MSIT whitepapers

Nino Bilic mentioned on a recent post at the You Had Me At EHLO blog, 4 new Microsoft IT whitepapers. I already blogged about 3 of them, so the real new one is this:

  • Operating a Global Messaging Environment by Using Exchange Server 2007 – Enterprise IT organizations, including the Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT) group, deal with service level agreements (SLAs) and power users accustomed to high levels of performance, availability, and responsiveness. The 130,000-plus users at Microsoft send over 3 million internal e-mail messages a day from more than 150 offices worldwide, as well as from home and while on the road. At Microsoft, many business-critical communication processes depend on the availability of messaging services provided through Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007. […]

You can also download it as a Word Document and the PowerPoint presentation.

Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator v13.0

The Microsoft Exchange Team has released the Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator v13.0. This neat spreadsheet has made my life much more easy, so go get it!

Here’s the list of updates from the previous version:

  • We have updated the log generation numbers per message profile to be in line with our updated guidance.
  • In v11.8, we decided to list the database cache per mailbox in the Storage Requirements results section.  However this lead to confusion because it was named “Memory Profile / Mailbox” which implied that you would only utilize the associated amount of memory with the message profile (i.e. 5MB with Heavy profile), however that is not always the case. For example, 1200 2GB Light message profile mailboxes only requires 5GB of RAM (1200 * 2MB + 2GB), however the design requires 13 databases, which with SP1 requires 6GB of RAM.  ESE will utilize 4GB of that RAM for the cache.  As a result, 4096MB / 1200 ≈ 3.5MB per mailbox. So to make this clear, we have changed this text to be “Database Cache / Mailbox” which indicates how much cache is available per mailbox.
  • In the scenario where you override the IOPS prediction formula for your mailbox tiers, we have adjusted the “Read:Write Ratio” input to allow you to enter any read percentage you would like, rather than restricting you to a few key ratios.
  • We updated the “Database Reads / Mailbox” calculation description.
  • We updated the Log Replication Requirements worksheet, simplifying the data displayed in the results section.
  • We have included new functionality for log replication requirements.  You now have the input options for entering your network link type and its associated latency.  These options are then used to recommend TCP/IP optimization settings for Windows Server 2003 when utilizing geographically dispersed clustering and/or standby continuous replication.  In addition, if the chosen network link cannot sustain the throughput requirements for log replication, we will recommend an appropriately sized network link and Windows Server 2003 TCP/IP optimization settings.

The tool itself is available here.

Messaging Webcasts for January

TechNet Webcast: eDiscovery for E-Mail (Level 200)
Friday, January 11, 2008 – 11:30 AM Pacific Time
Diane Prescott, Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation, Aimee Chaille, Lead Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 1 of 8): Overview (Level 200)
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 2 of 8): Deployment and Migration (Level 200)
Friday, January 18, 2008 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 3 of 8): Introduction to the New Management Console (Level 200)
Monday, January 21, 2008 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Shawn Travers, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Implemented New Storage Designs for Exchange Server 2007 (Level 300)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Kyryl Perederiy, Sr. Systems Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 4 of 8): Introduction to Windows PowerShell Scripting (Level 200)
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time
John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 5 of 8): Client Access and Web Services (Level 200)
Friday, January 25, 2008 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time
John Weston, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 6 of 8): Disaster Recovery (Level 200)
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Office System Webcast: Top Tips for Managing E-Mail in Outlook 2007 (Level 100)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Andrew Reed, Senior Training Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Magazine – January 2008

The January edition of TechNet Magazine is now available online or, if you prefer, you can download as an  HTML Help .chm file for offline reading.

Now that the hype around Service Pack 1 for Exchange Server 2007 is almost gone, the main subject is now System Center, with a special enphasys on virtualization. Remember that Hiper-V is almost ready and its debut is expect around the same time frame for the release of Windows Server 2008.

But this issue of TechNet Magazine wouldn’t be complete without some articles around the messaging theme and/or some technologies related with Exchange Server.

So here’s the list of some of the most interesting articles:

Forefront & Antigen SP1 Documentation

After the release of SP1 for Exchange Server 2007, there were a couple of SP1 companion downloads also available for download.

Now the documentation for some of those products can also be downloaded:

  • Microsoft Antigen SP1 Documentation – The Messaging Security Suite includes Antigen for Exchange, Antigen for SMTP Gateways, and Antigen Spam Manager, and provides server-level protection against the latest e-mail threats.
  • Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with SP1 Documentation – Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP1 integrates multiple scan engines from industry-leading security firms into a comprehensive, layered solution, helping protect your Microsoft Exchange Server messaging environments from viruses, worms, spam, and inappropriate content.
    This new release provides support for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 and Windows Server 2008, as well as content filtering and manageability enhancements.

Regarding this latest link, I would like to call your attention to the cluster installation instructions. In the previous version, although you could install it on a cluster environment, it wasn’t really cluster aware, which could originate some annoying events in the Application Event Log.

There is a hotfix you can request from Microsoft, which is described in this KB article:

The hotfix is actually a full installation of Forefront, making it cluster-aware (you’ll notice a new cluster resource).

I haven’t tried Forefront SP1 yet, but hopefully it has superseded the hotfix, incorporating all its fixes.

PowerShell commands for Active Directory

I wanted to blog about this since I read it at Evan Dodds’ Blog.

The ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory is a set of PowerShell commands (CMDLETs) from Quest Software that can be downloaded and used for free to perform administrative tasks within Active Directory.

The ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory is an Active Directoryspecific
automation and scripting shell that provides a command-line
management interface for administering directory data either via Quest
ActiveRoles Server or by directly accessing Active Directory domain
controllers. The ActiveRoles Management Shell is built on Microsoft Windows
PowerShell technology.

The ActiveRoles Management Shell is implemented as a Windows PowerShell
snap-in, providing an extension to the Windows PowerShell environment.

As the commands provided by the ActiveRoles Management Shell conform to
the Windows PowerShell standards, and are fully compatible with the default
command-line tools that come with Windows PowerShell, the information
found in the above documents of Microsoft’s is fully applicable to the
ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory.

Recently, I was trying to export all the Proxy Addresses from some users, so this cmdlets turned out to be very handy. Here’s the command I ran:

Get-QADUser -DontUseDefaultIncludedProperties -ObjectAttributes @{mail='*'} -IncludedProperties sAMAccountName,distinguishedName,mail,userPrincipalName,proxyAddresses  -SerializeValues -SizeLimit 0 | Export-Csv 'C:\proxyAddresses.csv'

And here’s the full list of the available cmdlets:


Office 2007 SP1

Although you can live happily with Exchange Server without using Outlook 2007 (or Outlook at all!), the truth is that the rich client from Microsoft makes the messaging experience a whole lot better!

So, if you’re using Outlook 2007, you’ll probably want to install the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 1.

Here are some quick Outlook 2007 SP1 Facts:

  • General performance and responsiveness improvements
  • POP3 mail download improvements
  • Improved support for RSS feeds
  • Meeting reliability improvements

The 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1 delivers important customer-requested stability and performance improvements, while incorporating further enhancements to user security. This service pack also includes all of the updates released for the 2007 Office suite prior to December of 2007. You can get a more complete description of SP1, including a list of issues that were fixed, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article
936982: Description of the 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1.
Service Pack 1 will install even if a publicly available update has already been installed on your computer.
SP1 also includes stability improvements developed as a result of user input from the
Microsoft Online Crash Analysis and from Microsoft Product Support feedback.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 2

This update applies to the following programs:

  • Microsoft® Office Basic 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Enterprise 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Professional 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Professional Plus 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Small Business 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Small Business Management 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Standard 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Ultimate 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Access® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Excel® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office InfoPath® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Publisher® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft® Office OneNote® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Groove® 2007

Additional requirements:

  • To successfully install SP1, you must have Microsoft Installer 3.1 (MSI 3.1) or higher. For more information, including instructions for downloading MSI 3.1, please see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 942101.
  • To successfully install SP1, you will need more free hard disk space than the size of the patch itself. For more specific information about the space requirements, please see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 943589.

There are several scenarios that may require you to reboot your computer after SP1 is installed. For more information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article
To install this update, do one of the following:

  • Use Microsoft Update (recommended). Microsoft Update consolidates updates provided by Windows Update and Office Update into one location and enables you to choose automatic delivery and installation of high-priority updates.
  • Use Office Update on the Office Online Web site. After running the automatic detection, Office Update prompts you to install updates and service packs that bring your Office products up to the best quality available. Office Update is not supported on Windows Vista.
  • Install the 2007 Microsoft Office suite SP1 manually. To do this, follow these steps:
    • Download the file by clicking the Download button at the top of this page. Save the file to your hard disk drive. Note: The 2007 Office suite SP1 is available on CD-ROM through the Office Online page Order Office Service Packs on CD-ROM.
    • It is recommended that you quit any programs you are running.
    • In Windows Explorer, double-click the .exe file that you saved to your hard disk drive, and follow the instructions on the screen.

When using other Microsoft Office products
If you are using the following Microsoft Office products, we recommend that you get the latest service packs:

To remove this download
There is no uninstall feature for this download. For more information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article

Administrator resources
Administrators working in managed environments can find complete resources for deploying Office updates in an organization on the
2007 Office Resource Kit site.
For further information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article
936982: Description of the 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1.

Exchange Server 2007 Updating Support Skills

Exchange Server 2007 Updating Support Skills on Setup and System Management was written by Microsoft Customer Service and Support to prepare Support Engineers who are assisting customers installing Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1). We hope that you find the step-by-step approach useful and appreciate any feedback.

There are 5 lessons in this course:

Lesson 1: Setup Concepts
Lesson 2: Preparing for Exchange Server 2007 Installation
Lesson 3: Installing Exchange Server 2007
Lesson 4: Deployment Considerations
Lesson 5: Troubleshooting Exchange Server 2007 Setup

Exchange webcasts for December

TechNet Webcast: Disaster Recovery in Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Wednesday, December 05, 2007 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Chris Avis, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant (Level 200)
Friday, December 14, 2007 – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Chris Gregson, Support Escalation Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
Mike Hendrickson, Support Escalation Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

Momentum Webcast: How Microsoft Can Provide E-mail Security, Compliance, and Availability (Level 100)
Thursday, December 06, 2007 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Eric Trimble, Unified Communications Services Partner Account Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Source: Eileen Brown’s weblog

Q&A with MVPs

You’re still on time for the next round of Q&A with MVPs:

Q&A With the Exchange Server MVP Experts
We invite you to attend a Q&A with the Microsoft Exchange Server MVPs. In this chat Exchange MVPs will be on hand to answer your questions about Exchange Server, Outlook and Exchange for Small Business Server. So if you are thinking of upgrading to Exchange Server 2007 or have questions about Exchange Server 2003 we hope you can join us for this informative online chat!

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