Sunday, August 12, 2007

A little more spam filtering

Sent to you by Allen via Google Reader:

Les Connor uses to add a bit more spam filtering to his clients

Go to the Connection filtering tab, and enter as the provider, and OK/apply.

Ensure connection filtering is enabled in the default smtp virtual

Go into the default SMTP Virtual Server Properties

Click on Advanced

Click on Edit and ensure Apply Connection Filter

Go to and have a look at their faq's, they're very
good. The zen thing includes their 3 anti-spam databases.

You can set up perfmon counters to see how effective it is - see the
attachment. The IMF perfmon setup is there as well. I keep shortcuts to
the two on the server desktop so I can check the stats periodically.


When I did one of my Fast Track webcasts I did a demo of my Performance Monitor
reports for Intelligent Message Filter and Real-time Black Lists reports. I thought I
would show them here since everyone seemed pretter interested in them. To create
these, you just bring up Performance monitor and pick the counters listed below,
select view report on the toolbar and save it as a shortcut. The counters will reset
when the machine is rebooted.

P.S. Oh yeah... Les says it appears to nail most of this pdf spam

Friday, August 10, 2007

Monday, August 6, 2007

Exchange Database - Moving/Restoring

Exchange must be equal or newer service pack level from original server.

Use 2 private store and 2 public store files - not log files.

Copy files to MDBDATA folder and attempt to Mount Databases.

If there is an error you can try the following procedures (KB906148)

Option 2 - Repair the database
Open a command prompt.
Move to the Drive:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\Bin folder.
Type the following command:
eseutil /p "drive:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\database_file_name.edb"
Defragment and rebuild the database so that you can use this database in a production environment. To do this, type the following command:
eseutil /d /t:x "drive:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\database_file_name.edb"Note In this command, x is a temporary drive location that has free drive space that is equal to at least 110 percent of the size of the database that will be defragmented.
Verify that the status of the database is consistent. To do this, type the following command, and then review the output:
eseutil /mh "drive:\program files\exchsrvr\mdbdata\database_file_name.edb"If the database is consistent, the following text appears in the output:
State: Clean Shutdown
Use the Microsoft Exchange Server Information Store Integrity utility (Isinteg.exe) to repair the logical corruption of the database. To do this, type the following command at the same command prompt:
Isinteg –s exchange_server_name –fix –test alltestsWhen you run this command, you are prompted to select the database against which you want to run the Isinteg utility. Repeat this command for the same database until you receive zero errors and zero fixes in the output.Important If you do not receive zero errors for a database after you run this command several times, you must rebuild the database by creating a new mailbox store on this server or on another Exchange Server server. Then, you must move all the mailboxes to the new store. If you cannot create a new mailbox store, you must rebuild the database by using the following method. Export all data to .pst files, delete the database, and then import the data from the .pst files.
Repeat steps 3 to 6 for each database in the storage group.
Mount the databases.
After the databases are mounted, perform an online backup of the storage group.

SBS 2003 Dell OEM Install Disks

This weekend I learned that the Dell OEM media for Microsoft Small Business Server SBS 2003 does not give you the opportunity to boot into the Recovery Console as other versions of the media do. Instead, the disk goes right into an install. No chance for a Recovery Console or for an inplace reinstall.

If you only need the Recovery Console you can boot from a different SBS 2003 media, or even Windows XP media. If you need to get to other options, like partitioning and formatting, you can use the following procedures.

MS Technical Support provided a work around. Using another computer, edit the file cddrive:\i386\WINNT.SIF and delete the section for [unattended]. You may have to expose hidden or system files to find this file. Save this revised file to a floppy disk.

AutoPartition = 1

****remove the next 2 lines********
Unattendmode = "defaulthide"

ProductID = "QWRKF-IRemovedMostOfThis-828XJ"

JoinWorkgroup = Workgroup

Make sure the bios settings on your server call for booting in the following order:

1) CD
2) Floppy
3) Hard Drive

Insert the SBS2003 Dell CD1 and the floppy disk in the appropriate drives and reboot the server.