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    Exchange System Manager (Exchange Server 2003) for Vista - Now Available

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    Microsoft has released the new version of Exchange System Manager for Exchange Server 2003 running on the Windows Vista operating system.

    You can download it from here.

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    Visual Basic code with Simple MAPI Functions may Not Work or fail with an error

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    If the Microsoft Visual Basic code calls the MAPISendMail function, it may fail with an error message that resembles the following:

    Microsoft Outlook
    Either there is no default mail client or the current mail client cannot fulfill the messaging request. Please run Microsoft Outlook and set it as the default mail client.

    This problem often occurs when Microsoft Outlook Express is set as the default mail client.

    Please find the support KB which has detailed information, resolution for that.

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    .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Allows managed code to be launched from a network share ?

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    Do you know, that using .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 hereafter we can launch our managed code from a network share.

    I read this wonderful blog posted by Vance Morrison, who is an Architect for .Net runtime team. Certainly i believe this will relive lot of deployment related pain specially...

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    How to get messages contained in Message or IBodypart objects using CDO?

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    Please find the VBScript code-snippet to get or extract the messages that are contained in the other objects like Message or IBodyPart.

     

       1:  ' Please provide the value for sVal  
       2:  Function getMsg(sVal As IBodyPart) As Message
       3:      Dim Msg
       4:      Set Msg = CreateObject("CDO.Message")
       5:      Dim getVal
       6:      Set getVal = Msg.DataSource
       7:      getVal.OpenObject sVal, "IBodyPart"
       8:      Set getMsg = Msg
       9:  End Function
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    Public folder support for Exchange Server 2007 till 2016 ?

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    I went through the following Technet article which talks about one such a interesting question of my favortie "What is happening with public folders ?"

    Please find the excerpts "...Exchange 2007 de-emphasizes public folders. Public folders may not be included in future releases, but support for public folders will be maintained through at least 2016. Current Microsoft Exchange customers should plan to migrate to Outlook 2007 and Exchange 2007. We recommend that you investigate integrating Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services with Exchange Server 2007 if you must have an application that supports sharing documents, calendar items, contacts, and tasks and archiving distribution lists. For other customized applications that are being developed, you should use Microsoft .NET .."

    For more information, you can have a look at this Technet article.

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    Microsoft Online Services & Exchange Online

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    Microsoft Online Services, this is targeted for Microsoft partners. It helps partners to closely work with Microsoft, deliver rich and satisfying customer experiences, whether on-premise or hosted.

    By using Microsoft Online Services, partners are able to more simply develop and deliver custom fit solutions that help businesses to realize their full potential.

    For more information, you can click here to get more details.

    Exchange Online, this is a hosted enterprise messaging solution based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. It extends rich capabilities to your users with a single sign-on, including e-mail, shared calendaring, and contacts etc, along with business continuity and disaster recovery with cloud-based antivirus and spam filtering and high data center security standards.

    Click here to view the demo or either you can  for 30 day trial.

     

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    Outlook VSTO add-in won't run when you use Outlook view control from Web page?

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    Do you know that when you use the Microsoft Outlook View Control from a Web page, Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) Outlook add-ins do not run.

    This issue may occur even by this option: The Outlook View Control is not considered a part of the Outlook user interface. Therefore, the VSTO add-ins do not load correctly.

    For more detailed information, please go through the following KB article.

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    Programming technology options for you with Exchange Server 2003

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    Please find the following MSDN article, which describes, the list of programming technologies, that can be helpful to apply in Exchange Collaborative applications.

    Some of the of technologies available: ADO, ADSI, CDO, EXOLEDB, LDAP, MAPI, Schema, Search, Store Events, WebDAV, Webforms, WMI Providers.


    ADO:

    ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) are used to navigate through Web Storage System. ADO allows the developer to access all Microsoft Database APIs, as well as search for and bind objects. ADO contains built-in objects that the developer can use to add features to the application. This permits developers to add dynamic objects to a static Web page.

    ADSI:

    ADSI is a standard Windows-based interface for meta-directory applications. A meta-directory is a high-level network directory service designed to unite account and resource information from multiple network operating environments. The goal of ADSI is to synchronize this information across differing directories. Meta-directories extract security and account data from each directory, and then manage this information as part of an external database.

    ADSI is comprised of a series of client-side DLLs that provide a common set of directory management functions. You can access these functions from almost any environment. As a result, you can add or remove user accounts, configure shared resources, and browse the directory tree all from a single, integrated console. Exchange 2000 uses ADSI to integrate application services with Active Directory's security and account functions. You can also access ADSI using Microsoft Visual Basic, Scripting Edition (VBScript) and Microsoft Windows Script Host to perform directory maintenance tasks.

    CDO:

    Collaboration Data Objects (CDO) was originally called "OLE Messaging" and later "Active Messaging". CDO is a COM wrapper of the MAPI library and can be called from any development language that supports automation. For example, Simple MAPI, CDO is primarily designed for client activities. CDO implements most but not all MAPI functionality, although far more than Simple MAPI.

    Some activities that can be accomplished using CDO:

    • Log onto the messaging system with specific profiles or with anonymous authentication.

    • Compose messages, address and resolve recipients, send, receive, and read messages, add attachments, automate replies.

    • Manage calendars; create meetings and appointments.

    • Manage folders and messages within the information store.

    • Manage Addresses, especially within the Personal Address Book (PAB).

    EXOLEDB:

    This is a high performance OLE DB driver. The ExOLEDB provider is a server-side component, and is therefore used only to access public stores and mailbox stores that reside on the same server. You can, however, access data on the server remotely by wrapping functionality into Component Object Model (COM) components, which can be utilized by ASP and other Web applications. The ExOLEDB provider is also ideal for use in COM+ components and Exchange store event and workflow sinks that run on the server. To access remote public stores and mailbox stores, use the WebDAV protocol, MAPI, or CDO 1.2.1.

    LDAP:

    The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) protocol is a distributed, hierarchical directory service protocol that you use to gain access to repositories of users and other network objects. Because LDAP is not typically tightly integrated with the host operating system, information can be kept in both LDAP and in a name service such as Network Information Service. When you use LDAP to gain access to the groups, you reduce redundancy and maximize LDAP's scalability.

    LDAP gives you the option of using paged or non-paged results when performing a search. With non-paged results, the maximum number of objects returned is limited by the MaxPageSize constraint on the domain server. With paged results, there is no maximum. You can return all the results. You set the LDAP client page size in the Search Options dialog box. This value cannot exceed the MaxPageSize constraint imposed by the domain server.

    MAPI:

    MAPI will generally mean MAPI32.dll, or the APIs contained. It's an API, implemented largely in MAPI32.dll (Messaging Application Programming Interface, 32 bit build). By using this, developers implement a series of Providers. Providers come in three major types, Transport Providers, Message Store Providers, and Address Book Providers. Providers are DLLs that implement a specific pseudo COM API, such as IMessageStore, and the underlying required interfaces, such as IMAPIProp.

    Schema:

    The Exchange store provides a means to define schema information for items. By using the schema capabilities of the Exchange store, you can make schema information about your application discoverable to schema-aware applications such as the Exchange store Structured Query Language (SQL) query processor.

    Search:

    You can search for items in the Exchange store using a familiar Structured Query Language (SQL) syntax, which is based on the syntax defined by the Microsoft Indexing Service Query Processor.

    Store Events:

    You can respond to events that occur in the Exchange store programmatically. With events, you can write your own custom logic that executes on the server in response to changes in the data in the Exchange store. Exchange store events occur:

    • When Exchange store items are saved, deleted, moved, copied, or modified.
    • When a store is started or shut down.
    • When a specific time interval has elapsed.
    • You can write event sinks that can receive notification of these events.

    WebDAV:

    The World Wide Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) protocol provides access to an extensible set of associated properties. WebDAV also defines protocol commands used to search, move, copy, delete, lock and unlock resources, and make new collections of resources (folders).

    Webforms:

    Exchange Web forms is a Web-based forms technology that is built on Internet standards. An Exchange Web form is a Web page that is registered in the form registry of the Exchange store.

    WMI Providers:

    Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) supports custom Exchange management and monitoring applications through a set of WMI providers.

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    Known Issues : To be considered during creating Outlook related applications

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    • Development : Outlook Object Model & Outlook 2007

    There are couple of known issues that may occur when you use the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 object model. Please find the below given article, which talks about this.

    Known issues that may occur when you use the Outlook 2007 object model
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;929593

    • Development : Form regions & Outlook 2007

    There are couple of known issues that may occur when you use the Form regions and Outlook 2007. Please find the below given article, which talks about this.

    Known issues with developing Office Outlook 2007 form regions
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;929592

    • Development : Custom forms & Outlook 2007, Outlook 2003, Outlook 2002, Outlook 98 and 97

    There are couple of known issues that may occur when you use the custom forms that were created by using the following earlier versions of Microsoft Outlook. Please find the below given article, which talks about this.

    Known issues in Office Outlook 2007 when you use custom forms that were created by using earlier versions of Outlook
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;929591

    Note: The scope of this article is limited to custom forms that you create by using the method with which you would typically publish a form in these earlier versions of Outlook. This article does not discuss custom forms that you create by using the new form region feature in Office Outlook 2007.

    • Development : Custom solution & Outlook 2007

    There are some of the known issues with the Outlook 2007 development platform. These issues include changes to command locations and changes to how Outlook displays COM add-ins. Additionally, this article discusses functionality changes in Outlook 2007. Please find the below given article, which are mentioned in this article are not directly related to the object model, to custom forms in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or in earlier versions of Outlook, or to the form regions in Outlook 2007.

    Known issues when you develop custom solutions for Office Outlook 2007
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929590

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    Rules series # 2 : One or more rules could not be uploaded to Exchange server and have been deactivated. This could be because some of the parameters are not supported or there is insufficient space to store all your rules.

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    Couple of customers reported that after upgrading to Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or  Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, they found that some of the rules are disabled and cannot be enabled. Remaining other rules work correctly. Also if you try to enable the disabled rules they receive the following error message:

    One or more rules could not be uploaded to Exchange server and have been deactivated. This could be because some of the parameters are not supported or there is insufficient space to store all your rules.

    Why it occurs: This behavior occurs if the rules that are in your mailbox exceed a size of 32 kilobytes (KB). The rules size limit for mailboxes on Microsoft Exchange Server is 32 KB. In Outlook 2003/Outlook 2007, the size of rules has increased mostly to provide support for the Unicode format.

    Note The rules size limit for mailboxes in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 has been increased to a default size of 64 KB per mailbox. The rule limit is now a customizable limit up to 256 KB per mailbox.

    Please find the following KB, which helps us how to mitigate this situation and has couple of workarounds for this issue.

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    Rules series # 1 : There is not enough space on the Microsoft Exchange Server to store all of your rules

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    When you use rules in Outlook, you may receive the following error message:

    There is not enough space on the Microsoft Exchange Server to store all of your rules. The rules that failed to upload have been deactivated.


    To work around this issue:

    Create distribution lists (DLs) to group recipients in rules, instead of using individual recipients.

    • Keep the number of recipients small in rules.

    • Keep the names of recipients as small as possible.

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    KB : Application support for WEBDAV to access Exchange Server?

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    Exchange Server 2003Do you know the support that is available for applications that use the Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) protocol to access Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server or Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 ?

     

    What is supported?

    Microsoft support the use of the WebDAV protocol for the following items:

    •Non-recurring appointments
    •Contacts in Microsoft Outlook that you create or modify
    •Folders that you create in Outlook and in Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003
    •E-mail messages that you create or modify

    Note
    You cannot use the WebDAV protocol to access the Rich Text Format (RTF) body of an e-mail message.

    All other tasks that use the WebDAV protocol to modify a Web store in Exchange 2000 Server or in Exchange Server 2003 are not supported.
    Note These limitations do not apply to Outlook Web Access URLs.

    Why it's not supported?

    Because of limitations that exist when you create items that are compatible with Outlook, we do not support complex calendaring when you use the WebDAV protocol. Complex calendaring applications include the following items:

    •Recurring appointments
    •Meeting functionality
    Note Meeting functionality includes sending, modifying, and canceling meetings.

    What are the alternatives?

    For applications that require complex calendaring functionality with Exchange 2000 Server or with Exchange Server 2003, we recommend that you use the following API's:

    •Collaboration Data Objects for Exchange 2000 Server (CDOEX)
    •Collaboration Data Objects (CDO) 1.21
    •Outlook Object Model

    These API's include additional logic that is required to make the created items work correctly with Outlook. This additional logic is not available when you use the WebDAV protocol. for more information please find the following MSDN KB.

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    Exchange Server 2007 : Do you know what is Calendar Concierge?

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    Exchange Server 2007 Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 seamlessly improves the reliability of calendaring by introducing the "Calendar Concierge", a suite of new calendar improvements.

     

    This suite includes,

    • Scheduling Assistant:

    It allows you to schedule meetings faster through an intuitive color-coded interface. Simply, the Scheduling Assistant makes scheduling a meeting a breeze!

    • Calendar Attendant:

    It helps ensure the reliability of calendar items. In addition to making scheduling more efficient, Exchange Server 2007 makes the calendar more reliable with the new Calendar Attendant.

    • Resource Booking Attendant:

    The calendar improvements in Exchange Server 2007 affect not only individual schedules but also the scheduling of resources, such as rooms, projectors, and televisions. It automates resource management, such as conference rooms, projectors, and televisions.

    Together, the elements of the Calendar Concierge the Scheduling Assistant, Calendar Attendant, and Resource Booking Attendant make scheduling a meeting easier and more reliable than ever before.

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    KB : Where to get the CDO libraries for all the versions?

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    Search As you know that the Collaboration Data Objects (all versions) Libraries are used to implement Messaging and Collaboration functionality into a custom application.

    Please find this article contains information on where these libraries can be found. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/171440

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    MAPI : Do you know why MAPI is not suitable for HTML messages?

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    HTML email Do you know why MAPI is not suitable for HTML messages?

     

    MAPI 1.0 was written before HTML mail was developed and does not reliably support the creation of HTML-formatted messages. As you know, MAPI 1.0 is the version supported by all versions of Microsoft Exchange through version 5.5 (and all Service Packs). This includes the following subordinate technologies:

    •Simple MAPI
    •Extended MAPI
    •OLE Messaging
    •Active Messaging (Collaboration Data Objects (CDO) 1.1)
    •CDO versions 1.2 and 1.21
    •MAPI controls (Msmapi32.ocx)

    Extended Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) should not be used to generate HTML-formatted messages.

    What is needed?

    If messages are needed in HTML format, such as for sending text formatted in other languages, alternative technologies that provide more reliable support for HTML messages are recommended:

    •CDONTS
    •CDO for Windows 2000 (CDOSYS)
    •CDO for Exchange 2000 (CDOEX)
    •Outlook Object Model of Microsoft Outlook 98 or later
    •SMTP-capable ActiveX controls obtained from third-party vendors

    In short, as an alternative, we should consider using the Microsoft Outlook Object Model, CDONTS, CDOSYS, CDOEX, or a third-party SMTP control.

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    How to use CDO & MAPI in same modules ?

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    Exchange Server 2007 Do you wonder how to make use of CDO & MAPI in the same modules programmatically?

     

    Please find the following MSDN article, which talks more about this.

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    Outlook 2007 & RSS Feeds : RSS Feeds synchronization failed ?

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    rss_feed One of my customer and several others, have subscribed to RSS Feeds with Outlook 2007. It was working fine and all of a sudden it showing the error mark in the status bar.

    For example, whenever we make a Send/Receive, we get error mark in the status bar saying that “Task ‘RSS Feeds’ reported error (0x8C5C0008) : Synchronization to RSS Feed: […] has failed. Outlook cannot download the RSS content from […] because of a problem connecting to the server.”

    Here there might be lot of parameters may play here.

    • RSS synchronization interval with outlook
    • By default, RSS Feeds roam with users from one computer to another. So we need to make sure due to this we’re not getting these issue
    • If you have the latest service pack / latest version / patches can also create this issue.
    • It might be with their older feed entries in some kind of local store.
    • Sync utility might have issue with the new feed entries
    • As you know these RSS feeds are published by their own editors in an XML format. It contains only the latest headlines. The exact number of these headlines is chose by the editor, and, each time a new entry is added in the feed, the oldest one is removed (it's a FIFO behavior).
    • Some RSS clients (like Outlook and the Windows RSS Platform) keep the older feed entries in some kind of local store, so you can always see these entries, but these are no longer publish by their original editors.

    You can try these below for workarounds.

    1) Workaround # 1:

    • The frequency of RSS updates can be set by the user, but precedence is given to limits set by a provider on how frequently a subscriber can request updates from their site.
    • This helps avoid overloading the provider's server with excessive update requests

    2) Workaround # 2:

    • You can use the default RSS folder home page provided with Office Outlook 2007 , or you can create one tailored to your organization. Whether you use the default home page or provide a custom one, users must be connected to the network to view the home page. With both default and custom RSS home pages, you can take steps to ensure that the offline experience is not confusing to your users. When users are offline and switch to the RSS folder, an error message appears, stating that the page is not found.

    For users to have a good offline experience, Outlook displays a message explaining the problem instead of simply returning the standard "Page not found" error when it determines that a folder home page is being loaded.

    When users are offline, there are two requirements for Outlook to display the explanatory message instead of a standard error:

    · A string must be included at the end of the title on the page used for the folder home page.

    · The folder must be created with a new Outlook folder type.

    To meet the first requirement, you add the following string to the end of the title of the custom RSS home page you create: (Outlook Homepage). The string and anything after that string is not displayed in the title of the page. When a user is offline, the explanatory message is displayed. When a user is online, the folder home page is displayed with the string removed so users do not see the string in the title.

    The second requirement—a new Outlook folder type—ensures that the explanatory message for the RSS folder home page is not displayed for other folder home pages when users are offline. The standard Outlook folder type is IPM.Folder. The new folder type for RSS folders is IPM.Folder.OutlookHomepage

    Note: For more information, you can find more information from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179173(TechNet.10).aspx

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    Outlook 2007's support for iCalendar Standards & some IMAP e-mail Servers

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    There is an update (KB950219), which extends Outlook 2007’s support for the iCalendar standards. The update also improves Outlook 2007’s compatibility with some IMAP e-mail servers.

    This update adds support for the following iCalendar features:

    • Propose New Time for iCalendar Meetings: Users can now respond to a meeting invitation received in iCalendar format with a proposal for a new meeting time.
    • Extended Yearly Recurrence: Supports recurrence patterns for appointments or meetings that recur every N years, where N is greater than or equal to 1.

    This update also includes miscellaneous improvements to IMAP compatibility.

    You can download this from Microsoft Download Center.

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    Tutorial : Internet Calendar - Series 1

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     What are Internet Calendars?

    Internet Calendars are calendars that are shared through the Internet. These calendars are based upon a global Internet standard that allows calendar information to be exchanged between people regardless of the application that is used to create or view the information.

    What were its format and its extension?

    Internet Calendars use the iCalendar format and the .ics file name extension.

    How many types of Internet Calendars available?

    There are two types of Internet Calendars:

    1) Calendar Snapshots 2) Internet Calendar Subscriptions

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    Review: Microsoft Office Outlook Connector

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    I checked with the tool called "Microsoft Office Outlook Connector", this time.

    What it's used for?

    If you have Windows Live Hotmail or Office Live mail accounts and want to use with Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007, through this tool you can access the data.

    • What services supported?

    You can access and manage your Windows Live Hotmail or Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages and contacts for free

    • What not supported?

    Calendar, tasks and notes synchronization are not available on all services.

    If your service offers calendar synchronization, tasks and notes will synchronize as well. 

    In what way you can make use of?

    Outlook Connector enables you to use your Live Hotmail accounts within Outlook:

    • Read and send your Office Live Mail/Windows Live Hotmail e-mail messages.
    • Manage your Live Mail Contacts.
    • Use advanced options for blocking junk e-mail messages.
    • Manage multiple e-mail accounts in one place.

    Is it can be used with paid subscription?

    Yes, you can. With a paid subscription, Outlook Connector enables these additional features:

    • Manage, share, and synchronize your calendar in Hotmail from Outlook.
    • Access your Tasks and Notes

    So, where can we download this?

    You can download this from Microsoft Download Center.

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    DST Series : How to manually configure daylight saving time dates by modifying an existing time zone ?

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    Manually configure daylight saving time dates by modifying an existing time zone

    To manually modify time zone settings by using the Time Zone Editor, follow these steps:

    1. Start Time Zone Editor.

    2. In the Time Zones list, select a time zone, and then click Edit. For example, click (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana, and then click Edit.

    3. In the Edit Time Zone dialog box, click to select the Automatically set Daylight Saving Time check box.

    4. Specify the correct daylight saving time start date and end date. To do this, follow these steps:

    a. In the Start Day box, click the number of the day, the corresponding day of the week, and the month that you want. For example, click Second, click Sunday, and then click March.

    b. Select the time that you want to start daylight saving time. For example, select 2:00 A.M.

    c. In the Last Day box, click the number of the day, the corresponding day of the week, and the month that you want. For example, click First, click Sunday, and then click November.

    d. Select the time that you want to end daylight saving time. For example, select 2:00 A.M.

    e. In the Daylight Bias list, select how long you want the time to change when daylight saving time is in effect. For example, to set the clock forward 1 hour, leave the default setting of +1:00.

    f. Click OK.

    g. Select another time zone that has changed, and then repeat steps a-e. For more information about the time zones that have changed, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    942763 December 2007 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems

    Repeat steps a through f for every time zone that has changed. When you have finished, click Close.

    h. Click Start, point to Settings, point to Control Panel, and then double-click Date/Time.

    i. Click the Time Zone tab.

    j. Select a different time zone than the (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana time zone, and then click Apply.

    k. Click (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada); Tijuana, and then click OK.
    Note Steps 4j and 4k are required for the new changes to take effect.

    In this example, steps 4a through 4f update the time zone database. Steps 4h through 4k force Windows to read the time zone database and copy the updated information into the TimeZoneInformation registry key in the current control set.

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    DST Series: How to manually configure daylight saving time dates by adding a new time zone ?

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    Manually configure daylight saving time dates by adding a new time zone
    To manually add a new time zone by using the Time Zone Editor, follow these steps:

    1. Start Time Zone Editor.

    2. Click New. In the Time Zone Name box in the Edit Time Zone dialog box, type the time zone name in the following format:

    (GMT +/- 0x:00) TimeZone DisplayName

    For example, type (GMT-10:00) MyCountry1, MyCity1, MyCity2.
    Note The maximum number of characters that you can type for the time zone name is 63 characters.

    3. In the Abbreviation box, type the common name for the time zone. For example, type MyCountry Time Zone.

    4. In the Offset from GMT box, select the appropriate offset from GMT time.

    5. Click to select the Automatically set Daylight Saving Time check box.

    6. Specify the correct daylight saving time start date and end date. To do this, follow these steps:

    a. In the Start Day box, click the number of the day, the corresponding day of the week, and the month that you want. For example, click Second, click Sunday, and then click March.

    b. Specify the time that you want to start daylight saving time. For example, select 2:00 A.M.

    c. In the Last Day box, click the number of the day, the corresponding day of the week, and the month that you want. For example, click First, click Sunday, and then click November.

    d. Specify the time that you want to end daylight saving time. For example, select 2:00 A.M.

    e. In the Abbreviation box at the bottom of the Edit Time Zone dialog box, type the name that you specified in step 3

    f. In the Daylight Bias box, specify how long that you want the time to change when daylight saving time is in effect. For example, to set the clock forward by 1 hour, leave the default setting of +1:00.

    g. Click OK.

    h. Click Start, point to Settings, point to Control Panel, and then double-click Date/Time.

    i. Click the Time Zone tab.

    j. Select the new time zone you created, and then click Apply.

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    DST Series : How to configure daylight saving time for Microsoft Windows operating systems?

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    In many countries, the start dates and end dates for daylight saving time (DST) change from year to year. Additionally, countries may change their policy of recognizing daylight saving time, or they may change the local time offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

    Daylight saving time implementation varies from country to country. Some countries may not observe daylight saving time, whereas other countries may change the start dates and end dates for daylight saving time every year.

    How to change your computer's time and time zone in Windows Vista
    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/549bd2ed-8d98-4b4f-b600-b2fbfdef661f1033.mspx
    How to change your computer's time and time zone in Windows 2003 and in earlier versions of Windows
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/dst.mspx
    How to change the time zone in Microsoft Office http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HP052432171033.aspx

    For more detailed information, please find this article which describes how to update a Windows-based computer to use the latest global time zone rules as of December 2007.

    The following list shows some of the major changes that have occurred for daylight saving time:

    Argentina: DST is being introduced in Argentina.

    Brazil: There are different DST dates in Brazil.

    Canada: All provinces in Canada that use daylight saving time have adopted the same changes as the United States.

    Chile: There are different DST dates in Chile.

    Egypt: There are different DST dates in Egypt.

    Iran: DST is being reintroduced.

    Iraq: Iraq no longer observes DST.

    Israel: There are different DST dates in Israel.

    Mexico: Mexico has not adopted the DST changes that were made in the United States. Therefore, separate time zone definitions must be used for Mexico.

    Morocco: DST is being introduced in Morocco.

    Pakistan: DST is being reintroduced in Pakistan.

    Sri Lanka: The local time offset has changed from UTC+6:00 to UTC+5:30.

    United States: Beginning in the spring of 2007, the start dates and end dates for daylight saving time (DST) will change to comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. DST dates for 2007 in the United States and Canada will start three weeks earlier (2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March), and will end one week later (2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November).

    Uruguay: A new time zone has been created for Montevideo, Uruguay.

    To obtain the list of time zones that have changed together with their DST start dates and end dates, use the information in the following Knowledge Base article:

    942763 December 2007 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems

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    Do you know the difference between Appointment, Meeting and Calendar item?

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    Please find the differences among the following Outlook items:

    Appointment: A calendar item that users create for themselves and that has no attendees other than the organizer.

    Meeting: A calendar item for which there are attendees in addition to the organizer.

    Calendar item: An item on the user’s calendar. This can be an appointment or a meeting.

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    How to optimize memory usage in Exchange Server 2003

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    I found this wonderful article describes the optimization of memory usage on your computer that is running Exchange Server 2003.

    For example, if you have 1 gigabyte (GB) or more of physical memory (RAM) installed on a server that is running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, you must make sure that Exchange 2003 can make efficient use of that memory.

    Please Note:
    Exchange 2003 performs an optimal memory configuration check when the store process starts. If the memory settings are not optimal, you will see event 9665 in Event Viewer. This message appears if one or more of the following conditions are true, as specified in the MSDN article.

    It has many recommendations for each of the suggested settings.

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