A guy called Kip Ng has posted a nice multi-part blog on Exchange 2010 SP1 Beta hosting deployment. An interesting blog is part 9 where he not only looks at Autodiscover, but also reveals a self-made standalone tool to test Autodiscover. This is great when you want to test Autodiscover but don’t have access to testexchangeconnectivity.com or your testing internally and don’t have Outlook to do the CTRL-right-click trick for running Test E-Mail AutoConfiguration.
The tool is really neat and runs in interactive mode when you don’t specify any parameters. More info on usage is contained in the blog article here. You can download AutodiscoverTest.exe directly here.
After joining the NGN Exchange expert panel and blogging some articles there, I was asked if I would like to present a session on an Exchange themed NGN event. I went for Autodiscover. This was good idea afterwards, considering 85% of the 150 visitors indicated they are still running on Exchange 2003.
The event was really nice; I had a chance to meet some Exchange MVP’s / MCM’s and enjoyed some nice discussions with visitors. Although I’m not happy with my performance (critical), I am happy with my above average rating. This makes me looking forward to a future opportunity.
Here you can find my and fellow presenter’s slidedecks in PDF format:
Here’s the video footage of my session:
Note: The NGN Exchange blog and presentations are in Dutch.