improve collaboration.


Momentum Webcast: Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Exchange Server 2003 (Level 100)
Tuesday, August 01, 2006 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
msam, Technology Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
If your organization is currently running Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 or Exchange Server 2000, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 can offer significant cost savings by operating on fewer servers. With new resources and tools, the upgrade and migration to Exchange Server 2003 is smooth, fast, and cost-effective. Organizations with more advanced communication and collaboration requirements can couple Exchange Server 2003 with other products like Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 for instant messaging and presence awareness, Microsoft Office Live Meeting for Web conferencing, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 for data and document management. Attend this webcast to discover how Exchange Server 2003 enables your mid-sized business to gain access to critical communications whenever and wherever you need it, while delivering greater security, availability, and reliability.


Momentum Webcast: Improving Productivity with the 2007 Office System, Exchange Server 2007, and Windows Vista (Level 100)
Tuesday, August 22, 2006 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
Tune in to this webcast to discover how the 2007 Office system, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and Windows Vista provide the essential technologies and features to deliver significant productivity improvements to businesses of any size. New product suites, servers, and services in the 2007 Office system offer enhanced functionality and new solutions to increase business productivity. Learn how the updated packaging options give you more flexibility to adopt the specific technologies and solutions that best meet your needs. We also explain how new features in Windows Vista can help you achieve cost and operational efficiencies in desktop image deployment, management, and security.

Windows Live Mail Desktop


Windows Live Mail Desktop is now available publicly. No beta invitation emails are necessary. Simply go through the process below and you should be up and running in minutes:


  1. Go to http://ideas.live.com
  2. Find the tile for “Windows Live Mail Desktop beta”
  3. Click on “sign up”
  4. Click on “download”
  5. Walk through the beta agreement and accept.
  6. Download and you’re done!
  7. Be sure to sign into Mail Desktop with the Passport email address you used in step 3 and 4.

Here are a few more features of this application:


  • Speedy access to multiple e-mail accounts in one place (even AOL and Gmail)
  • The power of desktop software with the flexibility of Web-based e-mail
  • A way to get your newsgroups and RSS feeds as easily as you get e-mail
  • The ability to compose, delete, and organize e-mail even when you’re offline
  • A massive 2GB* of online inbox storage
  • Address AutoComplete and other handy features to let you speed through your e-mail like never before
  • The power to instantly add an MSN Spaces blog entry about any message
  • Keep in touch with your MSN Messenger contacts right from inside the program
  • Easy creation and editing of photo e-mails

Sender ID Implementation Tips

Sender ID: “Implementation Tips for the Sender ID Framework—Creating Your SPF Record” v.3.0 is now available for download.


The print-ready brochure describes the benefits of authenticated e-mail and of Sender ID implementation to both senders and recipients. Follow this step-by-step guide to create your own SPF record, and learn valuable tips for implementing the Sender ID Framework.

B2 Day

Today is Beta 2 (B2) day! Version Beta 2 of Exchange 2007 and also the new Forefront Security are now available to download.
REDMOND, Wash. — July 24, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced availability of the public betas of Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 and the new Forefront Security for Exchange Server. Exchange Server 2007 builds on the leading e-mail, messaging and calendaring server with new features for improved security, remote and mobile access, compliance management, and unified messaging. Forefront Security for Exchange Server helps provide advanced protection against viruses, worms and spam, and is the first product available under the recently announced Microsoft Forefront brand for business security products.

Related links:


WSUS supports Exchange 2007


Some time ago, I read this on Bink , but only now I was able to see it by my own eyes. I installed a test WSUS server and confirmed that Exchange 2007 is on the list of products that can be updated.


Now that Beta 2 is coming, the most courageous early adopters can rest assured that their Exchange 2007 servers will get the most recent security patches.


Notice that the Forefront line of products also started to appear on the list.

Exchange Management Shell + Troubleshooting Exchange Performance

A while ago, I blogged about a new technical document about PowerShell: Introduction to the Exchange Management Shell. This document has been recently updated and is now on version 2.


Another document that has been updated is Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server Performance: This guide provides Exchange administrators with information on how to isolate performance degradations and make use of existing tools and procedures for that purpose.

Exchange 2007 script repository

While reading Jim Mcbee’s blog I found this interesting news: Microsoft has started a cool script/cmdlet repository for the Exchange Management Shell, with some cool scripts for managing Exchange Server 2007.


Here’s the link: Exchange Server 2007 – Sample scripts for managing Exchange Server 2007.


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Update for Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (July 2006)

Microsoft has just released the July 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:



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My OPML

Sometimes I get asked about the sources I read in order to compile every week the “Weekend reading” (probably the first person who asked me that was fellow MVP Arnaud Alcabez).


Obviously the answer can be only one: lots of RSS feeds (64, to be more precise). Most of them are Exchange Server related, but I read also some more generic ones, like Slashdot or Bink.


Well, if you are really curious about what I read practically every day, now you can download my OPML. Enjoy!