TechNet Magazine – March 2013

The March 2013 edition of the TechNet Magazine is now available for online reading.

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Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 AD Schema Changes Reference – March 2013

Don’t miss the latest update of the Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2010 Active Directory Schema Changes Reference, March 2013.

Overview
This download includes the Exchange Server Active Directory Schema Reference, which provides information about the changes that Microsoft Exchange Server makes to the Active Directory schema when it is installed. The Exchange Server Active Directory Schema Changes Reference includes changes made by Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2, Exchange Server 2010 SP1, Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2007 SP3, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007, and Exchange Server 2003.

Update for Outlook Junk E-mail Filter – March 2013

Microsoft has recently released the March updates for the Outlook 2003/2007/2010/2013 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 2003, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010 (32-bit, 64-bit) and Outlook 2013 (32-bit, 64-bit) or you can use Microsoft Update. As usual the update comes with the corresponding Knowledge Base article:

Achieving Immutability with Exchange Online and Exchange Server 2013

Achieving Immutability with Exchange Online and Exchange Server 2013 is the latest technical white paper available to download from the Microsoft website.

The Principle of Immutability
For many organizations, regulatory compliance, internal governance requirements, or litigation risk require the preservation of email and associated data in a discoverable form. All data in the system must be discoverable, and none of it can be destroyed or altered. The industry-standard term for this is “immutability.”
Traditional methods of achieving immutability have typically worked by moving email messages to a separate, read-only storage location. While such systems serve the purpose of preserving mailbox items for discovery, they often affect the user experience in significant ways by removing preserved items from the customary daily workflow. For IT professionals, this approach to immutability requires the deployment and ongoing maintenance of a separate server and storage infrastructure. Discovery itself is performed with tools external to the mail system, with associated deployment and maintenance costs.

Brief Description
With Exchange Server and Exchange Online, Microsoft enables organizations to immutably preserve mailbox items for eDiscovery using an in-place strategy.

Overview
With Exchange Server and Exchange Online, Microsoft enables organizations to immutably preserve mailbox items for discovery using an in-place strategy, keeping those items within the Exchange infrastructure. The technology used to achieve immutability with Exchange is different than sending items to a separate, read-only archive. The Exchange approach achieves the same or better results—preserving all inbox data in a way that is tamper-proof and discoverable—while at the same time conserving more of the relevant data, reducing IT complexity, and delivering a seamless user experience.

Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 1.0

Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) 1.0 was recently made available to download.

OffCAT version 1 provides scanning for the following Office programs (2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013):

  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word

Brief Description
The Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 1.0 (OffCAT ) provides a quick and easy method to analyze several Microsoft Office programs for common configurations that may cause problems. This can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Office programs or when you want to proactively identify possible issues.

Overview
The Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) is a program that provides a detailed report of your installed Office programs. This report includes many parameters about your Office program configuration and highlights known problems found when OffCAT scans your computer. For any problems that are listed in the report, you are provided with a link to a public-facing article (usually a Microsoft Knowledge Base article) on the issue so you can read about possible fixes for the problem. If you are a Help Desk professional, you can also save the report to file so that the report can be viewed in the Office Configuration Analyzer Tool on another client where the tool is installed. The Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 1.0 also includes a command-line version that can be used to collect an OffCAT scan without user intervention.

TechEd Europe & North America 2013 – Registration Open

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Registration for Microsoft’s biggest technical event is now open.

Learn about the future of Microsoft’s products, solutions and services directly from the leaders with news, announcements, and demos.

Connect with Microsoft and industry thought leaders, and fellow attendees that share your technology interests and business challenges.

Explore in Hands-on Labs and Technical Learning Centers designed to give you practical experience with the latest tools and technologies.

Plan the features and architecture to support your product and business goals and to prepare your skills for the future

Attend technical sessions delivered by Microsoft engineers and industry experts

Early Bird Pricing is available for both events for registrations completed by March, 22.

And if you need to convince your boss to let you go, this time Microsoft has it all covered for you!

Exchange Server Jetstress 2013 Tool

Microsoft Exchange Server Jetstress 2013 Tool (v15.0.651.0) is now available to download.

Brief Description
Simulate Exchange disk I/O load on a server to verify the performance and stability of your disk subsystem before putting your server into a production environment.

Overview
Use Jetstress to verify the performance and stability of a disk subsystem prior to putting an Exchange 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 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.

Multi-Tenancy and Hosting Guidance for Exchange Server 2013

imageThis technical document goes straight to the heart of Exchange Hosters or people building their own private clouds: Multi-Tenancy and Hosting Guidance for Exchange Server 2013.

Brief Description
This document provides information and offers advice and direction to help ensure the Exchange multi-tenant environment that you build can be supported by Microsoft.

Overview
A multi-tenant Exchange deployment is defined in this document as one where the system has been configured to host multiple and discrete organizations or business units (the tenants) that ordinarily do not share e-mail, data, users, global address lists, or any of the other commonly used objects in Exchange.
This document does not provide step-by-step instructions about how to configure multi-tenancy with Exchange 2013. It provides information and offers advice and direction to help ensure the Exchange environment that you build can be supported by Microsoft.

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Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0

Microsoft recently released Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0 (version 15.00.0641.000). According to a blog post by the Microsoft Exchange Team, Time to go PST hunting with the new PST Capture 2.0, here’s what’s new:

  • Support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Updated profile generation code to use Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP).
  • Fixed Exchange Online import failure issue when PST Capture is not installed on an Exchange server.
  • Removed User Interface limit of 1,000 users when performing an import to Exchange Online.
  • General performance improvements

Brief Description
Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0 is used to discover and import .pst files into Exchange Server or Exchange Online

Overview
PST Capture 2.0 is used to discover and import Outlook Personal Folder (.pst) File Format files into Exchange Server and Exchange Online. PST Capture helps an organization that wishes to gain more control over their email data repositories by placing them into Exchange. By optionally installing PST Capture Agents on target machines, administrators can determine where .pst files are located and who their file owner is via the PST Capture Console. Administrators can import .pst files via Import Lists to Exchange Server or Exchange Online. Data can be directly imported into the primary mailbox or associated archive mailbox.