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This is a really neat tool, to look at the health of your mobile device Exchange connectivity.

https://www.testexchangeconnectivity.com/

You know that instance, where you're sitting at home and that vital set of airline tickets or shopping list arrives to you by email, which you pickup on your mobile device (Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android, etc). Of course for things like flight tickets its no good taking your phone to the check in desk and waving it in front of the nice person at the check in desk. (Although I guess that might work). Before you say anything, yes I do no about check in online, but stick with it. What I'm trying to ...
I am humbled and honored to be awarded a Most Valuable Professional award by Microsoft for 2009. This will be my 3rd year as a MVP. I got my first award in 2007 for ASP.NET, and then due to my increased activities in the fields of Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight, in 2008 and now 2009 in Client Application Development. This expertise gathers specialists of these two disciplines and provides a fantastic way to exchange and discuss amongst professionals. Read the rest of this entry » ...
In the last two posts (Part 1, Part 2) I've been going over some of the API calls to the Exchange Web Services, and so far we have retrieved an Item, but not any of the attachments held therein... So, lets go get that attachment! We have an ItemType, which lets us know we have attachments, and now will even let us pull some basic properties but not to save... so, how do we save? What we're (well, *I'm*) going to do is get the Item, then if it has attachments, save the attachments to my temp directory, ...
Hosting Your Own Websites For years now I’ve been building our company websites on external hosting systems. The problem has always been that I have limited control over the hosting environment. During the past year my host has been webhost4life and they do a good job of providing services including DotNetNuke but my desire to host multiple websites made hosting in-house more and more attractive. I’ve accumulated 18 domain names from Network Solutions over the years and I really wanted to build sites ...
In the first of these posts, we created a binding to the Exchange Web Services (EWS) and managed to hunt down our public folder identity. But, as we left it, we're now stuck with just the identity and not anything else. Really, we want the items from inside a given folder, and to do that we need to use the 'FindItems' API call.. FindItems needs a FolderId and of course the our old friend - the ExchangeServiceBinding (see part 1 for how to create that!). Once again, in a familiar pattern, we need ...
Recently I found myself at a school down near Melbourne carrying out what should have been a relatively simple PoC (Proof of Concept) of 20 x BC2500 BladePC’s in an Enclosure with some T5730 Thin Clients, and initially all went pretty well and then I found that I had some issues with the SAM Registration service….. from the BladePC’s not communicating very well (or at all) with the SAM Server BTW – SAM = HP’s Broker, Session Allocation Manager So then I was thinking through some ideas about what ...
Recently the Exchange server at work has been upgraded to an Exchange 2007 SP1 server. With this has come the chance to finally get rid of the MAPI CDO solutions we have, by switching to using Exchange Web Services (EWS). I've spent quite a while looking for easy ways of doing this, and for the majority of the time, it seems ok, but the biggest issue I've had (and unfortunately the solution I needed) was accessing public folders. Specifically public folders in a hierarchy. Public Folders\ \Testing ...
For many years savvy iTunes users have been setting up US iTunes accounts to not only get music, video and film at a reduced cost but also be able to get TV programs early. It has been one of the ‘legal’ ways of breaking the Sky monopoly. That has all been stopped as Apple decides to maximize revenue. Previously a US account could be had by setting up an iTunes account and selecting the ‘No’ card payment option. Of course a US address was required and the purchase of iTunes US gift certificates thro’ ...
My apologies for being tardy with the follow up post on my Nokia E71 experiences. Its amazing how work tends to take over your life at points and keep you from the things you truly love – spending time with your family or writing blog posts. Thanks for the reminder emails some sent me that I promised to pen this. Before I get started, there has been some other follow-on Nokia news. First Nokia is rumored to be working on the E75, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard version of the E71. It offers a 2.4” screen ...
Note: This was originally chapter 13 of my book, UML Applied: A .NET Perspective from Apress. My editor and my tech reviewer read it; and both said, "We like it; but what does it have to do with UML?" So I came up with a more on-topic closing chapter. But I still like it. It sums up my view of the software development profession quite nicely. So I thought I would share it here. Somewhere, deep in our prehistory... A man tells a story, a story of a hunt. Perhaps it's a hunt he's planning. Or perhaps ...
Windows Azure was announced on PDC 2008 (Oct 27) and will hopefully be released mid next year. You probably already know about Azure by this time. If no, I would like to quote some from www.azure.com as intro: The Azure Services Platform is an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. The Azure Services Platform provides a range of functionality to build applications that span from consumer web to enterprise scenarios and includes a cloud operating system ...
PDC has come to an end and I’m sitting here reflecting on what I've experienced over the last few days. The PDC experience has been quite different than the Tech Ed or Dev Teach events I've attended in the past. There's a different vibe to PDC, and a different message that Microsoft is trying to get across. Where Tech Ed is all about teaching, PDC is all about telling. At PDC, Microsoft is describing the direction they're heading in for the next few years. They're giving us a glimpse into where they're ...
If in the past you have had the problem where the contacts in your personal outlook contact folder do not appear in the list of address folders when you click the "To..." button when sending an email, here is a solution. (Thanks to Burton White of Excella Consulting) Tools -> Email Accounts Select "Add a new directory or address book" Select "Additional address books" Select "Outlook Address book" When you do a search for an address by clicking "To..." in an email, it defaults to show your addresses ...
Note: The Wireless network at the keynote failed miserably, so this will be posted with a delay. Next speaker talks about customer challenges: Stay up to date, lower predictable costs including IT resources, High security and availability. That's why software should be distributed as services "Microsoft Online Services". It is just a beginning, and in the future all of the enterprise software will be optionally distributed as an online service. Read the rest of this entry » ...
So I was late to the keynote this morning. No biggie…it doesn’t look like I missed too much in the first half hour. The message from what I did see is pretty clear though: Microsoft is jumping into cloud computing in a big way. So what is cloud computing anyway? From what I can tell so far, its basically the next evolution in internet based services. It’s an infrastructure that allows for anywhere-computing, and for securely connecting internal and cloud based computers to perform tasks. To go along ...
For the past three weeks I have been testing the new Nokia e71 and Apple’s iPhone 3g. Both phones are well built and deliver as promised in almost all areas. Below I will give a few tidbits about my experiences with each one. I am also at the same time working on deploying Microsoft’s System Center Mobile Device Manager (SCMDM). This will not come in to play with either of these devices though. Although they have licensed and support Exchange ActiveSync, SCMDM will only support devices running a ...
You just realized that you forgot to pay your bill and it was due yesterday. What do you do? Pay it and call customer service immediately. They may be able to help you out, especially if you have been a good customer and are cordial on the phone. There is probably a grace period on your account. Understand that this has nothing to do with how late your payment can be without adverse action. Grace period is how long before the credit company starts charging you interest on new purchases (typically ...
Phillydotnet.org 3rd code camp for 2008 will be held at the DeVry University campus in Fort Washington, PA on Saturday, October 11 from 8:30-5:00. Please register on our web site.-->Detailed directions are on the DeVry web site. sold out. There will be another Code Camp in May.--> Lots of code, just say no to slides! 8 hours 50 sessions (8:30, 10:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30) 10 tracks including new IT Infrastructure and Enterprise 500 seats with tables (laptops welcome) Free breakfast, lunch, and afternoon ...
It is my intention to discuss topics pertaining to my professional experience, specifically my current work with e.magination where I often get the opportunity to implement business solutions using the latest Microsoft technologies. It is my goal to give back to the community and help others out who may run across the same types of challenges I have run into and solved and to foster discussions pertaining to the viability of different approaches to solving technical problems. Since this is my first ...
The following video is an excellent showcase of Microsoft Unified Communications Technologies using RoundTable, Office Communications Server 2007, Exchange 2007, SharePoint and Office integration. Victoria and Rachna did a great job at demonstating all these technologies without a single technical hitch, if only all demos were like these outside Microsoft ;) World Cup Demo Winner ...
WCF Durable services are WCF services in which the operations can remember the values of private variables (=the state of the service) inbetween restarts of the serivcehost and/or client. This is new in .NET 3.5 and the concept goes beyond the idea of .NET 3.0 WCF sessions. In WCF sessions the service keeps the content in a session environment which is not persisted by default, this means that the service can only remember the data as long as it is running. When the service is down, the data is lost. ...
I'm taking this step. This technology has been on my radar for quite a while. Now I'm taking the plunge. I've bought this book that looks really promising on the subject. RailsSpace: Building a Social Networking Website with Ruby on Rails. I'm halfway chapter 6 right now, and I'M LOVING IT. I have decided to make the most out of this experience, so I'm going to build this application along with the book. I've set up my little SVN on Google where I will keep my evolution up to date. Chapter 1: Introduction. ...
Recently I was asked to describe what is understood by Software + Services. To make a big story short, I hereby summarize the key facts about this concept. Not a deep dive article for the hard core developers amongst us, but more a short, kind of elevator-story, summary on the executive level. Software + Services is the combination of running software at the enterprise (also called on-premises software) and using services (with functionality or for data-storage) that are published on the internet ...
Normally I very much agree with the things Jeff Atwood has to say. In the case of this post, however, I must take issue. What begins with a decent intro into the concept of deadlocks eventually ends with Jeff deciding to use the NOLOCK table hint to allow dirty reads of a table that had been locked by an update statement. He concludes with a complaint that Microsoft seems to think that Stack Overflow is a banking institution and therefore worthy of data integrity instead of the mere programmers blog/wiki/link ...
I have decided I will be attending DevConnections November 10 - 13th in Las Vegas, NV DevConnections has a number of events running at the same time, with registration, you can attend any of these events - ASP.NET Connections - VS.NET Connections - SharePoint Connections - SQL Connections - DNN Connections - Exchange Connections - Unified Connections - Windows Connections Some of the speakers include Dino Esposito, Rick Strahl, Markus Egger, Robert Howard, Miguel Castro, John Papa, Julie Lerman, ...
Quick Summary I attended the Atlanta .NET User Group meeting tonight. Need to find out about local developer events? FYI... You can find out when all the local (greater Atlanta) Microsoft related user groups are happening at the Atlanta .NET Regular Guys website. You can also find out about local developer events at the Community Megaphone (Code Camps and Roadshows and Webcasts). Very easy to subscribe to an RSS feed of local events. Doug Ware, the speaker, is the founder of eLumenotion Training ...
Ever wondered, how to configure two Microsoft Exchange accounts on single outlook mail client? How to configure more than one exchange account (different exchange servers, without creating different profiles and accessing both at a time) in outlook?! We face this issue, whenever we are at client location and want to access both your employer e-mail account and Customer email account. Here is the easiest way, which will enable you to do that. (Thanks to Neil Bedekar, my colleague from whom the idea ...
I had trouble with someone's Silverlight site... I dropped my buddy Tim Heuer an email and asked him if it was me or what... he said it was me... sigh... I still disagree, but as this progressed, Tim offered up that there is a problem folks are reporting that I appeared to be on the edge of... so I figured what the heck, let's help! After an email exchange last night, we realized I needed .NET 3.5 SP1 installed.. oops... so I tried that and it pooted...hmmm Tim says "Oh if you have VS2008 on there, ...
Bill Reiss announced a SL Game contest, Matt Berseth with Custom DataGrid icons, Palard Julien provides password control, Sean Blakemore on IOC and Moq, Somesegar describes the olympics process, Laurence Moroney with a fun app, Scott Barnes on RSS, Tim Heuer announces hands-on labs, and Expression Blog on animating a line [WPF]. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Game Contest rules and FAQ now online Bill announced this the other day and I held off until I could exchange email with him... looks ...
New Horizons of MN, located in Edina MN, has the following classes running next week. Most classes are offered either as a public class here at our facility or as a remote class, which is the same instructor led class, but instead of coming in to our office, you take the class from anywhere. For more information on what remote learning is, please visit http://www.nhmn.com/Service... . Class list: 2273 Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... ...
This is your official invitation to the next MNUCUG meeting! Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008 Time: 4-6pm Location: TBD (Either Microsoft's office or New Horizons - Details will follow in a few weeks) Topic: Exchange Archiving Presenter: Mimosa Systems - Speakers TBD This topic was covered last meeting, but we are going to go more in-depth this time. Mimosa will be sharing some of their archiving knowledge, and also be providing information about how their product fits into this important piece of ...
PACT (Professional Association for Computer Training), located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of the oldest professional computer training associations in the United States. We meet the second Friday of every month to provide information, discuss options, and discover answers regarding issues and technologies facing today's ever-changing organizations. PACT is your opportunity to take three hours a month to focus on your professional growth and development. At monthly meetings you will hear your ...
I’ve have just sent this email to the developers exchange group in my company: I think you all know the routing engine that works with ASP.NET MVC framework to enable customizing URLs and mapping those to the corresponding controls, actions and their parameters. Some of you may know too that the routing engine is not just for ASP.NET MVC, but ASP.NET in general. If you happened to download the source code of the ASP.NET MVC framework (any preview), you’d have noticed that the routing comes as DLL ...
Had a problem with WCF that I thought I should blog about. We're in the scenario where we have a WCF service that needs to call another service to do some calculating and then return the result back to the client. For now, the service is hosted on the same server, but eventually, it could get expensive, so we'll push out that calculation to another server. The WCF configuration also has an endpoint address that is not the same as the base address reported to it by IIS; IIS is of course reporting ...
So today starts a new month and with it comes some pretty awesome news especially with all that's gone on in my life recently. I received an e-mail this morning (around 11:30) congratulating me on being awarded Microsoft MVP for Device Application Development. Oddly enough in this day and age of rapid information exchange via Twitter, I had folks congratulating me via Twitter and E-mail before I had even finished going through the MVP registration site. There are certainly a number of people who've ...
Classes next week at New Horizons of MN www.nhmn.com MI3938: Updating your Skills from Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 or Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... *available as instructor led in our facility or remote learning June 30 - July 2 July 9-11 Sept 10 - 12 November 5-7 PowerShell for Administrators http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... June 30 - July 2 July 23 - 25 August 20 - 22 October 1 - 3 ...
We should install the certificate to the server that hosts the services with Transport level security. For tests we could use the self-made certificate, for production we recommend to use the certificate issued by the industrial certificate provider as the VeriSign. 1. Install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) (x64) [http://www.microsoft.com/d... It is installed by default to the "C:\Program ...
What is it about "SharePoint" as a platform that is so difficult? I hear this almost every time that you get more than zero SharePoint people in a room. Quite possibly the most frustrating thing about SharePoint for me is the way that companies (not all, but some) view the SharePoint platform as well as staff and train for an operating model around SharePoint itself. A lot of companies are somewhat inadequately staffed or at least inadequately skilled for a full on SharePoint implementation, so I ...
My second session at the TechPulse Conference is a topic called "Small Business Server 2008: Sneak Peak" presented by MyTechPartners and Success Computer Consulting (both together presented). Again, another great presentation style. They copresented and complimented each other well. The banter was back and forth and you could tell that these two organizations partner well together. Another great session guys.... Key points from the session: Who is SBS 2008 Designed for? Small (5-75 users) organizations ...
If you are a user group leader in the worldwide community of Microsoft® .NET user groups, you probably already know about INETA. Don’t know about INETA? Then you should definitely take a look and become an INETA member group. Are you already involved with an INETA member group? Be sure to check out the new Community Champions program. This is just one of the ways INETA recognizes and rewards those who contribute to the user group community and help it grow. The Champs program was specifically designed ...
How often hasn't it occured that you are at a customer location and you want to test the Exchange connectivity. The Microsoft Exchange Team has launched a test site now so you can test the connectivity without the hasle of having a remote pc to test it. https://www.testexchangecon... Currently the following Tests are available. Autodiscover test for Outlook 2007 Outlook 2003 RPC/HTTP test Exchange Activesync test SMTP Inbound Test I think these guys are doing great work. And ofcourse like ...
So to make the Microsoft Certification program more complete they now added a new title MCM Microsoft Certified Master. Though there isn't a lot of information about it yet i see there will be 5 specialisations MCM Exchange Server 2007 MCM SQL Server 2008 MCM Windows 2008 MCM OCS 2007 ?? (just guessing on the info i found) MCM Sharepoint ?? (also just guessing) For the people that already know the MCA program, this seems to become (the technically) part of it. In the next weeks there will be more ...
Announced today were the new features for the next OS version release for the Mac OS X – 10.6 – code named Snow Leopard. Each of the previous seven released over the last eight years since OS X was introduced ushered in over 1000 new features. Number of new features being slated for introduction with Snow Leopard? Zero. None. Nada. Okay, wait, there is one. Native OS integration with Microsoft’s Exchange server. Apple publicly acknowledged the market share Exchange server holds and has built native ...
Everyone is streaming in trying to find the optimal seat. After four hours of waiting in line, I don’t care where I sit just as long as I am sitting. There are large plasmas all over the place which is good – from my vantage point, Jobs is going to be a dot. Huge applause – Al Gore is here in the audience. From my seat: More cheesy pre-show music … 10:01 AM PST Still waiting, people still streaming in. Whomever was in charge of the herd\logistics should be shot. Microsoft owns them in this regard ...
So instead of trying to do these Tech Ed posts on a day-to-day basis, I'm just going to be doing them topical instead. So let's talk about working the ARC area. As an MVP, we're given an opportunity to attend Tech Ed under a work program. We commit to working 16 hours in one of the TLC areas, and in exchange we get free admission to Tech Ed. I submitted and was selected for the program, being assigned to the Architecture area (or ARC). Now, I had gone to Tech Ed in 2005, and I knew there were people ...
Seeing this conference coming together has been very interesting, not only because the subject matter is of great personal interest to me, but also from the standpoint of watching people self organize in the absence of a heirarchy so effectively. Four key principles of Open Space Technology are : Whoever comes are the right people. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have. Whenever it starts is the right time. Whenever it is over it is over. To me there exists a great deal of similarity ...
The conference proper began with a faux improvised discussion about the conference. There were some attempts at humour, which I appreciate, but they struggled. Eric Meijer from Microsoft had the first keynote. His central theme was that imperative OO programming is fatally flawed and we should all embrace functional programming. His presentation was entertaining and thought provoking. The next talk I chose to attend was by Dave Thomas (not the Pragmattic Dave Thomas) on the topic of next generation ...
Lately I have noticed a trend in electronics retailing. Shops have started selling a large number of items with cashbacks. Here is an example of what I mean. Cashbacks are provided by the wholesaler to the consumer as a means of passing on discounts in a way that cannot be absorbed by the retailer. For example, if the wholesaler discounts the cost of an item by $250 what is to stop the retailer absorbing the $250 as additional profit? But if the wholesaler offers a $250 cashback then the consumer ...
Disclaimer: This post speaks from an outsiders perspective. My interactions with this initiative have been from a regional implementers standpoint and I am not privy to any of the decisions that led to the OneDOJ initiative. This perspective comes from actual project work and reviewing open source information regarding the broader initiative. One of my first web service projects involved implementing a service from a WSDL provided to us by the federal partner in charge of a regional data sharing ...