Getting a Head Start on Using Exchange 2007 SP1 with Windows 2008

I wanted to test out the installation of Exchange 2007 SP1 on a Windows 2008 server. Since you can get the RC0 version of Windows 2008 as well as the Exchange 2007 SP1 bits from Microsoft, it couldn’t hurt to try them out now. You can get the Release Candidate of Windows 2008 from here…

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You Don’t Have to be Running a 64bit OS to Extend the Schema for Exchange 2007

Whew!  You finally got Exchange 5.5 out of the picture and are now are focused on getting Exchange 2007 into your environment.  You have taken a good hard look at How to Prepare Active Directory and Domains and are sure that you are ready to prepare the AD for Exchange.  But…  You don’t have a single Windows…

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200 GB limit on Database Sizes?

A customer of mine mentioned that they were told by a vendor that Microsoft recommends that Exchange databases should not be more than 200 GB.  I was not aware of this being a recommendation by us.  Then I found the following link: Planning Disk Storage There we do say the following:  “Because the maximum recommended…

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I changed the title

I changed the title of this blog.  It used to be “A day in the life of an Advisory Support Engineer”, but that didn’t fit.  First of all, my job title changes so often, that I shouldn’t even keep that in the title of a blog.  The other problem is that there is no way…

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My Apple Switch Story

First of all, let me state the obvious.   I work for Microsoft.  Being that is the case, you can assume right away that I have a somewhat positive opinion about the company.  And you would be correct.  I like this company and its products.  Maybe that isn’t as resoundingly positive as Steve Ballmer and his…

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Databases might not mount after installing Exchange DST fix 926666

There has been a decent amount of chatter externally about this, so I was very glad that we finally got this article written:   932599  You can no longer mount any of the Exchange databases after you apply hotfix 926666 to a computer that is running Exchange Server 2003 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;932599   Since this issue has…

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A recommendation regarding DST 2007 patches

I am recommending to my customers that they not install the Windows patches for DST 2007 available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928388 until later.  If you read http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA102086071033.aspx you will see the following: “Microsoft has incorporated a new feature into Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to help adjust calendar items affected by time zone changes. For other releases of Outlook, Microsoft…

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Running Outlook 2003 vs. Outlook 2007 against Exchange 2007

What functionality would you lose if you ran Outlook 2003 against an Exchange 2007 server instead of running Outlook 2007?http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/evaluation/featurecomparison.mspxIt looks like you would not have the following (listed in my order of preference): Super fast search capabilities (my favorite) Scheduled OOF External OOF Scheduling assistant Other features that corporations love like: AutoDiscover, Partial Item…

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Updated DST 2007 Information

Today, Microsoft posted some much awaited information about the steps that will be necessary for Exchange Server, the Operating System, Windows Mobile, and Outlook clients.  You can find it here:http://www.microsoft.com/windows/timezone/dst2007.mspx The good news is that Windows Vista, Outlook 2007, and Exchange 2007 have the fixes in them.The bad news is that chances are that you are…

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Yes, Microsoft gave me a laptop and it has Vista on it

In the interest of being open about it…  I am submitting this blog post right now using a Microsoft provided laptop and it is running Vista.  There, I said it.  Whew!  I feel so much better now that I have it off my chest. Some other things I should probably point out: It is NOT…

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