Hosted Messaging and Collaboration 3.5 released today

This morning, Microsoft announced version 3.5 of the Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (the product formerly known as HVMC).  The latest version of the solution incorporates new mobile synchronization capabilities, a variety of security enhancements, and new tools that lessen management time and extend customer acquisition opportunities for hosting partners.   As always, the solution…

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Grayline Tours: Parking Garages of High Tech Companies

I love coming up to Redmond or going out to Silicon Valley, and not because of the brain power harnessed in these locations.  It’s all about the cars.  I am a “car guy”, even though my personal cars are not that exciting.  I joined Microsoft after the boom years, so I don’t have profits from…

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HVMC v3.5 training

I am up in Redmond this week for training on our new High Volume Messaging and Collaboration (HVMC) release, v3.5.  I got “nominated” to go to the training because both Gloria Alexander and Todd Luttinen, our resident Hosted Exchange experts, deserted us and moved to product teams (Todd went to Exchange, Gloria to the Hosting…

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I can finally build my Media Center PC, well almost

Looks like I will be able to finally build a Media Center PC next year and have cable and HD content pipped directly to it. Microsoft and Cable Labs finally got it together to allow MCE to support cable cards. This was the final hurdle for me to adpot MCE as the hub for my…

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Get a third admin RDP session for FREE!!

Many administrators have missed that there is a “hidden” third connection that can be made to Windows Server 2003 servers.  I often work with system administrators that are swearing in their cubes because the two admin connections are used up and they can’t connect.  I ask them why they don’t just connect to the console…

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Small Business Server 2003 Upgrade from Hell

Last week, I decided to take a few vacation days and fly out to Ogden, Utah to help my wife’s old company upgrade from Small Business Server (SBS) 2000 to SBS 2003.  They are a small, 10 person operation that manufactures high end ski and board apparel (www.descente.net or www.ridedna.com).  The have a main office…

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