Daily Archives: March 17, 2005

Blogcast: The Exchange team start to demo!

As Michael pointed out in his blog, the Exchange team have created lots of blogcasts, 5-10 minute demos of Exchange.  Lots of stuff about Upgrading from 5.5 to 2003, Fighting spam, and Disaster recovery.

They’re certainly worth bookmarking if you ever need to configure the IMF or something similar, and like Michael, they’ve saved me a job…

There are quite a few blogcasts now – just see whats out there!


Blogcast: Customising your Outlook calendar

Allister has taken blogcasting to heart and has produced 2 blogcasts on customising the Outlook calendar and published them on his blog.  The blogcasts covers the sort of stuff that we should already know – but tend to ignore as we get stuck into a pattern of working in a certain way.  It’s really nice to get someone elses way of working on something you take for granted each day…

Part 1 is 1.4mb and runs for 7:52

Part 2 is 1.6mb and runs for 8:52.

I was also going to upload these blogcasts onto Brians excellent blogcast repository, as I’m responsible for “persuading” him to start with my initial email to Rod, but I notice that Allister, shamelessly plugging himself has got there first!..

There are links to other blogcasts here…

ExBPA 2.0 now released

It’s now on the web…


Announcing the second version of the highly popular Exchange Server Best Practices Analyser tool (BPA).  To date over 200,000 customers have downloaded and run the tool.  Exchange Server Best Practices Analyser automatically examines an Exchange Server 2000 or 2003 deployment and determines if the configuration is set according to Microsoft best practices.

New in the Exchange BPA V 2.0 release:

  • · Support for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005
  • · Available in all server languages:  French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Korean
  • And much more…DNS collector, new export capabilities, improved scanning scope, command line flexibility, group expansion collector, last backup times collector, permission checking infrastructure, perf sampling, scheduling capabilities


Maintaining the health and optimal performance of a Microsoft Exchange Server deployment just got easier. You might think of this tool as a “Microsoft engineer in-a-box”. By pairing our infrastructure expertise and Microsoft’s tool, we will analyze the configuration and health of your entire deployment, or even a specific server, and offer step-by-step guidance to help resolve issues.

Tool Highlights:

  • · Generates a list of issues, such as suboptimal configuration settings or unsupported options
  • · Judges the overall health and captures a summary of the entire Exchange environment
  • · Helps troubleshoot specific server deployment problems
  • · Points you to self-updating help documentation to get to a resolution fast


For more information see: http://web.archive.org/web/20051210052427/http://www.microsoft.com/exchange and http://web.archive.org/web/20051210052427/http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/downloads

There will be a Webcast on 10 May, 2005.

The original Webcast was posted to http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032259582&CountryCode=US and the May 2005 Webcast will be linked from http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/tnexchangeserver.mspx