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  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 SP1 info released

    We can now share some of the new features coming with Exchange 2010 Sp1:   Archive/E-discovery improvements Bulk import of PST files into Exchange Archives – useful if you have network based PSTs and would like to get rid of network based PSTs Separate cheaper storage now allowed for Archive mailbox...
  • Blog Post: Can I really use JBOD storage with Exchange 2010?

    I just did an Exchange 2010 architectural design session for a university in Ohio and this was a key question they asked me.  The answer is yes, you truly can leverage JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) storage with large TB SATA drives for Exchange 2010 now. Microsoft IT has deployed Exchange 2010 with...
  • Blog Post: 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 dragged and dropped to the Personal Archive •Mail...
  • Blog Post: How did MS IT deploy Exchange 2010?

    I get asked this quite a bit for a reference architecture.  We just published our MS IT Whitepaper on how and what we did for deploying 180,000 mailboxes on Exchange 2010.  There is excellent information in there around Exchange 2010 best practices, architecture considerations, DAG and storage...
  • Blog Post: New Exchange Server 2010 Deployment Assistant scenarios released today

    This is a nice update to the Deployment Assistant where you can walkthrough different coexistence scenarios. Visit the updated page here . Provides a nice checklist for you to follow during your Exchange 2010 deployment You can even export the deployment scenario to PDF for offline viewing/printing:
  • Blog Post: Where can I get some end-user CBT training for OCS R2 and Exchange UM?

    I get asked this one quite a bit by my customers deploying OCS and Exchange UM to their faculty and staff.  I found a partner, 4What Interactive , that provides some really nice end user CBT training for OCS R2 and Exchange UM OVA. Click here to view some of 4What’s CBT Microsoft UC training. They...
  • Blog Post: What can you tell me about Messaging Records Management and Exchange Server 2010?

    This was a question from a university in the Midwest.   What is MRM? Microsoft Exchange 2010 Messaging Records Management provides the following: Keep the messages needed to comply with company policy, government regulations, or legal needs (read archive items) Remove content that has no legal or...
  • Blog Post: 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 2010 architecture? ActiveSync has same connectivity...
  • Blog Post: Are there any PBX settings I could reference to help get me going with Exchange 2010 UM?

    I was asked this by a school district in Utah converting their entire school district (12,000 seats) to Exchange 2010 voicemail.  The answer is yes. We have tested several PBXes and developed PBX configuration notes you can leverage to assist you with your UM implementation: Visit the PBX config...
  • Blog Post: Where is the latest PBX compatibility list for Exchange 2010 Unified Messaging?

    I had a couple of Exchange 2010 voicemail questions from a school district from northern California replacing Cisco Unity voicemail with Exchange 2010 UM.   Where can I check if my PBX has been tested with Exchange 2010 UM? We have an updated Telephony Advisor list for Exchange 2010.  You can...
  • Blog Post: 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 deployment that you just can’t get in the cloud. With...
  • Blog Post: 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 membership information. When an administrator adds...
  • Blog Post: How do I enable the new Internet Calendar Sharing (.ICS) with Exchange 2010 Sp1?

    This was a question asked by a university in North Carolina.  (Screenshots courtesy of the Exchange product team)   What can I share my calendar with? Basically any platform that supports iCal (.ics) format can consume this such as Google, Zimbra, Yahoo, Windows Live, and even external Outlook...
  • Blog Post: 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 Exchange 2010 UM is the same as Exchange 2007 UM....
  • Blog Post: 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 meant you could leverage Direct Attach SAS disk...
  • Blog Post: New Exchange 2010 Sp1 Visio Shapes available

    Grab the shapes here .
  • Blog Post: New Exchange 2010 installation guide templates

    I get asked if we have any step by step Exchange 2010 deployment templates/documents quite often. The nice part about these guides are they are in Word format so you can build your own production build out documentation for your Exchange 2010 deployment.    Grab the newly released step by step...
  • Blog Post: UM and hypervisor-based clustering now supported when virtualizing Exchange 2010

    Some great news announced by the product team today: The Unified Messaging server role is now supported in a virtualized environment. Combining Exchange 2010 high availability solutions (database availability groups (DAGs)) with hypervisor-based clustering, high availability, or migration solutions that...
  • Blog Post: New Exchange Server 2010 training webcasts and How Do I videos

    Some really useful Exchange 2010 content just showed up. I really like the ‘How Do I’ short videos: For short demos on how to get started with Exchange 2010, check out the new library of “How Do I” videos: · Getting Started with Archiving in Exchange 2010 · Getting Started with Remote Management · Getting...
  • Blog Post: Grab Exchange Server 2010 SP1 beta and check out the the new OWA enhancements

    There are a lot of new features coming with Exchange SP1. Today I will provide a quick look into the OWA enhancements slated for SP1:   Tweaks to the OWA UI in SP1: Reminders overhaul: New OWA themes: IM presence icons switched to squares to match the new CS14 jellybean overhaul.   Reply buttons...
  • Blog Post: Do I use Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG for reverse proxy publishing for Exchange 2010?

    I get asked this quite a quite a bit and I couldn’t find a consistent answer. My colleague, Steve Scholz, provided me this useful feature matrix as when to use UAG for publishing Exchange 2010 and when to use TMG: To summarize, either UAG or TMG will provide reverse proxy publishing for Exchange 2010...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 – Evaluation bits have arrived!

    Grab your beta evaluation copy of Exchange 2010 here .   What is new in Exchange Server 2010?:   Flexible and reliable · Remove the need to deploy complex and costly clustering and third-party data replication products for full-scale Exchange redundancy SCC is a no longer an option and the...