26 de Dezembro de 2007

MSIT whitepapers

Nino Bilic escreveu recentemente no blog You Had Me At EHLO de 4 novos documentos técnicos da Microsoft IT. Eu já tive a oportunidade de referir 3 desses documentos em posts anteriores, pelo que o realmente novo é apenas este:

  • Operating a Global Messaging Environment by Using Exchange Server 2007 - Enterprise IT organizations, including the Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT) group, deal with service level agreements (SLAs) and power users accustomed to high levels of performance, availability, and responsiveness. The 130,000-plus users at Microsoft send over 3 million internal e-mail messages a day from more than 150 offices worldwide, as well as from home and while on the road. At Microsoft, many business-critical communication processes depend on the availability of messaging services provided through Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007. [...]

Este whitepaper pode ser também descarregado como um Documento Word e está igualmente disponível a respectiva apresentação PowerPoint.

Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator v13.0

A equipa de Exchange da Microsoft disponibilizou o Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator v13.0. Esta folha de cálculo permite-me poupar imenso tempo no dimensionamento de servidores de mailbox, por isso o meu conselho é que a comecem também a utilizar.

Aqui fica uma lista das actualizações desta nova versão:

  • We have updated the log generation numbers per message profile to be in line with our updated guidance.
  • In v11.8, we decided to list the database cache per mailbox in the Storage Requirements results section.  However this lead to confusion because it was named "Memory Profile / Mailbox" which implied that you would only utilize the associated amount of memory with the message profile (i.e. 5MB with Heavy profile), however that is not always the case. For example, 1200 2GB Light message profile mailboxes only requires 5GB of RAM (1200 * 2MB + 2GB), however the design requires 13 databases, which with SP1 requires 6GB of RAM.  ESE will utilize 4GB of that RAM for the cache.  As a result, 4096MB / 1200 ≈ 3.5MB per mailbox. So to make this clear, we have changed this text to be "Database Cache / Mailbox" which indicates how much cache is available per mailbox.
  • In the scenario where you override the IOPS prediction formula for your mailbox tiers, we have adjusted the "Read:Write Ratio" input to allow you to enter any read percentage you would like, rather than restricting you to a few key ratios.
  • We updated the "Database Reads / Mailbox" calculation description.
  • We updated the Log Replication Requirements worksheet, simplifying the data displayed in the results section.
  • We have included new functionality for log replication requirements.  You now have the input options for entering your network link type and its associated latency.  These options are then used to recommend TCP/IP optimization settings for Windows Server 2003 when utilizing geographically dispersed clustering and/or standby continuous replication.  In addition, if the chosen network link cannot sustain the throughput requirements for log replication, we will recommend an appropriately sized network link and Windows Server 2003 TCP/IP optimization settings.

A ferramenta propriamente dita pode ser obtida neste link.

21 de Dezembro de 2007

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Webcasts de messaging em Janeiro


TechNet Webcast: eDiscovery for E-Mail (Level 200)
Friday, January 11, 2008 - 11:30 AM Pacific Time
Diane Prescott, Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation, Aimee Chaille, Lead Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7964822

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 1 of 8): Overview (Level 200)
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032363557&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 2 of 8): Deployment and Migration (Level 200)
Friday, January 18, 2008 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Chris Avis, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032363559&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 3 of 8): Introduction to the New Management Console (Level 200)
Monday, January 21, 2008 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Shawn Travers, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032363568&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: How Microsoft IT Implemented New Storage Designs for Exchange Server 2007 (Level 300)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Kyryl Perederiy, Sr. Systems Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032362421&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 4 of 8): Introduction to Windows PowerShell Scripting (Level 200)
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time
John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032363572&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 5 of 8): Client Access and Web Services (Level 200)
Friday, January 25, 2008 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time
John Weston, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032363574&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Exchange Server 2007 in Depth (Part 6 of 8): Disaster Recovery (Level 200)
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Pacific Time
Harold Wong, Senior Technology Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032363577&Culture=en-US

Microsoft Office System Webcast: Top Tips for Managing E-Mail in Outlook 2007 (Level 100)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Andrew Reed, Senior Training Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032360819&Culture=en-US

TechNet Magazine - Janeiro 2008

Já está disponível a edição de Janeiro da TechNet Magazine (também disponível para download em formato HTML Help .chm).

Depois de ultrapassado o hype à volta do Service Pack 1 do Exchange Server 2007, o tema é agora o System Center, com um especial enfoque na virtualização. Lembrem-se que o Hiper-V está aí mesmo a chegar.

Mas revista que é revista tem que ter alguns artigos dedicados à temática do correio electrónico, por isso aqui ficam os links:

20 de Dezembro de 2007

Documentação Forefront & Antigen SP1

Após a disponibilização do SP1 do Exchange Server 2007, assistiu-se ao lançamento quase de imediato do  SP1 de produtos muito próximos do Exchange.

Entretanto a documentação desses mesmos produtos foi actualizada e está agora disponível para download:

  • Microsoft Antigen SP1 Documentation - The Messaging Security Suite includes Antigen for Exchange, Antigen for SMTP Gateways, and Antigen Spam Manager, and provides server-level protection against the latest e-mail threats.
  • Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server with SP1 Documentation - Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP1 integrates multiple scan engines from industry-leading security firms into a comprehensive, layered solution, helping protect your Microsoft Exchange Server messaging environments from viruses, worms, spam, and inappropriate content.
    This new release provides support for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 and Windows Server 2008, as well as content filtering and manageability enhancements.

Chamo a vossa atenção para um dos documentos disponíveis no último link e que se prende com a instalação em cluster do Forefront. Apesar de poder ser instalado em ambientes cluster, a verdade é que a versão RTM do Forefront não é verdadeiramente cluster-aware, o que pode provocar alguns eventos aborrecidos no Application Event Log.

Existe um hotfix disponível e que está descrito no seguinte artigo da Knowledge Base:

Este hotfix é na realidade uma instalação completa do Forefront, tornando-o cluster-aware (vão notar um novo cluster resource).

Ainda não tive oportunidade de experimentar o Forefront SP1, mas espero que inclua o fix atrás descrito (de acordo com o ficheiro README, isso está garantido).

18 de Dezembro de 2007

PowerShell commands for Active Directory

Ora aqui está um assunto que eu andava para blogar desde que o li no blogue do Evan Dodds.

A Quest disponibiliza o ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory que mais não é que um conjunto de comandos PowerShell (CMDLETs) que podem ser descarregados de forma grátis da página da Quest e utilizados para realizar operações de administração na Active Directory.

The ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory is an Active Directoryspecific automation and scripting shell that provides a command-line management interface for administering directory data either via Quest ActiveRoles Server or by directly accessing Active Directory domain controllers. The ActiveRoles Management Shell is built on Microsoft Windows PowerShell technology.

The ActiveRoles Management Shell is implemented as a Windows PowerShell snap-in, providing an extension to the Windows PowerShell environment.

As the commands provided by the ActiveRoles Management Shell conform to the Windows PowerShell standards, and are fully compatible with the default command-line tools that come with Windows PowerShell, the information found in the above documents of Microsoft’s is fully applicable to the ActiveRoles Management Shell for Active Directory.

Recentemente, necessitei de exportar todos os ProxyAddresses de vários utilizadores, pelo que estes cmdlets se revelaram bastante úteis. Aqui fica a linha de comando utilizada:

Get-QADUser -DontUseDefaultIncludedProperties -ObjectAttributes @{mail='*'} -IncludedProperties sAMAccountName,distinguishedName,mail,
userPrincipalName,proxyAddresses  -SerializeValues -SizeLimit 0 | Export-Csv 'C:\proxyAddresses.csv'

E esta é a lista de todos os cmdlets disponíveis:

CONNECT-QADSERVICE
DISCONNECT-QADSERVICE
GET-QADUSER
SET-QADUSER
NEW-QADUSER
DISABLE-QADUSER
ENABLE-QADUSER
UNLOCK-QADUSER
GET-QADGROUP
SET-QADGROUP
NEW-QADGROUP
GET-QADGROUPMEMBER
ADD-QADGROUPMEMBER
REMOVE-QADGROUPMEMBER
GET-QADCOMPUTER
GET-QADOBJECT
SET-QADOBJECT
NEW-QADOBJECT
MOVE-QADOBJECT
RENAME-QADOBJECT
REMOVE-QADOBJECT
NEW-QADPASSWORDSETTINGSOBJECT
GET-QADPASSWORDSETTINGSOBJECT
ADD-QADPASSWORDSETTINGSOBJECTAPPLIESTO
REMOVE-QADPASSWORDSETTINGSOBJECTAPPLIESTO
CONVERT-QADATTRIBUTEVALUE
GET-QADPSSNAPINSETTINGS
SET-QADPSSNAPINSETTINGS

Office 2007 SP1

Embora seja perfeitamente possível interagir com o Exchange Server sem o Outlook 2007 (ou qualquer outra versão), a verdade é que a utilização do cliente rico da Microsoft eleva a experiência de utilização para um nível bastante mais elevado.

Por isso, para quem está a utilizar o Outlook 2007, vai gostar de saber que já está disponível o 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 1.

Aqui estão algumas das melhorias do Outlook 2007 SP1:

  • General performance and responsiveness improvements
  • POP3 mail download improvements
  • Improved support for RSS feeds
  • Meeting reliability improvements

Overview
The 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1 delivers important customer-requested stability and performance improvements, while incorporating further enhancements to user security. This service pack also includes all of the updates released for the 2007 Office suite prior to December of 2007. You can get a more complete description of SP1, including a list of issues that were fixed, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article
936982: Description of the 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1.
Service Pack 1 will install even if a publicly available update has already been installed on your computer.
SP1 also includes stability improvements developed as a result of user input from the
Microsoft Online Crash Analysis and from Microsoft Product Support feedback.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 2
This update applies to the following programs:
  • Microsoft® Office Basic 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Enterprise 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Professional 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Professional Plus 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Small Business 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Small Business Management 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Standard 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Ultimate 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Access® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Excel® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office InfoPath® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Publisher® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft® Office OneNote® 2007
  • Microsoft® Office Groove® 2007

Additional requirements:
  • To successfully install SP1, you must have Microsoft Installer 3.1 (MSI 3.1) or higher. For more information, including instructions for downloading MSI 3.1, please see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 942101.
  • To successfully install SP1, you will need more free hard disk space than the size of the patch itself. For more specific information about the space requirements, please see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 943589.

Instructions
There are several scenarios that may require you to reboot your computer after SP1 is installed. For more information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article
942995.
To install this update, do one of the following:

  • Use Microsoft Update (recommended). Microsoft Update consolidates updates provided by Windows Update and Office Update into one location and enables you to choose automatic delivery and installation of high-priority updates.
  • Use Office Update on the Office Online Web site. After running the automatic detection, Office Update prompts you to install updates and service packs that bring your Office products up to the best quality available. Office Update is not supported on Windows Vista.
  • Install the 2007 Microsoft Office suite SP1 manually. To do this, follow these steps:
    • Download the file by clicking the Download button at the top of this page. Save the file to your hard disk drive. Note: The 2007 Office suite SP1 is available on CD-ROM through the Office Online page Order Office Service Packs on CD-ROM.
    • It is recommended that you quit any programs you are running.
    • In Windows Explorer, double-click the .exe file that you saved to your hard disk drive, and follow the instructions on the screen.
When using other Microsoft Office products
If you are using the following Microsoft Office products, we recommend that you get the latest service packs:

To remove this download
There is no uninstall feature for this download. For more information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article
873125.

Administrator resources
Administrators working in managed environments can find complete resources for deploying Office updates in an organization on the
2007 Office Resource Kit site.
For further information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article
936982: Description of the 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 1.

10 de Dezembro de 2007

Exchange Server 2007 Updating Support Skills

Exchange Server 2007 Updating Support Skills on Setup and System Management was written by Microsoft Customer Service and Support to prepare Support Engineers who are assisting customers installing Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1). We hope that you find the step-by-step approach useful and appreciate any feedback.

There are 5 lessons in this course:

Lesson 1: Setup Concepts
Lesson 2: Preparing for Exchange Server 2007 Installation
Lesson 3: Installing Exchange Server 2007
Lesson 4: Deployment Considerations
Lesson 5: Troubleshooting Exchange Server 2007 Setup

8 de Dezembro de 2007

Webcasts de Exchange em Dezembro

TechNet Webcast: Disaster Recovery in Exchange Server 2007 (Level 200)
Wednesday, December 05, 2007 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Chris Avis, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032359939&Culture=en-US

TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant (Level 200)
Friday, December 14, 2007 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Chris Gregson, Support Escalation Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
Mike Hendrickson, Support Escalation Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032359204&Culture=en-US

Momentum Webcast: How Microsoft Can Provide E-mail Security, Compliance, and Availability (Level 100)
Thursday, December 06, 2007 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Eric Trimble, Unified Communications Services Partner Account Manager, Microsoft Corporation
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032355609&Culture=en-US

Fonte: Eileen Brown's weblog

Q&A com MVPs

Ainda vão a tempo de se registarem para a próxima sessão de Q&A com MVPs:

Q&A With the Exchange Server MVP Experts
We invite you to attend a Q&A with the Microsoft Exchange Server MVPs. In this chat Exchange MVPs will be on hand to answer your questions about Exchange Server, Outlook and Exchange for Small Business Server. So if you are thinking of upgrading to Exchange Server 2007 or have questions about Exchange Server 2003 we hope you can join us for this informative online chat!

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December 12, 2007
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Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 VHD

Boas notícias para quem quiser testar o Service Pack 1 do Exchange Server 2007 sem ter o trabalho de o instalar: já está disponível para download uma imagem virtual com o SP1 já instalado.

Overview
The Microsoft VHD Test Drive Program provides customers with an enhanced server-based software evaluation experience that’s faster, better supported and more flexible. You can now access the entire catalog of pre-configured Microsoft and partner products and solutions in the VHD format and start evaluating and testing today from www.microsoft.com/vhd.
This download enables you to evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1. Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is designed to reduce the growing cost and complexity of managing a corporate messaging system by providing more control for IT administrators, more value and expanded inbox access for end users, and increased security and compliance for the organization as a whole.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 provides built-in protection technologies to help keep the e-mail system up and running and better protected from outside threats while allowing employees to work from wherever they are using a variety of clients including Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Web Access, and mobile devices. Exchange Server 2007 SP1 makes it easier for IT to deliver these new capabilities to their organizations by making the messaging environment easier to manage and more cost efficient.
This fully functional pre-configured VHD provides you with a trial software that will automatically expire after 30 days.
This is a preconfigured virtual machine contained within the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format. A virtualization product that supports the VHD format is required to use this virtual machine. Microsoft
Virtual PC or Microsoft Virtual Server are provided for free and can be used with these VHD based virtual machines. Please refer to the system requirements section for more details.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XP

A virtualization product that supports the VHD format is required to use this virtual machine. Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Virtual Server are provided for free and can be used with these VHD based virtual machines. Please refer to the Virtual Server 2005 R2 System requirements page here.
In addition to the System Requirements for the virtualization product, you will need additional disk and memory resources for running the virtual machine. This VHD is pre-configured to use approximately 10GB of hard disk space and approximately 1024MB of memory.

Instructions
In order to use this evaluation package you will need to have Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 installed on a physical machine. If you do not have Virtual Server installed you can get this product free of charge from www.microsoft.com/virtualserver. Details of how to install Virtual Server 2005 R2 are included in the download and documentation that accompanies the product.
You will also find a readme document as a part of the download. Please refer to this for additional details on how to extract and use the VHD as a part of the download.

7 de Dezembro de 2007

1 de Dezembro de 2007

TechNet Magazine - Dezembro 2007

Mesmo que ainda não tenham terminado a Leitura de fim-de-semana, aqui ficam mais umas sugestões literárias. A edição de Dezembro da TechNet Magazine já disponível online ou, como é habitual, via download do ficheiro de HTML Help (.CHM).

Não foi surpresa nenhuma verificar que o tema central deste número é o Exchange Server, dado que o SP1 acaba de ser lançado.

"Not your typical update, Service Pack 1 for Exchange Server 2007 provides a number of features and additions that include support for IPv6, standby continuous replication, better mailbox management, and lots more. Here we count down 16 enhancements, show you how to deploy Unified Messaging, clarify replication options, and even get you ready to deploy Exchange 2007 on Windows Server 2008."

Aqui fica uma lista dos artigos mais relevantes:

  • 16 New Features in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 - Unlike the typical service pack, Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 provides a lot more than just hotfixes and security updates. Here's an overview of some of the most important new features and capabilities SP1 has to offer. Tony Smith
  • Standby Continuous Replication in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 - One of the most exciting features offered by Service Pack 1 is Standby Continuous Replication. Find out how this can help you improve uptime, limit data loss, and simplify e-mail maintenance and retention. Scott Schnoll
  • Running Exchange with Windows Server 2008 - Getting ready to run Exchange on Windows Server 2008? The Microsoft Exchange Development team has been doing this for a while now, and Paul Bowden shares some advice and lessons they've learned to help you get ready. Paul Bowden
  • Deploying Unified Messaging with Exchange Server 2007 - Combining voicemail, fax capabilities, and e-mail messaging into a single mailbox may seem like a daunting task. But it's easier than you think. Here's a guide to deploying unified messaging in your organization. Jeff Goodwin

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