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There are many blogs, tutorials, and information sites available for Microsoft Exchange information. Where do you go if you have a non-urgent question regarding Exchange configuration, features, third-party applications or general Exchange and Outlook messaging?

What peer resources are available for Microsoft Exchange assistance? There are still a few e-mail listservers out there covering Microsoft Exchange.

Sunbelt Exchange List

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YahooGroups Lists

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Exchange 2007

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There are also web forums where you can ask questions. Microsoft hosts TechNet forums and other sites have added their own communities for discussions as well.

Microsoft TechNet

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(Nevermind that the tag cloud is full of Spam words, this is still a reasonable resource if you like web-based forums.)

The guys at have separated the forums by Exchange version as well as by category.

Windows IT Pro Forum

Windows IT Pro is a great resource. You will have to register, of course.

TechTarget Ask The Experts,289622,sid43,00.html

And, thankfully, there is still the old standby, the NNTP forums. Windows 7 does not ship with an NNTP client, functionality served by Outlook Express and Windows Mail in earlier versions. Hopefully, this does not diminish these newsgroups as a resource, but it seems like that may be the case.

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William Lefkovics

William Lefkovics on December 4, 2009 at 02:48 PM
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Old Quotes from an Old Exchange List

It was over a decade ago that I started with Exchange 5.0. Inevitably, there arose questions and circumstances not covered by the Help files or knowledge base articles. Like many others, I found an Exchange Server e-mail list where peers asked and sometimes answered Exchange questions. Little did I know I was walking into a forum with quite a bunch of characters. I may have posted this here before, but Missy Koslosky recently shared this list of quotes I collected from the old Exchange list one year:

“If you're going to learn something, then do so. Anything less is just a strategically-shaved monkey pressing buttons.” - Daniel Chenault, January 4, 2001


“The biggest productivity problem you have is that your boss doesn't have enough real work to do, and is fscking up your productivity at the same time.” - Andy Webb, January 5, 2001


“The biggest productivity problem you have is an inability to speak in complete, intelligible sentences.” – Andy Webb, January 5, 2001


“Wow!  Pretty long!  And without Scharff's help, too!” – Ed Crowley, January 6, 2001


“Don't believe anything you read, including this message. ;)” – Lori Hunter, January 8, 2001


“Roll up your sleeves, boys! (and ladies). It's time to get Greasy!” – John Matteson, January 8, 2001


“I prefer the pneumatic staple gun approach myself - the torch seems to stink up my cube too much.” – Roger Seielstad, January 10, 2001


“I hear that at Microsoft a developer who has a bug found in his/her code has to wear a silly moose antler hat all day.” – Kenneth Cornetet, January 10, 2001


“You would think a company as big as Marriott could afford a friggin’ full time connection and an administrator with more than 10% of his brain intact.” – Andy Webb, January 10, 2001


“Cisco doesn't understand e-mail.” – Chris Scharff, January 11, 2001


“Your opinion in this matter is probably misguided and worth nothing in any case.” – Ed Crowley, January 11, 2001


“The "bullshit security" is the users not securing their workstations. Give me access to an unsecured workstation and reading your e-mail will be among the least of your worries.” – Chris Scharff, January 11, 2001


“I lock mine so my boss doesn't see my porn.” – Ed Crowley, January 11, 2001


“Why can't you spell the word ‘you’ correctly?  You can type out ‘consequences’, ‘management’, ‘administrators’, etc, but are too friggin’ lazy to type the word ‘you’?” – Andy Webb, January 11, 2001


“This is one of those threads we need Woodrick to kill!” – Ed Crowley, January 11, 2001


“Good friggin' luck.” – Ed Crowley, January 17, 2001


“What does your email administrator say about this?” – Kim Cameron, January 17, 2001


“On the 'net, nobody knows you're a dog.” – Daniel Chenault, January 17, 2001


“Cancer will kill you. Spam mail will not.” – Ed Crowley, January 18, 2001


“That's why you should degauss all your tapes immediately after ntbackup finishes.” – Ed Crowley, January 18, 2001


“Yeah, it's simply amazing how well things work when they are configured to work the way they were designed to work.” – Daniel Chenault, January 19, 2001


“I didn't want to brag-by-proxy for Ed.” – Roger Seielstad, January 19, 2001


“Just say no to FAT.” – Andy Webb, January 22, 2001


“That wouldn't be as much fun as trolling.” – Ed Crowley, January 23, 2001


“Don't tell me; tell the list!” – Michèle Sharik, January 30, 2001


“Do you have a question?” – Ed Crowley, January 31, 2001


“Did you do what Missy said to?” – Lori Hunter, January 31, 2001


“I doubt anyone ever called Novell for Netware 3.x support. You could run that in your sleep.” – Andy David, February 2, 2001


“I love it when people chime in with their off-topic opinion, then close with, ‘Can we get back on topic?’” – Ed Crowley, February 7, 2001


“Whatever jams your toast.” – Ed Crowley, February 8, 2001


“Would it be fair to say that having nothing at all is better than having InoculateIT because then you don't have a false sense of security?” – Michèle Sharik, February 13, 2001


“Before we go nuts here and inadvertently type dollar signs instead of s's , what are the exact error messages and event ids?” – Andy David, February 14, 2001


“I'm sorry what does ::sigh:: mean?” – Scott Wiseman, February 14, 2001


“Can someone refer me to a list that has a heart for the overworked engineer that is bitting his nails and can't sleep.” – Scott Wiseman, February 14, 2001


“I have never gone out with a message. Let us know how it goes...” – Andy David, February 20, 2001


“I'd love to help, but it $eem$ my motivation to do $o i$ taxed the$e day$. $orry.” – Daniel Chenault, February 20, 2001


“I don't think size matters.  What matters most is activity.” – Ed Crowley, February 21, 2001


“No, it was Colonel Mustard, in Miami, with a rope, at 11:00am.” – Daniel Chenault, February 21, 2001


“Typically, Port should be aged at least 10 years to achieve the required POP.” – Andy David, February 21, 2001


“You think wrong.” – Ed Crowley, February 23, 2001


“Yea, but where is MEC this year?” – Andy David, February 23, 2001


“What's the best antivirus product?” – Ed Crowley, February 23, 2001


“I don't think that e-mail administrators should consider themselves to be babysitters.” – Ed Crowley, February 26, 2001


“I'm square on my kilter, thank you!” – Ed Crowley, February 26, 2001


“It's also ‘possible’ to run an Exchange server from the moon.” – Andy Webb, February 26, 2001


“I have a real dark side...” – Andy David, February 27, 2001


“I want a car that will protect me from driving it into a concrete pier at 70 MPH when I'm not wearing a seatbelt!” – Ed Crowley, March 1, 2001


“So who appointed you list czar?” – Ed Crowley, March 1, 2001


“Where is the FAQ?” – Ed Crowley, March 1, 2001


“Did Exchange cause the earthquake?” – Ed Crowley, March 1, 2001


“When a thread deteriorates into Star Trek references, that's when I know it's over.” – Ed Crowley, March 1, 2001


“Exchange 2000 without Active Directory is like water without hydrogen or Baywatch without scantily-clad women.” – Ben Schorr, March 2, 2001


“You doused yourself in gasoline and asked for a match.” – Andy Webb, March 3, 2001


“hmm... you are answering only intelligent questions?” – Mark Hanji, March 6, 2001


“I'm surprised anyone would click on an attachment called NakedWife. NakedMistress I could understand..;)” – Andy David, March 6, 2001


“Oh, pooh…  Please ignore everything I just said, and pass the Sudafed.” – Tom Meunier, March 7, 2001


“Just because one yahoo walks across a tightrope between the Petronas Towers doesn't make it a smart thing to do.” – Andy Webb, March 7, 2001


“What does your e-mail administrator have to say about that?” – Daniel Chenault, March 8, 2001


“Your logic path is flawed.” – Andy Webb, March 8, 2001


“We have a lawyer in our midst! To arms!! To arms!! Burn the witch!!” – Daniel Chenault, March 8, 2001


“I was trying to remember the first rule of AOL-- something along the lines that if there is a problem, and AOL is involved, it's always AOL's fault!” – Mike Morrison, March 9, 2001


“Yes I know that script Mike… Actually, I wrote it ;-)” – Siegfried Weber, March 9, 2001


“Remember, friends don't let friends have AOL (America Off Line) accounts.” – Russell Etts, March 9, 2001


“My face is already starting to turn blue.” – Ed Crowley, March 10, 2001


“Perhap$ you $hould phone p$$ for a$$i$tance with your $erver.” – Andy Webb, March 11, 2001


“Friggin’ ethav has a friggin’ pop3 remailer friggin’ misconfigured. Friggin’ when are people going to friggin’ learn.” – Andy Webb, March 11, 2001


“Didn't know my server could go "tits up." Is this a feature or a flaw?” – Rick Bauer, March 11, 2001


“Another perfect example of the nuts running the asylum :)” – Martin Blackstone, March 13, 2001


“We've all noticed that the list is down .. so this time I'm not going to send my "is the list down?" message.” – Martin Tuip, March 14, 2001


“Hey, I'm old. I forget things.” – Daniel Chenault, March 15, 2001


“If management fires them, they will no longer be internal users.” – Ed Crowley, March 15, 2001


“Message Tracking is way cool.  Turn it on everywhere!” – Ed Crowley, March 16, 2001


“Don't worry. No one reads your posts anyway.” – Andy David, March 16, 2001


“No tiggers were harmed in the creation or testing of this note.” – Kenneth Cornetet, March 22, 2001


“I have missed this whole thread, but as usual I agree with Roger ;)” – Andy David, March 22, 2001


“Snapping the cd in half isn't an easy task either. I have cut the crap out of my hands a few times trying that. :)” – Ed Esgro, March 22, 2001


“Don't make me stop this car.” – Andy David, March 22, 2001


“Ghoddesses don't need to explain such things!” – Andy David, March 22, 2001


“No, you can also say ‘fscking lyris’”- Andy David, March 22, 2001


“Now I gotta shop-vac the coke from my keyboard, and I'm not kidding!” – P Ramatowski, March 22, 2001


“So far that's FOUR "me too"s that should have been posted off-list.  And you call yourself e-mail geeks!” – Ed Crowley, March 23, 2001


“I prefer stupid reply to your insulting reply.” – Mark Hanji, March 23, 2001


“I think sacrificing virgins was their killer app.” – Rick Bauer, March 27, 2001


“The saga continues.  Friggin' Lyris speaks Pig Latin!” – Ed Crowley, March 28, 2001


“Booting has no effect on exchange server.” – Richard Siegel, March 28, 2001


“What's a virus scanner?” – Erik Sojka, March 29, 2001


“We've decided to stop feeding our kids because they keep growing out of their clothes.” – Ed Crowley, March 29, 2001


“I can't seem to recall it.” – Andy David, March 29, 2001


“A recall with a silly disclaimer!  What'll they think of next?” – Ed Crowley, March 29, 2001


“I've been faking it for four years on this list when it comes to Exchange, but hanging doors is something I'm actually pretty good at.  Do you have a question?” – Ed Crowley, April 2, 2001


“So are you advertising for a consultant or what?” – Ed Crowley, April 3, 2001


“I wouldn't know how to do such a kludgey thing.” – Ed Crowley, April 3, 2001


“How many times do you have to be told you're wrong?” – Ed Crowley, April 3, 2001


“I have no idea what my company pays, but the value of your "guarantee" is roughly equivalent to the price of the bits of which it is  composed.” – Ed Crowley, April 4, 2001


“Lack of foresight inevitably leads to many support opportunities, so you're correct.” – Jeff Dillon, April 6, 2001


“Bite me.” – Ed Crowley, April 8, 2001


“Ask once and wait for the answer in the future, bitch.” – Ed Crowley, April 8, 2001


“Keep your tongue in your mouth and maybe you'd be intelligible.” – Ed Crowley, April 9, 2001


“Does the box it came in say "Now 100% RPC Free!" on the front?” – Andy David, April 11, 2001


“Kindly provide evidence in support of such a wild-ass statement.” – Ed Crowley, April 12, 2001


“Seriously, what it has to do with my post?!” – Mark Hanji, April 16, 2001


“I am now truly sorry I asked.” – Ed Crowley, April 18, 2001


“Read and understand them and not only will you not LOOK like a dumbass, you won't BE a dumbass!” – Ed Crowley, April 19, 2001


“The problem is that such people eventually stumble over this list and start asking questions!” – Drew Nicholson, April 19, 2001


“Do you like movies about gladiators?” – Ed Crowley, April 19, 2001


“Anything is possible if you want to write the code.” – Ed Crowley, April 19, 2001


“Same answer as an hour ago...Nothing has changed.” – Martin Blackstone, April 19, 2001


“In that case your first contribution is to fly to Israel, track down Mark Hanji, and destroy any and all computer equipment he may posesss.” – Doug Hampshire, April 19, 2001


“I thought the goal was to stroke your ego?” – Andy David, April 20, 2001


“My self-esteem and self-worth need no stroking.” – Daniel Chenault, April 19, 2001


“Whose turn is it to stroke Daniel?” – Andy David, April 19, 2001


“Running Inoculan was somewhat akin to flogging myself.” – Paul Pelfrey, April 23, 2001


“I don't have a clue what you're talking about here.  Not that I should care.” – Ed Crowley, April 24, 2001


“You can never assume that silence means your uninformed opinion is correct.” – Andy Webb, April 24, 2001


“If you didn't want to prolong the thread, you'd not have posted a reply.” – Ed Crowley, April 25, 2001


“There is no other list as good as this list.” – Ed Crowley, April 26, 2001


“Uh oh. SP2 to fix hair color.” – Mark Hanji, April 28, 2001


“I'm glad you had such a good time at the expense of the rest of our time.” – Ed Crowley, May 2, 2001


“4 out of 5 Pandas recommend Antigen” – Andy David, May 3, 2001


“Then keep asking until you get the answer you want and have them put it in writing.” – Ed Crowley, May 3, 2001


“There are seldom good technological solutions for cognitive dissonance.” – Andy David, May 3, 2001


“UMS - User Mouse Spasm: An uncontrolled and unexpected click and move with a mouse, or other computer pointing device, resulting in files or messages being moved to unexpected locations.” – Peter Durkee, May 4, 2001


“What am I, your personal assistant?  If it's too much for you, then unsubscribe!” – Ed Crowley, May 7, 2001


“You never know we could be a list of very bad people.” – Avi Smith-Rapaport, May 8, 2001


“AFAIK, the large number of TLAs makes it very difficult, INI, to understand what is wanted when an undefined TLA is used. IMHO, YMMV and, AAMOF, TANSTAAFL.” – Daniel Chenault, May 17, 2001


“The glue sniffing does seem to be getting worse.” – Andy David, May 25, 2001


“I do wonder when showering if I should replace that pair of vise-grips where the regulator knob should day.....” – Paul Bouzan, June 27, 2001


“Actually, I find that Exchange 2000 creates great mail loops... in fact I would stand behind the statement that it is the BEST solution for creating mail loops.” – Aaron Brasslett, June 28, 2001


“Just in case you were looking for it, Director.exe has been replaced ceo.exe in E2K SP1.” – Dean Cunningham, June 28, 2001


“Screw it. Run the Layoff Wizard.” – Andy David, June 28, 2001


“Is your anti-virus software CrapShield 4.X? If so, go pick up a good novel and then call their technical support.” – Chris Scharff, July 2, 2001


“A thought just occurred to me:  Isn't "security hardened OWA box" an oxymoron?” – Ed Crowley, July 2, 2001


“Be sure to remove permissions in Exchange 2000 the same way, OK? When you get to the 7th circle of hell, please say hello to my old girlfriend Jennifer.” – Chris Scharff, July 3, 2001


“Our patented behavioral modification methodology is a trade secret.” – Chris Scharff, July 3, 2001


“Actually deleting it will make it incredibly smaller.” – Martin Blackstone, July 9, 2001


“My thesaurus threw up on that word.” – Larry Josefowski, July 10, 2001


“What's the best way to swim without getting wet?” – Ed Crowley, July 10, 2001


“I hate the static cling of the new versions.” – Ed Crowley, July 10, 2001


“Why must you insist on overcomplicating things?” – Ed Crowley, July 13, 2001


“I think you posted to the wrong list.” – Milt Atkinson, July 17, 2001


“If this is actually a tech support list, heck, I want my consulting fees paid. Retroactively.” – Daniel Chenault, July 17, 2001


“Aren't you already being paid to do tech support?!” – Ed Crowley, July 17, 2001


“We don't discuss Exchange, we exchange discussions...” – Martin Blackstone, July 17, 2001


“Direct all the Porn to a public folder and forward it on a weekly basis to [email protected].” - Doug Hampshire, July 18, 2001


“I fail to see how that is relevant.” – Ed Crowley, July 18, 2001


“I've been trying to lose my Exchange accent for some time now.” – Ed Crowley, July 19, 2001


“Nothing is free.” – Ed Crowley, July 19, 2001


“How many zeroes in a zillion-kajillion?” – Ed Crowley, July 19, 2001


“Can it really be a thread with only one reply? How many replies justify threadness?” – Jon Tout, July 20, 2001


“There's a FAQ?” – Andy David, July 20, 2001


“I can't seem to find any mention of SPAM in the Bible.” – Andy David, July 24, 2001


“It's funny how pissy everyone gets on this list.  I'm loving it!!” – John Bowles, July 24, 2001


“Knowing Chris, I suspect he'd do it for Chuck E. Cheese coins!” – Ed Crowley, July 24, 2001


“What a wiener.” – Ed Crowley, July 24, 2001


“For urgent requests, call PSS.” – Ed Crowley, July 25, 2001


“I can probably help.  Are you willing to pay my rate? I'd be happy to put you in touch with my pimp.” – Ed Crowley, July 25, 2001


“That doesn't make it any less silly.” – Ed Crowley, July 25, 2001


“The self-righteousness is getting a bit thick in here.” – Ed Crowley, July 25, 2001


“Take your green a$$ newbie knowledge elsewhere.” – Don Ely, July 25, 2001


“Thought Police, aisle 4.” – Drew Nicholson, July 25, 2001


“I don't care what anyone says; SPAM is just plain delicious.” – Kevin Derby, July 25, 2001


“I always knew you were a freak.” – Michèle Sharik, July 25, 2001


“My aunt has zero tolerance for spam.  A little Mylanta fixed her right up, though.” – Ben Schorr, July 25, 2001


“I find it hard to believe that ArcServe could cause any problems with an Exchange database. It is perhaps the greatest piece of software ever written, backed by dedicated professionals who support their customers with the utmost of respect.” – Andy David, July 25, 2001


“Boy, are YOU cursed with latency...” – Drew Nicholson, July 25, 2001


“All those in favor of killing this thread say ‘I’” – Jose Villatoro, July 25, 2001


“We are SO not going there...” – Drew Nicholson, July 25, 2001


“A little square of electrical tape works fine.” – Ed Crowley, July 25, 2001


“Lawyers hardly have a monopoly on common sense.” – Ed Crowley, July 26, 2001


“*yawn*” – Andy David, July 26, 2001


“You're telling Chris how to unsubscribe? Now that's funny.” – Andy David, July 26, 2001


“Beer or no beer, I'm not touching this without a consulting contract.” – Ed Crowley, July 26, 2001


“Back in February I had to call PSS. I suspect that's still the case.” – Peter Durkee, July 26, 2001


“If they have no access to another users folder then they cannot access it.” – July 26, 2001


“Searching TechNet will turn up all sorts of interesting stuff.  This isn't rocket science.” – Missy Koslosky, July 26, 2001


“You might as well ask ‘What religion is best?’” – Rick Boza, July 26, 2001


“So does this mean you arent going to build us a time machine?” – Andy David, July 27, 2001


“I thought the purpose of this forum was to receive helpful advice on Exchange issues, and not just people stating the 'bleeding obvious'.” – Phil Downey, July 27, 2001


“SMTP is EVERYTHING” – Ed Crowley, July 27, 2001


“I just noticed that I am out of coffee.” – Andy David, July 27, 2001


“I just noticed how handsome I am.” – Martin Blackstone, July 27, 2001


“You ought to notify Microsoft of the bug.” – Ed Crowley, July 30, 2001


“Thank you for sharing your gastronomical preferences with us.  We'll be sure to keep this in mind the next time we invite you to dinner.” – Ed Crowley, July 31, 2001


“What the heck is a fish taco?” – Avi Smith-Rapaport, July 31, 2001


“This list is dead!  'Tis not! 'Tis only resting!” – Daniel Chenault, August 3, 2001


“Everyday is mailbox deletion day :)” – Bob Sadler, August 3, 2001


“Can I use your mailserver for my chain letter?” – Andy David, August 3, 2001


“Next you're going to ask if it'll work over a 300 baud acoustic modem, right?” – Ed Crowley, August 3, 2001


“You should go down to Wal-Mart and buy a shotgun.” – Ed Crowley, August 3, 2001


“Keep sending yourself big files until you can't send any more.  Then you'll know the size is about the value of your Prohibit Send limit.” – Ed Crowley, August 3, 2001


“Hanji gets scrambled sometimes.” – Erik Sojka, August 6, 2001


“An NDR would help us.” – Thomas Di Nardo, August 6, 2001


“Would I steer you wrong?” – Ed Crowley, August 7, 2001


“I need a drink. Where can I do This?” – Andy David, August 14, 2001


“What does your Exchange administrator say?” – Daniel Chenault, August 14, 2001


“Is there a full moon out right now?” – Andy David, August 14, 2001


“Actually you type pretty good for a 2yr old.” – Martin Blackstone, August 14, 2001


“Please let me know when I have enough tenure on this site so I can to badger people.” – Mike Mitchell, August 14, 2001


“Budget constraints for a "free' program??” – Don Ely, August 15, 2001


“Silly wabbit: Trix are for kids!” – Mike Morrison, August 15, 2001


“That's not a choice, that's a lack of alternatives.” – Walden Leverich, August 15, 2001


“If you would just stop wearing womens underwear you might loose that high pitched voice.” – Joshua Folcik, August 17, 2001


“Can someone explain to me what Haiku Friday is?” – John Bowles, August 17, 2001


“It has been awhile since I was roughed up...” – Andy David, August 17, 2001


“That surprises me that it has been a while since you were roughed up!!!” – Mike Mitchell, August 17, 2001


“I do not believe that ‘Administrating Exchange with a Buzz’ is an approved course.” – Andy David, August 17, 2001


“I think the whole flock of you made a left turn and are somewhere off the map.” – John Matteson, August 20, 2001


“So why all the fuss about fish taco's?” – Rex Choi, August 20, 2001


“Turn in your network admin card on your way out please....” – Martin Blackstone, August 20, 2001


“Do you actually give a f*ck if I'm out of the office cuz I certainly don't give a F*ck if you're out of the office!” – Don Ely, August 21, 2001


“I'd have been understanding about the OOO, but I'm less understanding about the half-assed apology.” – Ed Crowley, August 21, 2001


“Tell your boss that Arcserve does an excellent job of backup things up, it's downfall is the ability to restore things.” – Matt Haught, August 21, 2001


“Hi, I’m William Shatner and welcome to Exchange......911.” – Martin Blackstone, August 21, 2001


“I crossed a busy street without looking last week, and didn't get hit by a car.” – Tom Meunier, August 21, 2001


“Try that again while running with scissors.” – Ed Crowley, August 21, 2001


“Well, you weren't yelling, but everything's more fun when you exaggerate.” – Serdar Soysal, August 22, 2001


“Real men don't wear 6" heels.” – Serdar Soysal, August 22, 2001


“Do you use Outlook?” – Vicki Ewart, August 22, 2001


“Well...I think this thread is going rather well, don't you?” – Andy David, August 22, 2001


“Why are you all so HOSTILE?” – Vicki Ewart, August 22, 2001


“If you turn the monitor off, the icons disappear.” – Andy David, August 22, 2001


“That's ok, the Outlook Bar doesn't have any good bartenders, anyway.” – Michèle Sharik, August 22, 2001


“Nobody in this list uses Outlook.  We are all Eudora users.” – Rocky Stefano, August 22, 2001


“Every list needs its comic relief....  :-)” – Michèle Sharik, August 23, 2001


“Its a floor wax AND a desert topping!” – Roger Seielstad, August 23, 2001


“What I lack in the back end I make up for in the front end.  ;o)” – Don Ely, August 23, 2001


“That must have hurt.” – Ed Crowley, August 23, 2001


“Though I was declared legally insane sometime ago...” – Andy David, August 24, 2001


“I could build an entire army of mutant Barbies.” – Andy David, August 24, 2001


“Do I make you laugh?” – Andy David, August 24, 2001


“More power to the stupid people! Who's with me!?” – Jennifer Baker, August 24, 2001


“He don't NEED a document management system thankyouverymuch, so just take your off-topic flamebait answer on up outa here.” – Chris Scharff, August 27, 2001


“We don't need any off-topic flame bait headers thankyouverymuch!!  ;o)” – Don Ely, August 27, 2001


“Don't make me come over there and knock your heads together!” – Martin Blackstone, August 27, 2001


“I am not the intended recipient of this message. Please destroy your mail server.” – Andy David, August 28, 2001


“Then why let them use a computer at all?” – Michèle Sharik, August 28, 2001


“Why let them breathe at all?” – Rocky Stefano, August 28, 2001


“Long live this nasty a** list.” – Steve Hanna, August 29, 2001


“If this list should become user friendly it will loose the school master appeal.” – Steve Hanna, August 29, 2001


“I have never been FAQ'ed before.” – Larry Josefowski, August 29, 2001


“Is that a come on??” – Martin Blackstone, August 29, 2001


“Awww man...  Who let this piece of road kill in here?” – Don Ely, August 29, 2001


“I know enough not to be an admin.” – Ed Crowley, August 30, 2001


“Does anyone know where MEC is this year?” – Andy David, August 30, 2001


“There's not time for details. This is Urgent!” – Andy David, August 31, 2001


“What am I going to do with this Speedo then?” – Andy David, August 31, 2001


“They can play with the werewolves that I'm raising in my backyard.” – Serdar Soysal, September 4, 2001


“What's the point of a discussion list then?” – Rocky Stefano, September 4, 2001


“What about ‘That response deserves a High Five and that is four more than I normally give.’” – Ken Powell, September 4, 2001


“You are one step away from killing your Ex2000 installation.” – Daniel Chenault, September 5, 2001


“I'm not saying we don't have standards.  We just have a different way of implementing them.” – Gregory Monahon, September 7, 2001


“You can prevent this in the future by disconnecting from the Internet.” – Ed Crowley, September 7, 2001


“I was having a colonic irrigation.  For a guy like me, that can take some time.” – Cthulhu Jones, September 10, 2001


“Some of us are as many as 12,500 miles from each other.” – Ed Crowley, September 12, 2001


“I ain't no nephridium kisser.” – Ed Crowley, September 12, 2001


“It's always a great time to fire idiots.” – Ed Crowley, September 12, 2001


“Can we dispense with all this jibba jabba?!  The purpose of this forum is to provide free tech urgent tech support!” – Ed Crowley, September 12, 2001


“My therapist recommended pissing off Kimmie to confront my anxiety and fear.” – Jennifer Baker, September 12, 2001


“Did I mention I make a great Lasagna?” – Jennifer Baker, September 12, 2001


“I love you all!!!!” – Missy Koslosky, September 13, 2001


“So I made a typo.  Sue me.” – Ed Crowley, September 13, 2001


“You wouldn't want to check Lasagna as baggage.” – Ed Crowley, September 13, 2001


“Now that you are a man, there are of course added responsibilities.” – Andy David, September 14, 2001


“Seems strange to blame one's ignorance of a product on the creator of the product.” – Stephen Mynhier, September 14, 2001


“The only horn I will blow is any horn that Michèle may need blown.  Other than that, I be blowing anyone else's horn. Thankyouverymuch.” – Martin Blackstone, September 17, 2001


“Just answer the question!” – Ed Crowley, September 17, 2001


“SHUT UP!!! LEAVE ME ALONE!!!” – Martin Blackstone, September 17, 2001


“I'll blow that horn, Daniel!!” – Michèle Sharik, September 18, 2001


“Have you ran around in a circle flapping your arms?” – Andy David, September 18, 2001


“So, are you saying you like to watch?” – Andy David, September 18, 2001


“Make sure your hands aren't wet when you're unplugging the power cable.” – Serdar Soysal, September 18, 2001


“I was just noticing that most of the gurus of the list had plenty of time to respond to the list regarding various questions. Am I missing something?” – Jennifer Baker, September 19, 2001


“We don't need no stinkin' patches!” – Andy David, September 19, 2001


“Then apply every damn security fix from Microsoft you can get your hot little hands on.” – Cthulhu Jones, September 19, 2001


“Thanks, William. I was on the can.” – Ed Crowley, September 19, 2001


“Good girls never say maybe.” – Serdar Soysal, September 20, 2001


“Almost as funny as other works of humorous fiction, such as marketing materials.” – Cthulhu Jones, September 20, 2001


“Remind me to tell you to fzck off when you need help again you ignorant maroon.” – Don Ely, September 20, 2001


“I understand there is a carebear exchange list for sissies like yourself.” – Don Ely, September 20, 2001


“You only need one dinner idea.... Reservations.” – John Matteson, September 20, 2001


“Everyone knows all the best chefs are men.” – Doug Hampshire, September 20, 2001


“Has the list made that unmarked left turn into the Twilight Zone?” – John Matteson, September 20, 2001


“Must be a COMPAQ server guy--always solve problems with bigger hardware.” – Rick Bauer, September 20, 2001


“If it was a Compaq refrigerator, I guess it would only chill Compaq-brand food, right?  ;-)” – Benjamin Scott, September 20, 2001


“I hate it when a sniveler posts while I'm away.” – Ed Crowley, September 20, 2001


“I'm sorry, I didn't catch all that. I was on the can.” – Andy David, September 21, 2001


“I wonder what the poor text is doing.” – Cthulhu Jones, September 20, 2001


“Create an IIS server. Expose it to the Internet. Don't patch it. Wait a day or two. You'll have your test box.” – Cthulhu Jones, September 24, 2001


“I think Ed's still on the can.” – Martin Blackstone, September 24, 2001


“As your ‘Tech Buddy’, I beg of you...  Do not ask ‘non-intelligent’ questions.” – Don Ely, September 25, 2001


“Force is what you do if it don't go in smooth.” – Cthulhu Jones, September 25, 2001


“I will volunteer (short term) to be a CA apologist...CA's sorry... Very very sorry....I resign now... That wore me out.” – Stephen Mynhier, September 25, 2001


“Get off my Tech Buddy!” – Don Ely, September 25, 2001.


“What is MEC??” – Richard Tener, September 25, 2001


“Start your very own thread...they're free.....” – Matt Haught, September 26, 2001


“Are you short on nouns today?  I can send you some Extra Special Cheap For You!” – Lori Hunter, September 26, 2001


“I'll be sure to ask Amit Hanji to wear his mini skirt with no top for you Don. Of course he does have lots of gold chains and no chest hair.” – Doug Hampshire, September 27, 2001


“Does anyone have any good Cheese recipes they could share?” – Andy David, September 27, 2001


“What's your logon and PW?” – Martin Blackstone, September 28, 2001


“I'm detecting sarcasm.” – Joseph Smith, October 1, 2001


“What is a CD?” – Serdar Soysal, October 1, 2001


“You are hilarious. I'm going to stop now. I know when I've been beaten by someone who's had way to much Microfoofoo koolaid today :)” – Rocky Stefano, October 2, 2001


“Well, what fun are you?  You start a war and end it before I even get started...  Damn it!” – Don Ely, October 2, 2001


“Serdar, Is the big K, still running a special on clues?  Can you send a case full to our new friend Adriaan?” – Matt Haught, October 4, 2001


“Ok Turkey breath you win that argument.” – Kevin Miller, October 4, 2001


“Because BLB SUCK Donkey Sausage!” – Matt Haught, October 5, 2001


“Well, this thread has certainly taken an odd turn...” – Andy David, October 7, 2001


“Yes, all personal attacks are unmoderated.” – Andy David, October 8, 2001


“For the record, I was very polite in my response so that Mike Morrison would buy me ice-cream.” – Serdar Soysal, October 8, 2001


“Your cynicism overshadows your technical analysis.” – Andy Webb, October 8, 2001


“Why?  Are all your users' delete keys broken?” – Lori Hunter, October 9, 2001


“Doesn't Missy have the ability to remotely zap anyone she wants?  After all she's a goddess.” – Serdar Soysal, October 9, 2001


“Is that a real world situation or are you just gossiping?” – Serdar Soysal, October 10, 2001


“If youv'e (sic) come for help you come to the wrong place.” – Glen Rose-Ward, October 10, 2001


“Nobody's forcing you to read or post to this list.” – Serdar Soysal, October 10, 2001


“I happen to agree with Doug, which has nothing to do with him signing my checks.” – Roger Seielstad, October 10, 2001


“Scrapple...BARF! I think I would rather eat Andy's thong.” – Martin Blackstone, October 10, 2001


“We are a sneeze away from using Comvault.” – Eric Hansen, October 11, 2001


“Actually the universal answer to all OT questions is: ‘Do you use Outlook?’” – Serdar Soysal, October 11, 2001


“Buy the book, live the book.  Replace girlfriend with the book.” – Matt Haught, October 11, 2001


“Without trying to piss anyone off, Could we please keep this list on topic.” – Ronald Mazzotta, October 12, 2001


“I can be rude and obnoxious too.” – Ronald Mazzotta, October 12, 2001


“As for me, I'm just gonna loosen the belt on my pants...oh my what did I just say.” – Bob Sadler, October 12, 2001


“How is this relevant to Scrapple?!?   ::Sheesh:: Can't we keep this list ON TOPIC?!?!?” – Michèle Sharik, October 12, 2001


“Sorry for posting a stupid thread my fault I really didnt read through the error message.  Im still waiting for my book.” – Richard Tener, October 12, 2001


“HEY!  Richard started a new thread!!!!” – Michèle Sharik, October 16, 2001


“Beware the Inner Circle Secret Cabal.” – Martin Blackstone, October 16, 2001


“May I join?  I so enjoy inner circle secret cabals.” – Ed Crowley, October 16, 2001


“How many more people have to leave this list before you guys shut the f*ck up?” – Kim Cameron, October 16, 2001


“He couldn't get a clue if he was in a field full of horny clues in the middle of clue mating season and had covered himself with clue musk.” – Joel Osborn, October 17, 2001


“Dammit!!!  I spit Coke all over my monitor reading that!” – Don Ely, October 18, 2001


“Luckily you had CA's new product ThongIT to protect you.” – Martin Blackstone, October 18, 2001


“The Women of Simpler-Webb.  That sounds like a feature in Playboy Magazine.” – Ed Crowley, October 20, 2001


“Why u no post link??” – Andy David, October 20, 2001


“Lot you know.  Consultants never touch servers.  They tell their customers how to touch their own servers.  Then they leave before any damage is done.” – Ed Crowley, October 24, 2001


“And, he called me a "he".  I am sooooo not a he.” – Kelly Borndale, October 24, 2001


“Don't mine me I turned 30 today, my brain has left me since it happened.” – Don Ely, October 25, 2001


“Suure...  Whatever makes me right...  ;o)” – Don Ely, October 25, 2001


“No need to send the same questions a billion times.” – Serdar Soysal, October 29, 2001


“I think one of the requirements for getting your name in the FAQ is that you actually *have* an Exchange Server.” – Andy David, October 29, 2001


“Yea. I want that in the FAQ. Next to the Ed Crowley Server Move, I want the Martin Blackstone Extension Blocking List.” – Martin Blackstone, October 29, 2001


“Being an ‘input device’ for my boss does not sound like my kind of job!” – Andy David, October 31, 2001


“i don't do command performances for total strangers.” – Kim Cameron, November 2, 2001


“And i'm a spooky chick.” – Kim Cameron, November 2, 2001


“I bet you aren't as spookie as me. What's spookier than a short, round, white dude with jet black hair, a beanie and a a Slackware Linux CD ? :)” – Denis Baldwin, November 2, 2001


“My oh My ... what a HUGE disclaimer your company gave you.” – Martin Tuip, November 3, 2001


“I have your thong, not your Speedo. And you can have _that_ back any time you want it!” – Mike Morrison, November 5, 2001


“Am I allowed to plug Sybari?  Or should I wait for someone else to do it....” – Kelly Borndale, November 5, 2001


“No Andy, that's Ta na, not T an A. Same letters, different spacing.” – Doug Hampshire, November 7, 2001


“My customer would really appreciate my employer charging them an outrageous hourly rate for me to work the Exchange Discussion List.” – Ed Crowley, November 7, 2001


“How about I instruct you on how to remove the accelerator from your car so you can't get in trouble there either?” – Daniel Chenault, November 8, 2001


“Where did I leave lace blouse that shows off cleavage?” – Rachel Pickens, November 8, 2001


“Well. I have absolutely no retort to this!” – Andy David, November 9, 2001


“Conformity by humiliation. Works like a champ.” – Mike Carlson, November 9, 2001


“4 1/2" is enough to kill someone if used to puncture the right organ :)” – Denis Baldwin, November 9, 2001


“Welcome to the biggest cat-fight-flirting-haiku-throwing-exchange-bash on the planet.” – Denis Baldwin, November 9, 2001


“A clean install is always the recommended procedure.” – Mike Carlson, November 9, 2001


“There's precisely one ass in this conversation, and it isn't Kim.” – Gary Slinger, November 10, 2001


“Does your employer know how much time you spend at work being a prat over the internet?” – Gary Slinger, November 10, 2001


“Chances are this manager you speak of has just pulled the disclaimer from his butt and decided it should be used.” – Martin Blackstone, November 10, 2001


“Nobody can see everything coming.” – Ed Crowley, November 12, 2001


“Exchange is pretty much virus proof right now. It is the clients that get the virus's” – Martin Blackstone, November 13, 2001


“Chris.. CHRIS... Time to take your pills!” – John Matteson, November 13, 2001


“The Exchange 2000/IIS5 SMTP engine is among the fastest spam engines on the planet.” – Chris Scharff, November 13, 2001


“Spell checkers are for wimps.” – Ed Crowley, November 14, 2001


“My spel chucker suggests that Siesta is the correct spelling for Seielstad. Coincidence? I think not.” – Doug Hampshire, November 14, 2001


“Your answer for ‘outbound’ fails to mention that the address space must be ‘clownpenis.fart’.  Don't ask why, it just has to be that.” – Ed Crowley, November 14, 2001


“I suggest future smackdown attempts be made in person, so that your internet bravado can be greeted with a large dose of personal reality.” – Chris Scharff, November 14, 2001


“I've been trying diligently over the past months to be a kinder and gentler list participant.” – Chris Scharff, November 14, 2001


“It's never ‘simply’ anything with Exchange 2000!” – Missy Koslosky, November 14, 2001


“For 7 faxes a year you can walk to a Kinko's.” – Serdar Soysal, November 16, 2001


“I'm getting ready to toss this server out the window!!!!” – John Bowles, November 16, 2001


“Maybe you just have a bad outlook :)” – Lynne Seamans, November 21, 2001


“What? You can't just give me the Q number?” – Andy David, November 26, 2001


“I just pray that I am never de-briefed before a disaster...” – Andy David, November 29, 2001


“Your server is suffering from the "Broke A$$ $hit" syndrome...” – Don Ely, November 30, 2001


“It blows, doesn't it?” – Ed Crowley, December 1, 2001


“Ignore the M: drive. Pretend it doesn't exist… For 99.98% of shops the only things you could do with/via/for the M: drive would result in a $249 phone call.” – Chris Scharff, December 3, 2001


“Now that's just silly.” – Chris Scharff, December 10, 2001


“You spelled my name wrong.” – Ed Crowley, December 11, 2001


“Great moogely boogely.” – Chris Scharff, December 12, 2001


“There's a law against typing while under the influence.” – John Matteson, December 12, 2001


“I believe that there are multiple Hanji's here. Both with bad engrish, but only one with a razor sharp wit.” – Doug Hampshire, December 12, 2001


“If there is another Exchange list like this?” – Bill Lambert, December 12, 2001


“Can someone please send me a 'print out' of an Exchange 5.5 directory structure?” – Kim Kruse, December 12, 2001


“I think this takes the crown for ‘The most absurd request of 2001’.” – Serdar Soysal, December 12, 2001


“My brain hurts.” – Ed Crowley, December 12, 2001


“Who fsking cares?” – Chris Scharff, December 14, 2001


“What is wrong with being a smartass?” – Milton R Dogg, December 14, 2001


“Do yourself a big favor and read the list for a few weeks before you decide who is a smartass, a wiseass, a dickhead, a moron, a troll, a goddess, etc.” – Lori Hunter, December 14, 2001


“If you want to disrespect me, that's fine. Bring it on. I've got your LART right here pal.” – Chris Scharff, December 14, 2001


“Don't pick on women.  We run off and cry.” – Missy Koslosky, December 14, 2001


“Well, don't be expecting a kiss or anything like that.” – Daniel Chenault, December 14, 2001


“I can see that this discussion list needs new members.” – Michael Woodruff, December 14, 2001


“Its a discussion list. Not a technical helpdesk.” – Louis Joyce, December 14, 2001


“I am a major smart ass. So is Andy, William, Kevin, Don, and a few others.” – Martin Blackstone, December 14, 2001


“Ah, can I be the resident dumb-ass?  I KNOW I'm qualified!” – Bill Lambert, December 14, 2001


“Not that the people here know how to rip into someone. The all time champ is Don.” – Tony Hlabse, December 14, 2001


“Man, I hate it when I'm away and a new troll moves into the neighborhood.” – Ed Crowley, December 17, 2001


“What is that crud in your sig?” – James Blunt, December 18, 2001


“This isn't the ‘Bug Fix Forum’.” – Ed Crowley, December 22, 2001


“I have the 4 page version on ‘How to uninstall Groupshield’, but I need the ‘Attention deficit disorder’ version.” – Jennifer Baker, December 22, 2001


“For the record, I said nothing quotable this year, and I specifically didn't say anything quotable about any ‘valued and respected Microsoft partners’.” – Chris Scharff, December 28, 2001


“You didn't know that helium became combustible in 1987?” – Ed Crowley, December 28, 2001


“Any job where one is expected to be perfect will inevitably overwhelm the employee.” – Ed Crowley, December 28, 2001


“That's what you get for buying your hardware at KMart.” – Ed Crowley, December 28, 2001


“There is no sarcasm or exaggeration in this e-mail.” – Serdar Soysal, December 28, 2001


“Got change for a nickel in that thong?” – Martin Blackstone, December 29, 2001


“You may be an ass, but you're OUR ass!” – Ed Crowley, December 30, 2001

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William Lefkovics on December 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM
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Exchange 2007 SP3 to be supported on Win 2008 R2

Microsoft will support Exchange Server 2007 on Windows Server 2008 R2 after SP3 for Exchange 2007 is released in the second half of 2010.

You can spin this into a positive thing (yippee!) or a negative thing (not until WHEN?!), but overall, it still means that Microsoft is listening. The changes for this are significant and are best distributed through a service pack because of setup and AD considerations.

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William Lefkovics on November 10, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is Code Complete

According to the MSExchangeTeam blog, Exchange 2010 is going RTM today. And so begins the next chapter of Exchange Server. Do I cloud? Do I DAG? Do I UM? Do I bother?

"We are happy to announce that Exchange 2010 is Code Complete!  Our senior leadership team has signed off on the final code, and it has been sent to our early adopters for one final look before its public release. This Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone means we are on our way to general availability"

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William Lefkovics on October 8, 2009 at 10:30 AM
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Microsoft eLearning Free Exchange 2010 Training

Microsoft eLearning has some free Microsoft Exchange 2010 Training. You just have to sign on with a valid Microsoft Passport account to activate the free content.

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William Lefkovics on October 7, 2009 at 08:04 PM
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Gauging the Real Value of Collaboration SaaS Whitepaper

The Collaboration Software Guild (which is mostly just Karen Holbert writing a bunch of articles over the last 6 months) composed a whitepaper to help quantify the value of hosted services for small and medium businesses in the messaging and collaboration realm.

The paper entitled Gauging the Real Value of Software as a Service (SaaS) E-mail for Small and Medium Businesses does not crunch any numbers, but provides an overview of issues facing SMBs and they mention a few of the many offerings in the increasingly competitive hosted services unified messaging.

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William Lefkovics on July 31, 2009 at 10:27 AM
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Kudos to the Exchange Documentation team

If you spend a lot of time in Microsoft Exchange documentation, you may appreciate the quality of coverage and organization. Or you may not. But if you really want to appreciate what the Exchange team has done over the last 5 years in terms of providing coherent, relevant information at various levels for Exchange Server 2003, 2007 and 2010, spend some time with the documentation of their competitors.

If you have to wander into the website of a competitor and look something up, you may find it easily or it may take awhile. I don't mean looking up the odd question. If you spend a good week in their documentation, whether it is Lotus (Domino), Novell (Groupwise), or Yahoo! (Zimbra), or others, you will most likely garner a greater appreciation of what Microsoft has accomplished for Exchange Server. From the Exchange Server Library to the marketing-free technical Exchange team blog, I find the quality of content exceeds what I see elsewhere in the market.

As an example, recent searches within the Lotus website returned promising results; however, selecting several of those sites resulted in 404s. Clicking the Search button within the online help system for Lotus Domino and Notes 8.5 in either Firefox or Internet Explorer glosses over the search page and returns the page on How to Search. Searching the product infocenter for Domino and Notes 8.5 creates a minor usability glitch - duplicate results by title. In actuality, they are separate results for versions 8.0 and 8.5, but there is no immediate identification in the search results as shown in the screenshot.


These are just a few examples off the top of my head. In practice the frustration was even more profound. And I don't mean to just pick on Lotus as they are just one of the offenders.

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William Lefkovics on June 29, 2009 at 07:09 PM
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Free MSPress OCS R2 eBooks (until 6/24)

Microsoft Press in hono(u)r of their 25th anniversary have offered a couple of titles in their OCS line as free downloads. You still have to register with a Microsoft Passport account. This offer is available until June 24th only.

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William Lefkovics on June 19, 2009 at 03:16 AM
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Exchange Server: To Host or Not To Host Webcast

I worked with to create a free (with registration) webcast called Exchange Server: To Host or Not To Host covering issues facing SMBs in determining whether to move to hosted services for Exchange Server or to deploy solutions in house.

The Webcast is complemented by a podcast called Introduction to Exchange Server Hosting. Thanks to Matt Gervais of

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William Lefkovics on June 8, 2009 at 10:55 AM
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Third Party Webinars

There is a significant market of third party products in support of Microsoft Exchange Server. Some of these offer free webcasts outlining their products or the need for their products. Two such companies are Lucid8 and Mimosa Systems.

Lucid8 has a webinar schedule for marketing their recovery and discovery product line.

Mimosa Systems has an online events schedule page also.  For Mimosa, some events are industry seminars, while others are product webcasts and even Tech Chats.

I don't endorse either of these companies, but for some a good webcast helps to decide whether a company's offerings may fit your business requirements.

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William Lefkovics on May 28, 2009 at 09:22 AM
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Follow us on Twitter. Or not.

I am going to incorporate changes to the blog with a Twitter feed to see how practical and beneficial that might be. We are set up as  I see a lot of tweets directing people to a new blogpost. I will avoid the endless loop where the blogpost you are directed to advises of a new Twitter tweet.

The company that owns this blog content has been on Twitter for awhile now:

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William Lefkovics on May 22, 2009 at 08:44 AM
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Exchange 2010 Webcasts in June 2009

There are a great many webcasts for Exchange 2010 coming in June 2009:

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 High Availability (Level 300)

Monday, June 1, 2009

9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Overview (Level 200)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Management Tools (Level 300)

Monday, June 8, 2009

1:00 P.M.–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Archiving and Retention (Level 300)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Outlook Web Access (Level 200)

Monday, June 15, 2009

9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Architecture (Level 300)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Federation in Exchange 2010 (Level 300)

Monday, June 22, 2009

9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Voice Mail enabled by Unified Messaging (Level 300)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Information Protection and Control (Level 300)

Monday, June 29, 2009

9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Transition and Deployment (Level 300)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

These and more webcasts can be found here.

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William Lefkovics on May 21, 2009 at 10:35 PM
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Lotus Notes / Exchange Marketing Twitter Fight

Marketing Technologists/Evangelists are using Twitter effectively. But for Ed Brill of IBM and Brandon Hoff of Microsoft, it seems like a lot of their efforts cancel each other out, unless you add up the numbers. Brandon reports more migrations to Exchange, like Blockbuster's 10,000 user migration to Exchange Online. Brandon also mentions recently that Quest software has sold 200,000 user licenses for its Note to Exchange Migrator application during the first quarter of 2009.

Here are a couple of sample entries for the two:

Eb edbrill Just got word of a 1500 user migration from Microsoft Exchange to Notes/Domino. IBM better on TCO, upfront costs, platform support. #fb
Tue, May 19 12:54:30 from web

Bh brandonhoff Another big Notes shop switching to #Exchange. Win just landed in my inbox. Over 8k more users coming to Exchange! Outstanding!
Wed, May 20 14:21:18 from twhirl

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William Lefkovics on May 20, 2009 at 03:51 PM
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MFCMAPI Released

The May 2009 update for MFCMAPI (MDBVU32 all grown up) has been released on Codeplex. This is now version Recently, Stephen Griffin has been consistently updating MFCMAPI every two months.

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William Lefkovics on May 20, 2009 at 09:36 AM
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Red Gate Software Releases Exchange Archiver

Exchangeserverarchiver Red Gate Software, known for their SQL Server tools, has announced the release Exchange Server Archiver. Red Gate focussed on ease of use for their product.

If you are considering a third party archive solution, add Exchange Archiver to your research list. They do offer a 30 day free trial.

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William Lefkovics on May 19, 2009 at 10:58 PM
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Rollup 8 for Exchange 2007 SP1 Released

Microsoft has released Rollup 8 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1. The list of issues addressed by RU8 can be found in Microsoft KB 968012.

I like the 'Rollup' program. It makes it easier to determine where your Exchange servers are in terms of patching.

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William Lefkovics on May 19, 2009 at 07:57 PM
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Signup for the Office 2010 Preview

Recently Microsoft created a teaser site to sign up for the Office 2010 beta. While marketing is an essential element of such software releases, there is a frustrating aspect (not just the Silverlight requirement) to this. With the Exchange 2010 beta available to testers since mid-April, it would have been nice to test Outlook 2010 with Exchange. They go hand in hand really.

It is not clear whether the 'movie' is yet to come. Surely, the little video snippet is not it. The only thing missing from that basic effort is the green screen indicating that "This preview is suitable for all audiences".

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William Lefkovics on May 14, 2009 at 08:32 PM
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Novell Introduces GroupWise Competitive Migration Offer

I know. I know. You're thinking GroupWise still exists? Novell has announced a competitive migration offer for companies with Exchange, Lotus Notes and other messaging solutions.

Novell today announced a new promotion designed to help organizations move to Novell GroupWise 8 at a significantly reduced cost. Organizations currently using a competitor's messaging platform can now exchange each existing competitor license for a free GroupWise 8 license. Customer who take advantage of this offer for their integrated collaboration environment will only be required to commit to one year of maintenance support for each user seat.

Novell is offering their GroupWise 8 seats for free (matching the number of competitor seats in use) but will require an annual maintenance fee for the seats of $36/user. That is a compelling offer, but in the end, it is still GroupWise.

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William Lefkovics on April 25, 2009 at 06:24 PM
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Exchange Server 2010 Beta Released

The worst kept secret in the E14 development phase was the intended name: Exchange Server 2010 after leaks to WSUS and people (me included) accidentally anticipating the name long before it was known.

Microsoft has finally released an Exchange 2010 beta for administrators for review.

I can hardly wait for Exchange Server 2012.  Oops.

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William Lefkovics on April 16, 2009 at 10:38 PM
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E14 Ignite Sessions

Last week in Dallas and this week in Orlando, Microsoft is hosting Exchange 14 Ignite training. These are introductory but in depth training for the next version of Exchange Server.

If I wasn't in Interact 2009 in Boston, I would be in Orlando. Thankfully, I am not. Boston is a far better place to have a conference. :) There are E14 sessions in Interact 2009 as well.

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William Lefkovics on April 14, 2009 at 06:17 AM
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Attending Interact 2009 in Boston, MA


Interact 2009 will be a microconference this year after a fantastic inaugural effort in San Diego in the Spring of 2008. This year, Interact will be held Tuesday, April 14, 2009, simultaneously in Redmond, WA, Boston, MA, and Reading, UK. I will be attending the conference in Boston.

In addition, the conference will be held online as a virtual conference. I think you have to check out the site to find out Live Meeting logistics, though. You can follow Interact 2009 on Twitter.

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William Lefkovics on April 8, 2009 at 10:04 AM
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Google Partners Exchange Comparison Document

There are some poorly compiled marketing reports out there for CIOs to read in their in-flight magazines. This new 7 Keys to Comparing Google Apps Premier Edition with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003/2007 report misses the mark by so much, it cannot even pretend it isn't marketing crap. (This document is a .pdf file.)

1) No, client software is not 'required' to run Exchange. Some companies do use OWA in the browser as their only client.

2) No, on premise hardware is not required. There are hosted Exchange solutions out there. Why does Google never seem to compare itself to other hosted offerings?

3) What is the Google offline experience like? Non-existent perhaps?

Those are just a few thoughts. This document was a frustrating read. I understand the great benefits and significant shortcomings that accompany a move to a hosted messaging solution, including GMail through Google Apps Premier. I understand that they need to attack the biggest fish in the sea of messaging. Chris posted some information on GMail as a hosted option for Exchange earlier.

In their comparison chart, it suggests that Exchange 2003 and 2007 come with an Instant Messaging solution, which they do not. These comparisons also tend to call things even because they both offer 'calendars' or 'contacts'. Well, almost all messaging solutions have 'calendar' functionality and Google's calendar options and features are not in the same level as that of Exchange Server or Lotus Domino or Zimbra or most other solutions with an on-premise option for that matter.

I think Google spent more effort on April Fools Day articles.

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William Lefkovics on April 4, 2009 at 09:53 PM
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Microsoft Exchange Labcasts for April

There is a series of Labcasts for Exchange Server 2007 where you can get a feel of the application. The first part was actually presented on March 26, 2009 and is no longer available. 

TechNet Labcast: Exchange Server 2007 Labcast (Part 1 of 4) (Level 200)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. Pacific Time

These are not 60 minute webcasts where you sit and absorb. The labcasts are interactive, and as such do not have unlimited attendance.  Part 2 of the series is already booked up. 

  • TechNet Labcast: Exchange Server 2007 Labcast Series (Part 2 of 4) (Level 200)
    Thursday, April 2, 2009
    11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. Pacific Time

  • Parts 3 and 4 still have available spots as of this posting.

  • TechNet Labcast: Exchange Server 2007 Labcast Series (Part 3 of 4) (Level 200)
    Thursday, April 9, 2009
    11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. Pacific Time
  • TechNet Labcast: Exchange Server 2007 Labcast Series (Part 4 of 4) (Level 200)
    Thursday, April 16, 2009
    11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. Pacific Time

    There are numerous 'on-demand' labcasts that do not have an instructor, but do give you 90 minutes of face-time with Exchange Server.

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  • William Lefkovics on April 1, 2009 at 04:50 AM
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    Exchange 2007 SP1 RU7 Released

    Microsoft has released RU7 for Exchange 2007 SP1. MS KB 960384 outlines about 50 issues that this cumulative update fixes on an Exchange 2007 server with SP1 already installed. RU7 for Exchange 2007 SP1 can be downloaded here.

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    William Lefkovics on March 19, 2009 at 10:23 AM
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    Exchange Connections - Orlando 2009

    Next week is the semi-anual Connections conferences. Exchange Connections is just one segment of the series under one of two umbrellas - DevConnections and WinConnections.


    Exchange Connections runs as part of Windows Connections from March 15-18, 2009 at the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL.

    This is the third time I will be presenting at Exchange Connections in Orlando. I keep getting better, but there is still a long way to go.

    I will be attempting the following sessions:

    EXC12: When Performance is a Problem, It’s Good to Have a PAL Around
    EXC13: Tools, Tools, Tools! No. Not Users. The Exchange 2007 Management Toolbox
    EXC14: Exchange Server 2007 Security Best Practices

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    William Lefkovics on March 13, 2009 at 12:00 PM
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    Thinking about trying the Exchange Masters Certification?

    Here is a list of pre-reading to do prior to attending training for the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) for Exchange 2007. Basically, you need to commit everything in Technet pertaining to Exchange 2007 and then some. There are a couple of blogs as well, including the excellent Exchange Team blog and Ross Smith IV's Exchange Storage Calculator.

    It's all good reading even if you are not going to attempt the MCM for Exchange 2007.

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    William Lefkovics on March 11, 2009 at 07:55 PM
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    Article: Exchange alternatives: Pros and cons

    A recent article at Network World suggests that the alternatives may not be compelling enough to 'yank' out Exchange Server.


    This article claims that the six Exchange alternatives tested are ok, but not enough to pull out Exchange. No problem there.  But what about the market that is trying to decide whether to move TO Exchange or some other alternative? I would have liked to have seen Exchange as part of the testing and finish within the same grading system they used for the six products tested. I also would have liked to have seen others included, such as IMail, Axigen, Zarafa, Cisco PostPath and Icewarp's Merak. The focus seemed to be on SMB companies with the price comparison set at 100 users. Zimbra came in as ‘best of the rest’ which makes sense to me. 


    Exchange Server is not the best answer for everyone, but it is a darn good answer for many.


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    William Lefkovics on March 10, 2009 at 08:10 AM
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    Another Microsoft MVP Summit over

    The MVP Summit is a highlight of the year for me.  This was my 6th summit, I think. The point in the product cycle for Exchange Server made this summit more valuable than most. I look forward to the next release, E14. One thing to take from the summit and that I can share with confidence is that Microsoft listens. They often are criticized for not doing so, but that is not justified. They listen. Oh, they may take what seems like forever to actually act on feedback, they do in fact listen. And I appreciate that.

    The MVP Summits add faces, names, and handshakes to the big anonymous behemoth in Redmond at which we otherwise may toss expletives while emphatically shaking fists in the air. Those at Microsoft enlisted to organize the summits do a great job for the swag-o-philic MVPs that descend on Seattle every 12-18 months. And I appreciate that as well.

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    William Lefkovics on March 7, 2009 at 02:20 PM
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    Microsoft Certified Master Team Blog

    In January 2009, Microsoft added a new blog for the Microsoft Certified Master team. This blog is not specific to Exchange, but rather covers all of the MCM product programs as follows:

    • Microsoft Certified Master: Windows Server 2008 - Directory
    • Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange Server 2007
    • Microsoft Certified Master: Office Communications Server 2007
    • Microsoft Certified Master: SharePoint Server 2007
    • Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008

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    William Lefkovics on March 2, 2009 at 10:32 AM
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    Exchange 2007 SP1 RU6 Released with Critical Patch

    Microsoft released Rollup 6 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 1. This RU includes the critical patch for Exchange 2007 mentioned earlier. You can download RU6 from here, as explained in MS KB 959241.

    The critical issue is described in MS KB 959239. Actually, that doesn't explain anything at all, except provide the (impressive) list of files that are updated to resolve this issue. The equivalent article for Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003 is MS KB 959897. The issue is described in the security bulletin MS09-003. Memory Corruption Vulnerability through malicious OLE objects in TNEF attachments. (Die winmail.dat, die!)

    If you are using the 32bit trial and testing version of Exchange 2007, there is still a patch for that as well as the production 64bit version.

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    William Lefkovics on February 11, 2009 at 05:13 PM
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