Top 10 Microsoft Exchange Server tips of 2008

These top Microsoft Exchange Server tips of 2008 illustrate how to grant or deny mailbox permissions, back up and restore Exchange data with recovery storage groups, use the Performance Monitor tool to detect Exchange 2003 message queue problems and more. Check out our list of the 10 most popular Exchange Server tips of the past year, according to your clicks.

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Check out these top 10 Microsoft Exchange Server tips of 2008, as rated by our readers. Covering topics such as how to grant or deny mailbox permissions; backing up and restoring Exchange data with recovery storage groups; and using the Performance Monitor tool to detect Exchange 2003 message queue problems, these were the most popular Exchange Server topics of the past year.
#1    Grant or deny permissions to access a user's Exchange 2007 mailbox
Need to access another user's Exchange 2007 mailbox? The simplest way would involve sharing their login credentials, but this presents far too great a security risk. Instead learn how to grant or deny permissions to access a user's mailbox using the Exchange Management Shell (EMS), along with how to use EMS to monitor those permissions.
#2    Enable incoming and outgoing email in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007
Enabling incoming and outgoing email within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 allows users more connectivity with Microsoft Outlook and, thus, more productivity. In this tip, you'll learn how to enable incoming and outgoing email in MOSS 2007 in Exchange and non-Microsoft Exchange Server environments.
#3    Manage Exchange 2007 public folders from Exchange Management Console
Upon release, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 was without key public folder management features. However, with the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1, that has changed. After downloading and installing SP1, discover how to add and use public folder management functionality in the Exchange Management Console.
#4    How to back up and restore Exchange data with recovery storage groups
All Exchange administrators need to consider a data recovery procedure for their servers, in case of an unexpected disaster or the accidental deletion of important emails. This tip offers a comprehensive option. Learn how to back up Exchange data to recovery storage groups (RSG) and restore data from an RSG to a live information store using ExMerge or Exchange System Manager.
#5    Migrating resource mailboxes from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007
If you've upgraded from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2007, you'll be pleased to know you won't have to start from scratch. Learn how to migrate and convert Exchange 2003 resource mailboxes to Exchange 2007 room or equipment mailboxes using the Exchange Management Shell (EMS).
#6    Remove Exchange 2007 public folder stores from a Mailbox Server role
If you are attempting to uninstall the Mailbox Server role after installing Exchange Server 2007 SP1, you will find a bug exists that prohibits removing a Mailbox Server role if it contains public folder stores. This tip contains a step-by-step process to remove these public folder stores, including one that involves using ADSI Edit to change an Active Directory database.
#7    Use Performance Monitor to detect Exchange 2003 message queue problems
Corrupt messages can exist in even the most properly functioning Exchange Server 2003 system, causing mail flow issues and performance slowdowns. To confront these issues head-on, discover how to use the Performance Monitor tool in Exchange Server 2003 to set SMTP queue email message threshold values and prevent mail flow issues.
#8    Exchange 2007 memory and hardware configuration best practices
A fact that surprises some people is that 32 GB is the most cost-effective memory configuration for Exchange Server 2007. Read why and get more memory and hardware configuration best practices for a 64-bit Exchange Server 2007 installation.
#9    Exchange 2007 prerequisites and custom server role installation
When upgrading to Exchange Server 2007, knowing the step-by-step process beforehand will make your life considerably easier. Learn about Microsoft Exchange 2007 migration and server role prerequisites, and learn how to perform a custom server role installation.
#10    Create a global Safe Senders List in Exchange 2007 to filter spam
Changes in the newest releases of Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Outlook make dealing with spam even more manageable. Find out how to create a global, aggregate Safe Senders List in Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Outlook 2007 to manage spam and junk email filtering.
This was first published in December 2008

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