RECOMMENDED – Exchange Management Shell: TFM

On a recent rainy day, I spent a lovely afternoon trying to improve my PowerShell skills by reading Exchange Management Shell: TFM, a book authored by Ilse Van Criekinge, Exchange MVP and winner of Tech.Ed EMEA 2007 Speaker Idol Contest.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 was the first application designed to be managed 100% in Windows PowerShell – so how do you do it?  How can you break the bonds of GUI-based administration, stop clicking buttons, and learn to be more effective and efficient?  Exchange Management Shell: TFM provides the answers in a “cookbook” format that focuses on real-world Exchange Server 2007 management tasks, and how to accomplish them in Windows PowerShell.  This authoritative and comprehensive book includes a standardized “crash course” in Windows PowerShell for newcomers, and dives right into the nuts and bolts of becoming a leading-edge, command-line Exchange administrator.

During my delightful reading, I found myself testing cmdlets, experimenting different parameters, revisiting old stuff, learning new things.

And what was my first thought after finishing it? This is the kind of book that any Exchange Administrator should have on his desk!

As Ilse says, the book will not explain the ins and outs of Exchange 2007, it’s rather a cookbook, a reference for Exchange professionals looking for solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday tasks.

If you think the Exchange Management Console is keeping you from effectively manage, automate, and streamline Exchange Server 2007, read this book and find out, throughout the numerous examples included, how PowerShell can really enhance your Exchange experience.

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UPDATED: Lotus Notes migration tools

Microsoft updated recently the Lotus Notes migration tools:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes v06.05.8067 – The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes supports the migration of Lotus Domino R5 and R6 mailboxes and associated Domino directory information to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. This tool replaces the Migration Wizard that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and includes improved retention of contents and Unicode characters during the migration from Domino to Exchange Server 2003.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes v06.05.8067 – The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector for Lotus Notes supports messaging and calendaring interoperability between Lotus Domino R5/R6 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. This tool replaces the Connector that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and includes several updates to support better message fidelity when routing email between Exchange and Domino, support of iNotes and Domino Web Access clients, enhanced Unicode support and reliability.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes v06.05.8067 – The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes supports the sharing of calendar free/busy schedules between Lotus Domino R5 and R6 and Exchange Server 2003. This tool replaces the Calendar Connector that ships with Exchange Server 2003 (including SP2), and is designed to be used with the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Connector.
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Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer

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This isn’t fresh news, the tool has been available for a while now, but it was only a prototype. Now that is in Beta stage, I decided finally to blog about it.

Shawn McGrath from the Exchange Product Group and Brad Hughes from Product Support Services have created a Web-based tool called the Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer (Ex­RCA), which can be really useful to validate the remote connectivity that any Exchange server should provide:

  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Test
    This test will simulate the steps a mobile device uses to connect to an Exchange Server using Exchange ActiveSync.
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync AutoDiscover Test
    This test will walk through the steps a Windows Mobile 6.1 device (or another AirSync licensed device) uses to connect to the AutoDiscover Service
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 AutoDiscover Connectivity Test
    This test will walk through the steps Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 uses to connect to AutoDiscover
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 RPC/HTTP Connectivity Test
    This test will walk through the steps Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 uses to connect via RPC/HTTP
  • Inbound SMTP Email Test
    This test will walk through the steps an Internet e-mail server uses to send inbound SMTP email to your domain

Anderson Patricio, Exchange MVP, has written a tutorial about this tool:

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Microsoft Office Outlook Connector 12.1

The Microsoft Office Outlook Connector 12.1 is finally out of Beta and ready to be downloaded.

Brief Description
With Microsoft Office Outlook Connector, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free!

Overview
With Microsoft Office Outlook Connector, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free!
Outlook Connector enables you to use your Live Hotmail accounts within Outlook:

  • Read and send your Office Live Mail/Windows Live Hotmail e-mail messages.
  • Manage your contacts in Windows Live Hotmail.
  • Use advanced options for blocking junk e-mail messages.
  • Manage multiple e-mail accounts in one place.
  • Manage, and synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Windows Live Calendar from Outlook.

Note to Premium Subscribers: If you are currently using MSN Calendar service, the Outlook Connector 12.1 will automatically migrate your calendar to the new Windows Live Calendar service. Once upgraded to Windows Live Calendar, you will be able to synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Outlook! However you will no longer be able to access MSN Calendar through Microsoft Office Outlook.
In order to make sure that all of your calendar items on the MSN Calendar service are correctly migrated to the Windows Live Calendar, you should follow these steps:
  1. With Outlook Connector 12.0 installed, synchronize your calendar in Microsoft Office Outlook with the MSN Calendar service one last time.
  2. After synchronization is complete, do not create new items on the MSN Calendar site. If you do, you will have to synchronize again using Outlook Connector 12.0 before migrating to Outlook Connector 12.1.
  3. Install Outlook Connector 12.1.
  4. Start Outlook. At this point, the Outlook Connector 12.1 will upload all of your appointments and meetings to your new Windows Live Calendar.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XP
  • This download works with the following Office programs:
    • 2007 Microsoft Office system
    • Microsoft Office 2003
    • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
    • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003

For more information, please read the following post from the Microsoft Office Outlook Team: Microsoft Office Outlook Connector 12.1 is here!

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Update for Outlook Junk E-mail Filter (December 2008)

Microsoft has just released the December 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 Server 2007 Mailbox Server Storage Cost Calculator v4.0

The Microsoft Exchange Team updated recently the Exchange Server 2007 Mailbox Server Storage Cost Calculator.

According to the post at the You Had Me At EHLO blog, here are the new features:

  • We introduced the capability for you to select the type of backup solution you want to utilize when analyzing the cost of various disk configurations.  You can now choose either VSS Clone, VSS Snapshot, or disable the feature all together.  We also adjusted the language to recommend usage of VSS clones or a solution that can guarantee fast recovery (3 minutes + log replay) in the event that you choose to deploy large mailboxes without continuous replication.
  • We allow you to choose as to whether you want to price things out on an individual component perspective (e.g. disk cost) or from an entire solution cost.
  • We allow you to enter in the number of storage enclosures and storage controllers, their relevant costs and power consumption as well.
  • We simplified the SCC vs. CCR tab.

For detailed instructions on how to use this tool, read this post.

ExclusivelyExchange.com

ExclusivelyExchange.com is a nice Exchange site, developed by J. Peter Bruzzese, with lots and lots of technical clips and advanced training videos… And for *FREE*!

exclusivelyexchange

We are here and we are ready to serve your needs, whether it be making decisions regarding the direction your organization should go in designing your Exchange organization from the ground up, transitioning over from a legacy version of Exchange, migrating over from Lotus or Groupware, or simply for ongoing configuration, maintenance, performance enhancement and support of your Exchange world. Whatever your Exchange need, if we don’t have the answers here…. we will lead you in the right direction.

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