Microsoft Exchange 12 Beta 1 is Here!

Today we today announced the release of Microsoft Exchange 12 Beta 1 — the code name for the next version of Exchange.  To get nore information about Exchange 12, and Outlook 12 — the code name for the next version of Outlook, visit, We also released a FAQ on Exchange 12 that you might…


Microsoft Security Updates Released

Today we released the following Security Bulletins: Bulletin Summary: Critical Bulletins: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (905915) Important Bulletins: Vulnerability in Windows Kernel Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (908523) Re-Released Bulletins: Vulnerability in DirectShow Could Allow Remote Code Execution (904706) If you haven’t already done so, I recommend visiting Microsoft…


ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool Available

If you’re an Exchange Server or a SQL Server administrator, you’ve probably heard about Microsoft’s Analyzer tools. A Best Practices Analyzer tool has been available for Exchange Server and SQL Server for some time, and Performance Troubleshooting and Disaster Recovery analyzers were recently released for Exchange Server. The ISA Server team has embraced the Analyzer…


How Microsoft Achieves 99.99% Uptime with Exchange 2003

I’ve been presenting sessions on clustering Exchange Server at various Microsoft and third-party events for many years.  After each presentation, at least one person has asked how Microsoft clusters Exchange, and how we maintain our 99.99% uptime.  So, here’s how we run Exchange 2003 at Microsoft: Our internal IT department, Microsoft IT (MSIT) achieves high availability…


Exchange Server TechCenter December Refresh Published

As you may or may not know, we refresh the Exchange Server TechCenter on a monthly basis. On December 7, we published the December refresh.  Each month we typically add new Top Stories and release new tools and/or updated tools. If you haven’t heard of the Exchange Server TechCenter, check out, which provides details…


Exchange Web Release v2.2 Available

Yesterday, we posted Exchange Web Release v2.2, which includes both new and updated tools: New Tools: ActiveSync Web Administration Tool (aka Remote Wipe, aka Mobile Admin) Exchange Server Profile Analyzer Updated Tools: Exchange Server 2003 Coexistence and Migration tools for Lotus Notes Connector for Lotus Notes Calendar Connector for Lotus Notes Migration Wizard for Lotus Notes…


ExBPA Config File Available

Yesterday, we released a major new update to the ExBPA Config XML: version  This update is packed will all sorts of good stuff.  You can find a complete list of enhancements and updates at the Exchange team blog.


First Post

Welcome!  For my first post, I thought I would start with the basics. I’m a Technical Writing Lead on the Exchange User Education team, which is part of the Windows Server System User Experience group.  I’m the lead for the Integrated Systems silo, which is responsible for product documentation and other content related to high…