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Russ Iuliano, Sumatra Development LLC
About the Company

Hello Everyone! Sumatra Development has developed group calendar and scheduling products for the past 20 years. Our latest product converts calendars and to do lists stored in Meetingmaker (r) into Microsoft (r) Exchange 2000.


Solutions to some common problems with the coming Exchange 2003 DST Rebaser

Abstract:  The Microsoft methods for updating Time Zones for the coming DST shift will require that meetings in the relevant time delta be re-proposed. It does not take a lot of head scratching to realize that this will potentially result in a lot of email traffic on your servers. So how much additional traffic can you expect?

Calendar Conflicts in Cached Exchange Mode in 2003 SP2

Abstract:  Administrators universally agree that cached mode in Exchange 2003 is a good thing providing added value and reliability to their infrastructure. Programmers who write applications which interact with the calendaring functions unfortunately, are tearing their hair out and cursing their fates.

Replicating Oracle Calendar In-tray Functions in Microsoft Outlook 2003

Abstract:  Users transitioning from legacy Oracle Calendar (formerly also known as CorporateTime) to Outlook 2003 often want to retain the (Oracle) Calendar In-tray feature which sorts calendar invitations and allowed users to manage invitations. I this article we show you how you can provide that functionality.

There is no vacation from holidays in Outlook / Exchange

Abstract:  Add holidays into Outlook. What’s the big deal? Have the users enter the list of holidays. Next issue. Why should an Exchange administrator bother about holidays? The Exchange Admins we’ve spoken with - from medical schools to 1,000+ user high tech corporations - say this is one of life’s major annoyances for them and for their end users.

Outlook Calendar: Problems exporting Categories to a Pocket PC

Abstract:  For Pocket PC users we’ve encountered problems exporting calendar entries with certain types of category keywords. We’ve written a VB script and COM add-in to fix the problem.

Top ten best practices for your migration plan

Abstract:  In several articles for Outlook Exchange, we've covered the technical aspects of a Meeting Maker to Exchange migration. For some companies, the organizational and managerial aspects of the cut-over can be greater challenges than the technical aspects of moving a few hundred megabytes of schedule data. The aim of this paper is to give you the Top "Best Practices" we've seen as users move their legacy Meeting Maker calendar data to MS Exchange.

Buried Treasure in your Exchange Scheduling Data

Abstract:  In the scheduling data of an Exchange server there's lurking all sorts of information that allows the astute Exchange Administrator a glimpse into the more direct running of the organization. Exchange stores Scheduling messages as straight-forward emails. The following data was taken directly from a server, put into an Access database, and analyzed. It is typical of data we see in analyzing customers' Exchange installations

Migrating Meeting Maker to Microsoft Exchange 2000

Abstract: Looking to convert from a legacy Meeting Maker system to Exchange 2000? While Microsoft has produced tools to migrate other legacy systems to Exchange 2000, Meeting Maker users have been out in the cold. The following is a general outline of the kinds of preparation sites have used to successfully migrate their users from Meeting Maker to Exchange 2000.

Use CDO to create a recurring meeting in Exchange 2000

Abstract: If you want to load calendar data into Exchange for more than a few users, you'll have to use CDO. In our conversion work found setting up recurring meetings particularly tricky. In fact, we found almost 10% of all meetings were recurring. Yet most examples show how to create a simple meeting, such as one that recurs every day for a week. It's a shame that we haven't found any meetings with this pattern. In our article we'll show you how to use CDO to create meetings that exist in the real world.


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