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  • Blog Post: Hardware sizing for Exchange Server 2010

    I get asked this quite a bit by my education customers. How can I get a good estimate for sizing my Mailbox Server, Hub Transport, Client Access Server and Storage?    The latest and greatest Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator v3.2 has some nice new sizing capabilities such as the...
  • Blog Post: New Exchange 2010 Storage and High Availability training available

    Some new Exchange 2010 storage and HA training has been released. You can attend a webcast, test drive a virtual lab, view a learning “snack” through MS Learning or watch a full-length presentation on High Availability and Storage.   · MS Events Webcast: Storage in Exchange 2010   · Virtual...
  • Blog Post: What can I be doing now to prepare for Exchange Server 2010?

    I was asked this by a school district in Washington State which had Exchange 2003/2007 already deployed.   Here are a few ideas I came up with for them:   Step 1: Clean up Exchange, Active Directory, and DNS Run Exchange Best Practice Analyzer 2.8 with update ( ExBPA and ExBPA update ) from...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Deployment Assistant Wizard updated

    This is pretty nice update since it is adding in updates for coexistence and cloud hybrid and cloud only scenarios if you looking at our cloud offering for Exchange Online. Here is a checklist for moving to the Office 365’s Exchange Online: Updated Coexistence checklist for deploying Exchange 2010 with...
  • Blog Post: Are there specific PBX or SIP gateway configuration technotes for Exchange 2010 UM?

    A university moving away from Modular Messaging to Exchange 2010 UM wanted to know.  Yes, the Exchange team has posted all of the Exchange 2010 UM validated PBXes and SIP gateways config notes here . These technotes have detailed config information for NEC, Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Siemens, and many...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Release Candidate available for evaluation download

    The RC milestone has been reached and made available for your evaluation as of today. Please download here and kick the tires in a non-production setting.   Some HW prerequisites for the evaluation (Beta specs not updated for RC as of yet):   Processor: Must be x64 architecture RAM:
  • 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: 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: 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: How do I enable Exchange 2010 MWI with Call Manager 7.x?

    With Exchange Server 2010’s new messaging waiting indicator feature, my customer, from a school district in Colorado, was trying to get this to work. Here is a reference I found created by David Howe: To enable MWI 1) Open Cisco Unified CM Administration 2) Click System > Security Profile...
  • Blog Post: Get some free Exchange 2010 training and chapters while it lasts

    Now that we have RTMed Exchange 2010 – where can I get some training? Well, if you act now you can use the free Exchange Server 2010 e-Learning Clinics for a limited time: Clinic 6899: Exploring Features of Exchange Server 2010 (two hours) Clinic 6900: Introduction to Exchange Server 2010 (one hour)...
  • 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: 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...