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GFI MailArchiver review
Posted Feb 6th, 2008
Email Archiving is a large and complex topic. In this article I review GFI MailArchiver and see how it performs.
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Managing Exchange 2000/2003 using PowerShell - Part 3
Posted Jan 23rd, 2008
In this article I'm going to cover how to deal with event log's on remote servers. The reasoning here is that most server exist in a locked down environment and the average admin will be running admin scripts on his/her local workstation.
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SPAMfighter Exchange module review
Posted Jan 21rd, 2008
I'm reviewing a anti spam product of a different flavor with a brilliant and different approach. SPAMfighter for Exchange certainly is worth a look. Checkout the review and see what you think.
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Review of GFI MailEssentials
Posted Nov 2nd, 2007
I had a chance to look at GFI MailEssentials in an SBS scenario. I rated the product based on it's advertised core features as well as it's integration with SBS.
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Managing Exchange 2000/2003 using PowerShell - Part 2
Posted Sept 10, 2007
In this second article I cover how to get to WMI information using PowerShell
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Managing Exchange 2000/2003 using PowerShell
Posted August 14, 2007
In my first of, a number of articles on managing Exchange 2000/2003 using PowerShell I cover how to view queue status for any server from the PowerShell command line.
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Exchange DR planning realizing the importance of backing up the Directory 
Posted September 20, 2006
In this article I will explain why it is imperative that Exchange specific data in the AD be included in your DR process.  This Article will explore a number of factors to consider, when securing your directory from disaster.  
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SMTP primer part 2 - How SMTP mail routing works  
Posted August 30, 2005
In this article I will explain the basics of SMTP routing using DNS and smart hosts. I decided to write this article after spending some time with a number of administrators explaining not only how SMTP mail works, but how the mail actually gets there and why.  
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Controlling Object Visibility in Exchange part 2  
Posted June 1, 2005
In this article, you will learn how to control object visibility. Sound familiar? Yes, but with a twist. In April, my visibility article focused on limiting visibility of Exchange objects within Exchange System Manager only. This time objects visibility is influenced for the sake of data entry, i.e. limiting your choices in AD Users and Computers, or any other AD integrated administration tool.  
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How Transaction Logging affects overall system Performance in Exchange Mail systems  
Posted May 23, 2005
Transaction Logging can represent the single saving grace and at the same time the largest bottleneck in any version of Exchange 5.5, 2000 and 2003. In this article I will explore the reasons and mechanisms behind that and look at one of the reasons why your Exchange server could be running slow.  
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SMTP Command Primer  
Posted April 11, 2005
Is your Exchange server routing mail? This simple question often rattles around in the mind of an Exchange administrator. One of the best ways to test this is to use Telnet to connect to a server and actually (manually) send a message. In this article, you will learn what SMTP commands are and how to use them to test SMTP issues such as basic SMTP health, re-laying checking, SMTP versions, etc. Knowing more about SMTP and how to troubleshoot SMTP on a basic level is essential. Tools for the job are knowledge of the command syntax and a remote terminal tool such as Telnet.  
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Controlling Object Visibility in Exchange 2003  
Posted April 7, 2005
The Active Directory contains some advanced security features that are seldom used. You probably already know how to protect AD objects from change, but how about hiding Exchange objects completely? In this article, you will learn how to control object visibility, including servers, routing groups, admin groups, etc, i.e make objects disappear for certain users within Exchange System Manager. There is no quick wizard to automatically let you select options like this, but I can walk you through the process.  
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The five-minute rough guide to differences between Exchange 5.x and Exchange 2000
Posted September 4, 2002
Theres no disputing that Exchange 2000 is a fundamentally different product to its predecessors, but how and why often remains a mystery. In this article I explore and expand on some of the issues, which make this product so different and better from the versions of Exchange preceding it
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GroupWise and Exchange Co-Existence
Posted September 14, 2001
GroupWise and Exchange have been contenders in the messaging space, but needing to have these disparate systems co-exist in a stable manner can lead to some innovative solutions.
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Updating Active Directory for the Exchange 2000 Administrator Part One
Posted March 17, 2002
I have 5000 mail accounts and need to change just ONE attribute but I HATE clicking and typing when I KNOW theres an easier way to do this. Sound familiar ? Heres an easy way of getting into your AD and update them nasty things that need changing. In this article were going to deal with changing the same attributes for a lot of people quickly.
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Updating Active Directory for the Exchange 2000 Administrator Part Two
Posted March 25, 2002
"I still have lots of mail accounts, I need to change lots of stuff, I still HATE clicking and typing when I KNOW theres an easier way to do this. Sound familiar? Heres an easy way of getting into your AD and update them nasty things that need changing. In this article were going to deal with changing attributes with different values for a lot of people quickly.
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Updating Active Directory for the Exchange 2000 Administrator Part Three
Posted April 15, 2002
"Part Three of the update AD for Exchange series. We're still doing stuff in active directory, but were going to look at it from a different angle: Using The Exchange System Manager to change values in active directory
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Nicolas has spent the last several years specializing in migration and infrastructure design, in various roles from consulting to lead architect.

During this time Nicolas has scripted, lectured, written and spoken on many aspects of AD and Exchange.

Nicolas currently lives and works in South Africa and may be contacted on NBlank@outlookexchange.com


 
 
 


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