Exchange 2010 sessions from TechNet & TechEd

The You Had Me At EHLO blog have a nice list of upcoming Exchange 2010 TechNet sessions:

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 High Availability (Level 300)
Monday, June 01, 2009 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Event Overview:
Welcome to the future!  The future of Exchange high availability, that is.  In this webcast, we reveal the changes and improvements to the built-in high availability platform in Exchange Server 2010.  Exchange 2010 includes a unified framework for high availability and disaster recovery that is quick to deploy and easy to manage. Learn about all of the new features in Exchange 2010 that make it the most resilient, highly available version of Exchange ever.
Presenter: Scott Schnoll, Principal Technical Writer, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Overview (Level 200)
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Event Overview: This webcast will introduce you to Exchange Server 2010, reviewing the major areas of investment for this release and highlighting marquee
features.
Presenter: Angi Livermore, Tech Solution Prof – Core UC, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Management Tools (Level 300)
Monday, June 08, 2009 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Event Overview: Exchange 2010 includes new capabilities that make the operation of your Exchange environment more efficient. Learn how we’ve made the Exchange Management Console more powerful, extended the reach of PowerShell, and made it easier to delegate management tasks.
Presenter: Evan Dodds, US-Exchange Shared PM, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Archiving and Retention (Level 300)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Event Overview: This webcast will introduce new ways to address archiving and retention with Exchange Server 2010.
Presenter: Harold Wong, Senior IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Outlook Web Access (Level 200)
Monday, June 15, 2009 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Event Overview: Exchange 2010 brings new features and functionality to Outlook Web Access. See product demonstrations of the latest capabilities and understand how browser-based communication and collaboration gets better than ever in Exchange 2010.
Presenter: Gary Danoys, Tech Solution Prof – Core UC, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Architecture (Level 300)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Event Overview: This webcast describes the overall architecture of Exchange 2010 and key considerations for the scalability and performance of each server role. This webcast will provide the background and framework for the other Exchange 2010 webcasts, serving as a bridge between the overview session and drill-downs in each product area. This session is a recommended pre-requisite for the Exchange 2010 deployment and migration webcast.
Presenter: Ross Smith, ITOE Senior IP Tech Architect, Exchange, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Federation in Exchange 2010 (Level 300)
Monday, June 22, 2009 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Event Overview: Federation is a key part of the architecture of Exchange 2010, powering new organization-to-organization sharing scenarios. Learn how federation enhances the capabilities of Exchange 2010 and enables advanced coexistence between Exchange Server and Exchange Online.
Presenter: Paul Tischhauser, Principal Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Voice Mail enabled by Unified Messaging (Level 300)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Event Overview: Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging is Microsoft’s second generation unified messaging and voice mail solution. In this webcast, learn about the features, benefits, and architecture of  Unified Messaging in Exchange 2010.
Presenter: Michael Wilson, Principal Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Information Protection and Control (Level 300)
Monday, June 29, 2009 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Event Overview: This webcast will introduce you to new ways to address information protection and control with Exchange Server 2010. A discussion of the use of encryption and rights management in parallel with Exchange will be included as well as an introduction to new functionality in Exchange that supports information protection scenarios.
Presenter: Harold Wong, Senior IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Transition and Deployment (Level 300)
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Event Overview: In this session we will cover the migration planning and deployment path to move an organization from Exchange 2003 or Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010.
Presenter: Kristian Andaker, Principal Group Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Meanwhile, while reading Henrik Walther Blog, I noticed there are some cool sessions from TechEd USA that are now available to the general public:

How the IIS vulnerability (Security Advisory 971492) affects Exchange 2003

Microsoft released recently Security Advisory 971492, which alerts for a vulnerability in Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0, 5.1 and 5.0 (7.0 is not affected), that can allow elevation of privilege.

The vulnerability only occurs when WebDAV is enabled. Since Exchange Server 2003 uses WebDAV to service users, these servers are potentially at risk.

To find out whether a specific server is using WebDAV or whether it’s not, you can use the method Jane Lewis describes on her blog.

To mitigate the risk, follow the procedures described in Microsoft Security Advisory 971492.

Related Links:

[UPDATE]

According to the Security Research and Defense blog, OWA is not affected:

Question: Is Outlook Web Access (OWA) vulnerable to the authentication bypass?
Answer: No, OWA is not vulnerable to this vulnerability. Exchange 2007 and earlier supported the WebDAV protocol but they did so with an Exchange implementation of WebDAV which only reads/write to/from the Exchange store. It does not interact with the filesystem directly.

Microsoft My Phone now in Public Beta

my-phone Microsoft My Phone, which provides back up and restore service of Windows Mobile phone’s information to the “cloud” is now available to the general public.

The service is still in Beta but, as a regular user, I can guarantee it works really smoothly on my phone.

 

 

 

 

Microsoft My Phone syncs information on your mobile phone to a storage space on a web site hosted by Microsoft. If your phone is lost or stolen, or if you upgrade to a new phone, you can easily restore the contacts, calendar appointments, photos, and other information that you stored on My Phone to a compatible new or replacement phone. Most phones that run the Windows Mobile 6 operating system are compatible with My Phone service.

Microsoft My Phone enables you to view and manage phone information by using a web browser. In your web account, you can add, edit, and delete contacts and calendar appointments, and the changes will appear on your phone the next time that you sync.

My Phone makes it easy to view photos on your computer that were taken with your camera phone. From your web account, you can save photos to your computer or can e-mail them to family and friends.

How much does the Microsoft My Phone service cost?
Microsoft does not charge a fee for the My Phone service at this time. But the data plan you have with your mobile operator may require you to pay data-transfer charges when you use the service. If you are unsure of your plan coverage, please contact your mobile operator.

How much data can I back up?
Your Microsoft My Phone account gives you 200 MB of free storage on the Microsoft My Phone web site. If a synchronization would result in exceeding this limit, you will receive an error message on your phone and your account on the My Phone web site will only include information received prior to reaching this limit. Any files in excess of this limit will not be saved.

Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1

The Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 was released.

Overview
Update Rollup 8 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
KB968012.
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)
  • KB959241 Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB959241)
  • KB960384 Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB960384)

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86); Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 x64 Edition; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Exchange Server 2007 SP1 must be installed prior to installing this update rollup.
  • This update rollup cannot be installed if you are using Exchange Server 2007 RTM.
  • Any Interim Updates for Exchange Server 2007 must be uninstalled prior to installing this update rollup.
  • 32-bit editions of Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista and Windows XP with SP2 are only supported for Exchange Server 2007 management tools.

Some important notes from the You Had Me At EHLO blog:

As in the previous rollups, we have done a mix of product improvements (aka Critical Design Change Requests) and bug fixes. A few key ones which I would like to call out are as follows:

  1. KB 969690 – We have fixed the bug introduced in Update Rollup 7 which caused the sender of the Delivery Status Notification (DSN) to be unresolved.
  2. Disable kernel mode authentication in Windows Server 2008 for CAS servers – As documented here, it was required to manually take the additional step to configure the CAS servers running Windows Server 2008 to disable kernel mode authentication. Starting this rollup, the installer will configure this for you.
  3. X-Header promotion to named properties- Change to the way X-headers are promoted to named properties. More on this in Jason Nelson’s blog post Named Properties, X-Headers, and You.
  4. KB 961606 – We have fixed a bug where Outlook Web Access (OWA) users may find that the font size of plain text messages is extremely small on third-party Web browsers.

I have just installed it on my lab (Hyper-V) machines and all went well!

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Sample tools for managing PST files

Microsoft released recently the following KB Article: Outlook Tools: description of sample tools for managing PST files in your Outlook Profile.

The article describes the following three tools:

  • Getpst.exe – The Getpst.exe tool allows you retrieve information about the existing services (PST files) in a given e-mail profile. It is possible to retrieve information about all ANSI PST files, all UNICODE PST files, or both file types.
  • Addpst.exe – The Addpst.exe tool allows you to add PST services (PST files) to a given e-mail profile. You can add either new or existing PST files to the profile. The file will be created at the specified file location. The PST file can be either in ANSI format (Outlook 97-2002 Personal Folders File) or UNICODE format (Office Outlook Personal Folders File).
  • Delpst.exe – The Delpst.exe tool allows you remove services (PST files) from a given email profile. It is possible to remove all ANSI files, all UNICODE PST files, or all files of both types.

An Outlook personal folders file (.pst) is a file that is commonly used to store e-mail messages for Internet e-mail accounts (POP3/IMAP), for archiving e-mail messages from an Exchange mailbox, or for organizing e-mail messages using rules that move the messages based on some criteria. If you are managing users in a company environment you occasionally need to manage .pst files in users’ Outlook profiles. This includes, but is not limited to the following actions.

  • Add a new or existing .pst to the profile
  • Remove a .pst file from the profile
  • Retrieve information about .pst files in the profile

In order to help automate these three activities related to .pst files, sample tools are now available for download and use from the Microsoft Download site. This article provides information about these tools — how to download them and how to use them on an Outlook client.

TechNet Magazine – June 2009

June2009The 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.

The capital letters of the cover, “IT’S ALL GOTTA WORK”, take us to the main subject of this issue: application compatibility and how to deal with those critical applications that can prevent the upgrade to the latest and greatest operating system provided by Microsoft.