The following is Tip #19 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes." This content is excerpted from Scott Schnoll's book, "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," brought to you by © (2004) Pearson Education, Inc. Publishing as Addison-Wesley Professional.
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GUIDGen is a user interface-based tool that enables you to generate GUIDs you can use for anything that requires a GUID. GUIDGen can create GUIDs using several different formats, enabling you to create GUIDs for automation, programming, scripts, and other purposes. As shown in Figure 10.1, GUIDGen also includes a Copy button you can use to copy a newly generated GUID to the Windows clipboard for quick pasting in your application, your source code, or wherever you want to insert the GUID.
GUIDGen is not new to Exchange 2003; previous versions of Exchange also included this tool. For more information on using GUIDGen, see the Read Me file included with this tool.
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About the author: Scott Schnoll, an Expert on SearchExchange.com, is an MCT, MCSA and a long-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).
In addition to writing "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," he is a co-author of the upcoming "Exchange 2003 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press" and lead author for "Exchange 2000 Server: The Complete Reference."
Scott has written numerous articles for Exchange & Outlook Magazine, and is a regular speaker at Microsoft conferences, including MEC and TechEd, as well as industry conferences such as Comdex and MCP TechMentor, where he covers topics such as Exchange, clustering, Internet Information Services and security.