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What? A Blog Post? Tiered Storage?

What? A Blog Post? Tiered Storage?

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What’s this world coming to, eh? 

So, I took nearly a four month sabbatical to spend more time Tweeting, and to get mentally prepared for the Seattle Sounders FC’s 2010 MLS season.

Lame excuses, I know (except for the Sounders reason). But, what’s really occupied my time, was getting ready to share details on the upcoming Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (a/k/a SP1) release we blogged about this morning:

“Yes Virginia, there is an Exchange Server 2010 SP1”

That’s right!

In just a few months since the launch of Exchange Server 2010, we’re ready to talk about our next milestone: the first service pack.

A big chunk of the work in SP1 is focused on my area: Exchange’s built-in archiving, retention, and discovery features.  While the list of archiving enhancements and updates planned for SP1 is long, perhaps on that will be of most interest to you, is the support for having a user’s archive and primary mailboxes on different mailbox databases.

Eh?

Yup! It’s true.

We heard your feedback LOUD and CLEAR (and, we thank you for it)!

With Exchange Server 2010 SP1, you’ll be able to provision (and even move) a user’s Personal Archive mailbox to a different database. This means you’ll be able to implement different storage strategies for your “hot” and “cold” e-mail.  For example, you could put your archive mailboxes on a different tier of storage (say SATA) and keep the primary on that SAN of yours. 

And, with the primary and archive mailboxes on different DBs, you also have the flexibility to have them in different Database Availability Groups (DAG).  That means you can set different SLA’s against your org’s current and archive e-mail, i.e., different RTOs, RPOs, backup windows, blah blah blah.

When this capability first lit up in the dogfood builds, I immediately went to my favorite Exchange demo persona (good ole Bob Kelly) and provisioned his archive mailbox to a different DB:

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Check out Bob’s database properties: his primary is on MDB01 and his archive is over in MDBARC

Just like enabling the archive in RTM, you get the option to select the DB either when you create a new mailbox (for Bob, or any of your users), or if Bob’s already got one, you get the choice when you enable the archive for his/her existing mailbox. 

Here’s an example of the experience you get when you switch on the archive for an existing mailbox via the Exchange Management Console (EMC):

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We also updated the tools you use to manage your mailboxes to allow you to move the primary and archive mailboxes together or independently:

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Hopefully it’s easy to see how much easier it will be to deploy the built-in e-mail archiving features with SP1. The good news: we didn’t stop there.  There’s a bunch more you can read about in this nearly newly minted white paper I wrote for the occasion:

“White Paper: Addressing E-mail Archiving and Discovery with Exchange Server 2010”

There’s way more to come, but this should hopefully make your Wednesday :-)

Oh, and there’s going to be a beta of SP1 this June, so you’ll get a chance to kick the tires before we ship it later this year. 

Stay tuned for more!

-- hama

Comments
  • NICE post, love the pics as well, and WELL DONE on getting a nice post out. Have been waiting for you to blog for a while. Hope this blogging thing is going to be somewhat of a habbit?

  • Good one

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