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Outlook 2010 Help – Outlook Calender Best Practice Document

Searching for Outlook 2010 Help?  Why not download and read the Outlook Calender Best Practice Document that was just modified and released by the Microsoft Exchange Team.outlook 2010 help

Have you ever wondered why you would see mismatched meetings in your calender that you know you had properly scheduled?  Or maybe even some missing meeting requests that you had scheduled? This can sometimes happen when you forward a meeting request to another person when using Microsoft Outlook 2007.

In Outlook 2007 you are advised not to forward meeting requests from another person.  It is advisable that you let the meeting originator send the invite to another person on your behalf.  Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 does not have this issue.

Below is a quote and link information from the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog.  You can read the document in its’ entiety, if you need some Outlook 2010 help, and other basic best practices about Outlook you can down load the report in its entity by going to the exchange team blog.

 

“The new Best practices when using the Outlook Calendar document was created exclusively for Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 clients. It supplements (not replaces) the Essential do’s and don’ts document. The older document still applies to Outlook 2003 and earlier versions. http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2013/01/31/new-outlook-calendar-best-practices-document-for-outlook-2007-outlook-2010-and-outlook-2013.aspx   “

via blogs.technet.com

 

By Andrew Moss

Other Information About Outlook and Outlook Calender Best Practice

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Basics Points to Consider When Hosting Your Own Email Server at Home

Hosting your own email server at home is easy, depending on your level of experience in setting up and email server. Before you decide to host your own email server, or consider doing any project, you should always count the course. By this, I am referring to finding out as much information about what you want to do, before attempting to do it.hosting your own email server

This article will reveal to you, several basic points that you should consider when thinking about hosting your own internal email server at home.

Physical Server & Appliances

Email servers can come in many forms and shapes.  Forms and shapes refer to either a physical server, or an email appliance. A physical Server is a powerful computer that is designed to run many applications at the same time.  An email Appliance is a physical device, but much smaller in size, compared to a Server. This device usually has built in email server software installed.Email Appliance

The software that is normally installed on an email appliance is normally Linux based, rather than windows.

If you decide to use a physical Server, then you have several options available to choose from in reference to software.  You can use Linux Email Server Software, or a Windows Server Application like Exchange Server. You can even use the Lotus Notes platform, or even the I Mail platform.

Since my site is about Exchange Server and related technologies, I highly recommend setting up an Exchange Server, instead of the other platforms mentioned. The choice is yours though, but it is always best to go with what you are most familiar with. Whether you are setting up an Exchange Server, or any other mail platform the basic components are the same.

To setup your personal email server at home using Exchange Server software, several components are required, to complete the puzzle.

Mail Server Components and Requirements

Every email Server needs a domain name, and somewhere to host the domain files.  Exchange Server requires MX records, SRV files, and a DNS Server.  Active Directory is also a requirement for Exchange Server to work properly. When Active Directory is installed, DNS is taken care of automatically.private email server

With Exchange Server, you have the option of setting up a dedicated server, or you can combine your Active Directory and your DNS server setup, on the same server that Exchange Server is installed on. Doing it this way greatly decreases the need to purchase more than one Server.

Email Servers that are kept at home requires adequate power supply to run server hardware. A good source of finding out whether you have the power resources required to run your server is to check with your local Electrician first.

In the absence of adequate power resources, you can always host your server at a hosting company.

You have the option of purchasing and hosting your domain at the same registrar, but this is not recommended.  It is always advisable to not host your domain at the same place that you have purchased it from.

Possible popular hosting companies to consider when searching for a Domain Registrar and a hosting company would be Go Daddy, and Host Gator.  There are literally thousands available, just to name a few.

Okay, let’s do a recap of the components that you will need in order to host your email server in your home. Listed below is a list of the most common components that are required to setup Exchange Server email server.

  1. A physical Server
  2. Windows Server Software
  3. Exchange Server Software
  4. A Domain Name & Hosting

Email Server Alternatives

If setting up your very own private email server at home appears to be difficult, another option comes into the picture after you purchase a domain name, and your hosting account. You can always use the free provided email address that comes along with your hosting account. Or as I  had mentioned earlier, you can always hire a professional to setup your server in your home.

free email providers

 

You also have the option of using either a free Gmail, or Hotmail account, but you would have to use their domain extensions.

 

 

 

 

” By Andrew Moss”

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Replicate Public Folders From Exchange 2003 Server

Just in case you are still using Exchange Server 2003 and trying to replicate public folders, or doing a public folder migration to Exchange 2007, 2010, or even Exchange 2013 then you are in luck.  Read recent insert below from Microsoft Exchange Team blog.

To read the entire blog post all you have to do is click the “via blogs.technet.com” link below the insert.

“Recently, we have released a Guided Walk Through (GWT) for troubleshooting public Folder replication issues in Microsoft Exchange 2003.  There are a couple of ways to access the troubleshooter.  You can use the link here to access it directly.  As well, it will be embedded in various related public folder replication articles such as the following:  http://support.microsoft.com/KB/842273.

via blogs.technet.com      “

Microsoft has recently released a Guided Walk Through (GWT) tool for trouble shooting public folder replication and public folder migration issues. You can access the tool by referring to my little insert above that was posted on the Exchange Team Blog, just recently.

If you are not aware, Exchange Server 2003 has also been moved from mainstream support. What this means is that you will no longer be able to receive support via of the phone.

I guess you are probably wondering why the Exchange Team created a modified version of the GWT tool if Exchange Server 2003 is out of mainstream support.

For answers on all of my above points, please visit the link in my quote above from the Exchange Team Blog.

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store.exe high memory exchange 2010

If your exchange server 2010 continues to display high memory allocation usage then do what I have done. Search on Google for using the words, “store.exe high memory exchange 2010”. You will be amazed at what you will find, just like me. See excerpt below from the exchange team blog on the subject.

First, let’s start with why Store.exe uses so much RAM. If we take a step back in time to the Exchange 2003 era, this blog was quite active on how to tune memory on an Exchange 2003 server. I am not going to go in to specifics or great detail, but one thing to call out is that on the 32-bit architecture, we were limited to addressing 4GB of virtual memory on any given server. So essentially, any 32bit program could address up to 4GB of virtual memory. This address space is typically split so that applications could address 2GB of memory and 2GB would be for the Windows Executive. By adding the /3GB switch in the boot.ini, applications could now access up to a 3GB virtual address space and lower the Executive down to addressing only 1GB, essentially halving the memory that is can be addressed or is available for kernel drivers, paged/non-paged pool memory, PTE’s etc. The larger the load that you put on a server has the potential to exhaust important resources on the server which eventually causes a failure or server outages. Any type of memory leak in these areas could be detrimental to the stability of the serve

Have you ever wondered why store.exe always displays very high memory usage? At first I was very concerned when I noticed this on all of our exchange 2010 servers.

I proceeded to Google to do some research on why this always happens even though I would add so much more memory to our systems. Google has everything about anything related to Information Technology.

At Google I typed in many different combination of the problem. At first I tried searching only on what the server showed as high memory usage but that did not give me any good results.

I then proceeded to type the words store.exe, and believed it or not Google completed the phase, as usual. Google give me the phase “store.exe high memory exchange 2010”, that led me to a discussion that was happening at the Tech Net blog, about this same issue.  See link below.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/exchange2010/thread/b18cbeb5-8ec7-4669-b25e-c7ea95992b9a

The discussion on the forum then led me to a document at the Exchange Team Blog site where I finally understood in detail why this was happening, even though I had so much memory in the server.

Even though the document is related to Exchange 2007, it also applies to exchange 2010. It seem as though this behavior is normal in the exchange application. Microsoft explained that this was by design and there was no need to worry about how the memory was allocated.I was so relieved.

Exchange store.exe was designed to eat up as much memory as possible. When other processes needed this memory, exchange store.exe will give the memory back to other processes as needed.

Please visit the link in the quote above from the Microsoft team blog for the full story.

 

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Installing SSL Certificates for Exchange 2013

 

When you are configuring SSL certificates for Exchange Server 2013, after you have generated the certificate request and received the SSL certificate from the certificate authority, you then need to complete the pending certificate request.

Sounds familiar? It really does appear that nothing has changed in reference to installing certificates in Exchange Server 2013 compared to Exchange Server 2010.

Paul from Exchange Server Pro.com has just released a tutorial on how to complete a pending certificate request in Exchange 2013. This is a really good read if you have Exchange Server 2013 installed already.

Installing SSL Certificates for Exchange 2013 does appear to be no different from exchange server 2010.