March 2007 - Posts
is an online publisher that has many eBooks available to download freely. All that is required to access these quality publications, authored by industry experts, such as Fellow MVPs Jim McBee and Paul Robichaux, is a free registration. I decided to compile here the most relevant eBooks about Messaging:
- The Administrator Shortcut Guide to Blocking Spam with Sender Validation (Alan Sugano) - Written by notable computing expert Alan Sugano, this guide will familiarize you with Sender Validation and how it compares with other anti-spam solutions (blacklists, key word filters, Heuristics and Bayesian filtering, etcetera). Since there are many different Sender Validation solutions to choose from, Alan will also help you discover what to look when choosing the right system for your business.
- The Administrator Shortcut Guide to Email Protection (Paul Robichaux) - The Administrator Shortcut Guide to Email Protection will give you critical, need-to-know information to help you properly protect your corporate messaging system from a wide variety of external and internal security threats. Although the book focuses on Microsoft Exchange-based enterprises, the concepts, principles, and methodologies presented within are universally applicable to virtually all messaging platforms.
- The Definitive Guide to Controlling Malware, Spyware, Phishing, and Spam (Dan Sullivan) - The Internet is home to malicious programs that can steal, destroy, and make data inaccessible; spyware that ignores social conventions of privacy to track Internet users' activities online; phishing scams that bring the art of the con artist to new threatening levels; and spam, the inevitable electronic counterpart to direct mail that requires so little investment even miniscule response rates justify its use. This guide explores some of the most pressing threats to businesses and organizations from the Internet along with best practices for addressing them.
- The Definitive Guide to Exchange Disaster Recovery and Availability (Paul Robichaux) - Understanding Exchange disaster recovery can take a while. The first step, naturally enough, is to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of Exchange protection. Later chapters of this guide will describe the specific technologies you can use to improve the availability and recoverability of your messaging system and its related business services; first, though, we have to start with an explanation of the causes of downtime, the general classes of availability and protection technology, and ways to assess your Exchange environment to determine the most effective methods for you to better protect your Exchange infrastructure.
- The Messaging and Web Security Essentials Series (Dan Sullivan) - The Messaging and Web Security Essentials Series is an online article series focused on helping security professionals address the ongoing task of keeping an organization secure from the multitude of online and messaging threats.
- The Shortcut Guide to Exchange Server 2007 Storage Systems (Jim McBee) - The conventional way of planning for Exchange Server storage is to throw a lot of disk storage at the server and hope that is sufficient. Mail storage requirements continue to grow for even average users; these users place more and more capacity requirements not only on disk storage but also on disk I/O capacity. As current capacity requirements are exceeded, the storage system must provide scalability. The Shortcut Guide to Exchange Server 2007 Storage Systems, authored by Microsoft Exchange MVP Jim McBee, covers Exchange Server storage capacity requirement planning, the basics of using iSCSI SANs, and best practices for scalability and SAN operations.
- The Tips and Tricks Guide to Secure Messaging (Jim McBee) - Threats against email systems have evolved to the point that protecting users, mail servers and bandwidth is no longer as simple as installing antivirus software. By some estimates, spam, phishing schemes, viruses, and other unwanted content now make up 70% of all email traffic into an organization's mail servers. The Tips and Tricks Guide to Secure Messaging by messaging expert Jim McBee introduces IT managers and messaging system administrators to the evolving threat landscape, emerging technologies for data protection, and best practices for protecting users, messaging system resources, and organizational data.
Microsoft has just released the March update for the Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter.
"Install this update for Windows Mail to revise the definition files used to detect e-mail messages that should be considered junk e-mail or that may contain phishing content."
The update is available through Microsoft Update
or you can click the following links, according to your OS architecture:
As usual the update comes with the corresponding Knowledge Base article:
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Although the SP1 Beta will only be available next month (RTM is expected by the end of this year) you can already download the Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Release Notes.
Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Beta 1. This document contains the following sections:
- Features that are available in SP1 Beta 1
- Installing SP1 Beta 1
- Known issues
- Workarounds for selected known issues
- Legal notice
For more information about the new SP1 features, read this post at the You Had Me At EHLO blog: Talking Exchange 2007 SP1...
I hadn't had the opportunity yet to talk a little bit about the MVP Summit 2007, which occurred in Redmond from 12 to 15 March.
From a social point of view, it was great, since I had the chance to meet some people I already knew from the online world (in the picture that's Jorge Diaz from Chile, me and Anderson Patricio from Brazil, all Exchange MVPs).
From a technical perspective, the sessions were great, especially one Q&A by Brent from Microsoft, but I can't tell you nothing more about it since I'm under an NDA. Another interesting topic was the next version of Exchange Server, code name Exchange 14 (It's easy to figure out why they skip version 13).
It was also great to notice the quantity of posts that Microsoft or its employees did about the summit. Here are some examples:
This time, I took some days on my return to do a visit to the Big Apple. That's me and my Fellow MVP Alexandre Janeiro on the picture ;-)
And that's all folks, I hope I'll be there next year in April.
Here are some demos about using Transporter Suite in order to migrate from an IBM platform to a Microsoft solution. The battle for market share will continue briefly...
Eileen Brown published, as usual, the list of Exchange and Office webcasts available next month:
More documentation of the collection Microsoft IT Showcase. The PowerPoint presentation Outlook 2007 Rules Get Started shows how to create specific rules in Office 2007 Outlook to route mail into folders, forward mail to other people and devices, and to receive notifications when mail arrives from specific parties.
Managing your e-mail can take a lot of time and energy. Create specific rules in Outlook 2007 to route mail into folders, forward mail to other people and devices, and to receive notifications when mail arrives from specific parties. Topics in this guide:
- Route E-mail from Distribution Lists
- Organize Voice Mail Messages
- Collect Responses for a Meeting Request
- Flag E-Mail Messages
- Create Customized Rules
Microsoft has just released the March 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."
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MS IT Showcase has some new content about Exchange Server 2007. The new technical white paper - Exchange Server 2007 Edge Transport and Messaging Protection - describes how Microsoft IT used all messaging protection features of the Edge Transport server role and Forefront Security for Exchange Server to block, delete, reject, or quarantine unwanted messages.
In deploying the Exchange 2007 based messaging protection solution, Microsoft IT used all messaging protection features of the Edge Transport server role and Forefront Security for Exchange Server to block, delete, reject, or quarantine unwanted messages. To further increase security, servers were hardened and audited for vulnerabilities to ensure readiness for Internet visibility. The many steps that Microsoft IT took to design a network environment, combined with the messaging protection features of Exchange Server 2007, resulted in greater flexibility, fewer false positives, and reduced TCO.
I wrote in a previous post about the new version of Jetstress. But this isn't the only tool that received an update. There are some new and updated tools available at the Microsoft site:
A while after the release of the new Jetstress 2007 (08.01.0038), Microsoft made a minor update to this storage performance testing tool, in order to correct some issues, as described in Hyungmin Lee blog: Jetstress 08.01.0075 has fixed a list of issues
. Here are the links to download the new version (v.08.01.0075):
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.
Note Jetstress is only supported when running with Exchange 2000, Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007 or newer versions of ESE.DLL. Also, due to this support limitation, Jetstress is only supported on Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Advanced Server, Datacenter and newer Windows OS platforms (Windows NT 4.0 and older builds are not supported).