The Three UC Amigos

Three Microsoft UC technology specialists covering U.S. Education

May, 2009

  • What is new with Exchange Server 2010 ActiveSync and Outlook Mobile?

    Some great new changes coming with Exchange 2010 Active Sync.   We have many more partners beyond Windows Mobile that have licensed the ActiveSync protocol for syncing email to your mobile device. Here are just a few: What has changed for the Exchange...
  • Exchange 2010 – Management Tools

    The largest percentage of helpdesk calls incurred by an organization include DL management, message tracking, changes to personal address book, etc. The annual cost of helpdesk support staff for email for 7500 mailboxes is approx. $20/mailbox according...
  • I am having problems getting Group Chat Administrator Console working

    This was a question coming from an education customer in Minnesota deploying OCS R2 Group Chat Server:   Their Group Chat client was working but the Group Chat administrator console was not. It was getting this error: “Cannot sign in because of a...
  • What is new with archiving and Exchange 2010?

    Here is a summary of the new Exchange 2010 archiving/retention features: What is Personal Archive? •A secondary mailbox that is configured by the administrator •Appears alongside a user’s primary mailbox in Outlook or Outlook Web Access. •PSTs can be...
  • Do I need a director with OCS R2?

    I was asked this from a school district in Southern California who was rolling out OCS R2 and enterprise voice for the all their faculty and staff. The answer depends on your OCS R2 architecture and whether your access is from internal or external networks...
  • Public IM Connectivity

    What is PIC? Public IM Connectivity is the ability for an on-premise OCS 2007 install base to communicate with cloud services such as MSN, AOL, and Yahoo. As customers have been onboarding with Live@EDU the students are using the Windows Live Messenger...
  • Disable IM

    What? If I have OCS why would I want to do this. Some schools are deploying OCS for Audio/Video Conferencing and for web conferencing but don’t want IM. I looked at the group policy template for OC and I can’t disable IM from there but I did find this...
  • OCS 2007 R2 Virtualization announcement

    Today, we announce OCS 2007 R2 virtualization support for certain OCS 2007 R2 roles. This includes our own Hyper-V technology as well as other SVVP certified virtualization technologies. I know a lot of schools have been waiting for this since they want...
  • Exchange 2010 – Exchange Online

    Exchange Online will be migrating to Exchange 2010 code after we RTM Exchange 2010. Exchange 2010 in the cloud will address some limitations we currently have with Exchange 2007 Online. Frankly, there are some features of an Exchange 2007 on-premises...
  • Exchange 2010 and High Availability – Part II - DAG

    Database Availability Group (DAG) When an administrator creates a DAG, it is initially empty, and an object is created in Active Directory that represents the DAG. The directory object is used to store relevant information about the DAG, such as server...
  • Exchange 2010 and High Availability – Part I - DAG

    Great Post Mark. The changes for Exchange 2010 keep coming. It’s great to see the maturity of product!!! Today I’d like to update everyone on HA options in Exchange 2010. In Exchange 2007 we introduced CCR, LCR, SCC, and SCR (in SP1). So what...
  • What is new with Exchange 2010 storage?

    Is there any reduction in IOPS? Yes, another huge 70% reduction in IOPS with Exchange Server 2010. This is on top of the 70% IOPS reduction from Exchange Server 2007.  What does this mean for my storage requirements? The Exchange 2007 IOPS reduction...
  • What is new with Exchange 2010 UM?

    We have a green light to talk about some of the upcoming Exchange 2010 features in more depth now.  Greg did an OWA post and this one is about UM.   Has the UM architecture changed? No, it is the same. As you see above, the architecture for...