TechNet Magazine – October 2009

October2009The October edition of TechNet Magazine is now available online or, if you prefer, you can download as an  HTML Help .chm file for offline reading.

Can you see that big “7” on the cover? That’s right, this subject is all about the new OS from Microsoft: Windows 7.

I must say that, although there are great columns in this issue, like the Windows PowerShell: Planning to Break, my favorite article is 77 Windows 7 Tips.




Exchange Server 2010 @TechNet Edge


Check out these cool TechNet Edge Videos about Exchange Server 2010:

  • Rights Management Services Infrastructure in Exchange Server 2010
    Ed Banti, a Microsoft Program Manager, presents an overview of new features with Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 and Rights Management Services integration. In this video he presents "The Infrastructure of Rights Management Services in Exchange Server 2010."
  • FPE vs FOPE and Exchange 2010 – Secure messaging with Forefront
    Mike Chan, PM for the Forefront team, breaks down the differences between security protection for Forefront Protection for Exchange (FPE), Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE), and the built-in protection which exists in Exchange 2010.  We start out with a brief history of the messaging products and then dig into the details of differences between FPE, FOPE, and Exchange 2010 on the whiteboard at [4:22].  Should you run FPE alone or FPE and FOPE?  Watch and decide.
  • Exchange 2010 Management Remote PowerShell Demo
    Astrid McClean, Senior Exchange Technical Product Manager, walks through a demo of the new Exchange 2010 Management Console.
  • Exchange 2010 Mobility Demo: Free Busy
    Adam Glick, Senior Technical Product Manager, demos how Exchange ActiveSync now enables users to look at a contact’s calendar availability. Right from a user’s contact information, a free/busy timeline show users when their contacts are available for a call or meeting.

Quick Start Guide for Outlook Voice Access 2010

Quick Start Guide for Outlook Voice Access 2010 contains a quick reference sheet that can be used when navigating the menu system found in Outlook Voice Access.

Outlook Voice Access lets UM-enabled users to access their Exchange 2010 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.

OWA New Mail Notification Tool


OWA Tray Monitor is a free Outlook Web Access new mail notification tool, developed by “The Drunken Bakery”.

OWA will flag new mail when you are actually working with it, however as Internet Explorer doesn’t allow notifications to be executed outwith the security cordon of the browser, this feature is unfortunately lacking.

  • Works with Exchange 2007 & 2010
  • No need for Outlook to be installed
  • Clean install and remove
  • No dependencies other than .NET
  • Choice of notification methods
  • Growl & Snarl Integration with zero configuration
  • Configurable update frequency
  • Tiny footprint
  • Free!

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

Microsoft has recently released the September 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:

Exchange Server 2007 SP 2 UM Language Packs

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 Unified Messaging Language Packs (x86 and x64) are now available to download.

Brief Description
This download contains pre-recorded prompts and text to speech data for languages supported by Exchange unified messaging.

Use unified messaging language packs to allow the Exchange Server 2007 system to speak additional languages to callers. This download contains pre-recorded prompts, for example "Welcome, you are connected to Microsoft Exchange" in the language specified by this download. It also enables text to speech translation such that content (e-mail, calendar, contact information, etc.) can be read to the caller in the language of the Unified Messaging language pack.

Additional Information
Make sure that you install this on each Unified Messaging server in the Dial Plan for which you want the language to be available.
Visit this
link to view a list of all the available language packs.

Exchange Server 2010 Management Pack RC

While the Exchange Server 2010 Management Pack (x86) Release Candidate was made available a few days ago, the Exchange Server 2010 Management Pack (x64) Release Candidate is only available to download since yesterday.

Brief Description
System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) management pack which supports the Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 management pack is designed for monitoring Exchange Server 2010 events, collecting Exchange component-specific performance counters in one central location, and for raising alerts for operator intervention as necessary. You will need System Center Operations Manager 2007 to run and monitor Exchange Server 2010 with this management pack.

System Requirements

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

System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 / System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2

Exchange 2010 test tools

Microsoft has just released the Exchange Server 2010 version of some of the performance tools that should be used during the planning phase of a new mailbox server:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress 2010 Beta (64 bit) – Use Jetstress 2010 Beta to verify the performance and stability of a disk subsystem prior to putting an Exchange 2010 server into production. Jetstress helps verify disk performance by simulating Exchange disk Input/Output (I/O) load. Specifically, Jetstress simulates the Exchange database and log file loads produced by a specific number of users. You use Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, and ESEUTIL in conjunction with Jetstress to verify that your disk subsystem meets or exceeds the performance criteria you establish. After a successful completion of the Jetstress Disk Performance and Stress Tests in a non-production environment, you will have ensured that your Exchange 2010 disk subsystem is adequately sized (in terms of performance criteria you establish) for the user count and user profiles you have established. It is highly recommended that the Jetstress user read through the tool documentation before using the tool.
    This version is intended for Microsoft Exchange 2010 servers. The I/O profile is still subject to change until official release of Microsoft Exchange 2010 Server. Future versions will provide compatibility with Microsoft Exchange 2007.
  • Exchange Load Generator 2010 Beta (64 bit) / (32 bit) – Use Microsoft Exchange Load Generator 2010 Beta (LoadGen) as a simulation tool to measure the impact of MAPI, OWA, ActiveSync, IMAP, POP and SMTP clients on Exchange 2010 servers. LoadGen allows you to test how a server running Exchange 2010 responds to e-mail loads. To simulate the delivery of these messaging requests, you run LoadGen tests on client computers. These tests send multiple messaging requests to the Exchange 2010 server, thereby causing a mail load. LoadGen is a useful tool for administrators who are sizing servers and validating a deployment plan. Specifically, LoadGen helps you determine if each of your servers can handle the load to which they are intended to carry. Another use for LoadGen is to help validate the overall solution.
    This version is intended for Microsoft Exchange 2010 Servers only. Future versions will provide compatibility with Microsoft Exchange 2007.
    Important! LoadGen should be used only in laboratories that have no connection to the production environment. This tool should not be used in any way in a production environment or an environment that is mission critical or contains important information of any kind anywhere in the network.
    Note: The XML configuration file schema in this release has changed from previous versions. You will need to create a new XML configuration file with the Load Generator UI. The existing topology will be marked as un-editable if there are users created by previous versions of Microsoft Exchange Load Generator. Add your remote client machines again, and then save the updated configuration XML.