Today I was cleaning up my mailbox when I came across some BLASPHEMY about Exchange! Okay, not blasphemy per se, but I continually hear from folks who are being incorrectly told “Exchange cannot be virtualized”. I’m not exactly sure who started this ‘trend’ but that’s neither here nor there! So I did a little digging [and you know, digging for me tends to turn into a blog post ;)] And I came across not only some AMAZING Material! But I also want to make sure you’re following up on regularly posted updates from a Rockstar who’s clear focus is on Exchange!
These are two very SHORT and to the point, giving you the high-lights letting you know what is required to kick things off and something you can hand up to mgmt! So it’s great to not spend a lot of time trying to figure out what it’s saying!
One thing I’d like to bring particular attention on these papers is that these are not EMC Papers, but are in fact co-branded collaborations by Microsoft, EMC and others (the one below was Microsoft, Cisco and EMC, and some of the others involve Dell and Brocade) but either way, Microsoft was directly involved in their creation as opposed to ‘slap a tag on it’
STOP THE PRESS! (vicki vale!) – Check out this paper though! It is definitely longer! 84 pages! Filled with raw technical example, use cases, all that jazz! Great must read paper and not just words! Lots of pretty pictures! Yes it is Hyper-V but that cmon, this was co-branded Microsoft.. :) And note: Published October 2010! So Vicki Vale did get one thing right!
Okay fine! Here is another paper! This one is a little older but I know you wouldn’t let me get away without giving you some VMware love! So here is one, with less pretty pictures!
Alright, one more then! This one was from August – not a whitepaper only a basic Reference Architecture, but I found it to be pretty damn cool looking!
Okay, enough of these (albeit amazing papers!) With no further adieu I’d like to introduce you to Dustin Smith! I’d tell you all about him, but Brian interviewed him here so you can find out all about how he’s an MVP, MCM and so many other things!
So, Dustin has his own blog where he talks almost exclusively about Exchange (okay, I think it’s all about Exchange, but whatever! this is MY BLOG! ;))
Exchange In the Private Cloud is definitely a must check out blog if you care anything about Exchange, or have to deal with it!
I’d like to highlight a few of his blog posts here for you to check out:
- Yes, Exchange Server is being virtualized!
- Within EMC, our entire 40,000+ user infrastructure is virtualized on Exchange Server and the organization as a whole is moving towards virtualization of most all applications. Most all of the infrastructures we design and showcase within our Proven Solutions are geared toward virtualization, either with VMWare vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V. See my previous blog post on what we recently did with the Tested Exchange Solutions Program case with Cisco and Microsoft where we showcased 34,000 users on Microsoft Hyper-V with Cisco UCS blade servers and EMC Unified Storage.
- EMC Whitepaper, Exchange Tested Solutions Program
- What we are showcasing in this whitepaper is a result of our joint solution development with Microsoft and Cisco that was deployed and tested in Microsoft EEC labs in Redmond. In the whitepaper you will find the reference architecture for 32,400 users across a three site Exchange DAG scenario leveraging Microsoft Hyper-V, EMC NS480 Unified Storage, and Cisco UCS B-series blade servers along with analysis of testing results and key best practices on virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 on Hyper -V on EMC Unified storage and Cisco Unified Computing System.
- Exchange 2010 Backups? I don’t need any stinkin backups?!?
- I think overall, the backupless/Exchange Native Data Protection option certainly brings a new element to the Exchange 2010 architecture discussions and different options for providing recovery when bad things happen. VSS based options (hardware and software based) are still heavily used options to protect Exchange data that have been popular since the Exchange 2003 days and have increased with features and functionality into Exchange 2010.
- Getting Exchange Server 2010 into the Private Cloud
- Yes, EMC can do Exchange for SMB too
So, there are some teasers there of just some of the content that Dustin is putting out (There is obviously more.. but I’ll let you do the reading up on it! It’s definitely worth reading! – How so though, I just discovered Dustin TODAY and I’m sharing him with you a few hours after that point, So, yea I consider that to be pretty compelling :))
I want to leave you with links to all of the resources I mentioned above, so you can forth to gain access to the WP’s I mentioned and others I didn’t include pictures for!
There are so many more than just these links alone – I actually was surprised on how much content there was at www.emc.com/exchange ! – So check it out, and as always let me know if I can help you in a particular way :)
Tags: Cisco, Dustin Smith, emc, Exchange, Exchange 2010, Hyper-V, Microsoft, vmware, vSphere
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Do you like SharePoint or Exchange? (Or use it, or plan to use it, or want to know information about SharePoint 2010?) This is the seminar for you!
Is your SharePoint environment Secure? (Or even your Exchange environment) and are you looking for solutions around that? Check out what RSA has to say! (RSA Invented security, right?!)
I welcome you to join us for Lunch and content here in Lisle, IL at the EMC Offices! (I will be there, so I can see what RSA has to offer in conjunction with the Microsoft solutions, not to mention checking out the latest happenings on SharePoint 2010 – Yes, I know a lot around SharePoint, but I love it when someone knowledgeable gets up there and evangelizes on it!
A few things clipped from the invite, such as the products covered (Exchange, booyah!) and the ‘intended audience’ If I’m reading that correctly, that’s almost everyone in IT ;)
Featured Products/Topics: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
Recommended Audiences: Technology Executives, IT Managers, CEO, CIO, CFO, IT Directors, Administrators, Business Decision Maker, Technical Decision Makers
Thursday, October 29
4225 Naperville Road, Ste 500 Lisle, IL 60532
10:30 am. – 1:30 p.m.
Space is limited, reserve your place now!
If you want an email invite, let me know and I can shoot one off to you! (I will be attendance!)
Tags: emc, Exchange 2010, RSA, Sharepoint 2010
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Here we are at the dawn of a new era – An era of Exchange 2010! Look what E14 has truly brought us! I know you’re going to say “70-662 isn’t out yet, 71-622 hasn’t even been released yet!"
And you are solidly and absolutely correct! Infact they’re still looking for SME’s to participate in the beta for this lovely exam to come!
But for the lucky ones who will be taking the reigns of beta-dom under their belt, there are some things you should know in order to prepare for this! First of all, there is a BRIEF! Yes a brief of what to expect on the beta! But even moreso, there is reference to the “Preparation Materials” below discussing classroom training of 10135A: Configuring, Managing and Troubleshooting Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 (5 Days) which is not available as of today’s date, so keep that in mind! But on to the full detailed breakdown of what to expect!
Published: October 27, 2009 (in development)
Language(s): English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese (Simplified)
Audience(s): IT Professionals
Technology: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
Type: Proctored Exam
The typical candidate is a Messaging Generalist responsible for the maintenance and administration of the Exchange servers in an enterprise environment. Day to day, the candidate typically installs and manages Exchange Server 2010 and manages users, mailboxes, security, servers, and databases by using Exchange Server 2010. The candidate might also monitor and troubleshoot Exchange Server 2010.
Credit Toward Certification
When you pass Exam 70-662: TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuration
Exam 70-662: TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):
Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
Note This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format.
So as we can see the expectation is you will take this exam if you’re fulfilling your role as an administrator or filling out the bulk of your Professional experience in Exchange!
This basically goes on to say that this particular exam is VERY similar to past Exchange exams, so be sure you’re up on that – with specific reference to new technology noted in 2010!
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.
Installing and Configuring Exchange Servers (15 percent)
- Prepare the infrastructure for Exchange.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: prepare schema; prepare domain; prepare Active Directory; ensure the domain functionality level is correct; domain controller service packs; Exchange readiness check; coexistence; migration from 2003 or 2007; disable LinkState; Exchange Server Service Pack level; remove unsupported legacy components; configuring DNS to support the Exchange deployment
- Install Exchange prerequisites.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: install MMC 3.0, Windows PowerShell 2.0; Microsoft .NET 3.5, WinRM 2.0, IIS, Windows roles and features, use ServerManagerCMD, use Exchange prerequisite scripts
- Install Exchange roles.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: from the command line and the GUI; adding and modifying roles; add server roles to existing Exchange 2003 or 2007 organizations; verify Exchange installation; Security Configuration wizard (SCW); Windows Firewall, including port requirements; installing Exchange Server using standard and custom installation; installing Exchange Server using the command line; provisioning an Exchange Server and delegating server installation; troubleshooting a failed installation; adding Exchange Server roles after an initial installation
- Create and configure databases.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: set database limits; set retention limits; set role-based access control (RBAC) permissions for database creation; naming conventions; create and use GUI and Windows PowerShell; create and manage public folder databases; set default public folder database; maintenance; mount and dismount databases; create new mailbox databases; configure mailbox database settings; move the mailbox database and transaction log locations; configure public folder database settings; mount and dismount databases
- Create and configure address lists.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: update legacy address lists; configure offline address lists; publish address lists; filterable properties; creating and configuring e-mail address policies; creating and configuring address lists; creating and configuring offline address books
Configuring Exchange Recipients and Public Folders (14 percent)
Configuring Client Access (15 percent)
Configuring Message Transport (15 percent)
- Create and configure transport rules.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: enable and configure; disclaimers; moderated transport; install the Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) pre-licensing agent; configure rights protection by using transport rules
- Configure hub transport.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: configure transport dumpster; accepted domains; remote domains; authoritative domains; e-mail address policies
- Configure Edge transport.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: create, configure, and test Edge Sync; configure Edge Transport server cloning; install the Edge Transport server role; configure Edge Transport server settings; configure Edge synchronization
- Configure message routing.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: internal and external DNS; configure routing based on sites and costs; enable, configure, and secure send and receive connectors; certificates; relay connectors; authentication; message size limits; MTLS; routing group connector for coexistence; configure accepted and remote domains; configure SMTP send and receive connectors; configure message delivery limits; configure TLS security for message delivery
Monitoring and Reporting (13 percent)
- Monitor databases.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: public folder statistics; mailbox databases statistics; database status; DAG replication
- Monitor mail flow.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: perform message tracking; DNS; manage message queues; view, retry, and delete; backpressure thresholds; resolve NDRs
- Monitor connectivity.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: SMTP client to server; SMTP server to server; Outlook RPC/MAPI; Outlook Anywhere; Outlook Exchange Web Services (EWS); POP; IMAP; ActiveSync
- Generate reports.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: mailbox folder statistics; mailbox statistics; mailflow statistics; formatted list and formatted table; ExBPA
- Configure logging.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: protocol logging; store logging; configure logging levels; agent logs; message tracking logs; event logs; analysis of logging results
Implementing High Availability and Recovery (15 percent)
- Create and configure the Database Availability Group (DAG).
- This objective may include but is not limited to: create and configure DAG; file share witness (FSW); replication latency; configure lag; add or remove database copies; configure failover priority; add or remove server members; configure mailbox database copies; manage continuous replication
- Perform backup and restore of data.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: recovery database; dialtone restores; deleted mailbox retention; deleted item retention; mailbox merge; disconnected mailbox; backing up Exchange servers; creating a backup schedule
- Configure public folders for high availability.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: add or remove replicas; schedules; message tracking; back up and restore public folder database and data
- Configure high availability for non-mailbox servers.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: affinity; DNS round robin; MX records; NLB; configuring high availability for Client Access servers; configuring high availability for Hub Transport servers; configuring high availability for Edge Transport servers
- Back up and recover server roles.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: hub; CAS IIS; Edge; Edge server clone configuration; setup /recoverserver; setup /recoverCMS; mailbox server; restoring Exchange Servers after server failure; configuring messaging services during a server failure; back up Server roles
Configuring Message Compliance and Security (13 percent)
- Configure records management.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: custom and default managed folders; retention policy; configure and apply retention policies and retention policy tags; configure managed folders, including default and custom managed folders; configure content settings; configure managed folder mailbox policies
- Configure compliance.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: configure RMS; configure alternate mailboxes; configure journaling; enable message classification; configure mail tips; auditing; transport rules
- Configure message integrity.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: S/MIME; MTLS; certificates; RMS federation; transport rules
- Configure anti-virus and anti-spam.
- This objective may include but is not limited to: file and process exclusions; transport rules; SCL; PCL; sender ID; safe sender/block sender; Realtime Block List (RBL); Sender Policy Framework (SPF) records; sender reputation list (SRL); configuring anti-spam agents; managing the quarantine mailbox; managing updates for content filters
To help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills Measured" tab.
Microsoft E-LearningThere is no Microsoft E-Learning training currently available.
Microsoft Press BooksThere are no Microsoft Press books currently available.
Practice TestsThere are no practice tests currently available.
Yea, it’s true – you’re on your own at this point (as of mid-august!) but as things develop and move forward I’m sure we’ll see some real action and traction!
I don’t know about you, but I will be taking this exam, whether in beta, release or both – and as always you can expect a post-mortem later around it (with the strictest confidence in not releasing anything telling of the exam [My promise to you Liberty ;)] So look forward to that, and be sure to get yourself involved out there to partake in this with your SME Profile!
Tags: 70-662, 71-662, beta, certification, Exchange 2010, Microsoft Exchange
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Wait, what?! Yay?! That’s right! The Exchange 2010 exams will be hitting beta soon, and you can get first crack at testing it in the beta process – All it takes is clicking random links and updating your profile to reflect the fact that you’ve been playing with the 2010 bits!
Step 1. Visit this MSL Post to get the highlights (thanks Krista Wall!) Exchange 2010 beta exams coming soon—submit your SME profile now!
Step 2. Visit this second MSL Post in order to get the details about the SME Profile on connect! One word, rhymes with sneeze—Sign me up!
Step 3. Alright, I didn’t follow steps 1 or 2 because I don’t like clicking links so I want to go directly to setting up my SME Profile on Connect
- Visit the Connect Home Page
- Click on “Were you invited to join Connect?”
- Put this invitation code into the box: SME2-JC3G-DKDY
- Fill out the survey/profile
- You’re set and on your way to being the part of this beta and other future betas! Yay?!
So, the keys are in your hands – So step up and be a part of the future of the Exchange 2010 exams… or sit on the sidelines waiting until its released in final form in a million years!
Tags: beta Exam, Born to learn, certification, Education, Exchange 2010, MSLearning
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Are you one of those people who want to play with Exchange 2010 but you’re running out of excuses as to why you can’t or won’t? Well, here’s one more reason to not come up with yet –another- excuse!
Welcome Exchange 2010 to the Microsoft online Virtual Labs!
It’s literally as simple as clicking “this link” or even the image above and you’ll be ready to start playing around with, and installing Exchange 2010!
And ofcourse as always, there is a comprehensive Lab Guide (PDF) which will walk you through the journey, so whether you’re intimately familiar or have absolutely no knowledge of Exchange at all, you’re in the right place!
So, get in there, and start playing with Exchange 2010, instead of watching videos of it, of waiting until 2013 before you even consider playing with it (grin)
Tags: E12, Exchange 2010, Free, Virtual Labs
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