September 2006

Chat with your Windows MediaCenter!

As reported by Engadget.com, you’ll love this concept and way geeky app to remotely tell Windows MediaCenter to record a tv show – just chat with it over MSN Messenger! Stuck in a car with no way to record a tv show? You can now do it over a Windows Mobile phone (signed in to […]

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PowerShell RC2 and Exchange Server 2007

PowerShell Release Candidate 2 was just released and is available for download here. If you’re using Beta 2 or any other build of Exchange Server 2007, don’t rush to install this just yet. Exchange Management Shell – Exchange Server 2007’s command-line management interface that’s built on top of Windows PowerShell – isn’t compatible with RC2 […]

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Add/Remove Windows Components and other time-saving shortcuts

Keyboard/command-line short-cuts that get you to a particular control panel applet or Windows dialog box are usually such great time-savers if you use them enough and (therefore) can remember them. Here’s a list of some great time-saving short-cuts – (some will impress even your IT Pro colleagues… ): The number one time-saver for me is […]

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Logging SMTP protocol activity

Like many of my posts, this one also starts with “By default,… “. Like many folks, I’m always curious about the defaults used for almost everything in Exchange/SMTP (and IIS, Windows, AD et al), and at times intrigued by the choices made. One of my pet peeves has been about how installing Exchange changes the […]

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Install anti-spam agents on Hub Transport server

If you’re using Exchange Server 2007 in a topology with an Edge Transport server, the anti-spam agents – Connection Filtering, Content Filter Hub Transport node in the EMC. After the antispam agents are installed, you can see the Anti-spam tab in Organization Configuration | Hub Transport node in EMC. If your console was open during […]

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Spamhaus, the E360Insight lawsuit and the future of RBLs

If you’ve been keeping track of spam issues and RBLs, you probably took notice of the recent order by an Illinois court against leading RBL provider Spamhaus for listing Wheeling, IL-based E360Insight on its ROKSO (Register of Known Spam Operations) list. In a no-defence, default ruling, U.S. District Judge Charles Kokoras ordered [PDF] Spamhaus to […]

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Webinar: How to Simplify Exchange Troubleshooting – An In-Depth Look at Tools

Windows IT Pro magazine recently held a webinar titled “How to Simplify Exchange Troubleshooting – An In-Depth Look at Tools” (access the archived version here – the link has beex fixed). The webinar is presented by Jim McBee, Exchange MVP and author of popular Exchange books like Exchange Server 2003 24Seven (the recently updated edition […]

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Address Literals and Microsoft Exchange

RFC 2821 specifies how address literals can be used to reach recipients – particularly useful when DNS resolution doesn’t work for a particular domain or host. This is a literal form of the address which can be used as an alternative to the domain name. For IPv4 addresses, the address literal format is [email protected] – […]

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IMF: Gateway thresholds per server

So far we’ve known that Exchange Server 2003’s content filter – the Intelligent Message Filter (IMF), uses Gateway and Store thresholds and (Gateway) action that are configured once in Global Settings | Message Delivery | properties | Intelligent Message Filtering. These global settings apply to all SMTP Virtual Servers on all Exchange Servers in the […]

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Disabling NDRs

RFC 2821 requires a SMTP host to send non-delivery report if a message is accepted but cannot be delivered, and the reverse path is *not null*. Nevertheless, under certain circumstances it may be desirable to disable NDRs (entirely or for a particular domain). In Exchange Server 2007, this can be done from the shell: set-RemoteDomain […]

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