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Exchange 15 is coming...

Yesterday the Exchange Team announced the Microsoft Exchange Conference 2012, the 1st time this conference has been held in 10 years.  The Conference will take place in Orlando Florida between September 24th and 26th.


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NDR "550 5.7.1 Submission has been disabled for this account" during migration from Exchange 2003 to 2010

Here's an interesting issue you may run into when migration from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010.   E-mails passing through the Exchange 2010 Hub Transport role may bounce back with a Non-Delivery Report (NDR) with the SMTP code 550 5.7.1 that says something like "Submission has been disabled for this account."

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How-To: Install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on VMWare Workstation 8

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released today (02/29/2012).  If you want to try it out, there's no better way to do it than with a Virtual Machine using VMWare Workstation 8.  As a reminder, only version 8 will work with Windows 8, so if you're still using version 7, it's time to upgrade.   If you installed the Developer Preview last year, than you should have no trouble installing the Consumer Preview, as the steps are nearly identical.    There are only some minor cosmetic difference for the install process.   If you haven't installed Windows 8 on VMWare Workstation 8 before, follow the guide I published last year.

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Hired by Microsoft!

If it seems like I haven't added much new content to the site lately, you're right, I haven't.   There has been very good reason for it.   Aside from being rather busy with my job, Microsoft had been actively pursuing me to come work for them.   So when I haven't been busy working and trying to spend time with my family, I've been interviewing with Microsoft.


The good news is, they offered me the job, and I've accepted!   I will be starting my new job with them as a Premier Field Engineer, working with Exchange, on March 26th!


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Windows 8 Consumer Preview available today!

Happy Leap Day! 

The Windows 8 Consumer preview is available for download here.

It is available in 5 different languages, including English, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese.   The 64-bit ISO is 3.3GB and the 32-bit ISO is 2.5GB.   Product key is on the download page.


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Microsoft releases Service Pack 2 for Exchange 2010!

Service Pack 2 for Exchange 2010 was released today!


Check out the new features here:


Download it here:


Or read the announcement from the Exchange Team here:


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Storage choices when virtualizing Exchange.

Alex Fontana over on the VMware blogs posted a great article on choosing between virtual disks (VMDK files) and Raw-device Mappings (RDM) when virtualizing an Exchange server.   Check it out here:

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New user registration and contact form fixed.

It seems my anti-spam measures were a little over zealous, causing the new user registration and contact forms to be unusable.  While it certainly kept the spam out, it also has been keeping real people from participating in the site.  I've disabled the offending module, and both appear to be working now.  My apologies to anyone who's been trying to register, please try again.

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Mass deletion of databases on an Exchange 2010 Database Availability Group.

Last week I showed you a script that I wrote to create a mass amount of databases and database copies on an Exchange 2010 Database Availability Group (DAG).   Since that script was a work in progress, I needed to test it again.  This meant I needed to get rid of most of the databases it created the first time I ran it.  To do this, I used the same .csv file to create the databases, and just removed the databases from the list that I didn't want deleted.   Then I ran this script I called rmdb.ps1:

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Check out the new Windows 8 Task Manager.

Microsoft has made quite a few changes to the Task Manager for Windows 8.  In a very detailed post on the MSDN Blogs, Microsoft goes over a little bit of the history of the Task Manager, from the "Task List" in Windows 3.0, to the new Task Manager in Windows 8.   There's plenty of screen shots, and detailed explanations of not only what changes have been made, by why they were made.


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