M. Omer Siddiqui's Blog

Infrastructure pieces on the web

April, 2012

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Upgrade Guide

    Exchange 2010 has been in the market for well over two years now and lots of blogs have been written for both design and deployment but still when I visit many customers, they ask me guidance on how to upgrade to Exchange 2010 from an older version of...
  • Try Microsoft Lync for free

    There are two ways to try Microsoft® Lync® before you buy. You can either download a 180-trial version of Lync Server 2010, or you can try Office 365, which includes Lync Online, for 30 days. Get at http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/get-lync/Pages/try-lync...
  • Demystifying the CAS Array Object - Part 2

    Welcome back! In Demystifying the CAS Array Object - Part 1 we covered these three items to begin demystifying the CAS array object in Exchange Server 2010. A CAS array object does not load balance your traffic A CAS array object does not service OWA...
  • SQL Server 2012 now Available with FREE BOOK

    Get all the resources on new SQL 2012 including a free book at http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/default.aspx Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide for upgrading Active Directory from Microsoft...
  • MEC 2012 registration is open!

    I hope those of you who signed up for more information already saw the email about Microsoft Exchange Conference 2012 (MEC) registration. The lost conference is back, taking place September 24-26 in Orlando, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention...
  • Released: Update Rollup 7 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3

    On 16th April, the Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2007 SP3 to the Download Center. This update contains a number of customer-reported and internally found issues since the release of SP3 RU6. See KB2655203: Description...
  • Updated Facebook Provider for Outlook Social Connector and Group Policy settings

    This post describes an update to the Facebook provider for the Outlook Social Connector and the related policy settings that are available for Administrators. Outlook 2010 includes a feature called the Outlook Social Connector which can show social updates...
  • How large is my Exchange Offline Address Book (OAB)?

    When we perform network bandwidth planning for Exchange deployments we always ask “what is the size of your OAB?” This is important since if you have a large OAB file it can severely affect the amount of network bandwidth that you require. One of the...
  • Storage Validation in A Virtual World

    Deploying Exchange can be a challenge. Particularly when you are all ready to validate your servers & storage with Jetstress and you realize that even though we suggest that you should always run Jetstress prior to going into production, you discover...
  • Released: v18.9 of the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator

    We've made several bug fixes based on community feedback. Please go to our Mailbox Server Role Storage Requirements Calculator updates tracking page to see what is in this new version! A blog post explaining the calculator is here and or you can download...
  • Released: Update Rollup 2 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2

    On 16th April, the Exchange CXP team released Update Rollup 2 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2 to the Download Center. This update contains a number of customer-reported and internally found issues since the release of SP2 RU1. See KB2661854: Description...
  • Windows 8 – Do More–video

    See how to do some common tasks in Windows 8 in the video at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/get-started?page=vid1 Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by step guide for upgrading Active Directory...
  • Your Windows – Connected to the Cloud Video

    See how your people, files, and settings are connected and up to date across your devices in the video at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/cloud-connected Read my favorites blogs: Designing a backup less Exchange 2010 Architecture Step by...