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Exchange 2010 (Exchange 14) beta available for download

April 15, 2009 By: admin Category: Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 brings a new and rich set of technologies, features, and services to the Exchange Server product line. This topic lists many of the new features and functionality that are included in Exchange 2010. The list isn’t comprehensive; however, it provides important information to use when you’re planning, deploying, and administering your Exchange 2010 organization: 

  • New Rights-Protected E-Mail Functionality with Active Directory RMS
  • New Transport and Routing Functionality
  • New Permissions Functionality
  • New High Availability Functionality
  • New Messaging Policy and Compliance Features
  • New Outlook Web Access Features
  • New Unified Messaging Features
  • Web Management Interface
  • New Exchange Core Store Functionality
  • New Administration Functionality in the Exchange Management Console
  • New Administration Functionality in the Exchange Management Shell

Exchange 2010 Beta –

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1898ed2c-2f88-48ac-824e-d3d20fad77d7

Exchange 2010 Beta UM Language Packs –

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3fdf49db-cb84-4dfe-8b8b-b30178b1a514

Exchange 2010 Beta Language Pack Bundle –

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3c0314ab-daa5-457f-8c61-c51182c38187

EWS Managed API Beta –

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a8c9d043-c66c-4971-9459-8d1df1608c8b

Patch your Exchange Server ! – Critical Vulnerabilities Allow Remote Code Execution (959239)

February 12, 2009 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2007, KB articles

Microsoft has released a critical security update for all versions of Exchange to patch a two critical vulnerabilities :

  • The first vulnerability could allow remote code execution with a special TNEF message sent to Exchange Server. TNEF is another name for the Microsoft Outlook Rich Text Format, and an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of system with Exchange Server service account privileges.
  • The second vulnerability is a denial of service with a specially crafted MAPI command sent to Exchange Server. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could cause the Microsoft Exchange System Attendant service and other services that use the EMSMDB32 provider to stop responding.

This security update is rated Critical for all supported editions of Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

For more information :

Details on the Exchange exploit:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/se…n/MS09-003.mspx

Download the patch :
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/…&displaylang=en

 Exchange 2007 TNEF Conversion Options :
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb310786.aspx

Exchange in the cloud : Exchange 14 preview …

February 03, 2009 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2007

KC Lemson and Jim Lucey talk about the next version of Exchange named Exchange 14 on TechNet Edge.

Actual version was coded Exchange 12, but for superstitious reasons this version has the namecode 14 !

As part of the live@edu program, Microsoft currently host 3.5 Million mailboxes on Exchange Labs and you can see here a brief demo of the user experience, showing how you have access to your mail and calendar via Outlook, the browser, or your mobile phone.

Exchange

This video is the first in a series covering what’s new in Exchange 14, visit the following site in the coming months to see what else is new in the product :
http://edge.technet.com/Media/announcing-Exchange14/

You can join the following Facebook Group to exchange on this subject :
Microsoft Exchange 14 Facebook Group

 

 

Unified Communications Subject Alternative Name Certificate request generator

October 21, 2008 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2007, Office Communication Server

For your infrastructure, you need a Unified Communications Certificate also know as a Subject Alternative Name Certificate or SAN.

SANs allow multiple names in one certificate. This allows for a single cert-set for Exchange, OCS and all unified messaging. 

There are a number of vendors that can provide you with this type of certificate and they are knows as Unified Communications Certificate Partners for Exchange 2007 and for Communications Server 2007. The advantage of a Unified Communications Certificate is that it makes configuration of Autodiscover much easier; the down side is that currently, this type of certificate can cost up to 10 times more than any existing single name certificates that they may already own.

Here is a list of vendors :

Before acquiring the certificate you need to generate a certificate signing request by using the command-shell in Exchange or the SSL wizard in OCS.

You can use this code generator to easly generate the command to type in the exchange shell :

Launch the code generator

Just fill in the details, click Generate, and paste your customized New-ExchangeCertificate into the Exchange Management Shell on your server:

  1. Login to your Exchange 2007 server
  2. Click Start > Programs > Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 > Exchange Management Shell
  3. Paste the New-ExchangeCertificate command from this page into the Exchange Management Shell window and press Enter
  4. Your CSR file should now be in C:\ on your server (as named by the -Path option in the command itself.)

Exchange connectivity test site

July 11, 2008 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2007

The Microsoft Exchange Team has launched a prototype tool called Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer which helps us to validate some components of Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2007, such as:

  • Autodiscover test for Outlook 2007
  • Outlook 2003 RPC/HTTP test
  • Exchange Activesync test
  • SMTP Inbound Test
  • https://www.testexchangeconnectivity.com/

    The site is SSL protected but it’s recommend to create a dummy user in Exchange to use it in the Test Exchange Connectivity web site.

     

    New Microsoft Certified Master certifications

    July 07, 2008 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2007, Training and certification

     

    Microsoft Certified Master

    The new Microsoft Certified Master series offers advanced technical training and certifications on Microsoft technologies that go beyond any product training offered outside of Microsoft today. IT professionals who successfully complete the program and certification testing validate their skills as product experts who successfully design and implement solutions that meet the most complex business requirements.Microsoft Certification Levels

    This certification fill an apparent gap between the two current Technology and Professional tracks and the Microsoft Certified Architect series of certifications.

    Microsoft offers three Master-level technical certifications, all of which deepen and broaden the technical skills of experienced IT professionals.

  • Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange Server 2007
  • Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft Certified Master: Windows Server 2008
  • Like the Architect series, the Master series will be open to a select group who can show some proof of readiness to create solutions and deploy technologies based on real-world experience.

     

    Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange Server 2007

    The Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange Server 2007 program is a three-week training delivered by recognized experts from Microsoft and Microsoft Partner organizations.

    The training is a mixture of presentations, white board discussions, and goal-based labs—covers the individual core Exchange Server 2007 technologies as well as broader architectural and operational areas, such as high availability of a messaging service, co-existence and migration, performance analysis and management, and operations. Candidates for this program complete an independent lab exercise as a part of their training, which allows them to develop and apply their learning in an environment where instructor and peer support are readily available.

     

    Prerequisites to apply for this program :

     

    Experience prerequisites:

  • Five or more years of hands-on experience with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting
  • One or more years of hands-on experience with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting
  • A thorough understanding of Microsoft Exchange Server design and architecture
  • A thorough understanding of AD, DNS, and other core network services upon which Exchange Server depends
  • Speak, understand, and write in fluent English
  •  

    Certifications prerequisites:

  • Exam 70-236: TS: Exchange Server 2007, Configuring
  • Exam 70-237: PRO: Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
  • Exam 70-238: PRO: Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows Server 2003 or Exam 70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  •  

    Registration is scheduled to start in July 2008. Classes are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2008. Please check this page to get some news :

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/master/default.mspx

    Inbox 2.0 : Xobni “understands who you sent the most mails to, which group of peoples you communicate with. ”

    May 18, 2008 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2007

     

    Inbox 2.0 refers to a new generation of email clients that use data in email archives to infer social graph, and importance. (Source : Wikipedia )

    The only thing that has changed with email in the last ten years is that everyone gets more of it. Email is overflowing with information. It’s hard to find what you need. It’s hard to know what you have.

    Xobni creates an information profile for each person you interact with, and surfaces historical information that is relevant to what you are working on. Xobni displays contact information, threaded conversations, attachments, related people, email usage statistics, and information from the web. Xobni organizes your communication data and makes it available through intuitive navigation and super fast search.

     Xobni

    Xobni currently integrates with the popular Microsoft Outlook email client and will extend to integrate with other email clients, instant messaging applications, and social networks.

    Other programs, like Google Desktop, perform that same basic index-and-search function. But Xobni, which its creators call an “intelligent filter,” adds a few more features. When it scours the inbox, it extracts phone numbers it thinks are associated with the sender. So when a user searches for a person, Xobni presents the number in a side panel to Outlook.

    The software also interprets the social relationships between people who are sending messages to each other. For example Xobni recognizes that if an executive sends a copy to someone else on each message he or she sends, it might be to an assistant or another colleague. When someone using Xobni searches for that executive in Outlook, the second person is listed as well.

    The company raised $4 million from the investment funds of Vinod Khosla, a Sun Microsystems co-founder, and Niklas Zennstrom, one of the creators of Skype. In February, Bill Gates demonstrated the program at Microsoft’s San Jose developers’ conference and called it “the next generation in social networking.”

    Microsoft has already made an offer to buy this company, but other players like Yahoo are interrested too.

    Xobni now has ambitions that extend well beyond Microsoft Outlook. Jeff Bonforte, a 35-year-old former Yahoo vice president, joined Xobni as chief executive in February. He plans to expand Xobni’s reach to various e-mail programs, like the popular Web-based services Yahoo Mail, Google’s Gmail and Microsoft’s Hotmail as well as social networks like Facebook and Linkedin.

    Website: www.xobni.com
    Location: San Francisco, California, United States
    Founded: April 1, 2006
    Funding: $4.35M

    RMS in Exchange 2007 SP1 ?!

    April 28, 2008 By: Yann Espanet Category: Exchange 2007

    When I started to test the beta of Exchange 2007, two Rights Management’s agents were in this beta and they could be used to protect email by automatically applied RMS template to emails ( Ex : Do not forward, or Do not print, …).

    Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) for Windows Server 2003 is an information protection technology that works with RMS-enabled applications to help safeguard digital information from unauthorized use—both online and offline, inside and outside of the firewall.

    RMS augments an organization’s security strategy by protecting information through persistent usage policies, which remain with the information, no matter where it goes. Organizations can use RMS to help prevent sensitive information—such as financial reports, product specifications, customer data, and confidential e-mail messages—from intentionally or accidentally getting into the wrong hands.

    In the beta of Exchange 12, the first agent was used to apply the Information Rights Management template based on rule’s content ( RMS Rule Agent) : for example you can use rules based on sender, destination, a keyword in the subject like “confidential”, …

    The second agent was used to automatically pre-activate the content , so the users don’t need to be connected when he opened for the first time a protected email (Prelicensing agent  ) .

    The exchange library used was Microsoft.Exchange.MessagingPolicies.RmSvcAgent, and in the beta version, two dll was needed : RightsManagementWrapper.dll and Microsoft.Exchange.MessagingPolicies.RmSvcAgent.dll

    The only trace of this functionality is inside an Exchange 2007 HUB transport architecture poster that was issue during the beta where you can find in the Categorizer block the two transport routing agents :

    RMS Exchange agent proof 

    This feature have been removed from the RTM version, and Microsoft have said that the RMS function will be in the next service pack.

    When the SP1 for Exchange have been available, I was very disappointed, because there was still now built-in implementation to automatically apply RMS template rule directly on the hub server.

    Indeed, Microsoft re-introduce the AD RMS Prelicensing agent  in the Exchange 2007 SP1.
    Source : Managing the AD RMS Prelicensing Agent

    This functionality improves the offline and mobile device synchronization scenarios. In the offline scenario, when a user is running Outlook in cache mode, rights-protected messages are pre-licensed so that if a user opens the rights-protected message when the user is offline, the content is accessible. For mobile devices that synchronize with Exchange 2007, rights-protected messages that are synchronized to the devices running Windows Mobile 6.0 are pre-licensed.

    I have done a presentation for the financial Luxembourg sector about using RMS to protect information when Exchange was in beta. During this presentation I have explained the benefit of using RMS to enforce paper policy (like do not forward email warning) or assigning deadline to information (for financial report). And the financial market seems to be interested in this type of solution.

    With the RMS core server role in Windows 2008, Rights Management Services (RMS) which has been renamed Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) is not anymore only a service, and it seems to be part of the system, but there I still no information concerning the use of Rights Management Features with Exhange !

    More information : RMS in Windows 2008