64-Bit Outlook 2010 is FAST

I’m happy to report that the new version of Microsoft Outlook 2010 64-bit edition is FAST.  This is one of the first times I’ve installed a 64-bit application and truely seen the benefits.  I have a TON of email, and this version of outlook has shown to be able to keep up with me, run well, and really work quickly for me on an older computer.

I recommend it to power users, it a worthwhile upgrade in time savings alone when compared with outlook 2007.

The search and usability features have almost negated the need for my favorite too, xobni as well… more on that later.

-Russ

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Microsoft Office 2010 64-bit can’t be installed with older versions of office

As developers we often have to support many different versions of Microsoft office.  We are excited to use the 64 capabilities of the latest version of office 2010.  When installing last week I noticed I cannot have older versions of office.  If you want to run 64 bit, you have to UN-install previous 32 bit versions of Office.

You’ll see this message:

32 Bit Error message when trying to install office 2010 64 bit

So, prepare some extra time to un-install your older 32 bit applications before upgrading to 2010.  Its cleaner to use virtualization to maintain multiple client installs for development purposes anyway.

Reduce SPAM and increase security with SMTP Submission over Port 587

Exchange server 2007 provides higher security and less SPAM potential by elimination authenticated mail over SMTP port 25.    This leaves us without the ability to relay mail from other SMTP servers without the following tips.

Here are some setup tips on setting up SMTP relay over port 587 securely.

After setting up your network with a back-end Exchange 2007 Hub Transport/Client Access/Mailbox server and an isolated Exchange 2007 Edge Transport server in a DMZ or separate internal network, try setting up an IMAP connection to the Exchange Client Access server.  Since all incoming mail traffic is supposed to flow through the Edge Transport server, you set up that as the endpoint for your outgoing SMTP server in your mail client like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird, but no matter what you do, it just won’t work without authentication.  The Edge Transport server is not (or at least it’s not supposed to be) a member of the domain, and therefore cannot authenticate the user.

One way to fix this is to set your firewall(s) to pass SMTP Submission traffic to the back-end Client Access server (CAS).    Mail will  be sent first to the back end Exchange Client Access server for authentication, and then be forwarded on to the front end server for external delivery.

Also, don’t forget to to check off the TLS or SSL security option and change the outgoing SMTP port number to 587 for SMTP Submission, rather than port 25 for standard SMTP traffic.  And now, you should be sending mail securely.

Windows Vista indexing Oulook

UPDATE: I’ve verified a noticeable performance improvement after doing this on my workstation and laptop.  I encourage all performance users to consider all their indexing on their computers and minimize it to what you need only.

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To ring in my new year, I had some outlook 2007 issues.  Like most of us out there, I have been struggling to get some performance out of this new version of outlook for some time.   Now, I should mention that I’m far from an average user.  I have 10+ gigs of email in my exchange mailbox (no I don’t believe in archiving), and I I’m also running Xobni, so I do hit outlook pretty hard.  I feel it is fair for me to wait on occasion for things, but I’m running a fairly new Vista 64-bit machine with 12 gigs of ram, so Outlook cannot complain about resources.  I know its only 32-bit, but I can give it a full 4 gigs of ram if it wants, and it usually takes it.   It would be nice if there was a 64-bit version of outlook… someday.

One of the common performance tweaks is disabling the searching in Outlook.  With Google desktop, Microsoft, and in my case Xobni, you need to pay attention to how many programs have there hands on your database for indexing.  I disabled outlook and Google to only rely on Xobni for searching.  I followed the instructions, and THOUGHT I had removed all the search features in outlook.  Today I was VERY surprised to find the index service in Vista was STILL indexing my outlook data file.  Here is how I found it.

I had an unrelated search speed issue, so I looked into tuning my indexing settings to speed things up a bit.   If you are like most of us, you are running Google desktop as well, so I don’t really need the Vista index, but I do want it there for the occasional focused or advanced search.  Anyway, when going into the search options, I clicked modify and found that my Microsoft Office Outlook was still selected to be indexed!

I unchecked it, adjusted some other areas like “offline files” and other network shares that I don’t want indexed.  Then I initiated a full re-index to ensure it was cleared.

I’ll post later and let you know if I notice an increase in speed.