Exchange Server 2007 Management Tools (32-Bit)

Microsoft released recently Exchange Server 2007 Management Tools (32-Bit).


Brief Description
Exchange Server 2007 is a native 64-bit application that includes 64-bit management tools. You can use the management tools to administer your Exchange Server environment remotely. If the remote computer is running a 32-bit operating system, you will need to download the 32-bit management tools.


Overview
The Exchange management tools include the Exchange Management Console, the Exchange Management Shell, the Exchange Help file, the Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer Tool, and the Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant Tool.


System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1; Windows XP

Exchange webcasts for February

Directly from Eileen Brown’s blog:


TechNet Webcast: Labcast Series (Part 1 of 8): Installing Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Friday, February 02, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032322628&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 05 of 24): Transitioning and Migrating to Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Monday, February 05, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032322095&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 06 of 24): Configuring Exchange Server Introduction (Level 200)
Wednesday, February 07, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032322488&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 07 of 24): Configuring Exchange Server Conclusion (Level 200)
Friday, February 09, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032322490&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Guided Labcast Series (Part 2 of 8): Analysis Tools in Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Monday, February 12, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032323267&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 08 of 24): Introduction to Windows PowerShell (Level 200)
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032322492&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 09 of 24): Using PowerShell for Exchange Management (Level 200)
Friday, February 16, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032322846&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Guided Labcast Series (Part 3 of 8): Compliance and Retention (Level 200)
Monday, February 19, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032322848&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: The Windows PowerShell Scripting Crash Course (Level 200)
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Don Jones, Scripting Guru, Author, SAPIEN Technology
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032321617&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 10 of 24): Recipient Management, Policies, and Permissions (Level 200)
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032323274&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Protecting Your Exchange Server with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) (Level 300)
Thursday, February 22, 2007 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Jason Buffington, Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032322917&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Exchange Server 2007 (Part 11 of 24): Messaging Policies and Compliance (Level 200)
Friday, February 23, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032323313&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Guided Labcast Series (Part 4 of 8): Using Management Console and Shell (Level 200)
Monday, February 26, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032323389&Culture=en-US

Momentum Webcast: Discover the Next Generation of Communications with Exchange Server 2007 (Level 100)
Thursday, February 01, 2007 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Tim Armstrong, Solutions Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032320630&Culture=en-US

Microsoft Webcast: Deploying Exchange Server 2007 (Level 100)
Thursday, February 08, 2007 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Karl Sand, Senior Solutions Architect, AdvaiyaAaron Duggal, Principal Consultant, Advaiya
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032319736&Culture=en-US

Outlook Home Page

If you haven’t noticed yet, this blog is entirely dedicated to Exchange Server. But the world of Exchange Server is enlarging, there is so much to say about this subject such as unified communications, anti-spam techniques, 3rd-party tools, open-source and commercial alternative messaging products and so on.


One part I tend to forget is the client side, which is most of the times Microsoft Outlook. Microsoft Outlook is a great product, the new version is much more than a simple email reader.


There are lots of sites on the Internet dedicated to Outlook, my fellow Portuguese MVP Ricardo Silva maintains a great site about this nice piece of software: RSOUTLOOK.


But the main reason why I wrote this post it’s because there are lots of useful information at the Microsoft Outlook Home Page. You can find there technical information about the product, support, evaluation versions and some additional stuff. Just go there!

Exchange technical resources by HP

HP has been a major Microsoft partner since I remember, probably even more a close partner since the Compaq acquisition. As a curiosity I can tell you that my first Exchange installation ever, version 5.0, was made on a Compaq ProLiant 1600.


HP and Microsoft have worked together to produce some quality Exchange Server documentation. All these technical resources are available through this link.


In the past I have blogged about one of their coolest tools, HP Storage Planning Calculator for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.


I also had the opportunity to put my hands on one of their storage servers and I wrote 2 articles about the subject:



All with the valuable help of HP’s Exchange technical documentation.

Exchange 2007 Visio Stencil

You’ll be glad to know that if you want to draw some Exchange Server 2007 infrastructure, Microsoft released an Office Visio Stencil Containing Shapes for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.



Overview
This stencil and template provided enable you to create Visio drawings that contain Exchange Server 2007 objects. These shapes include icons for Exchange 2007 server roles, networking, telephony and Unified Messaging objects, Active Directory and directory service objects, client computers and devices, and other Exchange organization elements.


System Requirements
• Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows 2000 Server; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP
• Microsoft Office Visio 2003 or later.


Instructions
To use this stencil, place these 2 files (MicrosoftExchangeServer2007_Icons.vst and MicrosoftExchangeServer2007_Icons.vss) in your local C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\My Documents\My Shapes folder. In Visio, click File, click Open, and then go to your My Shapes folder. Open the MicrosoftExchangeServer2007_Icons.vst file. The shapes will appear in the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 stencil in the Shapes pane.

PowerShell Space Invaders

This one I got from Paul Flaherty’s blog (aka Flaphead). Someone had the bright idea of writing Space Invaders using PowerShell. According to the author:


In a previous post I said that I always like to try to write space invaders in every language that I learn. Well, PowerShell in the standard Windows console window looked like a great candidate so I set about the task in my spare time. My colleagues Richy King, Nik Crabtree and Brian Long joined in the efforts and between us, after 37 revisions, we came up with something that was:


a) Silly
b) Inappropriate use of PowerShell
c) Quite a bit of fun.


I haven’t played it yet, but the look is just great.


Microsoft Outlook SMS Add-in (MOSA)

Microsoft released a cool add-in for Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007: Microsoft Outlook SMS Add-in (MOSA). This add-in will enable you to send SMS text messages using Outlook, as long as you have a mobile phone or a GSM modem connected to your PC.


Overview
This download will enable you to send SMS text messages through most GSM mobile phones connected to your PC using Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003. You can enter your SMS text within a Outlook-type entry form and have it sent to your mobile phone for delivery through your mobile phone network service. There is no requirement to install third-party software or to subscribe to additional mobile network services if your mobile phone can be connected to your PC. This is typically via an infrared connection, Bluetooth technology, or a USB/serial cable. The SMS messages can be saved as a draft, grouped, and forwarded like standard Microsoft Outlook e-mail.


The installation process is quite simple, it requires only a restart of Outlook. At the end you’ll be presented with one additional toolbar, as seen in the next picture:


 


By clicking “New SMS Message”, a new window will be opened in order for you insert the SMS text.


 

Update for Publishing Exchange 2007 for ISA 2006

This update was released yesterday: Update for Publishing Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 for Microsoft® Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006.


Overview
This ISA Server 2006 update adds support for publishing Exchange Server 2007 with ISA Server 2006.


Notes
• The Attachment Blocking option is no longer available when publishing Outlook Web Access for Exchange 2007. If you are using Exchange Server 2007, we recommend you configure attachment blocking on the Exchange 2007 server. For more information about configuring attachment blocking on Exchange Server 2007, see Exchange Server 2007 product Help.


• This hot fix also updates the ISA Server Management MMC snap-in.


System Requirements
• Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003
• Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 Standard Edition
• Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 Enterprise Edition
• Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Update for Exchange 2003 (KB 922817)

Microsoft released yesterday an update for Exchange 2003 (KB 922817).


Brief Description


This update resolves issues which may occur if a server running Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 is used to generate an Offline Address List (also known as Offline Address Book) after Exchange Server 2007 has been deployed.


Overview


This update is required if the Offline Address Book (OAB) generation is moved from an Exchange 2007 server to an Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) server. It resolves issues which are caused due to changes in the OAB version 4 in Exchange 2007.

This update is also recommended if the OAB is generated on an Exchange Server 2003 SP2 server after Exchange 2007 is deployed in the Exchange organization.


System Requirements


  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Service Pack 4; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
  • Exchange 2003 SP2 must be installed prior to installing this update.

Knowledge Base article


Error message when you try to change the offline address list server from Exchange Server 2007 to Exchange Server 2003: “The target server cannot support OAB”

Update for Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter (January 2007)

Microsoft has just released the January 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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