Sunday, November 29

Adding picture into Exchange 2010 and Outlook 2010

One of the great things and interest me to move our organization to Exchange 2010 and Outlook 2010 is this. You will be able to see your GAL account, picture. Thanks to Ilse sharing this info with MVP :)

Well, one picture is max 10k, will not really add size to AD Database.

1) Get ready your picture, ours in jpg format, less than 10k, remember.
2) In Exchange 2010, launch management shell and type this command:
import-RecipientDataProperty -Identity poo -Picture -FileData (Byte[]] $(Get-content -path "C:\Photos\poo.jpg" -Encoding Byte -ReadCount 0))
3) Launch your Outlook 2010 and mouse over the account in your e-mail, there you go.

Exchange 2010 disclaimer

In recent new efficiency launch, emails sent to me on how to put in image in Exchange 2010 disclaimer.

It is great to know in Exchange 2010 disclaimer, you will be able to put in HTML tag, which means basically, you can put almost what you want into it. In addition, you will be able to get information from Active Directory, a central repository for your organization.

Once, great job from Microsoft Exchange team.

To know more how-to?

Click here to visit the website.

Wednesday, August 19

Exchange 2010 now RTM


Exchange 2010 now RTM. Its a great piece of software. Thanks and great job by Product team.

Download from this link:

Friday, June 5

Exchange 2010 coexistence with ealier version of Exchange

Recently, in one of the discussion for Exchange 2010, we have few questions on supported coexistence scenarios with earlier versions of Exchange.

Exchange 201o can coexist with the Exchange organization that has the following Exchange vertion:

1) Exchange 2003 Org
2) Exchange 2007 Org
3) Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007 Org

One important notes:

After intorduce a new Exchange 2010 organization, you cannot add servers that are running earlier versions of Exchange to the organization.

Same as Exchange 2007. Exchange 2010 only run on 64 bit hardware only. Yeah, ONLY. No more 32bit for lab +++

Exchange 2010 installation


As promised, we will share more on Exchange 2010 from now onwards :)

Installing Exchange 2010 Beta 3, you will need to install on Windows 2008, not the R2 version.

You will need the following pre-req to be install:

1) WinRM CPT3
2) FilterPack
3) PowerShell
4) Following patch - KB950888 & KB951725
5) IIS installed
6) .net framework and activation installed

in Windows 2008 R2, installation will be easier, with pre-req included.

Once you are ready, just hit the installation, it will go smooth till the installation complete. It is so easy...

Attached the video for the installation steps:

Wednesday, May 20

Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded

After upgrade to IE7/8, or when you install Windows 2008 by default, when you download files from the internet, you will see the following error:

"Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded"

Microsoft do so is to fight unwanted program to be download to the PCs. However, if you would like to enable the mentioned settings:

On your IE, click Tools -> Internet Options.
Click on Security tab, on Internet, click Custom Level. On settings, find a section that shows download. On File download, put it Enable.

Found this when i would like to download Exchange RU update. Hope this help those in the net. It took me 3 hours to find things out.

Wednesday, April 15

Exchange 2010 is in Beta!!


Have been waiting it for very long. It is now release. Strongly recommended.

Try it out this cool latest Exchange server. You can download the Beta 1 in the following link!

Monday, April 13

OCS Client add on

After implement the cool OCS R2 communicator, some of the guys actually is asking, how can we do the conferencing? How can we present the power point slide? How can we have the poll?

Its simple, besides having Communicator R2 client, you will need to have add-in.

First, you will need office live meeting client:

To integrate with Outlook (you must have outlook installed):

For us, we will recommend to deploy Communicator R2 with those add-on to fully utilise this next generation software. Microsoft have a good doc on this:

Monday, March 16

Blocking certain outlook version to access Exchange 2007

Running a campaign with Microsoft Malaysia - a day with MVP. Again, its interesting.

There is one question regarding on how to block certain version of outlook being accessing Exchange 2007? Is it possible? The answer for sure it is.

The above technet article shows on how to disable by particular mailbox, as well as per server basis. Now, you can fully ensure your environment is using Outlook 2007...

Friday, March 6

Chance to meet up with Bob - the author

Its my pleasure to meet up with E-mail Archieve for Dummies book author, Mr Bob yesterday. We had a great time having dinner together.

They have a great product - Mimosa. The archiving solution only for Microsoft Exchange. Do let us know if you are interested. We always ready to share with you more.

Thursday, February 26

Outlook 2007 SP2 is out!

Outlook 2007 SP2 is out!

Still remember for the data file check which is slow down your workstations? Duplicated items in RSS? Startup and Shutdown slow? Lots of disk IO usage?

All those improved - download Outlook 2007 SP2!

More information, visit the following link:

Personally, requested it and installed. However, it is still under hotfix. Install it and test it before deploy to your entire environment :)

Monday, February 2

get-storagegroupcopystatus - initializing - can not failover

Implemented few Exchange CCR projects. Lots of customers are happy to see sucha great idea, despite the need of more storage...

During explanation and hand over, we normally share on get-storagegroupcopystatus command in Exchange management shell as well as we do not recommend to failover CCR using failover cluster or cluster administrator. Guess what? Sometimes, it shows initializing...

Just to clarify and share with the community, it is NORMAL if the DB does not has any activity (activity means transaction log...). It is because MSFT would like to ensure the checksum health check prior to the failover...

One of the product team guy, Tim, has a great blog and one article talking about this. Great stuff which will explain to you...

Checking your MX record

Recently, purchased few domain name due to promotions. However, Malaysia ISP blocked NSLOOKUP and similar tools for DNS checking/spoofing.

Discovered a cool website:

Allow you to check your MX record, as well as checking your IP if its in a black list.

Helped me a lot. Hope it help you too.

Sunday, January 25

Happy Chinese New Year

To all our blog reader that celebrate Chinese New Year -

Happy Chinese New Year! Its the time for family reunion.

Have an Ox picious New Year!

Outlook Exchange Blog Administrator

SCL Junk Threshold

Outlook for sure is the best client for Microsoft Exchange. In Exchange 2007 and Outlook 2003/2007, there is a folder called Junk Mail.

When working with Exchange 2007, the default value is 8, which mean the email Spam Confidence Level (`SCL`) level lis 8 will move to user's Junk Email folder. Normally, once the Junk Email settings set, you might want to modify this setting.

The recommended value for the SCLJunkThreshold parameter is 4. However, you can monitor your organization behavior and set it.

In the Exchange Management Shell:

Set-OrganizationConfig -SCLJunkThreshold 4

Thursday, January 1

Record commands when you are using Exchange Management Shell

One of the reasons i like Exchange so much is because of the Exchange Management Shell - develop using PowerShell.

However, some of the time, to get what you have typed and configured, its a pain - especially need to copy one by one (when doing documentation especially).

Today, during routine of checking our company and customer's Exchange server, i got this tips which think will benefit you guys:

To Record exactly what happen when you are using EMS!!
Awesome thing is, you can use the Start-Transcript cmdlet. Anything that you do after you runthis cmdlet will be recorded to a text file that you specify. To stop recordingyour session, use the Stop-Transcript cmdlet.

However, this command will overwrites the previous reocrding file, unless you append the session. How? Use the Appendparameter:

Start-Transcript c:\MyRecordSession.txt -Append

Once, Happy New Year.