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A couple of new bits and pieces for my technical web site

The articles on working with Distribution lists have been grouped together and can be found here:

This was caused by the publication of three new articles...
Creating a moderated distribution group:
How to make your distribution lists appear at the top of the Global Address List (which is actually quite old, but was buried on another page)
And how to hide the membership of a group, or even the existence of a group from the GAL.

Elsewhere, two pages have been added to the Pocket PC section, which may be of interest to Exchange Server administrators.
Working with SSL Certificates deals with getting SSL certificates on the handheld devices. If you are deploying OMA or Exchange Active Sync then this could be of interest to you.
Using the Windows Mobile 5.0 Emulator could also be of interest as it lets you simulate what the users are doing with their devices can aid support of those devices by your support team.

Many of the articles on the web site are reviewed frequently, as I update the techniques or correct errors, so please check back often!


Well I thought it might be time to join the ranks of the bloggers.
Not going to bore you with personal stuff though... this will be a technical blog.

Who am I?
Simon Butler, aka Sembee. At the time of writing (early February 2006) I was the lead expert on Experts Exchange with in excess of 7 million points. I have over 5 million in the Exchange Server topic area alone.
Expert of the year and most answered questions on that site in 2005. In 2004 I was Rookie of the year. I reached the top of the tree in less than two years, only actively posting for just a little over 18 months.
You will also see me contributing to other forums and email lists, mainly on Exchange server topics.
I was awarded the MVP status in Microsoft Exchange server in April 2005.

The Blog?
You will probably find opinion pieces and technical snippets that aren't really suitable for the main web site at

For the technical howtos you should still look at and if you want to hire me to work on your Exchange project (UK only though) then you need to go to

Comments and ratings are currently turned off while I get to grips with these things. If you want to ask me a question about Microsoft Exchange server and you aren't a client, then put it on one of the forums or email lists where it will be picked up. Business proposals need to go through Amset (see above).