Update for Outlook Junk E-mail Filter (January 2009)

Microsoft has recently released the January 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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Announcing Exchange 14

I’m sure that, by now, you already read about this video covering Exchange 14, the codename for the next release of Microsoft Exchange Server. Nevertheless I still feel compelled to blog about it 🙂

I recently had the opportunity to meet with KC Lemson and Jim Lucey to talk about Exchange 14. Jim talked in depth about Exchange Labs and how we use that to do large scalability testing of Exchange – we currently host 3.5 Million mailboxes on Exchange Labs. Jim also gives a brief demo of the user experience, showing how you have access to your mail and calendar via Outlook, the browser, or your mobile phone.
This video is the first in a series covering what’s new in Exchange 14, check back over the coming months to see what else is new in the product.

And don’t miss the Exchange 14 Video blog post at the You Had Me At EHLO blog!

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Cool Tips and Quick Tricks for Using Microsoft Unified Communications


Microsoft Unified Communications Training and Adoption Kit Flash Cards is a cool PowerPoint deck with tips and tricks for using Microsoft Unified Comunications.

This deck of tips and tricks flash cards can help you get things done. Each card provides step-by-step instructions for how to use your company’s unified communications software and technology.

The deck is divided in 4 categories:

  • Messaging
  • Instant Messaging
  • Conferencing
  • Software-Powered Voice

There are also some neat online tutorials online that complement this deck: Unified Communications Tutorial.

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TechNet Magazine – February 2009

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

This issue is about getting the most of your information, using SharePoint, Excel, SQL Server and Dynamics CRM.

If you’re looking Exchange Server related columns, there isn’t much to read in this issue. There are 2 articles about PowerShell that I would like to recommend: Windows PowerShell: Best Inventory Tool Ever! and Hey, Scripting Guy!: Browsing Active Directory.



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Exchange "How Do I?" Videos

I got this info while reading David Strome’s Blog. Exchange “How Do I?” Videos focus on specific tasks and show you how to accomplish them in Exchange.

Checkout the 6 videos available right now:

Subscribe to the Exchange videos RSS feed to see new content every month.

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Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator v16.3

Ross Smith IV announced at the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog that the Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator has been updated to version 16.3.

According to the updates tracking page at the You Had Me At EHLO blog, these are the Bug Fixes / Enhancements:

  • We added the calculated (or user defined) read/write ratio per mailbox tier into the Storage Requirements Results User Mailbox Configuration table.
  • We added the server’s calculated database read I/O percentage value into the Storage Requirements Results Disk Space & Performance Requirements table.
  • Since the Recovery Point Objective input question only dealt with SCR, we moved that from the Log Replication section to the Standby Continuous Replication Configuration table.
  • We added a new message profile, Extra Heavy.  With this additional profile, we now have 5 available messaging profiles.

To get the detailed instructions on how to use it, read Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator.

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New XML update for ExBPA

Ananth Ramanathan has just announced at the You Had Me At EHLO blog that a new XML update is available for Exchange Best Practices Analyzer (ExBPA).

The update applies to the tools shipped with Exchange Server 2007 systems with Service Pack 1 applied. It is currently only available for English language servers at this time.

The following tools have received an updated set of rules:
1. Best Practices Analyzer
2. Disaster Recovery and Performance Troubleshooter

What is contained in the update?
The update contains mainly bug fixes for the above tools.

The BPA tool is also run automatically during setup and readiness checks. We have updated the prerequisites XML file for setup. So any Exchange setup launched on a machine connected to the Internet will download the updated prerequisites file to check for the correct prerequisites.



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