Meet the Exchange MVPs

We recently added a new page to the Exchange community website, that has pictures and bios of our MVPs: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/community/mvp/default.mspx Several of the Exchange MVPs also run Exchange blogs, see the details on the above page or click on the links to the right. – KC Lemson P.S. You can meet them, but you can’t…


Putting the Restrictions on Restrictions

One problem we encounter almost on a weekly basis is general performance problems. Most performance problems we have seen lately have been related to either inadequate disk configuration or MAPI restrictions. Mike Lee has already explained the bit about Disk issues in his entry, so I am going to tackle the other issue of MAPI…


Start preparing your Tech-Ed wardrobe now!

A few of us were sitting around at lunch the other day coming up with silly/stupid slogans for Exchange, and we came up with what we thought were some pretty funny ones[1], and decided that it would be a fun “in-joke“ for the Exchange crowd if we made some t-shirts with the slogans on them….


How to install the Pocket PC Emulator

I wrote this a while ago… I/ve been asked by many people on how to install the Pocket PC Emulator — hope it is helpful. First, install Microsoft ActiveSync 3.7 Install the Pocket PC SDK 2003  Install the Pocket PC SDK 2003 Emulator Images Next, install Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 If Visual Studio has…


How customizing Full-Text Indexing can help improve search performance

For those of you who implement Full-Text Indexing, aka Content Indexing; you may be aware of the MSDN article that talks about how to customize Full-Text Indexing to index additional properties: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/wss/wss/_exch2k_customizing_full-text_indexing.asp.  If you do know about it, you probably read it and thought, “Cool idea, but how does it help me?”  Here is one…


Snap, crackle… IMAP! er… SMTP? er… HTTP! Aw, heck…

Working within protocols for several years, one of the most invaluable tools that we have in our toolbox is the Network Monitor (one of the tools in the Microsoft Systems Management Server, Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, or Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and has a nice little FAQ here: Frequently Asked Questions About Network Monitor ) …


Using IIS SMTP Server as a generic mail receiver

Summary An IIS SMTP server can be configured to silently delete or archive messages as the end point in a message route for a test lab.  IIS SMTP archives messages by default for alias domains and uses performance counters to track statistics.  A simple CDO script can be used to delete the messages instead of…


The history of content conversion in Exchange

The Exchange server and the client (that evolved into Outlook) were originally (circa 1992) based on the MAPI standard (stands for Messaging Application Programming Interface). Broadly this can be divided into the MAPI data model, and the MAPI object schema. Very simplistically, the MAPI data model can be summed as: message stores (think mailboxes) that…


One of the many uses of PFDavAdmin

I’m not quite sure where I’ll go with this blogging attempt…  I have a million ideas but when I start writing I hate them all… so I’m just going to scribble down some things I find interesting in my day to day work with PSS and see what happens… many of these will be about…


How ESM discovers domain controllers

Something that comes as a surprise to many Exchange administrators is that the Exchange System Management (ESM) tool does not use DSAccess to discover the DC it will talk to.  Instead it discovers the DC it will use on its own, using ADSI to do a server-less binding to the directory.  The reason behind this is…