Archive for the ‘email’ Category


Cool Windows Mobile Feature

January 10, 2008

I’m not sure if they built this into Windows Mobile 6.0 (if not they should).  But you know how Windows Mobile Handhelds don’t pull contacts from the GAL like Blackberries.  Well MS released a free add-on to resolve this.

Here’s the link to the blog:

Here’s the link to the MS Site w/ the app:

Def something to implement at clients to make their lives easier.


Outlook 2007 Connection Status for RPC/HTTP problems

December 17, 2007

Lots of people aren’t aware of this little “trick” and it is very handy when debugging a temperamental RPC over HTTP connection. Normally, the “Connection Status” dialog box only shows up if you launch Outlook with “/rpcdiag”.

If you hold down [Ctrl], and then right click on the Outlook tray icon, with Outlook 2007, “Connection Status” and “Test E-mail AutoConfiguration” appear. E-mail AutoConfiguration testing is handy for Exchange 2007 setups.
Just passing this along as an FYI because whenever I show it to people, 9 times out of 10, they have never seen those options before.


Edit your Outlook AutoComplete files

December 14, 2007

A fellow engineer at work passed this around the other day. A neat little utility that allows you to edit the contents of an Outlook 2000/XP/2003/2007  AutoComplete (.NK2) file. It’s called NK2.INFO.

It’s free and contains no spyware. It’s updated quite often. It can recover email addresses and names from a corrupted AutoComplete file as well. What more could you ask for?

Windows 2000/XP NK2 default location: drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Windows Vista NK2 default location:  drive:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook



OWA 2007 and Public Folders

September 9, 2007

Public Folders are not available in the RTM release of Exchange 2007 OWA, but there is a work-around:

  • Log into E2K7 OWA as usual
  • Right-click your name in the folder list and select “Create new folder
  • Name the new folder “Public Folders
  • Compose a new email to yourself with https://yourOWAserverURL/public in the body of the message and send it
  • Move the new email to the Public Folders folder you created

To access Public Folders, open the Public Folders folder and click the link. Public Folders will open in a new window or tab in Internet Explorer.

Look for REAL Public Folder access to arrive with Exchange Server 2007 SP1.


Google is buying Postini

July 9, 2007

Wow. This is good for Postini. I think.


Customizing warning messages for Exchange storage limits

July 3, 2007

I dealt with this yesterday at one of my clients. The client wanted his users to be reminded more than once a day that their mailboxes were filling up. Since by default this only happens once a day at midnight, some users were actually going over the storage limit after disregarding the warnings that they got when they logged into their computer; and after that sending and receiving stopped for them when they crossed the threshold.

He wanted the warnings to keep hounding the users until they either archived or deleted items in their mailbox to free up some space.

I didn’t think this could be done until I looked a bit deeper at the Limits tab in Exchange mailbox store properties. It can be done to warn users every 15 minutes or every hour, in a time window you specify.

Ok… here’s how you do it:

Go to Exchange System Manager

-> Administrative Groups
-> First Administrative Group
-> Servers
-> SERVER name
-> First Storage Group
-> Right click on Mailbox Store
-> Click Limits
-> Choose Customize button

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How To: Find an e-mail address in Active Directory

June 28, 2007

I used this technote today when creating a mailbox for a user then getting an error saying the email address was used in the organization. I thought, “WTF?”. Anyways, thanks to the Exchangepedia blog for this useful tip!

Every once in a while you try to assign a particular address to a recipient in AD Users & Computers, only to be told someone already has that address!

Here’s how you can find out whether an email address is assigned, and the recipient it belongs to.

– In AD Users & Computers (on Windows Server 2003), right-click Saved Queries container | New | Query.
– Enter a name for the query, and click the Define Query button
– From the Find drop-down – select Custom Search | go to Advanced tab
– In the Enter LDAP Query text box, enter the query:

This returns recipients of all types – users, mail-enabled contacts, public folders, and groups that have the address

Click here to see a Flash demo.