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Jun 3, 2010

Do You Know Who's Connecting to Your Exchange Servers? 6

One of my coworkers recently showed me how easy it was to connect to our corporate Microsoft Exchange Server with an iPhone. Basically, all you need to do is enter your email address and password into the mail program, and it finds the server information automatically and syncs your data. I was surprised to learn that no IT support was required, which got me thinking about the potential liability of having unaccounted and unsecured mobile devices connecting to corporate mail servers. So, do you know how many devices are connecting to your Exchange servers?...More
May 13, 2010

Exchange Server 2010 Adoption Excitement

When I spoke with Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Exchange Server team, back in February, I asked how he saw the adoption rate of Exchange Server 2010 to that point. "I think it's still a little early to say, but we are very encouraged by what we've seen so far. Very good reception, lot's of excitement. It's still early, but we are very optimistic," he said. He pointed to the financial benefits of Exchange 2010 as well as the many customers still on Exchange 2003 and using older, nearing-end-of-life hardware as key drivers for the move to Exchange 2010. In March, we ran a poll on the Exchange & Outlook page asking about Exchange 2010 migration plans, and the results indicated that 72 percent of respondents had already migrated, were in the process, or planned to within one year. More recently, Azaleos released results of a survey conducted by Osterman Research focusing on migration plans for organizations with 1,000 or more users. The survey seems to indicate that these organizations are more ready to adopt Exchange 2010 early than is typical for a Microsoft server product, and it predicts that Exchange 2010 will be the dominant Exchange version in use in 2011, largely picking up share from Exchange 2003....More
Apr 19, 2010

Droid Drawbacks: Further Along the Wonderful Road

I've been using the Motorola Droid smartphone for about a month now. As I mentioned in my previous post, my initial reactions to the Droid have been quite positive. However, there are a few little things worth noting that could certainly stand to be improved about this device. The Buttons If you've seen the Droid, you might be familiar with the row of four "buttons" along the bottom or right side (depending on whether you're viewing the screen vertically or horizontally). They're not buttons in the traditional sense, but rather an extension of the touch screen itself....More
Apr 15, 2010

DroidLight: An Essential App for Android

The power went out this morning in the Loveland, Colorado, offices of Windows IT Pro. It's times like that when you realize how dependant you are on electricity. My point in bringing this up is about being prepared and having the right tools. Today at the office, the right tool for me was DroidLight by Motorola. This free app available in the Android Market turns your Android phone's camera LED flash into a flashlight. And I suspect the iPhone and other smartphones likewise have similar apps available. At the price of free, you can't go wrong in getting something like this to help you be prepared....More
Apr 7, 2010

Details Emerge About Exchange 2010 SP1

The Microsoft Exchange Server team today announced information about the forthcoming service pack 1 (SP1) for Exchange Server 2010—and the details are pretty exciting. Top of the list will be the ability to provision a user's personal archive to a different database from the one where their primary mailbox is stored. Let's put this feature in the "You Asked for It, You Got It!" category. With this ability, you'll be able to implement Exchange 2010's archiving feature using tiered storage....More
Apr 1, 2010

Exchange 2010: Competing in the Cloud, and Moving Up from 2003 1

Microsoft's Rajesh Jha talks about Microsoft's opportunity to grow market share by competing in the cloud, about how things are going with Exchange 2010, and about what steps Microsoft is taking to help customers make the transition to Exchange 2010. The full interview will appear soon on and will be featured in the May 2010 issue of Windows IT Pro. But for you today, here's a snippet of the interview. Winstead: Exchange Server is clearly the leading mail and collaboration server in the market today. As you move to a stronger online presence with Exchange Online and the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS), will you take specific steps to compete with Google and Google's attempts to win customers away from Exchange and Microsoft and into the Google Apps universe?...More
Mar 25, 2010

The Wonderful World of Droid

I'm up and running with my first smartphone, the Motorola Droid—and I love it! I call it NineTee (short for G2-9T), because it's quite a talky thing. I won't bore you with all the phone specs, which you can read about elsewhere. But I did want to share some of my initial experiences and interactions with the device.   First of all, getting it set up with my email accounts was a snap. Naturally, the Gmail app is waiting for you on the phone's desktop when you first power up the Droid, and it's a simple process to input your email address and password if you want to sync a Gmail account. But even setting up my work email was done in just a 5-minute call to my company Help desk to get the necessary Exchange Server information. And by the time I was off the phone, all my email and calendar information had already synced to the device. Nice!...More
Mar 24, 2010

SharePoint-like Document Management with Exchange Server Alternative 2

Gordano Messaging Suite is a full-featured mail server with a much lower price point than Exchange Server—and with the release this week of GMS 17, the company adds integrated document management to the mix, which might effectively remove any need for you to deploy and manage SharePoint....More
Mar 11, 2010

Choosing a Smartphone: My Choice 2

I've been hunting for a smartphone for several weeks now and asking for feedback from all of you about what to choose. I wanted my choice to be something Exchange administrators are currently having to support—or using themselves—as well as being something that is likely to be an enterprise standard device in the years to come. Now it's time to reveal my choice....More
Feb 21, 2010

Those Dreaded PSTs: Your All-In-One Resource 1

Dealing with PSTs in your Microsoft Outlook and Exchange environment remains a challenge, but these resources can help you understand and troubleshoot some tough problems....More
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