subject: exchange


Goodbye sluggish Outlook
February 26, 2009, 4:17 am
Filed under: Outlook,Updates

Outlook performance has been an issue since I remember. Personally, I think that Microsoft Outlook is a great application, is probably the most used application in every Organization and the first one people run whenever they turn their PC on.

Nevertheless, I do agree that performance could be better. For long time I suffered the pain of waiting 5 minutes (or more) until the Outlook window is ready to be used. The main reason for this behavior is normally a huge PST or OST file (anything bigger than a few hundred megs).

UNTIL NOW!!!

Microsoft has just released a major update that, among other things, modifies PST and OST structure, thus reducing I/O disk usage and UI response time.

Microsoft released 2 fixes (961752 and 967688), that are available through the KB article Outlook 2007 improvements in the February 2009 cumulative update.

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It’s the binding order, stupid!
February 23, 2009, 5:03 am
Filed under: 1312

Recently, when I was trying to enable the automatic anti-spam updates on an Exchange Edge server, I kept getting this error:

Enable-AntispamUpdates : An error occurred while accessing the registry of the specified server: "E2K7EDGE". The error message: "The network path was not found."

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After a quick search on the Internet, I didn’t find anything useful that could help solve my case. Suddenly, there was light! I remembered that my Edge server has 2 network cards and that the external interface doesn’t have “File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks” and “Client for Microsoft Networks” enabled.

Bingo, that was the problem indeed. I just had to switch the binding order of the network adapters, the internal interface must *always* come first.

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And that did the trick!

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Templates for Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007
February 18, 2009, 3:02 am
Filed under: Downloads,Outlook

If you’re using Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007, you might be also interested in downloading the Templates for Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007.

Brief Description
The Calendar Printing Assistant for Microsoft Outlook 2007 is a program that provides an easy way to print and customize Outlook 2007 calendar information. The files available on this page provide additional templates for use with the Calendar Printing Assistant.

Overview
The files available on this page provide additional templates for use with the Calendar Printing Assistant. The files available for download introduce the following templates:

  • Week_WeekList03.catx: This is a custom weekly agenda-view template for the Calendar Printing Assistant. This template draws a shaded box around each all-day event to distinguish them from the hourly appointments and make them easier to read. This new template can be found in the Week Templates group, named Week List 03.
  • Week_WeekDetails_01.catx: This is a custom weekly agenda-view template for the Calendar Printing Assistant. To maximize the amount of information shown on the page, this template removes extra formatting. This new template can be found in the Week Templates group, named Week List – Details.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista; Windows XP

To install this download, you must have the Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007.

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Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 SP1
February 11, 2009, 9:38 am
Filed under: Updates

The Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 was released.

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Overview
Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2007 SP1 customers.
For a list of changes that are included in this update rollup, see
KB959241.
This update rollup does not apply to Exchange Server 2007 Release To Manufacturing (RTM). For a list of update rollups applicable to Exchange Server 2007 RTM, refer to the section Update rollups for Exchange Server 2007 RTM in the Knowledge Base article
KB937052.
This is a cumulative update rollup and replaces the following:

  • KB945684 Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB945684)
  • KB948016 Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB948016)
  • KB949870 Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB949870)
  • KB952580 Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB952580)
  • KB953467 Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB953467)

The You Had Me At EHLO blog has a nice post about this Update Rollup, which mentions 2 important notes:

  1. Fix for a security issue which has been assigned a severity rating of critical. More information about the issue can be found in the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-003.
  2. Fix to allow Internet Explorer 8 to be used for Outlook Web Access (OWA) 2007. This does not include the OWA 2007 S/MIME control. We are still working on some changes in the control to make it work better with Internet Explorer 8. We will be releasing an updated version of the S/MIME control in a future rollup. Users using the S/MIME control should continue to use Internet Explorer 7.
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Update for Outlook Junk E-mail Filter (February 2009)
February 11, 2009, 7:47 am
Filed under: Updates

Microsoft has recently released the February 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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New and updated content from Microsoft IT Showcase
February 10, 2009, 5:49 am
Filed under: Cool Reading

 

I would like to highlight 2 recent documents that were made available as part of the Microsoft IT Showcase:

And, if you have the time, read also these 2. Although they are not UC related, you can definitely use virtualization in this context.

  • How Microsoft Designs the Virtualization Host and Network Infrastructure
    When challenged with optimizing its server infrastructure, Microsoft IT faces the same physical constraints, environmental sustainability challenges, and economic pressures as other enterprise organizations. Virtualization technologies and management products, such as the Hyper-V feature of Windows Server 2008 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, allow Microsoft IT to deliver on two goals: support the business needs of Microsoft and build a foundation for the Dynamic IT initiative. Virtualization is a key component of this infrastructure optimization strategy and reduces cost and server provisioning time. At the same time, virtualization enhances server resource availability.

  • Virtualization Quickly and Effectively Meets the Demands of Rapidly Changing Businesses
    When challenged with optimizing its server infrastructure, Microsoft IT faces the same physical constraints, environmental sustainability challenges, and economic pressures as other enterprise organizations. Virtualization technologies and management products, such as the Hyper-V feature of Windows Server 2008 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, allow Microsoft IT to deliver on two goals: support the business needs of Microsoft and build a foundation for the Dynamic IT initiative. Virtualization is a key component of this infrastructure optimization strategy and reduces cost and server provisioning time. At the same time, virtualization enhances server resource availability.

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Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Server Security Management Console
February 9, 2009, 12:15 pm
Filed under: Downloads,Updates

The Hotfix Rollup 2 for Forefront Server Security Management Console has been released.

Issues that this hotfix package fixes
This hotfix package fixes the following issues:

  • 960875 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960875/ ) Error message when you use Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console to update the scan engines: "ERROR: A standard exception was caught in GetEngineFiles. invalid string position"
  • 960876 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960876/ ) How to manually deploy a Forefront Server Security Management Console deployment agent to remote managed server
  • 960999 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960999/ ) The Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console (FSSMC) Deployment Agent File Structure has changed
  • 961000 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961000/ ) You cannot use Forefront Server Security Management Console to collect data from Forefront Security for Exchange Server on an Exchange Single Copy Cluster cluster
  • 961001 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961001/ ) Error message when you try to upgrade the Forefront Server Security Management Console Primary role of SQL Server 2005: "FSSMC database files at %DBDataPath%\SybariEnterpriseManagerDist.MDF, please delete them first then retry install"
  • 961022 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961022/ ) The Forefront Server Security Management Console diagnostics .zip files are named incorrectly when they are created
  • 961026 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961026/ ) When you try to access the Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console (FSSMC) Quarantine Manager, you find that only the installation account can manage the quarantine
  • 961125 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961125/ ) Error message when you try to install a Korean version of Forefront Security for Exchange Server when you are using a Korean version of Forefront Server Security Management Console: "szErrorDesc"
  • 961982 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961982/ ) When you run the Remote Diagnostic file in Forefront Server Security Management Console to create a .zip file, the .zip file is not created if there are more than 100 files to be added to the .zip file
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TechNet Magazine – March 2009
February 9, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Cool Reading

The March 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 all about Office Communications Server 2007 R2, which was recently launched on a virtual event.

One of our favorite columns is back – Exchange Q & A: Site Resiliency with SCR, Recommended Root Volume Size, and More – and there is also a good article about Windows PowerShell: Automating User Provisioning, Part 1.

 

 

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