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Luke Smith

I’ve been working with Microsoft Technologies for over 20 years, my main focus now being Microsoft Online Services. I manage the Cloud Services at ElysianIT Limited and as a P-SELLER at Microsoft. I have worked with many organisations from SMC to Enterprise. I’ve been working with Microsoft Technologies since DOS 5.0, to date I have been working on Microsoft’s latest cloud technology Windows Azure, Windows 10 Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS)

Written by Luke Smith. Posted in Microsoft

Today Microsoft have launched Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), This service will provide E-mail, Conferencing and Collaboration tools based on the latest Microsoft Server Products, Microsoft will be hosting this service in there cloud computing environment called Software-plus-Service.

The BPOS services can be quickly and easily deployed, which can be integrated with your existing applications and AD Domain.

BPOS online services can be brought individually or as a suite which includes:

· Microsoft Exchange Online

· Microsoft SharePoint Online

· Microsoft Office Live Meeting

· Microsoft Office Communications Online

· Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services

You can trail BPOS by simply registering for a 30 day free demo here.

Microsoft partners can help organisations move quickly to this new service. ICS Solutions Ltd is one such partner, for more information please see

Blackberry BIS and OWA through ISA Server

Written by Luke Smith. Posted in Microsoft

Some of our users which own a Blackberry and are using the Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) have recently been experencing issues whereby the email stopped working after moving Exchange 2007 OWA though an ISA 2006 R2 Firewall.

When the ISA Server was connecting to the IIS Server it uses Basic Authentication, this all worked fine when using OWA directly over the internet, however BIS still failed.

Looking more closely at the traffic from the BIS Service it was trying to connect to the the following folder and file EWSexchange.asmx. Reviewing the IIS settings only windows auth was selected after selecting Basicm, all started working.

EWS (Exchange Web Services), is the main web service used by Exchange, developers can use the Web Service to access the Exchange services. one of the main components which use this web service is the availability service.

Vodafone BIS URL:

Sharepoint Logs where are they

Written by Luke Smith. Posted in Microsoft

Just thought I would share this with you all

Sharepoint can raises errors in a variety of locations. These locations could either be:


·         <install drive>:Program FilesMicrosoft Office Servers12.0Logs

·         <install drive>:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12LOGS

·         Event Logs