27 de Fevereiro de 2009

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A solução para a lentidão do Outlook

Apesar de o Microsoft Outlook ser provavelmente a aplicação de produtividade mais utilizada em todo o Mundo, a verdade é que o seu desempenho sempre deixou algo a desejar.

Os problemas de lentidão, quando se abre a primeira vez principalmente, têm, na grande maioria das vezes, a ver com ficheiros .PST e .OST de grandes dimensões (maiores que algumas centenas de megas).

Também eu senti na pele o desespero da espera, por vezes mais de 5 minutos, enquanto aguardava que a janela do Outlook ficasse disponível para trabalhar.

ATÉ AGORA!!!

A Microsoft acaba de disponibilizar 2 actualizações para o Outlook (961752 e 967688), que podem ser obtidas através do artigo da Knowledge Base Outlook 2007 improvements in the February 2009 cumulative update.

A principal alteração é, sem dúvida, a alteração da estrutura dos ficheiros .PST e .OST que vai permitir reduzir a utilização do disco (o principal responsável da lentidão) e melhorar o tempo de resposta.

Não estranhem por isso que a primeira utilização do Outlook após a aplicação dos patches seja um pouco mais demorada.

23 de Fevereiro de 2009

É a ordem dos bindings, estúpido!

Recentemente, andava eu a tentar configurar as actualizações automáticas das assinaturas anti-spam num servidor Exchange Edge, quando me deparei com o seguinte erro:

Enable-AntispamUpdates : An error occurred while accessing the registry of the specified server: "E2K7EDGE". The error message: "The network path was not found."

Após uma rápida pesquisa na Internet, não achei nada de relevante que me pudesse ajudar a ultrapassar esta situação.

Foi então que se fez luz. Lembrei-me que o meu servidor dispunha de 2 placas de rede e que uma delas, a externa, não estava configurada com os clientes “File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks” e “Client for Microsoft Networks”.

Bingo, era esse o problema. A solução foi tão simples como aceder às propriedades avançadas das configurações de rede e trocar a ordem dos bindings das placas (a placa interna deve *sempre* estar em primeiro lugar).

E com isto, fiquei com o problema resolvido!

18 de Fevereiro de 2009

Templates for Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007

Se estiverem a utilizar o Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007, este download é bem capaz de vos interessar: Templates for Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007.

Brief Description
The Calendar Printing Assistant for Microsoft Outlook 2007 is a program that provides an easy way to print and customize Outlook 2007 calendar information. The files available on this page provide additional templates for use with the Calendar Printing Assistant.

Overview
The files available on this page provide additional templates for use with the Calendar Printing Assistant. The files available for download introduce the following templates:

  • Week_WeekList03.catx: This is a custom weekly agenda-view template for the Calendar Printing Assistant. This template draws a shaded box around each all-day event to distinguish them from the hourly appointments and make them easier to read. This new template can be found in the Week Templates group, named Week List 03.
  • Week_WeekDetails_01.catx: This is a custom weekly agenda-view template for the Calendar Printing Assistant. To maximize the amount of information shown on the page, this template removes extra formatting. This new template can be found in the Week Templates group, named Week List - Details.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista; Windows XP

To install this download, you must have the Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007.

13 de Fevereiro de 2009

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11 de Fevereiro de 2009

Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 SP1

Foi disponibilizado para download o Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1.

Overview
Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2007 SP1 customers.
For a list of changes that are included in this update rollup, see
KB959241.
This update rollup does not apply to Exchange Server 2007 Release To Manufacturing (RTM). For a list of update rollups applicable to Exchange Server 2007 RTM, refer to the section Update rollups for Exchange Server 2007 RTM in the Knowledge Base article
KB937052.
This is a cumulative update rollup and replaces the following:

  • KB945684 Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB945684)
  • KB948016 Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB948016)
  • KB949870 Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB949870)
  • KB952580 Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB952580)
  • KB953467 Update Rollup 5 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (KB953467)

O blog You Had Me At EHLO tem um post interessante acerca deste Update Rollup, que faz uma chamada de atenção para 2 pontos importantes:

  1. Fix for a security issue which has been assigned a severity rating of critical. More information about the issue can be found in the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-003.
  2. Fix to allow Internet Explorer 8 to be used for Outlook Web Access (OWA) 2007. This does not include the OWA 2007 S/MIME control. We are still working on some changes in the control to make it work better with Internet Explorer 8. We will be releasing an updated version of the S/MIME control in a future rollup. Users using the S/MIME control should continue to use Internet Explorer 7.

Actualização do filtro Junk Email do Outlook (Fevereiro 2009)

Está disponível uma nova actualização para o filtro Junk E-mail do Outlook 2003/2007.

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

O download está disponível para as versões Outlook 2003 e Outlook 2007, ou através do Microsoft Update. Como é habitual, está acompanhado pelo respectivo artigo da Knowledge Base:

10 de Fevereiro de 2009

Novos conteúdos do Microsoft IT Showcase

 

Foram recentemente disponibilizados 2 documentos bastante interessantes da colecção Microsoft IT Showcase:

Já agora, se tiverem tempo, leiam também estes 2 sobre virtualização:

  • How Microsoft Designs the Virtualization Host and Network Infrastructure
    When challenged with optimizing its server infrastructure, Microsoft IT faces the same physical constraints, environmental sustainability challenges, and economic pressures as other enterprise organizations. Virtualization technologies and management products, such as the Hyper-V feature of Windows Server 2008 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, allow Microsoft IT to deliver on two goals: support the business needs of Microsoft and build a foundation for the Dynamic IT initiative. Virtualization is a key component of this infrastructure optimization strategy and reduces cost and server provisioning time. At the same time, virtualization enhances server resource availability.

  • Virtualization Quickly and Effectively Meets the Demands of Rapidly Changing Businesses
    When challenged with optimizing its server infrastructure, Microsoft IT faces the same physical constraints, environmental sustainability challenges, and economic pressures as other enterprise organizations. Virtualization technologies and management products, such as the Hyper-V feature of Windows Server 2008 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, allow Microsoft IT to deliver on two goals: support the business needs of Microsoft and build a foundation for the Dynamic IT initiative. Virtualization is a key component of this infrastructure optimization strategy and reduces cost and server provisioning time. At the same time, virtualization enhances server resource availability.

9 de Fevereiro de 2009

Hotfix Rollup 2 para a Forefront Server Security Management Console

Foi recentemente disponibilizado o Hotfix Rollup 2 para a Forefront Server Security Management Console.

Issues that this hotfix package fixes

This hotfix package fixes the following issues:

  • 960875 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960875/ ) Error message when you use Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console to update the scan engines: "ERROR: A standard exception was caught in GetEngineFiles. invalid string position"
  • 960876 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960876/ ) How to manually deploy a Forefront Server Security Management Console deployment agent to remote managed server
  • 960999 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960999/ ) The Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console (FSSMC) Deployment Agent File Structure has changed
  • 961000 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961000/ ) You cannot use Forefront Server Security Management Console to collect data from Forefront Security for Exchange Server on an Exchange Single Copy Cluster cluster
  • 961001 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961001/ ) Error message when you try to upgrade the Forefront Server Security Management Console Primary role of SQL Server 2005: "FSSMC database files at %DBDataPath%\SybariEnterpriseManagerDist.MDF, please delete them first then retry install"
  • 961022 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961022/ ) The Forefront Server Security Management Console diagnostics .zip files are named incorrectly when they are created
  • 961026 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961026/ ) When you try to access the Microsoft Forefront Server Security Management Console (FSSMC) Quarantine Manager, you find that only the installation account can manage the quarantine
  • 961125 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961125/ ) Error message when you try to install a Korean version of Forefront Security for Exchange Server when you are using a Korean version of Forefront Server Security Management Console: "szErrorDesc"
  • 961982 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961982/ ) When you run the Remote Diagnostic file in Forefront Server Security Management Console to create a .zip file, the .zip file is not created if there are more than 100 files to be added to the .zip file

TechNet Magazine – Março 2009

A edição de Março da TechNet Magazine já está disponível para leitura online ou, se preferirem, podem fazer download em formato  HTML Help (ficheiro .chm) para consulta posterior.

O tema da capa deste número é o Office Communications Server 2007 R2, que foi recentemente lançado num evento virtual.

Uma das nossas colunas favoritas está de volta – Exchange Q & A: Site Resiliency with SCR, Recommended Root Volume Size, and More – e, já agora, não percam o artigo sobre Windows PowerShell: Automating User Provisioning, Part 1.

1 de Fevereiro de 2009

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