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Backscatter Spam and Exchange Server 2007

Over at AllSpammedUp.com I've written an article on protecting both yourself and others from backscatter spam. Backscatter spam is also known as NDR spam and is the result of address spoofing combined with spam addressed to invalid recipients. As an Exchange administrator you want to be sure you aren't contributing to the problem with your own email server. Read the article to find out how to avoid send NDR spam to others.

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First Look at Exchange Server 2010 Installation

This blog post is based on the Exchange Server 2010 Beta code. The information shown here may change at the final release of Exchange Server 2010.

In this post I take a quick look at the Exchange Server 2010 installation process.  Although the setup screens are very similar to Exchange Server 2007 there are a few noticeable changes that relate to new features of Exchange Server 2010.

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Notice the new language files options above that can be used to localize the setup screens.

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Notice the changes to the server roles above.  You can no longer choose to installed a clustered mailbox server because the Exchange Server 2007 HA and clustering concepts (SCC, CCR, LCR, SCR) have been removed in favour of new Exchange Server 2010 “continuous availability” features.

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Installation took about 15 minutes on a VMWare guest with single v-CPU and 4Gb of v-RAM, and that included the schema extension.  As with Exchange Server 2007 the Hub Transport role is one of the slowest to install.

Paul is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul is a co-author of Office 365 for IT Pros and several other books, and is also a Pluralsight author.

Forefront Security for Exchange Server 2010 Beta

Hot on the heels of last week’s beta release of Exchange Server 2010 comes the beta release of Forefront Security for Exchange, that now includes Exchange Server 2010 support.

The new Forefront Security for Exchange integrates with the Forefront “Stirling” management console and ships with a PowerShell interface for improved manageability, and also includes new spam filtering technology from Cloudmark.

Link: Next Generation of Forefront Security for Exchange

Paul is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul is a co-author of Office 365 for IT Pros and several other books, and is also a Pluralsight author.

Installing VMWare Tools on Windows Server 2008 Core

When installing the VMWare tools on a core install of Windows Server 2008 some people are confused to find that nothing happens after selecting “Install/Upgrade VMWare Tools” from the client window.

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Even though the VMWare Tools image mounts to the virtual CD-ROM drive it does not autorun as you would expect in a normal install of Windows Server 2008.  However you can still change directory to the virtual CD-ROM and see the VMWare Tools installation files are available.

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To install the VMWare Tools you can simply launch setup.exe from the command line.

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Follow the installation wizard accepting the default settings.  You can also ignore the warnings about the Microsoft Help HTML engine and the version of Internet Explorer.

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When the installer has finished you can reboot as normal and the VMWare Tools will now be installed.

Paul is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul is a co-author of Office 365 for IT Pros and several other books, and is also a Pluralsight author.

Exchange 2010 Beta Released

Microsoft announced the release today of the Exchange 2010 public beta, which you can download from the new Exchange 2010 Technet Site.

The MS Exchange Team blog has a post about it too including some links to videos and other resources.  Meanwhile the Unified Communications blog also announced it and ran through a list of the some the new UC improvements that are included in Exchange 2010.

One in particular caught my attention:

Replace legacy voice mail systems. That’s right. Customers can eliminate costly maintenance fees, get more from IT resources, and boost productivity with Exchange 2010 voice mail with unified messaging – especially with the enhancements we’ve made to this version, such as the new voice mail text preview, so you can quickly triage voice mails without ever listening to the message).

Over a year ago I wrote a post about what I thought was a missing feature of Exchange 2007 UM – the lack of voicemail to text/email transcription for the hearing impaired.  If the new voice mail text preview feature transcribes the entire voicemail message then this would be a big accessibility improvement.

I’m downloading the beta today so expect to hear more from me about it in the coming days and weeks.

Paul is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul is a co-author of Office 365 for IT Pros and several other books, and is also a Pluralsight author.