August 2008 - Posts
Ross Smith IV announced at the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog that the Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator v15.6 has been released to the general public.
According to the updates tracking page at the You Had Me At EHLO blog, the changes include some bug fixes as well as some enhancements.
To get the detailed instructions on how to use it, read Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator.
Microsoft finally announced its support for Exchange Server 2007 in a virtualized environment. Exchange will not only be supported under Hyper-V, but also under any hypervisor validated under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).
Here's an excerpt from the post announcing this at the You had me at EHLO blog.
- Microsoft now supports Exchange Server 2007 SP1 running Hyper-V or hypervisors validated under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).
- Microsoft is waiving its 90-day license reassignment policy to enable customers who virtualize Exchange to move their licenses between servers within a data farm as often as necessary.
For all the details, please read Microsoft Support Policies and Recommendations for Exchange Servers in Hardware Virtualization Environments.
Bharat did a wonderful job gathering the required conditions for full support:
What's supported: Exchange Server 2007 SP1 running on Windows Server 2008
Supported Exchange 2007 Server Roles: All except Unified Messaging
What Hypervisor: Microsoft Hyper-V, or any hypervisor validated by MSVVP
Not supported: Differencing disks and expandable virtual disks
Not supported: Taking VM snapshots (these aren't application-aware)
Not supported: Combining Exchange's clustering features (SCC and CCR) with availability features from the virtualization layer, such as Hyper-V's quick migration.
As usual, the Microsoft Exchange Team posts about the most important updates to the Exchange Server content.
On their latest post, Exchange Server Documentation Updates - August 2008, they highlight the following topics:
- Server Installation and Automation Guides: This section of content provides guidance on how to formally document your organization's Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 build process, take steps to automate the build process to improve consistency, and reduce the possibility of operator error during server build and deployment. Installation guide templates cover both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003.
- Managing Public Folders with the Exchange Management Shell: This article gives tips and tricks for the day-to-day management of public folders by using the Exchange Management Shell.
- White Paper: Continuous Replication Deep Dive: Continuous replication is a key feature of Exchange Server 2007. Read about the technical details and inner workings of continuous replication technology in this white paper.
The Forefront Server Security Team has just announced that Forefront for Exchange SP1 Rollup 3 is now available.
Please note that, at this time, you must contact Microsoft Support in order to obtain Rollup 3 for Forefront, since there isn't a download link available yet.
Rollup 3 resolves the following issues:
- 954564: The scan engines are not updated in Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP1, and a Dr. Watson event is logged.
- 954578: Sender notifications are not sent in Forefront Security for Exchange Server Service Pack 1 if the "From" field in the original e-mail message header has multiple lines.
- 951761: Rollup version not displayed in the Forefront Help menu - About Forefront.
- 951936: The General Options screen goes blank in Forefront for Exchange when you use the Tab key to scroll through the options.
- 951920: The Forefront Administrator crashes when attempting to close it while the "License Information" pop-up is open.
- 951921: The FSCController service cannot start-up successfully if a corrupt .fdb configuration file is loaded.
- 954092: Engine Updates taking more than 5 minutes to download do not complete.
- 951922: FSCDiag.exe now collects process and PID information from your Forefront server.
- 951923: Forefront for Exchange may see the following issue: ADGetStorage - Could not bind to Active Directory configuration context. Error code: 80005000.
- 952040: Forefront for Exchange will now scan for WMV files that have had their extensions renamed.
- 952039: Forefront for Exchange does not manually scan Public Folders if non-MAPI Public Folders are in the organization.
- 954577: The Start menu shortcut that points to Forefront for Exchange does not work in the German version of Windows Server 2008.
- 954565: Nested .msg attachments are not detected as nested attachments in e-mail messages in Forefront Security for Exchange Server Service Pack 1.
- 954093: The Filter List order is not updated on scan jobs when you delete and recreate a filter list of the same name.
- 953965: Forefront for Exchange may corrupt messages when attaching messages whose subject lines match a file filter set to Delete/Remove.
- 954561: You are unable to update scan engines through a proxy on a computer that is running Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP1.
- 954094: FSCDiag does not collect engine version info in the verForeFront.csv file when installed on a cluster.
- 954907: E-mail messages are not sent when you are running Forefront Security for Exchange Server Service Pack 1.
- 954934: Added a log message upon failure of setting up an active/passive Forefront cluster.
- 954911: A scan job fails on a computer that is running Forefront Security for Exchange Server Service Pack 1.
- 954941: E-mail messages start to build into a queue and the Fsctransportscanner.exe process uses lots of memory when Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP1 is running.
- 953956: Forefront for Exchange false detecting winmail.dat files as corruptedcompressedfile virus
- 954942: You cannot collect data when you try to use the Forefront Server Security Management Console on an SCC cluster that has Forefront for Exchange with Service Pack 1 installed.
- 955010: The FSCDiag.exe utility does not collect the correct data in Forefront Security for Exchange Server Service Pack 1.
I got this info while reading Pro-Exchange: the Exchange 2003 Powerpack for PowerGUI is now available.
The author of this wonderful tool, Jonathan Medd, decided that it was about time to have the means to manage Exchange Server 2003 with PowerShell!
"Since I'm not lucky enough to work with Exchange 2007 yet and the fact that I seem to be able to use Powershell for pretty much everything else I need to do I decided to make a stab at an Exchange 2003 powerpack so that I could use Powershell easily to manage Exchange 2003."
Dmitry Sotnikov writes:
"His powerpack for Exchange 2003 has 53 (!) different nodes/links/actions exposing features ranging from mailbox and server management to address books and message queues.
And because this is a PowerGUI pack, you can see all the PowerShell code behind each and every item by just clicking the PowerShell Code tab, or even tweak the things a bit by going into the Properties."
Go get it!
While reading the MS Exchange Blog, I learnt about the iPhone Exchange Issues List, a site managed by Omar Shahine that attempts to catalog all the known issues (bugs, feature requests) with Exchange Sync on the iPhone 2.0 Software.
The issues are organized by area below.
Although you could install the remote management tools for Exchange Server 2007 since the release of Service Pack 1, it was not possible until today to install the Exchange 2003 System Manager on Windows Vista.
So, if you want to administer Exchange Server 2003 from your Windows Vista desktop, please download Exchange System Manager for Windows Vista.
Exchange System Manager for Exchange Server 2003 running on the Windows Vista operating system
This download will allow installing and operating the Exchange System Manager for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 on Windows Vista OS
Please read carefully the Release Notes where, among other things, you can learn about the prerequisites:
The recently refreshed Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 has been updated to version 6.0.6363.0.
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 management pack is designed to be used for monitoring Exchange 2007 events, collecting Exchange component-specific performance counters in one central location, and for raising alerts for operator intervention as necessary. By detecting, sending alerts, and automatically responding to critical events, this management pack helps indicate, correct, and prevent possible service outages or configuration problems, allowing you to proactively manage Exchange servers and identify issues before they become critical. The management pack monitors and provides alerts for automatic notification of events indicating service outages, performance degradation, health monitoring, and centralized management.
This Management Pack requires Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1.
This Management Pack requires the Operations Manager 2007 updates specified in Knowledge Base articles 950853, 951979 and 951380 (see the Management Pack Guide for details).
- 10/12/2007 - Original Release, version 6.0.5000.0
- 6/22/2008 - Updated Release, version 6.0.6278.12
- 7/24/2008 - Updated Release, version 6.0.6363.0
The September 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 cover story is about security and ISA Server 2006, which is the preferred reverse proxy to publish all the Exchange Server 2007, and to protect the whole messaging environment, since ISA Server is an Enterprise-Class firewall.
These are some of the articles from this edition that I would like to highlight: