TechNet Magazine (or pre-weekend-reading)

The October issue of TechNet Magazine is about Communication & Collaboration. A subject like this could only mean, at least, a couple of articles about Exchange Server and messaging in general. So, although I strongly recommend that you read the full issue, I selected the articles that I find more interesting:

Windows PowerShell 1.0 RC2

Windows PowerShell (ex-Monad) is a new command-line shell and scripting language for the system administration and management of applications that run in Windows.

This new shell is scheduled to be released jointly with Exchange Server 2007.

PowerShell RC2 is now available for download, here are the links for the different operating systems:

Messaging webcasts for October

Here's the list of the available messaging webcasts for October (txs Eileen ;-))
Monday, October 02, 2006 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
Monday, October 09, 2006 – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Kevin Remde, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
TechNet Webcast: Agility Now (Part 06 of 10): Secure, Manageable Messaging (Level 200)Wednesday, October 11, 2006 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
Thursday, October 19, 2006 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Steve Tramack, Sr. Engineering Manager, HP Solution Alliances, Hewlett Packard
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Pacific Time
Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
Thursday, October 19, 2006 – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Scott Schnoll, TECHNICAL WRITING LEAD, Microsoft Corporation
Monday, October 30, 2006 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Pacific Time
Bryan Von Axelson, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Sandy Sharma, Vice President of Technology and Strategy, INS
Aaron Duggal, Principal Consultant, INS
Tuesday, October 03, 2006 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Kevin Kelly, INDUSTRY MANAGER INSURANCE, Microsoft Corporation
Thursday, October 26, 2006 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Joel Cherkis, DIRECTOR, COLLABORATIVE TECH, Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 – Learning Portal

I had this subject to blog about in my queue, but for one reason or another it was left behind. As part of the Microsoft Learning site, it's available for some time now, the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 – Learning Portal.

As you can deduce from its name, this site it's a good place to start if you're looking for technical content about the next release of Exchange Server. But, as the rest of the Microsoft Learning site, most of the content will be paid. The good news is that for a limited period (offer expires October 2006), Microsoft is offering two free e-learning courses: 

  • Clinic 3053: What's New in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administration
    This clinic introduces the new role based installation procedure for Exchange Server 2007 and describes the various server roles. It also provides guidance on how to administer Exchange Server 2007 by using Exchange System Manager and Exchange Management Shell, in addition to introducing key concepts that are related to Unified Messaging.
  • Clinic 3054: Overview of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Architecture
    This clinic describes the most significant changes that are in the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 architecture. These include the communication between the five server roles and changes to the message store. It also describes different deployment scenarios.

Topics wanted

As most of you may know, I'm a regular contributor for the site, where I publish most of my technical articles, while also maintaining a blog there. These are the links with the content I provided so far:

But the intent of this post is not to auto-advertise me, but to request your help to provide me some topics you would like me to write about.

Leave a comment or send me an email. Thanks!

Migrating from Microsoft Exchange2000/2003 to Lotus Notes and Domino 7

When it comes to migration scenarios from other technologies, there's no doubt that Microsoft produces excellent technical documentation. That's the case for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Coexistence and Migration for Lotus Domino Mail.

Maybe as a response to this guide, or maybe not, Big Blue has published a similar document. Meet the Migrating from Microsoft Exchange2000/2003 to Lotus Notes and Domino 7.

I guess that, at least, it's worth a close reading.

Table of Contents
Part 1. Why Migrate from Exchange to Notes and Domino
Chapter 1. Why migrate from Exchange 2000 / 2003 to Domino 7
Chapter 2. Overview of the Domino clients
Part 2. Planning for Migration
Chapter 3. Migration project overview
Chapter 4. Overview of the Migration Procedures
Part 3. Coexistence – Tools and Strategies
Chapter 5. Using the Microsoft Exchange Connector for coexistence (Exchange 2000)
Chapter 6. Using the Microsoft Exchange Connector for coexistence (Exchange 2003)
Chapter 7. Using Microsoft Exchange Calendar Connector
Chapter 8. Using the CMT for Exchange and Domino Coexistence
Chapter 9. Using SMTP routing for coexistence
Chapter 10. Co-existence test results – what to expect
Part 4. Migration Process – tools and procedures
Chapter 11. Server level migration Using Domino Upgrade Services
Chapter 12. Migrating local Outlook data using Notes Upgrade Services
Chapter 13. Server Level Migration process using CMT from Binary Tree
Chapter 14. Local Data Migration using the Binary Tree tools
Chapter 15. Migration Results
Part 5. Directory Considerations
Chapter 16. Directory Coexistence Using LDAP
Chapter 17. Active Directory Integration
Part 6. Public Folders and Shared Data
Chapter 18. Public folders for Domino administrators
Chapter 19. Public Folder migration & coexistence using ecKnowledge
Chapter 20. Public Folder migration using CMT migration tool
Chapter 21. Manual migration of Shared / Public data
Chapter 22. Migration of Shared Data
Chapter 23. Migration Project wrap up – Removing the Microsoft Exchange environment
Appendix A. Other migration tools
Appendix B. Migration Procedures – abbreviated overview
Appendix C. Integrating Domino with Sharepoint Portal
Appendix D. Tips for performing a successful migration
Appendix E. Exchange Connector installation checklist
Appendix F. Installing Domino

And my blog is mostly read in… UK!

It's been a while since I started using ClustrMaps in this blog. I think it's a valuable tool because I really appreciate knowing where my visitors come from.

For instance, I use ClustrMaps also for my Portuguese Blog and, with no surprise, Portugal is the country where I get more visits from. One curious thing I noticed recently is that most of the people who read my blog are from the UK. I wonder if Eileen Brown has something to do with this… [:)]

Update for Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter (September 2006)

Microsoft has just released the September 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:

Technorati : outlook, junk email, spam : outlook, junk email, spam

Availability Reporting Management Pack for MOM 2005

Microsoft published recently Availability Reporting Management Pack for MOM 2005. This management pack monitors availability and reliability for SQL, Exchange, IIS, AD and Windows and allows to determine whether the availability and reliability objectives are met.

The Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Availability Reporting Management Pack collects and analyzes data from the event logs of your servers, and generates reports that you can study to improve server availability and reliability. You can identify the causes for planned and unplanned downtime and take preemptive actions to decrease downtime in the future.

Availability Reporting uses a number of metrics to provides data that you can view and customize to suit the needs of your IT organization. Each type of report includes tables or graphs with information about the availability and reliability of servers in your environment. You can input parameters, such as specific periods of time, to filter the data presented in the reports.

Availability Reports provide detailed and specific availability and reliability information for several Microsoft applications. For applications not currently supported, Availability Reporting provides basic availability and reliability statistics at the operating system level. In such cases, Availability Reporting measures whether the operating system is running but does not measure whether applications are running.

Actually this management pack is a reedition, since its first version had lots of problems. But about this subject I strongly recommend reading a post that Clive Eastwood, Supportability Program Manager wrote a while ago: News on the forthcoming re-release of the Microsoft Availability Reporting Management Pack.

Forefront Security for Exchange Beta refresh

The new version of the former Sybari Antigen products will be called Forefront Security for Exchange.

To protect Exchange Server 2007 against the latest malware and spam, Forefront Security for Exchange Server provides on-premise, server-level antivirus and anti-spam protection.
The Forefront Security for Exchange Server beta now includes support for multi-node active/passive SCC Exchange clusters. It also includes support for 32-bit installations for evaluation with the Exchange 2007 32-bit beta. While not supported in production, the 32-bit environment provides full product functionality for evaluation purposes.

It's now available for download a new Beta refresh of Forefront Security for Exchange. In order to test it you'll also need Exchange Server Beta 2. Here are the links: