TechNet Magazine – October 2007

The October edition of TechNet Magazine is now available online. You can also download it as a standalone HTML Help file (.chm).

The main subject is about saving energy and thus, saving the Planet.

Trivia: Did you know that Portugal’s Prime Minister Jose Socrates, whose country holds the current European Union (EU) presidency, announced  at the UN Climate Change Debate that the EU unilaterally decided to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 and by 30 per cent if other industrialised partners follow suit.. Come on United Sates, join us in this battle!

And here’s the list of my favourite articles for this month issue:

Webcasts for October

Here are some cool Exchange & Unified Communications webcasts for October (list taken from Eileen Brown’s Blog):

TechNet Webcast: Message Security, Active Protection, and Compliance with Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Friday, October 05, 2007 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Chris Avis, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Windows PowerShell Scripting in Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Friday, October 19, 2007 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
John Weston, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 Client Access and Web Services (Level 200)
Friday, October 26, 2007 – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

Momentum Webcast: Early Preview of Exchange Server 2007 SP1 (Level 100)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Indika Boteju, Mid-Market Solutions Advisor, Microsoft Corporation

Unified Communications
Momentum Webcast: A Sneak Peek at Unified Communications with Software-Powered VoIP and Unified Messaging (Level 100)
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Bob Clancy, Mid-Market Solutions Advisor, Microsoft Corporation

Momentum Webcast: Amplify the Productivity of Your Business: Optimize Your Unified Infrastructure (Level 100)
Monday, October 29, 2007 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Indika Boteju, Mid-Market Solutions Advisor, Microsoft Corporation

Update for Outlook Junk E-mail Filter (September 2007)

Microsoft has just released the September update for the Outlook 2003/2007 Junk E-mail Filter.

This update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk e-mail.

The update is available for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003 or you can use Microsoft Update. As usual the update comes with the corresponding Knowledge Base article:

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Exchange 2007 storage: a Shortcut Guide and a spreadsheet

Authored by fellow MVP Jim Mcbee, The Shortcut Guide to Exchange Server 2007 Storage Systems, covers Exchange Server storage capacity requirement planning, the basics of using iSCSI SANs, and best practices for scalability and SAN operations.

The complete eBook has been released as a single PDF by RealTime Publishers. Chapters from this guide include:

  • Choosing an Exchange Server storage platform
  • Sizing the Exchange storage platform appropriately
  • Implementing an iSCSI storage system
  • Basic practices for implementing iSCSI storage


And since we are talking about storage planning, the Microsoft Exchange Team has released recently Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator spreadsheet, version 11.2. For a list of the updates, read Updates to the Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator.

As usual, the spreadsheet is in Excel 2007 file format. Unfortunately, for people like me who still have Office 2003, the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack won’t work this time:


Microsoft is currently working to solve the problem.

Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Help

Microsoft released un updated version of the standalone version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 help file in order to contemplate the changes introduced with Service Pack 1.

Quick Details
File Name: exchhelp.exe
Version: 05Sept2007
Date Published: 9/17/2007
Language: English
Download Size: 19.2 MB

The Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Help can help you in the day-to-day administration of Exchange. Use this information to guide you through Exchange Server 2007 SP1 features, tasks, and administration procedures.

Brilliant Out of Office Messages

While browsing around the Pro-Exchange site, a post about some funny Out of Office messages came to my attention. You can find them at the Curious George Blog:

  1. I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. I may be a little moody so be prepared.
  2. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn’t have received anything at all.
  3. Sorry to have missed you, but I am at the doctor’s having my brain removed so I can be promoted to our management team.
  4. I will be unable to delete all the unread, worthless emails you send me until I return from vacation on 4/8. Please be patient, and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.
  5. Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged £5.99 for the first 10 words and £1.99 for each additional word in your message.
  6. The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection and is unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try sending again.
    (The beauty of this is that when you return, you can see how many in-duh-viduals did this over and over.)
  7. Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system. You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.
  8. Hi, I’m thinking about what you’ve just sent me. Please wait by your PC for my response.
  9. I’ve run away to join a different circus.
  10. I will be out of the office for the next 2 weeks for medical reasons. When I return, please refer to me as ” Sharon ” instead of “Steve”.

Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications, 2007


And the winner is… Microsoft! Once again the giant from Redmond is placed on the leaders quadrant for Unified Communications, according to Gartner.

Microsoft strengths:

  • Microsoft is a strong company with an ecosystem of partners that can deliver value-added products, professional services and wide distribution.
  • The company has strategic partnerships in specific areas, such as live voice, and IP and PBX add credibility in these technology and service areas.
  • Parts of Microsoft’s UC portfolio are very mature (for instance, e-mail), and the overall portfolio is quite complete, with partnerships in weaker areas. The newer parts of the portfolio likely will get wide exposure throughout 2008 and will mature rapidly as a result.
  • An established base of desktop applications and experience in graphical user interface design will assist in making complex communication applications easier to use.
  • Enterprises looking into UC, particularly those with Microsoft applications already in place, should understand the Microsoft portfolio because it represents a new paradigm for communication by a market leader. Microsoft’s solution is comprehensive but is also the basis for a range of partner offerings.

Read the full study here:

Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [September 2007]

While Windows Live Mail doesn’t RTM and consequently replace the e-mail program that ships with Windows Vista, Microsoft is still releasing junk e-mail updates for the former, Windows Mail:

Brief Description
Install this update for Windows Mail to revise the definition files used to detect e-mail messages that should be considered junk e-mail or that may contain phishing content.

This update is described in the following Knowledge Base article: Description of the definition updates for Windows Mail.

Service Pack 1 for Exchange 2007 Documentation Available

I’ve just read this on Scott Schnoll’s blog:

We’ve refreshed our online documentation for Exchange 2007, and it includes content on Service Pack 1!  This content is newer and fresher than the ExchHelp.CHM (Help file) that ships with Beta 2, and it includes content not found in that CHM file.

You can find online documentation for Exchange 2007 SP1 at

This content includes information about:

And much, much more!  Enjoy!

And congratulations to the Exchange User Education team for a job well done!!