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Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Update Rollup 5 released

The Microsoft Exchange Team has announced the release of Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2007 SP1.  The update is available now at the Download Center and will make its way to Microsoft Update in the next 2-3 weeks. The support article describing the hot fixes included in the rollup can be found here, and […]

November 24, 2008

Next version of Exchange Server in 2010?

Paul Thurrott has posted a screenshot of the Microsoft Download Center in which the next version of Exchange may have been inadvertently revealed.  The image shows “Microsoft Exchange Server 2010” in the product list. If this is accurate then we might expect to see the next version of Exchange released late next year (Exchange Server […]

November 22, 2008

Unable to enable Offline Address Book for web distribution

You may encounter an issue with Exchange Server 2007 organisations that have been migrated from previous Exchange versions where the Default Offline Address List cannot be enabled for web distribution, even after the OAB has been moved to an Exchange Server 2007 server. In the Exchange Management Console the check box to enable web distribution […]

November 20, 2008

Exchange Server 2007 CCR recommendations

From Tales of a System Administrator come these recommendations for Exchange 2007 CCR deployments:   Having had Cluster Continuous Replication in place now for about a year, I’ve derived some of my own best practice recommendations that might not be found within the official Microsoft documentation. Although these recommendations are based on a very solid […]

November 18, 2008

SharePoint Security Resources

Microsoft provides two useful resources for MOSS security: Security for Office SharePoint Server 2007 (downloadable book) Office SharePoint Server Security Account Requirements (worksheet) Link: John Westworth’s blog on Technet

November 17, 2008

Web host closure leads to 70% drop in global spam

From the BBC:   The closure of a web hosting firm that is believed to have had spam gangs as clients has led to a drastic reduction in junk mail. Two US internet service providers have pulled the plug on the firm McColo following an investigation by the Washington Post newspaper. Anti-spam firm Ironport has […]

November 14, 2008

Microsoft releases Small Business Server 2008

I’m going to get laughed at by my colleagues for posting this, but I’m excited that Microsoft has released Small Business Server 2008. SBS 2008 comes in two versions, the Standard version includes: Windows Server 2008 Exchange Server 2007 (Standard Edition) Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Windows Software Update Services 3.0 The Premium edition includes a […]

November 13, 2008

System Center Essentials “Root Management Server Unavailable” errors

A System Center Essentials 2007 server may raise the following alert:   Alert: Root Management Server Unavailable. Source: sce01.domain.internal Path: sce01.domain.internal Last modified by: System Last modified time: 4/11/2008 1:21:26 PM Alert description: The root management server (Healthservice) has stopped heartbeating soon after 4/11/2008 1:18:48 PM. This adversely affects all availability calculation for the entire […]

November 5, 2008

Exchange 2007 logs not truncating after successful backup

You may encounter an issue where Exchange Server 2007 storage group transaction logs are not truncated after a successful backup.  In our case Backup Exec 11d was the backup application being used.  Backup Exec would report successful backups however the transaction logs were not truncating, leading to disk space problems. The Application event log on […]

November 4, 2008

How to find work as an IT contractor

Finding your first contract can be a daunting task.  Unless you are well qualified or have an excellent network of contacts that can tell you about available work you are probably going to have to deal with recruiters. Recruiters, are they all scumbags? Contrary to popular belief most recruiters are not scumbags.  This perception is […]

October 30, 2008