Directory Update

Recently I was asked if I knew a method that would allow some users of my Organization to modify the information displayed in the Global Address List (GAL).


I immediately thought on the GAL Modify tool (GALMOD), a nice piece of software from Microsoft, available on the Exchange Resource Kit. There’s a KB article with detailed instructions on how to use GALMOD.


But GALMOD has some limitations, for instance it has to be installed on every desktop from which you want to allow GAL editing.


To overcome some of these limitations, fellow MVP Jim McBee (or should I say, his company) developed a web replacement of GALMOD: Directory Update.


The Directory Update service is a .NET web application written in C# that provides an authenticated user the ability to update some of their Active Directory attributes. Features of Directory Update include:


  • Improved directory accuracy: City, State, Department, Company, Office, and Country attributes must be selected from a customizable validated drop-down list
  • Drop-down lists can be converted to text fields and vice versa – New!
  • Fields or entire sections can be hidden from the user interface – New!
  • Administrator can restrict which attributes can be updated
  • Customizable help string and help page
  • Customizable page and window titles
  • Customizable attribute labels

Exchange Server Database Utility Guide

If you are an Exchange Admin and you’ve never used ESEUTIL, that probably means one of two things:


  • You are really good at your job, follow all the best practices and recommendations, keep your backups up to date, always test before installing a new patch, and so on, and so on, and that pays off by never having a single problem in your Exchange DBs.
  • You are a lucky son of a gun!

In my case, although I like to consider myself good in what I do, unfortunately I had to use ESEUTIL for a couple of times.


When a database is corrupt or damaged, data can be restored from backup or repaired using Eseutil. Eseutil is a command line utility that works with Extensible Storage Engine (ESE), database (.edb) files, streaming (.stm) files, and log (.log) files associated with an Information Store, in a given Storage Group.

If you want to know more about this tool, read the Microsoft Exchange Server Database Utility Guide.

Fighting Spam in an Exchange Server Environment

Approaches to Fighting Spam in an Exchange Server Environment is a technical guide designed to provide the midsize business IT Pro/Generalist with approaches to fighting spam in an Exchange Server environment.


Overview:


The Approaches to Fighting Spam in an Exchange Server Environment technical guide consists of four main sections (Introduction, Definition, Challenges, and Solutions) that discuss options and solutions to provide practical approaches to fighting spam (junk e-mail) within the Exchange Server environment. This guide includes the introduction of a framework (Exchange Server 2003 Antispam Framework) which combines different methods for fighting spam within either a single or multiple Exchange Server environments and is comprised of connection-level, protocol-level, and content-level filtering. Approaches within this framework allow both administrators and end users to precisely filter and categorize spam and decide on their end whether it is spam or legitimate business e-mail. This technical guide describes these approaches in detail, demonstrates how each approach within the framework functions, and how each of these approaches works collectively. Presented in the guide are assessment and development plans and a step-by-step guide in the deployment and management section.

Update for Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (August 2006)

Microsoft has just released the August 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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Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant v1.0


The Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant v1.0 was released earlier this week.


The Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant can help to determine the cause of performance, mail flow and database mounting issues on computers running Microsoft Exchange Server. The tool automates specialized troubleshooting steps for identified symptoms.


The Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant programmatically executes a set of troubleshooting steps to identify the root cause of performance, mail flow, and database mounting issues. The tool automatically determines what set of data is required to troubleshoot the identified symptoms and collects configuration data, performance counters, event logs and live tracing information from an Exchange server and other appropriate sources. The tool analyzes each subsystem to determine individual bottlenecks and component failures, then aggregates the information to provide root cause analysis.

Exchange 2007 labcasts

Harold Wong will be the instructor for some Exchange 2007 labcasts. What is a labcast? Well, it’s a combination of a webcast and a virtual lab.


The TechNet Webcast and Virtual Labs teams are joining forces and offering three special featured Exchange Server 2007 Guided “Hands-On” Live Meeting webcasts!  Be one of the first to join this Live Meeting as we walk through the benefits of using Exchange Server 2007.  As the presenter guides you through different tasks step-by-step, we’re providing you a Virtual Lab to follow right along.  The hands-on aspect will help you gain a valuable experience-based knowledge.


More information at the TechNet Webcast Blog.