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Click here to download Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1.
Some of the known issues were addressed @ Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 SP1:
2465292 "MAPI_E_FAILONEPROVIDER (0x8004011D)" error message when you access an Exchange Server 2010 mailbox by using a MAPI application
2394554 An email message is not delivered if it contains unsupported encoded characters in the subject line in an Exchange Server 2010 environment
2491951 You cannot install Exchange Server 2010 SP1 if the NetBIOS domain name of the domain controller contains an ampersand (&) character
2500648 "There are no items to show in this view." error message when you try to view a folder in Outlook in an Exchange Server 2010 environment
2533538 You cannot look up the free/busy information of a user who is located on an Exchange Server 2010 organization from another Exchange Server 2010 organization
2506820 The free/busy information does not display of a user whose mailbox is located on an Exchange Server 2003 server
You can get the list of issues fixed in this Rollup available here.
It’s nice to see an update from Windows team blog regarding from Terry Myerson Windows Phone 7’s upcoming Mango that Windows Phone development team officially signed off on RTM (Release to Manufacturing). For more info, click here…
Earlier this year at CES 2011, MS announced that the next version of Windows will run on System-on-Chip (SoC) architectures. It revealed more about how every level of Windows architecture is being reimagined, specifically details around how we are thinking about the user interface & new generation of touch-centric hardware. Some time earlier, we showcased the next generation of Windows at D9 conference, code named “Windows 8”. You can have a look at the below video introduces a few of the basic elements of the new user interface, titled Building "Windows 8" - Video #1.
View in stand-alone player (.mp4) If you’re a developer you can sign-up for our developer event called BUILD: Windows in September to get more about the platform.
What way to start with…
Today Windows Server Home Server announced the release of the Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Windows Home Server 2011 (aka Integrating Windows Phone 7 with your WHS 2011 Server). This add-in enables you to connect to your home, business, or storage server by using your Windows Phone 7 phone. This installation package provides the Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector server component for integration of Windows Phone 7 into Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.
Once the integration of your Windows Phone 7 phone into a Windows Server Solutions server, you can use your phone to perform remote server management tasks (such as view alerts, manage users, and start and stop backups). In addition, with appropriate permissions, you can use your phone to view or access media files that are stored on the server.
The Phone connecter requires both a server sided add-in which you can download from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=214671 , and a Windows Phone 7 Application which can be downloaded through the Zune Market place on your phone or via your PC or simply search for My Home Server to find the application.
References: Windows Team blog : http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowshomeserver/archive/2011/07/15/windows-server-solutions-phone-connector-for-windows-home-server-2011-releases.aspx TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh319881.aspx
What I tried? Sometime earlier i reviewed (tried) the new command-line utility Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator (beta) – which helps to to validate binary file format files for the following files and applications: .doc files (Microsoft Word 97/2000/2003 and file formats supported by Microsoft Office Word 2007/2010), .xls files (Microsoft Excel 97/2000/2003 and file formats supported by Microsoft Office Excel 2007/2010) and .ppt files (Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/2003 and file formats supported by Microsoft Office PowerPoint2007/2010).
Interesting facts that I observed: + Utility runs without requiring an installation of Word, Excel or PowerPoint on the computer. + Utility is supported on any computer that is running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later versions. + When you run Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator Beta, it either validates the complete file or fails at the first point where the scanned file does not comply with the particular binary file format open specification. Installation/Uninstall: Installation/Uninstall is straight forward. You can download appropriate one for 32-bit or the 64-bit operating system. On successful installation, you can notice a shortcut Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator Beta launcher to the Start menu in Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator in All Programs. Also the uninstallation works great for me.
How to validate & what’s the outcome?
+ When a nonconformance issue is located in the scanned file, Microsoft Office Binary File Format Validator Beta writes out a detailed log file, in XML format, that helps you locate and debug the error.
+ Let we see how to the Successful validation works: I tried the following at command line to validate “sample1.doc”: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\BFFValidator>bffvalidator.exe “C:\test\Sample1.doc” I notice that the Command Prompt window message includes the location of the file that was scanned, the time stamp of when the scan was finished and the location of the log file. PASSED at 07/12/11 10:14:19 Log at: C:\test\Sample1.doc.bffvalidator.07-12-11_10-14-19.xml I looked at the .xml file (log file), which contains the following information <BFFValidation path="C:\test\Sample1.doc" datetime="07/12/11 10:14:19" result="PASSED"> </BFFValidation> Will continue the remaining in the next post about my further review on the same…
Haven’t you tried the new SQL Server cloud-ready information platform Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Evaluation edition is available for download & evaluate?
If you have tried earlier then, you can share your valuable feedback about the new Business Intelligence (BI) features, creating tabular models on an Analysis Services server etc? Also let us know, what additional features would you like to suggest? If you found any new software bugs, you can upload the same and provide your valuable feedback to us, using the following @ http://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/Feedback (you can add new feedback or comment on existing issues!!)
IE10 – Platform Preview? IE10 Platform Preview is released periodically to give web developers, designers, and enthusiasts an advanced look at what’s to come in the next major release of Internet Explorer.
Want to try IE 10 Platform Preview? If you want to download and try Internet Explorer Platform Preview, then I would suggest you to give a try @ the Internet Explorer Test Drive site. Please note that it is not intended to be your daily browser, and in fact will not replace the version of Internet Explorer you have installed on your computer. The binaries that ship in the Platform Preview Build package do not replace system binaries; instead, they are placed in an iepreview.exe.local folder under the Internet Explorer Platform Preview path.
IE 10 – Platform preview for Developers guide: This guide provides an early look at the developer features coming to the next version of Internet Explorer. By using the documentation and samples in this guide, web developers and designers can prepare to use these new features.With this, you can obtain detailed technical information about developer features before this information is published to the Internet Explorer Developer Center and to the MSDN Library. In addition to reading the guide, be sure to see the Release Notes for installation information and known issues, as well as the Internet Explorer Test Drive site for new demos and examples.
If you need further information, you can look on the following resources: Download | User Guide | Release Notes | Developer Guide | Blog.
Improvements of Office 2010 (Outlook) SP1 improvements:
Related info: Please note that from yesterday Outlook 2010 SP1 is available from the Download center. If you have installed all Office Automatic Updates, you will also see SP1 available as a manual download from Microsoft Update. After a 90 day grace period, SP1 will be offered as an automatic update through Microsoft Update. Customers using the Office Click-to-Run technology will have SP1 streamed to them beginning in July.
Microsoft Office 2010 SP1 release:
Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) provides the latest updates for Office 2010. This service pack includes two main categories of fixes:
How to obtain? You can obtain the service pack and install via two methods:
1) Using Microsoft Update 2) Download it manually (32-bit/64-bit): The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Download the Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 64-bit package now. Download the Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 32-bit package now
Download the Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 64-bit package now. Download the Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 32-bit package now
Download list of issues that the service pack fixes:You can download lists the issues that are fixed by this service pack.
Known issues and behavior changes: You can have a look at KB article 2532126 which lists known issues that you may experience when you install the Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1.
Using Microsoft Office 365 you can anywhere access email, documents, contacts, and calendars so you're always up-to-date. It has the business-class security and reliability through which you can do IT control, efficiency delivered to fit your organization's unique needs. And it's an all in one pay-as-you-go service with an affordable price.Yes, it gives you different plans for you & you can tailor made it as it suits you, by keeping in the mind that you might be running Professional and Small business, Mid size and enterprise or educational institutions. Office 365 has also been designed to interact natively with the on-premise versions of SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Office.
If you want to,
> Get it started @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/how-to-get-office365.aspx. > Why Office 365 @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/why-office365.aspx. > FAQ @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/faqs.aspx > Find a Partner @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1063 > Office 365 Plans @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/plans.aspx > Support @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/support.aspx > Subscriptions & billing @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1078 > Community @ Office 365 Community > Office 365 forums @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1085 > Office 365 blog @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1059 > Office 365 Wikis @ http://g.microsoftonline.com/0BXPS00en-GB/1086 > Free Trial @ http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/free-trial/small-business.aspx
Couple of the interesting facts are:
All Office 365 plans provide users with virtually anywhere-access to email, important documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device (including PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry)*.
Connect with people in new ways with instant messaging, audio/video calls and online meetings
Office 365 works with the software your users already know and use like Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint.
Using Office Web Apps in Office 365 you can view your Office documents with great document fidelity and consistent formatting, do basic editing, and create new documents using the familiar Office interface.
With select midsize business and enterprise plans (Plans E3 and E4) you are also able to run always-up-to-date versions of Office Professional Plus
An easy-to-use administration console allows IT administrators to stay in control of user accounts, access rights, and organization-wide deployment.
Office 365 is a hosted online service within best-of-breed data centers that have received SAS 70 and ISO 27001 certification. Read the Office 365 security whitepaper (English-only).
Office 365 maintains the latest defenses against viruses and spam.
Information is safeguarded with globally-redundant servers to provide enterprise-grade reliability. Disaster recovery is handled via multiple datacenters and automatic failovers.
Office 365 reduces the time and cost IT would spend patching, upgrading, or updating servers.
You can count on Microsoft, an industry leader in productivity, for reliability. Microsoft provides a financially-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee.
For midsize businesses and enterprise plans, Microsoft provides access 24 hours a day, seven days a week to IT-level support over the phone, the web, or email
Office 365 Marketplace:
The Microsoft Office 365 Marketplace helps you find innovative professional services and applications from Microsoft partners worldwide. Here you can find experts to help you figure out how to leverage and deploy in the Cloud, tailor Microsoft Office 365 to improve productivity and build your business.
Finally, I would say, Office 365 as Secure. Reliable. Affordable. Powerful. It’s the best way to take your business to the cloud and be more productive from more places. Explore your options for putting Office 365 to work for you.
Additional Resources: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Office 365 Home | Office 365 Blog
It’s worth to give a try (http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/free-trial/small-business.aspx) and you decide the same…
For the Windows Phone 7 developers, Microsoft has published (pre-release documentation) for the next version of Windows Phone OS 7.1 (Mango). You can find them @ http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff431744(VS.92).aspx. Windows Phone developers can download these code samples and applications, such as Panorama/Pivot Control, Bing Maps, and a unit converter, to experiment with the Windows Phone Application Platform. New samples will be added to the above page periodically, so check back often and see what’s new.
As per previous blog post, you need the Windows Phone Developer Tools to run these samples. To provide feedback on this documentation, click here. For the previous Windows Phone OS 7.0 developer documentation, click here.
Blogged using my Windows Live Writer 2011…
Please note: 1) Windows Server, Windows XP & Virtual machine platforms are not supported 2) If you are installing Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows® Phone 7.1 alone, you can install it on any drive. If Visual Studio 2010 Professional or higher is already installed on your development computer, Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta is installed on the same drive as the existing Visual Studio installation. 3) If you just need WP 7.0 SDK, then you can Download the Windows Phone 7.0 SDK (Windows Phone Developer Tools), then download and install the Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update and the Windows Phone Developer Tools Fix. The January 2011 Update should only be applied after you've installed the Windows Phone Developer Tools. Note: French, Italian, German, and Spanish versions of the tools are available at the Microsoft Download Center.
blogged using my Windows Live Writer 2011…
blogged using my Windows Live Writer 2011…
As you know using CDO 1.2.1 (Collaboration Data Objects, version 1.2.1), a package providing access to Outlook-compatible objects through a COM-based API. Using CDO, a program can connect to a MAPI store, and then perform operations against that store, including creating and processing calendar items, and resolving and handling mail recipients.
Starting with Exchange Server 2007 and Outlook 2007, Microsoft will distribute CDO 1.2.1 as a Web download, separated from the two products.The latest one (ExchangeCDO.exe & the version # 6.5.8211.0) is available for download.
Looking for a comprehensive guide to development resources for Windows Phone? Visit the Windows Phone developer resources pages on App Hub.
Please find the following topic pages so you can learn everything you need to know to create great apps and games for Windows Phone:
Silverlight for Windows Phone
XNA Game Studio and XNA Framework
Windows Phone Developer Tools and Device Unlock
User Experience and User Interface
Application and Execution Model
Input, Touch and Gestures
Launchers and Choosers
Frame and Page Navigation
Camera and Photos
Media – Audio and Video
Push Notifications and Live Tiles
App Bar and Controls
Location and Mapping
Networking and Web Services
Globalization and Localization
Porting Your App or Game to Windows Phone 7
Application Publishing and Marketplace
Now @ MIX 11, MS demonstrated the value of developing for HTML5 and the standards-based Web with Internet Explorer 9 on PCs running Windows and Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Phone. With the forthcoming release of Windows Phone, coming later this year, MS is providing developers with more hardware capabilities, better browsing and improved tooling, as well as expanded opportunities and Windows Phone Marketplace options. Together, these technologies create a richer application environment that expands mobile usage scenarios.
Qantas for Windows Phone allows users to manage travel plans including checking in and reviewing the status of an upcoming flight. Coming soon to Windows Phone Marketplace.
The new application platform enables developers to take advantage of the following:
• Application multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast application switching
• Deeper phone integration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles (refer the above pic)
• Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so developers can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences
Apart from this, MS provided the first deep look at the development platform for the next version of Windows Phone, arriving on new and existing handsets later this year. Developers will soon have updated Windows Phone Developer Tools. Improved tools include a performance profiler and sensor simulation, enabling developers to build more integrated and high-performing applications. Using this, the developers (we) will be able to take advantage of these new capabilities to create even more creative and engaging Windows Phone apps and games.
Way to go!!
Here we go… you can download the latest released Update Rollup 3 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Issues that are resolved in the update is published @ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2529939.
You can find the Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 RTM Protocol technical documentation set provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols and extensions to industry-standards or other published protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 RTM. This allows the user to interoperate or communicate natively with Microsoft Office client and other server products. You can download the documentation, which is designed to describe each protocol in detail as it is used by the Microsoft Exchange Server. Each protocol specification documents the technical requirements, limitations, dependencies, and Microsoft-specific protocol behavior. The documentation set includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information
Note: The protocol specifications are available in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) for that you can use the Adobe Reader 8.0 or later @ http://www.adobe.com.
When we talk to customers they want to know what is the difference between Recommended, Supported, Deprecated and deemphasized means. This is already well explained in Patrick’s what unsupported mean article.
In simple terms, “Recommended vs. Supported” means,
In simple terms, “Deprecated vs. Deemphasized” means,
Hope this helps.
You can download the following PDF file - a poster, which highlights the architecture and feature set of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. Apart from showing the high-level architecture, it highlights the feature set of Exchange Server 2010 and sections include:
You can download a standalone version of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Help, which may help you plan, deploy and manage your Exchange 2010 SP1 organization.
…my Windows Phone first update? This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself.
How to update?
You’ll need to connect your phone to your computer and update it using either the Zune software for your PC or the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac (depending on which kind of computer you have).
So just install one of these programs, connect your phone to your computer via the USB cable, and then follow the on-screen instructions. I also strongly encourage you to check out our step-by-step guide for updating your phone on the Windows Phone website.
Please note: If you’ve installed the Zune software or the Windows Phone 7 Connector in the past, you might actually need to update that program first and then use it to update your phone. If that’s the case, you’ll know. Just follow the on-screen instructions, restart the software, and then connect your phone.
Need more help?
Install Zune software Install Windows Phone 7 Connector
Want to get and install MAPI header and library files? MAPI header and library files are included as part of the Microsoft Windows SDK. Once you have installed Microsoft Windows SDK, you can access MAPI header files by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.
Before you can install MAPI header and library files, make sure that you have met the following prerequisite -You have a supported Windows-based operating system installed and running on your computer.
Download and install Microsoft Windows SDK.
Obtain and install Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 or a later version (optional). Note: Windows SDK is installed to \Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows as a component of Visual Studio.
After following these steps, you can view the MAPI header and library files in the following locations. The MAPI header files are located at <drive>\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\<SDK_Version>\Include. The MAPI library file Mapi32.lib is located at <drive>\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\<SDK_Version>\Lib.
SGriffin's MAPI Internals: Outlook 2010 MAPI Reference Outlook 2010: MAPI Header Files. For a list of MAPI header files, see Finding Header Information. How to: Link to MAPI functions, refer http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc963763(v=office.12).aspx Mapi32.dll Stub Registry Settings Setting Up the MSI Keys for Your MAPI DLL Explicitly Mapping MAPI Calls to MAPI DLLs
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level. It also provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer and partner feedback. This enables organizations to deploy a single set of updates. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will help you:
Download: You can download it from the following link:
Related articles: Also you can have a look at the following articles:
For support and troubleshooting, you can anyone of the following:
You can download the latest MFC MAPI utility to view GAL entries, which uses the Messaging API to provide access to MAPI stores through a graphical user interface.
Try the following steps:
1) Open MFC MAPI utility. Select Session menu and select “Logon and Display Store table” ( I chosen for this session). It will ask you prompt the profile.
2) Select the profile. Once you select it, it will open the stores associated with it.
3) Select Address Book Menu and select "Open Default Directory” option
4) It will list out the GAL entries
5) If you select a GAL entry in the top pane, it will display its associated properties, tag, type, value etc in its below pane.
Recently one of my customer updated that when he tried connecting to a mailbox that is located on a Exchange Server 2010 from Exchange Server 2003 by using a custom MAPI/C++ application. But it failed and it thrown the following error message: “MAPI_E_FAILONEPROVIDER”.
As part of troubleshooting the issue, we tried using MFC MAPI utility and can reproduce the issue. During troubleshooting, we found that this issue occurs because the MAPI subsystem on an Exchange Server 2003 server is not designed to be used on an Exchange Server 2010 server.
To resolve this issue, we recommended to use the following Exchange MAPI subsystem on an Exchange Server 2010 server/on a Exchange Server 2007 server.
Please note that the Exchange MAPI client and Collaboration Data Objects (CDO) 1.2.1 can be installed only on Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 servers. Additionally, it includes the MAPI client libraries and supports CDO 1.2.1. However, you cannot install this download on an Exchange 2003 server.
1) You can download the MAPI Sub system @ Microsoft Exchange Server MAPI client and Collaboration Data Objects 1.2.1
2) You can download the MFC MAPI Utility @ http://mfcmapi.codeplex.com/