Monthly Archives: December 2005

Exchange 64 bit – the definative story!

Well since I gleefully announced at IT Forum that Exchange was going to ship in 64 bit only, everyone has been  rather keen to find out all the facts.  I promised that the Exchange Team would be blogging about it – but I had to wait a while.  Quite a long while in fact…

Well Nino mailed me and pointed me to the definative article on 64 bit Exchange over on the Exchange Team blog.  So read it, and you’ll know exactly what the design decisions were, and the benefits of placing this on the 64 bit platform.

So my 15 minutes of fame are now over…. Read and enjoy.

And a happy New Year to everyone – and here’s to a great 2006! 


Customising your Desktop Search deployment..

I use this all the time – and use the most basic of features to find what I’m looking for – but now I’ve found the Desktop Search Administrators guide on Technet.  Fantastic!  This now allows you to customise how you deploy Desktop search to your organisation and control via group policy which files are indexed.

Here’s a tip though.  When you deploy Desktop Search – be sure to include this list of query syntax and resources to get the best out of your searches.Print this page out and give it to each user – then they’ll make Desktop Search fly…

More Local Live stuff…

So Blake pointed me to his article on the best bits of Virtual Earth (now Local Live after I blogged about it the other day.  He’s certinly very thorough!  So come on Blake, how about a bake off / comparison for other parts of the world Europe / Australia / Singapore? 🙂

And I’ll try to follow your New year wishes and not waffle on too much next year… So I’ll try not to flood your RSS reader with stuff that everyone else has picked up on first.  I’ll look for the daft stuff too…

Exchange 12 Server roles

Shaji has written a useful article about the forthcoming roles available in Exchange 12.  His site contains a useful set of Exchange related resources on E12 and Messaging and he’s certainly well informed :-).  He also links to some useful Exchange User group sites throughout the world too.

What do you think about user groups? Either face to face or online?  I’m asking as the Exchange user group in the UK (which used to be a storming  and active group) has gone a bit quiet of late and I wondered if it was worth reviving with the advent of Exchange 12 and Office 12.  So if you’re interested in this happening, or want to contribute / own / create etc. please let me know and we can get things going.  I was thinking of the sort of messaging community that covers Reat Time Collaboration, messaging clients and the back end infrastructure itself.

What do you think?  Want to volunteer?…

Microsoft Virtual Earth – now Live local

I’ve been playing around with all of the thinkgs that I’d flagged to have a look at over the past few weeks, but never quite had the dime to get on and do things, but now its the holiday season, my Inbox is mercifully quiet, and I’ve got time to catch up and look at all of the things that interest me…

So I’ve been having a look at Windows Live Local which now includes much more detail than before.  I can see my car in the drive now… spooky.  And the driving directions are interesting too…

It’s not showing the 3″ of snow though that are blanketing the fields around me at the moment.  Now that really would be Windows Live!


Exmerge v Recover Mailbox Data

My blog yesterday talked about the dangers of writing an email after you’ve been drinking.  Well Nino has highlighted all the things I got wrong in my blog entry which proves that it’s also not a good idea to blog late in the evening after 3 glasses of wine… Oops.  Here’s what he said…

Exmerge used to be on the CD in E2000… but with Exchange 2003, it is NOT on the CD anymore but you have to get it off the Exchange 2003 Tools site:
The Recover Mailbox Data does not actually resolve the scenario you mentioned (email removal based on the subject) – Exmerge does. Recover Mailbox Data replaced Exmerge after you restore to a Recovery Storage Group but not when you need to yank the message out of the store. For yanking the message out of the store – you still need Exmerge and you have to use the option to “Archive messages to a target store” – and the document that comes with Exmerge explains how to do so…

Oh heck – I’ll stick to celebrating the festive season and stop blogging when I’m tipsy.  Happy holidays, and thanks Nino for putting me right.  I now owe you even more beer! 

Oops – They really shouldn’t have sent that mail!

Well it’s the holiday season, office parties are well under way, and certain people may have overindulged in a little drop too much of the hard stuff, and they just may have gone back to the office and just maybe, may have sent an email that they’ve instantly regretted.  To the whole company.  That rambles a bit. And may just be misconstrued…. Get the picture? 
It’s that AARGH! moment, and you realise straight away that you’ve made a horrible mistake.

Well today, I received an email marked URGENT, followed by a desperate phone call to my desk phone, folowed by a totally desperate phone call to one of my colleagues’ mobile phones when we were out on our Christmas lunch today (my mobile phone was on silent and I hadn’t picked up the call). 

Patrick, wanted to know (really urgently) if there was a tool that let him delete an email message via subject and sender across the whole information store.  He needed this now, right now, as a totally inappropriate mail had been sent out to company employees. Oh heck..

Well, Help is at hand with Exmerge… Exmerge is on the Exchange CD\support folder.  Also, the Recover Mailbox Data tool has replaced Exmerge in the majority of cases after SP1 though.  Here’s how it works..

1. Select the mailbox from the store restored into recovery storage group through Exchange System Manager. (Users can be bulk-selected or single-selected for recovery, although only from one mailbox store at a time).
2. Select Recover Mailbox Data, and then click Next.
3. Verify the destination for the data, and then click Next.
Note: The Recover Mailbox Data Wizard inspects the msExchOrigMDB attribute on the store within the recovery storage group to determine the domain name of the original database that we merge the data back into.
4. Decide if the data should be merged or copied.
Select Merge Data to:
   • Merge data back into its corresponding folders.
   • Recover data to mailboxes after a dial-tone mailbox store recovery.
Select Copy Data to:
   • Copy all data (the entire mailbox hierarchy) into a folder in the user’s mailbox. This folder name is localized and is located in the root of the user’s Inbox. 
   • Recover a message or messages to an individual mailbox without impacting existing messages in the mailbox.
5. After this, you can choose to schedule the actual copy or merge process (much like Move Mailbox can be scheduled in Exchange 2003). If any corrupted items are encountered during the merge, they are logged into the detailed log and the merge continues uninterrupted. There is no way to set a maximum number of corrupted items like there is with mailbox moves.

Hopefully Patrick managed to save the day – he never called me back so he’s either still in the server room panicking, or he’s in the pub drowning his sorrows… 🙂

Have a look at the mailbox recover data feature here