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Exchange Search: Searching Adobe PDF

Exchange Search is the little known, and mostly unappreciated feature of modern Exchange Servers— yes, we mean Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2007. It’s different. It’s fast. It mostly works under the hood, without any sexy admin interfaces that would expose its features, functionality, and performance. In these days of ever-growing, large mailboxes (think 10 Gigabytes […]

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Social Engineering Attack Disguised As Mailbox Quota Message

Social engineering is all about psychological attacks— convincing a user to willingly divulge information is much more convenient, in most cases, than actually brute-forcing your way in. Attackers with very little technical sophistication (and perhaps some great social skills) can easily prey upon even the more vigilant users. I would’ve held on to my belief […]

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Released: Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs

Microsoft has just released Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs. Filter Packs contain IFilters used by search search services such as Windows Search on Windows servers to index a particular file type. The Office 2010 Filter Pack contains the following IFilters: Legacy Office Filter (Office 97-2003: Word .doc, PowerPoint .ppt, Excel .xls) Metro Office Filter (Office […]

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Geek Out With Perry: New Video Series and Blog

It’s been over two months since I posted here! No, I’m not taking a break– at least not an intentional one, and hopefully will get back to posting regularly soon. Meanwhile, check out the posts on You Had Me At EHLO… (the Exchange team blog). And if you’ve been monitoring the team blog, you must […]

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Outlook Spy 2.15 is Outlook 2010-compatible

Didn’t notice earlier— one of my favorite Outlook/Exchange tools is now compatible with Outlook 2010. Outlook Spy is primarily a tool for Outlook/Exchange developers, but Exchange administrators also find it useful. It allows you to look under the hood of mailboxes and messages. If you need to peek under the hood of Exchange mailboxes and […]

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Exchange Quick Audit: mailboxes created in last 7 days

I remember writing plenty of scripts to report on different things such as user accounts created every week/month, user accounts modified, accounts disabled, etc. for SOX compliance. Some of those scripts used to be rather long, and in hindsight— involved a lot more lines of code than an administrator should have to write. Although I […]

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Modifying Display Templates and additional attributes

Recently got a question about customizing the GAL and my previous post that talks about it: “HOW TO: Modify Display Template to make default email address appear in Address Book/GAL“. In Exchange 2010/2007, the new Details Template Editor can be found in EMC | Tools. The editor makes it much easier to modify templates and […]

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How to forward mail to an external email address

In Exchange Server 2003, mail for a recipient can be forwarded to an alternate recipient by modifying the recipient’s Delivery Options in ADUC | recipient -> properties | Exchange General tab. Figure 1: Use Delivery Options to auto forward email to an alternate recipient in Exchange 2003 If you need to forward mail to an […]

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Restricting Messaging Records Management to a particular message type

One of the frequently asked questions related to Messaging Records Management (MRM) in Exchange Server 2007/2010 is: how do I purge only specific type of items from a particular Managed Default Folder, a Managed Custom Folder, or the entire mailbox? For example, it may be acceptable to purge email messages from a particular folder or […]

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Managed Folders: How to apply different Managed Content Settings to Default Folders

Exchange Server 2007’s Managed Folders come in two flavors: 1) Managed Default Folders 2) Managed Custom Folders. Default folders are the ones created by default in user mailboxes, such as Inbox, Sent Items, and Deleted Items. Custom Folders are the result of a much-requested feature by Exchange folks over the years: Can I create a […]

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