September 2008 - Posts
The latest* Unified Communications technical rollup covers the following topics:
As usual, this information is posted every month at the Technical Rollup blog.
*UPDATE: The October 2008 Technical Rollup Mail - Unified Communications was also posted today.
I was planning this for some time now and I finally did it!
If you're a fan of Microsoft Unified Communications (and also the movie Trainspotting), check my new blog: UCspotting - http://blogs.technet.com/ucspotting/.
The blog will be dedicated to the whole UC platform, which includes Office Communications Server and Exchange.
I hope you like it.
Ross Smith IV announced at the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog that the Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator has been updated to version 16.0.
According to the updates tracking page at the You Had Me At EHLO blog, these are the Bug Fixes / Enhancements:
- The changes introduced in v15.6 in the Storage Design worksheet introduced a logic error where the recommended RAID Configuration / Server would recommend a null configuration when you selected "--" for the database disk type in Configuration 3. This has been corrected to ensure that only enabled disk configurations are considered when making a recommendation.
- Validation logic was added to the custom database size input factor to remind you that you need to enter in a value greater than 0.
- Fixed various input factor comments.
- Fixed RAID-0 calculations for the database and log configuration options 2 and 3. In previous releases, the RAID-0 values for these configurations were utilizing the RAID-1/0 data points.
- Updated the backup and restore rate input factors to indicate that these only apply for steaming backup calculations. Also added validation logic to disable the input options when VSS backup methodologies are chosen.
- Fixed the streaming backup rate calculations to include all transaction logs generated in a day (user generation + move mailbox). Previous releases only considered user log generation.
- Updated the text and note for the "Additional I/O Requirement" field to indicate that the input value is per mailbox server.
- Added streaming restore calculations for both full database restore and incremental / differential backup restore to the Backup requirements worksheet.
- Added the following note to the Storage Design worksheet - Important: This tool should only be used for storage modeling purposes. Please consult with the storage vendor regarding storage design and follow recommended storage design testing processes. The example configuration provided within this calculator is just that, an example, and as such, each input option needs to be evaluated as to how it will affect your design.
To get the detailed instructions on how to use it, read Exchange 2007 Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator.
Exchange MVP Jim McBee has recently posted on his blog the links to download all the presentations he made in the past Connections conferences:
Are you still using Microsoft Outlook 2003? If yes, you might be interested in this Update for Outlook 2003 (KB924423).
This update provides holidays for the Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 calendar for the years 2007 through 2012.
You can get specific information about this update in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article Description of the Update for Outlook 2003 (KB924423).
Note: Users of Indonesian, Malay, Urdu, and Vietnamese language versions of Microsoft Office 2003 can download and install office2003-KB924423-fullfile-enu.exe. Refer to the Instructions section below for details.
Note: Administrators should refer to the Administrator resources section.
If you have Microsoft Outlook 2003, do one of the following:
- Install Update for Outlook 2003 (KB924423). To do this, follow these steps:
- Download the .exe file by clicking on the Download button at the top of the page, and then save the file to your hard disk drive.
- office2003-KB924423-fullfile-enu.exe: You should download this file if you have access to your original product CD-ROM. You might need to provide the installation source during patch installation if you have previously updated your product.
- It is recommended that you quit any programs you are running.
- In Windows Explorer, double-click the .exe file that you saved to your hard disk drive, and follow the instructions on the screen.
Administrators working in managed environments can find complete resources for deploying Office updates in an organization on the Office Admin Update Center. On that site, scroll down and look under the Update Resources section for the product version you are updating.
The download for this update is available by clicking on the Download button at the top of the page. You can double-click the executable package to begin installation, or extract the patch files (MSP files) by using a command line. The command line and instructions are included in the Knowledge Base article (197147): Command-Line Switches For IExpress Software Update Packages.
See the Microsoft Knowledge Base article Description of the Update for Outlook 2003 (KB924423) for further information about this update.
The 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.
Virtualization, virtualization and more virtualization, that's the story of this issue.
So, maybe now it's a good time to review Microsoft official policy about virtualizing Exchange servers: Microsoft Support Policies and Recommendations for Exchange Servers in Hardware Virtualization Environments.
Microsoft has just 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:
ExInsight for Microsoft Exchange is a free real-time monitoring and statistics tool for Microsoft Exchange. Here's a description taken form the bitrunes site:
ExInsight is a free monitoring and statistics tool that provides a real-time view of the internals of Exchange Server transactions and allows you to evaluate individual user's usage of Exchange Server.
This tool is especially useful for Exchange administrators and developers. By using this tool, you can gather real-time data about the users in an Exchange environment and learn more about the inner workings of MAPI, OWA, POP3, IMAP4, NNTP and other protocols.
ExInsight helps you to understand how individual users affect the performance of an Exchange Server, analyze application usage of Microsoft Exchange, and guide troubleshooting of applications that depend on Microsoft Exchange.
Scalable Networking Pack (SNP) is a feature that was introduced with Windows Server 2003 and that also exists in Windows Server 2008 (but it's turned off by default).
Although SNP was a good idea, as it could improve network performance, it may have some adverse effects on Exchange (for more details, read Windows 2003 Scalable Networking pack and its possible effects on Exchange).
After the report of these problems, Microsoft released a hotfix that would disable SNP features. A new hotfix has now been released, if you installed the first one, I strongly advise you to go and get this new one.
The Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync Web Administration Tool v08.01.0240.006 is now available for download.
The Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync Web Administration tool enables administrators to manage the process of remotely erasing lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised mobile devices.
By using the Exchange Server ActiveSync Web Administration tool, administrators can perform the following actions:
• View a list of all devices that are being used by any enterprise user
• Select/De-select devices to be remotely erased
• View the status of pending remote erase requests for each device
• View a transaction log that indicates which administrators have issued remote erase commands, in addition to the devices those commands pertained to
The Microsoft Exchange Server ActiveSync Web Administration Tool is designed for use with Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 and Exchange Server 2007 RTM and SP1 and compatible mobile devices.
There are three versions of the Exchange Server ActiveSync Web Adminstration Tool that you may download depending on the version of Exchange deployed in your organization.
First, for Exchange Server 2003 SP2 only deployments, please select the downloadable file named "MobileAdmin (Ex2003).exe".
Second, for Exchange Server 2007 only or mixed Exchange environments (Exchange Server 2007 and 2003 SP2) where this tool will be installed on a 32-bit Windows Operating System, please select the downloadable file named "MobileAdmin (32-bit).msi".
Third, for Exchange deployments similiar to the second deployment scenario above, but this tool will be installed on a 64bit Windows Operating System, please select the downloadable file named "MobileAdmin.msi".
Microsoft Office Labs released recently a cool prototype tool: Email Prioritizer.
"Email Prioritizer is a plug-in for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 (running on Exchange Server) that helps you manage email overload. This concept test provides a “do not disturb” button that temporarily pauses new email arrival, and prioritizes email with a 0-3 star rating system. We hope this prototype helps you focus on the emails that are most important to you."
Requirements: This prototype requires Outlook 2007 running on Exchange Server.