31 de Agosto de 2006

Directory Update

Pediram-me recentemente se eu conhecia uma forma de permitir a certos utilizadores da minha empresa a edição de alguns campos de informação que aparecem na Global Address List (GAL). É claro que pensei imediatamente no GAL Modify Utility (GALMOD) da Microsoft, disponível no Exchange Resource Kit. Existe um artigo da Knowledge Base com informações detalhadas sobre esta ferramenta.
Mas o GALMOD tem algumas limitações, nomeadamente é necessária a sua instalação em todos os desktops de onde se vai realizar a edição da GAL.
Para superar estas limitações, a empresa do fellow MVP Jim McBee desenvolveu um substituto em versão Web do GALMOD: Directory Update.

The Directory Update service is a .NET web application written in C# that provides an authenticated user the ability to update some of their Active Directory attributes. Features of Directory Update include:

  • Improved directory accuracy: City, State, Department, Company, Office, and Country attributes must be selected from a customizable validated drop-down list
  • Drop-down lists can be converted to text fields and vice versa - New!
  • Fields or entire sections can be hidden from the user interface - New!
  • Administrator can restrict which attributes can be updated
  • Customizable help string and help page
  • Customizable page and window titles
  • Customizable attribute labels

Guia de utilização do ESEUTIL

Qualquer administrador de Exchange com alguns anos de experiência já utilizou com certeza a ferramenta ESEUTIL. Para quem nunca utilizou este utilitário, isso só pode querer dizer 1 de 2 coisas:

  • Elevada competência técnica, cumprimento de todas as boas práticas e recomendações, manutenção do plano regular de backups, teste de patches em ambiente controlado, etc., etc., e tudo isto se paga com a boa saúde das bases de dados de Exchange.
  • Muita, muita sorte!
No meu caso, apesar de gostar de me considerar bom no meu trabalho, já tive a infelicidade de ter de utilizar o ESEUTIL.
When a database is corrupt or damaged, data can be restored from backup or repaired using Eseutil. Eseutil is a command line utility that works with Extensible Storage Engine (ESE), database (.edb) files, streaming (.stm) files, and log (.log) files associated with an Information Store, in a given Storage Group.
Para todos os interessados em saber mais sobre esta ferramenta, leiam o Microsoft Exchange Server Database Utility Guide.

28 de Agosto de 2006

Webcasts de messaging em Setembro

Como é habitual, todos os meses a Eileen publica a lista dos próximos webcasts:

TechNet Webcast: Regulatory Compliance, Archiving, and Electronic Discovery with Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time
David Sengupta, Exchange MVP, Product Manager, Quest SoftwareMartin Tuip, Exchange MVP, Product Manager, Quest Software

TechNet Webcast: Best Practices for Managing Exchange Server 2007 and SharePoint Environments (Level 200)
Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time
David Sengupta, Exchange MVP, Product Manager, Quest SoftwareKathleen Lundgren, Product Manager, Quest Software

TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Defends Against Spam, Viruses, and E-Mail Attacks (Level 300)
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Omesh S Desai, Microsoft IT Systems Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

TechNet Webcast: Managing and Migrating to Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time
David Sengupta, Exchange MVP, Product Manager, Quest SoftwareRon Robbins, Product Manager, Quest Software

Microsoft Office System Webcast: Top 10 Tips to Save Time in Office Outlook 2003 (Level 200)Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Andy Reed, Senior Training Specialist, Total Project Management

Microsoft Office System Webcast: A First Look at Office Outlook 2007 (Level 100)
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Andy Reed, Senior Training Specialist, Total Project Management

Momentum Webcast: Best Practices for Exchange Server 2003 Consolidation (Level 100)
Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time
Hollis Beall, Solutions Development Manager, HP

25 de Agosto de 2006

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De volta ao trabalho, de volta ao blog ;-)

Técnicas de combate ao spam em ambientes Exchange

Approaches to Fighting Spam in an Exchange Server Environment é um documento publicado pela Microsoft da colecção Midsize Business Security Guidance. O documento aborda algumas técnicas de combate ao correio comercial não solicitada, aka spam, em ambientes Exchange Server.

The Approaches to Fighting Spam in an Exchange Server Environment technical guide consists of four main sections (Introduction, Definition, Challenges, and Solutions) that discuss options and solutions to provide practical approaches to fighting spam (junk e-mail) within the Exchange Server environment. This guide includes the introduction of a framework (Exchange Server 2003 Antispam Framework) which combines different methods for fighting spam within either a single or multiple Exchange Server environments and is comprised of connection-level, protocol-level, and content-level filtering. Approaches within this framework allow both administrators and end users to precisely filter and categorize spam and decide on their end whether it is spam or legitimate business e-mail. This technical guide describes these approaches in detail, demonstrates how each approach within the framework functions, and how each of these approaches works collectively. Presented in the guide are assessment and development plans and a step-by-step guide in the deployment and management section.

11 de Agosto de 2006

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Está a ser um Agosto peculiarmente rico em artigos e notícias. E não é que o record anterior foi batido?

9 de Agosto de 2006

Actualização do filtro Junk Email do Outlook (Agosto 2006)

Está disponível uma nova actualização para o filtro Junk E-mail do Outlook 2003.

"This update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk e-mail."

O download está disponível aqui ou através do Microsoft Update. Como é habitual, está acompanhado pelo respectivo artigo da Knowledge Base:

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4 de Agosto de 2006

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Espero que arranjem algum tempo para ler a maior lista de sempre!

Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant v1.0


A Microsoft disponibilizou recentemente a ferramenta Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant v1.0.

The Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant can help to determine the cause of performance, mail flow and database mounting issues on computers running Microsoft Exchange Server. The tool automates specialized troubleshooting steps for identified symptoms.
The Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant programmatically executes a set of troubleshooting steps to identify the root cause of performance, mail flow, and database mounting issues. The tool automatically determines what set of data is required to troubleshoot the identified symptoms and collects configuration data, performance counters, event logs and live tracing information from an Exchange server and other appropriate sources. The tool analyzes each subsystem to determine individual bottlenecks and component failures, then aggregates the information to provide root cause analysis.

2 de Agosto de 2006

Labcasts de Exchange 2007

Harold Wong vai ser o instrutor de alguns labcasts de Exchange 2007. O que é um labcast? Bem, é o que se obtém quando se mistura um webcast com um virtual lab.

The TechNet Webcast and Virtual Labs teams are joining forces and offering three special featured Exchange Server 2007 Guided “Hands-On” Live Meeting webcasts! Be one of the first to join this Live Meeting as we walk through the benefits of using Exchange Server 2007. As the presenter guides you through different tasks step-by-step, we’re providing you a Virtual Lab to follow right along. The hands-on aspect will help you gain a valuable experience-based knowledge.

Mais informações no TechNet Webcast Blog.