Working with the Exchange Server 2003 Store

August 31, 2004 at 1:29 PM2102

Overview
The Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 store is a storage platform that provides a single repository in which you can manage multiple types of unstructured information. A single Exchange topology may include store components (mailbox stores and public folder stores) that reside on multiple servers.
Because of the inherent complexity and flexibility of the store components, the store can be one of the most difficult parts of Exchange Server 2003 to administer. This guide provides in-depth information to make administration and troubleshooting tasks easier for you to perform.
This guide builds on the basic concepts presented in the Exchange Server 2003 Administration Guide. It examines several features of the store in depth, such as the way in which public folders replicate, how free/busy folders work, and how offline address books work. This information includes detailed explanations of how these features work, and guidance for using them effectively.

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dasBlog - Security Alert!

August 30, 2004 at 12:54 PM2102

More info here...

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Distinguishing between Open Standards and Open Source

August 29, 2004 at 10:52 PM2102

Dave Welsh wrote:

The blurring of distinctions between Open Source Software and Open Standards – be it inadvertent or intentional – is confusing a lot of people and can be deceptive. The difference is something architects and decision makers need to be sensitive about to avoid costly errors and deliver solutions that are on target with client needs.

Read more:

Distinguishing between Open Standards and Open Source -- Part I of III

Distinguishing between Open Standards and Open Source -- Part II of III

Distinguishing between Open Standards and Open Source -- Part III of III

 

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Microsoft KB884776 - Configuring the Windows Time service against a large time offset

August 25, 2004 at 9:47 AM2102
Updated version of Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 884776 (Configuring the Windows Time service against a large time offset) is available from Microsoft...

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Guides

July 31, 2004 at 10:38 PM2102

Exchange Server 2003 Glossary
This glossary comprises important terms and definitions for the Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 product. In addition, the following terminology is in the glossary:

• Definitions of key components and processes within Exchange overall.
• Definitions of other processes and components from products that Exchange works with, such as Microsoft Active Directory directory service.


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Exchange Server 2003 Transport and Routing Guide
Microsoft® Exchange servers use Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) to communicate with each other and to send messages. SMTP is part of the Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 or Windows® 2000 Server operating system. This guide discusses basic components of transport and routing, explains how SMTP works in Exchange Server 2003, provides information on configuring a routing topology, discusses deployment scenarios, suggests ways to help secure your infrastructure, and offers troubleshooting tips.

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Exchange Server 2003 Technical Reference Guide
This technical reference guide presents a system architect's view of Exchange Server 2003. It includes a general overview of Exchange Server 2003 messaging system design, together with more specific details, such as services dependencies, Active Directory® directory service integration, Exchange System Manager architecture, routing architecture, SMTP transport architecture, X.400 architecture, Exchange store architecture, and cluster architecture. This information will help you design, maintain, and troubleshoot an Exchange organization and also develop custom solutions for administrators.
This detailed reference guide is not for beginning administrators and does not show you how to implement or maintain Exchange Server 2003. Instead, this guide is for Microsoft Certified System Engineers (MSCEs) and Exchange Server experts who want to take their knowledge about Exchange Server 2003 to the next level.

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Exchange Server 2003 Security Hardening Guide
This guide is designed to provide you with essential information about how to harden your Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 environment. In addition to practical, hands-on configuration recommendations, this guide includes strategies for combating spam, viruses, and other external threats to your Exchange 2003 messaging system. While most server administrators can benefit from reading this guide, it is designed to produce maximum benefits for administrators responsible for Exchange messaging, both at the mailbox and architect levels.
This guide is a companion to the
Windows Server 2003 Security Guide . Specifically, many of the procedures in this guide are related directly to security recommendations introduced in the Windows Server 2003 Security Guide. Therefore, before you perform the procedures presented in this guide, it is recommended that you first read the Windows Server 2003 Security Guide.

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Gentoo 2004.2 released!

July 26, 2004 at 12:08 PM2102
Gentoo 2004.2 finnaly released today. One of problems that should be solved and makes me happy is definetively LiveCD compatibility with Dell server-class machines! Other, not so important for me, are:

  • LiveCD compatibility with SMP machines
  • x86 laptop PCMCIA support
  • Wireless (802.11a/b/g) capabilties
  • SATA support

    Detailed info about 2004.2 release can be found at 2004.2 information page.



    I`ll post some results later, when I`ll have some time to mess with it ;-)

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    MS SMS 2003 Capacity Planner

    July 25, 2004 at 3:41 PM2102
    The Microsoft System Management Server 2003 (SMS 2003) Tool and Guide has gone live!


    This tool helps consultants, SMS administrators, and IT professionals perform scenario analysis on their existing and proposed SMS 2003 hierarchy. This download contains both the tool and a user guide. The Capacity Planner tool analyzes the input you provide and suggests SMS site topology configurations and corresponding hardware configurations for site servers and site systems. The Capacity Planner Tool User Guide describes how to use the Capacity Planner tool.

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    Lookout available for free download again!

    July 23, 2004 at 5:00 PM2102

    Best Microsoft Outlook addin ever (IMHO) is available for free download again! This time from Microsoft Download Center!

    Lookout V1.2 English

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    Exchange Server 2003 Disaster Recovery Operations Guide

    July 21, 2004 at 10:26 AM2102

    From Microsoft Download Center:

    Overview:
    This guide explains how to back up and restore the critical data in your Exchange organization. It covers how to use the backup utility in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (Backup), how to back up Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, and how to restore Exchange Server 2003. This guide explains how to perform backup and restore procedures so that you can prepare for (back up) and recover from (restore) a failure that causes some or all of your data to become unavailable. This guide is intended for information technology (IT) professionals who perform backup and restore procedures or who write customized backup and restore procedures for their organization.


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    I was amazed with MSN Search results

    July 21, 2004 at 9:19 AM2102

    Today I was messing arround with "new" MSN searcher. When I searched for "erdeljanov" I got my blog as the first result, although the page has been online only for 5 days and it was on the web yesterday for the first time at vidmar.net/weblog! At google.com the first result was one old web page with data almost 2 years old!

    So like I said before... The new MSN Search really amazed me. Will be google capable to stay ahead of MSN Search in future? We`ll see... ;-)

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