Monthly Archives: July 2006

Running POP and IMAP on Exchange 2007

Steve asked me a question the other day about Exchange 2007 server roles and where he could install POP and IMAP services.  He’d previously installed these services on a cluster and wondered where he could install them.  So I checked around for something on the web, with all of the Beta 2 documentation, things are changing and being updated regularly.   I found this on one of our internal mailing lists however (thanks Mike)

In E2K3, there was no real distinction between server roles.  All protocol heads were available on all roles.

In E2K7, there is a clear distinction of what services are available on which roles:
– SMTP runs on HUB/Edge
– POP/IMAP/OWA/Airsync/OutlookAnywhere (aka RPC/HTTP) runs on CAS (if you wanted the CAS to be able to accept mail for POP/IMAP clients, then you’d also need to install the Hub transport on that server)
– The mailbox is just about storage and the core MAPI protocol

If you want a single server to have both SMTP & POP/IMAP on them, then you will need to install the HUB & CAS roles (You cannot install the Edge role on a server which has the CAS role on it).

If you want to have a look at some of the (beta) documentation for this, have a look at the Exchange documentation on Tech Center.  The articles on POP and IMAP are here...

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Transparency – and a phone number

I was having a chat in the pub after the UC User group on Thursday night and the conversation got around to blogging and why so many Microsoftie’s blogged.  Everyone I chatted to was really positive about the access to the “inside view” of Microsoft that bloggers gave them.  They were particularly complimentary about the fact that we presented the human face of Microsoft, were transparent, accessible, approachable, and always responded to the comments on our blogs.

In the UK we’ve had the team contact email addresses on the TechNet site for some time, it gives us the opportunity to be contactable at any time, so I’ve asked my team if they wanted to follow my lead and put their cell phone number on their blogs too (mine is on the left hand side of my blog home page).  The thing that I’ve been really impressed about is how having this number on my blog has changed the tone of conversations to me.  The calls I’ve received have been really positive about the fact that I’m available for anyone to call, and whilst I’ve not always been able to give an instant answer to the questions I’ve been asked, I’m a point of contact and escalation if needed.  Robert was always really proud of the fact that he could display his cellphone number on his blog in the knowledge that this wouldn’t be abused, and he would accessible when needed.  Well I’m following his advice and so far – it feels rather good to be accessible……  

 

Starting all over again – with Vista

It’s amazing how much stuff you tend to accumulate over a lifetime.  Memories from when you were a child, mementoes from your youth, things that you’ve purchased and used extensively, things you’ve bought and now wonder what the heck you bought them for, and things that you’ve been given which you still have and use from time to time.  This stuff seems to be fairly manageable whilst you’re young, as you only have one bedroom to store things.  But getting your own place contributes to an explosion of stuff.

Well the same is true when you own a PC.  The longer you have it, the more stuff you install onto it.  Stuff you’ve been given, stuff you’ve bought, mementoes and memories.  You forget just how many extra things you’ve installed on the PC.  Until you start again.  As I have.

I really bit the bullet this time and I’ve started afresh with this Vista install.  I started with a network (PXE) boot and chose Vista beta 2 with Office 2007 beta 2 from the drop down menu.  I selected a fresh install into a different directory as I wanted to run Vista with totally clean settings.  By the way, THANK YOU MICROSOFT.  The team that thought up WIM with PXE should be given an extra large bonus.  I selected the option and then went for a coffee.  And Vista installed itself, and Office 2007 whilst I was away. Just like that.  Oh heaven.  So if you’re running an IT department, you really need to look at all of the deployment options for Vista, and play with this one.  It was amazingly easy, and I was up and running, domain joined, and answering emails within about 2 hours.

Today, hasn’t been as productive though… All those things I’d previously installed, Groove, One Note, Live Meeting, Live Communications ServerLive Messenger, the Send a Smile application.  They’ve eaten up my whole day today.

Wouldn’t it be good though for an application like SMS to be totally aware of what’s sitting on my hard drive, create an inventory of their original download locations,  capture all of these locations, and offer them as an option to download and install at the same time.  Now that would be nice…

   

Setting up Windows mobile 5.0 devices with policies

I noticed this on one of our internal aliases the other day – it’s a question that seems to come up quite regularly so it’s something worth repeating to get the word out a bit.  The question was around personalisation. well specifically preventing users doing too much to their devices, whilst maintaining a level of control over them.    

How can you personalize a device by writing custom code in order to:
Prevent installation of additional software on device (no SD Card, no active sync,…)
Prevent user overriding or adding new settings (GPRS, Exchange server, …)
No frills or games

Well we have quite a bit of documentation on provisioning a mobile device here.  You can provision settings like GPRS, Exchange settings, and even customise the Home screen with over 40 CSPs (Configuration Service Providers) you have extensive control over settings. The device can receive XML using a variety of methods including tethered, SD card, and over the air. The Messaging and Securiy Feature Pack (MSFP) and Exchange also give you additional capabilities to push out policies and control access to a device. The security model of Windows Mobile 5.0 uses a 2 tier system which basically gives you a user account which can be restricted and an admin account to administer the device.

We’ve implemented a policy internally at Microsoft, nothing too draconian, just a security implementation that makes sure that the device is locked after a certain lennght of time.  Simple but secure.. Still gives me the flexibility to install all of the new cool and funky stuff on my device when I find a new must have application…

***Errors and link corrected***

System Center Essentials

Gordon has been badgering me to take a look at System Center Essentials for some time now, and especially since we announced that we’re releasing a public beta the other week at TechEd in Boston.  I’d ignored it, not really understanding where it fits into the main part of the System Center suite and where in the market it was offered. So I watched the demo which made a lot os sense.  I particularly like the fact that you can get this up and running in under an hour which isn’t the case with some of our other products.  That’ll be a real benefit to administering the system. 

The product is aimed at mid sized businesses, and will also be built into Small Business Server and Centro too.  So if you’re running SBS and are a little bit overwhelmed with whats going on with your system, then this could be just what you’re looking for.  Download the white paper and think about getting the beta bist to test in your system…

 

Outlook Web Access – right from the Start..

Steve asked a question at our last Technet roadshow concerning OWA, and whilst looking around for the answer, I realised that we don’t have all of the documentation for OWA in one place (Exchange team take note!).  Steve wanted a step by step guide in getting OWA up and running successfully and securely on Exchange 2003.  Nothing complicated, but where to start?  Well, you don’t start looking in the Exchange section of the web.  You start in the ISA section…

Installing and Publishing Outlook Web access:
Customising OWA logon 
Configuring OWA to use S/MIME 
To Administer OWA:
Changing the theme of OWA:

Anything I’ve missed?  Put the link in a comment and help me get this list more comprehensive…

Exchange 2003 and 2007 Documentation

Well I know that this is shamlessly pinched from Blake (who has done all of the hard work on this), but here’s a collection of all of the new resource guides that we’ve released recently for Exchange 2003. 

And if you’re wondering… All of the technical documentation we have on Exchange 2007 is here.

I think that it’s about time I did some Exchange 2007 blogcasts to demo some of the features I covered in the roadshow.  What would you like to see?  Let me guess.  The Unified Messaging demo?  The new UI? OWA? Give me some suggestions and I’ll record something for you…