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South Carolina Code Camp 2.0, that is. That's right, we're done. Finished. The End. Turn out the lights, the party's over. Goodnight. Seeya. Bye. The South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 kicked off on Friday, September 15th with an excellent dinner at The Olympian Restaurant for all the speakers and volunteers. This meal was provided by Magenic Technologies and was our way of saying thanks for all the hard work our speakers had done so far and our volunteers were about to do. We hung out for a couple hours ...
Long weekends are vastly deceiving. I cashed in an extra two days of holidays on Thursday and Friday of last week, to join up with the 3 day long weekend to make 5 days of non-working goodness. But here I am, Monday night, feeling like those 5 days have flown by, or I've jumped through a wormhole and came out 5 days later, or something like that. Day 1 - 2: North Dakota BoundWe took a drive down to Grand Forks, ND on Thursday, staying overnight and coming back on Friday. The exchange rate is really ...
The November meeting of the Southern Ohio Exchange User's Group has been tentatively scheduled for the 16th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Max Technical Training's southern Dayton facility. A map and directions can be found here. A more detailed post with a schedule of the speakers will be posted as the event gets closer and everyone has confirmed their participation. Of course we will have food, drink and some choice door prizes. I am also hoping to have some things from O'Reilly books for the group as ...
Over he last couple of months a number of intresting things have hit the streets around BizTalk 2006. New BPM Site Launched A new Business Process Management (BPM) site was recently launched by Microsoft at www.microsoft.com/bpm. Visit this site to learn how integrated, easy to use business process management solutions from Microsoft make it possible for organizations of all sizes to increase sales, reduce costs, optimize existing customer and supplier relationships, and recognize and react quickly ...
A SOAP message using WS-Security is protected by security tokens. These security tokens can be obtained in a variety of ways such as username/password or x509 certificate, Kerberos e.t.c. Even though the SOAP message is now protected the recipient may not be able to use the token due to 1. Security token format incompatibility: The recipient may find the token format incompatible. 2. Security token trust: Even if the recipient can understand and process the token the recipient may be unable to map ...
As I start to ramp up the advertising and collaboration around the Southern Ohio Exchange User's Group I have been approached about an interesting idea. For those unaware of the Southern Ohio geography, Cincinnati anchors the southern border with Kentucky and then approximately 45 minutes north is the smaller city of Dayton. The space between Dayton and Cincinnati has almost been completely developed, and some suggest Dayton could just be a suburb of Cincinnati someday. The Microsoft offices were ...
Amanda has a great overview of the new Exchange 2007 management console over at the EHLO blog. It has some great screenshots and comparisons with the Exchange 2003 ESM to highlight the changes in the way you interact with Exchange 2007. Personally, I love the new console. The three pane layout allows for you to get more done in less screen real estate. However, once I finish mastering the PowerShell, I dont plan on being in the new ESM much ...
Come and see the always excellent Matt Hester in Columbus, Ohio on August 24th at the AMC Easton Town Centre 30. He will be presenting on Windows Vista, Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007. I have seen Matt present several times and he never fails to entertain and present some very in-depth and informational subject matter. And he's an Ohio State fan. He's not perfect however - he likes the Cleveland Browns - a team that cannot buy a center ... see all the details here ...
Install Activesync 4.1 to connect to a Hosted Exchange 2003 mailbox on a Motorola Q Phone IMPORTANT : These instructions are only for the Motorola Q phone. See related article if you have another type of phone. Be sure that you have Outlook open to the correct profile while you do the activesync installation. Be sure that you have the CD that came with your device. Gathering Information Note you will need to know your exchange server address, username, password and domain. Download the certificate ...
Install Certificate to connect to a Hosted Exchange 2003 mailbox on a Motorola Q Phone Prepare the Certificate to add to the Mobile Device You should be able to get the certificate from your Exchange admin. Download Certificate Installer from Microsoft Go to Microsoft and download the "Add Root Certificate Utility for Verizon SmartPhone" The exe should be "VZW_SpAddCert.exe" Go to Microsoft and download the "Add Root Certificate Utility for Verizon SmartPhone" (NOTE: this only works for PocketPC ...
I read with great interest today some specs on the new Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2. Anyone who administers an Exchange messaging system knows the value of something called "Single Instance Storage." Simply put, if I send an email to 50 people, there is not 50 copies of the email taking up space in the mail store. There is one copy with pointers to it from all the other mailboxes. Now imagine applying this principle to file servers. Those 50 people that got that email save the attachment ...
Yep. I sure did. I also find it funny that's been the number on question that I've been asked since I got back. No one seems to want to hear about any of the cool technologies I saw, the interesting people I met or the diseases I picked up at the Gamefest orgy. No one. So, since swag is the number one topic of interest, it is swag you shall hear about. For me, my number one piece of swag comes in the form of trash. I however, will be hanging on to this piece of trash for life. My conference badge ...
A few Exchange blogs have already posted this but I wanted to get it out as well. Exchange Ninja's has put up an Exchange wiki. If you are not familiar with the concept of a wiki go here. Community organization and submission of information - by the community, for the community. This one looks like it is off to a good start. Given that this one focuses on technical topics where there arent always cut and dry correct answers, just "best practices" I will be curious to see how the postings go ...

I love pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words. It is amazing how easily and more quickly technical concepts can be explained with a picture. Here are some great transport diagrams for two new roles in Exchange Server 2007. Hub and Edge Transport roles. From the Exchange Blog.

Yesterday I had bid on a nice SXGA projector, but didn't win the item, being outbid by two people. I thought it quite strange that less than 24 hours later I got a “Second Chance” email to buy the item. After a little communication, it has become very obvious that this is by no means the real seller, as they're claiming to be in Orlando, whereas the real seller lives in Escondido, CA. The most obvious element of fakery is that nestled in the HTML part of the spoofed eBay email is the ...
For those of you working with simple Xml over Http services, WCF has support for what’s called POX (Plain Old Xml) as part of the July CTP. This question comes up many times when I talk to both architects and developers. Many point to the fact that they either have very simple services running for some time or all they need is an Xml payload to be serviced on a request/response exchange pattern over Http. With WCF and POX support, you now have the ability to work with that pattern either with ...
I just returned from a brief vacation with my family in South Florida. I was about as disconnected from technology as I have been in quite some time. I checked my personal email three whole times and never checked my work email (okay I forgot my RSA token!) the whole time. I had a digital camera and an iPod and that about did it. Otherwise it was an all analog time with the wife, kids and family. It is amazing just how much time kids can spend in the water. They would have had me server dinner in ...
Since July 1st Microsoft Dynamics aka MBS changed the requirements for CRM Master Certifications. Have a look here: http://www.microsoft.com/le... If you have partner access you can also have a look here: https://mbs.microsoft.com/p... Maybe you are a MBS CRM Master and don't know it yet. :-) Now you don't need to have the Exchange Certification anymore to get the MBS Master for CRM Installation and Configuration. ...
Just thought I would quickly post about a neat wee piece of kit. I got a T-Mobile MDA Pro WM5 mobile phone. The network just released a patch to enable the exchange email push on it. I discovered www.mail2web.com do a free service that allows you to have an exchange account to which you can forward email and, this in turn allows you to use activesync over a secure connection. Most impresed by this. Works very quickly, nice way of using the inclusive data allowance I have, and of course being able ...
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You can download it here. Beta 2 is feature complete and the Exchange Blog (You Had Me at EHLO) has more details. I recommend downloading it from a country mirror where everyone is asleep right now for faster download speeds.
The using of IMAP to access your mailbox has advantages over POP3 and the difference of their working mechanism can be summarized in the following table. POP3 IMAP Since email needs to be downloaded into desktop PC before being displayed, you may have the following problems for POP3 access: You need to download all email again when using another desktop PC to check your email. May get confused if you need to check email both in the office and at home. The downloaded email may be deleted from the ...
Procedure for recovering your Exchange Calendar and Contacts We recently performed a migration from Microsoft Exchange 5.5 to Microsoft Exchange 2003. It was long coming. I’m very excited to start leveraging some of the great feature of the upgrade. But there were some issues… The main problem was that when I changed my Outlook to point to the new Exchange server, the Contacts and Calendar items that I had imported from my personal .PST weren’t there. Not Good. Fortunately I had ...
Much like it has for Vista, SQL and other technologies Microsoft TechNet has recently launched a community-style forum for Exchange Server 2007. However, at the moment it is short on volume and guidance. Every topic had more posts on Windows Vista issues than Exchange. I don't know what people are thinking, but hopefully a site admin will step up to clean out the discussion areas from off-topic posters and monitor how things progress. Please don't throw it out there and then abandon it. The power ...
Yesterday, I was implementing site wide search functionality for the site I'm working on currently. The site consisted of both&;static XHTML pages as well as dynamic ones (dynamic in the sense that their content comes from DB based on query strings), and is going to be hosted on shared hosting service, so, implementing the search via DB queries or some sort of indexing service (or even writing my own index engine as windows service or so) were all non-available options. I thought, why not use ...
I am pleased to announce the first meeting of the Southern Ohio Exchange Users Group! This has been a long time in the making and I know it is something the area IT Pros will enjoy and get a lot out of. The inaugural meeting is set for September 12th and check-in and welcome is at 6:15 with the meeting kicking off at 6:30pm. It will run to 8:30pm. Food and drink will be graciously provided by Microsoft. The meeting will be held at the Cincinnati area Microsoft offices located in Mason. The registration ...
I recently read a article by Bhaskar Chakrabarti from JP Morgan Chase who started his article with: Often when I start discussing SOA, a story comes to my mind that I first heard from my grand father when I was kid. It is about six blind men who encounter an elephant for the first time in their life. They perceive the animal differently and start fighting amongst themselves. One who touched its tail thought it was a snake, another who got hold of his trunk thought it to be a tree branch, the third, ...
At my company we have a very unique situation. We *WERE* " hubbed " in New Orleans, La till that nasty woman (Katrina) came and turned nola into a bath tub! So we had to move our servers and whatnot to Texas. Now this was all before I got here so don't yell at me if this was not the best solution for the problem. The problem was that the email servers were in texas and after the storm we still had two locations in LA and also had some execs out here to. When they would get big email from ...
Reader J. Pickens responded to my Toyota Camry Hybrid review with the following criticism : Its really too bad that the net energy use by your new hybrid is actually HIGHER than it would be for the non-hybrid version of the Camry. This is due to the extra energy cost of the electric motors, wiring, and, especially, the nickel metal hydride batteries which are not present in the non-hybrid Camry. Add it up, you are getting around an extra 10 to 15mpg for around 150,000 miles of battery lifetime. So, ...
Ok, time to start trying to revive this blog (yeah, how many times have you heard that before from bloggers). Seriously though, most of my blogging takes place over at Team System Rocks!, where I blog about Team System. At the advice of John Alexander (one of the co-founders of Geeks With Blogs), I'm going to start cross-posting information to this blog as well. We'll see how that goes. In other news, I have a new job. I now work for Notion Solutions, a software consulting firm specialing in Visual ...
Microsoft has released two free e-learning courses (much as they did for SQL 2005 – thanks Microsoft!) for Exchange Server 2007. They are with the beta 1 build but at a broad level are applicable and well worth looking in to if you are an Exchange administrator. Clinic 3053: What's New in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Administration Clinic 3054: Overview of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Architecture ...
I would like to officially announce the formation of the Southern Ohio Exchange User's Group! I know SOEUG doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue but it was the best I could do! This group is for IT Professionals in the greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio area with a concentration on messaging technologies; specifically Microsoft Exchange as well as mobility and messaging security. The first meeting will be held in the beginning of September - hopefully at the Cincinnati Microsoft offices if ...
In a previous post, I asked if anyone had a good pattern for accessing Session data from a lower layer (ie, Service Layer) in a multi-layered ASP.NET app WITHOUT reference System.Web. This would be handy to manage all session data from a lower level. Greg Young kindly replied and pointed me in a great direction that led to a pattern I am happy with now. The first task is to implement an interface that we'll use to abstract away the Session implementation: public interface ISessionDataProvider { object ...

The Exchange team has posted the first beta of the online documentation for Exchange Server 2007. Read the post here and find the documentation here.

Listening to The Fray – Over My Head (Cable Car)

All of these are legitimate companies dealing in regular products and services, but they didn't think their domain names through!!! Take note of their 'Domain Names'!!! Some of them are prime candidates for the "What was I thinking?" Award.....ALL of these web sites actually exist, selling something totally benign, (and work-safe, in case you're wondering). 1). A site called 'Who represents' where you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity.Their domain name is: www.whorepresents.com2). ...
Technical Design Considerations for AG and AAC for 10,000 Users · The two following pages detail the caveats and considerations that need to be addressed when designing an AG and AAC Implementation for up to 10,000 Users · It should be kept in mind that these details were documented as of January 2006 and as such there have been some changes since then. · It was anticipated that Citrix would be making reasonable efforts to improve the number of *Tunnels* available to the AG, however ...
I have finally squeezed out a blogcast (done during my lunch break so it is rough – be kind please) and have it posted here. I plan on ramping up in the next one to two weeks, especially with some Exchange 2007 content. Below are some links to the content I reference in the blogcast. Enjoy. Ask the Experts: Windows Vista Disk Imaging with ImageX and Windows Imaging Format (WIM) Windows Vista deployment is based on disk imaging, and the operating system will come with a built-in disk-imaging ...

The Exchange Scripting Center is holding a contest for the best one line PowerShell script that addresses some form of Exchange 2007 administration. See the contest announcement here. The winner will get a trip to the Exchange Server 2007 launch – whenever and wherever that is!

GOPWRSHL and unleash to capabilities of Exchange Server 2007!

The evolution of Web Services Specifications. Web services standardization started with the submission of the SOAP 1.1 specification to the W3C. Later, SOAP with Attachments, and WSDL were submitted to W3C. The adoption and use of the Web services specifications (SOAP and WSDL) have grown for the addition of extended specification supporting addressing, policy, security, transactions, and reliability communication, those are enterprise applications aspects. These extended features are also called ...
I've had a website for years. I won't bother giving out the URL. You don't want to look at it right now because it's a mess. I started this as a place to store useful information such as links and code snippets, but never took it too far. My main use of this website is to get quick access into MSDN, since it's sometimes hard to drill through the menus there. Anyway... I decided to convert it to ASP.Net in an effort to learn more. I thought what better way to learn than to do. I needed and ASP.Net ...
In the latest Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine, it was announced that after a little delay, that the Microsoft Certified Architect Program (MCAP) has gone live. This program takes those with at least ten years of experience in the architecture field with both Microsoft and non-Microsoft products. In the first year, they are only announcing 250 slots, so get in line!. To this date, Microsoft has certified 66 and plans to grant 3,000 within the next five to seven years. The cost of this program ...
A buddy of mine called and mentioned he needed a script to set individual mailbox quotas on user accounts within a specific Exchange Store. Typically you'd accomplish this by creating a mailbox quota policy at the store level or moving the users to another store that can facilitate the extra mailbox space,...however in this case those options were not available. To make it uglier, each quota setting had to be unique. Having to do this manually would seriously bite, so I wrote this quick vbscript ...
More: BizTalk 2006 R2 - RFID Support The Microsoft RFID Infrastructure Services in BizTalk 2006 R2 provide device abstraction and manageability to RFID-based solutions. An integrated engine for rich data filtering, enrichment, and transformation allows for sophisticated applications for different automation scenarios. Application developers can also integrate with advance technologies such the as the Business Rules Engine, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows Communication Framework to create ...
I set off intending to experiment with Team Foundation Server recently to potentially replace our Subversion deployment. As I built up my virtual machine for the TFS application tier I went to install the data tier on our beefy 64-bit SQL Server machine and was stopped by a problem: SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services service is installed on the data-tier computer. The service should instead be on the application-tier computer. Uninstall SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services from the data-tier computer ...
This will be a different TechEd for me this year. I will be in attendance as a Microsoft employee. Looking from a different side of the fence this time. It should be cool. If you are in anyway interested in seeing what Microsoft Learning's official Instructor Led Training has to offer, I recommend stopping by the Instructor Led Lab sessions (ILLs). No, I did not come up with the acronym. We will have tracks for various audiences such as developer, IT Pro and Information Worker. Come and see Visual ...
Well today is day one of the Mobile and Embedded Developer Conference here in Nice and I thought I would do my best to give a few brief overviews of what goes on at the event and maybe even podcast a few of the sessions, assuming MS allow me to host the content. :) The first session of the day was with Todd Warren, Corporate VP of Mobile and Embedded Development for Microsoft Corporation. His talk was all about the big picture of mobility, embedded devices and where Microsoft are planning on taking ...
With TechEd 2006 less than a week away, I was looking through the session schedule and I thought I'd list some of the sessions I'm most looking forward too. I'm excited about all of the SharePoint Products and Technologies related sessions, but here are a few that I think will be particularly useful (or just fun)... OFC201 The 2007 Microsoft Office System: Clients - Overview and What's NewSpeaker(s): Mark AlexieffThe innovations in the 2007 Microsoft Office system client applications are significant ...
Ok, today I got something to laugh about for you guys out there. I don't know why it hasn't happened before, but this week was the first time I had to create a CRM queue on a new 3.0 system. So what I did was to grab my copy of CRM Installation and configuration course documents and proceed the mentioned step by step instructions. I created the user, set the correct privileges and attributes, disabled the user account and added the queue in MS CRM application. Finally I sent an email to the queue ...
I was approached by a contributer of the Wikimedia group, if they could use some of the pictures I had uploaded of Bladecenters, for the official Wikipedia article on them. I of course said it was oke, and now 3 of my pictures have become part of the Wikimedia archive as offical resources under the GNU FDL licence. http://commons.wikimedia.or... http://commons.wikimedia.or... http://commons.wikimedia.or... ...
SMTP adapter enables sending messages between BizTalk Server 2004 and an SMTP gateway by using Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). Steps to configure SMTP adapter: Step 1 Go to the property page of BizTalk SMTP Adapter from "BizTalk Administration Console". (As shown in the below screen shot) Step 2 - - Provide value for "SMTP server name" i.e. Server Name / IP running SMTP service. Server name could be MS Exchange or any other mail server that supports SMTP. - "From e-mail address" is the email ...