Exchange & Outlook UPDATE, Exchange Edition, February 21, 2003

SUBJECT LINE: Exchange & Outlook UPDATE, Exchange Edition, February 21, 2003

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Exchange and Outlook UPDATE, Exchange Edition--brought to you by Exchange & Outlook Administrator, a print newsletter from Windows & .NET Magazine that contains practical advice, how-to articles, tips, and techniques to help you do your job today. http://www.exchangeadmin.com

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WELCOME TO MY EMAIL ADMIN NIGHTMARE: KVS CONTEST http://www.kvsinc.com/exchangeadmin

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~~~~ SPONSOR: WELCOME TO MY EMAIL ADMIN NIGHTMARE: KVS CONTEST ~~~~ Restoring mailboxes from backup in your sleep? Dream of needy users searching for deleted messages? Has your job taken on a strange purgatory-like feel? We've all been there. Share your email admin nightmares, war stories and amusing tales with KVS and you could win an American Express Gift Check worth Five Hundred Dollars. Tell us your tale and enter the contest. In return we'll tell you how KVS Enterprise Vault can stop those nightmares, enable cost effective automatic archiving of email, reduce storage and let you sleep at night. Enter for a chance to win a $500 AMEX Gift Check: http://www.kvsinc.com/exchangeadmin

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February 21, 2003 -- In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY - The Times, They Are A-Changing

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS - Join the HP & Microsoft Network Storage Solutions Road Show! - Try Windows & .NET Magazine!

3. RESOURCES - HOW TO: Use Csvde to Import Contacts and User Objects into Active Directory - Featured Thread: Notes Connector Badmail Queue

4. NEW AND IMPROVED - Enhance Your OWA Experience - Submit Top Product Ideas

5. CONTACT US See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

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1.

COMMENTARY

(contributed by Paul Robichaux, News Editor, [email protected])

* THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGING

Most of the discussion about Exchange Server 2003 (code-named Titanium) has concentrated on the release's new features and functionality, which is probably as it should be. However, changes to some familiar Exchange 2000 Server features warrant some notice.

The most visible change is to Exchange 2000's real-time collaboration services: the Chat service (which, by best estimates, only about 2 percent of Exchange 2000 and Exchange Server 5.5 sites have installed), the Instant Messaging (IM) service, and the Exchange 2000 Conferencing Server. Exchange 2003 replaces these services with the Windows real-time communications (RTC) platform, which is part of Windows Server 2003. You can continue to use the Exchange Conferencing Server and the Exchange IM service when you migrate to Exchange 2003--if you keep some Exchange 2000 servers around to run those services. However, the new RTC platform has some nifty features--including full support for the interoperable Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)--that will probably make you want to move to RTC. (Go to the URL below for more details about the forthcoming RTC feature set.)

The next significant change is the disappearance of the Exchange 2000 Key Management Service (KMS). You might not have heard of the KMS unless you take advantage of Exchange 2000's advanced security support for public-key encryption of email. The KMS ties Exchange's email-specific encryption and security functionality to Windows Certificate Services, which issues, revokes, and renews the digital certificates that Exchange clients use to secure email. The KMS's departure isn't a problem, though, because Windows 2003 Certificate Services has a great deal more functionality than the Windows 2000 version and fully supports Exchange advanced security.

Another change is that Exchange 2003 includes a new version of the Exchange System Manager (ESM). The new ESM lets you manage Exchange 2003, Exchange 2000, and Exchange 5.5 servers from a Win2K or Windows XP system. However, to manage Exchange 2000 components that don't exist in Exchange 2003 (e.g., the IM service, the KMS), you'll probably need to keep a copy of the Exchange 2000 ESM.

What about third-party components? Most vendors are working on Exchange 2003 support--for example, major backup vendors are adding support for the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), and antivirus vendors are retooling their products to support the revised Antivirus API (AVAPI) scanning interface. As we've seen with each Exchange release, though, some vendors do a better job of testing and supporting new versions than others do. When you prepare to migrate, contact your third-party vendors to find out whether they're supporting Exchange 2003, then vigorously test the updated products to ensure that those products work properly.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/techinfo/deployment/msrtc/default.asp

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~~~~ SPONSOR: WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE NETWORK WEB SEMINARS ~~~~ DON'T MISS OUR WEB SEMINARS IN MARCH! Windows & .NET Magazine has 3 new Web seminars to help you address your security and storage concerns. There is no fee to attend "Selling the Importance of Security: 5 Ways to Get Your Manager's Attention," "Building an Ultra Secure Extranet on a Shoe String," or "An Introduction to Windows Powered NAS," but space is limited, so register for all 3 events today! http://www.winnetmag.com/seminars

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

(brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

* JOIN THE HP & MICROSOFT NETWORK STORAGE SOLUTIONS ROAD SHOW! Now is the time to start thinking of storage as a strategic weapon in your IT arsenal. Come to our 10-city Network Storage Solutions Road Show, and learn how existing and future storage solutions can save your company money--and make your job easier! There is no fee for this event, but space is limited. Register today! http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/nas

* TRY WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE! Every issue of Windows & .NET Magazine includes intelligent, impartial, and independent coverage of security, Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange Server, and more. Our expert authors deliver how-to content you simply can't find anywhere else. Try a sample issue today, and find out what more than 100,000 readers know that you don't! http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=fsei203xup

3.

RESOURCES

* HOW TO: USE CSVDE TO IMPORT CONTACTS AND USER OBJECTS INTO ACTIVE DIRECTORY Each week, Microsoft posts several Exchange Server how-to articles to its Knowledge Base. This week, learn how to use the Windows 2000 command-line tool csvde.exe to import contacts and user accounts in comma-separated value (CSV) format to Active Directory (AD). http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=327620

* FEATURED THREAD: NOTES CONNECTOR BADMAIL QUEUE AceCal needs help with an Exchange Server 5.5 system that runs a Notes connector between another Exchange server and a Lotus Notes machine. For no apparent reason, messages are filling up the Badmail queue. To offer your advice or join the discussion, go to the following URL: http://www.winnetmag.com/forums/rd.cfm?cid=40&tid=54718

4.

NEW AND IMPROVED

(contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

* ENHANCE YOUR OWA EXPERIENCE Messageware released Plus Pack 5.5 for Outlook Web Access (OWA), software that adds enhanced functionality to OWA. You can spell-check messages, use a thesaurus, create signatures, address email with Outlook-style addressing, and create and use personal distribution lists (DLs). A configurable option lets you periodically refresh your Inbox and notifies you when you receive new email messages. For pricing, contact Messageware at 905-812-0638 or [email protected] http://www.messageware.com

* SUBMIT TOP PRODUCT IDEAS Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Do you know of a terrific product that others should know about? Tell us! We want to write about the product in a future Windows & .NET Magazine What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions to [email protected]

5.

CONTACT US

Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:

* ABOUT THE COMMENTARY -- [email protected]

* ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER IN GENERAL -- [email protected] (please mention the newsletter name in the subject line)

* TECHNICAL QUESTIONS -- http://www.winnetmag.com/forums

* PRODUCT NEWS -- [email protected]

* QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR EXCHANGE & OUTLOOK UPDATE SUBSCRIPTION? Customer Support -- [email protected]

* WANT TO SPONSOR EXCHANGE & OUTLOOK UPDATE? -- [email protected]

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This email newsletter is brought to you by Exchange & Outlook Administrator, the print newsletter with practical advice, tips, and techniques covering migration, backup and restoration, security, and much more. Subscribe today! http://www.exchangeadmin.com/sub.cfm?code=neei23xxup

Receive the latest information about the Windows and .NET topics of your choice. Subscribe to our other FREE email newsletters. http://www.winnetmag.com/email

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__________________________________________________________ Copyright 2003, Penton Media, Inc.

SUBJECT LINE: Exchange & Outlook UPDATE, Exchange Edition, February 21, 2003

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Exchange and Outlook UPDATE, Exchange Edition--brought to you by Exchange & Outlook Administrator, a print newsletter from Windows & .NET Magazine that contains practical advice, how-to articles, tips, and techniques to help you do your job today. http://www.exchangeadmin.com

********************

~~~~ THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY ~~~~

WELCOME TO MY EMAIL ADMIN NIGHTMARE: KVS CONTEST http://www.kvsinc.com/exchangeadmin

Windows & .NET Magazine Network Web Seminars http://www.winnetmag.com/seminars (below COMMENTARY)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~ SPONSOR: WELCOME TO MY EMAIL ADMIN NIGHTMARE: KVS CONTEST ~~~~ Restoring mailboxes from backup in your sleep? Dream of needy users searching for deleted messages? Has your job taken on a strange purgatory-like feel? We've all been there. Share your email admin nightmares, war stories and amusing tales with KVS and you could win an American Express Gift Check worth Five Hundred Dollars. Tell us your tale and enter the contest. In return we'll tell you how KVS Enterprise Vault can stop those nightmares, enable cost effective automatic archiving of email, reduce storage and let you sleep at night. Enter for a chance to win a $500 AMEX Gift Check: http://www.kvsinc.com/exchangeadmin

********************

February 21, 2003 -- In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY - The Times, They Are A-Changing

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS - Join the HP & Microsoft Network Storage Solutions Road Show! - Try Windows & .NET Magazine!

3. RESOURCES - HOW TO: Use Csvde to Import Contacts and User Objects into Active Directory - Featured Thread: Notes Connector Badmail Queue

4. NEW AND IMPROVED - Enhance Your OWA Experience - Submit Top Product Ideas

5. CONTACT US See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

********************

1.

COMMENTARY

(contributed by Paul Robichaux, News Editor, [email protected])

* THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGING

Most of the discussion about Exchange Server 2003 (code-named Titanium) has concentrated on the release's new features and functionality, which is probably as it should be. However, changes to some familiar Exchange 2000 Server features warrant some notice.

The most visible change is to Exchange 2000's real-time collaboration services: the Chat service (which, by best estimates, only about 2 percent of Exchange 2000 and Exchange Server 5.5 sites have installed), the Instant Messaging (IM) service, and the Exchange 2000 Conferencing Server. Exchange 2003 replaces these services with the Windows real-time communications (RTC) platform, which is part of Windows Server 2003. You can continue to use the Exchange Conferencing Server and the Exchange IM service when you migrate to Exchange 2003--if you keep some Exchange 2000 servers around to run those services. However, the new RTC platform has some nifty features--including full support for the interoperable Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)--that will probably make you want to move to RTC. (Go to the URL below for more details about the forthcoming RTC feature set.)

The next significant change is the disappearance of the Exchange 2000 Key Management Service (KMS). You might not have heard of the KMS unless you take advantage of Exchange 2000's advanced security support for public-key encryption of email. The KMS ties Exchange's email-specific encryption and security functionality to Windows Certificate Services, which issues, revokes, and renews the digital certificates that Exchange clients use to secure email. The KMS's departure isn't a problem, though, because Windows 2003 Certificate Services has a great deal more functionality than the Windows 2000 version and fully supports Exchange advanced security.

Another change is that Exchange 2003 includes a new version of the Exchange System Manager (ESM). The new ESM lets you manage Exchange 2003, Exchange 2000, and Exchange 5.5 servers from a Win2K or Windows XP system. However, to manage Exchange 2000 components that don't exist in Exchange 2003 (e.g., the IM service, the KMS), you'll probably need to keep a copy of the Exchange 2000 ESM.

What about third-party components? Most vendors are working on Exchange 2003 support--for example, major backup vendors are adding support for the Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), and antivirus vendors are retooling their products to support the revised Antivirus API (AVAPI) scanning interface. As we've seen with each Exchange release, though, some vendors do a better job of testing and supporting new versions than others do. When you prepare to migrate, contact your third-party vendors to find out whether they're supporting Exchange 2003, then vigorously test the updated products to ensure that those products work properly.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/techinfo/deployment/msrtc/default.asp

********************

~~~~ SPONSOR: WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE NETWORK WEB SEMINARS ~~~~ DON'T MISS OUR WEB SEMINARS IN MARCH! Windows & .NET Magazine has 3 new Web seminars to help you address your security and storage concerns. There is no fee to attend "Selling the Importance of Security: 5 Ways to Get Your Manager's Attention," "Building an Ultra Secure Extranet on a Shoe String," or "An Introduction to Windows Powered NAS," but space is limited, so register for all 3 events today! http://www.winnetmag.com/seminars

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

* JOIN THE HP & MICROSOFT NETWORK STORAGE SOLUTIONS ROAD SHOW! Now is the time to start thinking of storage as a strategic weapon in your IT arsenal. Come to our 10-city Network Storage Solutions Road Show, and learn how existing and future storage solutions can save your company money--and make your job easier! There is no fee for this event, but space is limited. Register today! http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/nas

* TRY WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE! Every issue of Windows & .NET Magazine includes intelligent, impartial, and independent coverage of security, Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange Server, and more. Our expert authors deliver how-to content you simply can't find anywhere else. Try a sample issue today, and find out what more than 100,000 readers know that you don't! http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=fsei203xup

3.

RESOURCES

* HOW TO: USE CSVDE TO IMPORT CONTACTS AND USER OBJECTS INTO ACTIVE DIRECTORY Each week, Microsoft posts several Exchange Server how-to articles to its Knowledge Base. This week, learn how to use the Windows 2000 command-line tool csvde.exe to import contacts and user accounts in comma-separated value (CSV) format to Active Directory (AD). http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=327620

* FEATURED THREAD: NOTES CONNECTOR BADMAIL QUEUE AceCal needs help with an Exchange Server 5.5 system that runs a Notes connector between another Exchange server and a Lotus Notes machine. For no apparent reason, messages are filling up the Badmail queue. To offer your advice or join the discussion, go to the following URL: http://www.winnetmag.com/forums/rd.cfm?cid=40&tid=54718

4.

NEW AND IMPROVED

(contributed by Carolyn Mader, [email protected])

* ENHANCE YOUR OWA EXPERIENCE Messageware released Plus Pack 5.5 for Outlook Web Access (OWA), software that adds enhanced functionality to OWA. You can spell-check messages, use a thesaurus, create signatures, address email with Outlook-style addressing, and create and use personal distribution lists (DLs). A configurable option lets you periodically refresh your Inbox and notifies you when you receive new email messages. For pricing, contact Messageware at 905-812-0638 or [email protected] http://www.messageware.com

* SUBMIT TOP PRODUCT IDEAS Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Do you know of a terrific product that others should know about? Tell us! We want to write about the product in a future Windows & .NET Magazine What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions to [email protected]

5.

CONTACT US

Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:

* ABOUT THE COMMENTARY -- [email protected]

* ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER IN GENERAL -- [email protected] (please mention the newsletter name in the subject line)

* TECHNICAL QUESTIONS -- http://www.winnetmag.com/forums

* PRODUCT NEWS -- [email protected]

* QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR EXCHANGE & OUTLOOK UPDATE SUBSCRIPTION? Customer Support -- [email protected]

* WANT TO SPONSOR EXCHANGE & OUTLOOK UPDATE? -- [email protected]

********************

This email newsletter is brought to you by Exchange & Outlook Administrator, the print newsletter with practical advice, tips, and techniques covering migration, backup and restoration, security, and much more. Subscribe today! http://www.exchangeadmin.com/sub.cfm?code=neei23xxup

Receive the latest information about the Windows and .NET topics of your choice. Subscribe to our other FREE email newsletters. http://www.winnetmag.com/email

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Thank you for reading Exchange and Outlook UPDATE, Exchange Edition.

__________________________________________________________ Copyright 2003, Penton Media, Inc.

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