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MSExchange.org Newsletter of January 2006

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MSExchange.org Newsletter
January 2006

In this issue: Welcome to the MSExchange.org newsletter! Each month we will bring you interesting and helpful information on Exchange Server. We want to know what all *you* are interested in hearing about. Please send your suggestions for future newsletter content to: henrik@msexchange.org

RoadSync - Secure, Wireless and Direct Access to Exchange Server 2003 Data via Exchange ActiveSync

RoadSync is Exchange ActiveSync for non-Microsoft devices. This means wireless access to your Exchange Server 2003 data without the need for middleware or a desktop redirector. Support for "Direct Push" email and "Remote Wipe" is available in preview for Symbian UIQ and Symbian Series 80 devices, including the Sony Ericsson P900/P910, Motorola A1000, Nokia 9300 and 9500. RoadSync is also available for Palm OS and select Java MIDP 2.0 devices (including Treo and Motorola RAZR). Download the Free Evaluation Kit Today.



1. Welcome to the first MSExchange.org newsletter!

By Henrik Walther, Exchange MVP, MCSE

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the first edition of the MSExchange.org newsletter!

I must admit I've looked forward to writing this newsletter, which is the latest initiative here on MSExchange.org. Many of you are probably already satisfied readers of the newsletter on our sister site ISAserver.org (which my colleague the ISA Server guru himself Tom Shinder has been writing for quite a few years now), and our hope is you will enjoy the MSExchange.org newsletter just as much.

In this edition, our main focus will be on Exchange 12 (E12) and the Messaging and Security Feature Pack, but should you have any ideas for content in a future edition, you're more than welcome to shoot me an e-mail at Henrik@msexchange.org.

So will 2006 be an exciting one when it comes to the Exchange Server product?

You bet! 2006 will most likely be the most exciting year since Exchange 2000 was released back in 2000, because if everything goes according to plan, the next major version of Exchange (codenamed E12) will RTM (Release To Manufacturing) in Q4, although there's a slight chance we won't see it before Q1 2007.

My Christmas started early, in the beginning of December 2005, since that was when I received my first copy of Exchange 12 BETA 1. I've been playing with it in my test lab ever since, and let me make one thing clear, even though E12 is in the BETA 1 stage it's absolutely awesome. I especially like that E12 is built on top of Monad, meaning everything you can do via the GUI (and more) can be done via the Monad Command Shell as well. I've already begun writing a few Exchange 12 articles, so look forward to seeing them get published here on MSExchange.org in the near future.

Speaking of E12 it should come as no surprise that many of you would do anything in order to be invited to join the Exchange 12 BETA program. Unfortunately the current Exchange 12 BETA program is only available to approximately 1400 customers around the world (who joined the Exchange 12 Technical Adoption Program which you can read more about here), as well as the Microsoft Exchange MVPs. But the disappointment stops here, because according to several Microsoft sources a special Exchange 12 BETA should be included in the TechNet March shipment, so if you're currently a TechNet subscriber you definitely have something to look forward to!

Other exciting Exchange related things that will happen in 2006, actually already happening in Q1, is the release of the Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP). This will make it possible to do OTA (Over The Air) synchronization using the new Direct Push technology - which over time will replace the existing Always-up-to-date (AUTD) technology, configure Exchange mobile device security policies, take advantage of certificate-based authentication, as well as make use of S/MIME just like is the case in Outlook 2003 and OWA 2003 today.

So does this mean we can download the MSFP from Microsoft.com in the near future?

The answer is no and this is a general misunderstanding. Microsoft will not provide the MSFP as a download, instead you'll need to get it via your mobile provider. This will typically be in the form of a firmware upgrade, but only if the mobile provider decides to offer it. This can depend on many things such as type of mobile provider, brand and model of the mobile device, etc.

Among a few other devices, I'm the lucky owner of an Imate JasJar device, and have been informed by Imate support that they will release an update including the MSFP when ready (which if everything goes according to plan should be sometime in February). If you're in doubt, I recommend you contact to your mobile providers.

That's all for this time. Again, should you have any ideas for content in future editions of the MSExchange.org newsletter, you're more than welcome to shoot me an email at Henrik@msexchange.org.

Note from the Editor: All the staff at MSExchange.org warmly congratulate Henrik, who earlier this month became the proud father of a baby boy! Henrik's first child is a most welcome newcomer to the Exchange community :-)

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By Henrik Walther

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The book covers topics such as how to:

  • Secure OWA 2003 (including many real world tips and tricks)
  • Configure and secure SMTP
  • Setup protocol and client encryption
  • Delegate and control permissions
  • Combating spam and virus


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RoadSync - Secure, Wireless and Direct Access to Exchange Server 2003 Data via Exchange ActiveSync

RoadSync is Exchange ActiveSync for non-Microsoft devices. This means wireless access to your Exchange Server 2003 data without the need for middleware or a desktop redirector. Support for "Direct Push" email and "Remote Wipe" is available in preview for Symbian UIQ and Symbian Series 80 devices, including the Sony Ericsson P900/P910, Motorola A1000, Nokia 9300 and 9500. RoadSync is also available for Palm OS and select Java MIDP 2.0 devices (including Treo and Motorola RAZR). Download the Free Evaluation Kit Today.



3. MSExchange.org Learning Zone Articles of Interest

We have a great group of articles in the Learning Zone that will help you get a handle on your most difficult configuration issues. Here are just a few of the newer and more interesting articles:

4. KB Articles of the Month

Here are some interesting and useful MSExchange related Q articles posted by Microsoft in the last month:

I know some of these KB articles aren't that new, but they haven't really been that relevant before now, as the first Windows Mobile 5.0 devices with the Message and Security Feature Pack have just started to ship.

5. Post of the Month

little_peet came with the below neat trick on the Message boards.

IMF abuse sender filter as white list
Ok i don't know if anybody finds this useful and i am taking no responsibility for this. But since a lot of questions are on the net asking for a white list solution for Intelligent Message Filter.

If you use this it disables the senders block functionality, but since i wasn't using that i abused it for a while.

In the senders filter under Global settings->message filtering->properties->sender filtering

Add the addresses you want to get white listed.

Check the options and only the options:

- Archive filtered messages
- Accept messages without notifying sender

open up a command prompt and navigate to your mailroot folder (drive:\program files\Exchsrvr\Mailroot\vsi n\)

Make a NTFS junction with Linkd (from Microsoft Windows 2003 Server Resource Kit) or Junction (from Sysinternals) with the following command:

Junction filter pickup

This will make a symbolic link to the Pickup directory named filter. All messages filtered with the sender filter are then stored in the Pickup folder and delivered to the correct inbox.

For everybody out there, only try this if you know what you are doing, because this can throw emails in a black hole.

Ones configured test it for a good time with a none-mission critical mailbox.

The original post by little_peet can be found here.

RoadSync - Secure, Wireless and Direct Access to Exchange Server 2003 Data via Exchange ActiveSync

RoadSync is Exchange ActiveSync for non-Microsoft devices. This means wireless access to your Exchange Server 2003 data without the need for middleware or a desktop redirector. Support for "Direct Push" email and "Remote Wipe" is available in preview for Symbian UIQ and Symbian Series 80 devices, including the Sony Ericsson P900/P910, Motorola A1000, Nokia 9300 and 9500. RoadSync is also available for Palm OS and select Java MIDP 2.0 devices (including Treo and Motorola RAZR). Download the Free Evaluation Kit Today.



6. MSExchange Links of the Month

It's no secret that there's been a lot of hype around whether the final release of Exchange 12 (E12) would support 32-bit or not. Many of you probably already know that Exchange 12 (E12) will only support 64-bit. In order to find out why the Exchange team made that decision, I suggest you check out the two resources below.

Microsoft Exchange "12": Frequently Asked Questions about Exchange "12":

http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/preview/faq.mspx

Exchange 12 and 64-bit:

http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/12/29/416613.aspx

Are you using BlackBerry or Goodlink in your organization be sure to check out below post over at the MS Exchange Team blog.

BlackBerry and GoodLink users may be unable to send messages after applying latest Exchange 2003 store hotfixes

http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2006/01/13/417440.aspx

Below is a 3 part series on Windows kernel memory management and Exchange Server which is an absolutely must read

Microsoft Windows Kernel Memory Management and Microsoft Exchange Server (part 1):

http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/12/07/415733.aspx

Configuring Hot-Add and Large Memory for Exchange 2003 (part 2):

http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/12/14/416065.aspx

Large Security Tokens and Kernel Memory Exhaustion (part 3):

http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/archive/2005/12/28/416551.aspx

7. Ask Henrik Walther a question

QUESTION: I've just taken over the role as an Exchange admin here in the company. They have a single Exchange 2003 Server and my first task is to get OWA 2003 up and running. The previous admin screwed up the settings on several of the OWA virtual directories; do you know how I can re-install the OWA 2003 component?

ANSWER:

Well there's no way to re-install the OWA 2003 component alone, but you can typically resolve this type of issue by using one of the methods mentioned in MS KB article: 883380 - How to reset the default virtual directories that are required to provide Outlook Web Access, Exchange ActiveSync, and Outlook Mobile Access services in Exchange Server 2003.

Because each OWA virtual directory is deleted and then re-created, all settings are set back to the defaults.

When things are up and running again, also be sure to secure the traffic between the OWA server and your clients by implementing SSL. You can do this using a self-issued certificate or buy one from a 3rd party provider. If you want a step by step guide showing you how to do this, be sure to check out the below 2 articles:

SSL Enabling OWA 2003 using your own Certificate Authority:
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/SSL_Enabling_OWA_2003.html

SSL Enabling OWA 2003 Using a Free 3rd Party Certificate:
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/SSL-Enabling-OWA-2003-Using-Free-3rdParty-Certificate.html

For additional OWA 2003 tips and tricks you may also find the below sample chapter from my Exchange book interesting.

Securing Exchange Server 2003 & Outlook Web Access: Chapter 5 on MSExchange.org!:
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Securing-Exchange-Server-2003-Outlook-Web-Access-Chapter5.html

RoadSync - Secure, Wireless and Direct Access to Exchange Server 2003 Data via Exchange ActiveSync

RoadSync is Exchange ActiveSync for non-Microsoft devices. This means wireless access to your Exchange Server 2003 data without the need for middleware or a desktop redirector. Support for "Direct Push" email and "Remote Wipe" is available in preview for Symbian UIQ and Symbian Series 80 devices, including the Sony Ericsson P900/P910, Motorola A1000, Nokia 9300 and 9500. RoadSync is also available for Palm OS and select Java MIDP 2.0 devices (including Treo and Motorola RAZR). Download the Free Evaluation Kit Today.