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Microsoft Enters Collaboration Hosting Arena

In a move that was likely a surprise to no-one, last week Microsoft announced its offering for hosted Exchange 2007, hosted SharePoint (MOSS 2007, not WSS 3.0), and hosted LiveMeeting. This was the next logical progression from the Microsoft Office Live...

Configuring Virtual Organizations and Address List Segregation in Exchange 2007

I first got really interested in Exchange Server when I started working on hosting the product for multiple companies (while using only a single server environment). In fact, I started this blog to talk mainly about hosted Exchange. My interests have...
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Where is Microsoft Going With Small Business - Comments by Marc Maiffret

Marc Maiffret and I recently had a conversation on an e-mail based discussion forum. Marc is one of the founders of eEye (who produce the Blink and Retina digital security products) and he has recently gone out on his own again. I asked Marc about reproducing...
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Moving from In-House Exchange to Hosted Exchange

In the December 13, 2007 EMO (Exchange Messaging Outlook) e-newsletter, I had an article titled "'Tis The Season To Host - Or Not?" regarding hosting your Exchange services. You can read this article at http://www.slipstick.com/emo/index...
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Changing User Passwords with Outlook 2003/2007

Generally speaking, Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 have a built-in mechanism that allows a user to change their password. In Outlook 2007, you find this (almost) hidden capability at Tools -> Options -> Other -> Advanced Options -> Custom Forms...
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Utility Libraries for Exchange Scripting

Originally published July 11, 2006 I write many many many Exchange scripts. There are some things that are common in Exchange script - you need to get mailbox sizes, or a list of all the servers in an administrative group, or a list of all Exchange servers...
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Creating an Offline Address List in VBScript

Originally published April 30, 2005 Given the techniques we learned in this article about working with binary data in VBScript, plus a simple technique for creating GUIDs in VBScript, we are now prepared to use those capabilities in creating Exchange...
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Forcing an Offline Address Book to get Updated

Originally published April 26, 2005 I haven't disappeared! I'm writing a book for O'Reilly and that consumes most of my non-work time. A question that I've answered three times in the last week: it seems to take a long time for my Offline...
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Setting Mailbox Limits by OU and by Group

Originally published November 18, 2004 It's a common request to set mailbox limits for all the users in a particular OU or for all the users in a group. That functionality is not built-in to Exchange. The following script shows you how to do both...
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Adding a Hosted Exchange User With VBScript - Patch 1

Originally published October 5, 2004 OK, I knew there would be bugs. :-) The first bug someone found is that the original script doesn't verify uniqueness of the User Principal Name. As I discuss elsewhere, Active Directory doesn't verify that...
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Adding a Hosted Exchange User With VBScript

Originally published September 30, 2004 (Note November 13, 2007: this will work with Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003, but not with Exchange 2007.) Getting back to scripting, I've finally scrubbed and sanitized and cleaned up one of my core provisioning...
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More on: Trouble Configuring RPC/HTTPS?

Originally posted on June 23, 2004 (Note on November 13, 2007: I updated the links to point to this blog.) Two weeks ago, I wrote in http://theessentialexchange.com/blogs/michael/archive/2007/11/13/trouble-configuring-rpc-https.aspx about some issues...
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OMA & ActiveSync after Configuring RPC/HTTPS and Forms-Based Authentication

Originally published June 17, 2004 Just got off the telephone with PSS. We recently configured RPC/HTTPS and started moving clients over to using it on our new Exchange 2003 servers (it's really helped business to not require a VPN). How RPC/HTTPS...
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Public Folders in a Shared Environment

Originally published June 15, 2004 (Note November 13, 2007: the process described in this article does not work with Exchange 2007.) It's pretty obvious that you don't want one company to be able to modify another company's Public Folders...
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Trouble Configuring RPC/HTTPS?

Originally published June 11, 2004 (Note November 13, 2007: ports 6001 and 6004 do not have to be open.) I've recently went through hell with a couple of clients getting RPC/HTTPS working on some laptops. It's been a truly difficult proposition...
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