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  1. Exchange 2003 Intelligent Message Filter

  2. Microsoft Exchange Intelligent Message Filter provides server-side message filtering, heuristics-based message analysis, and support for per-message spam confidence level ratings.

    Intelligent Message Filter is based on Microsoft SmartScreen Technology from Microsoft Research, which means the add-on is able to distinguish between legitimate email messages and unsolicited commercial email. By using email characteristics tracked by SmartScreen technology, Intelligent Message Filter can help determine whether each incoming email message is likely to be spam. Based on this likelihood, you can choose to block email messages at the gateway or at the mailbox store.

    Microsoft Exchange Intelligent Message Filter requires Exchange Server 2003.

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  3. SSW Exchange Reporter

  4. If you are using Microsoft Exchange Server in your organization, SSW Exchange Reports provides the tools you need to efficiently analyze your organization's email usage. The SSW Exchange Extraction Service captures all of your Exchange data into SQL Server. The service will run as a windows service on your Exchange Server to seamlessly extract your email messages and mail folder statistics, from here the custom set of Reporting Services reports on any number of different usages of Exchange within your organization.

    Reports can be viewed by any user with a web browser. Reports can also be configured to automatically 'push' themselves to users' mailboxes according to a schedule, ensuring that all the necessary people in your organization are kept up to date with the latest statistics.


    Figure: SSW Exchange Reporter
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  5. GFI MailEssentials

  6. The GFI MailEssentials uses Bayesian filtering technology to detect spam based on message content. Rather than just checking for keywords, GFI's Bayesian filter takes the whole message into consideration as well as the content of valid emails that you send (known as "ham"). This gives it a huge advantage over other anti-spam solution that only take spam into account.

    GFI is a multifunctional software. Rather than filtering incoming email only, GFI ME can be far more anti-spam intensive and includes: mail reporting, disclaimers, inbound/outbound email archiving to database, auto replies, etc.


    Figure:GFI MailEssentials

    GFI MailEssentials clients no longer need to use spambayes (a popular client side application that uses Bayesian Analysis). GFI integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange 2000/2003: It installs on the Exchange SMTP service and does not require gateway configuration. Via the SMTP protocol, it also works with Exchange 5.5, Lotus Notes and other popular SMTP/POP3 servers.

    Some key features of GFI's AntiSpam Folders:

    • Add to blacklist: GFI MailEssentials checks if the mail sender is on a third party DNS blacklist (ORDB, SpamHaus, etc). You can also configure your own blacklist of domains and email addresses.
    • Add to whitelist: Whitelist drastically reduces false positives (a problem inherent in anti-spam software). GFI automatically creates a whitelist for you on the basis of emails your company has sent.
    • I want this Discussion list: Often discussion lists are sent out without including the recipient email address in the MIME TO and are therefore marked as spam. If you want to receive these discussion lists, you need to white list the email addresses of these valid list mailers.
    • This is a legitimate email: GFI intelligently analyzes the email header and identifies spam based on message field information. It detects forged headers, encoded IP's spam mutation, spam sent from invalid domains determining originality of emails.
    • This is a spam email: GFI gives you the flexibility to choose what to do with spam. You can delete it, move it to a folder, forward the spam mail to a public email address or folder, or send it to individual customizable folders (for example, a junk mail folder) in the end-users inboxes.


    Figure:GFI's AntiSpam Folders

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  7. QSS Exchange Connector

  8. Exchange Connector allows you to integrate your existing POP3 mailboxes with Microsoft Exchange Server by periodically accessing user-determined POP3 mailboxes and delivering the messages to the appropriate Exchange Server accounts.

    With Exchange Connector you can

    • Access legacy email accounts without leaving the Exchange environment
    • Divert your mail through third-party servers (eg. GMail) for filtering
    • Access multiple POP accounts
    • Choose whether mail is delivered to a predetermined account or accounts auto-detected from "To:" fields


    Figure:QSS Exchange Connector configuration options.

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    Adam Cogan