Outlook 2007 update extends support for iCalendar

Microsoft released an update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 (KB950219) that improves Internet calendaring functionality and compatibility with Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) servers.

Overview
This update extends Outlook 2007’s support for the iCalendar standards. The update also improves Outlook 2007’s compatibility with some IMAP e-mail servers.
This update adds support for the following iCalendar features:

  • Propose New Time for iCalendar Meetings: Users can now respond to a meeting invitation received in iCalendar format with a proposal for a new meeting time.
  • Extended Yearly Recurrence: Supports recurrence patterns for appointments or meetings that recur every N years, where N is greater than or equal to 1.

This update also includes miscellaneous improvements to IMAP compatibility.

And here’s the link to the corresponding Knowledge Base article: An update is available for Outlook 2007 that improves Internet Calendar functionality and improves compatibility with IMAP servers.

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Exchange Server Error Code Look-up

Microsoft released an updated version (v6.0.4011.0) of the Exchange Server Error Code Look-up.

Overview
Use the Error Code Lookup tool to determine error values from decimal and hexadecimal error codes in Microsoft Windows® operating systems. The tool can look up one or more values at a time. All values on the command line will be looked up in Exchange’s internal tables and presented to you. If available, informational data associated with the value or values will also be shown.

Here are a couple of examples of the output of the tool:

C:\temp\Err>err 0x8004010f
# for hex 0x8004010f / decimal -2147221233 :
  ecNotFound                                     ec.h
  ecAttachNotFound                               ec.h
  ecUnknownRecip                                 ec.h
  ecPropNotExistent                              ec.h
  MAPI_E_NOT_FOUND                         mapicode.h
# 5 matches found for “0x8004010f”

C:\temp\Err>Err.exe -528
# for decimal -528 / hex 0xfffffdf0 :
  JET_errMissingLogFile                     esent98.h
# /* Current log file missing */
# 1 matches found for “-528″

TechRepublic has a great article about this: Quickly identify problems using the Exchange Error Code Look-up tool.

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Exchange webcasts for June 2008

I’ve just got this from Eileen Brown’s Weblog:

TechNet Webcast: Forefront Security for Exchange Deployment Best Practices (Level 300)
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Mike Chan, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032377121&Culture=en-US

MSDN Webcast: Building Asynchronous Contextual Collaboration with Exchange Web Services (Level 300)
Thursday, June 26, 2008 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Chris Mayo, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032378675&Culture=en-US

Momentum Webcast: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Mailbox Role Memory Characterization Using HP BladeSystem (Level 200)
Thursday, June 19, 2008 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Stuart Ladd, System Engineer, HP
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032378658&Culture=en-US

MSDN Webcast: Behind the Scenes with Communications Server 2007, Communicator 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 (Level 300)
Thursday, June 19, 2008 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Chris Mayo, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032378646&Culture=en-US

 

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Microsoft Online Migration Toolkit

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Microsoft is definitely committed to promoting its online services.

The Microsoft Online Migration Toolkit is composed by planning materials to help your organization migrate from on-premise Microsoft Exchange Servers to Exchange Online. The toolkit includes sample migration planning materials including: project plan, communication plan, tracking spreadsheet, procedures, e-mail templates, Known Issues and FAQ.

Here’s an excerpt from the Migration Project Checklist:

Planning

  1. Identify migration project manager.
  2. Build migration project team.
  3. Build migration Support team.
  4. Develop migration project plan.
  5. Develop migration procedures.
  6. Develop migration communication plan.
  7. Develop migration tracking process.

Pre-Migration

  1. Configure Microsoft® Online for your organization.
  2. Establish e-mail coexistence.
  3. Establish directory synchronization.
  4. Validate your migration plan and procedures.
  5. Communicate.
  6. Qualify people for migration.
  7. Identify and track people to be migrated.
  8. Users perform Before Migration procedures.

Migration Day

  1. Activate the Microsoft Online accounts.
  2. Migrate mailbox content.
  3. Perform post migration validation.
  4. Send Welcome communication.

Post Migration

  1. Users perform After Migration procedures.
  2. Users complete post-migration survey.
  3. Delete local Microsoft Exchange Server mailboxes.
  4. Enable incoming e-mail.

Microsoft expects half of Exchange inboxes to be hosted in five years.

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Exchange Messaging Outlook newsletter

Slipstick Systems was founded in 1994 by Sue Mosher, an Outlook MVP, and it’s now run by Diane Poremsky, also an Outlook MVP.

Back in 1996, they decided to create the Exchange Messaging Outlook (EMO) newsletter, devoted to Microsoft Exchange Server. You can subscribe it through their home page and you can read all the back issues from the very first issue (April, 1996).

Do you know what were the highlights back in August 1996?

  • Where has Sue been?
  • Windows NT 4.0 released
  • Exchange Service Pack 2 released*
  • Exchange Deployment Conference
  • Technet tools for Exchange
  • The Boldon James Microsoft Exchange Client Auto Correlator
  • Address export client extension
  • Exchange on the Digital Bookshelf
  • Internet Mail (and News) and Exchange

*This SP was for Exchange 4.5!!!

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PowerShell Scriptomatic

Do you know Scriptomatic, the utility that writes WMI scripts for you? Well, there’s a new version, Windows PowerShell Scriptomatic, that has the same functionality, but uses PowerShell as the output.

Now you can start using WMI to manage Exchange more often.

Overview
A new utility that writes Windows PowerShell scripts that harness the power of WMI (Windows Instrumentation Management) for use in system management and administration. This tool was created by Microsoft consultant and author Ed Wilson.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista; Windows XP
  • Requires Windows PowerShell 1.0 or later to run the scripts created by the Scriptomatic.
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Quick Reference for Outlook Voice Access

Microsoft released version 3 of the Quick Reference for Outlook Voice Access.

Brief Description
This download contains a quick reference sheet that can be used when navigating the menu system found in Outlook Voice Access.

Overview
Outlook Voice Access lets UM-enabled users to access their Exchange 2007 mailbox using analog, digital, or cellular telephones. By using the menu system found in Outlook Voice Access, UM-enabled users can read e-mail, listen to voice messages, and interact with their Outlook calendar. This quick reference sheet shows the navigational tree and the options that are available to UM-enabled users when they are using Outlook Voice Access.

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TechNet Magazine – June 2008

 

 

 

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

Security, security and more security. That’s what you may expect to find on this issue.

If you are looking for Exchange related articles, I can recommend only these 2:

  • Secure E-Mail Using Digital Certificates – Secure Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions let you hide information in transit, validate senders, and authenticate messages. Learn how to secure e-mail using digital certificates and how to troubleshoot problems you may encounter on your S/MIME system. Matt Clapham and Blake Hutchinson
  • Looking Good – Discover how the object-oriented nature of Windows PowerShell allows you to apply formatting to its output. Don Jones
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Update for Outlook Junk E-mail Filter (May 2008)

Microsoft has just released the May 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 Connections slide decks

Devin Ganger, Exchange MVP and technical writer for 3Sharp, has recently posted the links to his slide decks from the Exchange Connections 2008 Conference.

These are definitely a must read, so here are the links to those PowerPoint presentations (I’ve also included the slides from the previous conference).

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