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- Exchange 5.5 denial of service hotfix
- Notifications from another mailbox
- New tips for Outlook forms developers
- Address auto-resolution vs. auto-complete
- New utilities
- Updated utilities
- Other new resources
Exchange 5.5. Denial of Service Hotfix
Exchange 5.5 Information Store Patch 5.5.2653.22 fixes a security
hole that makes Exchange 5.5 vulnerable to a denial of service
attack via a malformed MIME header. For the download and details,
The articles mention that Exchange 5.5 Service Pack 4 will be
released shortly. SP4 will include this fix.
We are keeping a running tally of articles on post-SP3 fixes for
Exchange 5.5 at
Notifications from Another Mailbox
If you need to monitor a second Exchange Server mailbox in
addition to your own, how can you find out when that mailbox gets
new items? We can think of four different methods:
- Rules -- You cannot create rules in your own mailbox
that operate on items coming into another user's Inbox. However,
if you have Owner access to the mailbox (or the aid of an
administrator with Owner access), you can create a new profile
to open the other mailbox directly. While working in that
profile, create a rule that forwards items from the other user's
Inbox to your own. This rule will run on the server. (If you're
not sure what makes a rule server- or client-based, see
- Outlook Bar -- You can add the other mailbox's Inbox
folder to your own Outlook Bar. The other user or an
administrator should first use a separate profile to open the
other mailbox directly and grant you Reviewer rights on the top
level of the mailbox (the one listed as Outlook Today in the
Folder List). Then, you need to go to Tools | Services and open
the properties for the Exchange Server service. On the Advanced
page, add the other mailbox to the service. When you return to
the Folder List, you'll see the other mailbox listed along with
yours. You can then drag the Inbox to your Outlook bar. The
Outlook Bar icon should keep an unread message count in
parentheses, just as it does with your own mailbox folders.
- Script -- Another possibility is an
Exchange Server Event Service script that sends out a message
when a new item arrives in a folder. For an example of such a
script, see http://www.cdolive.com/pfalert.htm.
This sample was designed for public folders, but could be
adapted to mailbox folders. If you're new to Exchange folder
Add-ins -- We list several notification
and know that at least one, MAPInotify: Shadow of Power!, can
modify multiple Exchange mailboxes.
New Tips for Outlook Forms Developers
I just love practical how-to articles! Microsoft recently has
published several covering some tricky forms issues. Here are my
How to add a Categories button to a form
OL2000 How to Display a Web Page in an Outlook Form
OL2000 How to Programmatically Set a Form's From Field
For more tips on how to deal with common form design issues, see
our page at
Address Auto-Resolution vs. Auto-Complete
People who move from Outlook Express to Microsoft Outlook 97, 98
or 2000 are often puzzled that Outlook doesn't automatically
complete the names of recipients the way that OE does.
The best way to make the transition is to understand Outlook's
auto-resolution feature. For frequently used names, you can set a
nickname that Outlook will automatically resolve to the full address.
The nickname needs to be part of the contact's full name. In other
words, you won't be able to use "Boss" as the nickname for your boss
(unless, of course, his or her name is something like "Boss Tweed").
Here's how to set up a nickname:
- Start a new message.
- Type the text you want to use for the nickname into the To
- Fill in the subject and start typing a message.
- When you see the name in the To box underlined with a
red squiggle, right-click on the name. You'll see a choice of
matching names from your address book. Choose the one you want to
use or click More Names to get other choices.
Next time you want to send a message to that person, just type in
the text from Step 2 again. Outlook will automatically get the address
for you and will underline the full name in a dashed green line to
highlight that auto-resolution did its job.
FYI, Microsoft is adding an "auto-complete" feature
in Outlook 10, the new version due out next year.