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Top 10 Microsoft Exchange Server administration tips of 2007

Here are the top 10 most popular Microsoft Exchange Server administration tips of 2007.
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From Exchange 2007 server roles, dynamic distribution groups, calendar features and SP1 enhancements to Exchange 2003 memory management, Daylight Saving Time (DST) issues, smartphone synchronization and Active Directory configuration, these are the Exchange administration topics that grabbed your attention in 2007.

#1    What to expect in Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1
Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 greatly extends Exchange 2007's capabilities, while also making it easier to manage. This tip outlines new features in Exchange 2007 SP1, including Windows Server 2008 (Longhorn Server)compatibility, OWA enhancements, Exchange Management Console improvements, Standby Continuous Replication, and more.
#2    Managing Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes in Exchange and Outlook
Find out how Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes in 2007 affect Exchange Server and Microsoft Outlook, and learn what you need to do to prepare your Exchange servers and clients.
#3    Exchange Server memory management with /3GB, /USERVA and /PAE
Exchange Server is notorious for devouring server memory. Learn how the /3GB switch, /USERVA switch and /PAE switch can help you manage Exchange Server 2003 memory and performance. You'll also discover best practices you should employ so you don't cannibalize Windows Server 2003's memory in the process.
#4    Free third-party POP3 connector for Exchange Server
Exchange Server isn't really supposed to connect to an external POP3 mailbox and aggregate email from it, but enough people do it that most Exchange Server administrators have to support it. If you have no choice but to use a POP3 configuration in your Exchange Server environment, you may be interested in the free (sort of) third-party POP3 connector tool called PopGrabber.
#5    An introduction to Exchange 2007 and Outlook 2007 calendar features
Discover new calendar features in Outlook 2007 and Exchange 2007 and find out how the new Scheduling Assistant improves meeting and resource scheduling.
#6    How to create dynamic distribution groups in Exchange Server 2007
Exchange Server 2007 offers a new feature called dynamic distribution groups that frees administrators from having to manually manage Exchange distribution lists. The only caveat is that Active Directory user object attributes have to be up to date for it to work. This tip will show you, step-by-step, how to create an Exchange 2007 dynamic distribution group.
#7    OutDisk: A simple solution to sending large email attachments
Learn about a third-party tool called OutDisk that solves the problem of sending large email attachments via Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server.
#8    Let users update their AD info with the Active Directory Update tool
Read about a third-party utility called the Active Directory Update tool that lets Exchange end users update their own Active Directory attributes via a Web page.
#9    Synchronize multiple Exchange email accounts on one smartphone
Is it possible to synchronize one smartphone with two different Exchange Server email accounts? The short answer is no, but this tip explains a few workarounds you can consider.
#10    Exchange Admin 101: Server roles in Exchange Server 2007
Exchange Server 2007 introduces a role-based architecture that simplifies deployment and improves email performance and security. In this tip, you'll get a basic overview of the five server roles in Exchange Server 2007: the Client Access Server role, Mailbox Server role, Hub Transport Server role, Unified Messaging Server role, and Edge Transport Server role.

This was first published in January 2008

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