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Many Exchange team folks were at Microsoft TechEd North America 2011 in Atlanta last week. Thanks to all of you who attended the breakout sessions, chalk talks, Birds of a Feather (BOF) discussions and Hands-On Labs. All of you who stopped by the Exchange booths to ask us questions about Exchange 2010, Exchange Online, ForeFront Protection for Exchange 2010 and ForeFront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE), or grabbed our "swag-you-can-wear" or a voucher for the Exchange Escape lounge, thanks for dropping by!
Yes, the Super Sparkle Happy OWA theme t-shirts were quite the rage, and so were the the Geek Out With Perry t-shirts, the LG-Nortel Lync phones we handed out during the sessions and the HD webcams.
While at TechEd, we announced enhanced hardware virtualization support for Exchange 2010, including support for virtualizing the Unified Messaging server role and the use of high availability features on supported hardware virtualization platforms along with Exchange 2010's high availability feature – Database Availability Groups (DAGs). To help you plan and deploy Exchange 2010 in a virtualized environment, we also released the Best Practices for Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V whitepaper. And last, but certainly not the least, we announced Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2, to be released in the second half of this year.
The team presented some well-received sessions on topics ranging from Exchange 2010 high availability and site resilience to archiving & discovery and a number of Office 365 sessions. If you couldn't come to TechEd, we'd like to bring TechEd to you! Check out video recordings of the following sessions available on the TechEd web site. You can also download the PowerPoint slide decks for these sessions and download the videos in different formats from these pages.
One of the more frequent questions you asked us at TechEd was: How do I upgrade to Exchange 2010 from Exchange 2007, Exchange 2003, or an environment with a mix of Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2003? We have detailed documentation that covers these scenarios. See Exchange 2003 - Planning Roadmap for Upgrade and Coexistence and Exchange 2007 - Planning Roadmap for Upgrade and Coexistence.
Many of you also asked us about leveraging the power of the cloud, and we couldn't be happier with all the excitement about the Office 365 beta! Check out Coexistence with Hosted E-Mail. We welcome you to participate in the Office 365 community, which has some great blogs, forums, and wikis to help you learn more about Office 365 and how to benefit from it. Note, Office 365 is in beta at the time of writing and we continue to add more documentation and resources.
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Learn more about coexistence with Office 365 in Understanding Coexistence.
Additionally, check out the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant (aka ExDeploy, aka EDA), a cool web-based tool we released last year that's been receiving some rave reviews. ExDeploy asks you a few simple questions about your existing Exchange Server deployment. Based on your answers, it provides you with a detailed checklist that you can follow to upgrade to Exchange 2010 on-premises, deploy a hybrid on-premises and Exchange Online organization or migrate to Exchange Online. We continue to keep this tool updated with more content and additional scenarios based on your feedback.
Figure 1: The Exchange Server Deployment Assistant (ExDeploy) is a web-based tool that helps you upgrade to Exchange 2010 on-premises, deploy a hybrid on-premises and Exchange Online organization or migrate to Exchange Online
Many of you also had questions about High Availability, Site Resilience, Retention and Archiving. There were quite a few sessions on these topics. Also check out the following topics in Exchange 2010 documentation:
We always look forward to meeting customers and members of the Exchange community from all over the world at TechEd and other events throughout the year. Stay tuned — we've got some blog posts planned for you over the next few weeks that'll address many questions you asked us at TechEd.
See you next year in Orlando, FL!