Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server 2007 with SP1 Beta 2

September 1, 2007 at 12:28 AM2102

If you are brave enough you probably already tried Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 Beta 2. ;-)

So if you want to install Forefront Security for Exchange don`t use RTM version of Forefront Security for Exchange. Microsoft provided special version for Exchange Server 2007 with Service Pack 1 Beta 2.

Forefront Security for Exchange Server SP1 Beta 2 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. These enhancements include:

  • Seamless support for organizations running IPv6.
  • Improved content filtering with installable keyword lists that can be used to eliminate email containing profanity in eleven supported languages.
  • Improved integration with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager through new management packs (available in Q4 2007) that allow administrators to proactively monitor the state of their Exchange 2007 protection.
  • Increased flexibility for scanning or blocking high compression zip files and RAR archives.

Note: Forefront Security for Exchange users who are running Exchange 2007 RTM and wish to upgrade to Exchange 2007 SP1 must first upgrade to Forefront Security for Exchange SP1.

You can download it here.

Posted in: Exchange | x64 | Longhorn | Microsoft | Forefront Security


Compare Windows to Red Hat linux

August 24, 2007 at 6:19 PM2102

When making a platform decision, many organizations focus on key attributes, such as total cost of ownership (TCO), reliability, and support. The chart below helps put these key criteria in perspective as you compare the advantages and disadvantages of Windows Server versus Red Hat commercial Linux.

Source: Compare Windows to Red Hat

Posted in: Windows | Microsoft | Linux | Red Hat


Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 (KB940006)

August 24, 2007 at 10:46 AM2102

Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2007 resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2007 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2007 customers.

For a list of changes included in this update rollup see KB940006.

This is a cumulative update rollup and replaces the following:

Posted in: Exchange | Microsoft


Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Beta 2 Release Notes

August 22, 2007 at 6:36 PM2102

Microsoft finally published Release Notes for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Beta 2. You may have noticed that they were "published" earlier but the they were Beta 1. A must read before implementation! Do NOT install it in production environment  since it is not supported.

Some of the important things from release notes:

  • You must prepare Active Directory as a prerequirements to introduce Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Beta 2 into environment.
  • You can either perform a clean install or upgrade RTM version or SP1 Beta 1 to SP1 Beta 2.
  • You can NOT uninstall Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Beta 2. The only way to remove it is to uninstall Exchange 2007 from server and then reinstall RTM version of Exchange Server 2007.
  • You can not use existing version of Forefront Security for Exchange. You must install Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server 2007 with Service Pack 1 Beta 2 version.
  • Remote Streaming backups are disabled by default in SP1!
  • There are also some known issues with specific tasks in SP1, see Release Notes for details.
  • In SP1 new High Availability Scenarios are introduced.
  • You can only install Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Beta 2 on Windows Server 2008. There are also some issues with specific server roles. In my case with Mailbox Role.

I will post more details about installing Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Beta 2 on Windows Server 2008 later.

Re-enable Hibernate in Windows Vista

August 20, 2007 at 8:41 AM2102

Well... If you run Disk Cleanup and if you select Hibernation File Cleaner it will disable hibernation in Windows Vista.

To re-enable hibernation run this from command line. And don`t forget to run as Administrator :)

powercfg -H ON

To disable hibernation in Windows Vista run this from command line as Administrator.

powercfg -H OFF

Posted in: Windows | Vista | Microsoft


VoIP As You Are.

August 2, 2007 at 11:29 AM2102

The Unified Communications Team released funny video of their "VoIP As You Are". A must see! ;) Poor old PBXs... Anyone noticed bottles of water at Microsoft TechEd 2007 in Orlando? Even water says VoIP As You Are. Must be something cool I guess... ;)

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 is RTM. Here is official news at Microsoft PressPass.

The following products have been included within the RTM:

  • Office Communicator 2007
  • Office Communications Server 2007
  • Office Live Meeting Console 2007
  • Communicator Web Access 2007
  • Microsoft RoundTable 2007
  • Office Communications Server 2007 Speech Server

Posted in: IM | VoIP | Microsoft


Hello from Orlando, Florida

June 2, 2007 at 2:46 AM2102

I just arrived to Orlando, Florida for Microsoft TechEd conference. I`ll post some more in the next days. Now it`s time for cruising around city :) Here is a view from hotel room.

View from hotel room


Cool a? [:P]

Posted in: Florida | TechEd | Microsoft | Orlando