August 2009 - Posts
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) has been designed specifically to help meet the challenges of any business and the needs of all the different groups with a stake in the messaging system. Exchange Server 2007 SP2 is a mission-critical communications tool that enables employees to be more productive and access their information anywhere and anytime while providing a messaging system that enables rich, efficient access to e-mail, calendar items, voice mail, and contacts. For the administrator, Exchange Server 2007 SP2 provides advanced protection options against e-mail security threats, such as spam and viruses, as well as the tools to help manage internal compliance and high availability needs. For an overview of the new features that are available in Exchange Server 2007 SP2, see "What's New in Exchange Server 2007 SP2".
Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4c4bd2a3-5e50-42b0-8bbb-2cc9afe3216a
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.
Read more at source: http://edge.technet.com/Media/FPE-vs-FOPE-and-Exchange-2010--Secure-messaging-with-Forefront/
Web Scheduler is a 64-bit tool for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. It provides a Web-based alternative to the add-in for the Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration client for the purpose of scheduling a meeting using Office Communications Server 2007 R2. It also provides a browser-based conference management experience that includes operations such as:
- Scheduling a new Live Meeting conference or conference call.
- Viewing and modifying details of an existing conference.
- Listing all existing user schedules of a Microsoft Office conference.
- Deleting an existing conference.
- Sending an e-mail invitation to conference participants by using a configured SMTP mail server.
- Joining an existing conference.
Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6d6848ec-e7d6-41f4-82d9-5bed3526fcbd
Here are some tips that may help you guys out during Exchange Server 2010 RC. This post is a work in progress, so if you have any hint to share, please drop me a line and I will update this post.
- Install OS pre-requisites based on the Exchange Server 2010 role that will be installed. There are XML files for each role (those files can be located on the Scripts folder), in the figure below we are installing pre-requisites for a Exchange Server 2010 that will have CAS/HUB/MBX roles (Typical installation)
- Install 2007 Office System Converter:Microsoft Filter Pack (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=60c92a37-719c-4077-b5c6-cac34f4227cc&displaylang=en). After installing Microsoft Filter Pack, check this kb out: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;944516
Note: It's not a showstopper but it's nice to avoid any warnings during the Readiness Check phase.
- Configure Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service to Automatic startup mode
To be continued...
Do you remember Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer (https://www.testexchangeconnectivity.com/)? Well, now we have a similar tool for OCS as well, check this out: https://www.testocsconnectivity.com/
Following on the heels of success of the Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer (created by Shawn McGrath and Brad Hughes), Premal Gandhi (UC Support Escalation Engineer), Matthew Fresoli (Supportability Program Manager) and Jason Stine (Senior Lead Program Manager) have been busy designing and writing a complimentary tool: The Office Communications Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer.
The tool is available at https://www.TestOcsConnectivity.com
The Office Communications Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer is a web site for IT Administrators to validate and diagnose end-to-end Office Communications Server scenarios. The site simulates multiple Office Communications Server client access scenarios from outside the customer's infrastructure and reports whether the test was successful. If the test fails, we inform the IT Admin exactly where in the process it failed as well as provide troubleshooting tips on resolving the issue.
In this beta version, the tool provides the following end-to-end tests:
· Office Communications Server Remote Connectivity
· Office Communications Server Remote Connectivity w/AutoDiscover
We will be expanding the Office Communications Server scenarios in the next few months to include the following:
· Deeper level of diagnostic information - MSDiagnostics header
· More detailed troubleshooting information based on MSDiagnostic header
· Additional tests
If you have feedback on the tool or suggestions for additional tests or improvements, please use the feedback link provided on the site.
Read more at source: http://blogs.msdn.com/scottos/archive/2009/07/28/announcing-the-office-communications-server-remote-connectivity-analyzer.aspx