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Exchange Server 2007 SP1 disables Exchange Anti-spam updates

Here is the anti-spam configuration on an Exchange Server 2007 RTM server: [PS] C:\>Get-AntispamUpdates UpdateMode : Automatic LatestContentFilterVersion : 3.3.4604.600 SpamSignatureUpdatesEnabled : True LatestSpamSignatureVersion : 3.3.4604.600 IPReputationUpdatesEnabled : True LatestIPReputationVersion : 3.3.4604.001 MicrosoftUpdate : NotConfigured And here is the same Exchange Server 2007 server immediately after upgrading to Service Pack 1: [PS] C:\>Get-AntispamUpdates UpdateMode : […]

February 6, 2008

Blogs I read

This blog is mostly about my Microsoft server technologies and things I encounter in my day job in IT.  To keep up with this field I am subscribed to a number of blogs and I try to set aside some time to read the latest posts each day.  But since I am blogging I also […]

January 31, 2008

VMWare ESX 3.5 – How Do I Open Firewall Ports?

I’ve scored myself a gutsy server with VMWare ESX 3.5 running on it and have been toying with it a little tonight. I’m fortunate to work right next to some of the world’s finest VMWare specialists, some even scoring as much as 70% on their VCP exam. One of them also writes a blog from […]

January 23, 2008

Web sites know your OS, right?

I’m no programmer but I’ve seen demonstrations of web page code that allows a web site to detect your operating system, browser version, and other details that annoy privacy nutters.  The sites can then (if they feel like it I suppose) use that information to tailor the web content to suit the client (eg, why […]

January 17, 2008

5 ways Windows Live Writer improves your WordPress posting

I am posting this using Windows Live Writer, a free application from Microsoft that you can use for writing your blog posts and publishing them to WordPress, Windows Live Spaces, SharePoint, and many other blogging platforms. I hadn’t considered trying Windows Live Writer until I read this post on BloggingTips.com. That day I downloaded the […]

January 3, 2008

2007 roundup

2007 was the second year for this web site. I started it in 2006 using Mambo as the CMS and mostly writing longer articles and guides. This proved impractical after a while. My work lends itself to writing more quick fix posts for rare or obscure problems. I fill in the rest of my posting […]

December 30, 2007

How and why I stopped using Windows Vista

I am no longer a user of Windows Vista. It has been nearly a year since Microsoft released Vista. I first wrote about it when I tested the upgrade process from Windows XP to Vista Business Edition. Shortly after that I upgraded my laptop and resolved a few minor issues with the optical drive, the […]

December 14, 2007