Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1 releasing tomorrow

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.11.2007 at 06:49

On November 30, 2007, the Exchange Server 2007 service pack 1 will be ready for download on the Microsoft website.

The Service Pack is much awaited by the Exchange Server community and customers alike, with the long list of new features that the service pack promises. The new features include new deployment options, new features and improvements for each server role, improved integration with other applications, and even a new, third type of continuous replication.

If I were to mention each of the new features, this would become a really long, long, blog post. I encourage you to view the list on the Technet website.

Microsoft TV: Coming Soon to Indian Homes

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.11.2007 at 15:19

Microsoft and India’s Reliance Communications have signed a 500-million-dollar deal to launch India’s first high-definition Internet TV service.

Microsoft TV, known as Microsoft Mediaroom, the new IPTV service from Microsoft, will bring the world-class digital TV concept to homes in India. The service is expected to start early next year in 30 Indian cities.

About 71-million homes in India, a country of 1.1 billion people already have television sets, and 61 percent of them have pay TV, mainly through cable and satellite.

Reliance Communications owns and operates the world’s largest Internet connectivity infrastructure with 165,000 km of fibre-optic cable that spans India, the US and Europe! Reliance is also India’s second-largest telecom firm.

I recently read with interest the press release regarding this. Microsoft is penetrating homes!

Did you know?

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.11.2007 at 07:02

There are over 450 million “active” users on Windows Live Messenger every month. That’s almost 8% of the world’s population. Bearing in mind that only 19% of the world’s population uses the internet, this is 40% of all internet users worldwide.

An “active” user is one who spends at least 12 hours per month in active chat (actual data transfer, not the hours spent simply signed in). Wow!

OWA for Exchange 2003 mailboxes via Exchange 2007 Client Access Server

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.11.2007 at 09:48

If you are planning on co-existing Exchange Server 2003 backend servers alongside Exchange Server 2007 mailbox servers, you will have the following question lingering in your mind:

But what about Outlook Web Access?

If some of your users have mailboxes on Exchange Server 2003 while others have mailboxes on Exchange Server 2007, and you publish your OWA URL as http://webmail.mycompany/owa, you will notice that Exchange 2003 users get the following error:

Outlook Web Access could not find a mailbox for DOMAINUSER. If the problem continues, contact technical support for your organization and tell them the following: The mailbox may be stored on a Microsoft Exchange 2000 or Microsoft Exchange 2003 server, or the Active Directory user account was created recently and has not yet replicated to the Active Directory site where this Client Access server is hosted.

The solution is to use the URL http://webmail.mycompany/exchange on the Client Access server. The ‘/exchange’ virtual directory on the Client Access server is able to proxy OWA requests for Exchange 2003 mailboxes to the appropriate Exchange 2003 back end server and the user sees the Exchange 2003 OWA experience. The ‘/exchange’ virtual directory will also automatically redirect OWA requests for Exchange 2007 mailboxes to the ‘/owa’ virtual directory.

For more information, see this post on the Exchange Team blog.

Microsoft buys Facebook stake

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.11.2007 at 10:59

Microsoft has taken an equity stake in the social networking website, Facebook and, in return, gets to expand its exclusive advertising deal to handle ads for Facebook on a global basis.

Facebook didn’t come cheap. Microsoft is spending $240 million for roughly a 1.6 percent stake, based on an overall valuation of privately-held Facebook at $15 billion. Not bad, considering the fact that Facebook is a company that was founded by three Harvard students in their dorm room in February 2004.

Microsoft had signed up an advertising deal with Facebook in August 2006, which made Microsoft adCenter the exclusive banner and link advertising partner for Facebook. But this was limited to the US.

Now Microsoft opens new doors in expanding its advertising outreach globally by acquiring a stake in the social networking site.

Of late, we are seeing a rush from Microsoft to follow the trends that Google and Yahoo are making in terms of advertising through online services. Windows Live is getting bigger, better and smarter everyday with newer features being added.

A thought:
Facebook is the only social networking site that is not blocked by the ISP in the UAE (Etisalat). Hmm.

Presentation on Microsoft Virtualization

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.11.2007 at 10:33

Microsoft Virtualization: From the data center to the desktop

Fellow MVP Adnan Rafik of the TechiesOnly usergroup has informed that his group is organizing a presentation on Microsoft Virtualization by Wolem Moses.

Wole Moses is a Senior Windows Marketing Manager for Microsoft Middle East and Africa. Wole is responsible Windows Vista and MDOP Marketing in the Middle East and Africa region. He is a 9 year Microsoft veteran and has worked in Microsoft Offices in the US, Turkey and Dubai.

Where: Conference Room, Microsoft, Dubai Internet City, UAE
When: 1630 hrs on November 22, 2007
Registration is free, just contact Adnan.

Overview of Presentation:

Microsoft Virtualization: From the Data Center to the Desktop

With the upcoming release of Windows Server Virtualization, with last year’s release of SoftGrid Application Virtualization and with the Partnership with XenSource (recently acquired by Citrix) Microsoft is making lots of moves in the virtualization space. Join us to get an overview and understanding of Microsoft’s upcoming Virtualization products and strategy from the datacenter to the desktops.

According to the mit webmaster guide, there is no replacement for dedicated servers. However if you want to work on the seo services as well, you will be needing inmotion hosting and therefore should start looking for a web host immediately.

SCVMM: Test lab built

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.11.2007 at 10:23

I have finally completed building the servers required for my Exchange 2007 test lab. I have used Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) for virtualizing the lab environment. For the purposes of testing I will have a total of 10 guest machines running on my SCVMM host. The machines include 2 domain controllers, 2 Exchange 2003 back ends, 2 Exchange 2003 front ends, Exchange 2007 servers (1 hub transport, 1 edge transport, 1 mailbox and 1 CAS).

For easy management of the VMs, I installed the SCVMM Administrator Console on my Windows Vista notebook.

I’m all set to test, validate, and abuse my test lab servers as I wish! [*devilish laugh*]

Keyboard failure. Press F1 to continue.

by Shijaz Abdulla on 13.11.2007 at 11:20

I once had a computer that showed the above BIOS message while booting when the keyboard connection got loose from the PS/2 port. I had always wondered what it meant.

Just remembered it now, blogged it now!

TechDays 2007, Dubai

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.11.2007 at 16:05

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be there when it happens. Register here.

SCVMM: What happened to VM additions?

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.11.2007 at 10:08

If you’ve installed Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) , you will find that there is no option on the SCVMM console to install VM Additions on the virtual machines.

If you have installed your Virtual Server host directly from the SCVMM console, you will find that the host does not have the web-based Virtual Server 2005 site where you can install the additions.

In this scenario, you can locate and install the VM additions as follows:

  1. On the SCVMM machine, navigate to C:Program FilesMicrosoft Virtual ServerVirtual Machine Additions. You will find all the ISO images for VM additions here!
  2. Create a folder named ISO under \localhostMSSCVMMLibrary and copy the ISOs there.
  3. Now you can just pop in these ISO images into your virtual CD/DVD drive on any of your hosts! Simply open the Properties for the VM, open the Hardware Config tab, select Virtual DVD drive, and choose Known Image File. You can then select the ISOs.

Note: Sometimes you need to refresh the library folder in the SCVMM console before new items start appearing. Choose Library, right click the folder and choose Refresh share.

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