Lexington, KY and Dayton, OH: The Ultimate Pit Stop (11/14/2006 and 11/16/2006)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

As I am working off the turkey and soon to come dessert.  ๐Ÿ™‚  I am writing up the blog entry for the events last week.  Most everyone else is napping on the coach while I am diligently following up.  <hold the applause>

Sometimes when I deliver live events we get the same set of questions in both cities I travel too.  In this case, not only did I get a lot of questions there was a lot of duplication in the question.  So instead of two separate entries.  I decided to put together one for both events.

As you will see the list is long, so without further ado here are the questions and answers from the shows.  Please comment if I missed any or if you need more information.  

Now back to your naps.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Q: What zip/arch/rar/ compressed formats will Exchange 2007 inspect?
Right now, the only format that I can verify that Exchange 2007 will inspect is the .zip format.  Although if it detects a virus in the other formats it will strip the attachment off the email.

Q: Can you manage outlook junk with Group Policy?
A: Yes you can, what you have to do is load the Outlook administrative template (Outlk11.adm).  This will give you several settings including junk mail settings.  There is a good article here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ork2003/HA011402621033.aspx 

Q: What additional spam fighting tools will Exchange 2003 SP3 include?
I was unable to find any information on if or when the SP# will be coming out and what are some of the additional capabilities.  I would recommend take a look at the Exchange team’s blog: http://msexchangeteam.com

Q:Where can I find the interview Terry Meyerson where he discusses the 64 bit requirement in Exchange 2007?
The interview was done by a teammate of mine, Michael Murphy.  It is located here: http://blogs.technet.com/mjmurphy/archive/2006/02/27/420667.aspx 

Q: Does Windows Longhorn change the behavior on how domain password policies are set?
I was unable to find any good information on this, I did find a good intro technical guide: Longhorn overview

Q: Do the new Group Policy .admx files require Windows 2003 R2 for them to work properly with Windows Vista?
There is not a specific requirement that you need Windows 2003 R2.  However, you do need a Windows Server “Longhorn”, Windows Server 2003, or Windows 2000 domain utilizing a DNS name server, to administer/store the Domain-Based GPOs with ADMX Files.  There are also several important factors you need to be aware of to work with Windows Vista group policy:

  • New Windows Vista-based or Windows Server “Longhorn”-based policy settings can only be managed from Windows Vista-based or Windows Server “Longhorn”-based administrative machines running Group Policy Object Editor or Group Policy Management Console. Such policy settings are defined only in ADMX files and, as such, are not exposed on the Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windowsยฎ XP, or Windows 2000 versions of these tools.
  • The Windows Vista or Windows Server “Longhorn” versions of Group Policy Object Editor and Group Policy Management Console can be used to manage all operating systems that support Group Policy (Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn”, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000).
  • The Windows Vista or Windows Server “Longhorn” versions of Group Policy Object Editor and Group Policy Management Console support interoperability with versions of these tools on early operating systems. For example, custom ADM files stored in GPOs will be consumed by the new tools.

Q: Can you recover a failed Windows Longhorn Domain Controller from a read only domain controller.
While, I was not able to find any information on if a RODC can be used for recovery, I am looking into it.  In Windows “Longhorn” Server we are providing a new functionality called a Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC).  A RODC is a new type of domain controller configuration in the Windows Server “Longhorn” operating system that makes it possible for organizations to easily deploy a domain controller in locations where the physical security of a domain controller cannot be guaranteed. An RODC hosts a read-only replica of the Active Directory directory services database for a given domain. Prior to this release, users who had to authenticate with a domain controller, but were in a branch office that could not provide adequate physical security for a domain controller, had to authenticate over a wide area network (WAN). In many cases, this was not an efficient solution. By placing a read-only Active Directory database replica closer to branch users, these users can benefit from faster logon times and more efficient access to authentication resources on the network, even in environments with inadequate physical security to deploy a traditional domain controller.

Q: Is there remote tool to force activation for KMS, like gpupdate?
Yes, there is a tool that you can use, it is a built in scripting tool.  The script is slmgr.vbs.  This tool allows you leverage a ton of functions in Windows Vista activation.  You can learn more about the tool but taking a look at the step-by-step guide located here:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9893F83E-C8A5-4475-B025-66C6B38B46E3&displaylang=en 

Q: Where is a good technical article on Windows Vista activation?
This is the a great article on how the different servers work:

Q: Can you cluster the Microsoft Exchange 2007 Edge role??
While I could not find any good articles that discussed how to do this.  You can cluster the Windows system so you would be able to have some fault tolerance there.  You can also deploy multiple Edge server roles to really assist with this.  Here are some great Technical guidelines on server planning: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/E2k7Help/cb24ddb7-0659-4d9d-9057-52843f861ba8.mspx?mfr=true 

Q: Where can I find more information on the licensing in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007?
  Here you can learn more: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/howtobuy/default.mspx 

Q: How does the junk mail filter work in non-cached mode version of exchange?
This question showcases one of the multitude of reasons why I love this job.  I get to learn more everyday.  I thought for certain you could get the offline or the OWA but I was wrong.  As a matter fact one of the folks in the audience worked for Microsoft support and he gave me a great KB to check out: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823920 

Q: How does mail from POP 3 or other non-exchange providers work with Outlook 2007?
This was an excellent question that I received during break.  I was thinking about this and I found an excellent link below, and I had a V8 moment.  You can actually doing with it rules.  So I found this excellent post that steps through it: 
How to manage Spam with a POP3 account in Outlook 2003 – Bitblock 

Q: Is there a lexicon of expressions that can be used with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 hub transport rules?
While I was not able to find all a definitive list, I imagine someone will come up with one.  I do have a good reference on the regular expressions we can use inside of Exchange 2007. Take a look here for more information: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/e2k7help/3257cff3-a47a-4435-b68c-b21a63893d21.mspx?mfr=true

Comments (5)

  1. Chris Haaker says:

    I am taking a nap watching the Browns game . . . snooooozer ๐Ÿ™‚ Although it is funny watching that Michigan punk Braylon trying to pick a fight with Charlie Frye!

  2. Anonymous says:

    A big thank you to the presenters at the November Southern Ohio Exchange User’s Group meeting! Matt Hester…

  3. Matt Hester says:

    It was a snoozer game and I was glad that I could not see it all, I was in my car during the game coming home from Turkey day.  I enjoy working with your group and presenting to SOEUG.  See you in February.

  4. Tim Barrett says:

    Great event Matt, and thanks for the follow up answers. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Exchange Server Support Guy says:

    Thanks for the resources.  I found something very helpful in this old post!